How to make shorter URLs for Associates

Short version for shortening URLs by hand: the parts that have to stay are: product number, question mark, tag=[your code]. 0&creativeASIN=0415482305&linkCode=shr&tag=proofhanzoo-21&colid=WB4685W7MF4A&coliid=I1O67JCRKFITRO

I will explain it here in more detail using the example of Working More Creatively with Groups, a book I reviewed before. Product Page

In the Associates bar, go to Twitter. If you don’t want to use Twitter, this is still the place to go because the link you get is already shorter.

The screen you’ll see is this: Twitter Page

  1. Take out the crossed out bits right away: Check out Working More Creatively  withGroups by Jarlath Benson via @
  2. Next look for your personal tag (mine is proofhanzoo-21), everything after that can go.
  3. Then, take out everything from the question mark up to the word ‘tag’: =21330&creativeASIN=0415482305&linkCode=shr&tag=proofhanzoo-21
  4. Final touch: remove ‘product/’:
  5. You should end up with something like this:
  6. To be sure, check if your new URL is valid by running it through’s Link Checker.

Better, no?

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