Interesting URL shorteners on the internet

Posted on Friday, April 16th 2010 4:27 pm by menj in Blogging, Internet

Many websites have very long URLs for their articles, especially more so with blogs that rely on automated permalinks which reuse their titles. For example, a URL can be as follows:

http://www.bismikaallahuma.org/archives/2008/resolving-the-christian-i-know-nothing-multi-problem-in-textual-criticism/

Such long URLs can actually break if you try to repost them in forums or e-mails. So what is the solution? You use a URL shortener, of course! With a URL shortener, the long URL example I gave above can easily be shortened into:

http://7les.com/2bb

Short and sweet, right?

There are literally hundreds of URL shorteners out there, which has become even more popular with the use of Twitter (which has a limited word count for posting). Here are some interesting URL shorteners that I’ve found all over the web, categories according to their functionality.

1. URL shorteners with detailed statistics

Worthy mentions would be tr.im, bit.ly and cli.gs, which are popular and comes with detailed statistics. Cli.gs, for example, even has private stats, so only you can see them.

2. URL shorteners with useful features

There is clockurl.com which activates and deactivates urls at certain times. I’m sure you can see the use for this one as you see fit. There is also viewista.com which allows the shortening of multiple URLs in one URL and supports multi-view. Another interesting service to check out is checkthislink.com, where you can enter message prior to displaying the site.

Special mentions include ow.ly and sexyurl.to, which are interesting by themselves.

3. URL shorteners that do not sound like one

There are quite a number of free URL shortener services which fits this category easily. They include 7les.com, retwt.me (good for Twitter, suggestive) and icanhaz.com (good for certain audiences). Other worthy mentions include idek.net, delivr.com, and x.se.

With the plethora of services out there in the wild, I am sure that you can come up with more interesting finds that can be shared with others. If you do, let us know in the comments section so that other readers will benefit from it.

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    • giorgia says:

      January 11th, 2011 at 12:11 am

      interesting post! url shorteners slow down the web though…right??

    • nothin_nyce1 says:

      July 16th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Hi. How would redirect emails from a certain email address to a new one.

      What I mean is…I use Yahoo as my personal. I get business emails sent to my personal. How do I redirect the business emails to a completely different email address?

    • Harry says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I’ve gone to Settings – > Services -> URL Shortening -> Custom. What do I enter as the “URL shortening endpoint”?

    • veemodz says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      are there any obvious reason to use any other url shortener than bitly.com? such a url4u.co and so on?

      thanks a lot

    • Jeffery Carlson says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I do not know if url shortener will improve the se rankings for my keywords. Sometimes i used it on social bookmarking sites if the url is already submitted.

    • Sophia C says:

      July 20th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      How does http://ki.tl shorten links and how do they make one url into one link?

    • Kaden says:

      July 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 am

      I don’t know why I don’t get this. Either it’s me or I am being a noob right now.

    • Anny says:

      July 23rd, 2012 at 11:58 am

      None of them are human readable.
      http://87.248.112.181/ or http://yhoo.it/yah00

    • Phillip123 says:

      July 23rd, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      hi, im looking for an adult url shortener that accepts adult content.. since adult industry is the highest paying industry and no url shortener that allows adult content.

      i’d like to knnow if there is any that accepts.. something similar to adfly.

    • Jon P says:

      August 3rd, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I want to make add-on for URL-Shortener, i already have url-shortener in web based, but now i’m want to make for add-on too. Your Help very apreciated… 😀

    • Victoria T says:

      August 11th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I don’t notice ads on their pages, or no major ads.

    • Thomas A says:

      August 14th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      I just heard of it the other day and I thought that this would be a good thing to use – if I knew how to use.

    • jag43216 says:

      August 21st, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      I don’t know why I don’t get this. Either it’s me or I am being a noob right now.

    • Sergio says:

      August 25th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      I don’t know why I don’t get this. Either it’s me or I am being a noob right now.

    • Seth says:

      August 27th, 2012 at 1:10 am

      I don’t notice ads on their pages, or no major ads.

