I’ve been looking at my EntreCard.com traffic that I’ve been getting over the past week. EntreCard is a system, which is likened to a business card exchange. Basically you get points when you leave your card at a site and you also get points when you display the other peoples cards on your site. You can then in turn use your points to advertise on other people’s sites. I’ve been using it since the middle of November, and I’ve been very interested about how good the traffic was. Sadly I have to report that EntreCard has (edit) not been great for me. Infact I am so disappointed about using it on here, that I will be removing it from the blog in the coming days.
Some people have posted about how they found EntreCard so great, but I am guessing that is because they were paid to do so. Even Darren Rowse from ProBlogger.net has it on his site, but he didn’t post a report or recommendation about it to-date. I wonder are these people really happy with the traffic they are getting or are they just happy with the wad of cash they got from using it. I, for one, am not happy with the type of traffic EntreCard sends.
Here is a screen shot of my google analytics from the last few days.
As you can see that the Bounce Rate is 20% higher on compared with the rest of the traffic I get. And the visitors don’t really visit many other pages. For every ten visitors I got from them, only 14 pages were looked at, so 4 out of ten people went a step further and actually looked at a post. Or, maybe 1 person in 10 looked at 5 pages, while the other 9 just looked for the widget and were got quicker than you could say “Thank you PreBlogging”. And if I pick the days carefully, this figure is even smaller !
Entrecard Visitors tend to visit, find your widget and drop their card, and go along to the next site. After seeing another post where someone says that 95% of traffic from EntreCard is in vain, I’ve decided to do the same. So at the end of the day what is the point in using this system on the site, when the traffic doesn’t get you any extra ad revenue or even comments on posts. Also my feedburner statistics has significantly changed since I’ve been using it. Having traffic for the sake of traffic, isn’t something I want. It seems the only site that is winning from EntreCard traffic is EntreCard it’s self, you can see their Alexa rank rising, and I’m sure they will start to introduce ads somewhere along the way. Since I read their post on how EntreCard credits work I’ve had an idea that they will soon be moving the goal posts.
Good Blog Traffic
Good blog visitors are ones that subscribe/post comments/click ads/contact you. And since I’ve been using EntreCard I haven’t seen anything that is worth talking about. You want visitors that will actively part take in your blog, not visit and leave a few seconds later. I’m pretty sure that majority of the 213 entrecards that have been dropped here were by people who didn’t even read a whole article of mine.
Bye bye EntreCard
This is the reason why I will be removing the widget once the current run of approved adverts is finished and I will be giving away my credits to someone who replies to this post, to me they are close to worthless, but maybe one of my readers will be able to use these for some sort of good. I think I have about 40 credits that I haven’t used, so just leave a reply with the email address you’ve used for EntreCard and I will send an EntreCard voucher. Maybe you can put it to more use
I’m sure I am not the best person when it comes to spellings, but they have about 60 words on their front page, and they still get something wrong !