Tips on How to Make Money with URL Shorteners

If you’re not aware of the previous article I posted on What is URL Shortner(How URL shortening works), read it to get an idea about what is the use of shortening the URL. This will make your work simple in earning money through URL shorteners. URL Monetization is the simplest way to earn money online for people with and without websites.

URL shortening sites will pay you if someone clicks the link you’ve shortened. When a visitor clicks the shortened link, an interstitial ad will be displayed for 5 seconds. You will be paid for generating traffic via the shortened link. After 5 seconds the visitor can skip the ad and reach the destination site. Here I’m going to tell you about different ways and tips to earn money by shortening URLs.

How to earn money using link shortener

How does Link Shortening Works:

Shortening an url is very simple. After joining a site. Just follow the instructions given below.

How to use url shortner

Enter the URL you want to shorten in the given box as shown above and click shorten.

How to use url shortner | Shortened url

The shortened url will be displayed as shown above. Just copy the link and paste it into the target destination like blog articles, social media, forums, etc.

Click here to check how the shrinked url works.

5 Ways to Earn Money using Link Shortened URLs:

1. Monetize the Links on your Website:

The best and long-term way to earn money through url shortener is by shortening the links on your website. This might not work for the people who do not own a website.

Url shortener sites will provide a bulk shortening script. Just copy that script and place it just above </body>.

After placing the script all the links will be converted automatically whenever your website loads and each time when your visitor clicks a link on your website your account will be credited.

If you don’t wish to convert all the links, use the single or multiple links options to shorten the necessary links. After shortening manually replace the links which you’ve shortened.

Related article How to start a blog to make money.

2. Social Media(Facebook, Twitter):

  • This is the best and easiest method to earn, but short-term. Social media is the place where millions of people browse every day, especially Facebook.
  • Choose a trending topic that your friends like, and shorten the url of the website to which you’re going to connect. Post it on Facebook or some other social media. Every time your link gets a click your account will be credited.
  • If you’ve 500 friends make it attractive that 300 of your friend clicks and 50 of your friends share it. Your shortened link will go all around Facebook. If your link gets 1000 clicks you can earn up to $12 i.e. you can earn $0.012 per click depending upon your geographical location.
  • I’ve posted a sample post on my Facebook fan page, see the picture shown below.
Example of posting shortened url on Facebook to earn money

Create a Group or a Fan page to Earn by Shortening URL:

If you wish to earn hundreds of dollars through Facebook. Create a fan page on a trending topic (For example – Politics, education, cinemas, local language news, comedies, sports, university, Hollywood, etc) the topic you select should never run out of trending news.

Edit the page profile photo and cover using photoshop to make it attractive and change it regularly.

If you start a page about football/ soccer, make it professional and post topics daily. This will make Facebook members like your page. Make your fan page larger and larger.

Now, start to post topics like about previous matches post comments, comments about a particular player, etc, upload attractive pictures manually, and link them to the website like,, etc. Type the first three lines of the article, type read more/ know more at the end, and then paste your shortened link next to it. I’m damn sure that 90% of fans will click it. The click rate depends on how attractive the picture is.

The member will be redirected to the destination page if he/she clicks the link or the image. Attractive pictures urge fans to click (For example, a Screenshot of a goal).

Similarly syllabus, model question papers, and tentative exam results announce the date, and the Semester time table will get more clicks.

In the case of films and cinemas, post about film rating, release date, album release, music download link, film description page, interviews, etc. These pages will get thousands of fans at no time. But, be true do not cheat or spam.

If your page has 10,000 fans. If you get clicks from 5,000 fans your earnings will be up to $0.012 * 5000 = $60 per day. So, your earnings per month will be up to $60 * 30 = $1,800.

Many fans will share your post. So, more clicks.

Apply the same on other social media sites.

Related article Use Social media Fan page to earn with affiliate marketing.

