Is EntreCard Really Worth It??

Hi all…

For the last few weeks, I’ve been attempting to do the EntreCard dance every day… Dropping at least 100 cards, sometimes more than 200 if time allowed, and my traffic has grown considerably. I’m getting about as much traffic as cards I drop in a day. It’s averaging about 100 pageviews a day at any rate.

EntreCard

That said, the process of dropping every day is very time consuming. Yes, I’ve come across some great blogs and sites in that time of dropping all these EntreCard cards, but still… Is it quality traffic or just people flying by to drop cards on my site to get their own stats up?

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Take a Smort from Smorty!

Hey all…

I’m still experimenting with various review tools to raise the awareness of this blog and make some money. I’ve seen Smorty ads just about everywhere on the internet and decided to give them a try.

Smorty

So if you’ve seen the Smorty ads, you know a few things already… It’s a get-paid-for-reviews kind of system that helps drive ads and revenue back to your site.

Smorty connects advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers, just like in some of the other review-related sites, pay bloggers to write opinions about their sites or products and provide links back to the advertiser’s site. Basically we bloggers do what we do best, which is write blog posts, and we get paid for blogging. What more could you ask for?

Once you sign up and get your blog(s) approved, you get a list of opportunities to write about. After you accept and write a post, you get paid for it via a PayPal account. The more blogs and opinions you write about advertisers on them, the more money you can make. Easy enough, right?

So we’ll see how this works. Check out Smorty for details if you haven’t already! Blog for money at Smorty!

–Fitz

EntreCard and Driving Traffic

Hi all…

EntreCard

I’ve been trying out EntreCard for the last few days on my other site — Lair of the Green Knight — and I have to admit that my traffic has increased. And I’ve had a few additional comments from some of those who have stopped by. The comments were via the EntreCard site, but it’s still something…

Izea Ranks - chart for Lair of the Green Knight over last 7 days

You can see the rise in my RealRank over the last 7 days because my visitors and page views have risen as a result of spending some time with EntreCard. We’ll see if the trend continues, but if nothing else it’s expanding my community of bloggers. I’ve talked to a number of folks via e-mail for blogs that I probably wouldn’t have found except through EntreCard.

So we’ll take the good with the bad for now. It certainly can’t hurt.

How have other folks done with the EntreCard system? Has it helped or hurt? Let me know!

–Fitz

New experience – Bay Area Kicks Requesting a Link to My Site

Hi all…

This week I had an out of the blue e-mail from Murris, who runs the Bay Area Kicks blog (http://www.bayareakicks.com) wondering if he could add a link to Fitzy Business from his blog and if I would mind linking back to his. After taking a look at his blog, which seems simple, well-designed, and on target for his market, I agreed. Though he hasn’t placed a link to my site on his blog links page yet, I thought I’d write up a quick review of his site and add a link anyway to be sociable.

Murris’ blog has a simple two-column design on the main page. He uses the main column for his blog articles about various sneakers. At the top of the site you can access his “About” page, and his “Links” page. His About page describes how he came to write the blog after running a successful online shoe store for several years. His links page, where he wants to put a link to Fitzy Business, has quite a list of links to other sites, from clothing and sports resources to simply “nice blogs” on a variety of topics.

Bay Area Kicks

If his numbers are right on his about page, he gets about 10,000 hits a day and is aiming for 30,000+ hits a day. I’d say he’s probably on track. According to Alexa, today he has a rank of 302,921, which is pretty good! (In comparison, this site, even with the lack of new posts over the holidays, has a traffic rank of 502,819.)

The articles on the blog are on topic, providing pictures and descriptions of individual sneakers, as well as his opinions on the shoe and where they can be purchased. Evidently Michael Jordan is releasing a new Air Jordan shoe (the Air Jordan XX3) later in the month, which I wasn’t aware of, and that post includes links to the shoe’s site as well as video of Jordan talking about the shoe.

So keep up the good work Murris and I wish you luck with your traffic goals!

–Fitz

Happy Holidays!

Hi all!

Hope you’ve all enjoyed your end of year celebrations, whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah,  Kwanzaa, or some other festive occasion. I wish you all a happy holidays and a merry and safe New Years’!

I have to do some serious thinking about this blog over the next few days while I’m on vacation to see if I’m going to continue with it or not. Towards the end of the year I got the strong feeling of being spread too thin, so I may have to pare back on the blogs I write at a bit. I know others of you (mostly part time bloggers I bet) have fought this also. I’m curious as to how you resolved it. Did you back away completely, cut back to only a few posts a week? One post a week?

Let me know how you handle this great balancing act. I’m curious!

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and may we all have a great and profitable 2008!

–Fitz

AddThis… Great way to get Social Bookmarking to your site or blog!

Hey all…

There’s this cool free service that I found courtesy of Nick Stamoulis’ blog – Blog Marketing Journal. AddThis.com provides a way to simplify the bookmarking/sharing methods for your readers/viewers. I’ve looked at a number of different options and the AddThis widget is the simplest/easiest to use one of all of them to this point.

They provide several options for how to get it into your site or blog, including a WordPress plugin, which I’ve added to this blog.

