How To Make A QR Code That Links To A URL

QR codes can be used for several purposes and there are multiple ways to create them, but today I learned of a new quick and easy way to generate one that takes someone directly to a URL.

Shorten a URL using http://goo.gl/ or http://bit.ly and then just enter .qr after the shortened link. The resulting page will show your new QR code.

Here is the step by step:
  1. I want people who scan my QR code to go to http://www.rcsailors.com/2011/05/squaw-island-race-2011/
  2. I go to http://goo.gl and enter my site and get back the shortened version here: http://goo.gl/QIc6K
  3. I just add .qr to then end to get http://goo.gl/QIc6K.qr and visit that site to see my code.
  4. Drag that image to my desktop and then use it in my marketing or ad.
I haven’t thought of a good use for this but I’m frequently asked how to create QR codes and now I have another answer other than sending the person to¬†http://qrcode.kaywa.com/. That site allows you to make QR codes that do more than just send someone to a web page.