Very long links with several numeric values and characters can be quite confusing and so hard to remember at times. Here's an easy way for you to share your links with your readers and followers making it easier for them to remember.
We accomplish this using a pretty cool plugin called Pretty Link.
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Transcript of Today's Episode
Hello and welcome to this how-to video by learningwithleslie.com. My name is Leslie Samuel, and in this video, I want to show you how to shorten your links with Pretty Link. Now, why would you want to do this?
If you're a blogger or a podcaster, most likely, you're going to be directing your audience to specific links. But, the problem is that, many of these links can be very complicated. And, shortening your link is a very good way of being able to give your audience an easy link to remember that can take them to the resources that they need. Let's look at an example where you might want to shorten a link. For example, an affiliate link.
Here you can see I have a link that's pretty complicated — “anrdoezrs.net/click,” and then, a bunch of numbers. This is an affiliate link that I have for hosting with Blue Host. Now, if I wanted to give someone that link, it would be very complicated to tell them to go to this link. It would be much easier if I have something like learningwithleslie.com/bluehost because I can remember that. I can tell it to them, and they can remember it, and get to that page easily.
Now, there's a simple plug-in for doing this, and it's called “Pretty Link,” and you can find it the same way you go about finding any other WordPress plug-in in your WordPress admin area. Once you've installed that plug-in, it's very simple to use.
I'm in my admin area right now at learningwithleslie.com, and you can see I have this area that says, “Pretty Link Quick Add.” What I can do is I can enter my target URL here, and the Pretty Link that I would like to add, and then, simply press “Create.”
So, I'm going to go ahead and copy that affiliate link… And then, I'm going to come here, and paste it in to the target URL, and then, I'm going to give it a name that's easy to remember, and then, I'm simply going to click on “Create.”
That then sets up my Pretty Link, so that, if I were to go to learningwithleslie.com/bluehost, it will then redirect that person to my affiliate link, which will then take them to Blue Host. And, as you can see, I'm at Blue Host right now.
A very simple and easy process of shortening your links, making them memorable so that you can have easy access to give them to someone when they need it.
I hope you found that valuable. If you would like to see more of these types of how-to videos, stay tuned to learningwithleslie.com. We'll be adding many more in the future.
This is Leslie Samuel. That's it for now, and I'll see you in the next video.