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EntreCard vs Spottt – Find out why Spottt Lost

22 Feb 2008 | The Blogsphere |  37 comments
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EntreCard
Overview
EntreCard vs Spottt. Find out who wins. Wait, I think you already knew that. Find out why Spottt lost instead. Yeah, Spottt is plain terrible while EntreCard is just that good.

Initial Reactions of EntreCard and Spottt
I believe that in order for me to give a good comparison, I ought to give Spottt a try first. To slash a tediously long story short:

EntreCard:
Genuine traffic were driven to my site EntreCard several seconds after I installed the EntreCard Widget onto my site, I was totally impressed.

Spottt:
No traffic driven to my site on the first day. Just “Impressions” which means that my 125×125 Square Banner is shown on other Spottt-happy sites. No click means no traffic driven to my site. Not impressed at all. Utterly disappointed instead.

Spottt FAILS at driving traffic effectively
Perhaps folks are just too scared to click on my 125×125 banner after they saw my grimacing purple face and red hair. Am I really that freakish? A picture is worth a thousand words so check out the following screenie:
Spottt
My conclusion – Spottt totally fails at driving traffic to one’s site effectively. Plus, I am not sure if I even trust the statistics provided in the above chart as I can’t seem to find any concrete proof to back up the statistical data provided by Spottt’s Stats-O-Rama thingie.

Comparison Chart of EntreCard vs Spottt by Graham
Check out what Graham wrote over here:
http://entrecard.com/blog/?p=147

The following is a chart that Graham made up, see the differences for yourselves:
EntreCard
EntreCard just owns Spottt, just that simple. Period.

EntreCard rocks because Graham reciprocates
Forgot to mention this earlier, putting this in now.
EntreCard
Now try and beat that, Spottty!
Actually, Phirate also reciprocated my drop, but I forgot to capture a screenie.

EntreCard rocks because I know John Chow visited my site
To be honest, I was totally surprised when I saw his face showing up in my inbox.
EntreCard
And the one in my EntreCard Inbox:
EntreCard
He probably just stayed long enough for the EntreCard widget to finish loading so he could drop a card and get on with the next one, but a drop means an actual visit nonetheless.

Deimos’s Daily Reads
The following are snippets of various articles from fellow EntreCarders that managed to catch my interests. Wanna get featured in this section?
Drop your EntreCard into my EntreCard Inbox.

Blogger and EntreCarder from Norway – Staale the Viking Blogger decided to give Kontera a try and seeing this, I would exercise my fingers with Jedi reflexes to maneuver my mouse away from the Kontera pop ups should I happen to visit Staale’s site.

A homemaker with four kids – Bubbles shared with us some useful tips on getting our Mini-Me(s) well fed and healthy which I found to be quite worth a read for parents with young kids. I have yet to have any kids since I am not married yet.

Working at home apparently drove this mum mad and she believes that aesthetically ugly blogs or web sites are the ones that is making big amounts of moolah.

Ranks – Alexa Traffic Rank, Technorati’s Authority and Rank, Google Page Rank etc. Do they concern you? Bruce Hopkins believes that Bloggers ought to work hard to improve these various ranks in order to help a blog better stand out in the sea of blogs.

An old news, but I did not realize that there was a way to game EntreCard’s Ad Queuing system as highlighted by Jake Rinards two (2) weeks ago.

Deimos’s Thoughts
Spottt is a waste of my site’s precious ad space so I de-widgetized the Spottt Widget from my site. Begone! Spottt! Bad Spottt! Don’t come back ever! RAWR! RWAR!

Deimos Asks
To whom may this concern:
1. Are you a Blogger? [DTA: Erm… I think so]
2. Are you an EntreCarder? [DTA: Yeah! Babe! Yeah!]
3. Are you a Spottty? [DTA: Duh… was one for like a week]
4. Is EntreCard effectively driving traffic to your site? [DTA: TOTALLY!]
5. Is Spottt driving ANY traffic to your site? [DTA: A bit. Not worth it]
Thank you for your time! [DTA: You’re welcome! Eh… I replied myself! What the poke?]


37 Comments

  1. 22nd February 2008 
    12:34 pm         

    lankapo
    said the following:

    hi there ah kong,
    Yup I totally agree with you, Spottt with 3 T, is never going to be like Entrecard. 😕

    I just adore the cute Puppy hehe

    thanks for advertise on my site

  2. 22nd February 2008 
    12:47 pm         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    @lankapo:
    Hello there fellow Malaysian! 😳
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the puppy is cute. 😛
    Thanks for letting me advertise on your site. 😉

  3. 22nd February 2008 
    3:08 pm         

    Xacur
    said the following:

    I wanted to try spottt so I used in my spanish blog, after one day it was kicked out for being in spanish but I earn amore than 4000 credits then I changed the url and placed the widget in android’s dungeon to use those credits….

    Now I have more than 5000 credits unused… I don’t understand well how does spottt works but it have only driven 10 clicks to my site, and I have produced 24… very few I think, anyway, I don’t thikn it’s worth a 125×125 space, not even in my small blog.

