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The fix is in: Alexa depresses ratings of conservative sites

Alexa Internet, Inc. is a California-based subsidiary company of Amazon.com which provides commercial web traffic data.

Alexa collects and analyzes data on Internet browsing behavior from its toolbar for the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. The data on website statistics, such as pageviews and unique page views, form the basis for Alexa’s ranking of sites. Many for-profit websites depend on their Alexa rankings to attract ad sponsors and revenue. 

The company claims that as of 2014, Alexa provides traffic data, global rankings and other information on 30 million websites, and its website is visited by over 8.8 million people monthly.

But is Alexa objective in its rankings?

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Leo Hohmann reports for WND, Oct. 14, 2014:

Statistically, it would seem to be impossible.

How could every major alternative website that challenges the mainstream, establishment view of Washington and the world be experiencing a drop-off in readership while their counterparts on the other side of the political spectrum are gaining readers?

It appears unlikely, yet that’s exactly what happened last month, according to Alexa.com, which measures web traffic and ranks websites from the most popular to the least popular.

The Drudge Report, WND, Breitbart, Fox News, the Blaze, Newsmax, CNSNEWS, the Daily Caller, Infowars and Natural News are all plunging in popularity, according to Alexa’s rankings.

At the same time, pro-government sites like the Daily Kos, ThinkProgress, Media Matters, MSNBC, NPR.org and Democracy Now! are all rising in popularity, according to Alexa.

Alexa rankings are important because they are among a handful of measurement tools used by companies when deciding where to spend their advertising dollars.

The San Francisco-based subsidiary of Amazon has refused to return phone calls or emails from WND seeking comment on its latest rankings.

Alexa did post a blog on its website Oct. 1 explaining that it had increased the size of its global traffic panel, which was supposed to make its estimated rankings more accurate.

But alternative news sites aren’t impressed with the results.

Several responded in WND’s first report on the mysterious trend. And more have responded since that article was published, including the head of Breitbart News, who is not buying the new figures released by Alexa.

“Despite increasing traffic on Breitbart.com, the Alexa rankings for Breibart.com dropped significantly in one month. That certainly calls into question Alexa’s newly reported numbers,” Larry Solov, president and CEO of Breitbart News, told WND. […]

What’s even more surprising is that a top alternative website focusing on health issues, which has been reporting daily on the hottest news topic concerning health in year, Ebola, would also be down in the Alexa rankings.

But that’s exactly what happened to NaturalNews.com, a site operated by Mike Adams, a scientist also known as the “health ranger.”

“Natural News can confirm that in the time period depicted as a sharp drop in traffic by Alexa.com, our unique visitor numbers have actually risen sharply, in part due to the very high level of interest in the uncontrolled Ebola outbreak,” Adams told WND. “To see a rise in traffic depicted as a visual drop on Alexa’s chart is troubling, especially given that this drop primarily appears to be taking place across sites known to be truth-telling news sources like Natural News.”

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NaturalNews.com is among the top 750 websites in the U.S. and among the very top alternative sites focusing on health issues, yet Alexa lowered its ranking during a period when readers were intensely interested in the site’s Ebola coverage.

Besides reporting on Ebola, Natural News has investigated the controversial use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the U.S. food supply, and also lists “factory farming and corruption in government” among the topics it covers on its mission statement.

Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WND, said Alexa appears to be taking sides in the media wars, for the establishment and against those sites that seek to hold government accountable.

“It’s really infuriating that after two solid days of calling and emailing Alexa about this issue, no one there is responding,” said Farah, who founded WND as the first independent Internet news agency in 1997. “I suppose we should just accept the fact that Alexa has decided corporately, apparently along with its parent Amazon, that it is joining the two-decades-long war on the alternative New Media.”

Michael McGuire of NightTalker Radio Network and NightTalker.com, said WND’s initial report on Alexa answered some of his long-held questions.

“Our audience numbers have been spiking, amazingly and amazingly and amazingly, and all of a sudden [it’s the] last week of September and it’s showing everything down,” McGuire said. “You look at a billion websites online and look at the number that are for constitutional government and free speech, and it’s beyond belief that this would happen.”

McGuire said his site was experiencing increasing traffic last year when it published stories about the death of freelance reporter Michael Hastings, who died in a mysterious car crash in California.

“Our listenership spiked by 20 to 30K a day and our Alexa ranking reflected that. And then two weeks later, guess what? Our Alexa rating disappeared. Ever since that day, I’ve believed Alexa was politically driven,” he said. “This is the smoking gun. This is huge.”

