How To Check The Stats On Any Shortened Link (Including Ones You Don’t Own)

November 13, 2012 · 19 comments

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How To Check The Stats On Any Shortened Link (Including Ones You Don’t Own) Link Shortener – 
Free Stats At Your Fingertips!

Google offers a free and popular URL shortener,, which gives you the power to see click-through data on any shortened link… not just ones that you created. 

While not as deeply integrated in as many third-party services as (which also has trackable stats) is, is a viable choice when you need to shorten and track a URL and retrieve click stats. 

Want to see the stats on that URL you just saw scroll by in the twitter stream?

Easy peasy!

Simply copy the URL… for example:

And paste it into your URL bar…

Add a + sign to the end of it… and hit enter!

Creating a Shortened Link at:

Checking The Click Stats on A Shortened URL:

So, while I use BudURL Pro when I am paying for click traffic from solo ads, and while I use Pretty Link Pro for on-site link tracking, this is another viable alternative for free link shortening services. 

Do you use links?

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Andrew Bailey November 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

I have used links who do this too but it’s great to see it on google links

just FYI.. the post image on the front page is 404
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Kim Castleberry November 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

Thanks for the headsup on the post image… that’s what happens when it completely slips my mind to set a featured image in WordPress… whoops!

PS: Now let’s see if the ReplyMe works! (Which is awesome btw)


Kim Castleberry November 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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marquita herald November 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Another useful tip Kim. I’ve never even heard of, which is not a big surprise, but it certainly looks like something worth checking out. I use a different url shortner and it’s worked well for me, but then I’m not really active in affiliate marketing and I know that makes a difference. Thanks!
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Kim Castleberry November 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

One doesn’t really need to have anything to do with affiliate marketing to have uses for link shorteners. We have to shorten everything that goes to Twitter… that’s a prime opportunity to use a shortener that has good tracking metrics so we can find out if what we said generated any clicks. This can let you test three different ways of saying something and find out which one got the most clicks for you. :)


Mike November 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Cool! I wonder how accurate this is compared with regular Google analytics. Any idea?


Kim Castleberry November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Mike, I believe it uses the same tracking server. The data is less complete than GA but I think in terms of accuracy it’s right there. I’ve seen some speculation that it may not be as good as premium click trackers but not really surprising. Even among them they’re not always an apples to oranges comparison. I think for most uses this is an acceptable level of accuracy. I don’t think I’d use it as my only level of tracking if I were buying clicks though.


Sarah Park November 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

Hi Kim!

Thanks for sharing this tip. Very helpful for me to know if the ads I have are as effective as I believe it should be.


vicky November 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

I haven’t tried this url shortener and guess will try one soo after your explanation. Thanks for posting.


chanikacha November 14, 2012 at 5:00 am

I never yet tried using Link Shortener before I am mostly using bit ly. I think theirs no difference about bitly and for shortening links.


Bryan November 14, 2012 at 6:47 am

I have no idea what is that for until I read this. Very useful for my marketing.


David Merrill 101 November 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

It’s nice to have a quick link tracker like, Kim.

You can really do it on the fly and not get too involved in set-up, yet you get some handy feedback for link performance.

I wasn’t aware of the address bar + method, so that’s a great tip!
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Donna Merrill November 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Hey Kim,

This is easy squeezy! I use bitly or tinyurl. This is great and I like to make nice nice with Google using their stuff.
Thanks once again for the great advice.

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Sadie-Michaela Harris November 16, 2012 at 5:22 am

Madame you are a wonder! I didn’t know that this was possible with Google’s Link Shortner! Smashing especially if they are linked to something like a promo QR Code :)


Ileane November 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hi Kim,
I never tried using the Google url shortener. I guess I didn’t see any advantage to using it – but now I do :)
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Steven Hughes November 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

This is what triberr uses know as well, although the clicks never jive with the visitors in GA. The whole tracking industry seems far from perfect. Wish there was a service that was 99.5% accurate. I’ll have to taking a deeper look at Pretty Link Pro.


Tan December 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Wow, this is too bad. Thanks for another useful tips. I should switch to another short URL provider.


Eric Loiselle November 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hi Kim,
I was looking the web to know how to find the stats on my shorten links because for some reason they went in hiding mode and i found your site.

I have to say you did an amazing job and the info is simply awesome! I’m starting a business in the affiliate marketing and your site will be very useful to me!

You have in me a bookmarker for life,
Again thank you for such a devoted site!


Ramana November 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

very useful tips, now i can see my stats. thanks


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