A URL Shortener is a technique in which a URL may be made shorter in length and still redirect to the original long page.
Most URL Shorteners are free and easy to use but come with limitations.
Google shut down it’s Google URL Shortener in 2018 with continued support until March 30, 2019. However, all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination.
Bitly offers a free and enterprise version of its URL shortening service. No signup necessary but creating an account allows you to manage links quickly and change the short link characters if you wish.
According to this Quora answer, the enterprise version of Bitly costs around $995/month.
Pro Tip: add + after the short link to access analytics of any bitly link. bitly.com/link+
A simple shortener that requires no sign-up and allows users to customize the keyword. The service is free to use, but there is no analytics.
Tiny.cc is another popular and free URL shortener service that can log basic statistics for each short and a custom URL.
4. Rebrandly (Editor’s Choice)
Rebrandly is one of the best URL shortener services on the market. It’s the most complete and reliable link management platform. Their solution provides the easiest way to create, measure, and manage short URLs with a custom domain name.
You can buy your domain name using Rebrandly, tag your URLs using UTM tagging, allow social media pixels to optimize for conversions and more.
It costs $29 per month for its Starter plan.
eg.gd is a new URL shortener service that offers exactly the same as Brandly but for free. It was launched last year when bit.ly service was blocked in Egypt.