By using your own URL shortener (instead of bit.ly or tinyurl) you will look much more professional. But unless you know hard core PHP programming, you probably haven't even considered making your own link shortener. Thanks to this report, you can now obtain your own URL shortener in 3 simple steps.
Are you wondering how you can make a URL shortener yourself? Maybe even looking for a script to set up your URL shortener?
Many years ago, right after the first URL shorteners appeared, I created my own URL shortener. People could personalize the urls themselves. That was a feature nobody else offered for free back then, and only one or two offered for a steep monthly fee.
I spend months programming the site, but I never got around to making statistics available, nor giving people a way to change their links afterwards.
After a few years, I let the domain go, but I missed having my own personal URL shortener instead of using bit.ly or any of the other shorteners available.
Then a couple of weeks ago, I heard about a script, free, to set up a URL shortener on my own domain. It was a URL shortener open source PHP script, but it wasn't that hard to install. It's called YOURLS, in case you're wondering. But before you rush off to get it, read on to see what you risk.
Intruders on my domain
At first, everything looked good. I had chosen private access, so that I was the only one who had access to the dashboard and could make shortened URLs.
YOURLS worked, although it showed many more hits than actual clicks.
Then I noticed that somebody had made a shortened URL to some russian site. And it wasn't me.
I deleted the link, and checked for an update of the script. No update. Apparently, the script hadn't been updated for a long time.
So I contacted one of its two creators. No answer.
I hoped that it was jus something that had happened once and would go away by itself.
Well, it wasn't. A week or so after, when I logged in again, I saw several new links to russian sites and other sites containing – well, let's just say not very good content.
I deleted them all, but now I've had enough!
The problem was that I didn't know what to do – should I – again – come up with my own PHP script? Spend weeks and hours on programming myself? Or what?
How to Make Your Own URL Shortener in Three Simple Steps
Sometimes, you just get lucky. I did. I stumbled upon a couple of things, chained them together, and I was able to set up my own URL shortener in less than 30 seconds.
And I'm willing to share this secret with you – so I wrote it all down in a small report. You can get it here for almost nothing.
Will it work for you? Yes, you don't even have to be technical minded.
Do you have to do further investments? It depends – if you already have a domain, you can use (I had), then no, you don't have to. My method shows you exactly how to set up a URL shortener with free means.