Skip to comments.Anti-Newt Backlash? Drudge Drops Two Million Hits in One Day
Posted on 01/27/2012 7:37:02 AM PST by kristinn
The Drudge Report saw a drop in traffic yesterday of two million hits in the wake of proprietor Matt Drudge's two-day attack on Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Drudge started his attack on Gingrich Wednesday evening with a banner headline accusing Gingrich of insulting former President Ronald Reagan. Drudge carried on the attack all through Thursday, at one time having fourteen anti-Newt headlines at once.
The assault on Gingrich prompted many supporters to announce they were swearing off the Drudge Report with some saying they would stop using it as their home page.
According to statistics posted by the Drudge Report, the site's hits on Wednesday, January 26, were 33, 807, 227.
Yesterday the hits, as published today on the Drudge Report, were down a full two million to 31, 802, 534.
Yes! I know at least 10 of them were mine :) I hope this continues to backfire in the Drudgie’s face. Thanks for posting this....this is amazing.
He’s free to attack anyone he wishes on his own site. Visitors are free to go elsewhere. Ain’t America grand.
I am one of them. I will not go to his site anymore. I sent them a really nice message in the box at the lower right of his site as well.
I guess Matt Drudge the moron would rather have Romney the Rino of Zero instead.
About 25 of them were mine. I am breaking the habit for good!
Good. Hope it drops more and he loses tons of money.
Better send this breaking news to Drudge!!!!!!!
Say, you know there could be a real strategy here...
Suppose 1 million people set the Drudgereport as their homepage, and that each hits it on average of once a day. That’s a million hits.
Then suppose he does something like this attack on Gingrich, and all those million people change their homepage, thus dropping the hitcount by a million. That would hit him right in the wallet, the only place it will do any good. Over time you could shape and in essence control the content.
All it would take is 1 million cooperative souls and some way to coordinate their actions...hmmm....
That kinda interesting, since from my perpective, the attacks on Newt had me over at Drudge far more than usual.
I stopped going to Drudge yesterday. If I wanted to get my news from the liberal media I would go to the DU, cBS, msDNC or other pro Romney / pro Obama websites.
I get my news FreeRepublic and from a list of hundreds of Conservative blogs/sites at http://www.cafenetamerica.com
Also from twitter feeds
Actually a few days ago I was thinking that it’s possible that many who use to go to Drudge will eventually get their conservative news from Twitter. I have noticed many good articles posted on Twitter lately.
What a freakin’ shame. ;^)
Yep. I don’t go there for crap I could get on a liberal website. Ever since he went on a disinformation tirade against Newt, I decided to seek out more credible sources for my news.
If drudge was fair about what was going on, that would be one thing. All those hit pieces in one day was clearly coordinated.
There’s plenty of other places for news headlines. I’m not visiting drudge again any time soon.
Drudge used to be my homepage but I will never visit his site again. The way he smeared Newt yesterday as anti-Reagan was repulsive. It really doesn’t get any lower than that especially coming from the Romney campaign!
Am wondering why pro-Newt ad is not there. that said; hope Newt capitalizes on Mitt’s canned-for-moderates - and ignorant- Dems, NASA response.
He only dropped 2 million because the media attention of his attacks drew new hits. Wait till the attention of the story dies. Really bad calculation, Matt. Look out below...and say hi to Ann while you’re down there.
This is actually scary since we have no idea what forces were at work to make him do this.
Guaranteeed, there was direct outside influence.
What was it?
Me too. Habit broken, page marker deleted.
Drudge be a poofta.
Good news. I went to his site yesterday just to see the list of anti-Newt items, but I haven’t been to his site in years.
If that trend keeps going, Drudge will probably FUDGE the numbers to keep his advertising rates up.
His advertisers cannot expect him to provide the truth anymore than conservatives can.
I think we know where mademoiselle Drudge supports. She made herself perfectly clear. I’ll stick with FR when I want to check news articles.
I haven’t been to Drudge’s page for probably 4-5 years. Every time I’d go I would:
A) Get a ton of spyware popups, and
B) See nothing but stories which FR had already been covering in great detail.
His RINO activities are even more reason not to ever visit his cr@ppy, stale site. Glad to see it hurt his precious hit count; I hope the trend continues.
God bless FR and Jim Robinson for his strong pro-conservative views.
When Drudge starts exposing BO’s past, he may get some of us back. What is a good alternative to Drudge? Anybody know?
Drudge ain’t my homey page no mo...
THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!!!
Damn. I made one mistake this morning out of habit and clicked my bookmark for Drudge. I immediately realized what I did, and deleted the bookmark. Problem solved.
Not defending Drudge here, per se, but... if he were presenting some facts about what Newt actually said about Ronaldus Magnus, back in the day... How is that an issue? Facts is facts. (if true, that is...)
I was shocked by those headlines, myself...
I stopped going to Drudge last week.
I sent Matt lots of "Tips" yesterday and a few "Tips" today.
“Guaranteeed, there was direct outside influence.”
If Drudge’s ideology is pro-Romney, then there didn’t need to have been outside influence. It’s possible that he posts what he believes.
please someone give me the name of a site that does something similar to Drudge because I am tired of Drudge and his bias.
On 1/23/12 Drudge had 24,416,083 hits, so you could say Drudge is up more than 6,000,000 since his attacks on Gingrich. Or, if you want to go Thursday to Thursday, Drudge had 31,002,492 hits on 1/18/12, more than 1,000,000 less than 1/26/12.
He’s getting a lot of hits from romobots voting over and over on his phony poll. What kind of poll is it when you can refresh and vote again and again?
Drudge is no longer my “home page” on my browser! I changed to free republic for ever.
He has not shown his face for years.... Why!
Shep Smith on Fox looks really bad. Sorry boyfriend done him in I quess!
Remember, every hit on Fudge’s site makes him money, that’s why he has his site set up with an auto refresh (every 5 minutes, or so) that increments his hit counter, and delivers a fresh ad to your screen. If you stay there a while, the hits keep adding up and Fudge’s income keeps adding up.
Fudge is the best reason in the world to install ad blocking software on your computer.
Drudge Report has been removed from my bookmarks. Consequences, doncha know.
Considering that yesterday Drudge’s attack on Newt was all the buzz on talk radio, the Internet and the MSM, as well as it being a big debate day, dropping two million hits is significant. The trend should have been the other way.
Spread this news to your friends via email and other media.
Let Drudge know he is going to pay a price for straying from the conservative reservation.
I’m done with him.for good.
OFFICIALLY BOYCOTTING DRUDGE
Getting my news round up from FreeRepublic, Hotairpundit, Gatewaypundit, Hotair,Reddogreport,legal insurrection,Verumserum,redstate,etc, from now on.