Url Shortener To Improve Your Marketing

Url Shortener To Improve Your Marketing

Looking for the best URL shortener to shrink your site’s links, analyze clicks, use your own custom domain, or help you use retargeting?

Nobody like long URLs like this: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-cases-and-hospitalizations-rise-in-u-k-as-variant-from-india-takes-hold-11622289600

Short URLs are easier to type and share: https://t.ly/dTQ0

Have you ever wanted to know how many people click on your links? As well as where those clicks came from? Short URLs can give you all of that information and more. You can use them to improve your marketing efforts and provide a better experience for your customers and social media followers.

In this article, you’ll learn all about URL shorteners, including the new shortest URL shortener T.LY.

What Exactly is a “URL”?

“URL” stands for “Uniform Resource Locator,” and they’re a way of identifying the location of a file on the internet.

Is a URL the same as a domain name?

Well, not exactly, although the terms are often confused and used interchangeably. A domain name is just one part of a URL. The image below shows the difference:

What is a URL Shortener?

A URL shortener is a digital tool that enables you to take a long link and create a new, shorter one that takes people to the same location.

These days, most link shorteners allow you to track your link metrics. However, using a URL shortener couldn’t be easier if you just need a shorter link.

Let’s take a quick look at how to shorten a URL using T.LY.

  1. Copy your long link to your clipboard.
  2. Go to T.LY.
  3. Paste or write your link into the box provided.
  4. Click “Shorten”
  5. Your new short URL is automatically copied to your clipboard to share.

Many URL shorteners have short domain names, such as T.LY, to make shortening links possible.

Many also allow you to create short links with your own customized URL. We’ll cover these in more detail below.

Why Should You Use a URL Shortener?

Let’s dig into why you should use a URL shortener.

First, URL shorteners make it easier to share and manage long URLs. This is especially true when sharing URLs on blogging platforms or in SMS messaging applications that are limited to 160 characters.

Next, URL shorteners can help you avoid excessively long and confusing URLs or any which contain jumbles of letters and numbers. What’s more, some link shorteners allow you to create custom-branded URLs. Branded URLs are much easier to read, memorize, and type. This makes them particularly useful when sharing URLs in any form of print advertising, such as posters, flyers, magazines, or business cards.

Plus, branded short links receive up to 39% more clicks when compared to generic short URLs. These branded short links also have another key benefit. Unfortunately, spammers often use URL shorteners to hide the URL destination. That way, unsuspecting people are more likely to click on them. However, you can avoid being perceived as a spammer by branding your short URLs.

The Takeaway

People will trust your links as long as your custom short URL domain relates to your brand and is used regularly. Lastly, despite being called URL “Shorteners,” one of the key benefits of shortening links is actually the ability to track how your audience engages with your links. Modern URL shorteners provide access to a host of metrics and insights that marketers can use to review and improve their campaigns.

For instance, the T.LY dashboard provides numerous metrics, including:

  1. Total Clicks
  2. Total Unique Clicks
  3. Top Referrers
  4. Top Locations
  5. Top Browsers
  6. Top Platforms
  7. And other additional statistics

Sign up today to start creating short URLs with your own custom domain

Author Tim Leland

Tim Leland

With over 15 years of experience, Tim Leland has been developing software that millions worldwide rely on. In 2019, he founded T.LY, aspiring to create the world's premier URL-shortening service. Recently, the platform has witnessed a remarkable increase in its popularity. Under Tim's expert direction, T.LY has transformed into one of the industry's most reliable and esteemed URL shorteners, serving millions of users globally.

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