Long urls are…well…LONG. They are unsightly space hogs that most of us would rather do without. Thanks to a multitude of online tools, you can tidy up those unruly links and make them short, sweet, and to-the-point:
Bit.ly: Bit.ly is one of the most popular and also one of the oldest URL shorteners. Users favor Bit.ly because of its instant tracking, stats, and the ability to have vanity URLs that signify your brand.
Tiny.url: TinyURL is probably the most common of all the URL shortening sites but some users are unaware of two key features they offer. The first is their “Open in a New Window” option that lets you double check your new tiny url on the spot and the second is a preview feature which lets anyone who clicks on the preview link to see what exactly they are accessing.
Pretty Link Lite: Pretty Link Lite is an amazing WordPress plugin that allows you to shorten links coming from your own domain. Studies have shown that people are more likely to click when they know exactly where they are going (as opposed to a string of numbers and letters with a .com). Pretty Links also offers tracking like Hits Per Link and Unique Hits Per link. There’s a free version and a paid version of this plugin.