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100 Of The Most Popular Political Websites On The Net
Right Wing News ^ | Sept. 07 | by John Hawkins

Posted on 09/28/2007 8:53:03 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

Over the last few months here at RWN, my favorite blogs have been ranked, I've had other people rank their favorite blogs, and I've regularly listed the web pages that send me the most traffic. Today, I thought it might be interesting to see which political websites actually receive the most traffic. So I picked a number of popular political websites from both sides of the ideological spectrum, sprinkled in a generous helping of popular blogs, and then I went to Alexa.com and ranked the 50 political websites that I came up with. Do keep in mind that...

1) Every popular political website isn't included. If anyone was left out, my apologies, it wasn't intended. But, I had to cut the list off at some point or we would have ended up with a ridiculously large list.

2) Alexa can't properly read all the Blog*spot pages so they all receive the same rank. Because of that, none of them were included.

3) Last but not least, Alexa sometimes cannot distinguish between the main page and secondary page of a website. For example, Alexa gives Eric Alterman's blog the same ranking as MSNBC which meant I had to leave out a few blogs of interest that were hosted on much larger pages.

All 50 websites are listed with their Alexa rank following their link. So for example, a "1" would mean the page was the most popular website on the net. A "100,000" would mean the 100,000th most popular page on the net. With that being said, let's go ahead and take a look at the rankings.

***Update***: Due to popular demand, I've decided add another 50 political websites to the list. This should give a much more complete picture of the most popular political websites out there.

1) The Drudge Report: 338

2) Salon: 754

3) Time: 802

4) World Net Daily: 973

5) Newsmax: 1358

6) Free Republic: 1,830

7) The Rush Limbaugh Show: 2646

8) National Review: 2,989

9) Indy Media: 3,166

10) U.S. News & World Report: 3,202

11) The Christian Science Monitor: 3,212

12) The Village Voice: 3,575

13) Town Hall: 4,050

14) Opinion Journal: 4,046

15) Antiwar.com: 5,695

16) Jewish World Review: 5,705

17) Lucianne: 6,112

18) Front Page Magazine: 7,286

19) What Really Happened: 7,562

20) Common Dreams: 8,102

21) Etherzone: 8,965

22) The Democratic Underground: 10,107

23) Vdare: 10,444

24) Alternet: 10,841

25) Counterpunch: 11,021

26) The Nation: 11,082

27) Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish: 12,890

28) Neal Boortz: 13,235

29) The Weekly Standard: 13,491

30) Zmag: 14,207

31) Cybercast News Service: 14,307

32) Reason: 14,448

33) The Cato Journal: 14,954

34) Buzzflash: 15,616

35) World Socialist Website: 15,755

36) Roll Call: 16,226

37) New Yorker: 17,673

38) Mother Jones: 18,206

39) Instapundit: 19,478

40) Ann Coulter 20,573

41) Michael Moore 21,555

42) The Heritage Foundation: 21,675

43) Real Clear Politics: 21,977

44) James Lileks': 23,560

45) American Conservative: 24,040

46) The New Republic: 27,284

47) The American Prospect: 29,284

48) Newsfilter: 30,838

49) Little Green Footballs: 31,529

50) Talking Points Memo: 32,521

51) Tom Paine: 33,230

52) Media Research Center: 34,804

53) Middle East Media Research Institute: 35,389

54) The Obscure Reading Room: 36,457

55) Insight Magazine: 39,837

56) Bartcop: 40,939

57) Too Good Reports: 41,599

58) Infoshop -- Your Online Anarchist Community: 41,766

59) The Smirking Chimp: 46,858

60) This Modern World: 47,623

61) The Progressive: 51,320

62) Right Wing News: 51,578

63) International Answer: 55,118

64) Democrats.com: 55,556

65) The Hill: 60,924

66) Tech Central Station: 64,290

67) Media Whores Online: 69,567

68) Ifeminists: 72,431

69) The Washington Monthly: 72,460

70) Daily Kos: 77,766

71) Brutal News: 78,532

72) A Small Victory: 80,905

73) The Daily Howler: 80,995

74) The USS Clueless: 83,902

75) The Nando Times: 85,863

76) Capital Hill Blue: 86,296

77) Political Wire: 87,152

78) Ken Layne: 95,384

79) The American Spectator: 95,658

80) Enter Stage Right: 97,367

81) ZCPortal: 97,377

82) Newsweek: 97,576

83) Matt Welch: 101,880

84) Human Events Online: 105,599

85) Overlawyered: 108,929

86) Rachel Lucas: 120,664

87) Asparagirl Lives Here: 121,471

88) Oliver Willis: 122,888

89) Bush Country: 125,691

90) Samizdata: 127,405

91) Virginia Postrel's 'The Dynamist': 129,261

92) The Eagle Forum: 130,092

93) Amish Tech Support: 133,591

94) Anil Dash:143,659

95) Daily Pundit: 147,682

96) Talk Left: 156,622

97) Vodka Pundit: 158,066

98) Asymmetrcial Information: 185,358

99) Blacksheep News: 293,423

100) Mike Malloy: 408,568


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Fr 6, DU 22 - 'nuff said. Interesting, moveon.org not on the list, yet they get so much support from their dinosaur friends.
1 posted on 09/28/2007 8:53:04 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

BUMP!


