More winning! WUWT “Still the one”

My bevvy of climate zealot detractors often say that I’m washed up, and that “nobody reads WUWT anymore”. I recently got a piece of hate mail saying essentially that, so I decided to check. It’s been awhile since I did.

For anyone who frequents here, these results aren’t surprising. Lower numbers are better.


Compared with some other skeptical websites, we are doing pretty well:


How about that bastion of reality, RealClimate?


Compared to some other similar climate sites:


And then there’s our favorite detractor, “Slandering Sou” aka Miriam O’Brien from “Hotwhopper”:


Looks like “Sou” is about to fall off the edge of detection, again.

And here’s some similar hilarious wannabees that are on my blogspawn list with moyhu (aka Nick Stokes) being the exception:


UPDATE: I forgot another one of my detractors, the irascible David Appell:

My advice to my detractors?

Try harder, kids!

Of course, my sincere thanks to the readers, guest authors, and moderators for keeping WUWT #1

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April 6, 2019 12:13 pm


Reply to  Javier
April 8, 2019 8:10 am

I always start my day with WUWT. A day without – is a day of uncertainty….No matter. There is always something new to learn at this site. It’s fantastic, Anthony and the others. The facts are alway interesting to check.

April 6, 2019 12:19 pm

Always thought you were number one in climate change go-to websites…Congrats…
Numbers are a little confusing though to me I have to admit . . . JPP

Carl Friis-Hansen
April 6, 2019 12:25 pm

That is great.
Not only are the articles good, also many commentators contribute to the knowledge this site provides.
Thanks to all involved.

David Blackall
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
April 6, 2019 1:19 pm


Dan Sudlik
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
April 6, 2019 1:46 pm

Indeed indeed. I have to visit at least 3 or 4 times a day to keep up with the great works being published on the site. +10.

John V. Wright
Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
April 6, 2019 2:04 pm

Really good point Carl. The articles are almost always interesting, educational and telling me stuff that I didn’t know. But the comments are just as important for me because the majority of them come from scientists and people with long experience in other fields. They are not only instructive but also very entertaining and on those occasions when we are all getting a bit too po-faced about something there is usually a laugh-out-loud moment to bring all back down to earth.

The thing about WUWT is that Anthony and his team have created a collegiate experience here but one that welcomes opposing views, too. This blog post also is not afraid to speak truth to power. Well done Anthony – and thank you.

Old Ranga from Oz
Reply to  John V. Wright
April 6, 2019 11:38 pm

I couldn’t agree more. The laugh-aloud moments keep us all sane.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  John V. Wright
April 7, 2019 4:10 am

I think that’s what attracted me here in the early days. No echo chamber here. I always loved the ”back and forth” of a dispute between differing views and opinions.
Well done Mr. W, Mods and all who contribute.


April 6, 2019 12:33 pm

Well done Anthony! You make a difference every day!

April 6, 2019 12:34 pm

All well and good–as long as one doesn’t conclude that blog popularity is the same as scientific veracity.

Tom Monfort
Reply to  1sky1
April 6, 2019 1:48 pm

“All well and good–as long as one doesn’t conclude that blog popularity is the same as scientific veracity.”

Or scientific consensus, or settled science…

M Courtney
Reply to  1sky1
April 6, 2019 1:56 pm

Good point.
Consensus is no alternative to evidence. That is why we are sceptics.
Otherwise we would say “97%” and rely on faith alone.

Leave it to those who seek evidence that confirms their prejudices to rely on popularity.
One fact trumps all opinions (even if they are computer modelled opinions).

Alan D. McIntire
April 6, 2019 12:41 pm

I find it appalling that “” ranks so much higher than sites like Judith Curry’s.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Alan D. McIntire
April 6, 2019 1:18 pm

I wouldn’t put it past the SS kidz to be running bots to pad their stats.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 6, 2019 2:02 pm

Don’t forget that they’ve got people on the national stage like Alexanria Donkey Chompers plugging them now. That pulls in a lot of True Believers.

I think it’s safe to say that the “Climate Change” movement has completely made the transition to Religious Cult. They don’t even try to make a scientific case about it anymore; it’s all about FEELS. And if you criticize them, you’re Racist. Just because.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 7, 2019 1:49 am

You only have to look at the miniscule volume of comments to understand that much like everything else at SS the view count is a flat-out lie.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Alan D. McIntire
April 6, 2019 3:19 pm

Google search global warming or climate change + any related topic and you will find skeptical [sic] science near the top of the general and/or images pages.

