"If it bleeds, it leads" is a journalistic truism, but in the age of new media, the traffic-driving link is the gold standard. With aggregators and bloggers cherry-picking lively content, "since the hits are often coming for specific stories, and not the entire site, a blockbuster story that gets linked to, say, Drudge, is money in the bank," Michael Scherer writes for Time—the Swampland blog, of course.
“If you say something provocatively, you will succeed online,” Scherer says. "If you play it safe, you will not.” A recent Politico article with a flashy slant on Hillary Clinton (she’s toast!) garnered widespread attention—and "money in the bank for Politico." And Scherer’s curmudgeonly argument landed him in a funny position: He's nearly apologetic in revealing that Drudge linked to his post.