Many bloggers are searching the easiest way to earn money online. Adsense is their primary choice but because of the approval process of Adsense bloggers are finding another way to monetize their website. Here at Scrollbucks, I am using Adsense and Affiliate Marketing for earning.
Yesterday, I found another technique to make money by shortening URL and referring it. Do you believe it that you are getting paid by just shortening URL? Yes, it’s true. Shorte.st is another URL shortener technique different from the traditional one. Previously I have explained some of the URL shortener websites which will just short the URL. Shorte.st will give you money along with the URL shortener.
What is Shorte.st?
Shorte.st is the URL shortener site based in Europe. Shorte.st is connected with the Advertiser networks so when readers will clicks on the links (Shorten by shorte.st), they will see the ads before reaching to the destination page. In that case, you will earn for every Ad display. You can refer the below flow diagram for the functionality of shorte.st
Do you want to earn money with Shorte.st? Then let’s start.
Getting started with Shorte.st?
To monetize your blog with the shorte.st you need to visit the official website of shorte
Register with shorte.st by just proving email address. You will get the activation email, click on the activation link.
Now your account is activated. For shorte.st you don’t have any approval procedure. This is an advantage of this technique.
To start URL shortening go to More Tools>Quick link
Here you will get your API token (mine is 80f98…) which you can use to short the URL.
Here you just need to update your URL in yourdestinationlink.com section and hit the enter. You will redirect to the link which you can use anywhere further. Keep it in mind that you will redirect to the page which you have entered in the destination.
If you think this is a very long URL to update, you can use the below one to make your URL shorten.
Same as above you can update the destination URL as you want and copy the same URL and use it anywhere. Now, you will think that when will I get paid?
Whenever readers open the shorten link it will redirect to intermediate Ads, users either can skip the ads to reach the destination or view the ads. You will get paid for each ads display.
Shorte.st payment method is via PayPal, Payoneer, and WebMoney
You can select as per your availability but keep it in mind that withdrawal limit for PayPal is $5 and Payneer is $20.
For me, I have selected PayPal for my blog.
Advantages of Shorte.st
There are few Advantages of shorte.st over the other monetization which you can not neglect like
- Referral Bonus- When you refer a person to use the shorte.st, you will get 20% commission of the referred person’s payment forever. It means when someone starts using shorte.st by your referral link and they earned $100, you will get $20. This will continue for all the referral forever.
- Sign Up reward- When you sign up with shorte.st you will get a bonus reward like for me I got $1 for the first 100 views of the ads.
- Reliable payment method- Shorte offers three types of payment method PayPal, Payoneer, and WebMoney.
- You will get paid for just display of the Ads.
- WordPress plugin is available for shorte.st
- You can earn even when you don’t have a website by just sharing the shorten link on social sites or over the emails.
- Highest paying program
- For every view of the Ads, you will get paid.
Payout rates for various countries
The payout rates are different for the various country. Shorte.st is paying $14.04/thousands views in the United States followed by the United Kingdom $10.75
So, it’s clear that if you have more traffic from the US, UK then definitely you will earn more.
The only disadvantage of shorte is that the site is bit slow.
If you are more traffic from the US and UK, I recommend you to implements this technique for a month. If you are getting positive results then you can try it. Shorte.st is a bit irritating for the users because readers would have to wait for some time to reach the destination. So be aware that your readers won’t get irritated.
If you have already used shorte.st then do share your experience with us.