The time has come. For what you may ask? Of course, for the ultimate Shorte.st link shortener guide! In this article, we’ll start with some basic information about short links. Then we will proceed with some rather niche knowledge of all the quirks and edge cases you’ve asked us about during the last couple of weeks. We’ll finish with tried and working ways to boost your short links earnings, so fasten your seatbelts and let’s go!
What the shortened links are and how to use them
From the technical point of view, a shortened link is one in which the normal URL has been changed into an abbreviated version. There are several reasons to use short links. One is just to make a long link much more pleasing and readable, for example, a short link will just neatly sit in your social media post while long, unedited URL would break weirdly ruining the good feel of the post. Some social media, especially those like Twitter at which you can post only short messages, require users to use shortened links or shorten them automatically, just to save space for other stuff.
Another thing that comes with short links is the ability to track the traffic, used by many social media marketers. You get all kinds of information about your clicked link – how much valid clicks did it get or people from what geographic localizations clicked the most. Most if not all short links services offer their shorteners free of any charge.
Moreover, networks like Ad.fly or us, offer to pay their users an amount based on the number of clicks and their localization. How? While the final destination stays the same, we display ads on the intermediate website. By borrowing your traffic for just 5 seconds we can often satisfy our advertisers and let you earn while offering links to different types of content for your users.
When stuff starts to make a difference
Even though most of the shorteners on the market basically offer very similar services, every short links service has its own quirks. In most cases, these small features won’t be changing anything for you but very rarely they can change your approach towards a specific shortener. For example, some short links are outright banned at certain social media platforms. Especially Facebook seems to be hell-bent on banning most of the short links. On the other hand, other social media may prefer their own short link services.
Before you start working with a certain short link service it is generally good to snoop around a bit, read a review or two and ask some questions to the regular users. In Shorte.st case, we often get questions about using two shorteners for one link in an attempt to double monetize or dodge the particular social media blacklist policy. If anyone still wonders, we track and monetize only the first URL, which means we can’t give you any money if our link is the second one :)
If you ask kindly, people share not only the info about the service but also some of their personal strategies and best-earning approaches. Unfortunately, there’s a number of fake services that don’t like to pay to their users, so always ask about payment proof from their regulars. Also, remember to thoroughly check the withdrawal policy before deciding.
Shortener’s Best Practices
Now, as mentioned above, each and every service offering a monetary reward for clicking on their short links has its quirks, dos and don’ts. We will cover some of the best practices in regard to our Shorte.st service.
First of all, I can think of two especially effective ways to earn a lot on short links. First, is to put them as a gateway to media download. On one hand, you offer a direct link to files and content someone looked for, so they will be sure to click on the link. On the other hand, some of the file hosting sites domains are blacklisted by certain social media (which often are the best place to put such links) and hiding them behind a short link may be very useful. Additionally, in case of download links the short link fulfills its original purpose – it makes the long and awkward direct link more pleasant and easier to manage in emails, private messages, and posts.
The second way is to be a part of a community or forum dedicated to certain topics. All you need to do is find reliable pieces of content and information, shorten it and post in the respective groups. Just write a few words of explanation and put the link as “the rest” or the source of your info. Most likely many of the users will click on it to make sure or find more which will ultimately give you clicks towards your sweet paycheck. In this case, the trick is to always be first with the news as well as try not to clickbait too much – losing reliability may lower your click count a lot rendering this technique useless.
Another piece of advice is to always run tests. It’s always good to separate your Shorte.st short links on categories, by topic or technique and track results to see why some links were very successful whereas others failed to bring you much income. You can learn a lot about what is profitable by a simple cross-examination of your links. Who knows – maybe you’ll find a new golden technique no one has found before!
Ready to start? Be sure to visit our website and make an account. Already a veteran user? Tell us what brings you the biggest earnings in the comments section!