Here's are 3 reasons why should never use a free URL shortener or link cloaking service:
1) A lot of ISPs block them because they often collect your data and share it with other sites. ISPs don't like that! And what happens if they get hacked and/or blacklisted? Don't take a chance in letting your links get blocked.
2) You don't control the service, so if they go out of business all your links quit working. Think about it. Do you keep a record of all your short links you use by a 3rd party?
3) Those URLs you shorten are impossible to remember and/or edit later. One of my pet peeves is I can't go back and edit where it goes on some of the services out there.
So what's the solution? Use an affiliate cloaking/redirect script on your own domain that protects you from all these things and more.
My friend Christine Cobb recommended a tool to me and I've been using it for about a month now. I love it! It's super easy to use, only takes seconds to create a shorturl, tracks clicks, and even makes QR Codes!
I set mine up on a separate domain (reginahelp.me) and use that domain only for my shorturls.
Check out Easy Redirect Script at http://reginahelp.me/easyredirectscript/ <--that's my affiliate link
Since I am using WordPress for my website, I am trying to decide if I want to convert my Pretty Link Pro links or continue to use the plugin. I love the way Pretty Links works, tracks, and it's right inside my Dashboard.
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What are your thoughts? Should I convert my links and stop using a plugin? Have you tried the Easy Redirect Script? What do you use for cloaking your affiliate links or shorturl redirects? What are your fears of using redirect scripts? Looking forward to reading your comments below.