Shortening your URLs is fundamental these days, for sharing links on Twitter without having it clog up your entire 140 character span for example. Other than a better appearance, most proper URL shortener services also offer click-tracking and some even support custom URLs.

If you’re not sure about what something like this actually does, here’s an example:

This page: http://allyouneedislists.com/technology/internet/10-best-and-shortest-url-shorteners/

This page shortened: http://bit.ly/hJq98h

Wow, right?

So here’s a list of these services, have a look and tell us which one you think is best in the poll below!

1 Is.gd

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners is gd isgd url shortener

2 Su.pr

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners su pr supr url shortener

3 Bu.tt

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners butt bu tt url shortener

4 Bit.ly

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners bit ly url shortener

5 Goo.gl

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners goo gl url shortener

6 Cli.gs

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners cligs cli gs url shortener

7 Tiny.cc

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners tiny cc url shortener

8 Sn.im

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners snipurl com url shortener

9 Tinyurl.com

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners tinyurl com url shortener

10 Moourl.com

{focus_keyword} 10 Best and Shortest URL Shorteners moourl com url shortener

Poll: Which URL shortener do you prefer?

  • Is.gd (18%, 98 Votes)
  • Su.pr (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Bu.tt (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Bit.ly (26%, 141 Votes)
  • Goo.gl (21%, 114 Votes)
  • Cli.gs (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Tiny.cc (5%, 28 Votes)
  • Sn.im (1%, 8 Votes)
  • TinyURL.com (6%, 34 Votes)
  • MooURL.com (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Other (please share in a comment below) (9%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 538

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List written by: Sietse

Sietse (Seet-suh) is the founder of Allyouneedislists.com and all-round web enthusiast. Designing websites for about 10 years, but only creating content since 2009. The name is Dutch, in case you're wondering.

72 Comments

  1. Hi Sietse,

    Just wanted to let you know about an english typo…….

    “Sietse (Seet-suh) is the founder of Allyouneedislists.com and all-round web ENTHUSIAST Designing websites for about 10 years, but only creating content since 2009, he’s actually quite the blogging-n00b. The name is Dutch, in case your’re wondering.”

    Will post a top list soon!
    Cheers
    Ian

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    • Howdy Ian,

      Thanks for the heads-up. I believe it’s just like “color” and “colour” though. “colour” being the original English, “color” the American equivalent :D

      BUT seeing most readers are American, I’ll change it :)

      Looking forward to your article!

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  2. I prefer 3.ly!

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  3. I prefer u.nu. Three characters, wow!

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    • Good find Radhika, thanks for sharing! That’s a very short shortener indeed!

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  4. j.mp is the best – it is by the same people who made bit.ly, but it is shorter :)

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    • awesome, didn’t know that one yet! Thanks for mentioning it here 4lien ;)

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  5. bit.ly urls can be shortened further: j.mp (using the same URL path)

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  6. FUG.LY and X.CO.

    Also PNOY.ME for Filipino peeps out there. :D

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    • thanks, didn’t know those! I like the FUG.LY one :)

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  7. I just made http://vib.tw. What are your thoughts on this URL shortener?

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  8. I just want to say be careful when clicking short urlz. My brother got investigated by the police after he clicked one of these links and it turned out to be a police site to catch pedophiles!!! The only way to be safe is to not click short links or check it first with a site like this..

    http://u2r.in/check

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    • Good tip! Thanks for sharing Julie!

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    • Instead of not clicking any short URLs at all, just expand the URL using this website http://checkshorturl.com/

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  9. Another “shortening” service is http://smarturl.it. Although it isn’t the shortest shortener, this one has some great features, like geographical redirection based on country, retargeting, passing query string parameters through to the URL and more!

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  10. Ive learn a lot of info to your site about url shortener. Nice post!

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  11. I have also seen a new url shortner…

    http://ab.cd

    I think this is Easy… just A B C D…..

    :)

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    • yeah that one’s very easy, thanks for sharing Andy!

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  12. Well worth checking out http://bdb.im, it allows tracking and produces very short URL’s along with auto posting links to twitter and facebook if required.

