How To Maneuver New bitly
It’s Tuesday after a nice, long Memorial Day weekend and you’re back to work. Logging into your bitly account you notice—wait for it—that the old bitly you’ve become accustomed to has changed. Gasp.
Yes. That’s right, bitly has upgraded its platform and whether or not you’re a fan of the changes (I’ll admit this new layout isn’t my favorite), I’ve put together a list of five helpful tips on how to smoothly maneuver around the new site.
1. How to create a bitly, now called a bitmark?
To create a bitmark using the new layout, simply log in to your account and click on the “Add a bitmark” button on the upper right hand side of the page, next to what looks like a blowfish. To view and copy the bitly, hover over the newly created bitmark and click on the “i.” Voila! Your bitly appears. Copy and paste as needed.
2. Why use bundles?
Bundles are used to organize bitmarks. For example, if you are working on several projects for clients, you can organize links for each by putting bitmarks into separate bundles.
To create a bundle, go to a bitmark that you would like to bundle, hover over and click “add to bundle.” To view current bundles, go to “Your stuff” and click on “Bundles.” Within “Bundles” you will also have the option to create a new bundle.
3. Navigating through stats and analytics
One of the most positive improvements I’ve seen from the new bitly is the stats and analytics section. With the new layout, users can now view stats under the “Stats” button at the top of the page. Within this section, bitmarks are listed based on time, including how many clicks each bitmark received and total saves (the number of times your bitmark was saved, from your admins to outside users.)
The sleek new stats dashboard also includes graphics on dates of bitmarks, as well as referrer and location details, all of which provide great insight to how others are finding your bitmarks.
4. Your network. Huh?
The newly added “Your network” isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem. If you’re on bitly and you have friends on Facebook and/or Twitter that are also using bitly, you can add them so that whenever they save a public bitmark it will show up in “Your network.” It’s just another way to share.
5. Locating the Help tool and Knowledge Base
Meet your new bitly best friends—Help tool and Knowledge Base—both of which help explain the new bitly layout and answer other various support questions that may arise.
To access these tools, click on the drop down arrow at the top right-hand corner by your account name and select “Help.” After clicking on the Help tool, you will be brought to Knowledge Base where you can search for various topics or scroll through FAQs.
As with any new layout and platform, it takes time to learn the new ins and outs. However, once you’ve discovered the new tweaks, you’ll be right back on track to conquering the wonderful world of bitly.