I am updating some web traffic data and adding a few new sites. I was wondering how the traffic of some of the prominent creation evangelism sites such as Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the Institute from Creation Research (ICR) compared to that of other general Christian web sites and reformed Christian organizations. I got these numbers from Quantcast.com and they represent numbers of visitors (not pageviews) visiting each site for the month of February 2012.
Reformed or reformed-leaning web sites:
- Desiring God (www.desiringgod.org, John Piper) – 349K – this is the highest it has been in the past yea
- Ligonier ministries (www.ligonier.org, RC Sprouls) – 74K – Has been as high as 110K over past year
- Truth in Action (truthinaction.org) – DJ Kennedy’s ministry – 125K – ranges from 35 to 130 over the past year
- Orthodox Presbyterian Church official site (ww.OPC.org) – 30K – varies between 15-30K per month
- Presbyterian Church of America official site (www.Pcanet.org) – 51K – varies between 20-51
- Douglas Wilsons’ web site (http://www.dougwils.com/) – 15K – up to 25K over the past year
- http://www.Monergism.com – 44K – fairly consistent over the past year
- Vision Forum (www.visionforum.com – Doug Phillips) – 87K – has been up to 140K in December presumably for Christmas shopping
General Christian Resources:
- http://www.Crosswalk.com – 429K – about constant over the past year
- http://www.Blueletterbible.org (Bible resources) – 325K
- http://www.Christianitytoday.com (Christian magazine homepage) – 712K
Origins/creationism web sites:*
- Answers in Genesis – Ken Ham (www.Answersingenesis.org – young earth creationist) – 233K – has been consistent over past 2 years
- Institute for Creation Research – John Morris (www.icr.org – young earth creationist) -88K – Highest it has been in past 2 years
- Creation Ministries International (www.creation.com – young earth creationist) – 71K
- Creation Today – the recently rebranded site of YEC Dr. Dino (aka Kent Hovind), http://www.creationtoday.org – 32K
- Reasons to Believe – Hugh Ross, Old Earth Creationists (www.Reasons.org) – 47K – 30-58K in the last year
- http://www.Biologos.org – Evolutionary creation – 13K
As I had noted before the traffic to AIG (Answers in Genesis) is more than that to ICR and CMI combined so they are the face of young earth creationism. AIG’s traffic (233K) puts it in the category of a significant Christian ministry despite its focus on just one issue in the Church. However, AIG has been increasingly promoting itself as a more evangelical organization and is developing curricula on a much wider range of issues. Interestingly, at its current growth rate Ken Ham will (and maybe already is) one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the US. Considering his lack of theological or scientific training his increasing ability to influence so many in the church on a wide range of topics should be of concern.
I was surprised by the numbers for Doug Phillips (vision forum) but this site includes a significant retail component. Nonetheless Vision Forum is a strong proponent of young earth creationism (YEC) with ties to Answers in Genesis. As a result it greatly increases the reach of AIG and could be considered one of the top four YEC destinations.
*The numbers for these sites are probably not as reflective of credible visitors as the other numbers. I expect that these web site are hit by large numbers of people searching for information on a topic like dinosaurs and hit a page and leave right away and so the numbers are certainly inflated to some degree.