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 –
- Aussie Bloggers using Entrecard
- Entrecard – Aussie Bloggers Getting Noticed
- Entrecard – Tips to success
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.
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 😉 ). That will, naturally, bring you to the signup page –
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 😉 –
Just quietly, I have to say I’m pleased with my work. 😀
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.
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.
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. 🙂
Putting it on your blog
Now, let’s go back and explore 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 😉 ), there’s nothing in my dahsboard right now, except for some basic information about my account.
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! 😉
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.
- Blogging Networks: Entrecard – Ben’s explanation of how it works is excellent!
- Interview with Entrecard’s Graham Langdon on Problogger
- The Aussie Entrecard Conspiracy
- Aussie Bloggers on Entrecard
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. 🙂
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. 😉
D’oh! I forgot to put a title onto this post! 😆