Green Left website: A valuable online archive

Green Left Weekly cover from 2001

The Green Left website had a 13.3% rise in readership in October compared to the previous month, perhaps reflecting the developments in Australian politics since the failure of the traditional parties of government to win a parliamentary majority in the August 21 federal election.

The site had 104,719 unique visitors over the month.

The most-read article on the web, published last month, was Kiraz Janicke’s “The burqa: reject the fake ‘feminism’ of the right” which has had more than 3000 readers over the month. Articles about Greens MP Adam Bandt, Senator Bob Brown and independent MP Andrew Wilkie were also very popular.

On the first day of November there was a sharp spike in Green Left’s web readership. The source of this spike was some 3000 visitors who read an article we published way back in 1999, entitled “Why is hemp illegal” . These readers were directed to the Green Left site from the US-based referring website www.stumbleupon.com

A steady stream of people interested in this article about the famous weed has continued to flow since then.

However this is only one of several articles published online by Green Left many years ago that continues to get a steady stream of readers.

Another favourite from the Green Left web archive is “How the CIA created Osama bin Laden” (published in 2001).

“The Aboriginal struggle for justice and land rights” (2001) is also regularly read as is “Vietnam: war and the environment” from 1991, the first year Green Left was published.

There are many articles from long past issues that continue to draw online readers, proving that Green Left is a valuable and free online archive.

Over the last month we began placing advertisements for Green Left subscriptions and donations in the body of all longer Green Left articles on the web but it is too early to see if this has had a positive impact on subscriptions and donations. We have also begun to include links to selected related articles in some articles.

If you read Green Left on the web, please remember that while reading Green Left on the web is free, producing it isn’t. As the year draws to an end, we appeal to the thousands who read Green Left on the web to make a generous donation towards our $300,00 annual fighting fund.

If you can help us get there please donate online today at www.greenleft.org.au/donate/details , or direct deposits can be made to Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, account no. 00901992. Otherwise, you can send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515, Broadway NSW 2007 or phone in a donation on the toll-free line on 1800 634 206 (within Australia).

Web readers can also buy an e-subscription to help keep this project afloat. You can also help increase our web readership by sending links to articles that your friends, relatives or workmates may be interested in.

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