DeSmog Blog headed back to obscurity

The blog that broke created the Fakegate story, only to have it blow up in their faces when skeptics fingered Peter Gleick as the culprit, forcing him to admit that he’d been the one to steal the documents from Heartland, has had its 15 minutes of fame, and is now headed back into Internet obscurity.

On the graph below, one can clearly see the traffic spikes of Feb14th, when the story broke was first marketed, and Feb 2s1st when Gleick confessed made his limited hangout. Since then it’s been downhill for DeSmog.

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Alexa global traffic rank for DeSmog and WUWT, lower number is better (for example Google is #1)

If found this graph at 3 months also very telling:

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That’s what is known as a “dead cat bounce”. Even more cowbell Chris Mooney articles don’t seem to be helping DeSmog.

After this fiasco, I hope David Suzuki starts to wonder why he’s (allegedly) funding those guys. I’m guessing that there will be another traffic spike for DeSmog in the not too distant future, when indictments and lawsuits are handed out.

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I hope David Susuki starts

Anthony, with all due respect, somewhere in cyberland there is probably a real “David Susuki” who does not deserve to have his name tarnished by association with DeSmearBlog!
OTOH, David Suzuki deserves every opprobrium under the sun.
REPLY: Typo fixed, -A

Log scale. Are you trying to hide their insignificance, Anthony? 😉
REPLY: No, just trying to get them on the page. – Anthony

Robert Westfall

Hello…………….. is your scale right side up?

Robert Westfall

woops…………… It is sorry. I was thinking count not rank.

Jeff D

the not too distance future, when indictments and lawsuits are handed out.
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Please do tell, seems some insider information?

William Martin in NZ

Maybe desmog blog will hide the decline?It will be a travesty if they can’t.Mind your back Anthony,next time ben santer sees you,he may be tempted to beat the crap out of you.PMSL

Ian of Fremantle

This blog is going sideways with it’s concentration on the Heartland Institute documents. OK so Peter Gleik acted dishonourably, but what effect is this having on the international debate on anthropogenic climate change? Probably not a lot. Can you get back to focussing on articles that deal with the scientific aspects of climate change and spend less energy on irrelevant side issues?

After this article you may well be that last person who saw their blog alive…

Kozlowski

Ian of Fremantle says:
March 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Sorry to disagree Ian. I personally find this whole episode fascinating and would like to continue to have it followed closely by WUWT. There is no other news source where I can get this information.
And there is plenty of science to go around. Most of the articles do focus on the science.

Doubting Thomas

Whatsupwiththat.com may have been responsible for the spike in traffic at desmogblog.com. I never went there before WUWT pointed me too it.

Bob in Castlemaine

Goes to show that the average Jill/Joe has a good BS detector?

Jimmy Haigh.

Ian of Fremantle says:
March 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm
Sideways? Looking at the alexa rank, yes it is. WUWT is maintaining a very healthy position in the top 15000 to 25000 websites worldwide. That in itself is a very impressive statistic.

Alex Stephens

I was looking at the Alexa data and I saw that Honduras loves this website, with this website being 382nd there, compared to about 18000 everywhere else. Does anybody know why.

DirkH

Alex Stephens says:
March 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm
“I was looking at the Alexa data and I saw that Honduras loves this website, with this website being 382nd there, compared to about 18000 everywhere else. Does anybody know why.”
One Honduran was interested in the Gleick affair.
(Not wanting to denigrate Hondurans – but it seems most of them don’t have stable electricity supply, and even less will be online)

DirkH

Ian of Fremantle says:
March 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm
“This blog is going sideways with it’s concentration on the Heartland Institute documents.”
You forgot to mention that you’ve been reading WUWT for years, but now you don’t know whether it’s still as good as it used to be; that’s a standard necessity for concern troll posts.

“DeSmog Blog headed back to obscurity”
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Climate poetic justice

DJ

I’ve seen repeated claims that WUWT “trolls” are invading a blog here or there…..
Will they blame WUWT trolls for their demise because we didn’t visit??
On the Honduran connection….Makes one wonder if there isn’t a bot that links through a proxy in Honduras that keeps their count up?

