R.S. McCain, of the blog The Other McCain, does a great service to neophyte bloggers like myself in his post titled How To Get A Million Hits On Your Blog In Less Than A Year. A taste of the post:
Having promised an appropriate celebration of passing the 1-million-visitors Site Meter threshold Friday, I will do so by sharing the secret of my success. It’s the Underpants Gnome Theory of Blogging:
- Phase 1: Get a Blogspot account.
- Phase 2: ?
- Phase 3: One million visitors!
Obviously, the key here is Phase 2, which has been exceptionally disorganized. Some guys work smart. Some guys work hard. Some guys are just incredibly lucky.
In the “How To Get A Million Hits” post, McCain sets forth a list of blogging principles, presented as rules, that all but guarantee blogging success. My site traffic is an indication that I’m not much of a rule follower (and at least one of the rules… would have me in the dog house).
Rule two in R.S. McCain’s blogging playbook, however, is one that I’ve always tried to adhere to and which today I will redouble my efforts in practicing. That is: the art of reciprocal linkage.
You see, yesterday I passed my single day site view record set back in September, 2010. This is due, in part, to graciously hosted links to my blog from McCain as well as from Professor Bill Jacobson at Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion.
Professor Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Law at Cornell Law School and a pillar of the conservative blogosphere. It was in Jacobson’s post, Obamacare Starts Early in Madison, that I first saw the word “fraud” used in conjunction with doctor’s notes given out to protesters in Madison. He’s also caused me to re-think my position on medical tort reform. I’m not sure that I’ve forgiven him for that, but I have to admit that he’s right.
Of course, there are bloggers who are more faithful adherents to rule 2 than I and it is a pleasure to recommend, to all fourteen of my readers, King Shamus, who is not only a generous link-er but a scrupulous re-tweeter, Nonsensible Shoes and No One of Any Import. Salt of the earth, all three are, even if one is Canukistani.
A heartfelt thanks to all of these guys for making blogging fun, thereby easing the burden of political rants borne by my Facebook friends.