Links and Things for 10/10/08

Today’s link and thing is a URL shortener called cli.gs. Why do we need another Short URL service? You might ask. cli.gs also provides analytics or detailed traffic statistics.

It has a number of additional advantages that it mentions on the cli.gs help page http://cli.gs/v6n2X6:

“It is different from the traditional URL shortening services in many respects. The key features are:

  • All your short URLs are protected by your account which means only you can see the statistics.
  • Within your account, you can create an unlimited number of cligs,
    with an unlimited number of cligs pointing to the same destination URL.
    This means you can drop different cligs into different sites and watch
    their traffic evolve over time; for example, two cligs pointing to the
    same destination can be used one in a forum and one on twitter and then
    the traffic from each one is tracked by Cligs.
  • The service forwards all cligs to their destination using an HTTP
    301 Permanent Redirect. This has several advantages, the key one being
    that the link value is passed through to the destination. This means
    that Cligs does not interfere with your SEO efforts.
  • Cligs gives you a ton of traffic analytics, and more are constantly being added. At the moment, the available analytics are:
    • Total number of hits
    • Referral statistics
    • Recent mentions of the clig itself on twitter
    • Recent links (mentions) of the clig on blogs
    • Recent web links to the clig
    • Recent mentions of the destination URL on twitter
    • Recent blog links to the destination
    • Recent blog links to the destination
    • Recent web links to the destination
    • Delicious bookmarks of the destination
    • Total number of links to the destination

On top of all this, the service is FREE!”

Originally I didn’t think it was a big deal at first. Once I started using the service I began to find it fascinating. It works with education and e-learning by monitoring how much and how often the link I published is used.

The drawbacks I have found is the services and tools it doesn’t work with. The biggest issue is that twitterfeed doesn’t use it. I would love to see analytics from the services I post to. It isn’t available within twhirl which is my favorite twitter/friendfeed client.

The drawbacks are not an issue with cli.gs itself. If you use hyperlinks then you should use cli.gs.

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