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Question about URL Shorteners

Discussion in 'Link Building' started by BlaqReaper, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. BlaqReaper

    BlaqReaper Junior Member

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    Hi!

    I'm sort of new to backlinking and understanding the basics. However my question is a shortened url considered a backlink? I've tried to google the answer, but it did not seem definitive. If i used bit.ly and posted a link on a site, does the backlink count towards my site, bit.ly, or both?
     
  2. goldstrike4u

    goldstrike4u Junior Member

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    bit.ly redirects use a 301 redirect which mean your site gets the credit for the link. The disadvantage is that you are not using anchor text in your link.
     
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  3. BlaqReaper

    BlaqReaper Junior Member

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    Thanks. Dumb question, but why can't you give have a link that does have the anchor text but links to the bit.ly link?

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    <a href="bit.ly link">anchor text</a>
     
  4. goldstrike4u

    goldstrike4u Junior Member

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    yes, that's fine. I meant if you only use the bit.ly link. In your example, anchor text would be passed to your site (Matt Cutts of Google has stated anchor text would be passed).
     
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