New WUWT milestone: 2 million hits this month

During the summer, numbers held steady. This month saw some significant growth. According to the stats, the hit counter reached 2 million about 10:18AM on the morning of October 31st.

Here’s the graph from the internal WordPress stats system. Raw data, not adjusted, directly measured.

WUWT statistics, visits by month, ending Oct 31st 2009 - click for larger image

As always, I think of this as a joint success. The readers, moderators, and contributors make this site what it is. I couldn’t do it alone.

You all have my sincere thanks for being an active part of this success. Because of that shared success, I always like to share good news.

– Anthony

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November 1, 2009 12:20 am

That graph needs a hockey stick. Perhaps the data should be sent to GISS for adjustment.

November 1, 2009 12:24 am

I am glad that for some of us seeking the truth is still a motivator as powerful as an interest in naked girls. There’s hope for humanity yet.
Keep up your good work, and evil forces of New Dark Ages shall be defeated!

November 1, 2009 12:37 am

Well done Mr. Watts.
People need the truth, they can handle the truth, and you are giving them the truth…
Thank you.

November 1, 2009 12:56 am

Do you have any statistics about which country those readers are from?

Doug in Seattle
November 1, 2009 1:04 am

Well I’m not so sure I would make Alexander’s comparison, but the continued and growing success of this site does give me hope. Congratulations.

Jim B in Canada
November 1, 2009 1:06 am

Alexander Feht, There are naked girls on the internet? Where?
If there is anything I’ve learned at WUWT is statements need to be backed up by facts, we’ll need links, lots of links……

November 1, 2009 1:38 am

Now, if you’d just map CO2 concentrations over the top, I think we have a correlation. Of course, you may need to Mann-ipulate the x-axis (ie, have two) so that you can stretch the CO2 data for the last 150 years over the life of the site.
Then, you can send it to the IPCC for inclusion in the next Summary for Policy Makers. I have no doubt that it will stand-up to the IPCC’s peer-review process!

Patrick Davis
November 1, 2009 1:38 am

Since discovering this site, I send everyone, doubters and supporters of AGW alike, here.
Good work (Even though I don’t hold up much hope our leaders are heading down the right path in all this).

Geoff Sherrington
November 1, 2009 1:48 am

Alexander Feht (00:24:41) :
I prefer a powerful interest in naked men – by girls.

Lindsay H
November 1, 2009 1:50 am

the most intersting thing is that while WUWT steams ahead, Real Climate and their pro AGW sympathisers have languished and are becoming almost moribund, their readers are leaving in droves ; perhaps because the weakness in their arguments have been exposed, and their scientific credibility has been damaged by their refusal to seriously debate the science, and the slavish subservience to the pontification of the IPCC.
Congratulatons to Anthony and the moderators and particulary to the contributors who are prepared to debate all the issues and tolerate with patience obvious questions from less knowledgable readers.
And to the contributors with such irreverant wit, to make a bit of fun out of the debates, the mix makes WUWT a pleasure to read.

November 1, 2009 2:12 am

Theres a link on Instapundit to an AGW poll by the San Fran Examiner. The poll is slanted, almost a push poll in favor of AGW hysteria. But it asks where you get your AGW news and I imagine that a lot of folks who are “deniers” will be listing your site. Beware, the Obama administration may be giving you the “Edmonds” and “Fox news” treatments as soon as Cap and Tax hits the congress.
Just FYI

November 1, 2009 2:13 am

Anthony, thought I know you have 30 years of meteorology and broadcasting behind you, I never fail to be amazed with your output and consistent good quality and courtesy.
I hope that when the Climate Science plague is eventually brought under sufficient control, you’ll think further about how to put this work on a footing that doesn’t depend on your presence. I at least am aware that this new Citizens’ Science that is stumbling its way into being is going to be vital in the future (a) as a necessary counterbalance to professional science, much as Open Source balances Microsoft, and (b) it’s an amazing creative and therapeutic outlet for many to make a real contribution and feel a sense of personal connection. I suspect others think likewise.
But that’s for next year. I’ve got to take a break now.

November 1, 2009 2:14 am

I notice the graph is linked in direct proportion to the releases of lying propaganda from the global warming industry. This can only be considered good news, as the more hysterical the alarmists become, the more people want to know the truth.

November 1, 2009 2:17 am

Looks like a tipping point was reached in Dec 2007. Amazing how people stop believing in rubbish when they lose a little financial comfort.

Beth Cooper
November 1, 2009 2:25 am

Thank you, Anthony, for providing a forum for facts and argument on global warming . I appreciate all the effort, energy and expertise you have provided to keep intellectual debate alive and well against the forces of doctrinaire persuasion.

