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What is Short.am?
Short.am is a paid URL shortener that pays the user every time someone clicks on their links. It works likes this, advertisers pay Short.am to promote their stuff, you shrink a long URL such as: “http://incomeredefined.com/adfly-review-make-money-sharing-links” to “http://short.am/iwvBKx“. 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. If you’re interested, Sign Up Here.
Mass Shrinker: Lets you shrink many URLs at a time.
Quick Link: Lets you shrink a link without needing to be logged in.
Full Page Script: Lets you shrink all/most of the links on your website.
Short.am offers some fairly basic stats, updated frequently, but the tooltip text is in Spanish.
Get paid once your earnings reach the minimum withdrawal amount for the payment processor you’ve chosen.
You get 20% of every referral’s earnings for life. They also offer referral banners for you to use on your website/blog/pages.
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)
Pros and Cons
- Easy sign-up and site navigation.
- Visitors don’t have to disable ad-block.
- Cute panda logo.
- Statistic’s tooltip is in Spanish.
- Rates aren’t very good.
- The website is eerily similar to Fas.li and Shink.in. They also have another link shrinking website that is basically a clone just like Fas.li/Shink.in. Seriously, is this website template just popular or is there some kind of conspiracy going on here?
- Only one payment option.
- Very poor color choices. Thin-light gray text on a white background gives me a headache to try and read.
- Website is quite slow.
- On their homepage they use misleading images/text. They show PayPal’s logo and Payoneer’s logo but only let you set your PayPal email to withdraw earnings to from what I can find. They also say they have an API/WordPress plugin, but I can find no evidence of this.
I won’t be recommending using Short.am to shrink your links. Their payout rates aren’t good, their website feels rushed and is slow which also makes shrinking a link take longer. If you still are confused why I don’t recommend them, read the cons above.
- You’ll need to create an Short.am account, click here to register.
- Now figure out what kind of links you will be shrinking and how you plan on sharing them. Example: you can shrink links to a funny video or picture and post that link on your social media accounts.
- Paste the long URL in the appropriate area and hit “SHORTEN”. Copy and share the link to start earning.
- (Optional) Shrink your Short.am link with another URL shortener such as Bit.ly to hide that your link is a Short.am link – increasing the amount of clicks you’ll receive.