• http://www.Match.ccom simons1321

    Eric,

    have you seen any examples of large brands creating their own domain branded shortened URLs?

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    None yet, but I’ve started doing it , myself for some of my blog posts, using hand made 301′s :)

  • http://www.sugarrae.com Rae Hoffman

    We’re doing it over at Outspoken and wrote a blog post about creating your own URL shorteners with wordpress. Cheers.

  • http://www.youfoundjake.com youfoundjake

    After seeing the trend of short URI’s becoming more and more pervasive throughout the web, I finally converted Youfoundjake.com to make use of an in-house URL rewriting service.
    http://youfoundjake.com/ooltq
    The neat thing about the rewrite, is that it takes care of the 301 from non-www to www, which is done in .htaccess prior to the plugin, displays the short uri on the post, and nofollows the short uri to prevent against duplicate content. It’s so much prettier to see youfoundjake than tinyurl isn’t it?

  • USOBlogger

    Interesting post, Eric. I have only recently joined Twitter but I discovered the need for shortened URLs very quickly. Your views on potential spamming are definitely something to think about!

    I wanted to let you know that I have found if a specific word is isolated in your shortened URL, it will show up in Twitter search.

    i.e. http://twitter.com/#search?q=vseoblog

    The URL shortening site I use is 9mp.com, and you can register up to 5 branded URLs for free. Also you can create a “vanity URL” which will further tailor your URL. When I alert my followers to a new blog entry, I have the branded URL vseoblog.9mp.com…. I then add a KW relating to my blog entry,

    i.e. http://www.vseoblog.9mp.com/WolframAlpha

    This changes the random numbers and letters we get as extensions to a relevant KW.

    It may just be easier to learn how to make your own, but I find this site to pretty useful. You can even track how many people follow and re-post your shortened links, which is a bonus!