Monday, April 02, 2007

Be A Lying Sack, Lose Your Web Traffic

Seems as though being a fascist bootlicker has lost it's cachet. Curt at Politically Correct Apostate alerts us to the fact that people have better things to do than be insulted by brownshirted posers.

“President Bush is not the only one facing falling polling numbers. Conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly of Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor” "is having to factor in his own losses when it comes to Internet traffic. Alexa.com, which tracks Web traffic, shows a sharp decline in the popularity of O'Reilly's website BillOReilly.com since March 2006."

Other conservative sites are losing audience this campaign season, too. Even the recent controversy over Ann Coulter's remarks about Sept. 11 victims did not boost traffic to her site. Ratings there have decreased 16 percent over the last three months. Ditto for Rush Limbaugh, who is down 14 percent, and even the revered conservative site The Drudge Report has fallen 10 percent."

So I went to Alexa and checked out the shitbags and yep, it seems fewer people want to pay attention to them. In the last three months:

O'Really - 39%

Limbacile - 40%

Mann Coulter - 27%

Malkin - 52%

Drudge - 33%

I agree that this doesn't reflect an overall change in people's political outlook, I think most people have taken their stand on how they view the world. Some decline is also to be expected in the spring as overall web use slackens off when the weather improves in the northern hemisphere. No, it's because these people are indecent slime whose efforts over time are increasingly rejected because you can't keep lying and expect to get away with it.

9 Comments:

Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You know I predicted this was going to happen in 06. It took a long time for it to come true.

3/4/07 8:32 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Good call.
An awful lot of people will eventually figure out that a news source or opinion isn't worth much when there's deceit involved, and will eventually go elsewhere.

4/4/07 12:46 AM  
Blogger Y.G. Brown said...

I am as lefty as they come, but I believe part of your post does not hold up to close examination. There is no question that Drudge's self-congratulatory post is wholly deceitful. You are spot-on in drawing attention to his dishonesty. However...

While the numbers are indeed down for all of the listed right-wing/Bush-loving sites exactly as you describe, they are also way, way down for progressive sites including Daily Kos, Eschaton, Firedoglake, Talking Points Memo, Crooks and Liards, and MyDD over the same three month period. Most of these progressive sites are down over 30% using the same Alexa metric. This is almost certainly due to the fact that three months ago (early January 2007) we were still close in time to the the midterm elections and the new Congress was still being settled (committee spots, Speaker, Majority Leader, etc.). Political sites of all ideologies were experiencing incredible surges in traffic in late '06 and they were just beginning to tail off in early '07. I did not look into 12 month or two year trends, but I think that they may be more insightful.

Just my two cents. Drudge is still hacktacular just the same.

Best, Y.G. Brown

4/4/07 1:33 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Thank you for that Y.G.
You know, I'd like to see a comprehensive study of web use trends - that would be an interesting social snapshot for me to take a look at.
Perhaps my glee at seeing declining numbers for the water carriers should be tempered if the trend is across the board.
Thank you, actually, for calling me out on my selective cherry picking. Lesson learned.
(Damn - I was hoping for something positive)

4/4/07 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Limbacile's stats are in black font and I can't see it against the black background. Please change the Limabacile's stats to white font.

5/4/07 7:12 AM  
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