Doug UK

Bernd Felsche says:
March 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Log scale. Are you trying to hide their insignificance, Anthony? 😉
REPLY: No, just trying to get them on the page. – Anthony
;0) now that comment made my morning Anthony many thanks!!

Jimbo

I’m guessing that there will be another traffic spike for DeSmog in the not too distant future, when indictments and lawsuits are handed out.

A well as today. 😉
Why don’t Warmists realise that one of the reasons why sceptical blogs do so well is because there is no free debate in the media and the media are biased. When you try to supress contradictory evidence then people start to become suspicious and look for themselves as the media has largely failed in its duty. They (Warmists and media) are helping to SPREAD scepticism IMHO.

Jimbo

One more thing, I think that one of the reasons why Gleick went so far as to carry out wire fraud was because he (like others) was convinced that sceptics are successful because they are a well funded denialist machine. They thought they found their smoking gun with funding from Heartland for Anthony Watts for a computer based temperature project which would be open to the general project and any scientist. No funding for WUWT. In the meantime they probably inadvertently sent us large numbers of people who may turn from Warmist to sceptic. 😉

Ian of Fremantle

Dirk H 11.26 pm. Yes, I have been reading WUWT (and Real Climate and Climate Audit and Open Mind) for a long time. A criticism doesn’t make one a troll and it is a typical ad hominem one routinely sees on Real Climate and Open Mind. I had thought posters on WUWT were moving above that sort of approach but from your post it appears my optimism was ill founded

Kasuha

Once again, better traffic rank does not make WUWT right and DeSmog wrong. I think it’s more matter of supply and demand – there’s so much warmist information on the net, in media and everywhere that nobody needs to check it up anymore despite the fact that every average Joe in the world believes in global warming. WUWT provides low profile commodity to specialized group of customers, that’s what makes the difference. And that group is large enough and hopefully growing.
Sometime in the future hopefully the ideas presented here on WUWT will become widespread and people will start taking them for granted. What will happen then? WUWT rank will go down where ranks of sites you are laughing at now are. At the time of victory WUWT will be no more needed.
Think about it.

David L

Good riddance to bad rubbish

John West

Jimbo says:
“One more thing, I think that one of the reasons why Gleick went so far as to carry out wire fraud was because he (like others) was convinced that sceptics are successful because they are a well funded denialist machine. “
Looks to me like they are still convinced that sceptics are successful because there is a well funded denialist machine even though the evidence is overwelmingly against it. Gleick even repeats the meme in his confession of obtaining documents that disprove the meme. Kinda makes one wonder if they have any ability to draw a rational conclusion from evidence at all.

Scottish Sceptic

Bernd Felsche says: March 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Log scale. Are you trying to hide their insignificance, Anthony? 😉
REPLY: No, just trying to get them on the page. – Anthony

That says it all! (Funniest exchange all year!).
Anthony has to change the scale … not as the warmists do to exclude the information and exaggerate their case … but to include the other side, even if it means giving them more significance than they deserve.

Blade

Alex Stephens [March 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm] says:
“I was looking at the Alexa data and I saw that Honduras loves this website, with this website being 382nd there, compared to about 18000 everywhere else. Does anybody know why.”

Well I like to think it is because Honduras has some free-thinking freedom loving citizens. After all, they successfully resisted a soft coup promoted by commie neighbor Chavez and our own President Dumbo and Madame Hillary by sticking to their Constitution and arresting the SOB. This was some accomplishment if you remember, because all the forces were arrayed against them at the time. Considering the fact that the same team later oversaw radical Muslim takeovers of quasi-friendly countries like Egypt while leaving others like Iran alone, this Herculean feat by the Hondurans looks all the more spectacular.
President Dumbo likely has a world map in the oval office where he is placing little red flags in all the places his team endeavors to install Anti-American regimes. To our Honduran amigos I say: watch your backs! Your the one that got away.