November 1, 2009 2:29 am

Well done! This blog has done more to change the terms of the debate than any other. The right mix of news, data, humour and attitude. May WUWT go from strength to strength!

Allan M
November 1, 2009 2:30 am

Great! 30 million by Christmas?

November 1, 2009 2:37 am

Anthony, you are one of the voices of sanity in a word consumed by AGW madness. Long may you, and your fellow realists, defend ethical science in the face of unfettered political greed.

Shurley Knot
November 1, 2009 3:08 am

I only come for the laughs.

November 1, 2009 3:20 am

Bravo, Anthony. As a Conservative Association Chairman and ex Army Officer, I am a firm believer that climate has changed without man’s efforts, will continue changing wih or without man and life will adapt anyway. I see few efforts going into studying that however the globe warms, man will benefit as a whole from several more degrees of it. Lord Lawson is clear that if the globe was warming there are 10 important things we should be doing about it and squandering money against GW is not on his list. Bjorn Lomberg also is of that view to a great extent.

November 1, 2009 3:34 am

I love your site and frequently share it with the guys over at NASA ! Keep up the great work and keep the church of climate scientology on its toes.
Warmism, like the communism and fascism which preceeded, it will have its brief day in the sun – but be warned these three “isms” are attempting to merge and morph into something worse.

The Tax Man
November 1, 2009 3:46 am

Congratulations, Anthony! Now that you’ve cracked the 2 million hits/month mark, we are pleased to inform you that you have made a quantum leap into the next bracket of carbon emission taxes.
Not everyone realises this, but those web page hits give rise to trillions of electrons roaring around the world at the speed of light, and these are robustly believed to be responsible for the release of some kilograms of carbon dioxide, the well-known plant food and deadly killer trace gas.
As we speak, several molecules of CO2 in the troposphere at temperatures as high as -50C are unleashing a barrage of lethal infra-red radiation at the earth. Our fragile, pathetic planet, accustomed as it is to dealing only with the consequences of mild phenomena such as tropical storms and polar blizzards, is clearly unable to deal with such withering assaults in its remorseless search for equilibrium (which you ordinary mortals choose to call “weather”). Hence, you must be punished. (Nothing personal – it’s the law, or at least it will be if our pusillanimous political masters have their way in Copenhagen in a few weeks time.)
The simplest solution, if you wish to avoid imprisonment for your wanton encouragement of electron wastage, is to send a cheque for at least $100,000 to this office, whence it will be distributed to those worthy causes who recognise that mankind is truly evil and should be shivering in caves rather than living in plump comfort.
If you wish to contribute more directly to the deserving heroes of the near future, simply post your cheque to your favourite African dictator or ex-Enron trader.
Bob Highland

November 1, 2009 3:47 am

This graph totally misses the early decedal drop in interest. The sharp upturn at the end is thrown into question.
Are these statistics based on one bloke in his pyjamas mis-hitting his keyboad in Alberta?

November 1, 2009 4:04 am

Were those computers located in the shade or in full sun?

allen mcmahon
November 1, 2009 4:05 am

Yet another “worse than expected” scenario for ‘real’ climate scientists to agonize over.

November 1, 2009 4:16 am

Congratulations and many thanks for the good readings you provide(d)!

November 1, 2009 4:30 am

Now that is the kind of hockey stick I can relate to keep up the good work Anthony.
Bye the bye the size of Australias contribution under the Copenhagen treaty looks about $7 bn a year this is getting some attention on blogs here.
It would appear that the US liability under the same treaty would be about $138 bn a year is any mention of this appearing in American blogs or media.

Ursus maritimus
November 1, 2009 4:31 am

No, thank you Anthony.
As a reformed warmest, I’m gratified to have a forum that allows for sketicism to flourish. I think a lot of folks out there are probably like me – they care a great deal about the environment, but have never taken the time to critically read any of the actual science (not that they have much science training), and have been bombarded and overwhelmed by the AGW propaganda machine. You provide a valuable counterpoint to the overheated rhetoric.
The door opened a crack for me this summer when I first read a ‘hockey stick’ article published in the mainstream press. I was a little shocked to be honest, because mainstream press articles critical of AGW are few and far between. This piqued my interest, which led to your site (my favorite), among others.
We have a long road ahead of us I fear. Please keep leading, I’ll be following.

November 1, 2009 4:34 am

I’ve been coming to your site every day for the past 3 months and I am sooooo energized by your articles and the ensuing comments. I can’t thank you enough for offering people a site where we can learn about globull warming/climate change and what the intellectuals are planning for us poor unwashed masses. What you’ve done for science is wonderful—you’ve made it understandable and a topic the common person need not fear.

