What It’s Like to Go from Nowhere to Editing Top Conservative Website IJReview & Managing One of the Biggest Facebook Publishers in the World
The last few years have been quiet on Rogue Government. That’s because a remarkable journey has taken me away from my beloved and charmingly insular blog to what conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh comically referred to on separate occasions as a “probably accurate” “local newspaper” known as IJReview.com.
In some ways, I feel like my life is a dream right now. It’s unbelievable what I actually get paid to do with my time. Really. No… really. But few people actually know what I do, and most of my day is spent – as the Chief “Bubba” says – like a “ninja” in the shadows.
How’d I get here? One day, after enough time and aggravation spent in the Obama job market, I finally had enough: I was going to become a professional writer. That proved to be about as tough as I thought it would be.
My first outing as a writer was a 500 page book, still being tinkered with, called Envirotopia. My marketing plan was non-existent heading into it, but I had a lot of passion and a powerful vision. After I finished the book, I decided to attempt getting an audiobook completed for it as a free means to draw interest to it. That plan’s still in the process of completion.
So I moved on to a gig at Conservative Daily News due to the lovably surly Michelle Ray aka GaltsGirl on Twitter. She was the first person who got me onto a website where it was conceivably possible to make money. The deal was that you had to place among the top 5 writers every month to draw a check. And to my surprise, that didn’t take long at all.
But it wasn’t quite enough. So, on a whim, I threw my resume up on a website called eLance. When several weeks later I was contacted by a website I had never heard of called Independent Journal Review, I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I literally couldn’t believe it; as in, I agreed to the job through eLance, but continued on as if nothing had happened.
Days passed. Weeks even. Suddenly, a guy named “Bubba” was sending a bewildered email, wondering if I ever was going to show up, and, you know, do my job. Finally realizing that this “Independent Journal Review” was real, and the guys running it were serious, after all, I got into gear. Well, as much as you can get into gear when you’re initially offered ten hours a week.
But I eased into the role during the summer months of 2012, bringing the virtually unreadable, wall-of-text, “academic” (in the worst sense of the word) style with me to the fledgling start-up. I racked my brains thinking of how to inject all my idealistic notions into the posts, as if intentionally trying to turn off every reader on the planet.
After a couple thousand painful discussions arguing with “Bubba,” I felt like I finally grasped what he wanted me to do. Don’t talk to everyone as if they’re already on your side, but be chill and funny and creative and confident. Drop the “activist” attitude. Take your point-of-view to the masses and don’t expect them to come to you – unless you can entertain them or promise them something useful.
A year passed. The associate editor disappeared after Obama won the election. I was given a whole 20 hours to work, and the rest is history. I think I work about 20 hours a day now, or at least it feels that way. But I don’t notice the time pass, I’m too busy having fun.
In the meantime, IJReview.com has gone from off-the-grid to the #1 conservative website in the nation by number of monthly people, as of last week. Now, we’re #2 to FoxNews.com, but we’re hanging in there at about 20 million people, per Quantcast (the same ranker that Drudge Report posts on its homepage).
Since I’m always into the Google Analytics, of course, the numbers are higher there. We’re currently heading back towards 60 million sessions, 30 million users, and 70 million pageviews a month.
What do I do at IJReview.com? I’m currently in the position of managing editor, so that means I tweak all the posts, such as the images and headlines for optimum likability and sharability. I also write my own posts and very routinely score among the tops in the world on social media. Here’s my profile for today via Spike with my buddy and long-time top writer Mike Miller 1 & 2 in Content Creator Facebook likes:
But one thing I do that virtually no one knows about is that I run about 75%-80% of the posts on the 5 million + fan Facebook page Conservative Daily, which is pretty much the best publisher in the world in terms of Facebook likes/shares per article post:
See, the number of people who see the posts on Conservative Daily each week even dwarf our considerable website traffic. In a given week, some 50 million – 60 million people see our posts on Facebook. Essentially, this means that I likely reach as many people with my Facebook posts per week as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly do on their media outlets, if not more.
But I’ve never gotten an invitation to speak on a major terrestrial radio show, let alone a television show, let alone speaking at a major event, let alone anything else outside of our awesome website, when Bubba Atkinson gave me the 2013 Employee of the Year award at CPAC. Still, our website traffic dwarfs the Drudge Report (without getting many of their links) in terms of number of people reached each week, rivals that of Fox News, and is currently edging The Blaze. That’s it’s own kind of satisfaction, and it’s enough.
At IJReview, we made it a specific goal to reach as many people outside of the “conservative bubble” as humanly possible in order to promote the messages of responsible government, individual rights, freedom, and economic opportunity to those people who aren’t conservatives. By that measure alone, I judge our website to be moving in the right direction, and am ecstatic to be a part of such a great team. And we have a few things on the horizon that will likely surprise some people.
Oh yeah, we also find ways to make stuff like dogs falling for a magic trick being like Obama voters getting duped into re-electing him to his second term. Just sayin.’
Anyone that has spent more than five minutes delving into the background of the progressive media’s appointed Messiah — the self-professed Marxist radical community organizer and “regular” attendee of the Jeremiah Wright school of America-hatred — a man so well-versed in the tactics of the leftist agitator Saul Alinsky that he was dubbed “the master” — current American president Barack Hussein Obama is wholly unsurprised by the authoritarian and borderline totalitarian trajectory of the nation.
After President Obama came to power, he ran trillion dollar deficits every year, doubled spending, exploded the national debt, downgraded the country’s credit rating, and sought to remove the debt limit, permanently.
