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I joined Entrecard back in February 2009, that’s when this domain was half a month old. For a few months, I’ve been getting some traffic from the system and it was worth it. Being active on the network can provide benefits but not to the extent that you can rely on something consistent because if you don’t drop (that’s visiting another blog and clicking on their widget), you don’t get one in return. I should say it’s a give and take system of generating traffic.
Few months later, Entrecard was shaken up a bit thus resulting from Graham’s untimely exodus and ZipRunner taking over.
Transition has been smooth afterward but I’ve noticed that only a small portion of blogs on the network are continuously being updated while the rest are just abandoned as usual. Although my hopes are high when I last logged-in that somehow things may change for the better in terms of getting traffic from the network, I’ve finally proven that the system no longer works to my advantage.
Everything is just automated. Bloggers can just easily accept and reject ads into their account without the need to login. Widgets get replaced every now and then but there isn’t any click or visitors coming from the network itself. I wonder if there are still bloggers scheming through the network and visits blogs like it was sometime ago.
Google Analytics never lie in terms of stats and believe it or not, Entrecard hasn’t given me any visit for the last month or even earlier. Now, Entrecard is raving about accepting websites into the system based on its latest newsletter update. This is just going to be another move that’s not bringing much benefit to bloggers.
Entrecard is becoming less and less relevant with the advent of social media and its dynamism is dwindling. The fact that RSS feed profiles of blogs are not even clickable on its interface, it doesn’t even share some link juice. More or less, it’s becoming more of a blog directory now.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of giving up on Entrecard not ‘til I finally get an idea how to dispatch all the EC credits I have on my account. I know that there are a bunch of folks out there that can still make use of it somehow.
These days, if you’re someone whose really up to getting the most out of your marketing efforts and traffic is one of them, you wouldn’t settle for anything less. I don’t even get much from Twitter but compared to Entrecard, it’s better to have some than nothing. Other than not getting visits, the widget is making my page loading too slow. In fact, among the http requests that my site does each time, it’s always the least to show.
Will my future decision to leave Entrecard do me any good? What do you think? Are you getting the most out of Entrecard with less the effort? Share your story.