Spam prevention
Ambassador
4,055,464
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Fundamentally Flawed.

  1. They dont work
  2. When they did work they were a problem since smart people are reluctant to click on any url that they cannot read.
Jan 06, 2019 01:15 PM
Rainmaker
2,974,322
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I stopped using them... AR had major issues in maintaining the integrity of those short urls which meant if you used them instead of the full url, people would click through to nothing. It was an insane job going through my posts and inputting a good link.

Jan 06, 2019 01:15 PM
Rainmaker
1,505,122
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

It would help you track where your traffic is coming from. Use short URL in Linkedin as an example.

Surprise for me! I didn't know they didn't work? 

Jan 06, 2019 02:09 PM
Rainmaker
4,313,265
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We stopped using them years ago, as there were some security reasons that made those url's look like spam.  A

Jan 06, 2019 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
3,240,869
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good or bad. This is information I don't find important. 

Jan 06, 2019 03:01 PM
Rainmaker
680,409
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

What Bob said. They don't work properly so don't use them. Just copy the URL from the address bar and put that where you need it to go.

It's too bad they don't because they allow us to track clicks on other sites.

Jan 06, 2019 02:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,564,132
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

They have always worked for me Peter Mohylsky but I've heard a lot of regulars here complain about them not working.

Jan 06, 2019 02:48 PM
Rainmaker
533,493
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Thank you for the question...I'm parked and learning - 

Jan 06, 2019 02:20 PM
Rainmaker
1,025,772
Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

I just read on Google

Starting March 30, 2018, we will be turning down support for goo.gl URL shortener. From April 13, 2018 only existing users will be able to create short links on the goo.gl console. You will be able to view your analytics data and download your short link information in csv format for up to one year, until March 30, 2019, when we will discontinue goo.gl. Previously created links will continue to redirect to their intended destination. 

Jan 06, 2019 04:00 PM
Ambassador
3,914,467
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I haven't used them for some time. Too many issues as others have pointed out.

Jan 06, 2019 05:30 PM
Rainmaker
5,264,085
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Try  using the short URL when posting on Facebook.

Jan 06, 2019 03:16 PM
Rainmaker
3,167,411
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

They don't work here in the Rain. They lead you to nowhere!

Jan 07, 2019 04:32 AM
Rainmaker
1,449,343
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Great answers here. 

Jan 06, 2019 07:14 PM
Rainmaker
798,640
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I have never used them...interested in reading the answers. Great question, Peter.

Jan 06, 2019 06:59 PM
Rainmaker
866,851
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

I've never used them.  

Jan 06, 2019 05:48 PM
Rainmaker
3,066,352
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I can not give you a good answer.

Jan 06, 2019 05:47 PM
Rainmaker
3,763,659
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Interesting..thank you Bob Crane for your comment.

Jan 06, 2019 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
911,112
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

What Bob Crane said.

Jan 06, 2019 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
1,211,014
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

They are from when you use the shortlinks (or share buttons) from your post to share the content.  They have a lot of issues and shouldn't (IMO) even be on the blog pages anymore.  Certainly shouldn't be used.

Jan 07, 2019 09:28 AM
Rainmaker
2,763,564
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not use them.  As others have mentioned ... many issues with them. 

Jan 07, 2019 08:05 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,501
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't use them, so I don't know.

Jan 07, 2019 06:45 AM
Rainmaker
277,538
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I stopped using they seem to work on certain sites and not on others

Jan 07, 2019 03:46 AM
Rainmaker
743,532
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If one intends to use link, shortened URLs are essential. Whether you use Googles shortener, bitly or shorturl.com there is a reason for their existence. One being organic URLs can to too long to link.

If your question applies only to AR, well, few things here work as intended, however, that does not negate the NEED for short url.

Be aware, there exists NO TECHNOLOGY the 'chicken littles' won't shout 'Danger, danger.'  Do what you need to do.

Jan 07, 2019 05:06 AM
Rainmaker
2,895,002
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have no idea.

Jan 07, 2019 05:00 AM
Rainmaker
4,431,983
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered 

Jan 07, 2019 04:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,020,293
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have thought they don't make a difference.

Jan 09, 2019 08:19 AM
Rainmaker
3,977,611
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I dont think many use it anymore

Jan 08, 2019 06:23 PM