Things to remember about Social Media Posting:
  • If you own a fan page or a group be professional. Don’t make more than 2 posts per day. Crowded posts might make fans frustrated.
  • Don’t post too many shortened URLs. Your social media account might be blocked for spamming.
  • Social media will automatically block most of the URL shortener links except a few to prevent spamming.

Recommended article How to earn money on Twitter.

3. Leave Monetized URLs as the comment signature:

If you comment on any blog or website. Leave your shortened website link next to your comment.

How to leave a comment in a website using short url to earn money

Your link will not work if you post url only. To make your shortened url work, use the code given below.

<a href=”put your shortened link here” rel=”nofollow”>Type your message here / Anchor text</a>

Don’t even miss a single symbol or punctuation, your link might not work if you miss any.

The people will click the monetized link only based on your anchor text. The anchor text will appear (Ex. blue color) like this “shortened url“. Be informative and attractive. The text must be related to the website you place and connect.

Please the webmaster with good comments before you place a link. Because they might remove the empty comment with a link that doesn’t any sense to the blog.

Things to remember before commenting:
  • If you post a link successfully you will get earnings for a lifetime as long as the link remains in the position.
  • In most cases, this activity is called spamming. You will get success in only 1 out of 10 comments.
  • So, this is not an effective way to make money using URL shorteners.

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4. Send Shortened Links through Whatsapp: 

Whats app is the no:1 smartphone messenger app. Tons of messages are sent to friends and groups every day. You can use what app as the best money-making source.

To earn more, join several groups which contain more members.

Try to find the sources related to the topic of the group every day on the internet. Collect the url of a website that contains an interesting topic.

Shorten the url and send it through what app. Every time someone clicks the link your account will be filled with money automatically.

I think WhatsApp is best than Facebook (excluding fan page) as 100% visitors of your message will click in whats app. Whereas in Facebook only countable people will click the link if you post it in your account as there will be several best posts than yours.

Your success depends on the landing website quality. The link you send must make your group members and your friends expecting for it daily. Try to send links related to local films, sports, starts, etc as these are very interesting topics.

You can also create posts on Facebook about something and shorten the link of the Facebook post and send it to WhatsApp groups and friends if you cannot find a url of a website daily.

Don’t send the links too often. Make sure you send only once and max. twice per day.

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5. Potential Referral Programs to Make thousands of referring people to Link shorteners:

Url shortener referral program

If you feel doing these works is very complex, you can earn without doing anything. Refer your friends using your referral link. The link shortener site will pay you a referral commission for every click your friend generates. 

The percentage of referral commission depends on the url shortener you use. It may vary from 5% to 50%.

For example: If your friend earns $10 a day you will receive $2 as referral commission(calculated as 20% on average).

If you refer 10 people you can earn $20 per day based on your referral performance.

And getting a referral is easy. Each time when someone clicks the link, above the ad page your referral link will be placed automatically in an image like “Earn money by link shortening”. If someone joins by clicking that image he/she will be your referral.

Related article 10 ways to generate referrals.

More articles on URL shortening Topics:

Top 10 best URL shorteners.

What is the use of shortening links?

8 thoughts on “Tips on How to Make Money with URL Shorteners”

  1. Hey thanks for the article. I will apply your methods to account I use now. I use on my site and on Facebook as well. The most of my traffic comes from Spain, Latin America and United States. Have you tried Cheers! Here's my last payment from

  2. nagraj

    can i only earn money by referring other people without shortening the links myself or i also need to shorten links myself to get referral money?

    1. Tamil Arasan


      The basic way to earn money is to share your shortened URL.

      The referral program is just an addon option where you may refer people to the URL shortener sites to earn a percentage of what your referral earns.

      Referring other people is not compulsory.

  3. Thanks for the info..What do the url shortening sites get by this? Will it affect my website traffic or page rank?

    1. Tamil Arasan

      Hello Sajeeth,

      Add a nofollow attribute to the shortened link.

  4. Jackie

    Are the sites where I sign up listed or did I miss something

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