Writing for Entrecard

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If you’re a blogger too, you’ve no doubt heard about the latest social networking tool, Entrecard. I was skeptical at first, and I guess I’m still a bit cautious, but I decided to jump in while it’s still hot. If it stays that way, so much the better.

At first I was just clicking my way through the “Drop Yours” widgets like the one you see in my sidebar.

But then I realized there’s a “Shop” on Entrecard that allows its members to sell things for Entrecard Credits (EC). Sure, EC isn’t a real form of money, but it does have value. You can use EC to get your own personal 125×125 ad (check out mine at the top of this post) placed on other people’s blogs. The trick of the system is to have enough EC to place a lot of ads that hopefully get clicked on by regular street traffic.

I’m a writer, right? So what better thing to sell than my writing? Besides getting EC to advertise on other blogs and increase Crayon Writer‘s exposure, I’m also letting others see my talent even if they don’t feel like reading here. I’m hoping to get clients that pay real live money for writing services.

I’ve already written for a few bloggers who paid me EC.

Here’s a big thanks to James from Total Web Review for buying an article from me and letting his readers know about my services.

The only problem I have with Entrecard right now is the amount of time it takes. But for now, I do think it’s worth it. I’ve met a lot of other bloggers already (I joined on January 26). Unlike MyBlogLog, you have to actually visit a person’s blog to get any benefit.

Anyway, expect to see me write a little sporadically as I figure out how to use Entrecard to market my business, continue to look for a day job, build my writing business, and, of course, my most important and demanding job, take care of my daughter. At two-and-a-half years old, I’m finding she is busier than ever!

Guess it’s time to get back to business and stop playing hooky. :)

20 Responses to “Writing for Entrecard”

  1. Matt Hanson says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Matt Hanson

  2. I had never heard of Entrecard before I would be interested in hearing a review of all the good and bad you found. Because like you said it takes a lot of time and so I am hesitant to start something I that has no benefit and takes so long.

    • Theda K. says:

      Hi La Roche,

      I should’ve posted this, and I might later, but here’s a great review on Entrecard (http://www.pureblogging.com/2008/01/24/entrecard-a-one-month-review/)

      So far, my traffic has pretty much doubled, though my subscribership hasn’t budged. It takes a lot of time to get credits unless you win them or get people to give them to you, like I did. Credits is what you need to buy advertising space.

      But if you do go around and drop cards, you’re still getting exposure for your blog.

      Read the review I mentioned here, and maybe I’ll get around to reviewing myself in a month or so.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Theda K.

  3. hrm thats cool I havent heard of Entrecard before either. I’ll check it out

    • Theda K. says:

      Too bad they don’t have an affiliate program, but it’s definitely bringing me lots of great traffic and introducing me to some great blogs.

  4. Triphow Ling says:

    Never heard of it before. So it’s like you collect enough credits to get your banner placed on other blogs? Although I’m a bit leery of this kinda thing, the paying for articles part sounds interesting. :)

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    • Theda K. says:

      Yeah, you get credits whenever you drop your card on another site, and and whenever others drop their card on yours. You also get credits when people advertise on your site. It’s free, and kind of like MyBlogLog. It won’t hurt to try. You can also just peruse all the blogs they have.

  5. Writing Nag says:

    I just joined Entrecard too, that’s how I found your site. Looking forward to reading more of your blog…

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  6. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  7. Thank you for that very informative post.

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  8. Bendz says:

    Hi! Me again!

    There are lots of bloggers on entrecard that pays you to write for their blogs or to review their site for real money. JoeTech is looking for one right now.

    Anyway, you can sell your entrecard credits (EC) for a minimum of 10 dollars per 1000 EC. I sold some already and, well, i used my earnings to buy my own domain and hosting already.

    I also suggest you sell on the advertisement section cause most buyers go directly to that category.

  9. Jason says:

    Theda,
    Nice post you wrote for Total Web Review. I was going to buy one of your guest post but looks like they were all gone by the time I went to do it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Jason’s last blog post..Housework to your blog.

  10. mattew says:

    it’s bringing me lots of great traffic TOO!

  11. Kevin says:

    I think Entrecard is a great service so far. I am also relatively new, joining around when you did, but it has made a noticeable difference so far. It’s actually how I found your wonderful site.

    I’m curious to see how you use it to enhance your business too. I may have to take some tips from you. :)

    So far your blog is great, keep up the good work! I look forward to reading more. :)

    Kevin’s last blog post..Writing Contest at Bebo Author

  12. Urban says:

    Actually hadn’t heard about this before, but it looks cool. You’ve peaked my interest. Must try to find out more about it now.

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  15. Mattress says:

    I have been using Entrecard for a few days. That is how I found your site. Do you like it so far? Please post an update for us.