Gerald Machnee
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 6, 2019 6:03 pm

The name is misleading and people find out when they log into the site.

Dave N
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
April 7, 2019 4:45 pm

Yup.. I’d like to know what kind of “revisit” stats they have

Dave N
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
April 7, 2019 5:15 pm

The website is misleading as well; they’re anything but.

In fact, I find that with almost any website that has the word “skeptic” at the forefront. If they truly were, they wouldn’t need to even use the word at all.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 7, 2019 4:26 am

It sounds like the fix is in.

Google = Propagandist

Google has a desire to manipulate thinking.

Reply to  Alan D. McIntire
April 6, 2019 4:59 pm

Appalling, yes — unexpected, nope.
Dr. Curry doesn’t have the flair for “popularization” of science as Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan or Jay Gould used to have. An average Joe needs a kind’a edutainment to hook-up and very few scientist are willing or able to provide that…
Well, doesn’t have it either, but they have a “high frequency” of articles;

Next argument please…

Allan Short
April 6, 2019 12:42 pm

Good song to finish it.

April 6, 2019 12:52 pm

Denierlist sounds a bit Herr Flick.

Keep up the good work sir.

April 6, 2019 12:55 pm


April 6, 2019 1:01 pm

Not fair, I haven’t even heard of most of those other sites. A comparison against “also rans?”

Reply to  Tweak
April 6, 2019 2:05 pm

When it comes to climate sites, EVERYTHING besides Anthony’s site is an “also ran”.

John Endicott
Reply to  wws
April 8, 2019 5:31 am

Indeed, to quote the sphinx (from Mystery Men) “We are number one. All others are number two, or lower.”

April 6, 2019 1:03 pm

Congratulations Mr. Watts!

Winning and winning and winning… President Trump said everyone would get tired of winning… Me, I’m quite energized by it all.

Joel O’Bryan
April 6, 2019 1:05 pm

Real climate’s September 2018 improvement I’d guess was due to the SR1.5 publicity campaign run by the Klimate Propaganda machine.
And Anthony’s big traffic improvement in November maybe because of #CampFire coverage and aftermath?
Both are guesses.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
April 6, 2019 1:13 pm

WUWT also beats Desmogblog.

April 6, 2019 1:06 pm

Anthony ==> No surprise to me. as a Guest Author, I am surprised by the unexpectedly large number of Readers (commenting on my essays) whose screen names I do not recognize and by the hints at their locations and professions. The varied content here attracts more and more folks whose level of critical thinking is high enough to recognize the (generally) top notch information and viewpoints presented here at WUWT.

There are more than 53,000 readers notified by emails of every new post.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Kip Hansen
April 6, 2019 1:20 pm

Agreed, Kip. The WUWT site has a community feeling with numerous contributions from true experts no matter what the field.

As generalists will affirm, an overview of how the world really works is the greatest education for learning more about how the world really works in detail.

Imagine how much better the education is here compared with taking the “Environment” course at the University of Waterloo.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
April 6, 2019 2:47 pm

Which Environment course? How about a degree in Geography and Aviation?

You’ll earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from one of the country’s top-ranked geography departments, plus your Commercial Pilot Licence.

There’s no better way to appreciate geography than from several thousand feet above the ground. And your knowledge of geography will be an asset when you’re navigating across continents.

Between the classroom and the cockpit, you’ll gain a deep understanding of landforms, weather patterns, and the computer technology behind tools such as geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. link

Sometimes you can bump up the enrollment in a program by giving it a sexy name. Architectural Engineering draws about twice the number of students as it did when it was named Civil Engineering. I suspect that some courses and programs added “Environmental” to the name to make them sound sexier.

nw sage
Reply to  Kip Hansen
April 6, 2019 4:55 pm

And it is the first class inputs from authors like Kip that help keep the discussions rational, thoughtful and productive. A big thanks to Kip also!!

April 6, 2019 1:06 pm

Apparently Google missed this news. Last I checked, they ranked well below sites that are much less popular.

Reply to  Thomas
April 6, 2019 4:07 pm

The recent insider release of emails and messages clearly illustrating how extremists control and censor results explains Googly’s hypocrisy and false results.

Reply to  Thomas
April 7, 2019 7:21 am

google has gone down the political avenue so whatever they do is not trustable due to their spin.

Nowadays I don’t google to find out what’s the opinion of the world. Rather, I google to find out what leftists think about it. The good question to pose to centrists and the right wing is, how come leftism has become so ubiquitous ideology in western countries?

