YKM.de ✔ Quickly Shorten Url FAQ

How can my site benefit from using shortened urls?

Shorten long urls such as:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGLL_en-GB___GB423&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=google+maps+big+ben
&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=google+maps+big+ben&hnear=google+maps+big+ben&cid=0,0,7629721680134612
123&ei=AukATpvoBpDA8QPaq4mzDQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CCAQnwIwAA

Into a shorter version such as:

http://ykm.de/a

Then post to Twitter, Facebook, send via email, use on your existing website, advertising, affiliate links, the uses are endless.

How can I view how many visitors have clicked on my short url?

You can see details stats including unique visitors, visiting countries, browsers and more by adding ~s onto the end of your short url.

Can I automatically expire my urls after x clicks?

Yes. When you create the url, you can specify a 'total uses' value which only allows the short url to be used this amount of times. The url will be expired after the total visits reaches this value.

Can I protect my short with a password?

Yes. When creating the url, specify a password within the 'password' input. The visitor will be prompted to enter the password when the visit the url.

How many urls can I create?

There are no limits on the amount of urls you can create.

What are the benefits of registering an account?

View and manage all your short urls in one place. Easily view your url statistics and share your urls through social media.
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Why are URL-shorteners needed at all?

You can do it without ...
In principle it works without. Before the short URL services celebrated their breakthrough, you could get to the desired destination with just one click. One of the main reasons for the rapid spread is probably the character limit for tweets on the microblogging service Twitter. Until 2014, users were allowed to use a maximum of 140 characters in a tweet. In the meantime this limit has been relaxed to 280 characters, but a URL can be quite long.
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