Top URL Link Shortening Services

Link Shortening Service Alternatives To Bit.ly

Trying to post on Craigslist is getting more and more difficult.  As of November 25th, 2009, 2 of the most popular link shortening services, Bit.ly and tinyurl.com are now blacklisted.  So I went out to find some new ones to see if I could find one that still works. . . and I did.

Backstory:
URL shortening services were initially popular because web addresses started to get long and links would break when sent in an email. However, as microblogging services like Twitter have become popular, an increasing number of services and applications, including tracking & metrics, have been added to the basic URL shortening features.

Service Customizable URL Tracking 301 Redirect Unique Features
tinyurl
tinyurl.com
Yes No Yes Toolbar button
cligs
cli.gs
Yes Yes Yes Stats are private, real time and very detailed, geotarget URLs based on country of visitor, bookmarklet.
zima
zi.ma
Yes Yes Yes Bulk URL shortening, registration not required for stats, download stats to CSV, bookmarklet, “popular” links page
bitly
bit.ly
Yes Yes Yes Saves copy of page linked to, tracks “conversations”, Twitter search fo uses of shortened URL, bookmarklet, import to Google spreadsheets
tweetburner
twurl.nl (aka tweetburner)
No Yes No Most popular items linked in last hour, bookmarklet, built in to Twhirl
isgd
is.gd
No No Yes Really bleeping short URLs, bookmarklet, Firefox plugin, built in to Twhirl
snipurl
snipurl.com (aka Snurl Snipr Sn.im)
Yes Yes Yes Popular snips, snip search, RSS feed for snips, export to Excel, claim snips before you registered, edit snips
poprl
poprl.com
No Yes No Most POPular links, top domains, public stats, search, must register with Twitter account – boo
adjix
ad.vu (aka adjix)
No* Yes No Optional ads that share revenue, scheduled Tweeting, *use your own domain name as the link URLs, bookmarklet, option to use ad.vu
trim
tr.im
Yes Yes Yes Uses Twitter or identi.ca info for login, bookmarklet
budurl
budurl.com
Yes Yes* No** Detailed, real time stats (*if you upgrade) this is the only service with fees but there is a free version, **uses 307 redirect

Thanks to TopRankBlog.com for this table of the best URL Link Shortening Services!

Top 20 US Metropolitan Markets

Comparison of top 20 [22] Craigslist US marketplaces as to 2004 demographics information.

2004 Demographics:

  1. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI
  4. Washington-Baltimore-No. Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
  5. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  6. Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  8. Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH
  9. Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL
  11. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
  12. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
  13. Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA
  14. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI
  16. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
  17. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
  18. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
  19. Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO
  20. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

CraigsList top markets by percentage of traffic [Alexa.com source]

  1. sfbay.craigslist.org 7.6%
  2. • newyork.craigslist.org 6.6%
  3. • losangeles.craigslist.org 5.6%
  4. • seattle.craigslist.org 3.2%
  5. • washingtondc.craigslist.org 3.0%
  6. • chicago.craigslist.org 2.8%
  7. • sandiego.craigslist.org 2.6%
  8. • phoenix.craigslist.org 2.6%
  9. • boston.craigslist.org 2.5%
  10. • atlanta.craigslist.org 2.2%
  11. • portland.craigslist.org 2.2%
  12. • dallas.craigslist.org 2.1%
  13. • lasvegas.craigslist.org 2.0%
  14. • orangecounty.craigslist.org 1.9%
  15. • miami.craigslist.org 1.7%
  16. • denver.craigslist.org 1.6%
  17. • post.craigslist.org 1.5%
  18. • minneapolis.craigslist.org 1.5%
  19. • orlando.craigslist.org 1.4%
  20. • austin.craigslist.org 1.3%
  21. • sacramento.craigslist.org 1.3%
  22. • tampa.craigslist.org 1.3%