2 posted on 09/28/2007 8:56:43 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Odd numerical placement.


3 posted on 09/28/2007 8:56:55 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Rennes Templar

Informative post!


4 posted on 09/28/2007 8:57:18 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Rennes Templar

bookmark


5 posted on 09/28/2007 8:57:30 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (~*~ All we have to do is save the Cheerleader?!?!? ~*~I don't even like the cheerleader!!!!! ~*~)
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To: Jim Robinson

As if we didn’t know this already.


6 posted on 09/28/2007 8:58:32 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and get the U.N. out of the U.S.)
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To: Rennes Templar

There’s no way DU ranks above the KOmmies at Kos.

And Time and Newsweek that far apart??

This list is suspect.


7 posted on 09/28/2007 9:02:29 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Salon???


8 posted on 09/28/2007 9:02:51 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Incorrigible

You can check the results yourself at Alexa.


9 posted on 09/28/2007 9:04:25 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I’ve heard Alexa is not that acurate. That it depends on a toolbar or some other method on people’s desktop. Given the rankings, I’m still think the list is mistaken.


10 posted on 09/28/2007 9:08:02 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Alexa is generally not recognized for being particularly accurate in its estimates. It only recognizes IE users with a certain toolbar that many consider to be spyware.


11 posted on 09/28/2007 9:11:26 PM PDT by jmyrlefuller
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To: Rennes Templar

I wonder what the changes are from the last Alexis report. That’s where you start to see movers & shakers.


12 posted on 09/28/2007 9:16:19 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq — via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: All

FR behind WND and NewsMunch. Sad.


13 posted on 09/28/2007 9:18:57 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Kevmo

There’s an interesting trend (from Alexa) on most major political sites downward (for overall rank and viewing) for the last two years, after steady or upward movement for the 4 years before that. Can’t explain it. Includes FR.


14 posted on 09/28/2007 9:47:37 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Rennes Templar

I don’t know. I have a hard time believing that more people read the Democratic Underground and the New Yorker than Ann Coulter.


15 posted on 09/28/2007 9:56:07 PM PDT by Señor Zorro ("The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"--Qui-Gon Jinn)
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To: Rennes Templar

Maybe the political sites hit saturation point. And since that time, there’s been even more of them, so the soup is getting diluted.

The trick is to follow Google’s model: Stay simple, fast, focused, be the place to go. For FR, that means keeping it as Civil as possible. People get turned off by vicious political flamewars.


16 posted on 09/28/2007 9:57:56 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq — via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: jmyrlefuller

Well, that leaves me out. I won’t use a virus vector like IE.


17 posted on 09/28/2007 9:59:50 PM PDT by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: Rennes Templar

This list is really old — a lot of these sites don’t even exist anymore like Newsfilter, A Small Vistory, or Asparagirl. I would say it dates from 4 or 5 years ago. KOS is way too low and doesn’t match current Alexa ratings. There is no Huffington Post. Etc.


18 posted on 09/28/2007 10:04:05 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Incorrigible

US News and World Report is remarkably high. Hmmmm.


19 posted on 09/28/2007 10:06:20 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: Mr. Blonde
You can check the results yourself at Alexa.

I did. It doesn't match current results. It looks like this list is about 4 or 5 years old.

20 posted on 09/28/2007 10:06:22 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Incorrigible
This list is suspect.

It's old. Very old.

21 posted on 09/28/2007 10:06:51 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Post the current ratings.


22 posted on 09/28/2007 10:09:46 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Rennes Templar

Media Whores Online is ahead of Daily Kos by a few point. I wonder how you tell the difference?


23 posted on 09/28/2007 10:15:28 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Jet Jaguar

Post the current ratings.

OK, here you are. KOS is around 4,200 and DU comes in at about 14,500.

24 posted on 09/28/2007 10:18:09 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

So KOS beats the Dummies.

How do we fare?


25 posted on 09/28/2007 10:22:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

How do we fare?

9,500 currently.

26 posted on 09/28/2007 10:31:53 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

Kos is beating us in visitors.


27 posted on 09/28/2007 10:37:23 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Rennes Templar

bttt


28 posted on 09/29/2007 2:01:32 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( America: “...the most benign hegemon in history.” —Mark Steyn)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT; Founding Father; milford421; FARS

Ping.


29 posted on 09/29/2007 4:55:56 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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To: kinoxi
I’m not really big on statistics but I am a bit confused too.How come the lower the ranking, the more viewers?
30 posted on 09/29/2007 5:12:27 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Incorrigible; Rennes Templar; Jim Robinson
I’ve heard Alexa is not that acurate.

