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?

~ Kim ~
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19 Comments on "How To Check The Stats On Any Shortened Link (Including Ones You Don’t Own)"

2 years 6 months ago

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

2 years 6 months ago

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!

2 years 6 months ago

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

Sarah Park
2 years 6 months ago

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.

2 years 6 months ago

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