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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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To: southernnorthcarolina
Are we FReeping on company time at work? :-)

Who, me?

</ innocent look>

51 posted on 01/27/2003 7:46:59 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: HighWheeler
Nice to see favorable publicity but note well that their rankings are created "...by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users."
I've never seen, let alone used, an "Alexa Toolbar" and I'd bet that goes for the large majority of Freepers. I wouldn't go to the bank with rankings based on a minuscule, and possibly not very representative, sample of the web-using public.
52 posted on 01/27/2003 7:47:34 PM PST by Moosilauke
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Hi Victoria, hows the weather?
53 posted on 01/27/2003 7:47:56 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
Bump for a good read.
54 posted on 01/27/2003 7:48:22 PM PST by basil
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To: HighWheeler
Salon… you mean where my wife gets her perms? ;-)
55 posted on 01/27/2003 7:48:33 PM PST by auboy
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To: PatrioticAmerican
I FReeped so much at work that the system admin now blocks the site at the firewall. It's killing me. Anytime there is a breaking story during the day, I make it a point to wonder aloud what the guys on FR are saying about it. Hopefully, I'll chip away at his resolve and get it turned back on.

My family has to make appointments to see me now otherwise I'm locked in my dungeon reading FR.
56 posted on 01/27/2003 7:48:49 PM PST by NerdDad
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To: HighWheeler; SamAdams76; BartMan1; Dog Gone; All
All those red and blue charts got me thinkin...

"Analysis, Spock?"


57 posted on 01/27/2003 7:49:04 PM PST by IncPen ( God as my witness I thought turkeys could fly!)
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To: HighWheeler
I also wonder how many of those hits over at the "steaming" sites are actually Freeper lurkers going over there to check out the mosh pit?

More reason to stay away from over there.
58 posted on 01/27/2003 7:49:18 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: HighWheeler
I don't... I would probably have to disinfect my computer!
59 posted on 01/27/2003 7:50:14 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Dog
With your breaking news threads we are going to increase FR's standing big time. Look how many posts were on there today!

You have a winner!
60 posted on 01/27/2003 7:50:24 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Bush/Cheney 2004)
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To: HighWheeler
Let's see if this works...http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/672477/posts
61 posted on 01/27/2003 7:50:58 PM PST by tubebender
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To: HighWheeler
bump
62 posted on 01/27/2003 7:51:16 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: HighWheeler
Great idea. Maybe a computer savvy FReeper will do just that!
63 posted on 01/27/2003 7:51:21 PM PST by clintonh8r (It's better to be feared than to be respected.)
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To: HighWheeler
Cold!!!! Brrrrrrrrr


64 posted on 01/27/2003 7:51:36 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Moosilauke
Alexa is ranked nuber 6 on the entire Internet. Alexa is THE sleeper Internet site of all time.
65 posted on 01/27/2003 7:51:45 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
Thanks for the info!
66 posted on 01/27/2003 7:56:27 PM PST by Ben Hecks (Support a Democrat-free America/)
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To: Moosilauke
go to

http://www.alexa.com/?p=Det_W_g_40_T1

then go to the right side of the dark blue bar, and hit "FREE TOOLBAR". It is a small file that loads a toolbar on your browser. It also loads an uninstall option on the main menu if you don't like it. The toolbar shows you the ranking of every site you go to and related sites.
67 posted on 01/27/2003 7:58:44 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Victoria Delsoul
This place looks like that, but without the birds.
68 posted on 01/27/2003 7:59:51 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
LOL!
69 posted on 01/27/2003 8:02:03 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: HighWheeler
Hey wait a minute. All this time, I thought "DU" was "Ducks Unlimited!"

NOW I get it !
70 posted on 01/27/2003 8:04:28 PM PST by PoorMuttly ("Ask not for whom the Muttly digs under the birdbath in the backyard...he digs for thee.")
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To: tubebender
"when people land here they stay here for a longer period of time then any other website"

I have a browser open to "latest posts" 24/7! Does that count?
71 posted on 01/27/2003 8:12:55 PM PST by dalereed
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To: HighWheeler
1) Make more hits on FR.

Not a problem! I'd be happy to help.

2) Respond to a good post.

I'm doing it now!
72 posted on 01/27/2003 8:20:46 PM PST by octobersky
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To: dalereed
I have a browser open to "latest posts" 24/7! Does that count?

No...it has to do with hits after landing here I believe.

73 posted on 01/27/2003 8:24:02 PM PST by tubebender
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To: dalereed
"I have a browser open to "latest posts" 24/7! Does that count?"

Only once when the browser first opens, then it counts the number of pages opened on the same site. Alexa is pretty good for updated information on the Internet

74 posted on 01/27/2003 8:27:03 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: finnman69
Looks like you wrote a good review for FR on Alexa.
75 posted on 01/27/2003 8:31:21 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
Time to go after CNN next! Wouldn't it be great to blow the the big guys out of the water?
76 posted on 01/27/2003 8:34:58 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: Lando Lincoln
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.

I do this more and more lately. I've been here long enough that I feel comfortable 'filtering' my reading this way. If the responders trash the article, I often skip it. The responses alone are usually much more informative than the articles, too.

