Just a few minutes ago the EntreCard blog announce that they will POSTPONE the sponsored ads to 5th October + the SMALL FEE program, for 50$/year (4,17$/month) you can opt out completely from the sponsored ad program.
Today i write again about EntreCard as i'm also a little bit concerned about their new developments.
In case you didn't visit some of the other blogs who have already written about the current changes or have not read in the EntreCard forum/blog about the on-going changes and developments, you will have a chance to have a look into these posts from my article.
It's all about the old invention in a new package: paid ads turned into "forced sponsored ads". This was announced on 22nd September in the EntreCard blog.
Difference between the old paid ads and the new "forced sponsored ads":
- No more CashOut program
- In the first few weeks no possibility to reject the ads
- not able to reject all ads when this reject ads-option will be available
The main purpose of these ads is to fund the EntreCard system with the help of the page views of their members.
15% of the Network's INVENTORY (what a nice word they used for the member's resources!) will be filled with sponsored ads per day.
They want to present ads which are Family-oriented and they shall be for everyone acceptable.
When we read now one response in the EntreCard forum from the new owner Andrew Te it sounds for me completely different and much more acceptable.
So, what's going to happen when Sept. 28th comes around?This means we might see on Monday the usual logo from EntreCard like we see it on blogs with no current ad running, perhaps with a slightly different message as they promote only the EntreCard Market and the Forum!
This is just an "official" starting date we're giving users. We don't have a list of sponsors waiting to take up any of the ad space. If any ads were to run at all, it'll be to promote Entrecard Market (http://entrecard.com/market/) and possibly this forum. It could also mean that we might not run any ads for the next few months. But it's important for us as a company to reserve a percentage of our inventory to sponsors because we do see it as huge revenue model based on other free advertising networks.
With this said, i believe the members can influence this decision!
It's very simple, just follow the way like Shaunalynn and Caledonian Comment already had done it.
"Push EntreCard down" it or "EntreCard is at the end" (bottom of the page) like i want to call.
What will happen when more and more members join in this "Push EntreCard down"-campaign?
This might bring less advertisers into the system and EntreCard has to look for new ways to earn money or just listen more closely to the suggestions of their members.
There are a lot of suggestion given by the members in the forums or in blog posts and comments.
- One of the most read suggestions is a double-ad widget which would display one EC-based ad and one sponsored ad (which should be rejectable).
- Another suggestion is to monetize the Front page and the User pages inside of Entrecard with Google Adsense advertisement (like it can be seen in Blogcatalog).
- Or they could make a paid premium membership for a small fee which prevents that sponsored ads will be shown on their widget.
Just a few minutes ago the EntreCard blog announced that they will POSTPONE the sponsored ads to 5th October + the SMALL FEE program, for 50$/year (4,17$/month) you can opt out completely from the sponsored ad program