    • white man says:

      September 6th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I have a domain that is redirecting it views to my main site. I want to build a wordpress site on that domain but i cant access my admin for wordpress because it just redirects me to my main site. I don’t want to take my domain off redirect until the wordpress site is done. So what do i do?
      It is redirected thru my registrar. How would i login with my IP?

    • Dom L says:

      October 4th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I had a vistaprint web page and now I have a free web page with myob atlas. Problem is I have marketing material with old web address. I don’t want the old web page to load I just want it to redirect to new web page if people type in the old address. I have purchased the web address from vistaprint but don’t understand how to go about redirecting. Can anyone help me please?

    • Phillip123 says:

      October 9th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      My website does not look good in internet explorer and i want it to redirect IE users to a different website so it will look better. Is there are way to do this? I have godaddy shared hosting linux.

    • Marshal says:

      October 17th, 2012 at 3:42 am

      Im working on a Url shorting website and i dont know how to code so im stuck, i need code for my site, its a very simple site very clean but i need help coding it, it needs very minimal coding in my opinion but i dont know how to code so i might be wrong, but i just need the url bar coded and a recent activity box coded which should be simple and a recent activity cookie, so if someone could help me that would be great, And im willing to pay you if you can provide

    • Christopher J says:

      October 19th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Sometimes when I google something and click on a website link, it will redirect me to a web page that I didn’t click on. Most of them are websites I have never heard of.

      So why is this happening? It only started recently.

    • cardskid22 says:

      October 21st, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I have posts that I’ve tagged and I have a redirect page for them and I clicked the box “Give link to page” but it doesn’t show up on my blog. Help?

    • therundown2k3 says:

      October 21st, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I have a Windows 7 machine running IIS and a wifi hostednetwork. I would like anyone who connects to the wifi network and opens their browser to be redirected to the localhost (IIS) on the same machine. How can I setup this redirect?

    • nasty1 says:

      October 21st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      For example: Lets say you visit a site to do with making an online purchase; and you somehow get redirected to a site where someone tries to get your credit card number. (I’m not saying this has happened to me or anyone) But alot of websites do redirect people to another site in which they have no interest in! Is this soley for the purpose of installing a trojan horse or another malicious program? I have been to websites about playstation games and been redirected to cartoon porn? What the hell does that have to do with playstation 2?

    • Xbox360king says:

      October 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 am

      They don’t make it through advertisements, I’ve never seen an ad on their site. How do they make money? I have a URL shortener of my own (http://jbgc.me), I am just curious.
      http://jbgc.me

    • Echo says:

      October 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I’ve a site in Joomla and G. Webmasters showed a lot of 404 errors which turned out to be caused by redirect loops. Now, my developer says he’s fixed it. What’s the way to verify that, please?

      Thanks.

    • Vultre9 says:

      October 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      There are certain websites that I access that cannot be connected to because of poor connections somewhere in the middle. I am wondering how I can redirect my connection from its usual pathway to a different one via different servers or IP protocol.

      Thanks in advance.

    • ouch says:

      October 25th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      I have a site that is very CSS intensive and I need to exclude older non-compliant browsers. What is the best way to redirect the old browsers to a page that suggests that a new browser be used?

    • Alina Elliott says:

      October 27th, 2012 at 7:28 am

      I am trying to conduct an experiment within my company using multiple website designs to sell one product. Currently I have a webpage that is trying to sell the product, what I want to do is have 7 different pages that will randomly show up when someone visits the specific URL. So, is there a way to redirect a specific page to multiple different pages that are randomly chosen in the background?

      Thanks in advance!

    • XplicitzZ says:

      October 27th, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I’m trying to get my Wix page up and running, and I’ve been using Frontpage up until I got a Mac. Now I can’t access the Frontpage files anymore. So, I need to redirect the domain to my Wix page. Any ideas on how to do this?

    • United says:

      October 29th, 2012 at 2:20 am

      My friend has the new Redirect spell and attempted to use it to take a enchantment that was already on one of my creatures for several turns and put it on one of his own. We argued about it he said the card says nothing about as its being cast. I argued that it had already been cast and no longer has a target for the spell. Can anyone else clarify this so we can avoid future arguments?

