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PureEnergySystems.com > News > October 17, 2014; 14:30 GMT

Should we boycott Amazon.com for Alexa politically cooking traffic data?

Alexa recently changed their web traffic comparison algorithm; and here we show that in the past month the most popular conservative sites show a major drop-off, while sites that tow the establishment line show a rise, often contradicting quantcast site traffic data. Ditto for our PESWiki site.

Preface Note: Regarding this article, on October 18, 2014 10:23 GMT, Sebastian Anthony, Senior Editor at ExtremeTech.com wrote:
I track Alexa too. I will note two things. a) Alexa often spikes like that, and then corrects itself over the next few days. b) Don't forget Alexa is RANKING, while Quantcast is absolute numbers. Alexa is relative. It's possible for a site's absolute numbers to stay roughly the same while taking a plunge on the relative stats.

Sterling's reply: While this might address the magnitude issue, it doesn't address the direction: consistently up for pro-establishment entities, and down for anti-establishment entities.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News


On October 14, World Net Daily reported that Amazon.com-owned Alexa appears to have cooked the books in their traffic data for the past month-plus regarding several conservative websites, in comparison to some liberal websites that got boosted in their comparative ranking. Then on October 16, Infowars posted a video with further documentation of this, also showing some screenshots of the Alexa rakings, further showing that many of the most popular websites that contradict the official mainstream narrative suffered the downward ranking fate, while liberal sites that tow the line allegedly saw their traffic leap higher.

Alexa, no doubt, will point to an announcement they made on October 1, "Alexa Increases its Global Traffic Panel". The wording of that announcement says: 

We’re excited to announce that after a lot of hard work, the size of Alexa’s global traffic panel will be significantly increasing. Over the next month we’ll be incorporating lots of new data points, which will help improve the accuracy of our metrics.... One immediate result of the additional data is that you may see your traffic rank fluctuate, especially for sites ranked greater than 100,000.

I sent a link to this story last night to Alexa, 7 hours before publishing it, to get their input, but I've not heard back from them yet.

The trolls will say, "See, they said it was coming", but the data seem to suggest they did far more than that, with some funky political biasing thrown in. Furthermore, as you look at the data below, you will see that these changes began mid-September, and were well under way by the time Alexa announced that they "will be significantly increasing" their traffic panel "over the next month" -- speaking of a future change, which was, in fact, already well under way.

In preparing to submit this story to Slashdot , I compared the Alexa data to Quantcast, another independent traffic quantifying site. This makes the changes all the more compelling. Below, I show them side by side, so you can see that there is definitely some biasing going on that seems to favor sites that opposed Constitution-based freedom at its core and demerit sites that support it. Said another way, on a global scale, it seems to strongly favor sites that facilitate the rollout of the New World Order police state, while strongly demoting sites that stand in opposition to it.

I then post a survey with a question: should we boycott Amazon.com (for such egregious fraud in cooking their traffic data for political propaganda purposes)?

This falls into a similar treason classification as government-paid internet trolls who help trend forum thought through their propagandized responses, also documented by Infowars this past week, except in this Alexa case, we can birddog the culprit: Amazon.com.

Some points to bear in mind as you look at the comparisons:

  • The Quantcast data is usually represented by one data point per month, averaging the traffic for a month, whereas the Alexa data is almost daily and thus will show far more movement up and down -- which Quantcast levels out.
  • Where available, I showed the Quantcast data for one year, so it corresponded to the same year display shown by Alexa; but in some cases, a full year was not available from Quantcast.
  • There are a few sites that Quantcast has no data for, but Alexa does. For the most part, I omitted those, since they don't provide the independent data point for comparison.
  • Sometimes, the Quantcast data is in the same direction as Alexa for the past month, but certainly not to the same extent as shown by Alexa. 
  • In the majority of strong political cases (sites that are either highly conservative or liberal), the past month shows an opposite direction in popularity: Quantcast shows up, while Alexa shows drastically down, or vice versa.
  • To get the data shown below, just go to the Quantcast or Alexa website and enter the domain name in question.
  • In preparing the images below, for the Quantcast images, I used a similar font to theirs to post the domain name just above the data, whereas they show it quite maybe 300-400 pixels higher. I used the Alexa image as presented, cropping it as shown below, with no other changes.
  • The data from Alexa is global, while Quantcast is US only. That said, Quantcast, as a large sampling from the West, is likely to be a fairly accurate predictor of global trends as well.
NOTE: We're focusing on the past month of these twelve-month displays, which is where the primary discrepancies, and apparent bias, arises.

