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How to Use Google as URL Shortener

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
9 years ago4,113 views

Hey community, you might like this little Google hack I describe here:
google.com/search?q=hkcMjRm
Make sure to click the first link. ;-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

To make this work better you could try using the [site:] operator to secure the ID from abuse (and thereby unfortunately making it longer again!), by using g.cn instead of google.com as it's shorter, and by automatically launching a Feeling Lucky search as well to avoid the extra click. I was not able to get all of these features to work when I tried just now, though! Here's another variant: gog.is/hkcMjRm

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

The site: idea was on my mind as well but I also wanted people to visit me via real search results not just site internal. I could imagine that the site: searches won't count for Google personalized search rankings.

I didn't know about g.cn but I can't attach parameters to it, can I?

How do I trigger an I'm feeling lucky search using parameters?

gog.is is a great tool. I completely forgot about it.

George R [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

This has an advantage over some shorteners that have a permanent fixed target. If you rearrange pages on your site or move your pages to another domain, the redirects should heal when Google's index adjusts.

Someone else could hijack your pages or your key.

What happens when blogoscoped becomes the top site for "hkcMjRm"?

George R [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

At first I was puzzled why "btnI" generated a search engine result page (SERP) rather than redirecting to the first entry.

I have a conjecture about what might be happening.
Googlebot does not need to actually read page P to enter it with a term T in Google's index. If Googlebot reads some other page that has a link to page P with term T, then it may enter the url of page P in its index. If instead of a link to page P with term T, there is a link to search S with term T, then the search url might be entered in the index.

I do not know if that is what happened, but it might be something similar.

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

9 years ago #

Thanks for the feedback George. Actually you might need to use the site: operator to prevent people hijacking your ID.

Philipp and all:
The programmer behind gog.is has implemented the Google forwarding after my feature request.

Just test it: l.gog.is/hkcMjRm

Here it works perfect. I love it!

Can you see my SEO 2.0 post or does Tweetmeme outrank me in your personalized results?

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