    • Big Banger says:

      November 4th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      How can you make an email that you send someone automatically redirect the page to a link when they opened the message?
      Is there some kind of coding I can do that will do this?

    • Daniel says:

      November 5th, 2012 at 5:34 am

      I sometimes get work messages sent to my Yahoo account, and would like to be able to redirect them (and only them) to my work email account with the headers intact, so it still appears as from them (if I forward the emails, as I do currently, my name is in the ‘from’ field). I have Yahoo Plus, if that makes any difference.

    • Samuro says:

      November 5th, 2012 at 7:23 am

      I have a family member that keeps going to a couple sites I don’t want him to go to. Is there anyway that I can block the site but instead of straight up blocking it, can I redirect him to a html page that i’ve created and stored on my computer?

      If you need more information, ask and I can provide it in the more detailed information box

    • Jermaine J says:

      November 8th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Implementing a 301 Permanent Redirects on the old pages to redirect to the new pages is a good idea from the SEO perspective.

      Plz write
      1) true
      2) False

      Plz write true or false.

    • johnkaiser 22 says:

      November 15th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Google, Yahoo all those search sites redirect me when i click on a link. Please help, and I am NOT downloading any spy-ware/mal ware or any of that stuff even if its free

    • baldy eire says:

      November 15th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I would like to know how (preferably using plain HTML) I would redirect people that are using Internet Explorer. This is because the homepage on my website will not display correctly for people using IE, and I would like to redirect them to a different page that will support IE.

      If the only way is to use Javascript or some other web scripting language, can you please show commented code, so I can learn how it is done?

    • Smashing Pumpkins says:

      November 16th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I made my redirect page on tumblr, but it shows up on my tumblr as “page” but I want to title it something else. Help?

    • United says:

      November 16th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I need a free url shortening service like tiny url – but not tiny url.

    • sam N says:

      November 17th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      I have google redirect virus.
      AVG or Malwarebytes wont get rid of it.
      What do??
      As I said, Malwarebytes wont get rid of it.

    • thinkthought says:

      November 18th, 2012 at 4:07 am

      If someone tries to access our site from their mobile phone we want to automatically redirect to our new mobile site.

    • Dr Dorian says:

      November 18th, 2012 at 5:29 am

      Well how do I? I have made my page redirect to mypage/default/ after a visitor trying to get to mypage/. In the “default” index I intend to put a YouTube movie which will play a bit like a Flash trailer on some movie sites. When it has stopped, the visitor shall be redirected to mypage/ or a link to mypage/ shall appear.
      Is there any way of doing this?

    • Courtney says:

      November 18th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I only want to have one email to check, and gmail has recently become my email of choice. How do I redirect my yahoo mail to gmail direct.

    • ademuth93 says:

      November 19th, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Hi guys, it seems that my Google browser has been hijacked by the google redirect virus. I cannot access any sites via Google.. can someone please help me fix the google redirect virus? I am looking for ways to fix the google redirect virus.

    • Heath says:

      November 23rd, 2012 at 4:33 am

      My page teamecho.com has several hundred pages indexed. The design is old and has since been replaced with a Joomla CMS. I don’t want to loose my existing traffic, but I would like the visitors to see the new site. What is the best way from an SEO standpoint to redirect these pages and not loose ranking.

    • DuckieM10 says:

      November 23rd, 2012 at 6:10 am

      Ok so i am trying to setup a voting gateway before you enter my website, and i dont know how to do it. i want to redirect the website so when you go to it the voting gateway pops up right away and then after you vote you are on the site you entered the URL for. If you dont get what i am saying email me or IM me please.

    • Coffee t says:

      November 29th, 2012 at 12:33 am

      I have started a new tumblr and would like my primary tumblr account to redirect to it. Does anyone know if this is possible? If so, how would you?

      Thank you

    • D3ZZY says:

      November 29th, 2012 at 1:55 am

      I try to add a redirect for an old path say /events/pool-party to /events/pool and it just takes me to a 404 page. If I try to add an alias it says I have the wrong URL or don’t have access. I have administrator access. Accidentally created a broken link in our newsletter. Thanks.

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