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What would Rex Dixon do?

Answered => “Can I build a white label URL shortening service on the back of Bit.ly Pro?” on Quora.

http://www.quora.com/Can-I-build-a-white-label-URL-shortening-service-on-the-back-of-Bit-ly-Pro

=> My answer…

I’m a bit.ly pro user. Btw, I believe it’s bit.ly not Bit.ly. The b should be lower case. I’m not sure about the p in Pro.

It goes without saying that Rex Dixon is going to be more versed in the details of pro / Pro than I am. That being said, I’ve kinda been down this road. The fly in your ointment could be the fact that you can’t set up a website at yourshortdomain.com if it’s also a pro domain.

Correct me if I’m wrong Rex but the DNS of a pro domain is directed to bit.ly. From there traffic to yourshortdomain.com is really just a mask (?) that sits in front of bit.ly (so to speak). You can not have a free standing yourshortdomain.com hosted elsewhere from which could do your API’ing back to the mothership because bit.ly is the domain’s hosting service. You can from another domain but does that make sense? Maybe. Maybe not.

Since yourshortdomain.com is just an alias of sorts for bit.ly, if bit.ly has already assigned the shortened URL bit.ly/RexDixon then you can not also have yourshortdomain.comy/RexDixon. For similar reasons (I presume) this is why you can shorten a URL with bit.ly and get a non bit.ly URL back. If one of bit.ly’s “partners” has already done the shortening, that’s what you’ll get back. Also, one more bit.y fun fact. If you add a + to the end of a bit.ly URL you’ll be able to see the stats/analtyics for that URL – whether it’s your URL or not.

Mind you I’m speaking of the free version of bit.ly pro. I suppose if you roll up with deep pockets Rex & Co will take care of you. Again, I’d like to repeat my disclaimer. Rex would know better than I. My intell could also be dated. Things do change. But the last time I looked the above was true to the best of my knowledge.

FWIW, if you want to grown your own URL shortener, check out Yourls (YOURLS.org). I had a short domain in my collection, found YOURLS.org and tossed together http://VT802.us for shits and giggles over a couple weekends. It’s still a work in progress so try not to be too critical. Please Like the FB page if you’re inspired. Thanks.

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