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Freerepublic.com is Gaining on Their Competition.
Alexa ^ | January 27, 2003 | High Wheeler

Posted on 01/27/2003 7:15:23 PM PST by HighWheeler

Freerepublic.com is Gaining

An analysis was conducted January 27, 2003, of the relative rankings of some of the larger political sites on the World Wide Web of the Internet.

Alexa services was used to obtain the relative rankings of some of the larger political sites.

Review these graphs taken January 27, 2003 from the Alexa services site. The graphs show the relative rankings of freerepublic.com against salon.com, democraticunderground.com, and bartcop.com, and finally versus rushlimbaugh.com.

Freerepublic.com is a conservative website that boasts over 90,000 registered users, and is funded solely by donations from the users and "lurkers" to the website.

Salon.com is a publicly held company that was once listed on the NASDAQ, but has since been de-listed to the OTC pink sheet. Salon is funded by subscriptions to its website, but a brief view of their historical stock price shows it was almost $15 per share in 1999, but has since steadily dropped, and is now trading at just $.05 a share today. Salon.com is also bleeding money profusely, and as the graph below shows it is also losing its ranking on the Internet.

Freerepublic’s ranking January 27, 2003 was 1251, meaning that only 1250 sites on the entire Internet had more hits than freerepublic.com today. However, Freerepublic’s ranking has grown by 363 in a very short time, in only the last 3 months. Salon.com, however, has dropped ranking during the same period, and today their ranking stands at 1619 with a 3 month average ranking of 751. Freerepublic.com has a 3 month average ranking of 1803.

The decline of Salon.com is very evident here, but it only tells part of the story. Salon.com is bleeding cash at a high rate, and Salon is suffering declining revenue.

Freerepublic.com vs. Democratunderground.com - a democrat centered, user supported site that also allows their users to post in a forum type format. A review of DU shows a very open forum, allowing (and perhaps encouraging) incredibly vulgar language. The users of Freerepublic.com are held to strict limits on vulgar language, and freerepublic’s posters generally have a sharp sense of humor and fun.

Freerepublic.com vs. Bartcop.com. Bartcop is another forum type site, that allows a high level of vulgar language and rather coarse discussions. The sharpness, clarity, logic, and humor at freerepublic.com really becomes evident when compared to bartcop or DU.

Freerepublic is not only gaining fast on their competition, they have soared lately compared to Rushlimaugh.com. Rush Limbaugh changed format in December to a mostly subscription site, and the number have hits to that site has dropped.

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Long held assumptions about political Internet sites seem to bolster the recent November, 2002 Republican victories in the House and Senate, and the popularity and high approval ratings of President Bush. It seems that those victories, and the Internet rankings, are showing that there seems to be a definite American shift to the right on the political spectrum. All these liberal interactive and subscription sites have been losing ranking, and losing at a definitive rate. But the simultaneous growth of freerepublic shows that it's not that political websites are losing ranking, but it's definitely the left leaning political sites that are suffering the heaviest losses of interest among web surfers. Perhaps the future may show a shift back to the left, but for now the conservatives are enjoying a powerful resurgence, and it looks to be getting stronger by the day. George Bush looks like he may be enjoying a long, strong ride for the next two years as long as this trend continues.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Extended News; Free Republic; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bogusalexisrant; conservativesite; demsarelosingfast; freepalexatoolbar; freerepublic; frkickinbutt; keeponclickin; nonprofit; nonsensical; salondotbomb; salonhas3months; whatcompetition
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Things to do to help FR get a higher ranking:

1) Make more hits on FR.

2) Respond to a good post.

3) Make FR your home page, so you get a hit when you open your web browser.

4) Send an FR discussions link to a friend who might be interested. Encourage them to sign up to FR.

1 posted on 01/27/2003 7:15:23 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: rintense; dware; Victoria Delsoul; Billie; MeeknMing
ping for interesting info
2 posted on 01/27/2003 7:17:40 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
We rule.
3 posted on 01/27/2003 7:18:39 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: HighWheeler
Where can I get a bumper sticker?!! I would slap on that baby on my car bumper in a heartbeat!!
4 posted on 01/27/2003 7:19:24 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: HighWheeler
Do the stats in the article reflect hits only on FR's main page? I very rarely go through the main page; my FR link is to the 'Latest Posts' page.
5 posted on 01/27/2003 7:20:46 PM PST by Bob
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To: HighWheeler
incredibly vulgar language

This seems to be the standard way liberals communicate with one another -- at least when on line.

