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Shorte.st Review : Earn Money For Sharing Your Shorten Links

Today, I’ll be talking about one of the easiest ways of making money online.

Do you like to share links to videos, images, articles on social networking sites? (Most of you will answer ‘yes,’ actually, all of you)

Well, there you go. You are all set to get that money rolling in. I know this might sound bizarre, and right now you’re like “is this some kind of a joke?’ trust me, it’s not.

Before I tell you what shorte.st is and how you can make money from it, let me talk about short links and URL shortener. (your patience will pay off at the end)

What are URL shorteners

I am going to put this down in an easy way and not sound geeky about it (I don’t want you to run away)
URL shortening is basically a technique of making a long URL short. Fair enough?

What do these URL shorteners do?

They create these short URLs which when clicked redirect you to the long URL.

Why use short links?

They make links manageable as social networking sites like Twitter have a character limit which can be a problem when sharing a long link.
There are many URL shorteners out there that will get your URL shortened and make it easier to share.

They also let you see the stats like the number of views/hits, source of traffic –

countries from where the visitors have clicked your short link, etc.

But the question is How to make money with short links?

These link shorteners have a way of getting things done.

The shortened link redirects the users clicking it to an advertisement where they would wait for few seconds (3 to 5) and then can skip the Ad and proceed to the website.


Making money with short.est

Earn from Shorte.st

Shorte.st monetizes your links and websites by placing an Adlayer over them.

the best thing is you can make money even without a website
Yes, you heard right. The range of services they provide is really wide.
Most of the Ad networks which payout really good provide banners and stuff, but without a website, you cannot earn with them.

As I said before sharing links on social networking sites can make you money.

That’s how we (guys without a website, not me ;)) roll at shorte.st. Sharing your short links in big Facebook groups can give you many views.

  • Bounce rate monetization
  • Link monetization
  • Video monetization
  • WP plugin
  • API
  • Monetizing Blogspot comments

Using Shorte.st

As you saw, there are many monetization tools shorte.st provides you, let us start with creating short links and monetizing them.

Here is the link that I want to shorten.


So, now I log in to my shorte.st account and on the home page, find this-

short url in shorte.st

Just enter the link here and click SHORTEN.

Shorten URL from Shorte.st

Our short link is ready. Now you can copy this and share on social media or by any means you like.

Let us see how a shorte.st ad looks like.

Shorte.st ad

You have to wait for 3seconds before you could click on SKIP THE AD.


Quick Link Tool

Shorte.st Quick Link Tool

This is a cool tool by shorte.st to shorten any URL quickly without having a website.

Just copy the link given in the above box and change the last part with your destination link.
Paste the link in forums, on Facebook or in comments on YouTube videos where you can get more traffic and start earning.


Mass Shrinker Tool

Shorte.st Mass Shrinker Tool

This tool can be of great help if you have many links to shorten and are in no mood to shorten them using quick link tool one by one.

Make a list of all the URLs you wish to shorten and share.

Copy them and paste in here (I mean in that box, not HERE).

It can shorten up to 20 links at a time.

Click SHORTEN LINKS and what you have is all the 20 links shortened and ready to make money for you

Assuming that all of you would only use short links without a website to make money is not something you all appreciate.

Now I have to move to website monetization tools provided by shorte.st for many of you are interested in knowing how to use this cool technique to monetize your website.


Social Share Widget

One of the ways you can add a call to action in your blog post is by asking the readers to share the post. To do this, you can use Facebook, Twitter, Google+ widgets.

You can make money with others sharing your post on social media
Now if you want to see that happening, you could use this Social Share Widget tool from shorte.st.

Shorte.st Social Share Widget

Choose a widget type depending on what you would like your reader to do; share the post on Facebook or like it there.
Then copy the script and add/paste it on your website. And that’s it !

Your website traffic is going to make money for you while you sit back and watch the money flow in.


Website Scripts

This is a very interesting tool that shorte.st offers you to monetize your website.

It provides a code (script) that you would paste on your website and easily shrink all the links you wish to monetize. WordPress users have great news; you get all these functionalities in a plugin.

Shorte.st Tools Website Scripts

Under the links section, you can find all that is necessary to control and customize the links that you wish to monetize.

Include/Exclude: This feature lets you select the links you would not like to monetize using exclude and also choose the particular link that you want to monetize using include.

Entry Script: This would show your visitors shorte.st ads without them clicking the links. Though it may sound cool and a good way to monetize the traffic driven to your blog, I would not recommend this for a personal blog. You could rather have an entry script on your download page.

Exit Script: This can be thought of as bounce rate monetization. You would definitely love this as it monetizes the viewers leaving your site without offering your links any clicks.

Not everyone on your site will be presented with this ad. It is only for the viewers leaving the site without any activity.


Monetizing Blogspot Comments

You can find many links shared in the comments on your Blogspot blog. what if i tell you, these links will help you bring in some good earned money?

Using the tool Earn on Blogspot Comments, you can monetize the links in the comments on your Blogspot blog.

Earn on Blogspot Comments Shorte.st

Copy this script and paste it in the HTML code of your template. To get a clear understanding of how to do this, you can see the video on the tools page.


Payment Options

For all of those asking does this actually pay you, I’d like to share a snapshot of my earnings.

Shorte.st Payment Options

transaction at shortest



Figures talk bigger than words. You need to know how much money your short links and web scripts are bringing every day to monitor the short links and web scripts.

Here is how much I made with short links in March 2016.

Shorte.st Statistics

There is a graph provided for you to analyze the number of views your links received every day and the income is also plotted on the same graph making it easier to relate three of them: views, income and days.

If you are interested in checking the stats for each link that you’ve shortened, you can find that at the bottom of the page I’ve shown above.


Shorte.st URL Statistics

Here you can see the number of views and the income generated by every link that you have shortened.
You can also check the statistics for your website scripts and see how they are performing regarding revenues and views.

Take a look at a snapshot of my earnings from website scripts for some particular month.

Shorte.st Earning Statistics

Here my income was mainly from website scripts.

Another simple way to earn through shorte.st is their Referral Program.

Referral Program

Refer your friends and earn 20% of their earnings.

Shorte.st Referral Program

Copy the referral link and share it. The more people make signing up using your referral link, the more you earn.

Final take

Now that you have seen all the different ways to make money using shorte.st, what do you feel about it?

Isn’t it easy and effective?

You got a website and a good amount of traffic?

This will turn your traffic into dollars!

Don’t have a website but an active social media profile?

This will bring in good money using your online presence!

There is no reason why you should not go for shorte.st.


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About Akhil Biju

He is one of the co-founders of TBT. His skills include SEO, affiliate marketing and online money making strategies.

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