If you follow my blog since a bit longer, you will have noticed some changes. Together with the layout change (only one sidebar now, to make more space for content) I took also the Entrecard and Adgitize widgets down. Don’t get me wrong, Entrecard and Adgitize are not per se bad for a blog, but they were both bad for this blog. Why?
Time versus Benefit in blogging and blog promotion
How much time does it cost you to drop your Entrecards every day and to click your Adgitize ads? And what do you get in exchange? Even if you are fast and don’t spend any time actually reading the blogs you visit (Yikes!) it will take you an hour a day, minimum. And what do you get in exchange? Yelps, visitors that do the same what you just did. Hit and miss traffic. Bounce rate in Google Analytics steep up and search engine traffic on an all time low. And your Google authority? Uhhh, what do you think how much authority google gives to a blog that gets under average search traffic and were the visitors leave as soon as they come, or even sooner? So why DID I use Entrecard at all? Am I stupid? I don’t think so.
Entrecard is great for the first 3 months of the life of a blog.
By using Entrecard as a glorified ring surf tool, I learned to know a lot of other bloggers that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Giving up Entrecard, doesn’t mean to give up on these blogs. I will still visit them and comment on them, but my blog has grown up now and doesn’t need anymore walking aids, in fact it can run now faster without the burden of a high bounce rate. So, if you want to use Entrecard, do it wisely, learn to know other blogs and bloggers, inside and outside of your niche, take time to comment on blogs you like and to subscribe to them if you like them lots. And after a time, leave the walking aid behind, your blog has grown up and can run!
Some words about Adgitize, to finish this off.
Adgitize must be most likely the worst advertiser program out there. People actually pay for getting a lot of useless to harmful traffic. As for earning with it, my average earning was >0.05$/ day, hardly attractive. I am sure if you update your blog daily, drop 300 Entrecards and click your 100 Adgitize ads than you can make between 30-50$/ month. But if you calculate this into an hourly wage… ‘Nough said, spend your time with content creating and honest link building and when your site is it worth it, you will easily find somebody to pay this amount of money for a banner on your blog, something that will cost you perhaps 5min to set up…
And yes, I am a bit grumpy today, that damm’ cat is bothering me with his new Expat Cat Blog, time to get him Entrecard to play with…
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