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EntreCard is going downhill

Posted by on 26th Apr 2008 | 10 comments

EntreCardLike many bloggers, I was impressed with the digital card dropping site EntreCard when it exploded onto the scene last year. I added the widget to a few of my blogs however today I decided to remove them all.

Credit system is seriously flawed

Like most things on the internet, once people realise how to game a system a certain percentage will exploit it. This is what has happened with EntreCard. Admittedly, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where the system had flaws. You earn credits every time someone drops a card in your widget box and you also earn a credit every time you drop a card in someone elses box.

Clearly, this credit system rewards people who actively drop cards. EntreCard lets you drop up to 300 cards a day. Now sit back and let that nugget of information process – the maximum amount of cards you can drop is 300!!! I’m not sure if anyone is dropping that number of cards a day but there are certainly a lot of bloggers doing card dropping exchanges (ie. you drop your card in my widget box and I’ll drop my card on yours).

The price to advertise on a blog should be related to how popular a site is but this is rarely the case. At the moment BloggingTips currently has around 2,000 RSS subscribers and it costs 64 credits a day to advertise on our widget. There are a few blogs which do so many card exchanges that it costs 1,024 credits a day to advertise on their blog (some of these blogs only have around 100 to 200 RSS subscribers too).

You might be thinking that I’m just pissed off because BloggingTips is so cheap but I’m not. You see this huge price difference between blogs effectively makes EntreCard usless to me. Blogs which get a 10th of the traffic cost 16 times more which means BloggingTips rarely gets any traffic back. I’m sure there are a lot of you in this same situation. It basically means you are giving away advertising on your blog for free.

Spam, Spam and more Spam

SpamOne of the other things which has annoyed me about EntreCard is the volume of spam I get from other users. It seems like every week a blogger is messaging me to take part in his blog competition or check out his blog.

What can be done to improve EntreCard?

Reducing the maximum number of cards you can drop a day would certainly help however I think that EntreCard is always going to suffer from the problems I have talked about as the system is based on people going around the web dropping business cards. The thing is, very few people use EntreCard for dropping business cards, most people see it as a traffic exchange service.

I know EntreCard is still hugely popular with bloggers but I see very little value in the service for me and have removed the widget from all my blogs.

What do you think, is EntreCard still worth using?


Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

10 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Job Search Sites on 26th Apr 2008

    Entrecard is well liked by beginner bloggers and blogs getting little traffic because now they can at least get some. To everyone else who gets traffic it is and always has been kind of useless. My opinion anyway

  • Posted by JimboyPogi on 26th Apr 2008

    Hi kevin, how are you!

    you said "…It basically means you are giving away advertising on your blog for free…"

    i might sound astray but

    are you saying there is something wrong like giving away free ads on your site? I just add a new feature on my blog that basically give away free ads space and i don't see any wrong with it.

    cheers,

    JimboyPogi

  • Posted by Otto Marasco on 27th Apr 2008

    Kudos. Quite frankly, I am getting sick of all these sites that waste my time; time that could be used generating quality posts. Like twitter, as :mad: Daily Blog Tips noted, we need to “Twitter Less, Blog More” … I am first and foremost a blogger and am getting sick of all these other sites that get in my way of generating good quality posts. They are a distraction. SocialSpark (which is in beta) is another one that recently wasted my time. The site is too colorful, too busy and shunts one from one location (page) to another. After waisting almost an hour I still did not understand the gist of the site and thought enough! No doubt created by a, “paid by the hour” webmaster…Serious bloggers are just that, serious and like me see more value in generating quality posts than rummaging around sites that look as if too benefit teenagers….

  • Posted by Kevin on 28th Apr 2008

    JimBoy – Is there something wrong with displaying ads on your site for free? In a nutshell, yes. I understand linking to blogs you like, I understand linking to friends blogs too, but to add to a banner to your blog which is of no relation to your site when you get no return is just crazy.

  • Posted by JimboyPogi on 28th Apr 2008

    Hi Kevin, how are you!

    I like the way you point out "of no relation to your site when you get no return", you're right it's plain crazy. Being a webdeveloper urges me to do it especially the programming and maintaining the said feature is quite fun on my part, so far… :)

    I didn't receive any comment in discontinuing the new feature yet and besides it’s still in Beta Mode. Once I see the flow for having this feature, I’ll let you know if it’s a success or not.

    Next time I’ll add some new feature that is relative to my site which also gets a return or something, hoping…

    Thanks Kevin!

    cheers,

    JimboyPogi

  • Posted by Kevin on 29th Apr 2008

    thanks JimBoy

    looking forward to hearing how you get on :)

  • Posted by Descartes on 2nd May 2008

    Entrecard is a flawed system and I don’t know how I would fix it. There do seem to be people that drop 300 cards a day-the term get-a-life springs to mind here-I have never been one of them. The system is set up to promote Entrecard, not blogs.
    I have used it mainly to surf other blogs, but I don’t even do that much any more. It is still kind of fun once in a while, but I am sure to get rid of it one of these days.

  • Posted by Diane Scott on 12th May 2008

    My personal two cents is that I really think the Entrecard program is wonderful for marketing. However, even the best and most thought-out process has at its heart people. And yes, there are too many people missing the entire point of the Entrecard system. A shame really since it's one of the best ways for finding other great blogs, and doing a bit of business (and commenting) all at the same time.

    I don't think even on a good day I've dropped 50 cards. My average is maybe 10-15?? I get caught up commenting and that "slows me down."

    But I'm also a firm believer in "slow and steady wins the race" :neutral:

  • Posted by haziri on 19th May 2008

    I agree with you.. I've been using entrecard for about a week++ now and after reading alot in the net and checking out the flaws in entrecard i can surely say entrecard is not going to last long.

    For the traffic that come to my site it is not really meaning if they just come and drop their cards and leave.

  • Posted by Ohiit on 17th Sep 2008

    Anyway to be honest I never use Entrecard. Coz I knew it is not that good and too much work on it. Only Entrecard benefits. END of story.

    No need to be long winded. I have seen many site want to get more traffic for what they expected, but anyway nothing is free out there in the internet of the www. People have to work for it. Alot of people fight on cyberspace for reputation and traffic to their website. That is why I am always ohiit

    Period. Brutal Truth out there…