6 posted on 01/27/2003 7:21:53 PM PST by SerfsUp
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To: HighWheeler
What are the ranking charts actually measuring? There isn't an Eschelon system tabulating all web site accesses, is there?
7 posted on 01/27/2003 7:22:52 PM PST by supercat (TAG--you're it!)
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To: HighWheeler
Bartcop is a steaming turd...
8 posted on 01/27/2003 7:23:26 PM PST by clintonh8r (It's better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: Bob
They use every hit on every page of the site. Just posting a response can get FR a few more hits.
9 posted on 01/27/2003 7:23:47 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler; SAMWolf; Sabertooth; Sir Gawain; habs4ever; MistyCA; AntiJen; SpookBrat; GatorGirl; ...
Sweet!

10 posted on 01/27/2003 7:24:05 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: HighWheeler

11 posted on 01/27/2003 7:24:44 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
They use every hit on every page of the site. Just posting a response can get FR a few more hits.

Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure on that.

12 posted on 01/27/2003 7:25:34 PM PST by Bob
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To: HighWheeler
I never realized Free Republic was that high up in the rankings. There are hundreds of thousands of websites out there but only 1250 websites get more hits than Free Republic! When you consider the millions of dollars being poured into websites such as Amazon.com, Google, Yahoo! and WIRED, you gain an appreciation for the enormity of this achievement.

A review of DU shows a very open forum, allowing (and perhaps encouraging) incredibly vulgar language. The users of Freerepublic.com are held to strict limits on vulgar language, and freerepublic’s posters generally have a sharp sense of humor and fun.

For all the crap Free Republic gets for its moderators and so-called "censorship", we can all be thankful that we are not the cesspool that is DU. And that's just what this website would become if we didn't police it.

13 posted on 01/27/2003 7:26:47 PM PST by SamAdams76 ('Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens')
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To: HighWheeler
Thanks for the info! That means our Breaking News threads like today that went well over 1,000 will really help with the hits!

Want to make this the #1 political site!
14 posted on 01/27/2003 7:28:09 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: SamAdams76
bump for good measure
15 posted on 01/27/2003 7:29:26 PM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: Dog; Howlin
Take a look! We really added to the total today thanks to Blix, Powell, etc.
16 posted on 01/27/2003 7:30:08 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: HighWheeler
Thanks....this is a very interesting report.
17 posted on 01/27/2003 7:30:16 PM PST by Palladin
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To: Neets
It would be even more if there had been no FRillion Man March.Kotmair's Kooks are gaining, I tell ya!! ;-)
18 posted on 01/27/2003 7:31:11 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: HighWheeler
A review of DU shows a very open forum.........

Huh?

19 posted on 01/27/2003 7:31:14 PM PST by DoctorMichael (Liberals SuK; Liberalism SuX)
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To: HighWheeler
Do you know what percentage of the top sites are porn?
20 posted on 01/27/2003 7:32:21 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: HighWheeler
Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting it. The Limbaugh graph is particularly notable. He gets a tremendous number of hits while he's on the radio (the "Dittocam" and all that), hence the regular spikes during the work week, but his hits plummit each weekend. And note the lack of the usual weekday spike in late December when he was on vacation and reruns and/or guest hosts were on the air.

Free Republic also seems to do better on weekdays than on weekends (though of course the trend isn't nearly as extreme as Rush's), which surprises me a little. Are we FReeping on company time at work? :-) Or is it just that weeknights have more news to react to than weekends?

21 posted on 01/27/2003 7:32:27 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (optional tag line, printed after my name)
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To: HighWheeler
Awesome banner :-) Blows my mind when I hear people talking about the mainstream media being biased in favor of CONSERVATIVES.... could you imagine how wonderful the US would be if that were true??
22 posted on 01/27/2003 7:33:21 PM PST by Tamzee
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To: Victoria Delsoul
FR is throwing off them velcro straps!
23 posted on 01/27/2003 7:33:45 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: HighWheeler
Proud to provide a few hundred hits a day and $50.00 / quarter to FR, the "stickiest" site on the web (to use the vernacular of the dot com bubble days.)

The only conclusion to be drawn from the stats on FreeRepublic's growth is that there are alot of SUV-driving, gun-owning, tax-paying, law-abiding, right-wing crazies out there in internet land.

Happy to be among FRiends.
24 posted on 01/27/2003 7:34:03 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: habs4ever; SamAdams76
Hey Sam, habs has a question that needs your expertise...
25 posted on 01/27/2003 7:34:20 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
All four: check!! :~)
26 posted on 01/27/2003 7:34:29 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: HighWheeler
The sharpness, clarity, logic, and humor at freerepublic.com really becomes evident when compared to bartcop or DU.

Ha ha ha. Yeah!

