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The 50 Most Popular Conservative Websites (Alexa.com says Free Republic at #7 beats MOST top names)
Right Wing News ^ | March 16, 2009 | John Hawkins

Posted on 07/12/2012 5:05:00 AM PDT by xzins

I thought it might be interesting to see which right-of-center websites actually receive the most traffic. So, I went to Alexa.com and ranked the 50 sites on the right. Do keep in mind that…

1) Alexa doesn’t distinguish between top level domains and their sub-directories. So, for example, a blog on Townhall and Townhall itself would have the same rating. Additionally, websites hosted at places like Blogspot, which list each blog on a sub-directory, can’t be measured. My guess is that it only knocked 2-4 websites max off the list including Ace of Spades HQ, Gateway Pundit, & Big Hollywood.

2) Although I have found Alexa to be generally accurate, it does occasionally make mistakes and certainly isn’t as on target as a statistics tracker.

3) I didn’t deliberately leave any right-of-center websites off the list, including the Libertarian websites. So, if you are supposed to be on list and weren’t included, feel free to send me an email.

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.

1) Fox News: 260
2) Wall Street Journal: 383
3) The Drudge Report: 748
4) New York Post: 888
5) WorldNetDaily: 2,692
6) Newsmax: 3,264
7) Free Republic: 3,988
8) The Washington Times: 4,717
9) TownHall: 5,986
10) The Rush Limbaugh Show: 7,624

11) Real Clear Politics: 7,957
12) National Review: 10,346
13) Hot Air: 11,517
14) Michelle Malkin: 12,871
15) Glenn Beck: 13,153
16) Human Events Online: 17,538
17) The Heritage Foundation: 20,746
18) Newsbusters: 21,452
19) Lew Rockwell: 24,677
20) The Weekly Standard: 25,565

21) News With Views: 27,352
22) Sean Hannity: 28,086
23) Pajamas Media 28,969
24) The Ludwig von Mises Institute: 29,116
25) Atlas Shrugs: 29,548
26) The American Thinker: 29,980
27) Cybercast News Service: 32,348
28) Neal Boortz: 32,857
29) Reason: 33,254
30) Lucianne: 34,135

31) Ann Coulter 36,864
32) The Cato Journal: 39,187
33) Daily Paul: 41,465
34) The Volokh Conspiracy: 42,021
35) Bill O’Reilly: 42,533
36) Redstate: 42,655
37) Conservapedia: 43,866
38) Power Line: 44,542
39) Jewish World Review: 44,765
40) Front Page Magazine: 48,645

41) Daniel Pipes: 49,692
42) Little Green Footballs: 49,844
43) Campaign for Liberty: 50,638
44) The American Spectator: 52,377
45) Commentary: 55,447
46) GOPUSA: 58,771
47) James Lileks’: 60,536
48) Right Wing News: 63,097
49) Wizbang: 63,427
50) Day by Day: 63,455

10 bonus websites for you

51) Moonbattery: 67,850
52) Life News: 69,493
53) Vdare: 70,866
54) Debbie Schlussel: 73,543
55) Republican National Committee: 73,599
56) Lifesitenews: 73,823
57) Dick Morris: 77,187
58) Blackfive: 83,031
59) Outside the Beltway: 83,455
60) American Conservative: 90,579

Update #1: Jihad Watch emailed to note that they’re at 29,887. That would put them at #26. Sorry, I missed you, guys!

Update #2: Canada Free Press is at 73,555 which would put them at #55 on the original list.

Update #3: The great thing I have found about doing these lists is that if you miss a site, by the end of the day, someone will be sure to let you know about it =D Here a handful of other websites that were missed.

The Ron Paul Forums is at 29,341, which means they would have come in at #25 on the original list.

Onenewsnow ranks at 9,388, which would have put it at #12.

PS: I’ve had a couple people suggest that Infowars should be on the list, but I consider that to be a loony, anti-authority conspiracy site more than a conservative website. Others may disagree.

Update #4: The Business & Media Institutecomes in at 79,500, which would have put it at #58.


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Free Republic's status might explain the attacks on it by the 250 or so posters at truebluerinos.

And, if there's jealousy, then consider who FR is beating, and they have 24/7 around the clock coverage on the major media:

hannity beck oreilly coulter morris

ONE FINAL NOTE:

How many of you think those folks above are NOT making millions? How many of you think they receive no financial benefit from their ad stuffed, self-promoting, sales cart inundated websites?

1 posted on 07/12/2012 5:05:12 AM PDT by xzins
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To: Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe; Alamo-Girl; onyx; cripplecreek; cva66snipe; Elvina; Finny; greyfoxx39; ...

If you want to visit and support the most popular INDEPENDENT, unbeholden to any power broker website on the entire internet, then support Free Republic


2 posted on 07/12/2012 5:09:18 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
FRee Republic may be number 7 on this list but it is THE MOST CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE IN THE WORLD... and for that reason it in NUMBER 1 on my list!

