Playing around with it a bit.
It's not quite so bad, but prices can be kept artificially high by simply not accepting or declining spam advertisement requests.
I notice you can get 4-5 advert requests from some "really weird" blogs in no time, and your price will jump up quite rapidly which will scare away some of the smaller blogs.
If you regularly perform maintenance on pending advertisements you'll keep your price reasonable and improve your response time meter.
Obviously large sites will still be more expensive than others, but as it goes, you'd be paying for the higher popularity of such sites as long as those keep up with accepting and declines.
I was able to find a whole bunch of relatively good value adverts for 4-32 credits. I'm experimenting with the results but it looks fairly positive so far.
Sites like BBB or BRK would get more spam adverts than others, but in the end that only means they'd have to filter the junk more often than others in order to keep their price reasonable. I would recommend asking them directly if you feel prices are too high.
It also really depends on at what time you look at said sites.
I'm looking at the list now, and BBB is showing up as 64-128 credits, BRK 128. Most others 16 or 32. So it really depends when those blog holders clean up the advertisement spam from non-WoW blogs. They are nowhere near the 1024 than you seen once. If there was at one time, then it's probably due to those users' advertising queue having contents during the change not being cleaned up yet. I highly doubt they'll be going above 128-256 anytime recently. The current values seem fairly stable around 16-32 for most blogs.
Anyway, in less than 2 days i got 18 ads approved : http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/1218/picture1nu1.png
And another 10 or so pending. (no, i didn't spend any cash on this) So, the earlier ones are paying attention and still using entrecard actively. The pending ones either have given up on entrecard, or simply don't look trough their pending advertisements very often.
Once the last random "startup" advertiser is gone from my queue, i'll have mostly wow blogs only like most people here. I've kicked off half a dozen random junk and get rich quick shemes as well, so my decline rate will be increasing as well. Don't really care much about that, since everyone here knows you accept wow blogs only. The % doesn't mean much. The response time does though.
If you're short on ec points, browse trough the categories : http://entrecard.com/category/
Check the expensive ones, or just the highest ranked ones.
If someone lists as:
Casual and relaxed, or just here for the view, don't bother dropping a card on them. You're not likely to get a drop back.
Regular, very serious and addicts however will usually give you a drop card back. Meaning +2 points rather than +1.
There's also a list for "you drop i follow", these people will generally give you a dropback as well. http://leedoyle.com/u-drop-i-follow-ent ... badge.html
Use your "drops inbox", clicking images in there will take you directly to the site of the dropper.
Give them a drop back, and you're likely to receive another drop the next day. Meaning, more credits to spend on advertisements.
If you have stumble upon, check the forum here : http://entrecard.com/forums/
And go to "Promotions and events", people will pay you upwards 20-50 credits for stumbling their blog.
Dropping cards into every wow blog you can find also has the benefit of telling them that you're an ecard user. Your icon will be in their inbox, and both you and them gain 1 ec for each dropped card.
Drop your cards every day, up to 300 limit.
from their faq : http://entrecard.com/docs/doku.php?id=d ... _your_card
Benefits of dropping cards
Dropping a card earns you 1 Entrecard Credit each time you drop.
Dropping a card for someone increases the chances that they will visit your blog.
It is a great way to see what other bloggers in your niche are talking about.
It is a great way to discover new blogs!
There's some different ranks for dropping,, don't see them listed in the faq but these are:
* Deeply committed, Deadly serious, Drop masters:
* Takes dropping Very Very Seriously:
* Dedicated droppers with a hint of addiction:
* Consistent, regular droppers:
* Casual and relaxed:
* Just here for the view:
Source : http://hulag.blogspot.com/2008/02/entre ... -wall.html
These are mainly the kind of people you'll wish to drop a card on if you're just looking for extra credits.
This one's funny also : http://www.joetech.com/ec_slot/
Keep in mind that not all the traffic you may gain is completely relevant.
A lot of bots are going around clicking 300 ads for their masters.
You will still gain some extra, actual readers though. As long as you make sure you advertise on blogs relevant to your own. For us, this would be world of warcraft.
My subscriber rate has increased a few, and a few people who normally wouldn't be able to find your blog are now able to locate it.
Anyway, I like the system so far and i'll definitely continue using it. But i realize that not all traffic will be fully relevant. Adsense seems to be doing better as well since using entrecard. If you're an adsense user, it's definitely worth considering.
The only difficulty is getting relevant ads to show up. If you have zero results with context boxes, try using referrals and show image banners instead as you can specify these yourself.
( Damn this is a huge post, i should repost this on the blog