Top 50 Conservative Websites for 2018
The media has been in a near constant state of flux over the last decade and 2018 was no exception. The decline of print media along with constant changes in algorithms at Facebook, Google, and other platforms means that the playing field is constantly shifting and changing as publications and websites seek to reach the largest possible audience while eking out enough revenue to stay afloat. Some fared well in 2018's volatile media market while others, like The Weekly Standard and the Independent Journal Review (IJR), struggled to survive.
For the second year in a row, The Drudge Report topped PJM's list of the top 50 conservative websites, followed by Breitbart News, The Daily Caller, and ZeroHedge. While there was no change in the top four, there were some sites that moved up significantly in the rankings while others fell precipitously. (Scroll down to skip the analysis and go straight to the list.)
But before we get to that, an explanation of how these rankings were compiled is in order. In last year's list of the top conservative sites, we calculated the average of rankings from Quantcast, SimliarWeb, and Alexa. This year, we decided not to use Quantcast because a significant number of websites in our category are not quantified there.
Alexa's rankings are based on "a combined measure of Unique Visitors and Pageviews" over a three month period.
Not included in our rankings are TV/video networks (Fox News, CRTV, TheBlazeTV, etc.). We also excluded websites related to print newspapers (New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, etc.) because we wanted to focus solely on the new media landscape.
With any list that attempts to rank "conservative" entities or individuals, there is always significant debate about what it means to be conservative. This list, I expect, will be no exception. There are legitimate questions about whether a site like Infowars, known to traffic in conspiracy theories, ought to be included. Because the site has an influence on the conservative/right-leaning debate, we have decided to include them here along with other sites that made an impact in 2018. Some might also ask why satire site The Babylon Bee, a new entrant to the list this year, was included. The site has become an influential part of the national political dialogue — not to mention the religious landscape — so it made the list. Other sites, like Ace of Spades HQ, were not included because they are not ranked at SimilarWeb and Alexa.
The Drudge Report, for the second year in a row, ran away with the competition, claiming the top spot and trouncing all other right-leaning sites by a significant margin. In addition to the massive traffic the site garners in its own right, Drudge has an outsized influence as a top referral source, with some sites on our list getting 10 to 20 percent of their traffic from Drudge. In fact, for many of the sites on our list, Drudge drives more traffic than Google and Facebook — in some cases driving more than Google and Facebook combined.