I recently had a chance to try out BudURLservice, it is basically a URL shortener like bit.ly except for some additional so called features. I won’t go into much details, just tell you that I will not recommend BudURL to basic users, with just a single reason which factors the most for me:
Premium Click Stats, BudURL’s service – which is supposed to give IP address, referrer etc. of the visitors, the number of clicks this advanced information is showed for is VERY limited i.e. starting from 500 for 8 US$ / month. Now, when I signed up, I knew very well what this meant, the advanced stats only show for 500 visitors but I was under the impression that after the 500 clicks, it WILL be showing the basic information which all redirect services are offering i.e. basic details of the clickers like country they visited from – which is a standard with all free URL shortening services but to my surprise, they do not offer this. Only the following information is shown after your Clickstream quota runs out.
As you can see from the above screenshot, once your Clickstream/Premium Clicks quota runs out, you won’t get any information at all except the number of clicks! My clicks ran out on the very first day and I knew that would happen but after that day (12th March) there is virtually no information given about the clicks except vague numbers about the clicks.
If you are looking for a simple URL shortener that gives you extra information like IP address, Referrer etc. It’s just better to use a URL shortener service on your own hosting account/domain name, something like YOURLS should do. A reliable shared hosting with unlimited domains, bandwidth and good up-time should cost you less than 4 US$ per month so why spend 8 US$/500 clicks, 12 US$/2000 clicks and 49 US$/50000 clicks.
You CAN get the advance information of IP addresses/referrer etc. from your RAW logs or the stats service which will come with your hosting account.