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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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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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On June 28, 2011, I wrote about Google’s PageRank changes which rewarded those sites featuring original content, which included FauxCapitalist.com, which went from a ranking of 2 to 3.

As of November 8, 2012, I see that Google has recognized my ongoing efforts to provide unique, original content by further boosting the ranking from a 3 to a 4.

For comparison, TheDailyBell.com, with its nearly half a dozen “elves,” possible millions of dollars in financing, weekly interviews with big names in the alternative economics community and regular linking by LewRockwell.com and Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, only has a Google PageRank of 5, so let’s see if they shoot the messenger of Google like they shot the messenger of Alexa once their Alexa ranking tanked after ending comments in the face of too much negative publicity.

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According to Alexa.com, as of August 22, 2012, FauxCapitalist.com, a part-time, unpaid effort, had a 3-month ranking of 184,595th place among all websites accessed from the United States.

This compares with a 3-month worldwide rating of 110,829th place for the Daily Bell, whose founder admitted to working for large international banks, despite portraying itself as an alternative site.

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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Stephen LendmanAccording to Alexa.com as of August 6, 2012, Stephen Lendman’s blog, sjlendman.blogspot.com, has a 3-month ranking of 359,628.

His site has gone up from the 919,097th position in just three months.

It goes to show that it’s more than just about putting out quality material on a regular basis, as there is no one else I have come across who puts out more quality blogging content than Lendman, and his site was ranked lower than mine.

On the other hand, there are some sites that put out fluff and get far higher ratings, or, like the pro-Austrian economics Daily Bell, which has a team of nearly half a dozen “elves,” yet has a ranking similar to what thecomingdepression.blogspot.com did, which got that ranking just by featuring two to three new articles a day that were sourced from other sites.

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The Daily BellOn January 1, 2012, I wrote the article, I call bollocks on the Daily Bell’s reported monthly page hits, in which I questioned the veracity of their claim that they “regularly receive upwards of 20-25 million hits a month.”

I documented how, since then, they shot the messenger as their Alexa ranking tanked. They claim that they had 17 million page views just for the month of June 2012, showing that their earlier 20-25 million hits claim likely wasn’t a typo.

I pointed out how Mish Shedlock’s site had a higher Alexa ranking — and still does — and his independent confirmation of readership numbers shows he had 21 million page hits for the entire year in 2011.

As for my page hits, independent confirmation is available from WordPress on my homepage, and anyone can track the daily numbers by tracking the cumulative page hits from day-to-day.

I provided a critical analysis of a recent article by the Daily Bell on tally sticks on my August 5, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism.

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One month since the Daily Bell ended comments on April 25, 2012, its Alexa ranking has tanked, showing that by May 27, it had a one-month ranking of 106,899, a 7-day ranking of 96,710, and a 3-month ranking of 71,591.

Once its three-month ranking falls below 100,000, it will no longer warrant Alexa’s daily compilation of in-depth statistics. I see that it has fallen so far that the confidence factor of the visitor demographic information is down from a high level of confidence to only medium.

If this trend continues, the Daily Bell will have to fold and start up as another site, appearing sufficiently different for most of its readers not to realize that it’s a case of Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.

To those who ask what one individual can do to affect change, it was the efforts of several individuals who challenged the suspicious and highly questionable statements by the Daily Bell and some of its supporters that eventually led the DB to pull the plug on comments.

For more on the Daily Bell, see my articles here.

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