Free Advertising And More Traffic

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
Updated:
December 18, 2007
Are you looking for new traffic to your website? There is a new way to interact with other websites. Is it social? Well it is kind of a new social network, but it is more than just a social network. It is also an advertising network. A FREE advertising network.

The name of the company is Entrecard.com. They recommend you pass out business cards, virtually. Well, passing out business cards is how the company entrecard.com talks about their business. If you haven't heard about EntreCard here is a quick summary of their business.

It is as Easy as Dropping a Business Card

You sign-up (create a business card) with the company with limited information. Name, email address, a summary of your website, and an image to be displayed on other websites. Then you are ready to "drop" your business card.

From this point on you can begin to wander the internet looking for other sites that support the EntreCard business card. It is actually a lot easier than just wandering hoping to find another website. EntreCard has a great system where you can find other companies that are involved. You just log into their system and open your dashboard and you are ready to meet, greet and leave your business card or EntreCard.

FREE Advertising System

Is that all their is to the EntreCard System? Oh no! It is a wonderful free advertising system. It becomes even easier. Because as soon as you register with the company then other websites want to advertise on your site. How do they advertise on your web pages? You place some small, fast serving script on your blog or site. Then their business card is displayed on your blog. But, for only one day.

How do they pay for the ad? Every time you drop your business card you earn credits with EntreCard. Then you use those credits to purchase advertising. This is real easy.

They have a wonderful interface created called your dashboard. It is simple to set up and to use. When other members want to advertise on your pages they will leave their EntreCard in your advertising list. There is a link that will take you to their website so you can find out more about the site. Do you want your site to be associated with the advertiser's website?

There is a description of the website, you can find recommendations, you can email the member and even give credits to the site.

Advertising on Other Sites is Easy

Advertising on other sites is just as easy. You click the Campaign link and you are presented with a list by category of all the potential sites where you can advertise. Each category is broadly marked so there is no question if you are looking for sites that are relevant to yours.

Each advertiser will run your ad for one day. You pay the advertiser credits you have earned by dropping your business cards on other member's blogs and web sites.

How much does it cost to advertise? It depends on the website and how much traffic they get from Entrecard members. The more traffic the more credits it costs per day. In the Health and Medicine category you can find ads costing 75 credits per day down to 20 credits per day. You start out costing 2 credits per day, so you can find some real bargains.

You Gain More Traffic

It is very intuitive finding advertisers and finding websites to advertise your web pages. You gain more traffic as other EntreCard users look at your website. And we all know, more traffic equals more money.

You have total control over the ads served on your website. You can approve or reject any ad request. I hate to say no to people. So, I started seeing all these ads and a couple were not really relevant to my website. I was worried about saying no to these people. But, they have a great system where you can click on about 10 different reasons why you rejected an ad. It is very cool and works. Approving an ad takes only seconds.

Now, I don't know how good the traffic will be. My ideal Entrecard member would visit my site, read my articles, and then leave a comment. Then they would start all over again tomorrow. We will see if my numbers go up, see if Google Adsense ads click rates go up and see if I get more commentors.

I have only been doing this for one day now, so I will wait longer to determine if this is profitable. I can say it is highly addictive. I started dropping my business card and leaving comments and visiting websites and blogs and the next thing I know an hour has passed. So, I will have to manage my time to make it all work for me.

Give it a Try and Tell Me About it!

But, now you know enough to give it a try. Maybe it will be good for you. Possibly you will make the contact that will take you over the top and put you on the Internet Road Map to success. So, get on the EntreCard network and drive more FREE traffic to your pages. After you have tried it come back and tell me what you think. I really want to get your opinions.

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