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Do you use link shortening services?

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by gdamalena, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. gdamalena

    gdamalena Affiliate affiliate

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    Hi!
    what are your thoughts on shortening services? Do you like it, or is it too spamy for you?
    And where do you use it? On facebook, blogs?
    I've been using shorte.st on my blog for a few weeks now and I’m really happy with it.
    If I have to chose between a banner and a pass-through ad, I definitely prefer the second one.
    Thanks to that I don't have to worry about ads cluttering my blog.
    Your thoughts?
     
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  3. azgold

    azgold Moderator moderator affiliate

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    I have read (somewhere, couple of years ago) that shortening/cloaking means they may not track accurately. I've no idea if it's true or not, plus if memory serves, Clickbank was the target of discussion.
     
  4. gdamalena

    gdamalena Affiliate affiliate

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    That's the first I've heard about this problem... Care to elaborate?
     
  5. azgold

    azgold Moderator moderator affiliate

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    It was so long ago, I had to go looking....and, guess what? I either remembered wrong or it changed. I'm betting that I remembered it wrong. My apologies, I should've looked before I typed, my very bad.
     
  6. chiruraaj

    chiruraaj Service Manager Service Manager affiliate

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    I used to cloak my affiliate link with tinyurl when I promoted clickbank products on youtube. Though i got very few sales but the tracking worked perfectly and the tid was paased onto my clickbank analytics. :)
     
  7. radium

    radium Affiliate affiliate

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    I wouldn't trust url shortening services for a long term business nor do I see much value in them anyways. I own specific domains to use for redirects. Gotta have full control, ya'know.
     
  8. Andy Haskins

    Andy Haskins Affiliate affiliate

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  9. stipest

    stipest Affiliate affiliate

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    I use url shorteners mostly for simple tracking on sites where I don't want to bother installing any analytics and I use it for testing demographics of some low quality traffic sources.
    I don't like to use it for cloaking because I'm more comfortable when I use my own domains with redirect or iframe scripts.
     
  10. tottoro

    tottoro Affiliate affiliate

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    Hi! They paid me. Just writing.
    They're fine :)
     
  11. lyndonhd

    lyndonhd Affiliate affiliate

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    Hi gdamalena.

    As others have mentioned, it's best to install YOUR OWN url shortener on your server that way you have full control of the hops. If that's not an option for you, It all depends where the shortened URL is going to be used. I found that on social media, bitly URLs are highly clicked, and twitter has it's own automatic URL shortening service too.
    All the best,
    Lyndon Davis.
     
  12. vukasini

    vukasini King of the Wisdomland affiliate

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    I'm currently using Bit.ly but my plan is to set up my own url shortener!
     
  13. azgold

    azgold Moderator moderator affiliate

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    Super easy to add to your wp blog, there is a YOURLS plugin. Mind you, I haven't figured out how to work it yet. :)
     
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  14. T J Tutor

    T J Tutor Administrator Administrator moderator affiliate

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    When I do use them, I go with YOURLS. The ability to add branding to the url's is priceless!
     
  15. fixedit

    fixedit Banned

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    No I don't use it...
     
  16. darkpixel

    darkpixel Affiliate affiliate

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    I use a couple of custom made url shorteners, to cloak my affiliate links. By having custom shorteners I feel more safe.
     
  17. shasha

    shasha Affiliate affiliate

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    Bit.ly is the most popular URL shortner. Never tried custom url, Thanks for sharing the YOURLS.
     
  18. K

    K Administrator Administrator affiliate

    In my experience people tend not to trust nor click bit.ly links - i'd always go prosper or YOURLS!
     
  19. operationoffers

    operationoffers Affiliate Manager Affiliate Manager affiliate

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    I use link shortening services all the time. The links track fine as long as your tracking is set up correctly prior. I haven't had a problem yet with it. I do like to use short links that have more of a description on where it is coming from though. bit.ly doesn't give much description. I would however use custom extensions to make them more descriptive
     
  20. farsicash

    farsicash Affiliate affiliate

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    yes i use them and they always pay on time
     

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