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Bit.ly disabled my domain I use to mask advertisements on Twitter (HELP!)

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by raginggorilla, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. raginggorilla

    raginggorilla Registered Member

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    I use the domain "pic-tweet.co" to mask the advertisements I post on twitter, because the average users knows the bit.ly links and others are blatant ads. The problem is, bit.ly disabled my domain because they said it was "misleading." So basically I need to use some other website to mask track my clicks and mask my ads. Any advice?
     
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    Why do you use bit.ly if you have a domain? Get a simple url shortener script, and you have full control over it. That's what I do. Good luck.
     
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    I use Miniurl.com

    Can't be stopped by twitter and has tracking stats
     
  4. raginggorilla

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    The ads I post aren't from my domain, they are for others, I just use the domain to make it resemble a pic.twitter link. I don't know if that matters or not.
     
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    How you mean can't be stopped by twitter ? They are going to the final destination, and can ban domain behind, that hits last "200 ok" status.
     
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    Yeah agree, use this or just set up forwarding/redirects on your Domain. But miniurl would be much more handy.
     
  7. raginggorilla

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    I'm having trouble changing it from miniurl.com/xxxx to pic-tweet.co/xxx (my domain) any advice?
     
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    Twitter is getting smarter, could the Algorithm for finding advertisements be changed? Or is there a team of "ad-scoping experts" :eek:
     
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    bit.ly has been cracking down on 'misleading' domain names. it has been happening to everyone with a domain resembling a pic.twitter link.
     
  10. Jamescorvin

    Jamescorvin Newbie

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    Yes twitter is smart these days
     
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    I see these links a lot :D Never clicked on them tho.
     
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    use yourls (its a small free script), get some small hosting or use some free one, better than depending on external services. u can track the number of clicks too.
     
  13. forzer

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    hmm... using minurl and misleading twitter. What are the chances that twitter will go after your domain?
     
  14. TZ2011

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    They don't need to go after your domain, they use Spiderduck system and god knows what else... Whatever you use to shorten url they see the original domain behind it, they follow each hop and see your domain, its a matter of time when your domain will get flagged (spammy link warning) or ghosted (not posted and visible in searches). Almost everything, actually, is pointless if you are trying to spam, to send X links in Y minutes too fast. They have full control over each and every link and all happen in milliseconds, almost in real time. Same thing can happen for any reason that they want, its their network.

    Original post about Spiderduck (technical explanation) from their blog is removed but this is a short explanation from some site:

    SpiderDuck is a service at Twitter that fetches all URLs shared in Tweets in real-time, parses the downloaded content to extract metadata of interest and makes that metadata available for other Twitter services to consume within seconds.

    Twitter says this helps them improve the following Twitter services:

    Search to index resolved URLs and improve relevance
    Clients to display certain types of media, such as photos, next to the Tweet
    Tweet Button to count how many times each URL has been shared on Twitter
    Trust & Safety to aid in detecting malware and spam
    Analytics to surface a variety of aggregated statistics about links shared on Twitter

    all in all, they see everything.
     
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  15. forzer

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    a little OT, but does anybody know how many times you can use one bitly link? Would i need to bitly everytime i tweeted from different account?
     
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    Doesn't matter which shortener you use and do you change shortener url for each link and account - if you are sending same link or links from same domain, they see it. They don't care for shortener, they are following link to domain. You can take url, shorten it in one shortener, that short link shorten in another shortener service, and do that 3 or 4 times in different shorteners, and they will still go through all shortener services and see the original domain, last hop (or first hop) in the chain.
     
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