Finding the Best URL Shortener for You
At Rebrandly, we value your right to choose. We understand that we may not always be the right fit, and there may be another tool out there that fits your specific need a little bit better.
So if you've decided that Rebrandly is not the tool for you, we wanted to share with you the 6 Best URL Shorteners outside of Rebrandly:
For the full article, please go to The 6 Best URL Shorteners and How to Choose the Right One For You
YOURLS is an open-source DIY solution that is absolutely worth mentioning on our top 10 list, but is also not going to be the right solution for 99% of people.
While I’ve already recommended not doing it yourself, you may need to for one reason or another. Maybe you want to make sure no one else at all can see or own your data, or perhaps you’re working on becoming a better programmer and want to do this for school.
If you’ve got some experience coding and you’re own web server, this one could be for you.
Sniply is a great URL shortener for content creators really hustling to build an email list or drive additional traffic.
You’ve probably ran across a Sniply link before. When you click on it, it looks like you’ve been taken to a website, but what is really happening is that you are being shown the website in an iFrame and Sniply is overlaying a form on the bottom that says something like “Join my list” or “Check out this related post.”
This is great for content curators because when you send people to someone else’s site, you tend to lose them forever. Now you can convert some of those users…
I personally really dislike this strategy and think that overlay tools like this, which are becoming quite the fad, will die out in the next few years. My warning to you and Sniply is quite simple:
If it’s bad for the user experience it won’t last.
And quite frankly this is bad for the user experience.
Between that and the fact that Dustin Stout already created a tool called Framebuster to block this from working on your website, it’s only a matter of time before all websites block this type of activity, which will lead to sending traffic to error pages and ultimately losing trust with your audience.
My advice is to not use tools like this, but hey, if it is working for you, use it while you can.
Branch is an analytics company specializing in deep links and improved attribution for mobile apps. If you are creating, or have, a mobile app, and have a very slim website, this one is probably for you. Their core deep linking features and analytics are free, while the more advanced premium solutions are charged.
While Bitly is the market leader in the URL shortener space, with at least a 10x lead over ClickMeter and many of their closest competitors, their company is completely focused on enterprise solutions.
If you work for a large brand or company, then they could absolutely be right for you, but for the other 90% of us, Bitly kinda, well, falls flat.
But their blog is the best in the industry (but I’m coming after them on that), they have great funding, and a great team.
ClickMeter is a great solution for affiliate marketers, advertisers, and enterprise level companies that are looking for something a little bit more technical and just a little different than Bitly.
They also offer conversion tracking, which not a lot of other URL shorteners are doing.
The truth is… Clkim is a very close competitor to Rebrandly. They offer very similar features, have a solid price point and user interface, and work to educate their users. I mean, I like what they do.
The main difference between Rebrandly and Clkim is that they have turned focus a bit more towards link monetization and interstitial advertising, and we are completely dedicated to link branding and the power of link trust.
If you like everything Rebrandly does, but are looking for interstitial ads, anti-ad blocker, and monetized campaign management, then yes, head to Clkim, because we will not be offering those features any time soon.
This article is about:
- Alternative URL shorteners
- Rebrandly vs Other URL shorteners
- Choosing the right URL shortener for you