How To Set Up Your Bit.ly Account

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This Bit.ly tutorial will show you how to set up your account. It will also take you through detailed steps on how to use Bit.ly.

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How To Set Up Your Bit.ly Account

  1. 1. How to Set Up Your Bit.ly Account It is very quick and simple to set up a Bit.ly account. It is a great tool to use in combination with your other social networks. You do not necessarily need to sign in to your account to use Bit.ly. However, by signing in to your account you will be able to save all the URLs that you have shortened and see how many people have been clicking on and engaging in your links. Creating Your Account 1. Go to the address bar and type in “http://bit.ly” or type in “bitly” in your google search engine and click on the first result that shows up. 2. Click on “Sign Up” in the top right. 3. Fill out the appropriate sections with your username, email and password and click “Sign Up.” You will then be taken to your homepage. Using Bit.ly 4. Now in a different browser or tab, go to a link that you would like to share. 5. Copy the URL by following these easy steps: • Go to the website • Highlight the entire link in the address bar and EITHER • Hold down the “Ctrl” button and press the “C” button on your keyboard. This is a shortcut to copying your URL. OR • Right click on the highlighted section with your mouse and click on “Copy” from the drop down menu that appears. This will also copy the link. 6. Go back to your Bit.ly account and click in the yellow box that says “Shorten your links and share from here”. 7. Now paste the link that you just copied into this box by following these easy steps: • Click in the box • Hold down the “Ctrl” button and press the “V” button on your keyboard. This is a shortcut to pasting your URL. OR • Right click in the box and click on “Paste” from the dropdown menu. This will also paste your link.
  2. 2. 8. Your URL will now be automatically shortened to a small and easy to manage link. This will make it easier to share that link on your different social websites, especially with Facebook and Twitter. The new link will be shown in the same box in which you just pasted the original URL. 9. Copy the new and condensed link. You can do this by resting your curser on the green box (found below the yellow box) and click on the blue arrow that appears on the right. Or you can use the previously outlined steps to copy the new link. 10. Go to your social media website of choice, for example Twitter, and paste the link in your Tweet. 11. You can then go back into your Bit.ly account and you will see that your link has been saved and there will be a counter tracking the number of times that it has been clicked on.

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