I love it when this happens.
Way back in the distant days of 2002 I started a small, unread blog that ran for a few years, and every once in a blue moon a post of mine would be picked up by one of the big boys. One of my happiest weeks was when Instapundit sent 80,000 pairs of eyes my way. Of course the blog wasn't monetised in any way so the extra views earned nothing but pride, but were the same thing to happen here I could be looking at $150 or so extra in my pocket.
Influential bloggers are valuable opinion makers, and it's well worth the effort to curry their favour for the occasional link (if only because good blogs are respected by Google). I've never considered it before, but it might be worth building a few relationships with whoever are the movers and shakers these days :)