See What’s Behind a Bitly Link Without Clicking On It

You can try this with my Bitly link of. 2ZZnuP2 which will take you to the registration page for my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter (. If you try the same link but add “+” to the end of it so it checks out like this. 2ZZnuP2+ you will go to the Bitly page where I shortened my original URL.

Ive developed a couple of brief video presentations of how this technique works. This is the Instagram video that I made about it. This is the YouTube video that I made about it.

Bitly is a convenient tool for producing short URLs to share in place of long URLs. Ive used it for years to develop tailored URLs that are simple for my trainees to type. Regrettably, some people use Bitly to attempt to mask URLs to try to get you to click dubious links. There is a simple way to see where a Bitly link will take you without having to in fact click on the link..
The technique is to simply include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was. That will then show you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will show you what the original link was..

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