October 14, 2008 by MrBlueSkies
About a week ago, I joined Entrecard and almost immediately my blog traffic more than doubled. I use StatCounter to track my traffic and I was totally amazed at the immediate increase. With all the time and effort I was spending at BlogCatalog, I wasn’t getting these kind of results. (BlogCatalog is still awesome) Then along came Entrecard and wham, bam, thank you Ma’m, my blog took off like lightning. Or did it?
I’ve been reading various posts and articles about Entrecard and it seems that some people are simply dropping their cards and then leaving the blog without really checking it out. In fact, it seems a lot of Entrecard users are doing this. I don’t want people who just come to my blog to improve their Entrecard worth, I want them to read my blog. (and improve their Entrecard worth while they’re at it)
I don’t even want to get into the problems the Entrecard was having recently. Barring that, the first blogs I visit are ones in my drops in box, when I can access it. But I just don’t drop my card and leave. I look at the blog first. If it seems like the type of blog I’m interested in, I’ll check out the most recent post. If I like the post, I may make a comment or even read later posts. I then drop my card. If it’s not a blog I’m interested in, I simply give a courtesy drop and move on.
This process has lead me to some great blogs and some not-so-great blogs, too. It is also time cosuming. While I like building up my Entrecard account, I also need time to post to my blog. So here’s the BIG concern of mine: Are Entrecard members actually reading my blog or just dropping their cards and moving on? And here’s the BIG request: Whether you’ve reached my blog through Entrecard or some other means, please leave a comment on this post indicating how you found my blog.
To sweeten the deal, if I get 25 or more comments on this post by Saturday October 18, I will randomly send a 1 lb. box of gourment chocolates to one of the comment posters. It’ll be from this great candy store near my work. I picked Heather up a box recently (as a pick me up treat) and she said that they were so good that she wasn’t sure if she should eat them or rub them all over her. Now that’s some mighty fine chocolates. I’ll even write a post about the winner and the winner’s blog as well as provide links to the candy store near my work.
So get to it guys. Prove me wrong. Show me that Entrecard is not just sending me deadbeat hits that don’t read my blog. Show me you love me–or at least sorta like me–or at least sorta like my blog. I’ll even settle for just wanting the damn chocolates. (I’m not proud. I stoop to bribes) Whatever the reason, leave me a comment. Don’t leave me hanging here with a box of chocolates and no one to send them to… it won’t be pretty.