One thing I do often when about to share articles is quickly post my article link to Bit.ly so that I can easily share the article on Social Media and keep track of the click analytics that Bit.ly provides. I have a plugin called WP Bit.ly on one site, but this plugin seems to be broken and only working because it was configured previously. I had to find a replacement for WP Bit.ly and found an excellent one that is even more functional with WG bit.ly shortener 0.2.1.
What is WG bit.ly shortener?
WG bit.ly shortner is a WordPress plugin that does 2 things, #1 when you click publish or schedule on a post, it will send the link through the bit.ly API and generate you a bit.ly link for your article. It will not do this when you save draft and only does this for posts you publish or schedule to publish at a later date.
It will then display your bit.ly shortened link and # of clicks in a small box in your WordPress post editor for that post.
Setting up and Configuring WG bit.ly shortener
Setup is simple, just install WG bit.ly shortener from the WordPress plugin repository (it is completely free) and activate the plugin.
Go to your Tools –> WG bit.ly to configure it with your API key
Enter your bit.ly username and the API key
That’s it, now whenever you create a new post and publish or schedule it it will generate a bit.ly shortlink automatically for your WordPress post. If you want to generate bit.ly shortlinks for previous articles all you need to do is edit a previous article and click the update button, this will generate a bit.ly shortlink for that WordPress post so that you can share it on Social Media and start tracking the clicks.