  4. 22nd February 2008 
    3:34 pm         

    BaseGuradian
    said the following:

    What the poke!!?? You dropped it already ah ? I’m still trying it, don’t know how will it benefit me yet. Maybe I’ll dropped it too 😛 For 3 days using it, I got 443 impressions and no!!(yilek!!) clicks

  5. 22nd February 2008 
    5:07 pm         

    Judi
    said the following:

    I tried it for a few days.. didn’t care for it either. It also made my page stick on loading a couple times while I was loading it… didn’t want happening either.

  6. 22nd February 2008 
    7:17 pm         

    madWAHM
    said the following:

    Thank you for reviewing and comparing Entrecard vs Spottt. This is going to save me from wasting my time on spottt. Now, I’d love it if you’d do another for that new adsflip site 😉 .

    And, thanx for the mention of my new blog site!

  7. 22nd February 2008 
    7:24 pm         

    soundtrackgeek
    said the following:

    I’ve also tested Spott for about a week now, and my experience is even worse than yours. It seems to be the same with adsflips (or whatever it is called), The CTR is just awful.

  8. 22nd February 2008 
    8:53 pm         

    Entrepreneur
    said the following:

    They also never reply to any questions / concerns raised. Just one big bad corporation with no soul but I’m keeping the ad for now.

    About the thousands of credits not being spent, supposedly there was a problem and so you earned lots of credits for showing the SPOTTT ad while they were fixing things and now the credits can be spent again.

    Btw, Deimos, I did see your ad but didn’t click on it. I am still experimenting but probably will drop it.

  9. 22nd February 2008 
    10:14 pm         

    Stine
    said the following:

    Thanks – saves me from trying… Entrecard is a winner in my book too!

  10. 22nd February 2008 
    11:47 pm         

    Yoshi
    said the following:

    Tried spottt and the traffic directed to my site was puny compared to entrecard. Entrecard all the way man!

  11. 23rd February 2008 
    4:22 am         

    Article Specialist
    said the following:

    I tried Spottt for several days. But removed the widget from my site after it showed a flashing ad. It’s ok if they allow me to place it on the lower part of my site.

  12. 23rd February 2008 
    6:08 am         

    StanHayes
    said the following:

    It’s settled, I’m not even going to try Spottt.

  13. 23rd February 2008 
    8:53 am         

    Jennie
    said the following:

    Hi Deimos! You rock and Entrecard does, too. :mrgreen: Thanks for the entre credits.

    I totally agree with you. What are impressions good for anyway when our site needs traffic. I hope spottt gets better though and get around to give us more than what they currently offer. Entrecards is the best, hands down. ğŸ˜Ž

  14. 23rd February 2008 
    11:29 am         

    Ederic
    said the following:

    While spottt.com appears to be registered as early as 2005, its blog said it launched only this year. I checked out archive.org and found out that spottt.com was already offering the same service then. It then became a different site in 2006 and 2007, and it looks like it’s now riding on the popularity of Entrecard.

    It’s from Adbrite, a known brand in Web advertising, but I’m too addicted with Entrecard right now I don’t have the time yet to try Spottt.

  15. 23rd February 2008 
    11:36 am         

    Sanjo-chan
    said the following:

    I dropped Spottt after a couple of days. The Spottt on my blog was clicked on a few times, but mine never showed up on other sites…Also, there were some ads I was uncomfortable with. I wish there was a way to control what ads are shown. Entrecard for the win. :mrgreen:

  16. 23rd February 2008 
    4:57 pm         

    Nhuong Son
    said the following:

    To be honest, you were a little bias 😕 but it was a good review. I love entrecard too so I’m also bias! But the only thing with Spott is that it saids that your card were shown that many time but can you really prove that it was shown that many times?

  17. 23rd February 2008 
    5:36 pm         

    rizal
    said the following:

    well, thanks to you, now i dont think i wanna be spotted on spot. hehe.

    p/s : thanks for advertising on my site. One thing for sure, your “grimacing purple face and red hair” does scream for attention. 🙂 hehe

  18. 23rd February 2008 
    11:08 pm         

    Maria
    said the following:

    Yeah, Spottt seemed a little… disappointing to me and thus, I refused to try it. I’m glad you did though so now you have a comparison at least.
    (By the way, I’m still getting a long load time: 62.720s)

  19. 25th February 2008 
    6:40 am         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    @Xacur:
    Small blog? Your blog has very high Alexa Traffic Ranking w00t! 😈

    =======================================================

    @BaseGuardian:
    Waste of space so I dropped it lor. ❓

    =======================================================

    @Judi:
    Did not realize it causes page to stuck. 😮

    =======================================================

    @madWAHM:
    You’re welcome. 😛
    Adflips basically works the same as Spottt. 👿

    =======================================================

    @soundtrackgeek:
    They just can’t compete with EntreCard. 😥

    =======================================================

    @Entrepreneur:
    True. Graham and Phirate are downright personal, friendly and helpful. 🙂