November 1, 2009 4:38 am

It’s better than we thought !

November 1, 2009 4:39 am

Congratulations, Anthony, for sanity, good science and excellent readability.
Cheers, mareeS.

November 1, 2009 4:44 am

Watt’s up, doc!

Ron de Haan
November 1, 2009 4:53 am

Congratulations Anthony, still the best blog on the subject and plenty of growth potential as skeptics go main stream.

John Bowman
November 1, 2009 4:54 am

Hits to WUWT is in correlation with CO2 emissions – is this evidence that the World is warming to Mr Watts – AGW = Anthony Global Warming?

November 1, 2009 4:55 am

You must be earning a lot from the ads…
If I was you’d remove google ads and add custom banners with 2milviews everyone wud want to advertise here.

November 1, 2009 5:01 am

I’m with jregghead …
besides… what’s all this ‘Raw data, not adjusted, directly measured’ stuff… stop it… you’re embarrassing big ol’ Al Gore and the rest of the keystone cop global warmist scientists…. is that an oxymoron!? or should that be plural? : )
don’t be mad Al… just sell all your ‘green’ stocks which you and your mates were counting on to be able to buy a few more private jets… they won’t be worth much in the near future…
this is a great site… !! well done and keep up the good work… JX

David Harrington
November 1, 2009 5:34 am

Not bad for a knuckle dragging denialist 🙂
Well done Anthony, Keep up the good work.

Indiana Bones
November 1, 2009 5:51 am

One if by land, two if by sea… two million hits grow a mind that is free.

Paul Coppin
November 1, 2009 5:55 am

Of course its a hockey stick. You just haven’t extended your x-axis scale back far enough. Take the graph back to 1850 and shorten the scale and voila! Frank Mahovolich.

November 1, 2009 6:29 am

Sorry to be a downer Anthony, but my site gets 2.5 mil hits a month and turns over 68 gig of data, cos we include pics, – no , not porn, just a subject that is equally fascinating to the participants.
It’s all relative.
Love your site and I hope my vote input is reflected in the outcomes of the form I just completed. 🙂

November 1, 2009 6:34 am

just to support my claim 😉

November 1, 2009 6:40 am

Perhaps a new success? Christopher Booker’s column today reveals that Dr Gavin Smirk seems to be trying to disassociate himself from The Team.

November 1, 2009 6:42 am

Congrats on your site performance. It’s apples & oranges, though, comparing a large commercial enterprise that has been in existence for almost twenty years with WUWT, which started in late 2006. The relevant comparison is WUWT vs all other climate related sites, both alarmist and skeptic.
Is TGP IT the same company as

November 1, 2009 6:49 am

Yes, this is the only hockey stick that seems scientifically valid. Congratulations, Anthony, and kudos for your ability to enable so many knowledgeable and intelligent (and, maybe, opinionated) people from all walks of life and from around the world to work together for science and responsible public policy.
Woops, I am a little late with my subscription. It’s on its way for the last quarter. Oh, subscriptions? Much better, and more dependable than a tip jar. What I learn from WUWT is worth more than many of the mag-journal subscriptions I maintain. How about others?

November 1, 2009 6:51 am

Alan M.
“30 million by Christmas?”
How about 30 million by Copenhagen?
Congrats Anthony. Great work.

November 1, 2009 6:59 am

Thanks for all the great work everyone has done making this a fantastic site !!!

Mark Fowler
November 1, 2009 7:02 am

I found an oasis here, thanks

November 1, 2009 7:10 am

cent fois bravo!
Dommage qu’il n’existe pas de site de ce genre de ce côté-ci de l’Atlantique.
Dommage également que votre gouvernement actuel se laisse entraîné dans cette mouvance.
Pour nous Européens, du moins, pour une frange significative, les USA restent,restaient,le dernier rempart contre ce collectivisme rampant qui sévit depuis trop longtemps ici, et qui a retrouvé une nouvelle vie du fait de la crise économique.
Vous êtes lu ici aussi,et je ne manque jamais de diriger le plus de monde possible sur votre site

Evan Jones
November 1, 2009 7:11 am

Here’s the graph from the internal WordPress stats system. Raw data, not adjusted, directly measured.
Surely some sort of TOBS is called for.

November 1, 2009 7:17 am

Congratulations and thank you! Well done.
From the frozen north!

November 1, 2009 7:17 am

Where is the much greater Medieval interest period? – has it been deleted by the IPCC?

