Make money in a squeeze!

16 Dec

Or should I say… while you squeeze.

It’s becoming increasingly more common to use URL shortening tools when sending  links via email or social media platforms. This type of tool condenses long cumbersome links into smaller more manageable versions. The use of these tools is especially common amongst twitter users who need to fit long links into small bite-size comments.

Currently, I use the popular site bit.ly to shorten links, but there is a new shortening tool in town with a bonus feature… money.   Shrtn.co, a UK-based company, now adds affiliate links into your shortened URLs.  Every time an item is purchased from a participating merchant, via your shortened link, you receive a commission. With over 150 participating merchants including Apple iTunes and Abebooks, it seems there is money to be made.

Is it a win-win-win, with users making an extra dollar on links they would have spread anyways? Or, are we going to see current link etiquette- where individuals only spread links they find useful- tarnished by money seekers pushing irrelevant links?

Let me know what you think and while you are at it… have you heard about the national best selling novel “The girl with the dragon tattoo”?  http://shrtn.co/ub –  You can buy it for less than $5. Great Christmas gift. – Just saying : )

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2 Responses to “Make money in a squeeze!”

  1. Shane December 16, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I think since the person providing the link is only paid per purchase, they will only pass the link along to people they think would be at least remotely interested.

    If the shortened link, say, showed an ad before taking the person to the destination page and the person providing the link got payment for every click, it would be Spamville.

    Great post!

  2. andmerson December 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Good thinking Shane. That fact that payment is on a CPA ( cost per action) basis should really help reduce spamming.

    Looking forward to see if this site can gain as much popularity as bit.ly or if perhaps bit.ly might make the move to also adopt an affiliate business model.

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