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How to shorten my URL link using a URL shortener?

Arslan Jadoon
4 minutes
How to shorten a link using a URL shortener

Short links have several benefits when sharing on social media platforms. They are more visually pleasing and take up less space, making them perfect for platforms where space is limited. Additionally, their simpler and shorter structure makes them easier to remember and share verbally.

A URL shortener can also hide the original link behind a redirect, which can track clicks and keep the original link concealed. Furthermore, short URLs are much simpler and more convenient to share, especially via email or chat.

A short link can also be a great way to disguise a long and complex link with a more user-friendly and memorable domain name. This can increase click-through rates, making the link more likely to be clicked. 

How to shorten a website link?

Follow these steps to shorten any website link:

Step 1: Sign in to Replug or create an account for free. 

signin or create account

Step 2: Choose the desired campaign on the main dashboard or create a new one in seconds.

select campaign

Step 3: Paste the link in the “URL to shorten” section below “select campaign” and click the create button.

paste url


Step 4: You have your newly created URL. Click the edit icon and type the URL slug you prefer.

new link

Step 5: Copy the URL, click the update button, and you’re done.  

customize and update

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How to Shorten a Google Doc link?

Step 1: Open the document you want to share and click the share button in the top right corner.

share button

Step 2: Click the “anyone with link” section. 

click anyone with the link

Step 3: Click the role you want to assign your Google doc link, i.e., viewer, editor, commenter, and click copy. 

select role and copy

Step 4: Go to Replug and paste your Google doc link in the “URL to shorten” section below “select campaign” and click create button. 

paste link

Step 5: Your new link is now created. Click the edit icon, type the URL slug you prefer, copy and click update.  

new link

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What is a URL shortener?

A URL shortener is a service that condenses a long URL into a shorter, more manageable version. The shortened URL version often redirects to the original URL when clicked. These shortened URLs are often used to share links on social media platforms, with a limit on how many characters can be included in a post. URL shorteners also track links’ clicks and make links more visually appealing. For example, a long and complex URL like “https://www.example.com/category/subcategory/product-name” can be shortened to “http://example.com/abc,” which is short and easy to remember.

Can we shorten a Google Doc link?

Unfortunately, Google has terminated its URL shortening service “goo.gl ”.  Another way is to use third-party URL shortener services like bit.ly, Replug, etc.

You can use these services by pasting the google docs link and getting the shortened link in return.

It’s important to note that shortening a link does not give you additional security, but it can help make the link more friendly and memorable and track clicks.

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