There appears no end to the appetite for gimmicks to attract visitors to weblogs. So, on a semi-daily basis, usually around the evening rush hour, I will have a post for bloggers to link to as a means of generating traffic for their site. After all, Beltway traffic is nationally famous, so why not cash in?

How does it work? Simply

  • pick your best post of the day from your blog
  • link to the designated Beltway Traffic post, and
  • send a TrackBack

For those with a Movable Type blog, that should happen automatically. For others, simply use the TrackBack pinger created by Kevin Aylward, the link to which can be found under BLOG RESOURCES on the left sidebar.

Thanks to the inline TrackBack, the name of your blog and a link to your post will appear right on the main page of OTB under the signature block of the TRAFFIC JAM post.

Free traffic:

  • Marstonalia is one year old. Congrats!
  • Meryl Yourish’s mind isn’t quite working today.
  • Frank J tells you all you need to know about protestors–some of it even true.
  • Sean Hackbarth thinks I’m an Influential after all, since over a dozen people log in daily.
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. McGehee says:

    (Comment to make the individual post page rebuild, so all the trackbacks will show. Don’t mind me.)

  2. Romulus says:

    Great idea James.

  3. Jack says:


  4. Sandra says:

    Yeah, me too.

  5. hln says:

    I guess sending you pictures for links is getting trite. But I’ll do it one last time anyway. There’s one of me with Virginia Postrel from Thursday. (We went to see her speak, and she was kind enough to let Brian photograph her).