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Why I’m Using Entrecard

January 13, 2008

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Entrecard is a site that allows you to network with other bloggers. You add a 125×125 Entrecard widget to your blog, where others can advertise and drop their cards. Then once you earn some credits, which is pretty simple, you can advertise on other blogs.

When BlogRush (which turned out to be a total flop, in my opinion) and Entrecard came out and were introduced to the blogosphere, I was a bit skeptical. The idea of Entrecard is that, to earn credits, you drop your card on other people’s site and they drop their card on yours – as well as how much you earn from people advertising on your blog’s Entrecard widget. Spending a lot of work for a little traffic wouldn’t be a wise decision, but for me, that’s not the case.

I don’t spend much time using Entrecard at all. I don’t search for blogs to drop my card on for hours on end. Instead, if I’m already visiting another blog and see the widget, I’ll just go ahead and drop my card then. No time wasted! Mainly I’m able to advertise on other blogs because I earn credits from people buying space on my Entrecard widget, or dropping their card on mine.

Of course, this isn’t the perfect traffic. A lot of the time people are coming to your site merely to drop their own card. But if it’s free and takes none of my time, then I’m not complaining. Besides, traffic isn’t the only advantage. Entrecard really allows you to network with other bloggers and find new sites. It’s already proved to be very beneficial for me.

All in all, I have only been using Entrecard for a few days now, so I can’t write up a complete review until I’ve been using it a bit longer. I didn’t sign up for it in the beginning because I doubted that it would be worth it, but at the moment, it is. It’s free traffic that I’m spending basically no time working for, and I’m sure that I have gotten my blog out there a little more and introduced it to some new people already. Extra free exposure is always good!

Of course, Entrecard might be more valuable to some people more than others, but you’ll never know unless you try and find out. If you’re not a member of Entrecard yet, go ahead and sign up! If you are, please share your thoughts and experiences about it.

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18 Responses to “Why I’m Using Entrecard”

  1. Colin King on January 13th, 2008 4:33 am

    I would be interested in how you have found EC to be beneficial to you. I look forward to you next review of it.

    Colin King’s last blog post..EntreCard – Pick Of The Week – 11/01/08

  2. betshopboy on January 13th, 2008 5:01 am

    EntreCard has delivered its promise and send me a steady stream of traffic, not those Digg-like traffic spike that BlogRush promise but never delivered.I’m very satisfied with EntreCard and is keenly watching its huge potential to evolve into something bigger! I must add that the bounce rate of EC traffic is very high due to some serial card dropper who just blog hop to drop their card and not to read content or participate in the conversation.

    betshopboy’s last blog post..Super Sunday Tipoffs #1

  3. Wayne Liew on January 13th, 2008 5:10 am

    Your post is the one that made me sign up for this. I am still quite doubtful about what this little widget will do to my blog since I have  had a bad experience with BlogRush (the moment I sign up, they flush their members, including me!).I will try it out in a few days time and hopefully I can come out with a good review of it.

    Wayne Liew’s last blog post..Full Text Feed Plugin – No More RSS Feed Cut Off

  4. Steven Snell on January 13th, 2008 8:16 pm

    I’ve been seeing Entrecard everywhere recently, but have paid much attention to it yet. It does seem like a better system than BlogRush, so I’ll be interested to see what people are writing about it in a few months.

  5. Debby Banning on January 14th, 2008 12:24 pm

    Great post about Entrecard. I like Entrecard for obtaining new readers. It brings quite a bit of traffic and turns some of them in to readers. I “Sphunn” your article.

  6. Gary R. Hess on January 14th, 2008 3:32 pm

    BlogRush was just a bad idea from the start. Even if you did have some serious traffic, BlogRush didn’t have the capabilities of using all the credits. Even for me, BlogRush was backed up 78,000 credits…

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  8. Tay on January 15th, 2008 4:07 am

    @Colin King,

    Entrecard is beneficial to me for the reasons I mentioned in my article – it drives more traffic to my blog, and most importantly, it helps me to reach new potential readers.

    @Betshopboy,

    Entrecard definitely does send traffic, but, like you said, some of those people are just coming to drop their cards. However, it definitely doesn’t hurt and there ARE a lot of opportunities to reach new people that have never heard of your blog – so I think it’s worth it.

    @Wayne Liew,

    I never signed up for BlogRush and I’m glad I didn’t – I was doubtful of Entrecard too but so far it’s proved to be worth it for me. A lot of people have found out about my blog that didn’t know about it before, thanks to Entrecard. Good luck with it!

    @Debby Banning,

    Thanks a bunch! I agree with you, that is probably the most beneficial thing about Entrecard – getting new readers and more exposure.

  9. The University Kid on January 15th, 2008 4:35 am

    A little bit of traffic of higher quality is better than a lot of junk traffic. I have received around 500 clicks direct from Entrecard to me – out of all those visitors, I have only one that has become a not-so-regular commenter.I also have a bounce rate of 87% from EC – that is pretty high, but it is not an unnatural figure – quite a lot of others in the blogosphere are reporting similar stats. I used up 1,200 of my credits (all that was left) advertising on around 30 or so blogs over today and tomorrow – we will see how well that does. I suspect I’ll be following a lot of the others and dropping it soon enough. Good luck on your end :)

    The University Kid’s last blog post..Time To Get Off My Arse And Stop Being Lazy

  10. email marketing on January 15th, 2008 7:41 am

    I have been hearing alot about EntreCard, and I guess this week I need to make the plunge and see what everyone is talking about. Even if I can just add a few more readers to my site it is well worth the effort.

  11. goalcentre.com on January 15th, 2008 11:41 am

    I am also using Entrecard! :) Just used a few days ago. Just to try it around. Not sure will be putting it for a long time or not.

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  12. Tay on January 15th, 2008 2:39 pm

    @The University Kid,

    Sorry to hear that Entrecard didn’t work out for you. I think it has a lot of potential to find new readers, but I suppose we’ll see. I’m liking it so far but who knows? That might change. Right now I’ll continue to use it though as it’s been beneficial.

    @email marketing,

    I agree, sometimes you just need to try things out yourself. Good luck with Entrecard and I hope that it works for you!

  13. Funny videos on January 17th, 2008 3:35 am

    I agree, sometimes you just need to try things out yourself.

  14. Bestinternetblogs.com on January 23rd, 2008 4:48 am

    I have been using Entrecard since it started and its brought alot of new visitors, the question is have any of the been customers? or just left comments? I think thats the question we have to ask.Steve

    Bestinternetblogs.com’s last blog post..What Can You Do To Increase Your Blog’s Popularity and Individuality

  15. Tay on January 24th, 2008 9:32 pm

    Steve, by using Entrecard I have definitely exposed my blog and my brand to dozens if not hundreds of new people, without taking up any time working on it, so I still think it’s a profit for me. Even if the majority of those bloggers just come to drop their cards, they know who I am and about this blog now. And for those that HAVE become regular visitors, well, that’s definitely a great thing!

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    Thanks for the overview of EntreCard. Another tool in the money making ideas toolbox.

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