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Top 10 Political Websites ( Free Republic Number One, HuffPo 2nd, Kos 3rd)
Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 11/22/2007 4:43:01 PM PST by kristinn

FreeRepublic.com, the eleven-year-old conservative granddaddy of political discussion websites, was rated the most popular political website by Hitwise, an Internet data tracking service, for the week ending November 17, 2007 with 5.14% market share.

The liberal site, HuffingtonPost.com, founded two-and-a-half years ago, was the only site that came close to Free Republic in interest from net users, with 4.51% market share. In a distant third place, the five-year-old liberal site DailyKos.com, was left in the dust by Free Republic and Huffington Post, garnering only 2.57% market share.

The others sites Hitwise listed were, in order, politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com with 2.17%; townhall.com with 2.1%; buzzflash.com with 1.95%; politico.com with 1.9%; humanevents.com with 1.84%; realclearpolitics.com with 1.72% and democraticunderground.com with 1.69%.

Free Republic has received none of the fawning promotion in the mainstream media that its nearest competitors get. It takes no paid advertising, has no membership fees and relies solely on donations for its existence. Its founder and webmaster, Jim Robinson, is not touted as a political player like Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga are. The site has endured withering criticism this year by pundits from Bill O'Reilly to Patrick Ruffini. Yet, Free Republic survives and thrives as one of the most popular and influential political websites.

From leading the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, to the 2004 exposing of the fraudulent National Guard documents that led to Dan Rather's firing by CBS News, to the recent deep-sixing of expansion of the S-CHIP program, Freepers, as members at the site are known, have changed politics in America.

Liberals despise them, some conservatives seeth with envy, yet none can deny that more than a decade in to the online revolution, Free Republic is still a force to be reckoned with.


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KEYWORDS: 1; 2007review; dailykos; dusucks; fr; freerepublic; huffingtonpost; numberone; topten
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To: katiedidit1

Thehousingbubbleblog.com is just second,though.


351 posted on 11/25/2007 6:22:13 PM PST by Dec31,1999 (Have you read the Bagavad Gita? Well, you should. :) It's exactly where we are now.)
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To: kristinn

wooohooooooooo!


352 posted on 11/25/2007 6:56:54 PM PST by JessieHelmsJr
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To: blam; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...
FreeRepublic.com, the eleven-year-old conservative granddaddy of political discussion websites, was rated the most popular political website by Hitwise, an Internet data tracking service, for the week ending November 17, 2007 with 5.14% market share.
:')
353 posted on 11/25/2007 8:18:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s the GGG threads that make the difference, ahem.


354 posted on 11/25/2007 8:22:36 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SunkenCiv; Jim Robinson
FreeRepublic.com, the eleven-year-old conservative granddaddy of political discussion websites, was rated the most popular political website by Hitwise, an Internet data tracking service, for the week ending November 17, 2007 with 5.14% market share.

Gotta love it.....truth without advertising.



355 posted on 11/25/2007 8:29:51 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: blam; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach

I wasn’t gonna say it... ;’)


356 posted on 11/25/2007 8:30:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dumb_Ox

Interesting. Leading the pack, by a long way, atheists. Of course, that was in 2006, over a year ago, I’m sure last November made believers out of a few of them. ;’)


357 posted on 11/25/2007 8:34:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Kos members:
I am most closely aligned with ...

Judaism   49 votes - 3 %
Mormonism   5 votes - 0 %
Hinduism/Sikhism   9 votes - 0 %
Wicca, Shinto, or an animist/shamanist religion   63 votes - 4 %
one of the ancient Greek, Nordic, Egyptian or Meso-American religions   13 votes - 0 %
the belief that there is a God or gods, but no organized religion captures this for me   176 votes - 12 %
Buddhism   66 votes - 4 %
agnosticism   217 votes - 14 %
atheism   366 votes - 25 %
Roman Catholicism   129 votes - 8 %
Eastern Orthodoxy   6 votes - 0 %
Islam   10 votes - 0 %
a relaxed Protestant denomination   211 votes - 14 %
a fundamentalist Protestant denomination   27 votes - 1 %
Other   104 votes - 7 %
 
1451 Total Votes

358 posted on 11/25/2007 8:35:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BIGLOOK

:’D I’m not too sure we’d ever have time to read any of the advertising anyway.


359 posted on 11/25/2007 8:37:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Thanks kristinn, and congratulations and thanks Jim.