You can add their widget to your blog or RSS feed, select which style of widget you’d like, and then select one of several options:

on a Website

  • on a Blog
  • on a MySpace page
  • on an Ezine or Newsletter

Cool enough you can also add it via:

  • A Feedburner Feedflare
  • WordPress Plugin (2 versions)
  • And Widgetbox

But wait, there’s more! You also get free stats showing what visitors are bookmarking, which can be useful for monitoring traffic and so on.

So give them a look — at Addthis.com.

Until next time…

–Fitz

Comments… Argh!

Hi all…

Thanks to a nice person at http://www.sweetlifewithmary.com/, it became clear today why I may not be getting ANY comments. I had WordPress set to require folks to register and log in to leave comments. Doh!

Oops!

That little switch has been flipped. To verify that it is indeed working as it should, would somebody mind leaving me a comment?

Thanks in advance and sorry for the trouble.

–Fitz

Watching traffic come and go…

Hi all…

It’s funny… I post an article about something I think is helpful. Like taking my experience at the Blue Man Group concert and attempting to show how to apply it to business or product development. I’ve posted about adapting roleplaying game techniques to business to help out your product development cycle.

And what gets the best results? An article I wrote about rssHugger. Or an article I wrote about an article on Caroline Middlebrook’s site.

Go figure.

This blog thing is interesting. I think I’ll keep going, but at the rate I’m going I’m not sure who’s coming with me. 🙂

If anyone is reading this message, can you please leave me a comment? I’d appreciate knowing I’m not alone in the ether. There’s a lot of traffic out there and I think I’m being run over. <sigh>

I’d also appreciate any comments on how to generate more readers or traffic. How do other successful blogs do it? I’d like to know. Nothing I’ve tried so far has helped beyond StumbleUpon and Blogsvertise lately.

Anyway… Hope everyone is having a good week!

–Fitz

Do you Hubsess about things?

Hi all…

I recently found a new news aggregation site called Hubsess… It works similar to Bloglines or Google Reader or other online RSS feed readers, but has a more low-tech feel with the concept of “newspapers”. Though I’m not sure it will take off, it’s an interesting approach.

Hubsess Screenshot Tiny

Basically you create a “hub” for a person, place, or thing, and then relate your hub to other hubs, creating a network of hubs about particular topics.

According to their FAQ, what makes Hubsess different than other sites is:

Hubsess allows you to get the news you want, while skipping the news you don’t want. Hubsess gets news from two sources. Users can submit news stories, and tag them to hubs. Users can also submit an RSS feed and get Hubsess will automatically add stories from that RSS feed to a Hub’s news.

Hubsess allows ordinary people to write news stories on their blog, and submit them to Hubsess. This means that you no longer have to rely on traditional media sources for your your news.

Hubsess also allows you to vote on stories. Each story will have a score. That score will go up and down, depening on user’s votes. This score will help other users decide whether a story is a good read, or something they should pass on. Users also can discuss a story.

As far as I can tell, it’s not the most exciting site on the web, but another option when trying to make relationships with readers/viewers. I’m hoping that their interface gets much cleaner. It has a very old-fashioned web page kind of vibe to it, as opposed to Bloglines and Google Reader, which are both very Web 2.0.

Will this help or hinder your marketing efforts? Probably neither — it’s just one more site to be aware of on the edge of your radar.

Until next time! Keep blogging!

–Fitz

The Home with Heather Challenge…

Hey all…

So as a relative newcomer to the blogging world, I saw the challenge from Heather from Home With Heather this morning…

Answer these questions about yourself…

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
  3. Are You trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
  4. Tell me 3 things you LOVE about being online.
  5. Tell me 3 things you STRUGGLE with in the online world.

So I thought I’d try to answer these questions…

  1. I’ve been blogging for a few months personally, but just started a blog to try and generate some revenue towards the beginning of October (this blog http://www.fitzbiz.org). But before that I had been blogging on a personal blog putting up observations, movie reviews, and other odds and ends for a few months (here at http://writer.fitzhome.com).
  2. Well, initially I started blogging to write up my movie reviews. Most people who know me know that I love to see movies, so I’ll get coworkers, friends, and family members asking about what movies I’ve seen lately at the theater or on DVD. So that started out as reviews on my website, but blogging made that SOOOO much easier.Mentors? For the business side, I have to go with Yaro Starak and John Chow, but I’m finding that there’s this great big community of people who want to help, like Heather… So I’m hopeful that I’ll find a few more folks to guide me along the way!
  3. A little of both… I have three blogs — one for fun, one for business (which is fun ’cause it’s a learning experience, and one for the roleplaying game I’m trying to bring to market).
  4. I love the internet — it consistently blows my mind with the breadth of information and the people that are sharing that information. I love connecting with people from my past — recently connected with a friend of mine from High School that I’d lost touch with and found again on FaceBook. And I just love that I have a reason to write again.
  5. Like Heather, I have to say writing is sometimes the toughest part. Coming up with topics some days is also a struggle. And then fighting the addiction to keep going when I should be doing other things… Those would have to be my top three!

So Heather, thanks for making me think about myself and what I’m doing as a blogger. I’ve enjoyed many of your posts and am sure I will glean much from your blog!

Until next time…

–Fitz