I’ve had the Entrecard widget on If You Write It for some time now-I go through phases where I think it is a waste of space and phases where I do a lot of dropping and hitting new blogs. I have never been big on using the Entrecard forums or reading the Entrecard blog. I tend to see what other Entrecard blogs have to says as I am dropping cards.
The original idea behind Entrecard seemed to be to allow the average blogger to advertise on high ranked blogs and like minded blogs. So that every one’s goal in the early days was to get an ad on John Chow or Problogger. Failing that as the cost and wait were close to infinite you were supposed to your run ads on blogs like your own. So that a blog about knitting would run ads on other blogs about knitting, and so on.
You you ads with Entrecard credits which you earn, in part, from dropping cards on other blogs. The daily limit was set at 300 and soon there were a lot of people hitting the limit everyday. Now the question has to be, how much does a blog benefit from hundreds of random people stopping by for ten seconds to drop a card? Well, not much.
I have found a few blogs that I like with Entrecard and have started to leave comments on a few of them. I have also put my Entrecard ad on a lot more sites. All of this is kind of fun, in a jeez this taking longer than thought it would, sort of way.
The Perfect Entrecard World would have everyone who drops a card take a few more seconds and Digg, Stumble, Bookmark, Technorati Favorite, and Leave a Comment. Ok, maybe more than a few seconds-but the Technorati Fave would only need to be done once. Of course, there would need to be some limit-I’ve seen plenty of blogs with fifty icons at the end of each post-maybe three or four would be better. Something that a card dropping mad blogger might take an extra minute to do. And Entrecard is trying to improve that whole commenting thing as well.
But really, zipping through sites and dropping cards is pretty much what Entrecard is designed to do. Is this really good blog promotion? I get hits and a few comments and I have found blogs I would never have otherwise seen. I don’t really expect Entrecard users to do anything other drop cards-there are plenty of blogs where that is all I do.
So thanks for stopping by-oh, they’re gone already.