Read the rest of the WND article here.

FOTM St. Michael

Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) is no Internet giant like WND, Breitbart, and Natural News. But I’ve also noticed a steep and continuing drop in Alexa’s rankings for FOTM, although our stats (according to our server WordPress) say the number of daily views has increased. To illustrate:

Alexa's rankings for FOTM

Note: The smaller the number of the ranking, the better.

That FOTM went from a USA ranking of 16,850 (on 9/15/2014) to 49,305 (on 10/14/2014) in the space of a month stretches credulity.

~Eowyn

This is how Israel deals with school shootings

After the terrible shooting massacre of 20 little children, ages 6 to 7, and 6 adults nearly two weeks ago in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., there is the predictable cacophony of “Gun Control!” from the Left.

Even worse is the scapegoating of law-abiding gun owners who have committed no crime. The National Rifle Association (RFA) and its members are not just vilified, but death wishes were heaped on them by CSI star Marg Helgenberger and U. of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis. The irony of anti-gun advocates wishing death for others, all under the guise of caring about life, is lost on the ilk of Helgenberger and Loomis.

Joseph Farah of WND points out that Israel, a nation surrounded by madmen who seek to kill innocent Jewish children any way they can, has rarely seen the kinds of mayhem America witnessed in Newtown, Conn.

This is why.

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Israel protects its children with armed guards and armed teachers in its schools.

Writing in the Wall St. Journal, Massad Ayoob, director of the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, N.H., which trains police officers and military personnel in self-defense techniques, echoes Farah’s message:

In Israel armed teachers are common, and terrorist attacks at schools nonexistent. Indeed, it was only during a 1997 visit by Israeli schoolgirls to the ‘Island of Peace’ along the Jordanian border, in which the teachers had been asked to leave their weapons behind, that an Arab gunman took advantage of an easy opportunity to open fire, killing seven children and wounding another six.”

Ayoob proposes the Israeli model for U.S. schools, a stance supported by Texas governor Rick Perry. Ayoob writes:

“[In the United States] all adult employees of the school know how to operate fire extinguishers and supervise an orderly fire drill. A school nurse is generally on hand, but virtually all teachers and school administrators have learned basic first aid and CPR. It is but a small step from here to train school personnel in the use of firearms, and to arm at least some of them.

For the concept to work, armed teachers would have to be volunteers who pass strict psychological testing, and go through at least as much training in firearms and the judicious use of deadly force as current laws demand of armed security guards. The weapons would have to be discreetly concealed, and which personnel are armed should be revealed only on a need-to-know basis.”

Despite Obama’s decrying of gun violence, since he’s entered the White House, prosecutions for breaking gun laws have diminished sharply — a drop of 40% since the zenith reached under George W. Bush, which was 11,000.

As for the anti-gun ownership elites on the Left, their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Both Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) not only carry concealed weapons, they are also protected by armed police escorts. The obnoxious loudmouth “entertainer” Rosie O’Donnell, who once ran roughshod over conservative actor Tom Selleck because of his stance supporting the Second Amendment, has three armed bodyguards to protect her, her wife and her children. (For more, see “Second Amendment Hypocrites.”)

Michael Moore, who supports stricter gun-control laws, including a ban on automatic and semiautomatic weapons and magazine clips that hold more than seven rounds, is also a hypocrite. In one of his docufictions, “Bowling for Columbine,” Moore criticizes America’s “culture of fear” and its obsession with guns. But it turns out Moore has armed protection from a personal body guard. America found that out only when the body guard was arrested in January 2005 in New York’s JFK airport for carrying — you guessed it — a firearm that was unlicensed for New York.

Yup, like O’Donnell, Feinstein, and Schumer, Moore also is protected by armed guards. But they don’t want YOU, who don’t have the millions of bucks they have to hire armed guards, to own guns to protect yourself.

Then there’s anti-gun Obama and NBC’s David Gregory, who send their kids to the private, self-described “highly selective” Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, where annual tuition is around $35,000 (not including fees and textbooks) and where the children are protected by 11 armed guards, with a 12th on the way.

For the Left, their motto is ever “Do as I say, not as I do”.

By the way, Ayoob wrote his essay after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. If America had heeded his advice of arming school teachers, the Sandy Hook tragedy might have been averted.

See also Sen. Feinstein’s proposed bill to ban “assault weapons” including handguns.

H/t FOTM’s reader Joan W.

~Eowyn