LLS

3 posted on 07/12/2012 5:11:04 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Agreed. And to refine further what you say:

It is the most TRUE TO CONSERVATISM WEBSITE


4 posted on 07/12/2012 5:13:14 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Newsmax belongs down on the list. They use to be good.


5 posted on 07/12/2012 5:14:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: bmwcyle

This list is based on internet traffic volume

Apparently, Newsmax gets lots of hits


6 posted on 07/12/2012 5:15:32 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Little Green Footballs does NOT belong on this list at all! Maybe a few years ago, but definitely not now.


7 posted on 07/12/2012 5:16:08 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: xzins

Interesting list. I find FR very informative. I usually learn something from at least one of the posts everyday.


8 posted on 07/12/2012 5:16:08 AM PDT by detective
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To: xzins
Free-republic has been my home page for some years.
I am a monthly donor because I do not have to wade through the pop-ups and other ad content.
Jim could be making big money by surrendering to ads - as some here during every quarter suggest.
I prefer a donation so long as Jim continues to be willing to accept far less money than he could be bringing in through ads.
9 posted on 07/12/2012 5:16:43 AM PDT by lag along
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To: Cymbaline

The list is based on internet traffic and John Hawkins’, of Right Wing News, opinion of what is a conservative web site.


10 posted on 07/12/2012 5:18:52 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
Today's Alexa ranking put FreeRepublic at 5,505.

Also, Drudgereport is much higher. It comes in at 434.

I wonder why they left TheBlaze off the list. It would come in at 4.5 (Alexa ranking 1,332)

11 posted on 07/12/2012 5:21:28 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: lag along

I agree. I go to my local newspaper website, and I’m battling pop-ups, attacks, pages littered with ads throughout the entire time I spend trying to get last night’s baseball scores.

It’s crazy.

Freepers who don’t see the good deal they have here are blind to what’s going on with other sites. With his rating in terms of internet traffic, Free Republic could be pulling down serious money with advertisements.


12 posted on 07/12/2012 5:22:00 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

There are other conservative websites?


13 posted on 07/12/2012 5:23:20 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Jess Kitting

Hawkins doesn’t detail his methodology, so I figured he just listed conservative websites and then put down their numbers for that day/week/month...whatever.

My guess is that if FR goes up and down in traffic, then so do others, that there is a standard rate of fluctuation.


14 posted on 07/12/2012 5:24:44 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: P.O.E.

LOL!

Not really. The only one with real discussion software is Free Republic:

“Software on Loan from God!”


15 posted on 07/12/2012 5:26:45 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Bump...


16 posted on 07/12/2012 5:30:24 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: xzins

42) Little Green Footballs: 49,844


This is a joke, right? Makes me wonder if they have really checked the websites on the list. LGF is to the left of DU and HuffPo.


17 posted on 07/12/2012 5:31:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: xzins

ssshhh - let’s not tell Jim -


18 posted on 07/12/2012 5:38:01 AM PDT by lag along
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To: xzins; Jim Robinson; P-Marlowe; Alamo-Girl; onyx; cripplecreek; cva66snipe; Elvina; Finny; ...
The first 4 so called "conservative" websites are MSM news sites. The next 2 are conservative news sites. Free Repubic is the NUMBER ONE CONSERVATIVE DISCUSSION FORUM.

Most of those other sites are high on the list because of hits generated by links from FREE REPUBLIC.

We are the frontline in the fight against liberal tyranny and the front line in the rebellion against GOP-E appeasement and decay.

We are Gideon's Army.

The fight is on fellow Freepers.

Rebellion is brewing. Mutiny is in the air.

19 posted on 07/12/2012 5:38:12 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: xzins

Looks to me like FR is “THE” top conservative web forum.


20 posted on 07/12/2012 5:39:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: xzins

IMHO, Free Republic should be #1.


21 posted on 07/12/2012 5:42:08 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: xzins

It’s easy to take for granted - until you try navigating comment sections and threads on other sites.

Your thread made me curious and I went & did some skim/reading on web analytics (yes I’m a geek like that). Amazing how many metrics there are and how complex they get.


22 posted on 07/12/2012 5:44:28 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: xzins

That does not make them a good source anymore.


23 posted on 07/12/2012 5:45:09 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: cripplecreek

I haven’t been to Lucianne for years. Does it belong on this list?


24 posted on 07/12/2012 5:46:00 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: xzins
Uh-oh! What have I gone and done now! {;^)
25 posted on 07/12/2012 5:46:00 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: xzins

Odd that Instapundit is not on the list. If Little Green Footballs is considered conservative today, Instapundit would be reactionary. (Yes, Glen Reynolds is libertarian, rather than conservative, but still.)

And I cannot see sites like Wizbang or the Volohk Conspiracy getting more hits than Instapundit.


26 posted on 07/12/2012 5:48:08 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: xzins
Oh, you didn't know?
27 posted on 07/12/2012 5:49:40 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: xzins

He’s probably remembering what LGF used to be and hasn’t been there in a while. He’s in for a shock.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 6:05:59 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: bmwcyle
Newsmax belongs down on the list. They use to be good.