John Gf

DeSmog chokes Suzuki on ride back to obscurity, may have to walk to court.

“Your [sic] the one that got away.”
Et tu Blade?
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t stone

Just a couple of observations after seeing some back and forth on concern trolls and Anthony sticking to the science.
#1 – This is Anthony’s blog and he can post what he damn well pleases. I come here every day because he covers all facets of these important issues: science, politics, ethics etc. Science is reasoning and rational thought – the use of logic and reason to understand the conditions of our existence. All human beings are scientists to a certain degree; we have to be else we perish. I believe this is why he has such a vast and consistent appeal, and it is heartening to see that so many people can think independently.
#2 – Opinions are like —holes, everyone’s got one. This is a great place to express one thanks to Anthony and the moderators. It is also a great place to debate, but the second an ad hom shows up, the debate is over; an ad hom is not a debate tactic, but an attempt to avoid debate.
I come here more for information (and entertainment) than anything, and I rarely comment. This seemed like a good opportunity to express a somewhat insignificant opinion.
Thank you Anthony and moderators for maintaining this bastion of sanity.

Why don’t Warmists realise that one of the reasons why sceptical blogs do so well is because there is no free debate in the media and the media are biased.
Because if they did, they wouldn’t be Warmists.

Jimbo

Kasuha says:
March 16, 2012 at 2:28 am
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Sometime in the future hopefully the ideas presented here on WUWT will become widespread and people will start taking them for granted. What will happen then? WUWT rank will go down where ranks of sites you are laughing at now are. At the time of victory WUWT will be no more needed.

I can’t wait for that day. It would mean that we won and can ‘demobilze’ from guerrilla warfare and go back to our families. 😉

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

If found this graph at 3 months also very telling:
Is it really that hard to find it on the Alexa site? 😉

Alan

… but let’s talk about it, eh? Blogosphere babbling.

Ian of Fremantle

I commented earlier that I thought WUWT was going sideways with its concentration on Fakegate an opinion which, surprisingly, generated some ad hominem attacks. Read what the MSM in Australia says about the Heartland Institute and Professor Bob Carter. The newspaper in which this was published is Australia’s national newspaper and reaches a wide audience.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/scientists-who-trade-in-doubt/story-e6frg7ax-1226301906429
It is this type of article with which WUWT has to contend. I don’t recall seeing a discussion piece on WUWT on how carbon isotopes are used to show the origin of atmospheric CO2 or of the reliability of this approach. Such an article would be very useful for informed discussion of this type of piece in the MSM. It would be appreciated if those who think ad hominem attacks substantiate their position on climate change, can indicate what in this particular post is evidence of trolling.

Blade

_Jim [March 16, 2012 at 6:33 am] says:
““Your [sic] the one that got away.”
Et tu Blade?”

Arrrgggh! You’re Arrrgggh! Thanks.
Never type faster than the spell checker!

Ian of Fremantle says on March 16, 2012 at 8:56 am:
I commented earlier that I thought WUWT was going sideways with its concentration on Fakegate an opinion which, surprisingly, generated some ad hominem attacks.

The first response and second responses to your post were actually quite subtle, tame even.
The third post simply identified the requisites, the criteria for ‘concern trolling’ which you take as “ad hominem attacks” (but which criteria you did not meet).
Of course, in no way did you denigrate in the slightest this site with the opening comment “This blog is going sideways …”
So, what’s your beef again? I’m having a little trouble when objectively looking at what transpired coming to the same conclusion …
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Schitzree

Ian of Fremantle says:
It would be appreciated if those who think ad hominem attacks substantiate their position on climate change, can indicate what in this particular post is evidence of trolling.
Ironically up until this post I was on Ian’s side, In that wile I didn’t agree that the Gleick/DeSmog affair wasn’t apropos, I could understand why someone might think so, and should be able to state such belief without being branded a troll.
This latest post of his however does seem to be a clear attempted at derailing a discussion that he personally doesn’t agree with… therefor Troll.
PS: Can someone tell me what the article that Ian linked to is even about? Ian doesn’t say, and It’s apparently paywalled.

