Latest URL Link Shortening Services For Craigslist and Backpage

BLU.CC new URL Shortening Service

I posted a blog recently about URL alternatives to Bit.ly that you can refer to here.

Craigslist is constantly changing the rules and making it harder and harder to use hyperlinked URL shorteners.  Backpage is a bit more lenient and as a matter of fact, as of Sept 15, 2011, I found the latest URL shortener that’s sticking.  It’s called Blu.cc and it’s currently in Beta. Which means of course, it may go bust at any time in the next 6 months or so.

Case in point, in my last update earlier this year, kl.am was working for Craigslist and since has gone bust sometime in January. Their page takes homage to Douglas Adams with the ‘so long and thanks for all the fish’ line.

Blu.cc markets themselves with the tagline “Small links for tweeting” as they try to break into the popular and competitive twitter realm.

PS: is.gd is still valid but I haven’t been able to use them on Craigslist for a while.

How To Create A Good Password

Here’s a great way to make easy to remember but hard to crack passwords for your email, bank accounts, affiliate accounts, or any other site that requires a password.

Did you know that “Password” is one of the 10 most used passwords every year?!

Surely the ‘00‘ in you would never choose such a foolish thing!

The most secure passwords you can use are known as “pass phrases” such as ” A cow says moo”.

You can easily turn that into “acowsaysmoo” by simply removing the spaces between the words.

Hackers invented a language called leetspeak, where they use characters and numbers that look like letters but they’re actually identified differently by security software.

These are called homoglyphs, or symbols that closely resemble the letters for which they stand.

(“4(0//say5M0o”. Can you see it?)

Here it is broken down by each word:

A= the number 4

cow = (0//  which is open parenthesis, the number zero, and two slashes to make the ‘W’

says= say5  where the second ‘S’ is switched to the number 5

moo = capital ‘M’ followed by a zero and a lower case ‘o’.

Remember, most people don’t make use of upper case letters with the exception of sites that require you to use at least one upper case character/letter.

Use this tool to your advantage and get creative with symbols and numbers.

Want to learn more about LEET? or should I say, 1337? These Wiki links have a whole list of characters to use in place of letters.

Another good tip is the LONGER the BETTER. I’ve heard is that a 12 character password could take a thief up to 17000 years to crack.

The top ten most common (and stupid) passwords used [according to a survey by PC Magazine]

1. password

2. 123456

3. qwerty

4. abc123

5. letmein

6. monkey

7. myspace 1

8. password 1

9. blink182

10. (your first name)

These are the first passwords that a criminal would try when attempting to hack your account.

Other types of passwords you want to avoid are birthdays and the names of your children or spouse.

*UPDATE* to Top URL Link Shortening Services

I posted a blog recently about URL alternatives to Bit.ly that you can refer to here.

I had been using Zi.ma for a few months in place of bit.ly on CL as craigslist has blacklisted bit.ly links but zi.ma was being accepted.  However, today it has been down, which is bad for business if you know what I mean.

I searched around and found an interesting bit of info on Zi.ma:

http://kl.am/ZiMaAndKlAm

So I went ahead and registered for a free KL.AM account and switched / adjusted my links and now I’m back in business.  Klam offers some nice tracking features too – like stats  – visits and clicks even geo tracking.

Shorten URL with URL Shortener for Internet MarketersYou gotta love the creativity with these site names and extensions.

Zima – bad beer alternative beverage of the 90s.

Klam. . .  sounds like one of the cartoon words from the 60s Batman show during fight scenes.

Ka-blam! Ker-Pow!

Anyway, if you are looking for another alternative URL link shortening site, check out http://kl.am

*UPDATE* January 23, 2011

Kl.am no longer works (hasn’t in a while) I noticed that people are still reading this post and i figured i’d update it with WHAT’S WORKING NOW.
The URL Shortening site I’ve been using to this day successfully on Craigslist and Backpage is is.gd

Here’s the link http://is.gd

You’re Welcome 😉