Climate logs link to alarmists around, and they are invariably favouring a group of other ideologues including certain kind of feminism, certain kind of xenophilia, big government, pro LGBTQ, pro abortion people, pro Islamists, anti GMO and anti nuclear power people, pro NGO where NGO is any of (WWF, Greenpeace, FoE etc), pro Earth Day (started Apr 22 1970, the 100th anniversary of Lenin)…

I mean the picture is clear. Communists in disguise of social justice have finally got us. People who believe in small government, markets, freedom of choice and opinion are being defunded, deplatformed, chased out and leaving universities to mobs of brainwashed totalitarians who want to abolish democracy. And national broadcasting companies in western countries are all cheering up to this development. They get their pay from the government and play their little socialism game on expense of others.

What can we do when social justice campaigning has taken over employees at FB, Twitter, Google including Youtube, all medias from ABC, BBC, CBC, to NPR? They all push the identical, fake news infested environmental policy embedded in identity politics and sick autoracial hate. The Atlas may shrug, but where the Atlas could go?

April 6, 2019 1:10 pm

I am surprised at Judy’s ranking. But perhaps it reflects that she posts new stuff only 2 or 3 times per week.

Also, you are a bit harsh with Nick Stokes IMHO. He at least tries to be substantive.

M Courtney
Reply to  bern
April 6, 2019 2:03 pm

Agreed on Nick Stokes.
Right doesn’t mean “Agreed with” or even “Sounds reasonable”.
Rather it means “Honestly trying to be closer to the objective reality”.

I usually disagree with Nick Stokes but not with his intentions or methodology.

Unlike SKS he might be right (and thus I might be wrong).
He’s worth reading.

Reply to  M Courtney
April 6, 2019 2:39 pm

Exactly my feelings. Well said.

Reply to  bern
April 6, 2019 3:18 pm

And here’s some similar hilarious wannabees that are on my blogspawn list with moyhu (aka Nick Stokes) being the exception

April 6, 2019 1:12 pm

Thank’s Anthony for all you have done.

You also did me a favour. Just sent that video to my wife on our 27th anniversary.

M__ S__
April 6, 2019 1:21 pm

It’s just wishful thinking on the part of the con artists, determined to push theor radical anti-human agenda.

April 6, 2019 1:29 pm

Reminds me of the Yogi-ism: “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Eamon Butler
Reply to  H.R.
April 7, 2019 4:25 am

Gas. I only heard that one for the first time earlier this morning. Isn’t it funny how things like that turn up no matter how long you’ve lived. Yet, you’re probably surprised I never heard that expression before now.
Good ole’ Yogi. Apparently, he didn’t say half the things he said.

Reply to  H.R.
April 9, 2019 6:12 am

On the inverse, I’m reminded of this line from an irc chat: “Monopoly. The most popular board game that nobody plays.”

April 6, 2019 1:30 pm

My word! How can carbonbrief be anywhere near 100K?

April 6, 2019 1:52 pm


You are also known for being a provider of expert information and the quality of your readership. To me, you have brought me from knowing much about energy efficiency and emission trading to access to the great humanists discussing the many issues involving energy and environmentally.

Convergence of a 5 G world will require the open-mindedness of the planet’s best minds and innovators.

I don’t know what I would do if you went silent.

Thanks for your excellence doing a thankless job.


Reply to  Stephen Heins
April 6, 2019 4:12 pm

Hear! Hear!

Thank you for an excellent well stated comment!
I agree with you.

April 6, 2019 2:14 pm

As Yogi Berra might have said, “The site is so crowded that no one goes there any more.”

April 6, 2019 2:25 pm

Two observations.

One, imagine the traffic if Gargle weren’t actively engaged in biasing searches way from WUWT.

Two, I’d be willing to bet that a significant portion of the traffic to some of those sites is purely entertainment/curiosity on the part of WUWT regular readers.

Coeur de Lion
April 6, 2019 2:27 pm

Btw Tallbloke is very fresh and informative. Much enjoyed here

Jeff Mitchell
April 6, 2019 2:34 pm

What I like is not only the quality of the commenters, but the fact that if a comment is polite, but disagrees, they are allowed to stay. It keeps us on our toes, and we keep in touch with what people who disagree with us think.

I wonder if some of those other site’s bad scores are a result of blocking people from asking legitimate questions. It would be fun to make a list of all the legitimate questions that have gotten people banned from these sites, and post them for people to use to see which sites can handle dissent.

April 6, 2019 2:45 pm

Does Facebook count as a hit? Sometimes I just read it there.

