Scientology Turns Into A Traffic Magnet

Tom Cruise vid brings views

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We know you want to stay on topic; we know you don’t want to resort to tabloid-style tricks.  But we know you also want linkbait, and an excellent example of it has been identified in a new Hitwise post.

To be fair, Paul Boutin was well ahead of the curve, writing on Friday, "On Gawker, Nick Denton’s mirror post of Tom Cruise’s Scientology promo video is closing on 1.5 million views – comparable traffic to all of Valleywag so far this month."  But of course, Boutin operates under the same Gawker Media umbrella, so Hitwise’s follow-upScientology Turns Into A Traffic Magnet is still worth seeing.

Heather Dougherty states, "After posting a copy of the video, the market share of visits to Gawker.com increased 178% on Tuesday, January 15th from the previous day.  Traffic also increased another 72% on the next day (from Tuesday), where traffic peaked surrounding the event . . . .  The Scientology website also experienced a spike in traffic, where the market share increased 450% on Tuesday, January 15th from the previous day."

So how can the average eBusiness site duplicate these numbers?  Well, aside from pissing off rich religions and carrying celebrity news, there may not be any easy way.  Still, blogs can take a shot, and it seems likely that staying up on current events and tossing in references when possible will make any site look a more flexible and modern.

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  • Fred Willcutt

    Doug -

    You’re stretching here….  The hits to the Scientology web site is not the result of regular hits- those stats are from attacks that are going on from around the world.

    Here is an intro:


    Google it.



    • Doug Caverly

      Dougherty also wrote, “Searches on the term ‘scientology’ increased 750% for the week ending Jan. 19th compared to the previous week.” But then again, many of those searches may have been performed out of interest in the attack . . . . You guys raise an extremely valid point.

  • Vince

    Yea scientology.org was DNS attacked.  So its not like we need to worry about the number of scientologists quadrupling.

  • Guest

    didnt you hear doug?

  • Anonymous

    Hello, leaders of Scientology. We are Anonymous.

    Over the years, we have been watching you. Your campaigns of misinformation, your suppression of dissent, your litigious nature, all of these things have caught our eye. With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who have come to trust you as leaders has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed. For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and re everywhere. You will find no recourse in attack, because for each of us that falls, ten more will take his/her place.

    We are cognizant of the many who may decry our methods as parallel to those of the Church of Scientology. Those who espouse the obvious truth that your organization will use the actions of Anonymous as an example of the persecution of which you have for so long warned your followers. This is acceptable to Anonymous. In fact, it is encouraged. We are your SPs.

    Over time, as we begin to merge our pulse with that of your Church, the suppression of your followers will become increasingly difficult to maintain. Believers will become aware that salvation needn’t come at the expense of their livelihood. They will become aware that the stress and the frustration that they feel is not due to us, but a source much closer to them. Yes, we are SPs. But the sum of suppression we could ever muster is eclipsed by that of your own RTC.

    Knowledge is free.

    We are Anonymous.

    We are Legion.

    We do not forgive.

    We do not forget.

    Expect us.

    • tom cruise is a freak

      Thank You for being proactive against IDIOTIC CULTS LIKE SCEINTOLOGISTS.  I’m proud to be an SP if thats how these lunitics define skeptics that question the means and gains of which this so called, "CHURCH", has come to where it is today.  RLH is no man of anything that signfies good; he was a scam artist and the irony is being someone who denounced mental therapy he was the biggest WACK JOB of the last 6 decades.



  • http://www.wikinfo.org Anonymous

    So who caused what?  Someone stole, edited and put a video on the internet, right so far?  The Church of Scientology attempted to get it off the ‘net but are meeting resistance and it has spread all over, right so far?  And very shortly after that, "anonymous" gave the Scientology web sites lots of webhits, increasing how those sites come up on search engines, right so far?  So who is cause and who is victim, here?  Anonymous, apparently, is doing something.  But the way they go about it, they are increasing Scientology’s public exposure by some factor, right so far?  Who is cause, who is victim?

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