4 reasons to use goo.gl

4 reasons to use goo.gl

In this article I will be sharing some great highlight’s about Googles short url service(http://goo.gl). So what does “goo.gl” do? That’s easy, It let’s you create, inspect, and manage “goo.gl” short url’s pretty cool huh. So what make’s “goo.gl” stand out from all the other short url services, Well that’s simple goo.gl let’s you track you’re url’s activity in a range of way’s.

Referrers wheel

What this wheel does is it track’s what websites people came from to you’re goo.gl url. If I was browsing a website let’s say example.com and I saw you’re goo.gl url and decide to click it, It would then say in the “referrers” section of you’re url’s analytics “http://example.com (1) 100%”. (1) represents the amount of times someone has came from that website, Then the percentage represents the percentage out of the total Referrers. This is a great feature because you know what websites you’re goo.gl url gets the most click’s from.


This show’s what browsers the clicker(s) used once they have clicked you’re goo.gl url. If I was using safari to browse the web and I clicked you’re goo.gl url, This would add a click to safari which would look like “safari click: 1”.


This will show the country the clicker is located based on there Ip address. If the clicker was located in Britain and they clicked you’re goo.gl url, This would show a click from their country what would look like “United Kingdom (Britain) click: 1”. This is also an amazing feature if you’re goo.gl url is aimed to a specific country.


This will display what platforms(operating system) the clicker(s) are using, If they was using an Apple Macintosh and viewed you’re goo.gl url it would display “Macintosh click: 1” and for Windows “Windows click: 1”.

Goo.gl will also show you the amount of times you’re goo.gl has been visited by the clicker(s) in other word’s a click count, This is displayed on you’re goo.gl analytics page near the top of the page on the left hand side.

That’s why Googles (goo.gl) short url service is one of the best out there and what makes it stand out from other short url services.


  1. shadyx June 20, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Great post Jake, you have convinced me to start using goo.gl. :p

  2. AaronTily June 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    This post has convinced me to use goo.gl more often than I already do. I’ve used it in the past for personal reasons but I have got the odd client to use it too. It’s quite a good simple service with a lot of potential bonuses for the end user.

  3. ForumPromotion June 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Great article! Never really thought of using goo.gl previously when posting links online or sending them to people.This can be very good for example if you are wanting to see how engaged your actual Twitter following is by using a goo.gl link anytime you make a tweet to see how many clicks you receive.

  4. JakeMclaughlin June 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for the feedback guy’s.

  5. Webmaster24 June 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I didn’t even knew about this, great article, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. GeoffreyISU June 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I didn’t even know this existed!  Thanks for the great post.

  7. Mikhayl Sadasey June 28, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I had no idea Google had a url shortening service. It does look quite simple, clean and user-friendly though. From now on I’ll be using this instead of the other ones I’ve used. I just gave it a test run and it was really fast which I like and the URL is pretty short with the goo.gl behind it.

  8. Jamie Dabrowiecki July 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I use goo.gl occasionally, but most of the time I use bit.ly.

  9. juststeven October 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve been using goo.gl for quite a long time now and it has to be one of the best tools I’ve ever come across. Not just does it give me a way to shorten my urls for Twitter but it provides accurate and diverse analytics which I can use to track service requests so I can provide proof to people who buy my traffic services. It updates very quickly and is very accurate. The referrers wheel comes in great use for delivering traffic from a certain source. I am glad you’ve shared this tool with the world.

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