Ian of Fremantle says:
March 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

I commented earlier that I thought WUWT was going sideways with its concentration on Fakegate an opinion which, surprisingly, generated some ad hominem attacks.

Just using ad hominem makes you smart. Throwing the word “attacks” on the end makes you a Latino auténtico. As to your contention that Anthony’s weblog has never discussed “how carbon isotopes are used to show the origin[sic] of amospheric CO2”, it is painfully obvious that you are a concerned Christian conservative who is worried about the image of websites such as wattsupwiththat.com and I’m sure that Anthony would thank you personally for your concern and perhaps even send to a badge of honour for your concern. moby.

Ted G

Ian of Fremantle says:
March 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm
This blog is going sideways with it’s concentration on the Heartland Institute documents. OK so Peter Gleik acted dishonourably, but what effect is this having on the international debate on anthropogenic climate change? Probably not a lot. Can you get back to focussing on articles that deal with the scientific aspects of climate change and spend less energy on irrelevant side issues?
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Ian.
This is important and not to be cast off as non relevant and being from Australia you should realize just what we are up against, with your own government waging an undemocratic war against Aussies and the jack booted ALP/Labor Green Police soon to be marching down the streets of Fremantle,
Have you heard about the straw that broke the Camels back.
Well what we are achieving by shining the light on the AGW fraudsters dark and dirty underworld is exactly that, slowly but surly the Camel (Warmist) are feeling the weight of the Skeptics thrust and parry. Trust me we are winning.
Only last night on the CBC Global warming alarm central, the leftist CBC Radio in Canada talked about the high bird count kill by wind power (Raptors, buzzards and Vultures) and how/why it was happening in Spain and Portugal, where for years they have been spending LOTS of time and money trying to bring back these endangered birds and now they are threatened again (Green insanity prevails yet again) they then cross referenced it to wind power projects in Canada and will it be a big problem? the answer was yes!
For the CBC this is a faltering step towards examining what is really good and what is disgustingly bad about some aspects of the green movement, the foot is in the door!

Allen

The light shone on de smog and burned it off.

TomRude

Anthony I am very, very sorry you did not realize that Desmogblog’s leadership was simply practicing drills ahead of Earthhour… /sarc

Ian of Fremantle

Schitzree March 16 9.55 am says;
PS: Can someone tell me what the article that Ian linked to is even about? Ian doesn’t say, and It’s apparently paywalled.
Sorry I forgot The Australian now requires subscription, my error. The article is titled Scientists who trade in doubt and is written by a journo Mike Steketee
Extracts relevant to my post are:
“Last year CO2 levels reached 390ppm and they are increasing at 2ppm a year. Should we be worried? Not according to sceptics such as Bob Carter, a former head of James Cook University’s school of earth sciences. He says he has seen no evidence that the climate change that is occurring is caused by human activity or is dangerous.
How does this square with the overwhelming majority of expert scientific opinion? It doesn’t.”
“In their joint report this week on the state of the climate, the CSIRO and BOM argue “that the dominant cause of the observed CO2 increase is the combustion of fossil fuels” – that is, it is not due to natural variation. They arrive at this conclusion from looking at the change in the composition of atmospheric CO2, as measured through isotopes; that is, different forms of a chemical element.
This identifies the burning of fossil fuels as accounting for more than 85 per cent of CO2 emissions caused by human activity, with the next biggest factor, land use change, mainly deforestation, responsible for less than 10 per cent”.
“Confidential documents leaked last month show Carter receiving $US1667 ($1590) a month from the Heartland Institute, an American organisation that campaigns against action on global warming.”
Isn’t the Heartland Institute a special interest organisation? “Of course not,” says Carter. “They are a think tank.”
“Whatever it is, it devotes a great deal of its time to lobbying and public advocacy. The Heartland documents show it spending $US4.2 million of its planned $US6.6m budget for this year on editorial, government relations, communications, fundraising and publication”
“No doubt the views of Carter and some other contrarians are sincerely held. The motives of others are not so clear. The donors to the Heartland Institute include tobacco and oil company interests.”
As you can see this is quite a spray against heartland and those who are dubious obout the causes of climate change.
I’m not a warmist but I am a scientist with a PhD in biochemistry and I am able to take an objective view. If my comments on WUWT going sideways have irked some then perhaps you will be good enough to state why it isn’t, just as I stated why I thought it was. But I had thought personal slurs that are levied without reasonable grounds to do so are not in the spirit of this blog