Unemployment slowly declines because of the record numbers of Americans giving up, joblessness is endemic in the black community, women are losing their jobs in droves, and over half of young grads won’t find a job in their fields. Although the president and his Democrat Party have had majority control since 2006, the Republicans are blamed for all that goes wrong and the Democrats receive credit for all that somehow goes right (and notice there’s not a lot of that going around).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ‘sought an end-around‘ the Counterterrorism Security Group during the Benghazi terror attacks on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th.
On Wednesday, three whistleblowers are slated to testify to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and give testimony that may shed light on why the Obama administration deliberately withheld intelligence and military assets from aiding U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens when he came under attack at a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
You’ve got to love how Democrats get to define who is authentically Latino, Hispanic, black, female, gay and what-not, simply based on if they subscribe to a certain ideology. That’s quite a trick.
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson insulted Texas Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly, while laughably claiming Cruz introduces a measure of incivility to political discourse. The following is the video and description from ABC:
President Obama shared a much-needed laugh with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu while in Israel about the ‘red line’ (see video below) but after revelations that Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad likely used sarin gas on his own people, the phrase has become gravely serious.
In August 2012, President Obama spoke about the ongoing civil war in Syria: “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, and also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch [sic] of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”
Democratic strategist James Carville appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and had high praise for up-and-coming GOP Senator Ted Cruz, despite their ideological differences.
Originally posted at IJReview.com.
President Obama gave a commencement address to graduates of Ohio State University, and delivered some memorable political phrases that have little to do with the meager job market they are heading into.
Let’s rebut the sophistry point-by-point:
Independent Journal Review is listed as the 19th ranked conservative website in the United States, according to the monthly report of RedFlagNews.com. It is the first month IJReview.com has been listed.
Congressional hearings on Benghazi will be held Wednesday featuring whistleblowers who witnessed the White House’s mishandling of the terror attack and the ensuing cover-up.
At the NRA Leadership Forum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz issued a challenge to Vice President Joe Biden to debate the causes of gun violence. The following is from Senator Cruz:
“If Vice President Joe Biden really believes the facts are on his side and this is not simply an exercise in political power by the administration, then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, the causes of violent crime, who’s carrying it out, and how we could do everything humanly possible to stop it.”
The terror attack on Benghazi, Libya is the story that is not going away. Four American servicemen were inexplicably denied military support on September 11th, 2012 and were killed in a raid on a diplomatic mission.
The career politicians in the Obama administration may think they can continue to distort the record and avoid having to discuss what happened. But the White House made several obvious and intentional attempts at misleading the public, such as:
Citizens are being encouraged to snitch on their “anti-government” neighbors in the sunshine state of Florida, according to an article by the Save America Foundation:
A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.
Obama Campaigns in Mexico: Immigration Reform Provides Citizenship for 11 Million ‘In This Country Illegally’
President Obama let slip some uncharacteristic truth on his recent campaign trip visit to Mexico. Americans are supposed to trust this guy on immigration reform?
The following is a list of the Top 40 Conservative Websites, according to Alexa rankings in the United States over the last three months (full disclosure, I’m currently Assistant Editor at IJReview.com):
- Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/ (44)
- Drudge Report http://drudgereport.com/ (94)
- Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html (99)
- WSJ http://online.wsj.com/home-page (118)
- The Blaze http://www.theblaze.com/ (240)
- NY Post http://www.nypost.com/ (294)
- Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/ (379)
- The Daily Beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/ (384)
- Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/ (592)
- Daily Caller http://dailycaller.com/ (716)
- ZeroHedge http://www.zerohedge.com/ (728)
- Townhall http://townhall.com/ (898)
- The Hill http://thehill.com/ (982)
- Weekly Standard http://www.weeklystandard.com/ (990)
- RealClearPolitics http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ (1050)
- National Review http://www.nationalreview.com/ (1065)
- Hot Air http://hotair.com/ (1132)
- Independent Journal Review http://www.ijreview.com/ (1183)
- PJ Media http://pjmedia.com/ (1220)
- OC Register http://www.ocregister.com/ (1407)
- Free Republic http://freerepublic.com (1481)
- Washington Examiner http://washingtonexaminer.com/ (1529)
- IBD http://www.investors.com/ (1565)
- Twitchy http://twitchy.com/ (1649)
- Newsbusters http://newsbusters.org/ (1659)
- The Week http://theweek.com/ (1788)
- Rush Limbaugh http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ (1925)
- American Thinker http://americanthinker.com/ (2473)
- Reason http://reason.com (2,553)
- Western Journalism http://www.westernjournalism.com/ (2918)
- Human Events http://www.humanevents.com/ (2945)
- Free Beacon http://freebeacon.com/ (2976)
- Gateway Pundit http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ (3037)
- Red State http://www.redstate.com/ (3633)
- Lucianne http://lucianne.com/ (3679)
- Freedom Outpost http://freedomoutpost.com/ (3988)
- Powerline http://www.powerlineblog.com/ (4083)
- Ace of Spades http://ace.mu.nu/ (4225)
- Michelle Malkin http://michellemalkin.com/ (4795)
- Heritage http://www.heritage.org/ (5201)
The National Science Foundation issued a grant totaling $880,000 to The University of Iowa (my alma mater) to study… snail porn. Click here to watch the video I made for Independent Journal Review (my prudish Chief Editor Bubba Atkinson wouldn’t let me post the one above).
Last night’s tribute to Andrew Breitbart, one year since his passing: