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Shorte.st Review – How to Make Money with Link Shortening

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For site owners and bloggers, there are plenty of ways to make money online. Everything from using Google Adsense on your site, to affiliate marketing and even selling your own products or services. Another method for making money with a site of your own is to sell site traffic or ad space to different advertisers. In short, there are lots of different ways to start making money online.

At the same time, it seems like everyone on the internet is looking for ways to make money online — whether they own a website or not. Once such method is through the use of URL shorteners and redirecting your traffic. The practice is usually done to get past spam blockers or filters that might be blacklisting specific sites or URLs.

Today we are going to take a look at Shorte.st, which is a popular link shortener that pays users to share links through their redirection service. Keep in mind, this type of promotion can be used by both site owners and anyone who might want to share URLs with a mass audience.

What is Shorte.st and Why Do You Need Link Shorteners?

Shorte.st is a URL redirection service. However, unlike other link redirection services that you might already be familiar with, Shorte.st is built around the concept of paying their users to use their service. Now, it’s not likely that you are going to make a lot money with a link redirection service, but you definitely can make money. Even more so if you have access to a heavily trafficked site or community.

As to why you might want to use a service like Shorte.st, well that comes down to a number of factors, such as trying to share content on Facebook that is getting blocked. Facebook blocks millions of URLs from being shared on their social network (and for many different reasons). So if you want to share a link with your friends or a Facebook Group, you are going to need to put a redirect in place, which we will now walk through in the section below.

How to Quickly Create a Link Redirect with Shorte.st

The first step to sharing a link through Shorte.st is to simply visit their site and then plug in the link you want to share. You can do this instantly on their site, or create an account where you can track and manage all links and earnings.

Step 1: Visit http://shorte.st and type your URL into the box at the top of the page

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Step 2: Copy the code, then post it wherever you want to share the link.

Should someone click on the shorte.st redirection URL, they will see a page like the one below — first showing a quick advertisement, then having the ability to click on the “SKIP THIS AD” to proceed to the actual site.

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This is where the monetization method of shorte.st comes into play. Since they are acting as the redirect service, they are placing a quick advertisement in the middle of the redirection process. Shorte.st earns money each time these ads are displayed, then they pass a percentage off to their users who are sending traffic through the site.

You can see an example of a live Shorte.st redirect here: http://sh.st/IEARD

Features Available with Shorte.st

As with most tracking platforms, the more options you have the better. To take advantage of the many features that Shorte.st has to offer, you should create a free account on their site. Such features include:

  • Free URL shortening service
  • High CPM rates that pay on nearly all global traffic
  • User-friendly interface with advanced tracking tools
  • 20% commission on all referred users to their site
  • Earnings of .50 to $4.00 per 1,000 views (depending on country)

Shorte.st offers wide range of advanced tools and tracking solutions on their site, and even more for site owners. Such features include a Developers API, Mass Shrinking, Social Sharing Widgets, a WordPress Plugin and more.

How Much Does Shorte.st Pay Out?

The most common question when it comes to services like Shorte.st, is how much money they pay out and how much can you actually make using their site.

To answer the question as best as possible, it really depends on the amount of volume you are pushing through your links. Obviously the more people who are seeing the in-between ads, the higher your overall earnings will be.

The good news is that Shorte.st pays for nearly all types of traffic, which is something than can’t be said for many other services. Below you can see some of the average CPM payouts from Shorte.st, based on 1,000 pageviews and the country they are coming from.

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If you were to start using Shorte.st for your link redirection and were sending 1,000 US visitors and another 1,000 foreign (lower value traffic) through your links, you would be looking at roughly 60,000 clicks per month (30,000 (US) and 30,000 (foreign)), which would likely earn you somewhere in the $50+ range (based off the noted CPM earnings above).

You can see a full list of payouts by country here.

Payments are sent out to users through PayPal or Payoneer on the 10th of each month as long as the minimum payout amount of $5.00 has been met.

How to Make the Most with Shorte.st

Now that you have a good idea how link shortening services like Shorte.st work, now it’s time for you to decide if it’s right for you.

For site owners with a trusted brand and valued audience, it’s probably not in the best interest to set up link redirection as it interrupts the user experience and will clearly frustrate users who are used to experiencing your site in a seamless fashion. However, there are many areas that a service like Shorte.st can come in handy, such as:

  • YouTube Videos: If you have videos on YouTube that are getting massive traffic and linking out to other content or videos, you could push a ton of traffic through your links and earn a few dollars a day in the process.
  • Facebook Updates and Images: As mentioned earlier, Facebook blocks a lot of URLS. If you are trying to share content that keeps getting blocked, Shorte.st is an option to consider. The link redirection service could also prove useful and effective when promoting images and links within groups, fan pages or status updates. Another common occurrence is due to the posting of too many links in a small time frame by some users, shorte.st links are sometimes blocked by Facebook. Should this happen, users can contact Shorte.st support and they will receive a list of alternative domains that work fine.
  • Viral Content: Keeping with the theme of “high traffic”, any type of content that you can get out there that might have a ton of people viewing and sharing it is a potential winner with Shorte.st. Again, keep the consideration of your audience and their value in mind.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are plenty of ways to make money online and Shorte.st is yet another to add to the list.

Create a free account at http://shorte.st today.

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Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content

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Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.

Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.

What is the significance of UGC?

The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.

UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.

The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.

The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.

Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy

 

1 – Choose your platform wisely

 

You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.

 

2 – Collect independent customer reviews

 

Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.

 

3 – Offer rewards

 

There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.

Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources here.

 

4 – Support a charity event

 

You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.

Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.

User Generation Content is the Way to Go!

With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.

The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!

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Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice

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I retired to a life of travel through blogging.

Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Invest in my blogging eBook.

My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.

I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.

Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?

What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?

Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?

Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?

Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.

But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.

Be careful who you trust.

How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth

Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.

Invest money in their courses.

Hire them to coach you.

The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.

100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.

The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.

Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap

Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.

Any blogger can offer terrible advice.

This was from my trip to Fiji.

Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.

Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice

Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.

If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.

Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:

  • vet advice
  • trust advice
  • get awesome advice
  • accelerate your blogging success

Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.

If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.

Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.

Go to the Top

Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.

Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.

Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?

Go to the top.

Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.

Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.

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What Does Your Blog Need?

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I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today

Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.

If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.

Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.

What does your blog need?

1: Domain and Hosting

Invest in a domain and hosting.

Accelerate your blogging success.

Domain names make you stand out.

Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.

Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.

He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.

Take this step to control:

  • branding
  • income potential
  • blog voice

Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.

2: Premium Theme

Invest money in a premium theme.

Stand out from the crowd.

Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.

This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.

Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.

Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.

3: Content

Content drives blogs.

Your blog needs content to:

  • prove you know your stuff
  • spread your presence online
  • inspire readers to follow you
  • inspire readers to trust you

Visit Blogging From Paradise.

Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?

Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.

Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.

Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.

Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.

As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:

  • increase traffic
  • boost your blogging profits
  • expand your presence
  • increase brand awareness
  • help more folks
  • make a big impact in your niche

Content makes everything grow.

Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.

Focus on Your Dreams

Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.

You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:

See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.

Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.

Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.

Bonus Need

Invest in a blogging course.

Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.

Blog like a success.

Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.

Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.

Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.

You do the same thing through a blogging course.

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