April 6, 2019 3:43 pm

Hot Whopper came and went. Watts up with That has stayed and grown. Congratulations to WUWT and the Truth.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 7, 2019 4:41 am

“That has stayed and grown.”

That’s because people at WUWT are interested in searching for the truth, not in trying to suppress it.

Javert Chip
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 7, 2019 6:44 pm

A couple years ago (based on a WUWT article), I visited Hot Whopper & the Sue sleaze (total time on site: about 10 minutes).

It was like the world’s largest clown car, filled with only varsity team village idiots.


Joz Jonlin
April 6, 2019 4:02 pm

I know the PC answer is that I’m only here for the articles. In truth, I’m here for the pictures. Wait, this is WUWT, right?

April 6, 2019 4:07 pm

First thing I do after breakfast. Always of interest, and so many of the comments are very interesting in their own right.

Thanks Anthony.


John M. Ware
April 6, 2019 4:22 pm

I noticed that, in the last set of rankings shown, this site was misspelled most of the time, as “What’supwiththat” and “wottsupwiththat” in particular. No wonder the rankings were as shown. This site deserves the high ranking it has received.

Christopher Chantrill
April 6, 2019 4:22 pm

Thank you Anthony; we love you.

4 Eyes
April 6, 2019 4:28 pm

I visit many sites and blogs looking for insights, when work time permits. WUWT is still the best. The engineer in me gets more satisfaction out of the articles and the comments than anywhere else. A thousand thankyous for your efforts. Please keep it going.

April 6, 2019 4:58 pm

Resistance is NOT futile . . . you and some others (familuar to most of us here) are heroes of our time. Thank you.

April 6, 2019 5:32 pm

Way to go! Thanks for all the time and effort put into this website. And I appreciate the opportunity to have an occasional post.

F. Ross
April 6, 2019 5:34 pm

Kudos Anthony.
I don’t post much anymore but usually try to log on at least twice a day for the latest climate related news.

Luis Anastasía
April 6, 2019 6:11 pm

Congratulations, Anthony.
Almost every day I visit your website as an addict to try to absorb so much interesting information and, especially, to enjoy the intelligence and knowledge of all who participate here.
Luis from Uruguay

Anna Keppa
April 6, 2019 6:19 pm

wws: “Don’t forget that they’ve got people on the national stage like Alexanria Donkey Chompers plugging them now. That pulls in a lot of True Believers.”


Some wag re-christened her as “Chiquita Khrushchev”.


John Endicott
Reply to  Anna Keppa
April 8, 2019 11:10 am

Some wag re-christened her as “Chiquita Khrushchev”.

heh, that’s right up there with “She Guevara”

Ralph Short
April 6, 2019 6:54 pm

Great job and btw this is the site I frequent all the time because it is balanced and provides facts. Keep it up!!

Steve Loftis
April 6, 2019 7:24 pm

As one Marine who sailed the oceans via the US Navy and flew around some phenomenal climate events…Mt. Etna volcano eruption, the Kuwait oil fires of Desert Storm and such, I was always a skeptic of anything man was capable of doing to alter the earth or climate on a grand scale or permanent basis….as few have any idea of the vast expanse of this earth. If the hundreds of oil wells burning millions of barrels of raw oil a day did not create a significant change to the climate almost immediately…I have cannot imagine cars and power plants, even over a period of time, doing much.
Finding WUWT was a fantastic addition to my understanding of the reports and claims related to climate change. I am sure I am one of many who sincerely appreciate the web site, the articles presented and the commentary by the “learned class”….everyone, please keep it up.

April 6, 2019 7:47 pm

I think that this goes to prove that Anthony Watts is a jewel every second.

April 6, 2019 8:32 pm

This song is dedicated to John Cook, Michael Mann, Gavin Schmidt, Stefan Rahmstorf, Miriam O’Brien

April 6, 2019 8:35 pm

Always great articles, dependable facts

Jim Steele
April 6, 2019 9:08 pm

This is why I always crosspost to WUWT. Best skeptic site!

Good to see Slandering Sou is no longer appreciated as her vicious dishonest smear campaigns have only alienated the public. Likewisefor Peter Meisler’s dishonest whatsupwiththatwatts site which appears to be barely noticed. I am not sure how my site compares, but I would bet it gets far more views that Meisler’s.

