VFR most visited site reporting on killer’s background; huge spike in readership
Adding to my frustrations over the last two days in trying to determine whether the Greyhound beheader, Vince Weiguang Li, is a Muslim, this morning I did a Google search for **Vince Li beheaded Muslim**, and VFR occupied the third and fourth highest spot on the Google results page. The high placement both astounded and discouraged me. Here I am, hungrily hunting the Web to find some facts on this very important and horrible story, and I find myself! Not only that, but in the first and second highest webpages in the search results, the word “Muslim” is not used in connection with Li. So VFR is the most visited site that’s actual dealing with the question of Li’s religious background.
Surprised by VFR’s prominent appearance in Google, I checked the site’s readership and learned that yesterday, August 1, VFR jumped to 15,431 visits and 68,686 hits, probably its highest day ever. Last summer, when VFR’s daily visits were averaging in the 7,000s, Intellectual Conservative ranked VFR as the 71st most popular conservative website (and virtually all the other sites in the top 100 were either corporate sites or sites of nationally known individuals). Readership since then, as measured in daily visits (not visitors) has returned to its former plateau in the 5,000s to 6,000s, or around 25,000 to 30,000 daily hits.