360 posted on 11/25/2007 8:38:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

What a surprise . . . NOT!

Rabid atheists the largest percentage by far!

Thanks.


361 posted on 11/25/2007 8:40:40 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Maigrey
And let me chime in that the reason that HP and DU get as much traffic as they do is 'cause we read in there, and then post their idiocy here for us to laugh at.
I think you're onto something. :')
362 posted on 11/25/2007 8:41:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Standards

363 posted on 11/25/2007 8:43:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Quix
Well, to be fair, they've probably had their shots...
Standards

364 posted on 11/25/2007 8:45:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
The difference with FR and the Dem sites is simply that we have fun.....and they have hemorrhoids.
365 posted on 11/25/2007 8:47:15 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: BIGLOOK

Yeah, it’s probably from their choice of shampoo or conditioner.


366 posted on 11/25/2007 8:57:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Sunday, November 18, 2007"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'"'https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv


Bingo!

367 posted on 11/25/2007 9:02:14 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: SunkenCiv

INDEED.


368 posted on 11/25/2007 9:19:45 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Uriah_lost

I don’t miss the second hand smoke from the signals. Plus, reception was bad in inclement weather.


369 posted on 11/26/2007 1:19:27 AM PST by bIlluminati (You can get more with a kind word and a Colt .45 than you can with a kind word alone.)
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To: Publius
Never liked preaching to the Eschoir, thought Ash was a Pokemon, and still remember y'all back when I was markfive - forgot password and no longer have said email account to request. Not sure when I joined - but know was in before summer of 1998. Didn't register as Republican until 2004 - not to worry - likely won't vote for anther D this lifetime.

Long live FR! Long live Jim Robinson!

370 posted on 11/26/2007 1:44:31 AM PST by bIlluminati (You can get more with a kind word and a Colt .45 than you can with a kind word alone.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Excellent! Thank you for setting up Free Republic!!! The only places I get my news anymore is at Free Republic and Lou Dobbs Tonight. With both, I know I’ll get the real news, and not the swill the MSM wants to feed the sheeple!


371 posted on 11/26/2007 5:47:42 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (A voter wavering between wanting radical change and burning the damn place down)
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To: DTogo
Free Republic に 万歳三唱!
372 posted on 11/26/2007 8:16:21 AM PST by snowsislander
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To: kristinn

Free Republic has been my home page for the past four years. This site informs, entertains, educates, and comforts mankind.


373 posted on 11/26/2007 11:53:54 AM PST by Liberty Wins (Not only does Fred Thompson cut taxes, he cuts tax collectors.)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Kristinn, thanks for the heads up re this good news.

Thanks again Jim for creating this great equalizer for the common conservatives.


374 posted on 11/26/2007 12:08:45 PM PST by Grampa Dave (("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007))
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To: nutmeg; Ernest_at_the_Beach; abb; Milhous; ASA Vet; Salvation; BOBTHENAILER; SierraWasp; steelie

FYI and bump/ping lists.

This snuck through during the Holiday and Black Friday.

Please help get the word out.


375 posted on 11/26/2007 12:10:47 PM PST by Grampa Dave (("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007))
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To: Grampa Dave

Already passed along to all my conservative buds, and especially to those non-conservatives I know (very few).


376 posted on 11/26/2007 12:23:48 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: Grampa Dave; Jim Robinson; BOBTHENAILER

Thanks for the ping. I bumped my salute to the owner/founder at Reply #193!!!


377 posted on 11/26/2007 12:27:50 PM PST by SierraWasp (If Dems had brains they'd be Repubs. And when they learned to use 'em, they'd be CONSERVATIVES!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
What a bunch of godless pagans! Allow me to speculate that applying the relaxed / fundamentalist Protestant ratio of 10-1 to Roman Catholicism would yield over one hundred CINOs (Catholics In Name Only) who support abortion. And an unknown quantity of JINOs (Jews In Name Only) included in Judaism.
378 posted on 11/26/2007 1:22:38 PM PST by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: Milhous

“What a bunch of godless pagans! Allow me to speculate that applying the relaxed / fundamentalist Protestant ratio of 10-1 to Roman Catholicism would yield over one hundred CINOs (Catholics In Name Only) who support abortion. And an unknown quantity of JINOs (Jews In Name Only) included in Judaism.”