Michael C. Roberts
April 6, 2019 10:46 pm

Anthony – I understand it is late here on the Left Coast, but please accept my heartfelt congratulations and recognition for the continuing excellence of your creation, WUWT. As the Climate Wars have progressed through the years, especially throughout the ‘dark years’ of the previous presidential administration here in the US of A, I have found your site to be a constant beacon of truth, sound science, and at times the sole outlet for accuracy and honesty in a veritable sea of lies and obfuscation. As I witnessed the steady decline of my local newspaper into a leftist quagmire, I found myself drawn evermore to this site. Although the recent death of my parents and accompanying estate issues has kept me from reading and posting as much as previously, I can always count on this site to provide scientific sanity when it is most needed.

Well done, sir.



April 7, 2019 1:09 am

44.171 + 1 !

April 7, 2019 5:36 am

in Aus “rank” means its stinks
so yeah double pun about hotwhopper being rank in Aus;-)

April 7, 2019 6:00 am

If I can go back in time a bit (really easy for me to do, I’m that old), when Climategate broke there was a huge increase in readership of many sites. I expected that all of them would see a fall off as the story aged, and that pretty much happened – except for WUWT. That was when WUWT’s readership ranking soared (yeah, yeah, the Kardashians score a lot higher) and became the go-to place for a lot of new readers.

The credit goes to Anthony and his experience as a TV met, his sense for delivering a popular,yet factual product, and his moderate tolerance of trolls and insulting people here. By the time people get banned, pretty much everyone agrees they should have been banned weeks ago.

French geographer
April 7, 2019 6:40 am

I read you from France, with a great pleasure. Unfortunately, I live in the worst alarmist country where the propaganda is developed by all means from the state’s institutions (we have nuclear plants to sell…).
Best regards.

April 7, 2019 7:26 am

This site consistently has excellent articles as well as one of the smartest collection of commenters just like Richard Fernandez’s Belmont Club.
While I am a climate idiot compared to you guys/gals I visit this site daily because of it’s high intrinsic value as well as therapy for my sanity.
Well Done Anthony and guests.

April 7, 2019 9:20 am

Well done Watts old boy. Most of us just read and don’t post.

Solomon Green
April 7, 2019 10:54 am

Well done and no surprise. Congratulations also to Charles the Moderator.

Over the last five or six years I have learnt more from WUWT than from any other site, partly because of the choice of articles and authors but, also, because so many of those who post here, who are not themselves climate scientists or even scientists, have a depth of knowledge and expertise in one, or more, particular aspects of the wide variety of subjects covered by “climate science”. Expertise that no single climate scientist can claim to match. Their scepticism arises from their knowledge that at least one pillar of the wide assumptions upon which CAGW is based does not stand up to rigorous investigation.

I have also enjoyed posts from others for the humour of their contributions. I would also thank Griff and his disciples for setting themselves up as Aunt Sallys. Even though their contributions can be mocked they show that this site, unlike RealClimate, and so many others of that ilk, does not attempt to censor debate.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  Solomon Green
April 7, 2019 7:01 pm

CAGW has no pillars. I have recently shown that the Keeling curve is fraudulent. The next pillar to fall will be the last one and actually is the 1st one, the Vostok ice core record.

April 7, 2019 12:24 pm

Keep up the good work!

April 7, 2019 5:44 pm

Having some good trustworthy friends is a blessing. WUWT is such a friend to me. I am in awe of your effort, Anthony, and of the team around you.

Years back experiencing the slow but steady degradation of the “quality media” it felt for me like a personal experience in isolation. Was it just me?

No, it was not. Your site was the first to learn me my observations made sense and I was not the only one having them.

For me science starts with curiosity, good observation, honesty and open discussion. These are qualities I see in you and on your site, so there you are!

April 7, 2019 6:02 pm

What bothers me most about Google is they claim they have no liability for the prurient and vulgar material they pump through their networks because they have no control what goes through – they’re just a pipe. With their insistence and intention to act as free speech’s filter, they edit content through their networks, they should be subject to liability for the sick material they do let through.

April 7, 2019 8:26 pm

This just shows that rational people like facts, data and robust debate, while climate change enthusiasts continue to operate on fact-free emotion, the way religious cults always have.

Robin willows
April 7, 2019 9:14 pm

Thanks for all the years of hard work that you and your team have done for us. Your site is a daily read.
Good luck and good health to all.

April 7, 2019 10:17 pm

May this site and its pursuit of science live on in perpetuum, long after our remains have contributed methane, and our cremains have contributed CO2 to benefit the planet.

Carbon Bigfoot
April 8, 2019 5:05 am

Congratulations Anthony and WUWT’s Collaborative that make this a magnet for intellectual scientific discourse and joy for all participants. Having been remiss in donations as a retiree with limited cash flow a big C-Note is on the way. Hope others will follow my lead. Many thanks Anthony.

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