Frequently Asked Questions
I want to run BudURL on my own domain. Is that possible?
Yes! Check out our sister product, Ez.com. You can register, tell us your domain, and have your own URL shortener online in under 5 minutes.
I'm having trouble dragging the BudURL bookmarklet to my toolbar. What am I doing wrong?
Some versions of Internet Explorer appear to have issues with dragging the bookmarklet to the tool bar. Here is one way we got it to work on those versions. Right-click and choose "Add To Favorites" then "Create in" folder "Links".
Can I schedule Twitter Tweets?
Yes! All our paid plans come with Twitter integration so that you schedule your tweets or tweet instantly!
How do I report issues?
Report issues by submitting your issue to our Contact Us page.
Are there any other stats besides the number of clicks?
Yes, there are 'Premium Click Stats'. The Premium Click Stats Report shows you the timestamp, referrer, IP address, keywords used, and the total/unique clicks for the amount allowed in your account. Graphs plot these clicks for total clicks and referrers.
Do you collect bot traffic?
BudURL.com does not track bot clicks with the 'Premium Click Stats' such as website crawlers and search engine traffic. These clicks are considered noise and major analytics sites such as Google and other major URL shorteners ignore this type of traffic also. It will give you a more accurate assessment of your traffic that is being generated by your BudURLs if we just report traffic generated by actual human users.
Why BudURL and not another service?
Most of the other services either provide just simple click counts or they are more of a social site like Digg. What they lack is the goal of providing real click intelligence that small businesses need.
Why create an Account?
If you don't create an account with BudURL, you're really missing the best parts! With a personal account, you can keep track of all the BudURLs you create and see advanced statistics (depending on your plan type). With the toolbar link, new BudURLs you create will be added to your personal account. Additional statistics are available also with a personal account. Register now!
Can I delete a BudURL in my personal account?
Is there a way to Preview a destination URL before I go there?
Yes! Just add a question mark (?) to the end of any BudURL and you'll be taken to a page that shows you the destination URL.
Is BudURL just for social networks?
Not at all! While BudURL works fantastic in social networking environments, many people use it in sales (to see when prospects click links), in advertising (to measure performance of direct mail), in their mobile and iPhone applications, in email signatures, profile links on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and a number of other ways.
Does BudURL offer a white label service so that I can use my website name with the BudURL service?
Yes! Please visit our BudURL Enterprise Edition page for more information.
How do I choose between a 301 Permanent Redirect vs a 307 Temporary Redirect?
It really comes down to your needs. The perception is that 301 redirects are better for SEO and Page Rank. If this is a huge concern for you, then choose 301 redirects for your BudURLs in your registered account. By 'permanent' Google for example expects that your destination URL will never change so it may cache this URL. Also, proxy and caching servers may also cache the destination URL which may not give you accurate click counts. If you expect to change your URL periodically and SEO is not a big concern, then 307 Temporary Redirects may be the way to go. A good case for 307 redirects is if for example you have a BudURL such as budurl.com/contest and you plan on changing the URL every month. For more accurate click tracking, you can use 307 Redirects on places with low/no SEO, such as Twitter, emails, any sites that require login, or links on social networking profile pages.