Tracking for wp URL shortener

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  • #452996

    ileaneb
    Member

    Can WordPress.com integrate some sort of tracking statistic into the wp link shortener? Or if that is not an option can we have a choice of using other shorteners that already provide tracking like bit.ly or ow.ly directly from the WordPress.com dashboard?

    Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is ileane.wordpress.com.

    #453221

    heatherstark
    Member

    Hi, Ileaneb – Snap! I asked a similar question yesterday, with respect to the pros and cons of using my.* VS bit.ly*, ow.ly etc.
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wp-vs-3rd-party-url-shorteners-for-twitter-and-analytics
    My impression from reading the documentation is that when you publicise your post to twitter using ‘Publicize’, WP will automatically supply a URL shortener for you. But you could also put in your own URL shortener, which you obtain from a 3rd part service, using the URL of your blog post as input.
    But I haven’t been able to figure out what (if any) tracking stats are provided for the WP URL shortner. Nobody has commented on this aspect of my question yet, and the documentation doesn’t give any hints that I’ve been able to find. This is tipping me towards using 3rd party, although it adds an extra step to my process. I think I will ask Staff and see what happens….

    all the best, Heather

    #453224

    raincoaster
    Member

    WP doesn’t break out referral statistics for the custom URL shortener. They just show up as regular hits.

    #453230

    heatherstark
    Member

    Ta!

    #453458

    ileaneb
    Member

    Thanks heatherstark and raincoaster.
    @Ileane

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