June 13, 2012

Google Short Links: Create Shortcuts To Web URLs!


Google Short LinksWordpress users do surely know about Gocodes. Gocodes is a URL redirection/shortener plugin available only for wordpress users but now thanks to Google apps you don't even need such plugin and can easily shorten URLs using your very own domain. You can now easily hide and redirect your affiliate links in Blogger too using Google Short Links. You no more need URL shortening services like ow.ly, goo.gl, tinyurl, bit.ly, etc to create tiny web addresses for your links. You can now do it for free using your Google Apps account. This method let's you create easy to recall shortcut URLs to any web address on the internet. It will let you mask complex affiliate links and help you share them on your blog, twitter or Facebook more efficiently.


Google Apps Services 
Part2: Google Short Links - Create Shortcuts to URLs

Requirements

In order to use Google Short Links service you must have a domain and a Google Apps account. If you don't have an apps account please create one at Google Apps For domains or read our tutorial on creating Email address with Google Apps to learn more.

Install Google Short Links

  1. Go To Google Apps Marketplace
  2. Click the Add it now button
  3. Check the agreement
  4. Where ask to insert Web Address, type go inside the box
  5. Click the submit button
  6. In the next page you will be asked to setup a CNAME record. Simply follow the easy steps. Hostgator users may go to their cpanel and search for Advanced DNS Zone and then create a CNAME record. For TTL submit 3600 as default. Inside name submit go and inside CNAME submit ghs.google.com
hostgator CNAME record
  7.   When all things done click the submit button.
You have now successfully created a new web address from where you can create and manage short links. Just go to your short link page. In our case it is go.smartearningmethods.com.
creating Short link with googleapps
You will have to insert the shortcut name in first box and original url in second box. Make sure you check the public box so that the link is accessible to all. Use simple words. Like in our case we chose gplus as a keyword and inserted our Google plus link in the URL box so create a short link which looks like this:
http://go.mybloggertricks.com/gplus
In order to change or delete your short links, click "My links" at your top-right.  You will be able to manage and update the links from there. That simple!

How it works?

These short links work on a temporary 302 redirect. The visitor is redirected to the original URL once he clicks the masked or shorten URL. The advantage of temporary 302 redirect unlike the permanent 301 redirect is that, your PageRank would not be effected even if you link to your affiliate short urls with do follow.
Take a look at these complex links. The links include my RSS feed, Email Feed and Google Plus profile.
BEFORE:
http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=TntByStc&loc=en_US
http://feeds.feedburner.com/TntByStc
http://plus.google.com/107381172453188253394
See how neatly they are masked;
AFTER:
http://go.mybloggertricks.com/Emailfeeds
http://go.mybloggertricks.com/feeds
http://go.mybloggertricks.com/gplus
If you click the masked URL or original URL, you will land on the same page. Try it.

Need help?

Please let me know if you needed any help. Do you think this service is far better than free services like TinyURL and in what ways can it benefit you more? What will be the first complex long link that you would like to mask?
Peace and blessings Pals! :)




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  1. yeah nice post...by the way is their is any benefit of shortening urls...i dont thinks so..BTW nice post...
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  2. New Information

    similarly blogger.com footer links

    Thanks mohammad

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  3. I like the idea of this but reading Google's terms and conditions is a bit worrying!

    a. Your use of Google Labs apps is without support of any kind. All questions regarding Your use must be directed to discussion groups.
    b. Google does not promise that Google Labs apps will work for your purposes, or that they are free from viruses, bugs, or other defects. Google Labs apps are provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind. You alone bear the risk of using this service.

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  4. Thank you for the post, Mohammad. Unfortunately, activating this, my naked domain stopped working without www. Therefore, I prefered to remove the new DNS that I made for short URL-s.

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    Vesselin Kissiov

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  5. @probloggertricks

    The advantage is such that people using your affiliate link wont be able to recognize it. This increases sales and is highly recommended.

    @Diets
    Yes its true. Its a service which is operated under Google Labs. Just like Google pages this service can stop working anytime. But I have started using it because even if the service is removed it wont take us long to replace the links on selected posts. :)

    @Веселин Кисьов
    Vesselin you can still redirect your naked domain to full domain by going to Control Panel of Google Apps > Domain Settings > Domain Names

    You should not abandon it just because of this small adjustment. Its worth using it :)

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  6. @Mohammad
    When I first saw this I thought it will change the whole structure of the actual url provided by blogger but it is just a redirect like other url shortening services.

    Can you explain the query of Naked Domain by Веселин Кисьов.

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  7. @Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai

    Why they used 302 Found ? 301 isn't better ?

    Thanks!

    ~UnlockBoot

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  8. yeah nice post...by the way is their is any benefit of shortening urls...i dont thinks so..BTW nice post...


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  9. Hi, A great post. May I recommend a short url script from http://wurlie.net/ to create your very own short url service website.

    Kind regards,
    Simon.

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