Where did you hear that? Jim uses Alexia:

Who reads FR? Over 200,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic since inception in 1996 and our forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and all around the world. Oh, we're big stuff all right: See Traffic Rank on Alexa.com. Traffic Rank on Alexa.com

I trust that if Jim uses it, it is decent.

31 posted on 09/29/2007 7:08:44 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: do the dhue

It isn’t accurate, If you don’t have the alexa toolbar installed you don’t count in it’s statistics.

How many people on this thread have it installed? I know I don’t.


32 posted on 09/29/2007 7:19:07 AM PDT by rattrap
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To: rattrap; do the dhue

Ignore Alexa ratings.

Alexa had big ambitions early in the “Web 1.0” days to be “Nielsen” of the Internet, but it became - and still is - considered to be a spyware (”trackware”), and is routinely removed from machines by various anti-spyware and anti-virus programs. Alexa disagrees, but their distinction supposedly is that spyware is installed on your machine without your knowledge and for nefarious purposes, whereas they let you know if you choose to install it, toolbar is displayed and can be turned off by user at any time or simply uninstalled. Also, Alexa toolbar is only used with IE browser, not Firefox, Mozilla, Opera or any other (though that is still a relatively small percentage, it’s quite possible that some sites could have a large proportion of their traffic from people using alternative browsers and thus would not be measured.)

Nielsen Media Research (subsidiary of Nielsen, former VNU) is now working to avoid these pitfalls, to that end this year it acquired full ownership of its subsidiaries NetRatings and BuzzMetrics, and is trying to install metering at points of entry for accuracy, but does not entirely rely on this method for sites who don’t use their metering.


33 posted on 09/29/2007 9:28:37 AM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: FreedomCalls; All

The list was sent by a friend, I thought it was current.
I did some research, here is the updated list:

http://www.rightwingnews.com/special/pop125x3.php


34 posted on 09/29/2007 12:20:41 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: rattrap

Got me?


35 posted on 09/29/2007 1:08:53 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: CutePuppy

Thanks for the education CP. I do appreciate it.


36 posted on 09/29/2007 1:10:12 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Rennes Templar
1) Every popular political website isn't included. If anyone was left out, my apologies, it wasn't intended. But, I had to cut the list off at some point or we would have ended up with a ridiculously large list.

It seems like a very different list from the one published 6-8 weeks back. I notice some sites aren't there any more.

It's quite a hodgepodge of blogs, article/comment sites like FR, and even mainstream publications that produce their own articles. I'm not sure what such a list really tells anyone.
37 posted on 09/29/2007 2:33:26 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: George W. Bush

The main thing I get out of it is FR is a lot more popular than many others.


38 posted on 09/29/2007 4:12:18 PM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Rennes Templar
Oh, it's worth posting. Compare some of the listings to those from this thread at the end of July.

Top 100 Conservative Political Websites of 2007
39 posted on 09/29/2007 4:38:12 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Apres moi, le deluge.)
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To: Rennes Templar

figured Kos would be a lot higher.


40 posted on 09/29/2007 9:04:30 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Rennes Templar
I don't know what this guy is trying to do but his numbers are all out of whack.

41 posted on 10/03/2007 4:27:51 PM PDT by Bob J (sis)
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To: Rennes Templar

Alexa is only useful for two things...comparing stats between sites believing the significant error rate will be the same for both, and, wiping your a$$.


42 posted on 10/03/2007 4:29:08 PM PDT by Bob J (sis)
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To: Bob J

43 posted on 10/03/2007 4:30:04 PM PDT by Bob J (sis)
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To: All

As you can see here, Kos is about 50% higher than FR but FR, NM, WND and TH are all pretty close.

The only significant thing you can say about this is that Salem got screwed when they bought Townhall.


44 posted on 10/03/2007 4:31:40 PM PDT by Bob J (sis)
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To: Rennes Templar

ok


45 posted on 10/03/2007 4:35:32 PM PDT by varina davis
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To: Jet Jaguar

Kos is beating us in visitors.


Yeah, kinda like people driving by an accident, slowing down to gawk at the blood.


46 posted on 10/03/2007 4:37:01 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (((Wi arr mi kidz faling skool ?)))
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To: Rennes Templar

bump


47 posted on 10/03/2007 4:45:40 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Kevmo

“The trick is to follow Google’s model: Stay simple, fast, focused, be the place to go.”

Bump!


48 posted on 10/03/2007 4:49:06 PM PDT by jedward (I'm not sure you meant, what I understand...or maybe you did.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I don’t think so. Apparently, in Alexa small numbers are good, like the Richter Scale. Therefore FR has more people viewing it than KOS.
49 posted on 10/03/2007 4:55:32 PM PDT by NathanR ( Duncan Hunter for SecDef)
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To: UCANSEE2

:0)


50 posted on 10/03/2007 5:05:50 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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