Tim Clark

[ I’m guessing that there will be another traffic spike for DeSmog in the not too distant future, when indictments and lawsuits are handed out.]
Or when .001% of your readership decide to see what the heck desmosmog is.

Schitzree

Ian of Fremantle says:
As you can see this is quite a spray against heartland and those who are dubious obout the causes of climate change.
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Thanks for the Extracts Ian, although I’m not sure how this article is supposed to aid your position that Gleick/DeSmog is a distraction for WUWT. I’m also not sure what is meant by ‘spray’, although I will admit that the first thing that came to mind was the flecks of spittle flying from the typical foaming at the mouth Eco-reporter.
This article looks to me like just the kind of ‘Reporting’ we usually see in the MSM, and is precisely why Fakegate is an important discussion here. It is filled with lies, misdirections and exaggerations, such as the statement the the documents were ‘leaked’, the ‘oil company interests’, or the HUGE $US1667 a month that Carter receives from Heartland. (Seriously? Compared to what someone like Mann or Hanson bring in? Hell, I make more then this a month Installing dishwashers.)
As long as the MSM continues to give us ‘sprays’ like this, and continues to give excuses for the behavior of people like Gleick, Mann, Hanson, and all the rest, It will continue to be a topic of discussion anywhere that skeptics gather.

Ally E.

I found WUWT barely a month before Fakegate happened. Prior to finding this site, I was a head-in-the-sand kind of person. I knew the whole fry-and-die alarmism was wrong, the claims were getting very stupid, as was the panic.
Getting fed up with ever increasing nonsense scare tactics, I pushed back from news outlets. I didn’t want to hear anymore. I also felt very alone. It was Ian Plimer’s “How to get expelled from school” that opened my eyes to the growing fight back to rational thinking. I bought the book (and there were only two left on the shelf, so I know it’s popular) and read it in a day.
Encouraged, I got online and found WUWT and others. I cannot express how wonderful it felt to learn that REAL scientists out there are practicing REAL science and presenting it properly.
Point is, for those years I had my head in the sand, I didn’t know just what a tangled mess this had all become. I didn’t know what a horrible world was developing right under our noses.
I come here every day. This is my home page. I love the science, I love the way it is presented and I love reading the comments and thoughts from so many very intelligent people. But I also devour any news on the political front. I crave and seek out every snippet of good news, and believe me, this is good news.
Anthony, I want to see these dastards go down. I came in at a most exciting time and I want to watch every step of the alarmists fall from grace. Thank you for providing the whole picture, the wide picture, science, politics and all.

IAmDigitap

Some of these comments are just hilarious. Then again I think anyone who believed in Magic Gas was hilarious from the start, and still do; those hicks at DeSmogBlog are among the most evil of lying liars, and they themselves, the liars that tell them, do NOTHING: but LIE, LiE, lie.
Like a rug. Indeed like an extinct, Darwinized warmer skin on the floor of a real person’s house.
That’s how I feel about warmers. They shall be extinct, sayeth Darwin and the Synthesis he eventually engendered.
Another person said it much more eloquently, thuh Uhriginal, John Wayne:
“Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

Ian of Fremantle

Thanks for the comments Schitzree but there is nothing in this MSM piece that refers directly or indirectly to Peter Gleik and that is precisely the point of my original post. Although the actions of this man have been the subject of much outrage and even more discussion on WUWT, the MSM ignores it completely. Consequently very few Australians, at least, will have any idea of what has transpired. If however there were a discussion of the isotopes of carbon on WUWT readers of the blog would be able to respond to the science that underlies this entire article. It isn’t the actions of Peter Gleik that are of mainstream interest but whether it is true that measuring carbon isotopes can give an accurate indication of the extent of man made CO2 in the atmosphere. Surely you can see this is a much more fundamental topic that needs analysis by the sceptical side of AGW