77 posted on 01/27/2003 8:36:59 PM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell (I'm against tags -- that is, I'm antagonistic.)
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To: NerdDad
"the system admin now blocks the site at the firewall"

Try the beta site, IIRC it is:

http://beta.freerepublic.com

78 posted on 01/27/2003 8:40:27 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan
well that used to work!
79 posted on 01/27/2003 8:41:50 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: RoseofTexas
"Where can I get a bumper sticker?!! "

Click the pic (this is the one I have on my car)

80 posted on 01/27/2003 8:43:31 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
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? :-)
As my Accounting Professor once said to our class- "If my hair grows on company time, I get a haircut on company time. If I get hungry on company time, I eat on company time. If I get sleepy on company time, I sleep on company time". I guess the bosses can't take a joke, ehh?
81 posted on 01/27/2003 8:48:07 PM PST by smokegenerator (www.pedalinpeace.org ---- Serbian Cycling Challenge for the Children of Serbia)
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To: HighWheeler
"Just posting a response can get FR a few more hits."

There's days I keep them busy then. LOL!

82 posted on 01/27/2003 8:49:05 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: HighWheeler
ALL YOUR WEBSITES ARE BELONG TO US!!!!!
83 posted on 01/27/2003 8:51:06 PM PST by davetex
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To: habs4ever; Victoria Delsoul
"FR is throwing off them velcro straps!"

FR motto:

Vini, Vidi, Velcro:

I came, I saw, I STUCK AROUND
84 posted on 01/27/2003 8:58:20 PM PST by Yehuda (http://www.JewPoint.blogspot.com)
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To: Constitution Day
Regarding your post #47, same here. I wonder if that isn't standard FReeper operating procedure. LOL!
85 posted on 01/27/2003 9:02:40 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: Arkinsaw
I used to post at DU under an assumed identity. I got bored & stopped. There was no diversity over there....they all thought the same. I think about half of the posters on DU used to be freepers. I have never visited salon.com & went to bartcop once. I thought they had a lame forum. Another loser site is truthout.org, one of my liberal friends sent it to me the other day. I returned the favor with a link to this site. We have not spoke since.....
86 posted on 01/27/2003 9:03:01 PM PST by Feiny
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To: Victoria Delsoul; CheneyChick; vikingchick; WIMom; one_particular_harbour; kmiller1k; mhking; ...
Sweet!

Dude!




87 posted on 01/27/2003 9:05:54 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: dalereed
"I have a browser open to "latest posts" 24/7! Does that count?"

You mean it isn't just me?

88 posted on 01/27/2003 9:09:45 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: HighWheeler
"Only once when the browser first opens"

What about when you refresh it?

89 posted on 01/27/2003 9:10:38 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the heads up!
90 posted on 01/27/2003 9:11:49 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: HighWheeler
Are the "capsule reviews" from Alexa as well?
91 posted on 01/27/2003 9:15:08 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: HighWheeler
" Rush Limbaugh changed format in December to a mostly subscription site, and the number have hits to that site has dropped."

Rush oughta know better after preaching for years that if you want to kill a form of commerce, "tax it," which, in effect, he has done by going to a subscription-mostly site.

I have nothing against a guy making an honest multi-million, but it's pretty cheeky for him to do the above.
92 posted on 01/27/2003 9:15:51 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: habs4ever
Do you know what percentage of the top sites are porn?

FreeRepublic would do lots better with (more) porn!

I'll look (just to boost the rankings), but I won't model. Trust me, that's for the best.

93 posted on 01/27/2003 9:18:47 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Bringing you grumpy bon mots since early '99.)
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To: HighWheeler
bump
94 posted on 01/27/2003 9:25:36 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Yehuda
FR motto:

Vini, Vidi, Velcro:

I came, I saw, I STUCK AROUND

LOL! Good one, Yehuda.

95 posted on 01/27/2003 9:26:25 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Moosilauke
Alexa is considered by many to be spyware, in cahoots with MS, and it's in IE 5.5 and 6. Run AdAware and it'll find it. (If you upgrade from 5.5 to 6 Alexa goes back in, by the way).

Or you can find it in the registry:


Alexa key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a}\
96 posted on 01/27/2003 9:28:36 PM PST by JoJo Gunn
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To: HighWheeler
Interesting report!
97 posted on 01/27/2003 9:32:26 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: HighWheeler
I just borrowed your banner & sent it to MSNBC in reference to them having the PERV "scott ritter" on their show!
98 posted on 01/27/2003 9:34:43 PM PST by blondee123
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To: HighWheeler
Sonar PING! and bump for the reader's, thinker's and writer's forum, Free Republic.

A new story every minute; comments, one-a-second; no "man behind the curtain", with an agenda, controlling content: just what a reading junky like me requires.

Can't remember how I got here, but I'm sure glad I did.

And a HUZZAH! for Kattracks, JohnJuangII, and all the other hard-working "scribes" who, fortuitously for me, don't have other things to do.

Donate to FR!!!!

99 posted on 01/27/2003 9:34:53 PM PST by dasboot
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To: Cacique; Clemenza; PARodrig
btt
100 posted on 01/27/2003 9:43:03 PM PST by Cacique (An armed people, are a FREE people!! Castrate fags, perverts and pedophiles. We need more sopranos.)
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