11. Manual: Shorten and Track Tool
Posted by Mark Seaman on 29 June 2009 01:12 PM
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To quickly shorten your original URL go to "Single URL" tab and paste it into "URL" field. Press "Shorten and Track". You will receive a short link in another second. But if you want to use some additional features press "Advanced settings" bar.
Shorten single URL
Custom tag – your short URL will look something like this: http://fa.by/f27c73 where /f27c73 will come as a default tag for your URL. Using "Custom tag" option you can specify tag and make it look like this: http://fa.by/tag1 or http://fa.by/sun or even like this: http://fa.by/1. You can use any custom tag you want either to make your URL really short or make it noticeable among the other similar URLs.
Password –protects your short link with password so only authorized users could use it. This is very helpful when you need to filter your visitors to archive a targeted or pure result.
Other advanced options will work to each URL from the group like in case with a single URL.
Shorten bulk URLs
Now pay attention to the navigation menu above the tool.
Here you see three icons: URL shortener (the tool itself); My Short URLs (list of shortened URLs) and Logs (track details of your short links).
My Short URLs
As soon as you shortened your URLs you can find them in "My Short URLs" section. Here you see a list of all short URLs ever created. The same list you will find in "My saves"-"My short URL" section in main menu.
My Short URLs
URL – here you see an original URL which was shortened
Valid till – this column will show you an expiration date of a short link if this option was used.
The "lock" symbol () will indicate if a short URL was password-protected.
Hits – shows how many times your short URL was hit. Press this icon () to see hits history regarding this short URL.
Note: you will be able to see your short URL log only if any hits occurred.
To delete URL from the list press ()
Edit – press this icon () to change your short URL settings
Edit short URL settings
This section shows a complete log report regarding all short URL.
To see a log report regarding any given URL click "histogram" icon () in "My Short URLs" section.
Log section will show you every time when short URLs were hit.
Short URL logs
Time / Date – time and date when URL was hit
Tag – shows a tag of your short URL (custom or default) which was hit. Press the icon next to a tag () and you will see details regarding this short URL
Target – shows a domain name your URL was referred to. Press the icon next to target domain to follow the URL which was shortened.
From – here you can see were your hit is coming from: a link to the page with your short URL. "Type-in" – means that your short URL was pasted directly to a browser.
Whois – finally you can find out where your visitor is located. You can see an IP address in the table and if you click the icon next to IP address () you will see ip2location.com page with detailed information regarding the specific IP address.
Also you can sort (filter) URLs by any value: "time/date", "tag", "target", "from", "whois". Just click needed value to sort.
Quick shorten widget
Pay attention to the bottom of the page. You see "Short URL" and "Short2Twitter" tags.