Introducing Entrecard

December 29, 2007 · 8 comments

While the vast majority of my postings will be about my weight loss journey from fat to fit I will stray occasionally to talk about things related to blogging about my weight loss journey.  If you haven’t already read 4 Reasons You Should Be Writing a Weight Loss Blog please do - it explains the importance of blogging to my journey.

Last night I signed up for Entrecard, which the makers describe as “Your Internet Business Card.”  I had seen a couple of A-List bloggers write about this last month, and I took a peek at it, but it didn’t look very interesting to me.  I had already tried Blogrush and was very disappointed with the lack of traffic it brought and I figured this was just another Blogrush and so I passed.

Then last night as I was catching up on some RSS reading I ran across this contest post on Walker Talker, where Debo introduced as to Saphrym, and his Win $250 and 1000 Entrecard Credits! contest.  What intrigued me enough to check out his site was actually not the contest at all but the fact that it sounded like I had found another male fatblogger (we are not as well represented out there as I would like!).  I particularly liked his Dieter History.  There he describes the strategy he has used to lose over 65 pounds since July.

Now since Saphrym is giving away Entrecard credits it stands to reason that he was already using this Internet Business Card service.  So I signed up too.  The basic premise behind Entrecard is that you earn credits by visiting other blogs and dropping off your card.  You then use these credits to purchase advertising on other sites.  The more popular the site the more expensive to advertise there.

For example if you look above the fold on my blog you will see my Entrecard widget which has a link that says “Drop yours” and an advertisement for another blogger.  When you sign up for Entrecard you will get a ton of people wanting to advertise on your site and you should be selective, because there will be some inappropriate stuff.  I’ve tried to only approve bloggers who I think my readers would enjoy and are somewhat relevant to this blog.  I’d love to see more of you fatbloggers signing up for Entrecard.  But even if you don’t please do click through to the bloggers shown in the widget - I think you will find some interesting blogs.

It’s too early to do a proper Google Analytics analysis of the traffic generated from Entrecard today but I will say I’ve had over 50 visits referred from there so far today which is about 10 times more than I get for most sites on a given day.  In addition to that, I also had a previously stumbled article get stumbled again and so far today I’ve had 1100 visitors from Stumbleupon.  I don’t think that is a coincidence.

So, if you are reading this post because you came here from my Entrecard or Stumbleupon, thank you - and we’ll resume our weight loss journey discussion tomorrow.  Please remember to subscribe to my feed!

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Saphrym December 29, 2007 at 7:37 pm

I stumbled you. And thanks for the mention! :)

Saphrym December 29, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Oh, and here’s proof of the power of Entrecard:

Fat Man December 31, 2007 at 9:32 am

I have been using them and they bring in a steady stream of traffic, so it’s effective. Way more effective than that blogrush widget was.

Entrepreneur January 1, 2008 at 8:52 am

Well, I am here because of Entrecard, so its a lot better than Blogrush!

Stephan Iscoe January 1, 2008 at 9:28 am

Hi, Fit John!
Entrecard delivered me here and now you have a new
member of the fan club ;)
Not sure I can make a connection between fitness and money, but I bet the levels of success one achieves in one area positively influence the others as well - a test of this would be to correleate your bank balance with your weightloss results :)
I wish you continued success in the New Year,

john - from fat to fit January 1, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Cool! Easy connection between fitness and money. For one, I am spending way less money by not eating out as much and eating less when I do.

Happy New Year!

Evil Woobie January 7, 2008 at 1:11 am

I’m getting so much tips for dieting now. Thank you!

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