Here are my main reasons why i will NOT pay 50 $ to EntreCard:
- i don't get any additional benefits for being a "paid" member except 15% sponsored ads are not shown
I get on the five registered EntreCard-Blogs around 1.000+ page views/day this will result in 150 times a sponsored ad will be displayed.
At the moment the EntreCard members themselves play with the FEAR of inappropriate ads which could be shown (half naked women, religious signs from another belief and so on).
If this is your concern, just place the EC-widget near the bottom where 90% of the visitors don't watch at all and if you get almost only EntreCard (or Adgitize, 80% have both ads) members as visitors who cares if they see these ads as they know it's a sponsored ad?
- the price is too high for this kind of non-sponsor-ad fee 50$/year, 4,17$/month, 14 Cents/day
Let's face it, there are some blogs in the TOP 50 of EntreCard who get more than 300 and up to 450 visitors from EntreCard. There are not many blogs who get the same amount of visitors from search engines when i look at some available statistics from these blogs.
They will show the sponsored ads on average 60 times a day which means for paying 14 cents/day, you pay EntreCard a 2,33 $ CPM (cost for 1.000 non-sponsor-ad page impressions)!
You will never get paid this CPM of 2,33$ from Google Adsense, just have a look in your Adsense-Account at the eCPM (except you got some clicks which don't count for this example)!
If your blog gets just 100 or 50 pageviews a day from EntreCard the numbers are more extreme as you will pay the same amount of $$ to EntreCard instead of less based on your pageviews!
50 page views - 7 sponsored ads shown x 30 days = 210 sponsored ads shown
-> Cost per ad not shown 1,98 CENTS
350 page views - 60 sponsored ads shown x 30 days = 1.800 sponsored ads shown
-> Cost per ad not shown 0,23 CENTS
As the paid ads have been active from April-July 2009 EntreCard charged
- 0.60 $ for 1.000x shown ads if you advertised in all categories and
- 1.20 $ for 1.000 shown ads in a specific category.
From this point of view a more acceptable price would be between 1 and 2 $/month or give us additional benefits for a price of more than 4$/month, especially for members with less visitors!
Look, what do you get for a referral?
300 ECs, if you would buy this, you would pay 1,80 $.
Why not top up the monthly fee with EC-based benefits for the paying members?
- with 500 ECs,
- with a 25% discount on ads you buy from other members
- featuring them in rotation on the front page/campaign page in the sidebar
I guess such a combination would attract much more members and even members with less visitors to buy this package and let them really feel as PREMIUM members for these premiums!
Another reason for NOT PAYING THIS FEE is that the new owner himself announced in the forum that at the moment NO SPONSORS ARE IN QUEUE.
At first they want to "try this service with internal promotions of the EntreCard market and perhaps the forum", it could take "weeks or months until outside sponsored ads will find their way into EntreCard-Widgets". It's more about the ability to use the 15% "free air time" of our widget - not necessary that they will fully utilize it in the next weeks!