Shortening & Tracking links in your Twitter tweets

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Including links in our Twitter posts can take up most of the 140 characters allowed - find out how to shorten your links using bit.ly and track them to see how many people are clicking.

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Shortening & Tracking links in your Twitter tweets

  1. 1. Shortening & Tracking Links Karen James Cloud VA http://www.facebook.com/cloudva Karen James - Cloud VA
  2. 2. When you want to share a link to an interesting article via Twitter sometimes the link is far too long! http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  3. 3. http://bit.ly is a very useful tool that can save youcharacters and you can track how many people are clicking on it Sign up is simple – just enter a username, email address & password http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  4. 4. This is what it looks like once you’ve signed up and signed in http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  5. 5. Copy the url of the page you want to share with people http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  6. 6. Paste it into the ‘shorten your link’ box in bit.ly http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid /5459/Small-Businesses-That-Blog-Have-102- More-Twitter-Followers.aspx http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  7. 7. This will automatically shorten your link http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  8. 8. Click ‘Copy’http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  9. 9. Paste the link into your Twitter post The shortened link gives you more room to saysomething about the article and still have characters left over for re-tweeting! http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  10. 10. You can also track how many people click on your link. Scroll down the bit.ly page and you’ll see a list of your shortened links with numbers next to them The ‘5’ means five people have clicked on the link you posted and the‘5,400’ is the number of people in total who have clicked on other links to that page from various places around the internet http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  11. 11. Clicking on each of these figures in turn brings up a pagethat shows you which sites these links were clicked from and which countries those people were in http://www.facebook.com/cloudva
  12. 12. Great for shortening your links and finding out which linkspeople find most interestingHope you found that helpful See you soonKaren Author of 365 Social Media Tips http://www.facebook.com/cloudva

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