Importing Links

BL.INK offers easy, self-service options for importing large volumes of links.

Importing Links to BL.INK

BL.INK will allow users to import a batch of links from a comma-separated file (.CSV). This is useful when migrating URLs from another URL shortening platform, when creating a large number of links at one time, or when making large-scale edits to an existing collection of links. The file may be generated through a text editor, Excel, Google Sheets, or any software capable of creating a .CSV formatted file.

Prior to uploading the links, set up a comma separated (.CSV) file (with no header row) in the format below.  The specified format must be followed exactly or an error message will return during the import process. A sample file is available here.

Note: Only batches of 10,000 links or less may be uploaded at a time. To upload more than 10,000 links, please separate each batch of 10,000 into a separate .CSV file or consider using our API

Import format

Note: Only column A is required. Columns B-G are optional.

Column A: Long URL

Column B: Short Link Keyword. If left blank, a random keyword will be assigned.

Column C: Link Description

Column D: Auto-Delete Date. Required format: YYYY-MM-DD

Note: If delete and archive dates are both set, the archive date is honored.

Column E: Auto-Archive Date. Required format: YYYY-MM-DD

Note: If delete and archive dates are both set, the archive date is honored.

Column F: Link Owner Email. If the user has not yet been added to BL.INK, we will default to the import owner’s email instead.

Column G: Redirect Type - 301 or 307. If left blank, we’ll default to the importing user’s preference (set in the BL.INK account settings).

Once the file is ready, export the file as a .CSV file (.txt or .xls will NOT work). 

To import links, start by logging in to the BL.INK account. Then select the domain from the dropdown menu at the top of the BL.INK dashboard (where it reads Smart Links).

Click Links, then select Import.

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From the Import Links page , click the button for Upload .csv file  to browse and select the pre-formatted CSV file to upload. Then click Import Links.

Additional options available:

Validate only: This function will check the file to ensure it is set up to import properly, but will not actually perform the import.

Overwrite existing links: Check this box to use the import function to bulk update existing links or any of the column values. ONLY use this function to overwrite existing link details. If the box is not checked, the import will skip any existing links and only add new links. 

The import process can take a while to complete depending on the size of the file and the activity in the import queue. An email will be sent once the import has been completed.

Viewing Import History

To view Import History, click Links > Import in the left navigation. From the Import Links page, click Import History in the upper right corner. 

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This will display all Import files that have been added to the BL.INK account, the date and time they were added, and their current status. If there was an error in the import process, it will also appear on this screen to easily troubleshoot. Once the error has been corrected, another import or the remaining links may be attempted.

This page also allows a download of any import file by clicking the Download icon to the right.  

Have questions or need a hand? Contact support at help@bl.ink