This sudden purge came just days after I had published my original article strongly suggesting that the Covid-19 outbreak was probably due to an American biowarfare attack against China (and Iran). None of my previous writings had shown such strong viral growth on Facebook, but that immediately ended, and the article disappeared from all regular Google searches along with everything else we had ever published.
- American Pravda: Our Coronavirus Catastrophe as Biowarfare Blowback?
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Although I was shocked at this sudden development, I probably should not have been. After all, I doubt that any event since World War II has been as momentous both for America and the rest of the world as the Covid-19 outbreak, and under such circumstances we would naturally expect the official narrative to be very strongly defended.
These deplatformings were a serious blow to our website, and our rapid growth in readership soon halted, with our current traffic now about 15% down from our peak in pageviews, and substantially more than that in visits. Existing readers seem to have mostly stayed loyal, but our absence from Facebook and Google has greatly reduced our ability to attract new ones.
However, a recent posting on the similarly-banned American Renaissance website noted that they were holding up quite well, even compared with the numerous websites lacking that severe handicap. Our own publication was among the 15-odd comparison websites they included, and I was very pleasantly surprised to see our relatively strong traffic ranking, which placed us first by a substantial amount among the small group listed.
This prompted me to update my table displaying our current rankings compared with those of several dozen alternative webzines of the Left and Right, as well as a few more mainstream publications included. All the monthly estimates are provided by SimilarWeb, a leading traffic-analysis service, which includes visits, pages per visit, and time per visit, allowing the easy calculation of total pages and total time-spent. While I can’t guarantee their accuracy, most of the results seem reasonably plausible.
|Publication||Total Pages||Total Visits||Total Hours||Bounce%||Tm/V||Pgs/V|
|The Daily Caller||15,464,400||7,890,000||339,708||61||2:35||1.96|
|The Unz Review||4,857,400||1,490,000||115,889||48||4:40||3.26|
|The Daily Stormer||3,230,608||638,460||34,761||39||3:16||5.06|
|The American Conservative||2,839,000||1,670,000||51,956||68||1:52||1.7|
|The New Republic||2,837,100||1,930,000||27,342||76||0:51||1.47|
|The Right Stuff||2,774,518||581,660||29,406||41||3:02||4.77|
|Signs of the Times||2,314,050||944,510||56,671||56||3:06||2.45|
|World Socialist Website||2,059,200||1,170,000||37,700||72||1:56||1.76|
|The Vineyard of the Saker||939,077||445,060||18,668||51||2:31||2.11|
|Nation of Islam||666,797||247,880||7,299||61||1:46||2.69|
|Moon of Alabama||645,034||375,020||9,063||62||1:27||1.72|
|Paul Craig Roberts||463,669||226,180||10,115||58||2:41||2.05|
|In These Times||425,995||295,830||5,424||76||1:06||1.44|
|Op Ed News||323,273||91,320||4,617||59||4:41||3.54|
Among other results, I was very pleased to see our monthly traffic and hours-spent totals are still far above those of The Nation and The New Republic, two of America’s most venerable opinion magazines, and roughly comparable to those of Foreign Policy and Reason Magazine, both influential mainstream publications. Even more surprisingly, our small alternative webzine accrues roughly one-third the pageviews and time-spent of National Review and The Daily Caller, two of the most established mainstream conservative opinion webzines.
Sweetest of all was our continued strength relative to that of The Intercept, launched about a year before our own publication and lavishly funded, having already apparently absorbed well over $100 million in funding, perhaps even closer to $150 million. Despite such massive resources and a staff of world-famous journalists, according to SimilarWeb their traffic only exceeds ours by less than 50%, while visitors actually spend more hours per month reading our publication. I had already highlighted some of these issues six months ago in my column about Glenn Greenwald’s angry resignation, but this situation has apparently continued.
And on a different matter, I’m also very pleased that over the last couple of months my eBooks have been downloaded nearly 11,000 times. As a point of comparison, over the last few years the hard copy version of my Meritocracy collection available on Amazon had typically sold only about a dozen copies annually, so a thousand-fold improvement in just two months is very welcome. The three most popular eBooks are my American Pravda series, the Meritocracy collection, and my monograph analyzing World War II.