About a month ago, I stumbled upon Entrecard through a fellow beaders blog. Entrecard is a network where you "drop" your card on another Entrecard users blog. You get 1 credit for each card you drop, with a maximum of 300 drops per day. The user then sees that you have dropped your card in their inbox on the Entrecard site. You also get 1 credit for every card dropped on your blog. You can then use these credits to advertise on fellow Entrecard bloggers. Its a great way to get traffic to your site, but then again, the traffic is questionable. Most of the people are just looking to get credits, so they drop their card and leave, never taking in any of the content of your site. There is even an Entrecard batch generator available (not through Entrecard itself) where you click on 1 button and 10 Entrecard sites pop up. You drop your cards, and move on to button 2 where 10 new sites pop up...and so on and so forth.
Do I try and reach 300 cards a day? Yup. I don't always get there, but I try.
Now, for all the Entrecard users out there I want to tell you a little bit about my dropping style.
The first place I go is my inbox, and drop on all the people that have dropped on me that day, and the day prior. Although I don't have one of those "you drop, I follow" banners, I try to reciprocate the dropping love. Next I visit my "top droppers" and make sure I've dropped my card there. Next I will peruse through my favorite categories and drop on any cards that draw me in...ones I've dropped on before mostly. I usually read the latest post in the blog and if the article is intriguing enough I'll comment.
If after all this, I still have more to go to reach 300, I'll use the entrecard generator. I admit it. And mostly, I drop and run. A lot of the sites that pop up from this generator are about making money online. While the notion is nice, it's just not where I wish to focus my energy. I use the generator purely for "topping up" as it were.
So Entrecard droppers, know that If you drop here, I'll drop you back.
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