A big thanks once again to all regular Entrecard droppers who stop by this […]
Read Before You Drop or Do Some Favor Before Leaving
I read an interesting post at blogSMARTER.dk wherein the blogger observed that most of his Entrecard droppers seem to just come and drop their cards then leave immediately without actually reading anything. For this reason, he wrote that post in an attempt to start a “read before you drop campaign”.
It’s really undeniable that although Entrecard generate hits to our blogs, the bounce rate is very high which indicates low quality visits. This may mean that the contents aren’t relevant to your visitors or simply it is none of their interest.
If you are an MMO blogger, you will rarely receive a good conversion with very high bounce rates. At least, one of the benefits you’ll obtain from Entrecard dropping is that it helps improve your Technorati and Alexa rank. This may help your blog obtain higher placement on the search engines.
Do Some Favor
Alternatively, you can choose to drop and read before leaving. This ensures that you will not forget the drop. Most of the time, I forget to drop after reading a post especially when leaving a comment or clicking on some features of the blog that interests me.
Maybe one way to at least do some favor to the host bloggers we visit and drop our cards is to leave a comment, click an ad, or click on some featured links that does not let you exit from that blog. This tells the browser that you have visited other pages on that site and that will help reduce the high bounce rate problems.
More Than a Two Word Comment
We should not overlook that within the Entrecard community many are professional bloggers and many are great writers too. They are writing a really helpful and informative posts which greatly benefit new and learning bloggers like me. Also many blogs especially the personal ones are downright entertaining and life encouraging.
At times I’m awestruck by the in depth thoughts and well written post that I’m always tempted to comment with the usual two-word comment spams like “great post”, “nice post”, “awesome”, “great job” and then just leave it to that. However, I learned from serious bloggers that with these kinds of comments, you may not really giving a real heartfelt applause to the blogger.
What if you really don’t have anything to say? The post is carefully written that almost every angle has been covered and you felt that you have nothing to add. Aside from giving them your words of encouragement, maybe you can add more to your appreciation by:
- Adding their post to Digg
- Tagging them on Delicious
- Giving a thumbs up on StumbleUpon
- Favoriting them on Trechnorati
- Linking them on your post
Update June 10 2009: Sigh, This post is an influence of reading blogs that belong to the so-called A-List bloggers and following their recommendations.
If only I have known earlier that making money chasing social traffic is not for everybody especially for beginners.