Talking about EntreCard seems to suck in more traffic than the EntreCard widget sucks in itself.
Vic Demos SEO While Saying “EntreCard Sucks“
In an impressive display of SEO skill Vic of Blogger Unleashed took my straight man setup when I said I was ranking #1 in Google for the term “EntreCard Sucks”. Vic pulled out his magic Google wand and waved it at this post, Entrecard Sucks And There Is No Doubt, and POOF!!!, he’s outranking me. A few other people have also worked on the “EntreCard Sucks” keyword combo and have moved ahead of OpTempo. Of course, it’s all fun and games since we’re not talking a super popular, big money making, keyword like “California Foreclosures” or “Mesothelioma Lawyers”, just a simple one that doesn’t earn anyone any money, “EntreCard Sucks”. It’s interesting to get a glimpse at how the search engine that everyone loves and hates at the same time operates on a simple keyword combo like “EntreCard Sucks”.
Sam Asks for Details on Why I Think “EntreCard Sucks“
In my previous EntreCard post, Some Links: EntreCard Edition, Sam of Sam Freedom’s Internet Marketing Controversy Blog asked me why I thought some of his advice was bad in his article, 10 Simple Ways to Squeeze the Most Out of Entrecard for Your Greater Advantage. Since he deserves more than a quick drive-by EntreCard style quick blurb about it, I’ll go over it here.
I agree with his first point, have a nice looking custom 125×125 made and don’t use the default sucky graphic.
I disagree with point #2, placing the widget at the top of the page. This only encourages a quick click-thru while taking up valuable navigation and advertising space. Camouflaging it or putting it near the bottom or even the left side or mixed with content increases the chance for your content to catch the eye of the click-n-go visitor.
Points 3 through 6 are good advice.
I don’t think #7 is a particularly great idea since it borders on spamming, or at least bacning. This controversy also rages about StumbleUpon, should you thank or not thank people who review your site and stumble it?
Point 8, subscribing to the feeds, is OK although most bloggers already have enough stuff wandering in their feed window.
As for #9, participate in the EnterCard forum, and #10, Give Recommendations, I think you’ll get better social results by commenting on blogs you breeze by during a card run, mentioning blogs you liked that you saw while carding in a link post and by stumbling posts that you find that you like during the run. Participating there is OK, but I don’t think it’s the best use of your time.
I hope that clears that up Sam.
Can EntreCard Suck Anymore Than This?
While I seriously doubt that this post will even come close to overtaking the grandmaster SEO ninja Vic, it will be interesting to see how it fares in search results.
Have you read Vic’s post on how to get Google Juice and the follow up post linked above? Do you think this SEO fun and games stuff sucks more than EntreCard? Leave a comment and let me know.