Ever heard of it? URL, as we all know is the link address of a particular web page. The whole idea behind URL shortening is to reduce the length of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) link address and at the same time ensuring that the destination is still reachable.
We often see redirection in practice on the World Wide Web. This techniques works in a same way. The new smaller domain name is redirected to the original long URL.
Now the question being ‘Why do it?’ This is done to facilitate URL posting on social networking sites like twitter that otherwise restrict the number of characters allowed in a post thus preventing users from unnecessary and irrelevant scams. A shortened URL can now be easily mentioned in a tweet.
The shortening technique can be wisely used to earn money. To successfully shorten a URL all we need to do is to select a website that provides this service. Once found we need to sign up with website authorities. After logging in you just need to paste the URL you intend to shorten and click on generate.
Once the shortened version is generated, copy it and share it on social networking sites, social imaging sites, and download and torrent websites. Whosoever clicks on these shortened links, gets redirected to the large URL but meanwhile gets to see some advertisement with a skip option. But before he skips the advertisement it’s too late as you are already getting paid when the link was first clicked.
The amount is debited in your account by the website company that provides the shortening services. You can get anywhere around 4-10 USD per 100 clicks depending on the website offering the service. There are a number of websites that offer URL shortening. A few of them are:
Each website has its own policies of mode of payments. Most common being a ‘Paypal’ account. The payment timings are usually during first week of the month. Some of them even have a minimum requirement before the actual payment starts which needs to be fulfilled first.
Again there are dos and don’ts. Do read the FAQs before posting and sharing. Some links are categorized as spams and hence banned.