Everyone who has a website has a way to track the number of times a page was viewed. But what about those times when you link to something that’s not on your site? For example, when you direct folks to where you can buy your book on Amazon, B&N or Smashwords? I didn’t have a good way to track those sorts of things until I learned about bitly. Most of you are familiar with bitly as a URL shortener that’s used with Twitter. But you can make bitly links for anything, and once you’ve created a bitly link you can track how many times it’s been clicked.
All you need to do is take your original bitly URL and add a + to the end of it. For example, I use bitly links on my website & Twitter when I show folks where they can buy IMPERIUM. The bitly link for Amazon is http://bitly.com/jJnxM6. By typing http://bitly.com/jJnxM6+ into my browser’s address bar I get this page which shows me how often it’s been clicked and where the clicks are coming from.