I tend to make changes on this humble weblog slowly and methodically, in case you haven't noticed. Over the past few months I've tweaked the blogroll a bit and accepted a few new adverts.
With September coming soon, I'm bracing for an influx of paid ads, always difficult to place. I received an offer earlier in the week from an advertiser who wanted to take the spot currently occupied by entrecard for six months at US$300! The condition was that I leave entrecard entirely! Imagine! I wrote back, offering to do so for $600 up front. No reply. I confess that I had considered dropping EC because I was getting tired of dropping EC's! And, after all, didn't John Chow and ProBlogger up and leave EC? Check out THIS POST and notice the Blogger who wrote it way back when STILL HAS THE EC WIDGET in place, which is totally active and droppable! (So I guess EC wasn't such a bad deal after all! LOL!)
Here's ANOTHER BLOGGER who profoundly posted "How Removing Entrecard from Your Blog Decreases Bounce Rate" - and guess what? Yup! The EC widget is still there, drop-friendly as ever! I couldn't find any EC widget on yet another blog, which posted an article supporting the notion that while EC is bad for your bounce rate, it's a boost for your Alexa ranking!
What would entrecard advise? "If you ever feel Entrecard is becoming too time consuming, you should consider spending your time differently, but not leaving Entrecard entirely. Writing good content, thinking of topic ideas, and check-
ing out some blogs in your niche are all things you want to keep as high priorities. You’ll find that us-
ing Entrecard casually, to discover new blogs you like and earn a few credits in the process, is a very
relaxed experience." (...)
What would YOU do? Would you accept a $600 payment for a 125x125 to replace your EC widget for 6 months on condition you withdraw your blog entirely from the EC program?