Announcement: WUWT success earns an invitation to "Enterprise"

You are probably aware of the ongoing improvements to WUWT I’ve made. They seem to be paying off. Lately, things have been looking up for WUWT:

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Source: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/wattsupwiththat.com#trafficstats

WUWT has been in the top 5 on wordpress.com lately, and recently often in the top 3. Today, we are number 1 in all the millions of wordpress blogs out there and we are number two for all posts system wide:

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Source: my internal wordpress dashboard (sorry, can’t link)

As a result, I’ve been invited by the higher ups at WordPress.com to join WordPress Enterprise, at a reduced rate from the normal $500 per month. There’s a backstory that I might be able to tell someday, but suffice it to say that I believe I owe this opportunity to something Al Gore did against WUWT .

This Enterprise level of service will add lots of functionality, and the best news: it will allow you to edit your comments to fix typos and other issues, a feature most often asked for.

It will open a whole new dimension for WUWT in many many ways with new features and ways to improve global visibility. This, all while maintaining the high level of uptime and hardened network firewall against the attacks from people that want to bring it down.

I’ve accepted the offer. Thanks to everyone: the moderators, the readers, and the guest authors for bringing WUWT to the top.

The change will be about a month away. There’s a major amount of importing and conversion that must be done by the wordpress.com staff.

On the downside, there’s a cost, not unlike having a monthly car payment. Gone will be the days of a free ride on wordpress.com . I’m hoping that WUWT readers might consider helping me with maintaining the experience. If so, I’ll look into a monthly PayPal program.

Thanks for your consideration, and thanks for being part of the WUWT community – Anthony Watts

Footnote: while I am congratulating the success of the WUWT community, I should also offer congratulations to Andrew Revkin for his DotEarth blog being named to TIME’s top 25. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/dot-earth-makes-time-magazines-list-of-25-top-blogging-efforts/?_r=0

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Congratulations and great news Anthony! Looking forward to the new features.

Mark Bofill

Congratulations.
I’d be willing to make regular reasonable donations if you’d allow me to refute people who claim you’re in the pay of Heartland or Big Oil by saying, ‘Nope, Watts is in the pay of skeptics like me.’ 😉
Being able to fix my own frequent typos should would be nice!

Mark Bofill

er, I was saying.
sure would be nice, not should would be nice…

Bob_L

I’m in!

Bennett In Vermont

I’m sure there are a whole bunch of people like me who would happily set up a $1-$5 a month donation from my paypal account. Painless entertainment, and like Mark Bofill, I want to tell people how your website is funded.

congrats!

Arkay

Please get that PayPal program set up. Some things are worth subscribing to.

Please consider an alternative to PP that some, in principle, cannot use.

commieBob

There’s a backstory that I might be able to tell someday, but suffice it to say that I believe I owe this opportunity to something Al Gore did against WUWT .

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

Frank0

I have been reading your blog for a long time now and value it as a sour e of common sense information and a counterbalance to the mainstream BS we are subjected to daily. I would be happy to pay a monthly subscription to support you invaluable work.

Phil

Congratulations, Anthony. Your success is richly deserved.

I pledge 1% of all book sales to support your efforts to keep respectable debate alive.

Surely you can use some of that “Big Oil” money for the monthly payments 🙂

Mushroom George

What are you going to do with all the extra money (what a funny sounding phrase)?

Congratulations! Although I am somewhat mystified by the company up there. While I do not read them, I expected to have at least heard about them. Other than STOOPID, I have not. Just goes to show how little I do know.

Twiggy

Fantastic congratulations! A huge affirmation on what a spectacular site this is and how commendable your level of work is.

Pamela Gray

I don’t use paypal unless I need it, which is rarely. So a paypal one-time contribution/subscription would work for me.

OldWeirdHarold

Thanks, Al.

Great news. I’d pitch in with a fixed monthly contribution if there’s a way to “set and forget.”

Since Glen Beck doubled his monthly fee for the Blaze on line TV show (it just sort of expired, cause I wouldn’t pay the $10/mo), I would gladly donate $5/mo to WUWT as it gives me much more entertainment and pure science knowledge than the Blaze TV.

JimS

Congrats, Anthony Watts. I see that your blog stats have arisen to the level that the AGW alarmists wished the temperatures would also arise to confirming their folly.