    =======================================================

    @Stine:
    EntreCard for the win! 🙄
    =======================================================

    @Yoshi:
    EntreCard for life! :mrgreen:

    =======================================================

    @Article Specialist:
    They are being too rigid. Not flexible. ➡

    =======================================================

    @StanHayes:
    Actually, I forgot to mention this post is dedicated to you. 😐

    =======================================================

    @Jennie:
    Thanks yo! EntreCard totally owns yeah! 😀

    =======================================================

    @Ederic:
    I think it tried to ride on the popularity of EntreCard but failed miserably. 😕

    =======================================================

    @Sanjo-chan:
    It has to be EntreCard! 😆

    =======================================================

    @Nhuong Son:
    Of course I am biased. ğŸ˜Ž
    True, there is no way to prove those numbers. 😯
    By the way, how are you doing in China? All is good aye? 💡

    =======================================================

    @rizal:
    Thanks for letting me advertise on your site too! ❗

    =======================================================

    @Maria:
    Thanks for the feedback about my site’s performance yo! 😳

    =======================================================

  20. 25th February 2008 
    8:00 am         

    cyberfizzle
    said the following:

    Thanks for the credits. I’m going to spend it on weed and hookers! 😀

  21. 25th February 2008 
    10:16 am         

    lankapo
    said the following:

    cyberfizzle,
    wah with 8 cr you can get that aa,

    u got to tell me man 🙂

  22. 25th February 2008 
    10:46 am         

    Tom Hanna
    said the following:

    The fact that Darren put an EntreCard widget on ProBlogger certainly helped draw quality blogs, too. Quality people got in to start with and it drew more quality. (John Chow, too, I suppose, though honestly I never read his site before EntreCard.)

  23. 25th February 2008 
    11:11 pm         

    blueyes
    said the following:

    That’s why people should always check things out before going gung ho on it all. You could tell from the get go it was a knock off and you knew it was not going to work just like Entrecard. I haven’t even bothered to look at their homepage but the puppy is cute.

  24. 26th February 2008 
    2:50 am         

    C-Squared
    said the following:

    You know, that little dog looks kind of evil..

  25. 26th February 2008 
    5:09 am         

    pmonchet
    said the following:

    Good day! tag you here:
    http://www.fatherlyours.com/?p=191

  26. 26th February 2008 
    11:15 am         

    BlogMalaysia.com
    said the following:

    Hi AhKong,

    Your blog is very informative.

    Would like to invite you to submit your blog URL to BlogMalaysia.com, a free directory dedicated to Malaysia bloggers. Yes, it is a free directory and we have a forum discussing Malaysia Blog happenings too. Hope to see you there. 🙂

  27. 5th March 2008 
    2:01 pm         

    Alan
    said the following:

    I decided not to even try Spott after reading Phirate’s chart on the Entrecard blog. Not surprised to learn that it didn’t work well, though amazingly I am starting to see lots of sites put the Spott widget above the EC widget. Then too, I still see lots of sites who have Blogrush above EC. I guess these crappy traffic exchanges flourish because so many people continue to use them, even after many in the communities have tried them and pointed out their flaws.

  28. 9th March 2008 
    5:23 pm         

    Ty Hurd
    said the following:

    Deimos, your blog is Great! I’ve seen you around on EC a bit (you really do stand out, I’m sure I don’t have to say why 😉 ), and I thought it must be a gimmick or something. But I just spent some time here, and man, you gotta great blog! Well put together, well written, well done! I’m glad I checked it out… 😉 Keep it up!

  29. 1st July 2008 
    7:17 am         

    bambit
    said the following:

    Hi Deimos, thanks very much for this post. I just removed the spott widget from 2 blogs that I registered on their site, after more than 1000 impressions and no clicks I thought who were they kidding …

  30. 2nd July 2008 
    5:49 pm         

    bambit
    said the following:

    The Spott Team visted my blog and left a number of explanations as to why I wasn’t getting any clicks etc etc. Funny they should single me out instead of reading your in-depth analysis of their widget.

  31. 20th May 2010 
    8:44 am         

    Angelina Ramirez
    said the following:

    I have used Kontera on one of my blogs and i earn good from this ad program.*~;

  32. 25th July 2010 
    9:15 pm         

    Samuel Hernandez
    said the following:

    i would prefer Infolinks over Kontera because they pay much better.~:’

  33. 10th September 2010 
    1:17 pm         

    Hunter Reed
    said the following:

    Kontera pays well even if they do not pay as high as other advertisers~`’

  34. 24th October 2010 
    4:05 pm         

    PH Test :
    said the following:

    i think that Infolinks have beaten Kontera when it comes to higher payout among blog publishers***

  35. 15th December 2010 
    12:28 am         

    Bench Saw
    said the following:

    both Kontera and Infolinks are great programs that can monetize your website, i earn much better on Infolinks ;~.

  36. 24th December 2011 
    9:23 am         

    Coach Factory Outlet
    said the following:

    Nice to such useful and informative article.

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