Notice how the peaks at Rushlimbaugh.com track with those at Freerepublic? It looks like a solar cycle plotted against warming/cooling trends.
27 posted on 01/27/2003 7:35:12 PM PST by aruanan
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To: clintonh8r
Bartcop is a steaming turd...

Now, now, you don't want to 'mess up' our polite language here, do you?? LOL.

29 posted on 01/27/2003 7:36:24 PM PST by potlatch (The Clinton Legacy; SEX BETWEEN THE BUSHES)
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To: RoseofTexas
There are some bumperstickers - HERE
30 posted on 01/27/2003 7:36:42 PM PST by American Preservative
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To: HighWheeler
Sometimes I FReep so much I think those are MY numbers!
31 posted on 01/27/2003 7:36:54 PM PST by PatrioticAmerican (Let's all pay our fair share...make the poor pay taxes! They pay nothing!)
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To: habs4ever
LOL!!!!!!!!!!
32 posted on 01/27/2003 7:37:05 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: HighWheeler
Wish we had a left wing "Daddy Whorebucks" like Salon has who'd will drop $200K at a pot to keep Joe Conason out of the steam baths.

Ever notice Joe Conson only writes for outlets that take "personal ads"?

33 posted on 01/27/2003 7:37:09 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (DEFUND NPR - Make Liberal Talk Radio Pay For Itself)
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To: aruanan
Notice how the peaks at Rushlimbaugh.com track with those at Freerepublic? It looks like a solar cycle plotted against warming/cooling trends.

But these both are tracking against weekdays/weekends.
34 posted on 01/27/2003 7:37:16 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Jim Robinson
FYI! Great news.
35 posted on 01/27/2003 7:38:09 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: bvw; Tauzero; robnoel; kezekiel; ChadGore; Harley - Mississippi; Dukie; Matchett-PI; Moonman62; ...
ping
36 posted on 01/27/2003 7:38:52 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
bump
37 posted on 01/27/2003 7:40:32 PM PST by Temple Owl
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To: HighWheeler
Just posting a response can get FR a few more hits.

Cool!

38 posted on 01/27/2003 7:40:32 PM PST by eddie willers ("Could you turn those engines down....I've got a bad headache.")
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To: HighWheeler
LONG LIVE THE ROBINSONS AND FR. YEA TEAM!
39 posted on 01/27/2003 7:40:55 PM PST by Quix (21st FREEPCARD FINISHED)
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To: HighWheeler
Resistance is futile.


40 posted on 01/27/2003 7:40:57 PM PST by socal_parrot (Sounds Sweedish.)
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To: HighWheeler
You know, I lurked here at FR for years - hard to believe now. But the thing that kept bringing me back was (and has been) the sharp, logical and sometimes funny responses by Freepers to a post. Many times after clicking on a topic, I first drop down to the comments so I can get the gist of the articles by the reactions. My kindred spirits reside at Freerepublic.
41 posted on 01/27/2003 7:41:56 PM PST by Lando Lincoln
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To: clintonh8r
You could send a link to this thread over to them, heheheheh. It would be great to read their responses through all the incendiary words.
42 posted on 01/27/2003 7:42:40 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Cool!
43 posted on 01/27/2003 7:42:48 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: HighWheeler
As discussed a couple of days ago FReeRepublic is the Stickiest web site per Nielsen Ratings and posted in the NYT back in March or April meaning when people land here they stay here for a longer period of time then any other website.
44 posted on 01/27/2003 7:42:50 PM PST by tubebender
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To: Victoria Delsoul
You're right -- How sweet it is!
45 posted on 01/27/2003 7:43:28 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: PhiKapMom; Howlin
You mean my Breaking News Thread worked...???

Hahaha!

46 posted on 01/27/2003 7:43:47 PM PST by Dog (Now where did I put that funny tag line...)
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To: HighWheeler
1) Make more hits on FR.

I do, all the time!

2) Respond to a good post.

Ditto.

3) Make FR your home page, so you get a hit when you open your web browser.

I did that a long time ago.

4) Send an FR discussions link to a friend who might be interested. Encourage them to sign up to FR.

I've done that many times, and also to some of my more conservative relatives!
I know for a fact that some of them lurk, but have no idea if they've registered yet.

FRegards...
CD

47 posted on 01/27/2003 7:44:11 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Senator Pardek
FYI
48 posted on 01/27/2003 7:46:37 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Constitution Day
Not clicking over at Salon, et al would help too.
49 posted on 01/27/2003 7:46:41 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
Another "hit" for the real hit… FreeRepublic!
50 posted on 01/27/2003 7:46:57 PM PST by auboy
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