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Create a custom name for an existing Bit.ly link

Bit.ly is a URL shortening service that also allows you to track referrers. Like many other such services, it shortens long URLs with a generated code like http://bit.ly/f4FrgD. When this link is first generated, Bit.ly allows you to change “f4FrgD” to something else.

But if you’ve already created a link and navigated away from the page, Bit.ly will not let you add a custom name. In fact, http://bit.ly/gQBJgW says you can’t edit a link once it’s created. While this makes sense for the generated permalink ID like “f4FrgD”, adding a custom name can work: add the same long URL in Bit.ly again gives you an error that the URL has already been shortened, but also gives you a chance to customize it – to get it a long name.

The custom name will persist, and you can then use links like http://bit.ly/vscollect even while http://bit.ly/f4FrgD continues to work.

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  1. August 15, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Note that bitly now allows – actually forces – you to edit the link to create a custom short link. At the time I wrote this blog they only advertised it was possible when initially creating the link.

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