Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time for a little EC rant

Ok, well, I'm really gonna rant, but, like most of us, I am concerned about the mysterious new owners. I'm taking the "wait and see" attitude and hoping ZipRunner doesn't screw anything up, make us pay, or totally change the way things are run, but in the back of my mind I'm still wondering what really is going to happen. Let's face it, you know you are, too, but they can't do much worse than Graham has done in the last few months, can they?

While I'm on the EC topic, maybe I'm the only one that has noticed this, but I've seen that the blogs I advertise on are getting little to no clicks. It used to be that they'd get between 10-200, depending on the blog and stuff. Now, the highest number I've gotten has been like 7. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with paid ads getting in the way since I tend to stay away from those that have paid ads, but you never can tell, y'know?

Oh, Entrecard, how you have fallen! Maybe the new owners will do something about all this. We can hope, right?


American Idiot said...

For sure. We'll see what happens. It definitely isn't what it used to be.

Lola said...

I got 8 clicks from my site the other day. I think it may be a combination of fewer people blogging because it's summer (and because they are getting ready for Blogher) AND because people aren't sure if an ad is a Paid Ad or an EC purchased ad. There is no way to tell unless you click, or unless you are already familiar with the site.

They really need to go to a dual widget. But I've been saying that all along.

Da Old Man said...

We'll see what happens. I'm sure there will be changes.

Blazing Minds said...

My clicks have really dropped lately, but to be honest, surely Ziprunner can't screw up entrecard anymore than it already is ... Or can they?

Descartes said...

Entrecard has always been kind of an odd idea to me, but one that I have stuck with long after those that recommended it to me have left. Why is there no traffic from ads? I tend to think the quality of blogs using Entrecard is part of the answer.

When I started in those halcyon days when it first opened up, Entrecard had the likes of John Chow, ProBlogger, Laughing Squid, and many other well known and well respected blogs. Check out the Most Popular page on Entrecard now and see if any of these blogs are known beyond the Entrecard network.

Patting ourselves on the back only goes so far. The real problem with Entrecard has always been that people who have less than great blogs can demand high prices for worthless ads.

Well, high prices in ECs anyway.

The Hawg! said...

I'm barely a participating member of Entrecard anymore. Oh, I'll show up and drop some cards from time to time, but not nearly at the rate I have in the past.

At this point, I can't honestly say I care too much what happens to Entrecard one way or the other.

Mom said...

During the transition, many people have simply stopped interacting with EC because they don't know what to expect.

To my knowledge, there is no plan to start charging for EC services. The current plans are to deal with the issues that are most frustrating.

The paid ad system is gone now. It will take a few days for the pending ads to run their course, but there will be no more paid ads after those are finished.

We're trying to get the forum active again. Come participate.

Patricia Rockwell said...

Since Mom seems to know at least some of what's happening, maybe she can tell us if the new owners will be cashing in EC credits as the former owners promised they would do. Some of us have been waiting months for this to occur. As for paid ads, it was obvious that they weren't going to work as hardly any were showing up anymore.

Mystery Man said...

you all are right. the best we can do is jujst wait it out and hope for the best