25 URL Shorteners With 301 Redirects

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In todays world of 140 characters or less, short URLs are all the rage. There are many legitimate uses for these short URLs. How do they affect SEO, though?

Below, I’ve generated a list of 25 useful URL shorteners, all that generate 301 redirects. Why are 301 redirects important? A 301 redirect tells search engines that the URL requested is a permanent redirect. The alternative is a 302 redirect, which tells search engines that it’s a “temporary” redirect. Search engines pass link credit through 301s, but not 302s, which is why 301 redirects are important.

The list below is sorted through an arbitrary formula I wrote to calculate the “best” URL shortener. Of course, this is by no means a definitive ranking, just what my formula came up with.

short-url
https://bradsknutson.com/
SERVICESHORT DOMAINREDIRECTTRACKINGCUSTOM URLLENGTHEXAMPLE
TinyArrowsta.gd301YesYes9http://ta.gd/ekd
Qy.fiqy.fi301NoYes9http://qy.fi/e0t
TinyArrowsri.ms301YesYes10http://ri.ms/a0s3
HootSuiteow.ly301YesYes11http://ow.ly/i7rH7
HootSuiteht.ly301YesYes11http://ht.ly/i7rH7
Is.gdis.gd301NoYes11http://is.gd/05d0R5
Rock.torock.to301YesYes12http://rock.to/muv7
V.gdv.gd301NoYes12http://v.gd/K7HwON
Bitlybit.ly301YesYes13http://bit.ly/ZKdYbB
SnipURLcl.lk301YesYes13http://cl.lk/26huced
Redir.ecredir.ec301YesYes13http://redir.ec/Gmb9
Fwd.asfwd.as301NoYes13http://fwd.as/tg3CC0
Metamarkxrl.us301NoYes13http://xrl.us/boke96
Tiny.cctiny.cc301YesYes14http://tiny.cc/sb37sw
SnipURLsn.im301YesYes14http://sn.im/26huced
Short.ieshort.ie301YesYes15http://short.ie/483aix
SnipURLsnurl.com301YesYes17http://snurl.com/26huced
SnipURLsnipr.com301YesYes17http://snipr.com/26huced
SnipURLsnipurl.com301YesYes19http://snipurl.com/26huced
TinyURLtinyurl.com301NoYes19http://tinyurl.com/c8xugfa
Tr.imtr.im301NoNo10http://tr.im/zx88
Googlegoo.gl301YesNo12http://goo.gl/4PdrB
StumbleUponsu.pr301YesNo12http://su.pr/55X9H2
Twittert.co301NoNo13http://t.co/8svYjZdL
WordPresswp.me301NoNo14http://wp.me/P3aWil-2

A big plus is the ability to create your own short URLs. If you can somehow work in a keyword into your short URL, you should consider it an added bonus.

Honorable Mentions

SERVICESHORT DOMAINREDIRECTTRACKINGCUSTOM URLLENGTHEXAMPLE
HurlMehurl.me301NoNo14http://hurl.me/hIzmq5

A few quick notes.

T.co – Twitter shortened URLs can only be generated by Tweeting a URL. All URLs inserted into Tweets will be wrapped in a t.co URL. This means that currently there is no URL customization and no analytics tied to these shortened URLs.

Wp.me – All WordPress.com blogs and websites by default will generate a short URL for every post. If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, and you have JetPack installed, you will also be able to generate the wp.me shortened URLs. Here is a post from WordPress explaining how to generate these links: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/shorten/.