The Entrecard Toolbar Rocks!

Mozilla FirefoxImage via WikipediaHi all…

I’ve been using Entrecard for quite a while now. And on my main blog, I think I’ve met some great new friends and blogs via their service. But one of the things I’ve always struggled with is getting a number of “drops” per day.

Yes, there are some options…

  • You can bookmark 100s of Entrecard sites and open up multiple pages in Firefox or IE and go through them a chunk at a time.¬† I have about 150 blogs marked this way and was lucky to get through 50-100 a day.
  • You can use the EntreCard Browser from CreateIf. But it gets tiring hitting 100-300 blogs one at a time via this tool.
  • And now we have the Entrecard Toolbar from Entrecard itself! Yay!

Entrecard Toolbar

This cool new tool¬† does a number of things that I had to go through the Entrecard dashboard to do before…

  • Allows me to switch between my blogs MUCH easier
  • Allows me to [gasp] see how many drops I’ve done
  • Allows me to grab 10 Entrecard sites at a time from a number of categories, including the favorite sites I’ve marked in my Entrecard profile
  • Allows me to buy ads on sites
  • Allows me to add new favorites to my Entrecard profile…

Get the picture? This thing does everything BUT actually do the drops for you.

I’m a big fan. Thanks Entrecard guys!

You can read more about it and download it from the Entrecard blog here.

Be sure to check it out!

–Fitz

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How do you feel about “sponsors” for your blog?

:en:NASCAR drivers :en:Mike Skinner (NASCAR) (...Image via WikipediaHey all…

I recently had an interesting experience. I had someone out of the blue send me an e-mail asking if they could “sponsor” my blog. What it boiled down to was a paid link back to their website and the best income I’ve seen from any blog I’ve created so far.

(Every time I think of sponsorships… I think of NASCAR or the movie Cars from Pixar… Is that odd?)

My only qualm about the whole thing is that its topic (beauty product reviews) isn’t really something I thought of as a target ad for my blog (which is mainly entertainment reviews). That said, I reconciled it with the fact that probably 1/2 of my readers are women (just playing the odds here) and at least a portion of those probably use beauty products.

So I happily took the money, added the link, and was off to the races. The $$ from there will allow me to advertise via Project Wonderful and Google Analytics to further see what kind of revenue I can generate.

What do you guys think of sponsors? Are they a good thing? Let me know!

–Fitz

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Ad-sense Publisher Experiment, Day 1

Hi all!

It’s been a while, I know… I’m trying a new experiment. This time I’m actually paying for ad placement at Google. This is something I’ve read about over the last couple of years, but never thought I’d actually try.

However… I decided I’d take the plunge and see how this works. I created a couple of ads. One for my main blog and one for an affiliate blog I’ve been running for a while.

Over night last night with my main blog, I received three clicks for about 3000 impressions. And today with my other blog ad I received 1 click for 610 impressions, but it’s slightly more targeted than the first one.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll check in occasionally over the next week or so to let you know.

How are you guys doing with placing Google ads? Any luck?

–FItz

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