We can't track an ordinary link. For example, the link to our popular YouTube downloading software is 'http://www.xetoware.com/free-youtube-downloader.html'. But if you shared this link, there is no way you can see how many times users have clicked it, where they are from and what operating system they.
So how do you solve this problem? You use an url masking service. What is it? An url masking service or url shortener is an online service that lets you convert your link to another link, often to shorten it. However some url masking services such as Bitly offer click analytics, which allows you to see intricate details such as how many times this link has been clicked, which countries have clicked it the most, etc.
Bitly is great! It has been around a long time, and is therefore, very reliable. But how do we use Bitly? To see detailed analytics of your clicks such as geographical and operating system data, you will need to sign up to Bitly. Simply head over to their website, and the rest of the process should be very intuitive.
After you have made your account, copy the link you want to track, and shorten it using Bitly. Now your link should look something like this: http://bit.ly/1Ovja9k.
Now by sharing this link with your users/friends, you can begin to track your clicks. How? By simply adding a '+' character after the Bitly url. For example, if I wanted to track the clicks on the link bit.ly/1Ovja9k, I will simply add a '+' at the end and then open that link in my web browser. So I can see how many clicks I got, which countries my users reside in, etc by going to this link: http://bit.ly/1Ovja9k+.
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