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AlexaAccording to Alexa.com, as of May 12, 2013, FauxCapitalist.com, a part-time, unpaid effort, had a 3-month ranking of 181,062th place among all websites accessed from the United States.

This compares with a 3-month worldwide rating of 90,706th place for the Daily Bell, whose founder admitted to working for large international banks, despite portraying itself as an alternative site, and was later proven to have lied about their numbers.

The Daily Bell likes to talk a lot about efficiencies of the free market, and despite them trying to shoot the messenger and blaming Alexa’s ranking system only after their ranking started tanking, the free market is showing that more Americans are opting for more efficient websites from a cost-benefit analysis than all visitors are to theirs.

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English: Bratislava; New Year 2005; FireWorks

Thanks to you, the readers, for making January 2013 the most successful month in terms of total visits.

And unlike the gold-loving Daily Bell, which expects you to believe they get 17 million hits a month — despite their Alexa ranking tanking — and it being proven that they lied about their website numbers, you can verify my claims by tracking my daily visitor numbers on the main page.

Previously, the best month was November 2011, thanks to my article, Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker laughs at the great increase in wealth disparity over the past 10 to 15 years, and at Americans for not speaking out more forcibly against it, being picked up by Rense.com, but this month, the views were mostly due to Web searches.

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The Daily BellThe Daily Bell, which had previously blasted Alexa as an “elite methodology,” only to later adopt it, has had 5 Alexa reviews in just 8 days since October 29, 2012.

I’m sure these reviews are completely spontaneous. Let’s review the facts:

The Daily Bell started in 2008, and had only received one Alexa review prior to October 29, 2012 — on December 2, 2010.

All 5 reviewers have so far provided only one review, and gave it 5 out of 5 stars, showing how must they must really like the Daily Bell. Compare it to a site like henrymakow.com, which has had a comparable ranking at times and has been around longer than the DB, yet has no Alexa reviews as of November 21.

While some of them try to come off as average readers, some very detailed descriptions are provided that read like a public relations advertisement.

For instance, this part of the review by “opinionated”:

The “Think Tank” at the Daily Bell allows readers to look up glossary terms and biographies of people through links in the articles that lead to pop-up, floating windows—very handy.

Then, listen to this review by “arnold von winkelried”:

I enjoy the incisive analysis of current events by The Daily Bell’s talented team of staff reporters who dissect daily news stories from various mainstream media outlets and analyze them from a free market, libertarian perspective. In addition to the excellent staff reports, The Daily Bell has done an incredible job of assembling many of the leading libertarian thinkers and voices and runs a steady stream of editorials by an impressive team of contributing editors, such as Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Tibor Machan, Paul Craig Roberts, Ron Holland, John Browne, Peter Schiff, Bill Bonner and Anthony Wile, Founder and Chief Editor of The Daily Bell. One of my favorite days to read The Daily Bell is Sunday. Every Sunday The Daily Bell features a guest interview with some of the world’s most prominent libertarians. Some of the recent interviews conducted by The Daily Bell have been with Jim Rogers, Brian Doherty, Ed Griffin, Rick Rule, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Doug Casey, Gerald Celente, Jeff Berwick, Axel Merk, Richard Ebeling, Mark Skousen and Robert Ould…to name just a few. The Daily Bell is a must read for those interested in thought provoking articles written from an Austrian School of Economics point of view.

But what he doesn’t say is how the founder admitted to advising and consulting to large international banks, how they have repeatedly attempted to redefine Zionism, how they have adopted an “elite methodology” in using Alexa rankings, and how they promote a so-called free market gold standard, which prominent Austrian School devotee Gary North admits has never existed in history.

If all these rankings are indeed by sincere regular readers of the Daily Bell, without any direct ties to the organization itself, it is indeed interesting that they would write such glowing reviews on a site that the Daily Bell had blasted as an elite methodology. In any case, it shows they recognize the importance of impression management.

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The Daily BellOn August 6, 2012, I published the article, Daily Bell, show us independent confirmation of your readership numbers, and then we’ll believe you.

As of November 18, 2012, we now have independent confirmation of their readership numbers, thanks to them adopting an “elite methodology” they had previous blasted — Alexa’s website rankings.

The independent confirmation shows conclusively that they lied about their readership numbers.

As of November 18, 2012, their “Certified Site Metrics” show that they only receive an average of 6,717 daily visitors and 14,800 daily pageviews. Projected out over an entire year, that would give them only 2,451,705 annual visitors and 5,402,00 annual pageviews — a far cry from the 17 million page hits they claimed in a single month after their Alexa ranking had tanked below 100,000.

I first blew the whistle on the veracity of the Daily Bell’s claims about its readership numbers in my January 1, 2012 article, I call bollocks on the Daily Bell’s reported monthly page hits.

Despite the mounting evidence against their claims, they continued to perpetuate their unfounded claims, and as recently as November 10, a regular Daily Bell reader tried defending their readership number claims, showing that people are willing to cling to obviously false claims, facts and logic be damned.

I don’t rule out the possibility that they reached 17 million hits in a month through deceptive means like pinging their own servers, but that would be as honest as me claiming I received a call from the President of the United States because I called myself with a Skype ID of “President of the United States.”

My question to the so-called alternative media is, now that it’s been documented that the Daily Bell lied, what will you do about it?

I predict that their readership will continue to go up, and that Lew Rockwell and Alex Jones will continue to link to their articles, thereby calling Lew Rockwell’s and Alex Jones’ own credibility into question, at least on the basis of having such well-funded, highly-rated sites, yet not mustering the basic resources to uncover what I uncovered myself on an unpaid, part-time basis.

For more critical analysis of the Daily Bell’s claims, see, The Daily Knell: The Cemetery of Libertarian Lies.

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The Daily BellAfter their Alexa.com ranking tanked, the gold bug site the Daily Bell shot the messenger in calling Alexa’s ranking system an “elite methodology.”

Well, look who’s adopted an “elite methodology” now. As of November 8, 2012, none other than the Daily Bell, itself, has adopted one, by installing Alexa’s paid service, “CERTIFIED PRO,” on their servers.

This from the same site that claimed it had received 17 million monthly page views, without providing any evidence whatsoever for such a bold claim, considering other sites with far higher rankings report that amount of traffic in an entire year.

For how much longer will the majority of those in the alternative research community who frequent that site continue to let such claims and contradictions go unchallenged? Is it just entertainment for most people?

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