Bitly, the URL shortening, sharing, and tracking service, announced last week the bitly pro service is now out of beta and free for use with all bitly accounts. This means every user officially has the ability to set up a custom short domain from within a bitly account with no waiting period. You will also receive access to tracking statistics, including the performance of content on the social web.
To set up your custom short domain (i.e. Dalai Lama’s is Dalaila.ma) you simply need to redirect your domain’s DNS to bitly’s servers and sign up for the pro service within your account settings.
Although you still need to buy the short URL from a domain site, this is still a worthwhile feature to test out. I’ve always found bitly to be an effective and simple service to use and I look forward to testing out the new pro features.
Have you started using bitly pro yet?