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Taking back control of your URL!

ajonp profile image Alex Patterson ・2 min read

Out with Bitly in with Rebrandly

What are URL shorteners and why do I use them?

A URL shortener is a simple tool that takes a long URL and turns it into whatever URL you would like it to be.

Now for https://ajonp.com we have a lot of partners that I track feeds for and keep the "Webdev" world updated. This allows me to offer all of our "Purr-fect Peeps" a one stop shop for much of their knowledge requirements.

For example I have a relationship with
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So when I say hey checkout Tyler's amazing React Course. It is way easier for me to remember two things tylermcginnis react. So now whenever I feel like mentioning Tyler's course it is easily accessible using my own domain https://link.ajonp.com/tylermcginnis-react

Taking back your domain!

So you may have noticed all of my links are simply link.ajonp.com which also gives my brand a much better reputation than a random "bit.ly" link. Yes they offer this capability as well, but it costs some $$!

Why did I switch?

So here is the BIG reason why I had to make the move!!!

I ran into an issue with Slack (so maybe the blame starts there) my subscriber link stopped working. So I went in for a quick edit on my old link and sure enough I can't change it. Which means the 1,000 places I now have bit.ly/slack-invite will no longer work and I cannot update it back to working.

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Now the hard part

Now I have to track down all those bit.ly links floating all over the interwebs and update time...which me luck 😿

πŸŽ₯ YouTube: https://link.ajonp.com/youtube
🌎 Site: https://link.ajonp.com/😺
πŸ“¦ GitHub: https://link.ajonp.com/github
πŸŽ“Lessons: https://link.ajonp.com/lessons
πŸ—žAJ’s Week in Web: https://link.ajonp.com/week-in-web
πŸ’¬ Slack: https://link.ajonp.com/slack
🐦 Twitter: https://link.ajonp.com/twitter

Do you use a URL shortener?

Drop in a comment and let me know why!

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