*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 😉

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!