Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hello, Entrecard! Goodbye (?), Entrecard!

I’ve just realized that I haven’t written anything really, really original over the past several weeks. But what I’ve done is a lot of reading, mostly blogs I’ve come across thanks to the nifty thing called Entrecard.



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

Malinesky

Pinoy Entrecards

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?

6 comments:

  1. if you want free ads and free traffic you can get that with entrecard just by being there, but if you want to be a popular one you have to be a chain dropper lol, because they have this formula of average cards received in five days times two equals your price. entrecard is all positive for me atm it is still your decision that matters right? but thanks to entrecard we met lots of new blogs and bloggers and learn more from them. thanks for the mention :) TC!

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  2. i guess i'm staying put for now. i just ought to be more prudent in my entrecard dropping sorties hehe

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  3. hi, ian! belated! :) this post of yours in just in time... I tagged you for an entrecard meme at my site. :) hope you don't mind - you can repost which of your new discoveries are your favorites.

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  4. thanks claire! sige, i'll do this meme soon =]

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  5. Thanks for the link!

    I think you don't need to remove the entrecard widget from your blog. Just leave it there and let it alone if you don't want to waste your time :)

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  6. Yeah. I'm letting the widget be hehe thanks for visiting =]

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