Did you know that you can view statistics from most of the short links shared online? For many, this might come as a surprise, but others have been using this as a loophole to get information about their competitors for years. Most free URL shorteners allow everyone to view how many clicks each of your links got, as well as access other valuable information. With Capsulink, you can protect your business by setting your link statistics to private.
What are private statistics
Having private statistics means that the information about your short link’s performance is hidden and only the owner of the link can view it. Normally the statistics are public by default and you can see them by simply adding “+” at the end of your short link.
For example, you can see the click statistics of http://cli.re/support by viewing the link http://cli.re/support+ since this information is publicly available to anyone. However, when you set your link statistics to private, nobody will able to access the information, just like for this link: http://cli.re/private-statistics+.
Benefits of having private short link statistics
Most regular link shorteners that you can use for free have public statistics that everyone can view. This is a risk for many businesses because their competitors might be looking at their click statistics, including the referrers, devices and even the location the clicks are coming from. It’s crucial for any business that uses link shorteners to have private statistics to protect the data they don’t want to share with competitors.
How to make your short link statistics private
In order to avoid your competitors peeking in your short link statistics, you can make them private with Capsulink by clicking on the “More actions” icon and choosing “Make private” from the list. In case you need to make the link public again, click on “Make public” form the same list.