November 1, 2009 7:22 am

Congratulations Anthony!. Have you checked what kind of posts are more visited?. I think those more controversial (sun & climate,etc.) and you would get a real hockey stick by selecting them.

November 1, 2009 7:22 am

joletaxi (07:10:40) :
cent fois bravo!
Dommage qu’il n’existe pas de site de ce genre de ce côté-ci de l’Atlantique.Dommage également que votre gouvernement actuel se laisse entraîné dans cette mouvance. Pour nous Européens, du moins, pour une frange significative, les USA restent,restaient,le dernier rempart contre ce collectivisme rampant qui sévit depuis trop longtemps ici, et qui a retrouvé une nouvelle vie du fait de la crise économique. Vous êtes lu ici aussi,et je ne manque jamais de diriger le plus de monde possible sur votre site
A rough translation of joletaxi above is:
Cheers! a hundred times cheers!
It’s a pity that a site of this kind does not exist on this side of the Atlantic. Shame also that your current government gets itself involved in this nonsense. For us Europeans, at least, for a significant fringe, the USA remains the last bastion against this crawling collectivism which has prevailed for too a long here, and which found a new life because of economic crisis. You are read here also, and I never fail to direct the most possible traffic onto your site.

Henry chance
November 1, 2009 7:22 am

Go for a hockey stick
I quote this site and share the links. Gladly I might add.

November 1, 2009 7:25 am

A bastion of integrity is always worth a visit.

November 1, 2009 7:31 am

I know this comment will be considered anecdotal, but I’d like to inform people of this globull warming hogwash from a farmer’s perspective. We raise corn and soybeans in eastern Iowa. April through June was cool and wet, causing problems with planting; we had our coldest july ON RECORD this summer and August was also cooler than “normal”. Corn matures according to the heat units received and our ag specialist told us that the corn was generally 2 months behind schedule, because of the cool, wet summer. We are harvesting corn that is 26% moisture right now–sure takes a LOT of LP to dry that down to 14 % for proper storage. The soybean harvest has been a mess, because we have rain every 3-4 days, so it’s hard to get into (and out of) the fields, in addition to harvesting the beans at their best moisture content for storage. Last week, Iowa and Illinois farmers had harvested only 16% of the beans, down from a “normal” 76% rate…more evidence of the cool, wet conditions. When people tell me that the globe is warming, I want to drag their silly butts to my corner of the world and show them what’s really happening. Next year, we will be planting more short season corn and beans, just so we can have a longer harvest season. The yields will be lower, but it’s better than leaving the crops in the fields to rot.
Your website is a breath of fresh air for people who see the globull warming crowd for what they really are–people who want to tax and spend our dollars and will use any ruse to get there. Please keep up the good work, Anthony, and all you scientists and science oriented people keep fighting the good fight!

November 1, 2009 7:33 am

Congratulations and Thank You for hosting this blog that is a source of truth amidst a sea of misinformation.

November 1, 2009 7:36 am

Eventually you’ll just have to wait for global population growth to expand. Congrats on the huge success.

November 1, 2009 7:37 am


November 1, 2009 8:54 am

Christopher Booker points the way to this blog on a regular basis, and I followed the pointing finger about six months ago. Do you realise (note British spelling) how many late nights you have subjected me to? The quality of your contributors and most commenters together with the sensible and fair moderation make WUWT unmissable as far as I am concerned. Congratulations on such well-deserved success.

Richard M
November 1, 2009 8:59 am

Makes sense to me. It’s getting colder and people are more likely to be inside where the computers are located instead of outside enjoying warm weather.
Cold = bad (except for WUWT)
Warm = good

November 1, 2009 9:42 am

I would like to add my congratulations for a job well done by Anthony and all the contributors that make this site worth reading. It has become one of my must read sites every day. When I first sign on the computer, I first check the local weather broad cast, then a quick look at the national and world news head lines, then directly here to find out the important events of the day. The depth of coverage on this site is beginning to rival the major news outlets in many respects, and the thoughtful and sometimes energetic debates are always entertaining and informative. There are a great many issues I learned here that I would be totally ignorant of if I only went to the major news organizations.
Thanks to all who come here and participate.
I also direct as many people as I can to this site if they show even the slightest interest in being intellectually curious.

November 1, 2009 10:03 am
There is no information on the meaning of “views”. It is not clear whether it is total hits (showing a page and an image is 2 hits), page views (one person viewing main page and one article is 2 views), or visits (one person viewing main page and several articles in a short period is 1 visit).

Steve S.
November 1, 2009 10:05 am

You could do something special.
Use the IP address and try and identify the 20 millionth visitor and everyone else give them 1 dollar.
If it was me that would be swell.

Leon Brozyna
November 1, 2009 10:36 am

Once again, congratulations.
Meanwhile, the lamestream media is still trying to figure out what it’s doing wrong as its figures keep dropping. Now that’s an interesting compare-and-contrast example for you.

November 1, 2009 11:34 am

If you are on Twitter retweet the WUWT tweets on new items so the information reaches even more people. Do the same with new WUWT posts on Facebook. Harness the power of social media to spread the word!

November 1, 2009 12:22 pm

Well done Anthony and thanks for all the hard work you and your helpers have put into providing this forum. Without these places much of the evidence that the hypothesis of AGW is completely wrong would go unnoticed and the dark forces who run the warmist media hype would go unopposed.
Real science is about the facts – not the theories. Current climate science suffers from have poor quality data of insufficient granularity and I find this is a good place to find some gems of real information – the debate is not over yet.
Please keep up the good work – the truth always wins out in the end.

November 1, 2009 3:56 pm

Nice work, Anthony, moderators, and contributors. I enjoy reading this several times each week. Wish I had the time to read it all.

November 1, 2009 4:32 pm

Thanks for providing a forum that, although allowing either side of the opinion-spectrum to post, attracts so many who have positive environmental aspirations coupled with common-sense and attention to the Scientific method that puts objectivity above transient passion!
I feel sorry for the many talented individuals on the other side of the debate who have found themselves supporting less and less credible colleagues. Gavin and Tamino, we need blokes with your intellect, to take us all forward to make for a better future.

November 1, 2009 5:50 pm

There seems to be a lot of positive feedback in this tread… I expect the graph will spike even further… it is certainly better than we thought.

JP Miller
November 1, 2009 6:09 pm

Thank you for your site. We can only hope some sense of scientific sanity can be brought to this field. It’s so sad that too many scientists look the other way because they do not want to get political blow-back on their grants. Eisenhower was a smarter guy than many gave him credit for being. Where is the leader we need now who can call the question seriously enough and publicly enough to make a difference. Richard Feynman, where are you when we need you?
Until then, this site has to be the beacon. Keep it shining!

Douglas DC
November 1, 2009 7:21 pm

Keep on being a beacon of sanity in an era of Political Science,like Galileo’s
era -even down to “indulgences”-and all we get is an engine overhaul on
Algore’s Gufstream-not the Sistine Chapel…

November 1, 2009 7:24 pm

Congrats dude, this is an excellent website!

Steve McIntyre
November 1, 2009 8:04 pm

Remarkable!! Well done.

Bruce Cobb
November 2, 2009 6:04 am

I believe the tipping point may have been Gore’s AIT, which backfired badly, as it caused people to actually start looking at the evidence, if nothing else than to answer the question “how scared should I be”? But there was also the claim that “the debate is over”. In 2007 I wasn’t aware of any debate whatsoever. Oh, there were a few Letters to the Editor by a few people who had to be nothing more than politically-motivated cranks, or so I thought. So, I decided to see what this supposed “debate” that I had apparently completely missed somehow was all about, and to confirm that yes, we really do need to be scared. The funny thing was, the more I learned, the more skeptical I became.
This site has become such a huge success for 2 reasons: Excellence, of course, but also an increasingly skeptical public, in part fueled by – you guessed it, this excellent site, with all of the good qualities mentioned by so many.
Keep up the good work, Anthony, and much- deserved congratulations on your continued, and increasing success.

Tim Clark
November 2, 2009 10:26 am

This site is………… HOT HOT HOT.
dearieme (06:40:21) :
Perhaps a new success? Christopher Booker’s column today reveals that Dr Gavin Smirk seems to be trying to disassociate himself from The Team.

I’m wondering if Gavin’s backpedaling has anything with E.M. Smith’s dissection of GISSTEMP code:

George E. Smith
November 2, 2009 12:01 pm

I see you must have worked at Fry’s some time Anthony. They employ somebody to stick their price labels over the top of the most important data on the box, so the potential purchaser, can’t tell what he is buying.
So why’d you stick your blasted label over the hockey stick part of your graph ?
Just don’t go back and start re-adjusting any of those earlier data points Anthony; we are all now educated to that skullduggery; Thanks to you.
Pretty soon you are going to need another digit on your abacus.
Good show Mate !

November 2, 2009 3:38 pm

A late congrat from me – sure this is a fine and always interesting site that is… well, unprecedented.
Well Wrought Watts!

Steve M.
November 3, 2009 7:28 am

I’ve done a backcast with this data going back 2000 years. I see an unprecedented rise in the past few years…very hockey stick like. /sarc off

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