WEB url shortner?

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  1. airbball23

    airbball23 Rent this Space only $5/mnth

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    so i was thinking bout this the other day and i wanted some input.

    many sites offer a "short url" for redirecting to other sites. It comes in handy for things such a twitter or hiding a ref. url

    but how do these url shortner sites like bit.ly make money with no ads on their site?
     
  2. maxxpower

    maxxpower OG Lauren Crew - Observer OT Supporter

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    most of them do have ads, bitly is still in its infancy and is probably trying to generate some traffic before implementing ads.
     
  3. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    maybe big sites like twitter pay them to use their services :dunno:
     
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    nah doubt that. why would twitter care?
     
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    i guess your right. http://tinyurl.com/ has ads but i hardly even noticed them.

    but i wonder how much bandwidth it takes to redirect the site to another. probably not much?

    any programs out there that can help w/ redirecting?
     
  6. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    it takes a huge load off of their servers vs shortening themselves.. and they need to shorten urls because of how limited they are for space in each message
     
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    I doubt it though only because twitter makes next to no money :rofl:
     
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    if i owned one of them sites, i'd rewrite the URLs to include my affiliate links :o

    edit: read that this is apparantly what they did at one point for links that didn't have a affiliate id in (might still do)
     
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    what i want to know is - how is twitpic making any money??
     
  10. airbball23

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    i guess they are waiting to be bought out by twitter or somthing..
     
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    where'd u read this?
     
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    noon get high and teach me how to listen

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    Lol, well they probably don't do this but it would be funny if they replaced/inserted their own affiliate ID for known/matching affiliate URLs, say like 10% of the time-- ha
     
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    Snipurl works pretty fine for me.
    I just use the Snipr.com variant for my tweet links.
     
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