OK, I think I’ve figured out a foolproof blog traffic scheme. It’s really simple:

  1. Decide that a bunch of really successful bloggers are part of an insular, arrogant, and exclusive club
  2. Invent a term for the club (A-lister will do)
  3. Complain that the club of A-listers is not linking to you
  4. Assert that it’s all a conspiracy
  5. Link to the A-listers so that they’ll notice your puny existence
  6. Bask in the attention as all the A-listers link to you out of a guilty conscience and a need to show they’re still just one of the guys

Foolproof, isn’t it?

(Yes, this post is inspired by the tempest-in-a-teacup started by Seth Finkelstein. No, I’m not saying that this is what he did. If you want the article I did write in response to that issue, here it is: A-lister conspiracy theories and dreams of easy success.)