EntreCard is, as they put it, is “your internet business card.” When you register at EntreCard.com, you upload a 125×125 image. This is your EntreCard, your virtual business card. Now, there are two things you can do with your card.
- You can “drop” it on another EC user’s widget. This means both you and the recipient get an EC credit, and your card is displayed in their EC Inbox. It’s like throwing a business card across a table to someone.
- You can advertise on a user’s widget. By clicking the “Advertise” link in the site’s profile, and paying the auto-adjusted price in EntreCredits, your ad will be submitted to the site owner for approval. If it is approved, your ad will be shown on their site for 24 hours.
As soon as I registered, I was flooded with advertising requests, as users saw the new, cheap, entry in the EC directory. Within two hours of being in the directory, my widget was booked for the next 15 days or so. The request rate has since settled down, but I still have a comfortable influx of ads.
So far, I have 203 credits (and growing fast). I’ve already bought a couple cheap ads, and I’m saving up for the 300+ credit price of an ad on ProBlogger.
The whole system works well, and is fairly easy to use, though there have been some server issues recently. (Only the EntreCard.com website has been affected though. The widgets still display fine.)
There are three widget sizes that should fit in most blog sidebars. There is a 127×138 one, a 200×127, and a 250×127. Here’s a screenshot of the “Get Code” page.
EntreCard is an interesting idea, and it nets you some free publicity. It would cost you over $500/month to buy an ad on ProBlogger, yet you can get an EntreCard ad there for a reasonable rate of 323 EC credit. So, I’d say it’s worth trying out.