Digital marketers share links non-stop.
- Links to our blog posts
- Links to our YouTube videos
- Links to our social media channels
- Links to our products
- Links to our affiliates products
- Links to our lead magnets
TONS OF LINKS!
The typical process would involve you taking time to dig around and find the link you need every time you need it. Then, you'd share the link and never know what happened after that.
You can do better!
You can save time AND monitor what happens with the links you share with just a couple of desktop apps.
Here are the three I use and think you should too!
#1 FastLings (Free at www.fastlinqs.com)
Me and two friends had Fastlinqs built in 2017. We realized we were wasting time finding the links and text we used over and over. So for around $2,000, we hired a developer who created a simple Google Chrome extension that let us store and retrieve whatever links we wanted.
I'm biased but Fastlinqs is absolutely one of my most frequently used tools.
I've used it a handful of times already while writing this blog post!
Fastlinqs has a built in search feature that lets you quickly locate things you need from an unlimited number of items. I type in the word "lead magnet" and I quickly see my post on lead magnets. One click and I've copied it. Boom.
The only downside to Fastlinqs is that it is limited to the Chrome browser only.
#2 TextExpander (www.textexpander.com)
TextExpander is a tool that allows you to turn any text into a shorter abbreviated code.
For example, I type "$thrivecart" (without the quotation marks of course) and it autofills this "http://tools.entreresource.com/thrive-cart"
The ability to store my unique affiliate links (as shown above) is awesome but TexExpander goes far beyond just short text like that. You can create templates as long as your heart desires. I have several 100+ word email replies I send simply by typing just a couple of letters.
TextExpander also has a mobile application and works on your device directly instead of on a particular browser like Fastlinqs.
TextExpander serves a similar function to Fastlinqs. However, I still also use Fastlinqs because I find it easier to grab my blog post and YouTube URLs. Since I have combined hundreds of both, I don't want to have to create a bunch of unique short codes and there is no way I could remember them all if I did.
Tip: Export Blog and Video URLs Fast
If you have hundreds of blog posts and you want to grab the titles and URLs, check out the free WordPress plugin called Export All URLs. If you want to export all of your YouTube video URLs and titles, check out the free software TubeBuddy. Here is a video I made showing how to export URLs with TubeBuddy. You can easily upload these titles and URLs into Fastlinqs and TextExpander.
#3 ClickMagick (www.ClickMagick.com)
Last but definitely not least is the link tracking powerhouse, Clickmagick.
ClickMagick provides a suite of features appealing to digital marketers. Here are the most important ones.
- See how many people click your links, when and from where.
- Weed out fake bot clicks.
- Pixel people who click your links.
- Track conversions on your own products AND your affiliates.
- Receive notifications when links are down.
- Turn ugly URLs into more professional, branded ones.
The tool is too powerful to summarize in a quick blurb here, so read my full ClickMagick review if you're interested (like I know you should be).
I turn almost all of my links into Clickmagick links before sharing them.
Anyone who has any online business presence (especially affiliate marketers) owes it to themselves to try out ClickMagick. Readers get an extended 30 day trial of Clickmagick by clicking here.
There you have it, the three tools I use to manage my links. What do you use? Tell me in the comments!