Getting confused now!

Entrecard is getting so confusing to me now and I can't figure out if I am doing something wrong without knowing it or what is going on. I used to pay out big ec's for advert space. Then the 4096, 2048, 1024, 512, 256 prices started bringing in numbers anywhere between 2 to 66 ec's. Then I started trying to buy the cheaper ones and they are even worse. For 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 prices, I'm getting anything from 0 to 6 ec's. On "My Ads page" I saw 8 to 10 in a roll that paid back 0 ec's. What am I doing wrong???? Starting to get the idea it's not worth it anymore.
Then 3 days ago I see my recipe blog is up in the 8000 price area. Who in their right mind is going to pay that to place an advert on anyones blog? But then again, if people are getting back ec's like I am lately, then they can't have the kind of ec's it takes to pay those prices.


  • Mrs. Mecomber said....

    Confusing to me, too. Maybe they are taking a cue from the economy and it's Entrecard inflation at work? I'm definitely not getting the bang for the buck that I once was. But I'm not terribly dismayed, because I'm getting to know a ton of really great blogs and have made some wonderful new friends. That's been worth it, most of all, to me.

  • chilly said....

    Look at you coming in here giving the best reason there is to staying with it. LOL ;)

    Hi there Mrs.Mecomber! :)

  • Beamer said....

    I have never worried about such stuff. If it's cheap and they aren't trying to blow up the world, I'll advertise on their site.

    I guess I'm just a very frugal advertiser buyer type dude.


  • Sly said....

    I've always felt that the doubling of advertising prices was absurd. I do feel that the concept behind it is sound- meaning that the price of an advert should be determined by the demand for advertising space.

    The problem is that the difference between 256, 512, 1024, etc. is too much, and the difference between 2,4,8 is too little.

    Unfortunately, I don't have a solution, but I think that the pricing system is flawed.

    In summary:
    pricing based on demand = good.
    Doubling of prices = bad , silly, dumb.

  • A. said....

    It's very interesting this business of advertising. I've been watching who gets clicks from my blog relative to the number of clicks I get to mine, and it varies wildly. Anything from 20% to 70%. I've decided it's often to do with the card - the more appealing ones definitely get more clicks. Text only ones do badly.
    But when I advertise myself, I now stick to 32 to 256. Volume seems to work best and it's just luck when sometimes I hit on someone who is advertising heavily. I also choose blogs which have a good number of commenters, good traffic. They seem to produce more traffic in my directin. Trouble is, it all takes time, sifting through.

  • Descartes said....

    Even back in the olden days of last year, Entrecard never made any sense. The new system was supposed to help somehow, but I was never clean how. As you said, who is going to fork over 4000 EC for an ad that may not even be clicked on? I know the EC aren't real money, but I still seldom pay more than 16 credits for an ad.

    I do a lot more dropping of cards than I used to and that seems to help-but I have no idea how it all works.

  • Zandranna said....

    I am still trying to find my way around entrecard having been there for only 6 days and I am finding the paying for ads difficult to choose.

    Not having been here long I obviously haven't built up many credits so at this point in time I have been buying cheap but as many as possible with the few credits I have.

    My very first ad was displayed yesterday so I haven't a clue yet how this is all going to work.

    I can't afford the popular blogs so I thought the best thing to do is to advertise on as many cheep ones as possible so that as people go dropping they get used to seeing my card and subconsciously think I am also one of the popular ones, lol.

    The more I can encourage to advertise with me the quicker I can build up some credits for me to advertise on the more popular boards.

    I am at the moment in the 512ec which to me is a reasonable price.

    From the little I've seen and have experienced on here, doubling each and every day is just silly.

  • Cromely said....

    Well the high prices are reasonable to many users or they simply wouldn't be there. If no one buys an ad one day, the price drops in half the next day. I'm not sure doulbing is the best way to go above 512 ec, but plenty of people must be happy with their buys.

    Generally, I buy the top 10-12 ad in a given prize bracket. I rarely spend more than 128 ec on a mass buy. If there is a blog I particularly like for some reason, I'll spend more.

    The other think I do is look at the blog rank. That's the total EC drops on that blog over they last 5 days. If the ad price is less than 1/5 of that number, it's a good buy. If it's more than 1/5 of that number, then, not so much.

  • Atniz said....

    Next time, try to refer the Popularity ranking before you purchase any ads. Most of the Entrecard members have more than 2 blogs registered. So, they will purchase the ads among their blog to get more traffic. It is wise to choose higher ranking popularity to purchase any ads because popularity ranking is determine by the number of inbox drops received. You can always ask me any of your question on Entrecard or etc, I'll be glad to help you out.

  • Margaret said....

    Chilly -- it's a crap shoot and to further confuse the mix, you have to really keep an eye on those ads, because you just never know when your and is really YOUR ad.

    I can't begin to tell you the number of ads I've clicked on to only be taken somewhere totally different than the ad I clicked or back to the ad holder's site. There's too much going wrong with ads and clicks and stuff right now for me. I don't have time to drop, comment, write and babysit the ads. I had to draw the line somewhere, and that's where I drew it. I buy very few ads, and then only on blogs I know well and know where the widget is. I'm spending more time writing posts on my blogs and participating in the forums. Those two activities bring me way more from Entrecard than advertising ever did (except on one or two sites that I can barely afford!).

    I wish you the best of luck in figuring out the right way to advertise for the best return. I sure hope you'll share it with me when you discover it.


  • Original GRITS said....

    We're all feeling it like crazy around EC land! I haven't bought ads in a few days in order to build up some credits from dropping and getting dropped on.

    Now the buying of ads...I wish I knew the best way to pick ones that would really pay off but I have yet to figure that part out.

  • Alan said....

    Seems to me you never know what ads will bring in the clicks and which won't. I've had low cost ads that have brought in lots and LOTS of visitors and paid 512 for ads that brought in few or no visitors. I'm reminded of an old saying that 'half of all advertising is just wasted money...trouble is no one knows which half'.

  • chilly said....

    Hi Everyone and thanks much for your comments on this subject. Guess it all is just a chance we take when buying. Each of you have told me a lot to think on. Sure I'll keep going on and keep trying different things I've read here.
    And thinking more on what Mrs. Mecomber said, Yep, there's a lot of blogs I'd still visit and read even if I did stop using Entrecard. ;)

  • Mee mOe said....

    I don't buy to many ones because the one I want to buy are to much for me, I'm not online very much lately. Maybe every few days. I'd like to get back into this as so as possible, I think I am losing a lot of my favorite readers. I miss ya Chilly, and thanks for advertising on my blogs and commenting, it means a lot...(((HUGS))) (neighbor..lol)

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