I made a post about Entrecard some time ago about the fact that it can be very beneficial for your blog in gaining you traffic, readers, and comments. However for the system to work for you, you must work for the system, and this is achieved by dropping as many cards as possible (up to the 300 max) on various blogs within the Entrecard network. With this in mind I decided that over spring break I would drop 300 cards a day for 7 straight days and see what the effects truly were. First here are a few images of the following, my cards dropped, cards dropped on me, and my organic clicks from Entrecard to me.
As you can see the more cards I dropped, the more drops I ultimately received and thus the higher my organic click rate went. I believe that the cause of the increased Organic clicks is due to my popularity ranking increasing (which happens when you receive more drops upon your blog)
Since my 7 day trial of dropping the 300 cards a day, I have more or less stopped dropping entirely for a few reasons. First and foremost I want to see what exactly will happen to these stats when I am not dropping all of these cards every day.
Below is a screen shot of my traffic from March 1 until present (I dropped 300 a day from the 8th to the 14th)
As you can see, my traffic during this period was increasing however I do not consider this “good” traffic.
What does that mean?
Very simply, when you are running a blog your goal is to increase readership, earnings, and comments. Unfortunately during this period of product testing none of these stats increased, and my guess is the only thing on this blog that did increase was my bounce rate (which is not a good thing)
I have now decided that I will not be dropping 300 cards a day for a while as it does very little for me (even though I thought it would) Possibly over the summer if I have 20 minutes to kill I will give it a shot but in reality it is not beneficial.
Does anyone have thoughts about this?