 

Popular Conservative Sites

Note the precipitous drop-off in ranking in Alexa during the September-October time-frame, while Quantcast shows a relatively stable/consistent performance.

It was not easy finding relevant sites, as most conspiracy-exposing conservative sites don't get into the 100,000 or better ranking. Ditto for tow-the-line sites.

Listed in alphabetical sequence.

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


While this one is in the same direction, it's not nearly to the same extent, exacerbated by the fact that the Alexa scale is logarithmic.

opposite, with slight trend upward in Quantcast

blatantly opposite

opposite

opposite

same direction, not same extent

While gaiamtv might not be considered "conservative," it is anti-NWO establishment, though not as much as some of these others.

Quantcast shows by far the largest upward spike in past month, while Alexa shows it tapering down.

same direction, definitely not same extent

opposite

opposite

same direction, not same extent

opposite stats for the Coast to Coast AM of Europe

opposite

same direction, not same extent

Quantcast shows him holding very steady. Was Quantcast beta testing a downward trend on him, the favorite scapegoat (who is mainstream compared to many of these others)?

opposite

The undulating upward trend in Alexa is substituted for a double-downer, where Quantcast shows them at least holding steady.

opposite

 

Popular Liberal Websites

Note the increase in ranking in Alexa during the September-October time-frame, while Quantcast shows a relatively stable/consistent performance.

Listed in alphabetical sequence.

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


opposite

Corresponds in direction but not extent.

same direction

opposite, but in the noise

opposite

drastically opposite

similar

opposite

 

PES Network

Apparently, the same constraints that Alexa applied to the conservative sites above has also been applied to our PESWiki.com site, which definitely also does not tow the mainstream line, either regarding energy (we promote solutions that are not only clean but affordable, which would make the powers that be obsolete), nor regarding politics (similar to the above "conservative" sites). 

I checked a few other exotic free energy sites, but the only one that comes close to poking above the 100,000 ranked level is ThriveMovement.

Alexa doesn't count stats until a site is above the top 100,000 sites. Note that according to Alexa, PESWiki dropped below that point in the past month, while Quantcast shows PESWiki up during that same period.

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(February-September; US people/month, estimate)


opposite

 

Energy Establishment

So, in the energy sector, if there is political bias by Alexa, I was curious who might be favored, while we have been prejudiced against. In doing a Google search for "energy", after Wikipedia and a couple of news listings, the first entity website was energy.gov -- the United States' official energy website -- which is anything but favorable to exotic free energy technologies. 

While Quantcast shows them dropping, Alexa gives them the same significant rise we saw in the liberal sites above, and even more meteoric than the liberal sites.

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


Correlated

opposite

out of favor for neutral coverage of E-Cat?
no data

This one puzzles me; maybe chosen because it's green but not threatening the powers that be?

opposite

 

Mainstream Political

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


opposite

opposite
(Alexa's recent pro-NWO algorithm favors establishment GOP)

Not sure what's going on with Quantcast data. Seems like an error. But I'm not surprised by Alexa's bump, as Politico is definitely not anti-NWO.