“On the Honduran connection….Makes one wonder if there isn’t a bot that links through a proxy in Honduras that keeps their count up?”
I think you have it. Our internet connection is via satelite and sometimes when I enter a site a little pop up will say “welcome to X from” and give a town’s name 80 miles to the north of us or 80 miles to the south of us but never a town close to us.

Schitzree

Ian of Fremantle says:
It isn’t the actions of Peter Gleik that are of mainstream interest but whether it is true that measuring carbon isotopes can give an accurate indication of the extent of man made CO2 in the atmosphere. Surely you can see this is a much more fundamental topic that needs analysis by the sceptical side of AGW
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Actually it was this point, or more accurately your post at 8:56 am, that originally changed my mind and convinced me that you were just a troll. As I stated then, I had no problem with your stated belief that the Gleik/DeSmog affair was distracting WUWT from more important matter. You are entitled to your opinion, and shouldn’t be belittled for stating them. What I did have a problem with was your repeated attempts to derail the discussion onto other matters. That was most assuredly Troll like behavior.
And the fact that the MSM article you linked to uses the Heartland documents (including, it would seem, the fake one) in an attempt to discredit Skeptical viewpoints, without once mentioning Gleik or how he misrepresented himself and the documents when he sent them to DeSmog Blog, is hardly representative of his importance in the discussion. We already know that the Warmists would prefer to slander Skeptics with imagined connections to ‘Big Oil’ without having to worry about the fact that their evidence was manufactured. Pointing this out for us doesn’t help your position any.
What was your position again, anyway? Oh Yes, that we need to forget about Gleik, DeSmog Blog and Heartland, and instead focus on the important matter of how carbon isotopes are used to show the origin of atmospheric CO2. As I understand it, (and I admit I may not) Coal and other fossil fuel Hydrocarbons have a different percentage of Carbon Isotopes then ‘natural’ Carbon molecules, and thus can be fingerprinted in the atmosphere as having an anthropological origin.
Well, so what? Was there some doubt that we were producing CO2? Did we think our CO2 was magical and didn’t enter the atmosphere like all the natural CO2? Is there some reason CO2 from burning Coal doesn’t enter the Carbon Cycle like all the rest of the CO2? Why should I care about this information?
Simple stated, the fact that some of the worlds CO2 comes from burning Fossil Fuel isn’t in question. We already know this. What we don’t know is what effects adding this CO2 will have on the biosphere and climate. We don’t even know for sure if the increase in atmospheric CO2 is based, in whole or in part, on fossil fuel CO2. I’ve read that the amount of increase in atmospheric CO2 is about half that of what we believe we actually produce each year, so some of it at least is being absorbed into the Carbon Cycle with no problems. Is the rest just too much for the environment to handle? Or is the natural warming of our world reaching the peak of the current Interglacial just releasing enough natural CO2 to saturate the sinks? I have no Idea. I’m just an Appliance Installer. That’s what I come here to find out.
And I have to come here to find out because (coming full circle) the alleged Scientists who’s job it is to find out important information like this are to busy trying to remake the world to there liking. And as we’ve seen over and over again the have no compunction against lieing, faking data, slandering opponents, or any other dirty trick to advance their ’cause’. THIS is why the Gleik/DeSmog affair is important to the discussion. Because as long as they are willing to lie, and as long as the MSM are willing to accept their lies, any discussion of climate change will have to be considered in the shadow of those lies.

TonyG

Funny, the number of people who have “been coming here for years” posting under names I don’t recognize.
I realize that people lurk, or that they may not post that often – but I think even *I* am a name recognized by the regulars, even though I don’t post very often. After a couple years, you get an idea who’s hanging around.