DirkH

Many thanks to wordpress!

OldWeirdHarold

Hey Mike. Is that a hockey stick I see in that graph?

Philip Peake

Can we assume that since you will be paying for the service, the only ads we see will be those that you place there?

Blarney

Hockey stick!

gnomish

they should be paying you!

“WUWT has been in the top 5 on wordpress.com lately, and recently often in the top 3. Today, we are number 1 in all the millions of wordpress blogs out there and we are number two for all posts system wide:”
Wow. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Barbara Skolaut

Philip Peake – There are ads on WUWT? I’ve gotten so use to completely ignoring ads on websites I hadn’t noticed.
Anthony – just sent myself an e-mail to remind me to donate.
PJ Media has an automatic set-up to deduct from a credit card; I subscribe to support their enterprise, if for no other reason, and I can say $5.00 a month is pretty painless. Hopefully you can do the same through PayPal – let us know when you get it set up and I’ll sign on to that, too.
And congratulations!

Anthony,
The extraordinary ranking of your venue is the best kind of positive energy feedback loop to increase stimulation of critical independent thinkers in every country. You and everyone of them can draw rejuvenating intellectual energy from it. Wow.
I can and will make a single modest contribution yearly to help defray the yearly costs of your WP Enterprise status.
Hey, in approximately the last week it looks like there is a significant upward spike in the ranking of Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site that appears to coincide with a similar upward movement of WUWT’s ranking. I think your recent posts focusing on weird / problematic aspects of Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site has large numbers of people going there to quietly verify the WUWT reports and laugh at Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site.
John

Latitude

to quote someone I can’t stand….this is a big f’in deal!
CONGRATULATIONS

Chris

Count me in for monthly subscription!

George Lawson

The AGW crowd will see this as another nail in their coffin! Almost as painful as this year’s Arctic ice melt.

James Allison

Woohoo. Well done Anthony.

guam

Happy to chip in Anthony, will await the link going up, hope the transition goes smoothly 🙂

Congratulations! (From those of us who are in the bottom five!)

Brian Davis

Well done, Anthony! I assumed Exxon would be funding you as usual 😉 Since they aren’t I’d be happy to help keep WUWT up there where it belongs.

Robert W Turner

Congorats!

Sun Spot

Congratulations , and Kudos for Best Science Blog

Sunup

Good stuff Anthony,it’s well deserved.

Janice Moore

“Today, we are number 1… .”
You (and your excellent team of moderators) are, and have always been, #1 on our list, Anthony. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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@ Jim Steele (10:40AM today) — What a generous offer. Thank you for subsidizing the learning of all of us and the cause of truth!

Bloke down the pub

‘WUWT has been in the top 5 on wordpress.com lately, and recently often in the top 3. Today, we are number 1 in all the millions of wordpress blogs out there and we are number two for all posts system wide:’
I wonder how many of those visitors came from the other camp, curious about what all the fuss was about?

Congratulations! I bet that the rise and rise of WUWT is causing a certain amount of underwear wadding amongst the Warmistas!
I’ll most certainly be in is there’s a regular subscription service. I’d be proud to help support this fantastic site.

CEH

Great news Anthony, but watch out for Nobel Laureate M. Mann, he might sue you for infringing on his “Hockey Stick” copyright.

Congratulations Anthony!
You have made a difference in the Web, not the only one, but a most significant for science.

John West

FWIW I’m in for the painless monthly set and forget donation.
I have some questions pertaining to the graph:
1) Am I the only one still reading RC?
2) It looks like SkS has quite a bit of volatility, could they be getting traffic spikes when WUWT highlights some [self-snip] over there.
3) Do the absolute traffic numbers reflect that there’s an increase in traffic to WUWT causing the relative increase or is it a decrease elsewhere?

Sean Peake

Going to get you a giant ‘We’re #1″ foam finger for you to wear at all speaking engagements!

Marc

Wait, can’t you use all that oil & gas company money to fund the site???

Well done Anthony!
jim Steele says:
August 7, 2013 at 10:40 am
I pledge 1% of all book sales to support your efforts to keep respectable debate alive.
I like that! Your book just made my Christmas list alongside some other excellent authors.

dave ward

I would be happy to make donations, but NOT with PayPal! Is there any possibility of direct contributions from a credit card?