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

Bitly is a convenient tool for creating short URLs to share in place of long URLs. I’ve used it for years to create customized URLs that are easy for my students to type. Unfortunately, some people use Bitly to try to mask URLs to try to get you to click on nefarious links. Fortunately, there is an easy way to see where a Bitly link will take you without having to actually click on the link. 

The trick is to simply add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original 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. 
You can try this with my Bitly link of 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 reads like this you will go to the Bitly page where I shortened my original URL.

I’ve created a couple of short video demonstrations of how this trick works. This is the Instagram video that I made about it. This is the YouTube video that I made about it.


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