There are those times when a plugin comes along and does one single thing—and does it so well. That is the case with a plugin from my friends over on Pluginize.com.
Send People Where You Want to Send Them
Here’s the deal. You know that link you put in your social media profiles for your website? For example, on Facebook it may look like this:
If you are active on a lot of social platforms, the same link will likely be ton all of them. That’s cool. People can click on it and visit your site. But have you ever thought about it?
Let’s say you don’t want them to just land on your homepage. Maybe it’s a specific landing page with a new online course you are offering. Or if you have an online store, maybe a sales page or even a new product you want to introduce. Whatever the case may be, you have to travel around to all of your social profiles, log in, and set that page. It’s a bit of work, but worth it as far as the end results.
But then there comes the time when you need to time to change that URL.
You have another new product you want people to see.
You have another new course with a new landing page.
Or maybe it’s as simple as a post on your blog or a podcast episode that you want to change it to.
Guess what? Time to visit all those freaking profiles again to make that change.
InstaGo Plugin to the Rescue
Now there’s a solution. And it’s pretty damn cool. The InstaGo plugin is easy to set up. Just install, activate and you will have these settings:
- Dynamic URL Slug – This is what will be added to the end of the URL you use. By default, they have it as “go” but of course you can use whatever you want. If you look at #4 you will see how the URL looks like for your site.
- Internal Redirect – All you need to do here is start typing in the title of the page or post you want the URL to redirect to on your site. In this example, I am having it redirect to our plugin shop page.
- External Redirect – This allows you to put in any URL to redirect it to.
- Dynamic URL – This is the URL you will be placing in your profiles, or anywhere else you want to.
Now on that last setting, you may ask why the heck would I redirect it to somewhere else rather than my site? Here are a couple of thoughts.
First, you might need to create a new site that ties into your brand, so just for the time being you, create this landing page that introduces your readers to your new site—on your new site.
And there is a second case where where I find it useful. Let’s say I want people to land on my podcast archives for a certain time period. Well, I can easily insert the URL for my archive page here.
Change to a New Page or Post at Anytime
To make life even a easier, imagine you are creating this new post. You hit publish. But at the same time you are so insanely proud of that post that you think it would be perfect if all the URL’s out there pointed to it. Well, on your posts and pages you will find this option; you can simply click it to change the landing page on your site.
Also, it won’t allow you to choose the page or post until it’s published or scheduled, a good safeguard that prevents redirecting people to a 404 page.
InstaGo in Action
As you can see here, I have now switched out the URL on my Twitter page to the new URL.
Now watch this short video to see how easy it is to change.
As you can see, this plugin is easy, flexible and like I said, does one thing perfectly. I’ve only given you a few examples of how you could use this. Whether you have a business site, a blog or an online store, sending visitors to your social profiles that are fresh is key here. And if you really want to go nuts, imagine keeping track of some analytics here and seeing what landing pages give you the most conversions.
Also, think beyond social profiles. You may find other great uses as well.
Think guest post links.
A link in an email signature.
The uses are endless.
So I would check out InstaGo and start controlling those external links even more.