 

Mainstream Religions

(towing the line)

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


Quantcast is US, while Alexa is global; so sampling size on right is much smaller. Not much for drawing conclusions here. This is the most popular site I could find for Budhhism.

opposite

They might come across as conservative, but they do a great job keeping their base from digging too deep into what's going on. Alexa's new algorithm seems to have rewarded them.

opposite

Miscellaneous

For what it's worth, I thought I'd do a spot check on some other sectors of society, to see how Alexa's new political algorithm treats them. I present a thesis that pro-New World Order sites (including those who should speak out against it but instead facilitate its cover-up by their silence) are favored, while anti-NWO sites are diminished in their ranking.

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


Moving up in the world despite plateau traffic; not bad. Wait, don't they own Alexa?

The rise at Alexa doesn't correspond to the slough in Quantcast, though the last month rise is consistent. 

forgot to boost this one?

similar

Opposite -- Did their coverage of the E-Cat and other maverick topics put them out of favor with Alexa's algorithm? Ron Paul & Steve Forbes Sound an Alarm (Oct. 18)

#1, just for comparison; no movement expected.

Same direction, definitely not same extent.

That's quite a boost in Alexa for such a little rise in Quantcast. Pat on the back for staying away from conspiracy topics?

You might want to check some of your favorite / least favorite organizations to see how Alexa's algorithm treats them: thumbs up, thumbs down, neither.  I would posit that a thumbs up from Alexa in the past month is not a good thing when it comes to freedom. Though there may be some exceptions, the generalized trend definitely evinces a political bias.


Contradictions to the Thesis

Here are some examples of sites that don't seem to fit the thesis of "pro-NWO sites go up, while anti-NWO sites go down".

Alexa

Quantcast

(1 year; compares to other sites)

(1 year; US people/month, estimate)


NBC covered the E-Cat last week, as perhaps a manifestation of some rogue elements there that break with the establishment.

opposite


Above 100,000 Cut-Off 

FYI, here are some sites that I tried to look up that don't rise above the rank of 100,000 globally, so they don't show up in Alexa's graph: 

911Truth.org (393k), AE911Truth.org (114k), AFA.net (136k), AlGore.com (1.1M), AnnCoulter.com (72k), BobFletcherInvestigations.com (3.6M), CampignForLiberty.org (203k), CaravantoMidnight.com (150k), ColdFusionNow.org (1.5M), CPUSA.org [Communist Party USA] (581k), DrJudyWood.com (898k), EagleForum.org (713k), EarthChangesMedia.com (1.5M), Earthfiles.com (192k), E-CatWorld.com (243k), Freedom-Force.org (10.7M), GP.org [Green Party] (443k), GreaterThings.com (1.2M), IndependentAmericanParty.org (1.9M), ING.org [muslim/islam] (2.8M), JBS.org (396k), JimMars.com (2.5Mth), Keelynet.com (284k), LENRNews.eu (3.6M), LP.org (184k), Mancow.com (680k), MUM.edu (83.5k), NumbersLady.com (1.5M), Obama-Care.org (853k), OccupyWallSt.org (214k), Overunity.com (161k), PhiSciences.com (854k), Progressive.org (296k), RonPaul.com (565k), SanpeteMessenger.com (7.5M), SBC.net [Southern Baptist Convention] (276k), SheriffMack.com (4.3M), ThePowerHour.com (373k), UMC.org [United Methodist Church] (161k), UnknownCountry.com (161k), UT.gov (12.7M), WanttoKnow.info (126k).

I have to say that I am quite amazed that at number 72,555 (73.6k), PESWiki.com, which has been primarily a one-man job (in terms of posting, though we do get a lot of volunteer help with feeding information, editing, moderating, etc.), has been more popular than all the sites mentioned in the previous paragraph, many of which are team operations, or larger organizations, sometimes with many employees. We get about as much traffic as NyTeknik, the Swedish equivalent of Popular Science. I was really surprised that we do better than AE911Truth, AFA, EagleForum, GOP (84k), JBS, OccupyWallSt, ThriveMovement, which have thousands of members/supporters; but I guess we do, too, though not necessarily card-carrying.

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Given the above data, what do you think? Should we boycott Amazon.com (for such egregious fraud in cooking their traffic data for political propaganda purposes)?

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