Using the Bit.ly URL shortener is an interesting alternative after the end of goo.gl. Google has announced that it will discontinue its URL shortener, Google Shortener (known as goo.gl) in March 2019. However, users who are not logged in or who have never created a reduced link will no longer have access from the 13th of April.
In this scenario, it is only fair to know other tools that have the same function. So the TechTudo prepared a tutorial to show how bit.ly works, one of the best known alternatives to goo.gl.
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Bit.ly is a free website that allows you to shorten links, but it also has several other functions. Among them, one of the best known and most used is to customize the URL. It is also possible to track the number of clicks, in the same way that Google Shortener did. Therefore, we will show you how to use the various ways in two ways: without having an account, shortening only anonymously, or logging in to access other resources.
List features seven interesting functions of the Bit.ly link shortener
Bitly shortens URLs and lets you track number of clicks Photo: Divulgao / Bitly
Shortening the link without registration
Step 1. Enter the bit.ly website and, on the home page, paste the URL you want to shorten into the bar indicated by the arrow.
One of the best known alternatives to goo.gle is bit.ly Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 2. In a few seconds, the shortened link appears. Now, just copy it by clicking "copy" to use it.
To shorten a link in bit.ly, just paste it in the main bar of Home Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Using other Bit.ly functions
Step 1. Enter the bit.ly website and, at the top of the page, click "login" if you already have an account, or "sign up" if you still need to register.
Bit.ly allows you to create shortened URLs by logging in or anonymously Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 2. For those who do not have an account on the website, it is possible to do so through a Google, Facebook or Twitter account. There is still the option of entering a name, e-mail and creating a password of more than six digits.
Bit.ly allows you to login with social network accounts Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 3. After logging into your account, select the orange button that reads "create a bitlink" in the upper right corner of the page.
To shorten a URL, just create a "create a bitlink" Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 4. A window appears on the right of the screen. Paste the URL you want to shorten into the box that says "paste long url".
Just paste the link in the box indicated to shorten it Photo: Reproduction / Clara Barreto
Step 5. After a few seconds, the shortened link appears in orange at the top of the window. Just click "copy" to copy it and use it wherever you want. It is also possible to share the shortened URL directly on Facebook or Twitter by clicking "share".
Bit.ly allows you to copy the link or share it directly to Facebook or Twitter Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 6. If you want to customize the URL, go to the "customize" section. Then, delete the part of the link after the slash (/) and write whatever you want.
Bit.ly allows you to customize shortened links Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 7. Click on "save" in the orange bar at the bottom of the window and wait a few seconds.
To personalize the links, the website needs to check if it already exists or if it can be used Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 8. If the custom link already exists, a red dialog box will appear on the page announcing "error". So just try a different name.
The site will announce an error if the link already exists Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 9. If the URL is accepted, just copy the link or share it, as shown in step 5.
If the link is successful, just copy or share it Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 10. To see the performance of the URLs, go back to the bit.ly homepage. If you want to follow a specific link, click on "Hide Chart".
Bit.ly also has the option of viewing the details of the links Foto: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 11. In the left side column, select the link you want to see the details and go!
The site shows how many clicks the URL had, in how long Photo: Reproduo / Clara Barreto
Step 12. To see all other information about the link, simply scroll down.
Other information about the clicks can also be observed, such as country of origin of the user who clicked on the URL Photo: Reproduction / Clara Barreto