Visits to alt media portals (via Similar Web). Sites I am particularly interested in are highlighted.
The Unz Review has continued to do very well, surging well ahead of other competitors in the “alt media” (LewRockwell, Takimag, Marginal Revolution, TruthDig, TruthOut, Antiwar, VDare, Mondoweiss). We are now essentially level pegging with both The American Conservative (which we can thank for this site’s existence) and Counterpunch, who are our main “competitors” on the Right and the Left, respectively.
Here is the Alexa data for The Unz Review for the past year:
While TAC has surged ahead for some reason in the past couple of months, this is not reflected in the Alexa data, where we continue to do slightly better.
Although some commenters have expressed concern about the direction of the site, especially the American Pravda series, these concerns don’t seem to be panning out.
For my own part, this has been a rather successful year to date.
While the past year was already a record breaking year for The Russian Reaction, this blog has already seen as many visits and more than 15% as many pageviews during the first eight months of this year as during the entirety of 2017.
This August alone has seen my second highest ever visit count (April 2018 was higher) and my second higher ever pageview count (July 2018 was marginally higher).
Thanks to all you commenters making this possible. As we can see, you have already contributed TWICE as many comments and comment words in just the past eight months than during all of 2017.
Finally, some general comments on other interesting trends in the Altsphere:
Alt Right: The Daily Stormer has shrugged off the serious and repeated efforts to shut it down, in no small part, I expect, thanks to its technical talent (weev?). That said, Anglin’s claims that viewership is higher than ever – and by several multiples – seem incorrect. Even so, it plainly dominates the Alt Right. DailyStormer.com was around 11,000th in the world last year; DailyStormer.name is just 17,000th, according to Alexa. AltRight.com has not been so fortunate; it has pretty much gone dormant, just like Spencer’s old Radix Journal project. Stormfront is depleting; presumably, the stories that Don Black’s wife pulled financing for it is correct. Takimag is doing fine, but they shouldn’t have closed down the comments.
Alt Left: These sites, including Counterpunch, have somewhat declined in the past year. But otherwise no dramatic changes. I am not sure this reflects some serious organic decline – these websites are Gen X if not boomer creations, while young leftists are flocking to places like Chapo Trap House – which is a podcast, not a website. Of course the same thing must be happening on the far right. Young people are not reading long essays, they are shitposting on /pol/ and watching livestreams of racist gamers.
Alt Russophiles: Russia Insider has greatly revived this year, after reaching a temporary nadir at the start of this year. It is now far ahead of The Duran, which has continued declining, despite consolidating its other websites (e.g. Russia Feed) back to the main website.
Russosophere: After the “pogrom” of Sputnik & Pogrom, viewership collapsed, going from 1.5 million to 0.5 million per month. Crippled by Putinist censorship, they have now moved to a primarily video format, dominated by Kirill Nesterov’s video-essays (previously under our ROGPR brand) and political discussions set to video game livestreams. Growth has been very rapid, though from a low base. You can listen to one of these streams, where I participated, here [in Russian].
In my previous overview, I hailed the apparent success of Tsargrad TV, which according to SimilarWeb exploded from 2.5 million to 9 million viewers between April and September 2017. But I have since heard from a couple of former employees that they used bots to ratchet up their numbers. Indeed, their numbers kept getting more and more incredible, peaking at 34 million pageviews by April 2018, before falling back down to 11 million by July 2018.