Friday, September 19, 2008

Updated Quality Standards for EntreCard

It's about time that EntreCard lay down its clearcut rules for Entrecarders. If you haven't been reading the official EntreCard blog, it's high time you should especially so if you have an EC account.
For the benefit of everyone, here's the rules in toto which was written on September 16 by Graham Langdon, the EntreCard owner:
  1. No nudity: Entrecard, and its members blogs, are generally family friendly. Blogs with images containing nudity are not permitted. This includes nudity in advertisements.
  2. English only: Until we develop the infrastructure necessary to facilitate non-English language blogs, English is the only language allowed in Entrecard.
  3. Minimum 5 posts: Blogs with no posts, or less than 5 posts, will be removed.
  4. Content must be original: Unoriginal content provides no value to the reader. A site that consists only of posts from “free article” sites, copies of articles from news sites, stolen or scraped content is not allowed.
  5. No full-screen ads: Blogs that include a “Skip This Ad” popup or other full-screen ads will be removed.
  6. No illegal file downloads: Blogs that link to illegally shared files, such as music, movies or software, will be removed. By “illegal” we mean content that you do not have the right to distribute. Linking to free, legal music and software is permitted.
  7. Entrecard widget must be present: Including the widget on your site is a requirement if you wish to participate in Entrecard.
  8. No redirects: Sites that use a URL that goes to another location (such as tinyurl links) will be deleted.
  9. No duplicate accounts: If you have more than one account for the same blog, the duplicate account will be deleted.
  10. URLs must be valid: Sites with URLs that do not work or are wrongly typed will be deleted.
  11. No autoplaying audio: This includes music that plays automatically when you visit the page, or short audio ads that come up unannounced.
  12. Content must be recent: Sites that have not been updated in six months will be removed.


Sites that violate the above guidelines are fairly easy to spot. There are some additional requirements, many of which are subjective.

A1. Sites that are not blogs, e.g. indexes, directories, forums, or stores.

Note: In some cases a site may be allowed if it is not a blog. The site must have a blog attached to it that meets the rest of our Blog Quality Standards, and the Entrecard account must link to the blog rather than the site itself.

A2. Sites that only consist of paid posts, product review, affiliate links, or general spam.

Basically, sites that only exist to make money without providing any useful content.

Note: This does not mean that Make Money Online blogs are not allowed. It just means that the blog must have some valuable content and not be entirely made up of paid posts.

I find the rules enumerated above a relief especially Rules No. 7 and 11. Those who were incessantly complaining and whining about blogs that have autoplay audios (me included), EntreCard heard our loud screaming voices for "STOP THAT MUSIC PLEASE!!!". Those blogs whose EC widgets couldn't be found, well, you will be penalized for not valuing our time.

Bye bye EntreCard!

I am just a little apprehensive though if my blogs, which are into paid reviews, won't pass EntreCard's standard for blog content and quality (A2). I am hoping they could appreciate the effort I put in in coming up with my own posts, though personal in nature. And I have been a certified serious EC dropper, not to mention notorious, since my membership even going to the extent of promoting the EntereCard system.

These rules should serve as a warning to us all. EntreCard is a very good source of traffic (quantity) and we should all use it to our own advantage without sacrificing our blog's quality.

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