5 Best Link Shorteners To Monetize Your Website

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Shorten Links - and Earn Some Dough?

Have you gone to YouTube, looking probably for a movie, when you see the video and you click it, only to see a sign that says: "To see the full movie, go to: http://tink.url/jhg1k"? I used to think that it was some sort of virus.

What it actually was a shortened link. Most people use link shorteners to, you guessed it, shorten links that are too long. These link shorteners are useful when you're on Twitter, which has a limited set of characters you can use. Sure, they're helpful, but can you earn passive income from them? Of course you can! There are link shorteners you can use. Whenever someone clicks on your shortened link, you earn money! Because these link shorteners re basically advertising through your links, you won't have to pay to join one.

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1. Shorte.st

Pay-out rate is at $5 through PayPal. They pay $3 per 1000 views, but their pay rates also vary according to country. Check it out here at their page on rate per country. I read about this first on Stream CEO by Servando Silva. What makes shorte.st better than the rest are the tools:

  • You can make monetize all the links in your site through the full-page script.
  • There are a lot of banner ads to choose from (they’re affiliate links).
  • There’s Twitter integration.
  • If you want to shrink many links, you can use the Mass Shrinker
  • You can just add the Shorte.st WordPress Plugin, which makes it so much easier for many blogs.

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2. Refban

Refban or Referral Banners is another link shortener that pays for banner ad space and links. Refban doesn't offer as much as Adf.ly per thousand views, but it does give you a $5 sign-up bonus. The cash-out threshold? $5! It also has a referral program and you can earn, not just from the links, but also from banner ads through your banner code!

3. Linkbucks

You can earn $5 per 1000 views and $1 per download from their link locker (which is a survey instead of just an ad. The users need to complete a survey before proceeding to the original link. Use this with caution. People usually hate doing surveys)! Linkbucks is very popular. Aside from Adf.ly, so many people are using Linkbucks. Like most sites, they pay through PayPal (and Payza will be considered).

This is, perhaps, one of the most popular link shorteners used by many people. It's definitely not uncommon to see surveys pop up when you want to watch something or download something. Those surveys are most likely using Linkbucks.

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4. Adfocus

The pay is at $3 per 1000 views, and the threshold pay is now at $10. Adfoc.us is also popular. There are hardly any problems with this site. This is the site's rate per country. It looks more professional that the other sites, so many people are not too bothered with their ads.

Like some link shorteners, Adocus allows you to shorten multiple links and use a full-page script, and you get paid on a month-to-month basis.

If you look at the rates per country from all the link shorteners listed here, you'll know that Adfocus offers the biggest rate for other countries (like the Philippines, which gets $.044 or $0.50 where it only gets $0.30 or $0.40 in other shorteners). When it comes to the countries at the top of the list, though, check out Adfly.

5. Adf.ly

Perhaps the most popular link shortener that pays, Adf.ly is free to join. Of course, rates differ from different countries. The site is easy to join offers a referral program. Click here to view the page on therates per country. There aren't rates you'll pay. These are rates that you earn!You can earn $5 per 1000 views. Once you can make as much as that, you can cash-out or redeem your money!

Which Shorteners Do You Use?

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  • Linkbucks
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