Entrecard is an advertising system that runs on sheer patience and persistence. First, a blogger creates a 125x125-pixel “calling card” which s/he “drops” unto a fellow Entrecard system member. You drop a card by clicking on a widget in a member blog or website, which records your visit to that particular site. You earn credits as you drop your Entrecard calling card on blogs and when you receive dropped cards. Plus, you can affix your calling card for 24 hours to a particular blog when you purchase the ad space on the Entrecard widget on that blog. That calling card ad contains a link to your site; meaning, an ad placed in a popular blog can translate to more hits for your own blog.
As I read what I wrote above, I sense that I hardly make any sense! Better visit the Entrecard site and Karlo’s PinoyBlogero site with Entrecard FAQs for more information.
Since becoming an Entrecard member, there really is a very, very substantial increase of traffic to my blog. The number of blog hits courtesy of Entrecard helped me get the typical number of visits in a 30-day period within the first 11 days of January.
To share some linklove-
Here are the (current) top card droppers to my site:
Joan Joyce, a true net-re-Pinoy who writes anything and everything she wants to rant about
Hulag, writing a self-motivation blog as a procrastinator who learns to move
Saphrym who believes the mind is a terrible thing to close
Urutora no Hi, a Japan-mad tourist
My lucky number 13, blogging about her life experiences including personal matters and professional career, thoughts and ideas about what she likes and what she know
Malinesky, one of my best discoveries from my own Entrecard dropping, a blog absolutely brimming with positive energy and charm that I immediately linked to it; a must-read
Pinoy Entrecards, a group blog of Pinoy writers who have the Entrecard widget in their blog and love for the Philippines in their heart
Art Constellation, featuring how her art and life look like
Homesick For Abroad an expat who’s fallen in love with the bigger world outside his own country
Photos from Northern Norway offers a unique and amazing view of the world from beyond the Arctic Circle
These are the sites where ads I placed garnered for me the most hits:
Turnip of Power offers tips and tricks of the Entrecard kind
Everything Everywhere details Gary’s globetrotting; one of the best travel blogs I’ve ever read; with great insights about the Philippines and Filipinos
Nappy Time, contains the travails of a single mom, a corporate junkie, and finding the perfect adventure, literally or figuratively
The Different Faces of Me, a blog about the food that she cooks, her recipes, music and videos, her daily experiences and feelings, her likes and dislikes and the graphics that she makes
DigitalFilipino.com Club, a community of e-commerce enthusiasts
Pusang Maganda is a photoblog about anything under the pink sun
Dulce Negosyante helps you make money Online through blogging, affiliate marketing, website flipping, adsense and a lot more
Diwata is a Jewish lesbian who works as a maid- or so she says…
BUT, amidst all this increased traffic, I’m thinking of quitting Entrecard. I’m simply too hooked, with the card dropping and all. The little time I have online I spend dropping cards that I’ve accumulated a small loot- just over 200 credits actually- to the detriment of my blog (since I’ve been too distracted to write new materials). So I’m thinking of quitting Entrecard altogether (after I’ve honored my commitment to my advertisers of course)- so I can get back to my real interest, to keep an honest-to-goodness blog. I’m even thinking of giving all my credits away. *sigh*
What do you think?