Here’s what Pew did. They used a sample of 26 news sites to conduct their research on peoples’ digital browsing habits. They used a combination of the most trafficked news sites and the ones that get the most traffic via Facebook. Not surprisingly, there was considerable overlap — 17 of the most trafficked sites were also the most shared via Facebook.
But, it’s a group of outliers that got us thinking. Here’s the relevant nugget from the Pew memo:
[There are] five sites that are among the most shared on Facebook, but do not rank among the most visited sites. All five are conservative-oriented news sites: theblaze.com, breitbart.com, washingtontimes.com, mrconservative.com, and wnd.com.
These sites have relatively modest audiences, with mrconservative.com at the bottom of the list at 772,000 monthly unique visitors….Indeed on…
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