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Like a lot of bloggers who had been using the Adgitize advertising network, I was very upset when Ken Brown announced that he was closing the service down. At that time, I had decided that I would go back to using Entrecard and give them another try. Things had been going well the past three weeks. It had appeared that Entrecard had improved a bit since I last used them regularly.
That is, until last night. Last night around midnight, I was visiting several blogs using the Entrecard toolbar with Firefox. It worked well for about 30 minutes when all of a sudden I started getting an error message saying that my search had failed. I tried visiting the Entrecard website to go into my dashboard and drop inbox only to see the following error.
Entrecard is having technical issues. Any of the following may apply:That was 14 hours ago and the system still is down. I have been able to do a few drops when I find a blog with a widget, but sooner or later you end up hitting a dead end when the next ad you come across is one you have already visited. I certainly hope that this is a temporary issue with the network and will be back and running soon.
We have on-call people watching the system, outages are unlikely to last more than 10 minutes. We apologise profusely for the inconvenience.
- We may be suffering extreme load (lots of people)
- We may be upgrading our server software
- We may be suffering from a serious bug
In the distinct possibility that Entrecard has breathed its last, I started looking for some other sites to help build traffic. One of the things I did was sign up with Zimbio. I found another traffic exchange that I am currently trying out, but I am not sure if it is going to be using long term. The site is called Blog Clicker and it is very similar to Blog Explosion if anybody remembers how that works.
You sign into the system and it opens up a browser page with a Blog Clicker tool bar. You visit the site and a countdown appears in the bar. When the countdown reaches zero, you earn a credit for every site you visit which is then exchanged for visits to your site. So far, I have not seen quite as many quality blogs as I have seen on Adgitize and Entrecard, but it is early yet. If you want to check them out here is a link