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How to Use URL Shortener to Create a Short Link

A URL shortener is an online service that gives you a new, very short URL that is easier to share. This tutorial will introduce how to shorten a URL (web address) by using URL shortener.

Part 1: Create a Short URL by using Google's URL Shortener

The basic process is to copy the long URL into the Google's URL shortener, and it will give you a shorter URL.

Step 1: Select a URL in the address bar and copy it.

Step 2: Then go to visit goo.gl and then click the Sign in button in the top right corner.

Visit google shortener webpage

Tip: If you aren’t signed in, it requires to verify when create a short URL.

verify

Step 3: Paste your long URL into box it provided. Then click Shorten URL.

Shorten URL

Step 4: The shortened URL will appear. You can then copy the new URL and paste it wherever you want.

Copy ans use short URL

Part 2: Create a Short URL by Using Tiny URL Shortener

TinyURL is a free service, it's a very useful application that is widely used on Twitter. You don't need an account to use TinyURL. How to create a tinyurl shortened link, the exact steps are below:

Step 1: Just go to TinyURL.com and paste your long link in the box it provided.

Make a tinyurl link

Step 2: Then click Make TinyURL button. The shorten URL is generated.

Tiny URL is created

Step 3: You can add TinyURL to your bookmarks bar within your browser so you can shorten URLs at the click of a button.

Add tinyurl to your toolbar

If you’re looking for a quick way to shorten a long URL, TinyURL is a great choice. But if you want a more robust service, refer to one of the options listed above.

Other URL shorteners

There are many other URL shorteners, the process to shorten a UEL is similar to using goo.gl.

Some websites even have their own URL shorteners. A few most common used ones are:

These specialized URL shorteners work well and conveniently to use because they are built into the site itself.

Note: Shortened URLs may use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and other characters. When you want to share some thing use short URL to another person, it's recommended to copy it. In case that you type wrong one character, the link go to a completely different website.