How-to: Get Started on Entrecard

Some of the more popular threads on the Aussie Bloggers Forum are threads that deal with a recent phenomenon in the blogging world. It’s a new service called Entrecard, which bills itself as “Your Business Card 2.0”. It’s something that is geared towards bloggers, and is built for bloggers.

If you want to check out the threads for yourself, you can do so without registering. They are –

Signing Up

When you first visit the Entrecard page, you’ll see that there’s an introductory video there; I recommend you take the time to watch this video as it provides an excellent explanation of how the whole system works, and how simple it is to get started with their system.

Entrecard Homepage

After viewing the video, to sign up, all you have to do is click on the big Sign up FREE! button under the video (it’s what the arrow is conveniently pointing to on the site πŸ˜‰ ). That will, naturally, bring you to the signup page –

Entrecard Signup

The first thing that you will notice is that there are three main guidelines – first, the blog needs to be in English, you need to own the blog that’s being signed up to be linked to the account, and it has to be a blog that’s not pr0n or spam. The best part of the sign up process is that, you can get your card created right away, and not have to confirm your account, or wait before you create your card.

What I’m going to do is create my card (which, for now, will just be my standard avatar with my site’s address written on it) in Paint Shop Pro, and then upload it. You’ll note that the image has to be 125×125, as that is the size of all Entrecards. If you don’t have the skills necessary to make a card from scratch, you can always opt for a simple text card, either plain, black, silver (which has orange and black borders on the top and bottom), green (good for blogs with a short name) and orange.

This is what my entrecard looks like, just in case you come across it out there πŸ˜‰ –

My Entrecard

Just quietly, I have to say I’m pleased with my work. πŸ˜€

When you’re done deciding what you want to have for your card, enter your blog’s information, along with a description of your site, fill out the reCaptcha and click sign up.

Entrecard Signup Complete

That’s all there is to signing up. Now, it’s time to put the code on your site (or if you want, have a look at your dashboard, but we’ll touch on that a little later). To do that, click on the Get your widget code link.

Entrecard Widgets, with convenient preview

There is a choice of three different sizes – 127×148, 200×127 and 250×127. These are designed to fit all widths of sidebar, and really all tastes. Since my sidebar isn’t that wide, I’m going with the first option. I also happen to think that the simplicity of that particular widget is nice. πŸ™‚

Putting it on your blog

This is a simple thing to do, because it’s no different to putting a widget for, say, MyBlogLog or BumpZee or even a tracker onto your website. Simply copy the code you want to use, and put it into a new element on your sidebar; WordPress users will want to use a Text element, and Blogger users will need to use a HTML/Javascript element. Of course, you can also put it into an existing piece as well; the choice is yours. I’ve decided to do a little reconfiguration of my sidebar to accomodate it. πŸ™‚

Now, let’s go back and explore the Dashboard.

The Dashboard

Since I just signed up as I was writing this post (as I say, I do it and write up the how-to on it πŸ˜‰ ), there’s nothing in my dahsboard right now, except for some basic information about my account.

You won’t see this ever again!

However, it doesn’t take long for ads to start appearing in your inbox. This shot below was taken just a few minutes after the previous one, and I already have some folks who have dropped cards on me! πŸ˜‰

After only a half-hour of being a member, I had all these ads in my queue already…

Really, this is a learning experience for me, and I might include an update on this on Mondays, with the other updates of my blog world.

Further Reading

This should get you going on Entrecard; it’s not a hard thing to do, and if you have the time to do it, can be worthwhile to your blog’s traffic. πŸ™‚

As always, if you have something you’d like me to explain how to do, you can contact me via my contact page. I’ll go through it and produce a guide like this one. πŸ˜‰

D’oh! I forgot to put a title onto this post! πŸ˜†

12 thoughts on “How-to: Get Started on Entrecard

  1. Great read, I would also say that always keep your entrecard widget in eyes view when the page is loaded, That way you will get more drops and advertisers will want your site, as the ad is easily seen.

    Never put the entrecard widget/advertisement low or where someone has to scroll down to see it.

    Dale
    http://dzrbenson.com/blog/

  2. I think you will really enjoy Entrecard. Not only is very easy to do, I personally have discovered some amazing blogs that I haven’t found anywhere else.

  3. Thanks Sephy πŸ™‚ Guided me through the process nicely (except my description was too long, but no drama – you’d think they’d mention a 250 character limit BEFORE you write War and Peace πŸ˜‰ ).

  4. I just signed up. Didn’t realise in the flurry of activity that I could actually decline an ad without hurting someone’s feelings (LOL) and filled up my ad space quickly with cheap ads!

    Lesson learnt, be more discerning. Drop a heap of cards ASAP!

  5. Ben – It’s a great post, one that deserves to be mentioned. πŸ˜‰

    Daisy – I am enjoying it, and I did notice that traffic has gone up since getting involved. πŸ™‚

    Dale – I totally agree; this is one pseudo ad widget that you actually want people to see; it’s not terribly intrusive and as far as I can tell, it’s quite efficient at loading. πŸ™‚

    Hambo – Thanks for the mention; you should check out how you you can send trackbacks with Blogger here – http://www.sephyroth.net/2007/07/hi-ive-linked-to-you/ πŸ™‚

    Lin – Yep, and it has that addicting element as well πŸ™‚

    Meg – You’re welcome πŸ™‚ And, yeah, that’d be something useful to mention on the page, but like you said, no major dramas πŸ™‚

    Kelley – I had the same thing happen to me when I first joined up. I think it happens to everyone when they join the site. I went ahead and rejected a boatload of ads which were offered to me at first; the only thing that it did was raise my rejection rate – though as the site says, a higher percentage means that the owner’s more discerning. πŸ™‚

    Thanks y’all! πŸ˜‰

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