This doesn’t come as a surprise to a lot of us. The problem is many of these godless pagans are in organized religion as priests, preachers, bishops and ?. They are the inside demolition crews for the left in our churches and synagogues.


379 posted on 11/26/2007 1:25:05 PM PST by Grampa Dave (("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007))
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Thanks for the ping. Just sorta returning from vacation.

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Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1926032/posts
Posted on 11/15/2007 3:43:17 AM PST by Kevmo


380 posted on 11/26/2007 1:46:55 PM PST 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: kristinn
Thanks Jim and Kristin for the only home I've ever had on the web!

We're hugh!

381 posted on 11/26/2007 1:48:51 PM PST by Pietro
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To: kristinn

“Other” sites, usually virtual caves, have been predicting the eventual demise of this site for years now. As usual, they predicted wrongly.


382 posted on 11/26/2007 4:09:26 PM PST by Baladas
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To: kristinn

WOOT! Eat THAT libs!


383 posted on 11/26/2007 5:18:35 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: PhilDragoo

LOL!!


384 posted on 11/26/2007 5:19:27 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: kristinn

“seethe.”


385 posted on 11/26/2007 7:00:38 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Edward M. Kennedy High School -- Home of the Killer Whales!)
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To: kristinn; jimrob
Woohoo! Congrats!! Thanks!!!
386 posted on 11/27/2007 5:49:21 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: kristinn
"democraticunderground.com with 1.69%."

Thanks to the abundant mentionings on Free Republic.

387 posted on 11/27/2007 6:31:16 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Congratulations! And thank you!


388 posted on 11/27/2007 9:41:06 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: kristinn; 8mmMauser
Gee, cable news networks never mention FR when they talk about popular internet sites. (they're trying to keep their jobs).

Eagles up and then some.

389 posted on 11/28/2007 9:11:28 AM PST by floriduh voter (Terri Schindler Schiavo unwillingly gave her life to become a debate question.)
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To: Sun; wagglebee; BykrBayb; Dante3; cyn; Theodore R.; tutstar; seekthetruth; amdgmary; Lesforlife
GO, SANTA, GO, SANTA!

http://www.northpole.com/Clubhouse/DancingSanta/

390 posted on 11/28/2007 9:14:41 AM PST by floriduh voter (Terri Schindler Schiavo unwillingly gave her life to become a debate question.)
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To: gondramB
"The site attracts a very slightly male biased"

I can believe that. I get called "he" all the time.

391 posted on 11/28/2007 9:18:21 AM PST by floriduh voter (Terri Schindler Schiavo unwillingly gave her life to become a debate question.)
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To: mylife
Sometimes, DU refers people who need help to FR. Even they know where to find the best grassroots activists in the world!

News AND results.

392 posted on 11/28/2007 9:21:07 AM PST by floriduh voter (Terri Schindler Schiavo unwillingly gave her life to become a debate question.)
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To: headsonpikes; Calpernia; NonValueAdded

...and shamnesty. That was the last achievement sinking the Senate’s bill and I think we gave Mel Martinez heartburn and post traumatic stress.


393 posted on 11/28/2007 9:23:16 AM PST by floriduh voter (Terri Schindler Schiavo unwillingly gave her life to become a debate question.)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


394 posted on 11/28/2007 9:24:06 AM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: kristinn

The Alexia numbers, which are linked to on the FR front page put FR behind huffpost and dailykos. Maybe it should be changed to this other site.


395 posted on 11/28/2007 9:30:33 AM PST by Kleon
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To: kristinn

Dang! I guess I rate as an oldtimer with a registration date of 12/11/1997.


396 posted on 11/28/2007 10:00:41 AM PST by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: kristinn

I’d say EAGLES Way WAY UP!!!!!!!! HURRAH!


397 posted on 11/29/2007 8:10:39 PM PST by Republic (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity & Mark Levin have a genuine passion for our nation!)
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To: kristinn

Yeah, that’d be us :)


398 posted on 11/29/2007 8:13:12 PM PST by catfish1957 (In honor of my 5 Confederate ancestors whodefended their homeland during the War of Northn Agression)
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To: B4Ranch

bonk


399 posted on 12/02/2007 4:30:24 PM PST by glock rocks (A near majority of Americans have below average intelligence.)
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To: kristinn

Thanks Kristinn and Jim


400 posted on 12/02/2007 4:34:20 PM PST by Freee-dame
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