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Using bit.ly

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I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity pointers. This time, I'm going to show you how to reuse links I've got my web browser open, and I went to bitly.com.

Using bit.ly

I'm Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity pointers. In the last video, I showed you how you can shorten URLs, and use them to send a one time link to somebody via email or Twitter. This time, I'm going to show you how to reuse links that you send all the time through the bitly service. In which you can also curate a bundle of links and send them out in one shot to somebody. Finally, I'll show you how you can track your links, to see when they're being clicked.

The tracker will tell you what links got the most clicks, when they're getting the most clicks and what sources are they clicking on your links from. Alright, lets get started. I've got my web browser open, and I went to bitly.com. Its fairly simple to create an account with bitly, so I've already gone ahead, done that, and logged in. Now on my account, I already have some bit marks here. A bit mark is just bitly's unique name for a short URL.

Because instead of sending out a one time shortened URL, the idea of bitly is that you can easily send out links that you find yourself sending over and over and over again. So the first thing that I would do when I sign up for bitly is think about what links I find myself sending a lot. They don't even have to be long links, any links. And then you can go ahead and start adding those to bitly. So a link that I find myself sending all the time, is a list to all my courses on lynda.com.

So an easy way for me to do that now is to get it into bitly. So with that site open, I'm going to click the top of the browser to select the entire URL. Right-click with my mouse, choose Copy. Come back to the bitly service, and on the right hand side of the screen you can see a big paste a link here button. If I click in there, I get the option to paste a URL into it. So, I'm going to right click with my mouse and choose Paste. I didn't have to do anything. It immediately ever came up with my link.

So here's the shortened link. And I can even add a note if I want. I'm going to select Add Note. And I'll type in, Here is my complete course archive. Can click the red Save button. And my bitly link has been saved. I can start using it immediately by clicking copy beside the shortened URL or I can send it via email. I'm going to close it out now by clicking the x on the top right hand side because I want to show you what you can do with these bit marks.

Now, it's the new link so it's right at the top of the screen. But over time this collection is going to get quite large. So if you want to send out a link quickly, the easiest thing to do is go to bitly.com and come right up to the search your bitmarks bar right at the top of the screen. I could start typing my name and instantly that site is going to come up. Now all I have to do, is click Copy, which copies that right to the clip board of my computer, so I could come over to twitter, go to compose new tweet and say, here is my course archive, and hit Ctrl+V to paste that link. Its very easy I can also send it via email, by clicking the email button. I can then send it to whoever I want.

Click send, and off it goes. I also have the option to share it right to Facebook or Twitter from here. Something else that Bitly let's you do is curate a collection of lengths that they call bundles. I'm going to click Bundle on the top of the screen, and I've already got a bundle that I've made. Now what a bundle is a collection of bitly links. I found myself sending people over and over again the same five or six links that would help them get started getting all their Ultraviolet Blu-Ray digital copies onto their iPad.

Which could probably be another course in itself. But I created a bundle because this is an easy way to send that link to people all at once. So to create a bundle of your links, simply click Create a New Bundle on the right hand side of the screen. In this case, I'm going to go into the bundle that I already had, and I'll show you how you can add a link to it. Here's what my bundle looks like. I gave it a title, and I gave it a description. I can see how many views it gets, how many bitmarks are currently in it, and when it was last updated.

If I scroll down I can see all the links that I put in there. Now with each link I can put in a custom note about that link. I'm going to go ahead and add another bitmark into this bundle. Because I can keep adding them at any time. I'm going to click, Add Another bitmark. And it's going to give me the option to either paste a brand new URL in there, or search for existing bitmarks that I've already put into bitly. In this case I haven't.

So I'm going to go over to this browser tab window that I have open, copy the URL, just like we did before, go into bitly and paste it in. I can click Add, and now I can choose a title or a note. I can change the title if I wanted to, and I can add a note. Click Save bitmark. And my bitmark has been saved and it's now part of that bundle.

If I want to save a bundle and send it to somebody, I can click on Bundles again at any time go into my bundle and click this Email button. Click Send. And off the bundle goes. Now they'll get that entire list. Now bundles are also great for things like care rating a list of possible barbecue grills that you're looking to buy. You can have all of them here. I mean the possibilities are endless. And you can create as many bundles as you want. You can even add a curator and have more than one person add to this list.

The last thing I want to show you is how to look at stats of your links on bitly. I'm going to click Stats at the top of the screen, and here I can see all of my bitly links. I can see stats like how many people clicked on them, how many total clicks each one got, and how many saves each link got? I can also see the time of day that they were clicked, as well as what date. I can click this drop down arrow and choose a date range including the past hour. It'll give me an exact time so I can see when my clicks are getting the most hits.

I can also see where those clicks are coming from. For example I can see that I got two clicks from email clients, three clicks from Twitter and five links directly from. I can also see the country that they came from. So as you can see, bitly is very robust and much more powerful than just the occasional shortening of the URL to send it to somebody or to use it for Twitter. You can use it to share out links that you find yourself sending over and over and over again because it's very easy to find them in bitly. You can also create Bundles at anytime you find yourself constantly sending out the same combination of links to people.

And then finally, you can see all the stats of your links, to see how they're doing, if you're looking at it from marketing perspective. So you can almost use it for analytical purposes. So that's your tour of bitley I encourge you to sign up for an account and get started shorting your links.

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  1. 10h 57m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to Mint.com
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using ColourLovers.com for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using bit.ly
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with Join.me
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
    120. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s
    121. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    122. Using supplemental To Do apps
      3m 43s
    123. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
      2m 36s
    124. Four tips to teach kids about websites
      8m 19s
    125. Caring for family members from afar
      4m 39s
    126. Using Google Sheets to make templates
      4m 35s

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