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What is Link4.me?
Link4.me is a paying URL shortener that pays the user every time someone clicks on their links. It works likes this, advertisers pay Link4.me to promote their stuff, you shrink a long URL such as: “http://incomeredefined.com/adfly-review-make-money-sharing-links” to “http://link4.me/KeAv”. Then you share the link and once it’s clicked, the advertisement is shown and you get paid a certain amount depending on where they live. Important: I do not recommend using Link4.me at the time of writing this, to find out why read the pros/cons section. I will revisit this review if they fix the major issues.
The link shortening capabilities are very limited, you paste a long URL and get a shortened link with ads back. You can only customize the link’s “alias” so you can change “http://link4.me/KeAv” to “http://link4.me/AliasHere”
Mass Shrinker: Lets you shrink up to 20 URLs at a time.
Quick Link: Lets you shrink a link from your browser without needing to be logged in.
Full Page Script: Lets you shrink all/most of the links on your website.
API: For developers to easily integrate link shrinking into their applications and other projects.
Bookmarklet: Create a shortened link of the website/page you’re currently viewing.
Link4.me gives its users detailed statistics that are updated frequently. You can view your average CPM and how many clicks your links have received.
You may request a withdrawal once you’ve reached the minimum for your payment processor at any time. You can also view and manage your invoices for your account.
You get 20% of every referral’s earnings for life.
Payout rates for URL shorteners are usually mainly based on Unique Visitors, Visitor’s Location, Ad-Blockers, Advertiser Specs/Orders and some other factors. Each URL shortener may handle these factors/policies differently which means your earnings could vary greatly from one URL shortening service to another. As a general rule-of-thumb, you should expect to earn around $0.60 – $2.00 per 1000 views for most URL shorteners. But it is very possible to earn hundreds of dollars from URL shorteners with enough work and effort.
*rates shown above are for every 1000 unique visitors*
You can view all of their rates Here. The rates shown above may have changed since writing this, so be sure and check them for yourself.
1. PayPal (Minimum: $5.00)
These payment methods aren’t listed in the drop-down menu, but they claim they support the following: Payza, Skrill, Perfect Money, Bitcoin, Web Money, Payeer and Bank Transfers.
Pros and Cons
- Sign up was easy.
- I could not get to the destination URL even with AdBlock and Pop-up blocker turned off. When clicking the “Skip Ad” button I would only be redirected to malicious websites.
- The advertisements shown were Adult related, there was also no way to change what kinds of ads are shown to visitors.
- Grammar and spelling errors are present.
- The website is a clone of a lot of other URL shorteners out there.
- Lacking a lot of features that other decent URL shorteners have.
Avoid this shortener if you can, I hope they fix everything that’s wrong, but I have a feeling they will most likely close the site before that happens. If you want some good URL shorteners, try Shorte.st or Adf.ly.