URL shorteners have been around for years, and during their short history they've each had a short period of glory. The shortener you used in 2015 may not be the shortener you use in 2016 because shorteners have evolved to give you more features and benefits while at the same time also increasing prices.
We've reviewed all major URL shortening services to bring you a list of the best available today. We'll compare them on several factors that we think are most important: features offered by free accounts, price (both yearly and monthly), and if there's an API available.
After testing all different types of URLs from article pages to image sharing sites, we've come up with what we believe is the best shortcuts we can find today.
We started by rating each URL shortener based on what we thought would be the most important consideration factors for users. The three main factors we looked at were:
- Features: understanding what they offer you, especially what they offer for free.
- Price: what you might have to pay, what paid offerings do they have, and how do they compare with other URL shorteners.
- API availability: how user friendly is the API? How easy is it to get started? Can you do more with it?
After rating each shortener, we compiled a list of the best 3 shorteners that we think are worth your time.
1st Place – Bitly Bitly offers an extremely user friendly and well-designed shortening service, as well as a free shortener for those users who want to shorten 25 short links or less. The best part about Bitly, is that there's no limit to the number of short URLs you can create, and also offers a plethora of features that most other shorteners don't, including a bookmarklet that lets you easily tag interesting links from throughout the web, and their Chrome extension which automatically shortens any long url or page you're currently browsing so you never have to leave your browser again.
2nd Place – GoGaGa With over 1 million short links created since 2012, GoGaGa has set themselves apart by providing an easy way to not only shorten your links but also turn them into money making machines. You can place links on your website, in your email signature, or even on social media and get paid every time someone clicks on them.
3rd Place – Google URL Shortener Although it's not as feature rich as Bitly or GoGaGa, the Google URL Shortener is still a great option for those looking for a simple and straightforward way to shorten their URLs without all of the bells and whistles. It's free, easy to use, and integrates well with other Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive.
matchurl.co was not rated because it is a new service that has yet to offer a significant amount of features to users.
We hope you found this article helpful! If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Thank you for reading!
-The MatchURL Team.
We hope you found this article helpful! If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading! -The MatchURL Team.
- The MatchURL Team.
MatchURL is a new URL shortener that has yet to offer a significant amount of features to users. We did not rate it in this comparison because we wanted to focus on the most popular and well-known URL shorteners. However, if you are looking for a simple and straightforward way to shorten your URLs, Google URL Shortener is a great option. It's free, easy to use, and integrates well with other Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive. For more detailed information on each of the URL shorteners in this comparison, please visit our website at www.matchurl.co.
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