How to Create Your Custom Bit.ly Links for Free

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Bit.ly is one of the most used URL shorteners whose links might have you seen so many times over the internet. Its easy-to-use and flexible plan contribute to its popularity among businesses and online marketers. But the service also offers a free account with a list of decent features and lets you create custom bit.ly links.

It’s not entirely customizable, you can only change the back-half of the link (bit.ly/ExampleOfBack-Half). The bit.ly domain, on the other hand, falls under the paid plans. Nevertheless, the back-half is sufficient to describe what is the page behind the link.

Here’s how to create your first custom bit.ly link.

1. Go to https://bitly.com/a/sign_up and create your Bit.ly account.

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2. Once you logged in, click Create.

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3. Enter a long URL to shorten it.

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4. Next, add a name for the link. This will help you manage the link later (optional).

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5. And now, you can adjust the back-half. It allows lowercase, uppercase, characters, and numbers.

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6. After everything looks good, click Save.

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7. Now you can Copy the bit.ly link and ready to share.

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8. Bit.ly will show you the performance of the links on the ‘Link Management’ page.

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Even though you can make the link short and easy to remember, be careful when typing it manually as Bit.ly is case-sensitive. Enter one wrong character and it will redirect you to an unexpected destination. So, recheck before sharing the link.

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