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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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Lew Rockwell Donate Screen ShotEither I hit their paywall, or my IP address was targeted because of previous hard-hitting articles I had written about Austrian economics, the Mises Institute, Gary North, Thomas DiLorenzo, Dr. Walter Block, Lew Rockwell, The Daily Bell and the infiltration of Ron Paul’s campaign, because as of December 31, 2012, I am redirected to their donation page every time I go to LewRockwell.com.

Deleting my cookies doesn’t help — it’s based on my IP address. Apparently they didn’t consider that there are ways of getting around this, and as a result, I will continue to write hard-hitting articles on the above groups and individuals.

While I give them the benefit of the doubt that it’s probably just a secret paywall and not a result of specifically targeting me, I also had given the Daily Bell the benefit of the doubt about their website numbers, only to uncover that they had lied about them.

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Top 10Here are the Top 10 most downloaded episodes of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb on Oracle Broadcasting in 2012, according to Amazon’s third-party statistics software:

1) July 22, 2012
Interview with Anthony Migchels of realcurrencies.wordpress.com for the last 90 mins., and read the articles: Greeks turn to new digital currencies, not gold, and The Daily Bell shoots the messenger as it sinks into inefficient obscurity.

2) July 29, 2012
The Colorado shooting and private property rights, Alex Thomas avoids Lee Rogers’ show out of fear for Alex Jones’ blacklist, Iceland’s President an antidote to anti-government pessimism porn peddlers, Google’s Web search double standard, and more.

3) June 24, 2012
What the Constitution really says about money, how it doesn’t prevent private individuals from coining currency, what is legal tender, Money Power traps, and how a plank of the Communist Manifesto doesn’t just call for a central bank.

4) September 02, 2012
Hour 1: Articles from fauxcapitalist.com. Hour 2: Interview with excluded KW byelection candidates, John Turmel, who promotes an “Argentine Solution” for our debt woes, and Liz Rowley, who champions the inclusion of all candidates in public forums.

5) July 08, 2012 07-08
Interview with George Whitehurst-Berry, former host of GCN’s, “Crash! Are You Ready?,” and currently of subotaisbow.com, starting at 22 minutes in. First 20 minutes was on recent articles at my blog, fauxcapitalist.com.

6) August 19, 2012
Hour 1: Interview with local Libertarian candidate, Allan Dettweiler. Hour 2: A heated discussion between Stefan Molyneux and Jan Irvin on gold, RecoveringAustrians.wordpress.com a Top 40 Austrian Economics blog, and future guest Mike Sledge’s finding.

7) December 23, 2012
The Alex Jones, Matt Drudge, George Noory, Mark Dice nexus. Alex Jones’ bogus petition to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan. A caller on the non-initiation of force principle, divide and conquer and herd mentality. Article on the third industrial revolution.

8) August 26, 2012
Hour 1: Interview with financial analyst Joseph Meyer of straightmoneyanalysis.com. Hour 2: Austrian School supporter Tom Woods admits gold has no intrinsic value. Still don’t think government agencies are capable of being efficient?, and 9/11 findings

9) November 25, 2012
Private property in China vs. the U.S., Wikipedia violates its own “neutral point of view” policy, C2C AM bans peaceful anarchists, the Daily Bell and impression management, Amazon blocks Judy Wood book, and 9/11 inflammatory and unscientific rhetoric.

10) July 15, 2012
Hour 1: Dennis Marker’s upcoming appearance and a few articles at fauxcapitalist.com. Hour 2: Interview with Dennis Marker, author of “Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism.” thefifteensteps.com

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An old microphone

On the November 25, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I covered the following articles:

1) This is what freedom and private property rights looks like

2) Don’t donate to Wikipedia until they live up to their stated guidelines

3) FauxCapitalist.com boosts its Google PageRank with original content

4) Republic Broadcasting shuts down Studio B

5) Coast to Coast AM bans peaceful anarchists

6) The Daily Bell demonstrates the importance of impression management

7) Why is Amazon Canada not selling Dr. Judy Wood’s book, Where Did the Towers Go?

8) Why the inflammatory, unscientific rhetoric in this 9/11 Truth article?

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no spam!

Beginning in the early hours of November 25, 2012, I started receiving what would end up being 30 suspicious spam comments on my blog, all with links to different Facebook profiles, and all containing at least one spelling mistake.

I had never experienced this before in the four years I have run my blog.

This came just over a week after my November 18 article, It’s official: The Daily Bell lied about their website numbers, and a week after my November 21 article, The Daily Bell demonstrates the importance of impression management.

The reason I mention that is because out of the first 30 spam comments, four were on articles about the Daily Bell, which is statistically significant, given that I have written over 670 articles since 2008. In addition to the spam comments on articles about the Daily Bell, many of the others were related to things that the Daily Bell regularly writes about such as gold, silver and so-called fiat currency.

The second round of suspicious spam comments was even more revealing, with four out of the 18 being about the Daily Bell.

First I was ignored by the Daily Bell, then they clicked through to my site at least three times after my articles got picked up on Michael Rivero’s What Really Happened, and after it was proven that they had lied about their website numbers, I got a regular reader insisting he’s not a “DB agent” writing in-depth criticisms and never bothering to comment on his assertion being proven to be incorrect that the Daily Bell hadn’t adopted an “elite methodology” it had previously blasted, when I showed the screen capture of the Daily Bell including Alexa verification code on their site.

For more on the Daily, see my comprehensive set of articles here.

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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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