The 50 Most Popular Liberal Websites


After ranking the biggest right-of-center political websites, I thought it might be interesting to see which left-of-center websites receive the most traffic. So, I went to Alexa and ranked the 50 sites on the left. Do keep in mind that…

1) Alexa doesn’t distinguish between top level domains and their sub-directories. So, for example, a blog on Townhall and Townhall itself would have the same rating. Additionally, websites hosted at places like Blogspot, which list each blog on a sub-directory, can’t be measured. That knocked MSNBC, ABC, and NBC off the list.

2) I also decided to leave newspapers off the list for two reasons. Number one, there are obviously a lot of people reading newspapers for reasons other than political content, so it’s not completely fair to compare a newspaper to let’s say, the Daily Kos, which draws all its readers for political reasons. Number two, since most newspapers lean to the left and a lot of newspapers have large, local readerships, had I included the papers, they would have dominated the list. I’m going to estimate 40 out of the top 50 spot, perhaps more, would have been taken up by newspapers.

3) Although I have found Alexa to be generally accurate, it does occasionally make mistakes and certainly isn’t as on target as a statistics tracker.

4) I didn’t deliberately leave any left-of-center websites off the list other than the ones mentioned. So, if you are supposed to be on the list and weren’t included, feel free to send me an email.

All 50 websites are listed with their Alexa rank following their link. So for example, a “1” would mean the page was the most popular website on the net. A “100,000” would mean the 100,000th most popular page on the net. With that being said, let’s go ahead and take a look at the rankings.

1) CNN: 52
2) The Huffington Post: 393
3) Time: 553
4) NPR: 1,524
5) Slate: 1,569
6) Newsweek: 1,690
7) U.S. News & World Report: 2,408
8) Politico: 2,470
9) Salon: 2,455
10) Indy Media: 3,534

11) The Democratic Underground: 6,992
12) The Atlantic: 8,538
13) The Village Voice: 8,922
14) Daily Kos: 10,385
15) Eschaton: 10,496
16) New Yorker: 12,429
17) The Daily Beast: 12,512
18) Alternet: 15,763
19) Common Dreams: 18,144
20) Crooks and Liars: 19,337

21) Buzzflash: 19,423
22) TPM Cafe: 21,592
23) MoveOn: 21,786
24) Mother Jones: 22,277
25) Amnesty International: 23,807
26) Counterpunch: 23,841
27) The Nation: 24,552
28) Antiwar: 24,799
29) Think Progress: 25,168
30) Raw Story: 26,663

31) The New Republic: 26,867
32) Planned Parenthood: 28,207
33) Information Clearing House: 28,605
34) What Really Happened: 31,583
35) OpEdNews: 31,835
36) Bad Subjects: 33,120
37) Political Wire: 34,698
38) World Socialist Website: 35,122
39) ACLU: 37,195
40) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: 37,494

41) Media Matters: 37,650
42) Feministing: 38,376
43) Truthout: 38,809
44) Drudge Retort: 41,472
45) The American Prospect: 42,082
46) Harper’s Magazine: 42,659
47) Firedoglake: 42,836
48) TruthDig: 44,389
49) Wonkette: 45,704
50) AmericaBlog: 45,195

Honorable Mentions

51) FiveThirtyEight: 46,521
52) The Washington Monthly: 48,238
53) Michael Moore 48,918
54) Bartcop: 48,109
55) Air America: 54,928
56) Oliver Willis: 55,743
57) MyDD: 57,251
58) Center for American Progress: 58,713
59) The Brookings Institute: 61,302
60) Zmag: 65,741

Also see,

The 50 Most Popular Right-Of-Center Websites