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7 Best Free URL Shorteners in 2020 

Link shorteners are tools that turn long links into tiny URLs. These links are easier to use and share, making them more appealing to clients. Additionally, many link shorteners include features such as enhanced security and custom branding to make links safe to use and attractive to marketers and customers alike. As such, link shorteners are an important tool for sales teams, customer service agents, small businesses, and others who are looking to attract customers or service clients safely and efficiently. Many online services also provide free URL shorteners so that basic link shortening services can be accessed without cost.

However, with so many free URL shorteners out there, it can be difficult to decide which best fits the needs of your company and clients. That’s why we at Droplr have compiled a list of the 7 Best Free URL Shorteners in 2020. Read on to compare seven free URL shorteners and determine which one is the best for you.

Picking the Best Free URL Shortener

TinyURL.COM

How to make a short link using TinyURL

As the first free URL shortener to gain traction online, TinyURL is one of the better-known and most accessible free link shorteners. To use, simply input a URL in the box on the front page and click “Make TinyURL!,” as shown in the above video. TinyURL also includes a free link preview service, where users can preview links before clicking on them in order to avoid bad or dangerous redirects, as well as a toolbar button that you can attach to most web browsers. 

Tiny.cc

tiny.cc URL shortener

Like TinyURL, Tiny.cc is a quick and easy free URL shortener where you paste a long URL into the box on the front page, add an optional custom link ending, and click “shorten.” With a free account, you can view your created URLs alongside traffic statistics as well as edit or delete your links. These URLs can also be turned into a QR code or exported into an Excel document or printout version. 

Bitly

bitly generator

Bitly is well-known for its paid link shortener that allows businesses to create and monitor custom short links. But did you know that there’s a free version too? Bitly’s free URL shortener includes link tags that allow users to sort their links as well as simple analytics that track the total number of clicks, top referrers, and the location of clickers. All you have to do to access these great features is create a free Bitly account that can be connected to your email, Google account, or company SSO account. 

Rebrandly 

rebrandly URL shortener

Like Bitly, Rebrandly is primarily known for its paid plans and custom URLs. Also like Bitly, it includes a free URL shortener with several outstanding features. Rebrandly’s free plan offers an unlimited number of short URLs, 500 branded URLs, 5 custom domain names, and tracking for up to 5,000 clicks per month. You can create a free account using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, or business email. 

YOURLS

custom URL shortener

YOURLS stands for Your Own URL Shortener. It is a free, open-source set of PHP scripts that lets you create and run your own custom link shortener. Using YOURLS’ open-source custom link shortener, you can add your own link management services such as branded links and traffic statistics without paying a third-party. You also own your own data. The installation process is fairly simple, though you do need experience with software coding to design and implement your own custom URL shortener. Still, YOURLS is the best link shortener for anyone with programming experience who wants to customize and own their short URL links. 

Firebase Dynamic Links

google link shortener

Firebase Dynamic Links is the new replacement for Google URL Shortener, though with very different features. This new Google link shortener is specifically focused on promoting mobile apps; their smart URLs are meant to transition users from desktop and mobile web users to a company’s mobile app. After they’ve installed the app, the short URL will direct them to the same page on the app that they were viewing in-browser. Firebase’s free URL shortener includes a number of features such as analytics, app indexing, 1 GiB of stored data in the cloud, cloud messaging, and unlimited dynamic links. If you go over storage limits, however, you will begin paying as you go.

For more information on the switch from Google URL Shortener to Firebase Dynamic Links, check out this post on the Google Developers Blog. Do note that if you have used Google’s link shortener in the past, your links will continue to redirect to the correct location. However, nobody can create new goo.gl short links.

BL.INK

bl.ink URL shortener

BL.INK is similar to Bitly and Rebrandly in that it offers both paid and free plans for its link shortener. Its free plan includes one user, 1,000 links, one custom domain, and tracking for 1,000 clicks per link. It also includes exciting features typically reserved for paid plans such as branded links, smart links, link editing, API access, and a Zapier integration. Signing up is easy with Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, or email.

Learn More About Link Shorteners

Unfortunately, free URL shorteners do not include the same services as paid ones, such as extensive custom branding options and detailed analytics. If you need more control over your small URLs but don’t want to break the bank, then check out our article on the 5 Best URL Shorteners in 2020 to find the best link shortener for your needs.

If you want to learn more about how to create a tiny URL, then check out our article How to Shorten a Link.

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