As an old NMer, I stopped going there when they dropped the Forum. Of course, by that time the pinkos had taken over.

29 posted on 07/12/2012 6:14:21 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: xzins

Amen!

LLS


30 posted on 07/12/2012 6:19:55 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: xzins

Free Republic is the only entry in the Top 10 that doesn’t rely on advertising $$$ or the Unification Church for sustinence.


31 posted on 07/12/2012 6:27:20 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana
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To: xzins

Very impressive!


32 posted on 07/12/2012 6:37:01 AM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: xzins

FR is my tagline, always was, always will be.


33 posted on 07/12/2012 6:49:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: xzins; JesusBmyGod; buffyt; rom; persistence48; Hanna548; DvdMom; leftyontheright; FrdmLvr; ...
Bump and I agree, so let's all get this Freepathon going and completed.


34 posted on 07/12/2012 7:09:48 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: xzins
What about Breitbart.com?
35 posted on 07/12/2012 7:09:55 AM PDT by Democrats hate too much
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To: Cymbaline

He’s probably remembering what LGF used to be and hasn’t been there in a while. He’s in for a shock.


In a while is an understatement. LGF went left years ago.


36 posted on 07/12/2012 7:15:06 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Cymbaline

LGF is pretty much DU now.


37 posted on 07/12/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: xzins

Fox News #1??? Are you kidding? ROTFLMAO!


38 posted on 07/12/2012 7:23:02 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: xzins

This is an older post from Right Wing News. John does not include Daily Caller, Big Journalism, Big Government, and several blogs.

Gateway Pundit and Ace of Spades have been off blogger for a couple of years now. And LGF jumped the shark a while back.


39 posted on 07/12/2012 7:27:52 AM PDT by gatewaypundit
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To: xzins

Exactly and FR is the most conservative. It also supports itself.


40 posted on 07/12/2012 7:29:01 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: xzins

Wonder where the DUmmies are on the list of most Marxist websites. Can’t be very high, because every time I peek in, they’re lucky if a post breaks 1 digit in number of replies.


41 posted on 07/12/2012 7:42:16 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: P-Marlowe; xzins; OneVike
Excellent insights, dear brothers in Christ!

Buuuump for more New Monthly Donors!

42 posted on 07/12/2012 8:04:38 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Jess Kitting; Jim Robinson
Also, Drudgereport is much higher. It comes in at 434.

I wonder why they left TheBlaze off the list. It would come in at 4.5 (Alexa ranking 1,332)

Since when is Drudge a "conservative web site".....and from what I've seen of TheBlaze, it's a shopping site...covered up with ads and a huge pop-up trolling for members to get past. Thank God for FR with no advertisements.

43 posted on 07/12/2012 8:05:25 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Until the 52K LDS missionaries claiming Christian faith is bogus quit, I will post LDS truth.)
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7) Free Republic: 3,988

55) Republican National Committee: 73,599

HA! Take that eGOP!

My tagline has been the same since the tagline feature was added.


44 posted on 07/12/2012 8:23:58 AM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: greyfoxx39
LOL:
...from what I've seen of TheBlaze, it's a shopping site.
Always has one of those ads you have to close covering 1/2 the top of the page.

Then when that one is gone, up comes a pop up.

That is when I close the window and don't read their tripe.

I'm surprised the FreeperBeaters who post over and over again on blogs (hijacking) just because they hate them don't complain about sites like the Blaze.

Oh, that's right they aren't blogs, so ads are ok.

45 posted on 07/12/2012 8:26:40 AM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: greyfoxx39; Jim Robinson; xzins
Since when is Drudge a "conservative web site"..... Thank God for FR with no advertisements.

After this current primary season, that point cannot be emphasized strong enough.

As far as I'm concerned Drudge can take his site, his gal pal, Coulter, and his in-the-beltway establishment lefty buddies and shove them all ........ ........ ........ ......... ......... .......... ...... well I'll let ya-all figure out where he can shove them.....
46 posted on 07/12/2012 8:29:43 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: greyfoxx39

Since when is RealClearPolitics a conservative site? They offset every conservative article with a liberal article. They are about as nonpartisan as it gets and all my PoliSci profs referenced them. They sure as hell wouldnt be telling their students to get info from some conservative webpage.


47 posted on 07/12/2012 8:29:43 AM PDT by StevieRay20
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To: Syncro

Check into your browser settings. I don’t get any ads and there are ad-ons for your browser so you can skip most ads.


48 posted on 07/12/2012 8:40:05 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: xzins



You missed Weasel Zippers.

You can't get more conservative than Weasel Zippers and comments.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

49 posted on 07/12/2012 8:43:00 AM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: xzins

I could draw up such a list and put FreeRepublic at the top, or bottom, of it. Just depends on how many RINO sites I stuffed in ahead of FR. It’s all about manipulating the data. A lot of sites on this list don’t belong on it. By almost any objective measure, FR is number one.


50 posted on 07/12/2012 8:52:11 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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