I’ve heard this time and time again – EntreCard dropping is time consuming, a waste of time, increases bounce rate and what-have-yous.
At some point, I also felt that EC burnout. It’s quite easy for EC dropping to become an obsession especially if you’re the competitive type. I somehow developed a compelling compulsion to drop back on my droppers and felt guilty whenever I can’t.
Have you ever felt the same way?
It’s Not Entrecard’s Fault
Unlike some bloggers who find fault in the Entrecard system, I don’t blame Entrecard at all for this tiny predicament. First, Entrecard only claims itself as “a free blogging network that helps you build traffic, get more readers, and network with other bloggers.” It doesn’t guarantee a page rank increase nor other members’ loyalty to your site. Just like any advertising medium, an advertisement on other bloggers’ EC widget doesn’t mean someone’s gonna click on it as well.
If only this obsession with dropping back will not cause me a lot of stress!!!
But a paradigm shift in my blogging happened a few weeks ago (please check out my 12 mid-year blogging resolutions so you know where I stand). Now, I don’t find EC dropping as a chore but rather a door – an opportunity to meet other bloggers in a blogosphere teeming with interesting blogs.
Make Entrecard Dropping Work To Your Advantage
Let me share with you some tips on how to make Entrecard dropping work to your advantage:
- Don’t drop and run. You’ll just be wasting your time if you do this because those bloggers you dropped and ran with are probably doing the same to you.
- Don’t make EC dropping your first priority upon reaching a blog. If you’ve been EC dropping for sometime now, this might be automatic to you already. Refrain from doing so. Check out the posts first and leave a comment or two on something that interests you. Then hit the Drop button before you leave.
- Don’t always drop your card. Your EC card is your blogosphere business card. If you don’t find anything interesting in someone else’s blog, you’ll just waste your time and energy visiting it again in the future. So why leave your card there?
- Don’t use EC Drop tools. Unless you’re the one who created the list which includes all of your blogging friends (see item # 6), using EC Drop tools do not maximize your chance to meet other bloggers and network with them.
- Avoid “selfish” blogs. You’ve been EC dropping since time immemorial on this blog and posting comments on every post like a starstruck fan would and yet, the only thing you receive, at most, is an EC drop. There was never a comment on your site, never a reply on your comments at his blog, not even a “hi” on your chatbox. Do you really want to connect with this kind of bloggers? Unless you really are interested in the articles written in that blog, save your energy and time – move on to the next blog.
- Create your own EC drop list. Include all of the friendly sites in your list, the ones who are worthy of your time – then make them your EC dropping priority.
- Don’t blame Entrecard for your high bounce rate. Entrecard, like any other advertisement, only brings visitors to your blog. Look at your blog from a stranger’s point of view. Does your blog look interesting? Do you welcome and entertain visitors to make them want to come back again? Are your articles worth reading? If you’re not the owner of this blog, would you even stay as long as you had wanted other EC droppers to stay?
- Continuously strive to meet new bloggers. Entrecard says it has over 40,000 blogs in it’s network. If you check out 10 new blogs a day, it will take you ten years to visit all the blogs in the EC network. For sure, you’ll meet a fellow blogger and find something worthwhile that will make your blogging adventure more memorable and exciting.
Good luck and happy blogging!
~ Dave Lucas~