Can You Really Earn Money by Shortening Links? (Yes, BUT….)

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There are plenty of online rewards sites that offer different kinds of opportunities. One such type of online rewards site is a link shortening site. Yes, you read that right.

So now, you might be wondering, can you really earn money by shortening links?

The short answer is, YES. But, there are a lot of things you need to consider before you even sign up for sites that offer you to make money by shortening links.

This guide will go over all the important details you need to know about how this kind of site work and if they will be the right opportunity for you or not.

You will also learn if this kind of earning is a safe way to earn money because there is something important you need to consider before you sign up for sites that offer this kind of opportunity. And lastly, I will also explain a couple of hurdles you need to overcome if you decide to join a site like this.

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How to earn by shortening links?

So, how does this kind of site work exactly? Let’s find out.

In one sense, it is a quite simple way but when you dig a little deeper, it is not quite that simple after all.

But let’s start from the beginning. More a less all link shortening sites that will pay you to shorten links work the same.

In the photo shown below you can see an example. There are usually three things you need to pay attention to when joining a site.

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Typically, you will see a list of links that you’ve shortened in the manage links section of these sites.

The first thing you need to know is the field where you have to place the link you want to shorten. In the photo above, it will be the top most field. So, to shorten a link, just paste the link in that box and hit the “Shorten” button.

You will then see the link that you can earn from. That’s just the first part of how to earn from these links. The next you need to do is, you need to share the shortened link.

Now, it’s up to you how you want to share this link. You can share it on social media pages, via email, or even on your website. The whole goal here is to get views. That’s how you get paid.

You see, sites that offer this kind of opportunity will only pay you when your shortened link was viewed at least 1,000 times. That’s the bare minimum. While that may seem like a trivial number, it’s actually not an easy task.

You have to have a solid strategy to attract views. While these views don’t necessarily have to be from different people, it does have to come from real people. So, you can’t just employ strategies that use automation tools to get views.

So, earning from this kind of site is actually a bit tricky and if you don’t have prior experience about this, it’s going to be a tough nut to crack. You will definitely have a hard time earning from this kind of site.

But if you are already veteran with this kind of earning opportunity, you already know the strategy you are going to take to get those precious views.

This is actually one of the hurdles that I mentioned at the beginning of this guide that you need to overcome. If you somehow figure out how to get views consistently, then you will be able to earn a good amount from these sites.

Now, when you are able to earn from the link you shortened, you will be able to withdraw your earnings like you normally would with survey sites and Get-Paid-To (GPT) sites. That means you have to reach a certain threshold before you will be able to withdraw your earnings.

As for the payment options, sites that offer this kind of earning opportunity usually pay via PayPal. That’s the most common option, in my experience. So yeah, you can earn from this kind of site and you can withdraw your earnings conveniently.

How much can you earn from shortening and sharing links?

So, how much are we really talking about here?

Well, if you do a little bit of research about these websites, more often than not, you will some sites that claim you will be able to earn around $100 or more for shortening a link. I will tell you right away, don’t believe any of those claims.

First and foremost, no site in their right mind will pay you that kind of amount for doing a very simple task that you can complete in just a couple of clicks. That simply isn’t possible. So, any site that makes that claim is not legit.

While it is possible to earn that kind of amount from this kind of site, it will take a lot of time. So, any claims that you can easily earn that kind of amount from link shortening sites is really not realistic.

But make no mistake though, as explained above, you can actually earn money from these sites, but just not in those crazy amounts if you are new to making money online.

The amount you can earn from shortening and sharing links will not make you rich. That being said, you can earn a decent amount from it in the long run.

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You will usually be paid a certain amount for every thousand views from a certain location.

As you can see in the photo above, while these sites are mostly available globally, the location of the people that will click your links will actually affect your earnings. Some countries pay better than others. That’s just how this kind of site works.

In the photo above, it says you will earn $20 if you manage to get 1,000 views from people living in Greenland.

In my opinion, they have just put this number because then they can say you can earn up to $20 per 1,000 views but in reality, they know not a lot of traffic will come from there (less than 60,000 people live in Greenland).

So, the realistic amount you can actually expect from these sites will range $2 to $7 per 1,000 views. That’s actually a very low amount considering the amount of views you need to reach.

That’s why I would say the earning potential of this kind of site is quite low. And aside from that, there’s another concern which I will discuss in the next section.

Is it a safe way to earn?

Now, let’s go over the safety issues these sites pose. You see, with link shortening sites, there’s actually one thing they don’t always tell you.

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These shortened links will typically take you to an ad page before you can actually get to the link you shortened.

The links that you’ve shortened will actually in most cases display spammy ads first before people that click your links will to the actual site you shortened a link for.

In the photo shown above, this was the actual page I was redirected to when I clicked the shortened link. As you can see, it’s asking you to download a program.

And if you are already an experienced user, you already have an idea that these downloadable programs may contain viruses that are harmful for your computer or even your privacy. So, you already know what to do and just ignore the offer and not download the program.

But there are actually thousands, if not millions of users out there that don’t have any clue what is going on and they just do what the page is asking. So, there’s a huge chance they are downloading programs, clicking links, and a lot more, which will result in their devices getting viruses or malware.

So, the real question is, are you comfortable subjecting other people to these kinds of spammy ads just so you can earn a buck?

That’s an ethical concern you need to consider before you register as a member of these kinds of sites.

Final thoughts

Overall, yes you can actually earn money by shortening links and sharing them. Now, the real question is, should you? Is it a good way of earning extra cash?

I would say that it’s not and let me explain. The biggest hurdle you will face with these kinds of sites is to get repeat views from actual people. Say for example, a person clicks your link and then finds out all they really see are spammy ads.

That person will never trust any link you share again because they already had a bad experience with the first one you shared. So, it’s not actually what you call easy money.

And as I’ve explained before, you can’t use automation tools and services to get views because these sites will detect it (believe me, they will detect it) and they will ban your account. And you end up not earning anything.

If you are able to actually get a good amount of traffic, there are better ways to make money by sending traffic where you can earn more and where you do not have to subject other people to a bad experience.

And if you are looking to earn extra cash regularly without having to send traffic, I would instead suggest you check out the top survey and GPT sites in your country. The sites on this list all have good earning potential and will allow you to earn without subjecting other people to a bad experience.

In other words, it’s a safer and better way to earn extra cash online.

If you have any comments, questions, or know of money making sites where you can earn money by shortening links, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.

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