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  13. I prefer http://x.vu the shortest url shortener which has been around for over 2 years! They offer a basic url shortener for now, but I heard there’s a big update coming soon, introducing lot’s of new features!

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  14. If you need more statistics on the transitions and the ability to share a link to Twitter and social networks using http://hsu.su the way there you can set custom url and much more

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  15. Adfly is the best in my opinion, multiple domain names to choose and they pay you if someone clicks your links, it’s not that much but on the other hand, the others don’t pay anything and do the same.
    http://adf.ly/?id=919051

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  16. I recently came across a new url shortener website called http://www.short.nr/ I would recommend this website as it is easy to use and has a quick process to it.

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  17. yi.tl just launched: http://yi.tl

    yi.tl is the first URL shortener to offer support for category tags. This unique service allows users to group related URLs and easily retrieve old links. To save time, the site will even make tag suggestions based on the URL being shortened.

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  18. ➡.ws
    uses unicode to make shortest urls possible ( ➡.ws/▓▓ )

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    • WOW, that’s great too !! thanks for sharing.

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    • @dun3r On tinyarrows.com you get that one and a bunch of others!

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    • @dun3r On tinyarrows.com you get that one and a bunch of others!

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  19. Two words:
    Linky Gaga
    Three letters:
    l.gg

    http://l.gg
    Features individual link tracking and management, and Digg-style voting for everybody on the front page.

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  20. Flavr.fi is just awesome! I am expectin that they gona make it super cool! Supports qr code etc!

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  21. the one is http://u.glob.tk it work great and generate QR Code of shorted url so that it can be used for mobile

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  22. If you ask me http://urlglo.be/ is the best. http://urlglo.be/ is very fast and easy and it has custom urls without you needing a account or something!!!!!

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  23. Hello, if you want update list, this http://in.tecn.it is a good url shortener service, with user control panel, free and very fast.

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  24. http://urlglo.be/ is a very good site to shorten and customize yout urls. Besides http://urlglo.be/ is without all the mambojumbo other sites have these days!

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  25. admin plz update ur list

    here is new URL shortner : http://itiny.in
    A URL shortener that’s fast and easy to use. Our features include custom shortened URLs with real-time link tracking
    also has features like facebook share, tweeter share and google + share also has QR code for url

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  26. http://hpstr.ly is fun url shortener if you’re looking for something with a bit of humor.

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  27. you can use http://ilurl.com to create short URLs and QR code , it’s easy to use

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  28. I run a guinea pig charity URL shortener called http://wheek.it, its tagline is “shorten links + raise money for guinea pig rescue”. Thanks!

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  29. Is it easy to customise your own link shortener?

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  30. Thanx for the HUGE list!! :)

    …you might consider adding http://cash.ac which is a new url shortener with stats. Perfect for posting affiliate links and such, I´ve had great success with it.

    Keep up the good work!

    Love,
    Lisa

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  31. I found a url shortener that is very fast and has a lot of features. I really like so I share it: http://exc.lu

    We can have: Alias, API, Bookmarklet, QR code (on detail page), Geo Targeting and maybe more but i don’t know

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  32. Superb blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Kudos!

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    • Url shorteners really help me in my marketing campaigns as they give me really nice analytics. I personally believe the new one http://tuq.in gives really nice stats in realtime also it gives me nice url control
      http://tuq.in/+stats

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  33. I quite like reading a post that will make men and women think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

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  34. It’s awesome for me to have a site, which is useful in favor of my know-how. thanks admin

    Reply
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  37. I use http://imleri.com they show click data in a chart and on an geographic map as well.

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  38. http://waryurl.com has multiple domains, url statistics, GEO targeting and it’s own API.

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  39. I prefer http://tic.cc this one is also good url shortner.

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  40. if is.gd is good v.gd is better ;-)

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  41. bitlid.com should be on this list

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  42. http://hec.su/

    This tool will help you turn a long and complicated link into a short one. Shortened links look nicer in your posts and messages and are easier to copy.

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  43. I personally prefer shorteners I can remember.

    Reply

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