Here is a recent item that came in from one of our correspondents.
What is interesting is the double standard it presents without any apparent irony.
It is promoting the wonders of the internet and spewing out a bunch of meaningless statistics — for all the massive advertising and hundreds of linked sites and millions spent to make their internet presence so “powerful” my blog — which has NO budget, no team working on it and no massive advertising is consistently ranked HIGHER than Scientology.org by Alexa! But set aside the stat mumbo jumbo and the feeble “successes” (this is seriously the best they could come up with out of millions of supposed visitors clamoring for information about Scientology on the internet?) this is saying we are spending your money to create a presence on the internet.
And meanwhile, out of the other side of their mouths, they are saying: : “It is out ethics to get information about Scientology on the internet” — the internet is apparently ONLY for “wogs”. They can look at the internet to get information about Scientology, in fact, we are spending millions of your dollars to try to reach them — but DON’T YOU DARE LOOK YOURSELF.
After all, ALL lies about Scientology come from “a couple of unemployed bloggers that occupy the lunatic fringe of the internet….” And if we are in fact the lunatic fringe, why are they worried?
But even more, if they actually believed their own bullshit, they would SEND Scientologists to our websites. After all, they keep telling them that these websites are PROOF of how well they are doing. You know, the squirrels are squealing because of how much expansion there is…. Thus, they should want people to get the “proof” of their amazing expansion by experiencing the squealing squirrels first hand….
Funny they don’t practice what they preach?
Introducing the world to Scientology:
Over 22 million website visits in the last year alone
Visitors to scientology.org come from all over the world to find the answer to the question, “What is Scientology?” Ads directing them to the website run around the clock as part of the biggest dissemination campaign in Scientology history. This campaign is entirely made possible by grants from the IAS.
Visitors to the site have viewed over 78 million pages of information on Scientology in just the last year—and nearly 320 million pages since the campaign began in 2008. That works out to over 7,000 pages per hour or 2 pages per second.
The website is translated into 16 languages and has hosted visitors from 23,349 cities in 231 countries and territories in the last 12 months.
To enable visitors to respond, the site provides a place for people to ask questions and make originations. Here is what just a few of the visitors toscientology.org have to say:
“I have been reading and looking into Scientology for a few months and am considering furthering my interest. Can you please advise the best way for me to achieve this aim?”
“Greetings! We are 17 students in northeastern India. We would like to join your church. Please send us more information as to how we can be part of the Scientology Church International.”
“I am currently teaching English as a second language in Mexico. I will be returning to the U.S. very soon and I am interested in Scientology. I’ve been watching your videos on YouTube and immersing myself in learning about it. I look forward to meeting you.”
“In Kinshasa (the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) there is no Church of Scientology. Could you give me the name of someone I could talk to and share with?”
“Hello. I’d like to visit your organization. I want to bring my two sons with me. I am particularly interested for my 14 year old who has had some problems at school, in communication with us, and in his lack of attention to things. I would like all of us to take some courses.”
“I have a renewed interest in your organization. A number of years ago I was in one and I think what I did was called auditing. Do you still have the records and results of a test I did? If so, can I talk with someone about it?”
“Hello. I have interest in the Scientology movement and wish to know more. I would very much like to find somewhere locally I could learn more about it. As a recent graduate I fear I need something to help shape my life.”
The Scientology Dissemination campaign is made possible by the continued support of IAS members.
Additional Note: These supposed traffic numbers do not line up well with the main resource for tracking website popularity.
According to Alexa.com, Tony Ortega’s website is TWICE as popular as scientology.org in the US.
This blog, with just word of mouth alone, has a similar popularity to scientology.org in the US despite the huge money the RCS is pouring into paid advertising.
Here are the Alexa numbers.
(Note that the most popular website is #1. Thus the lower the number the more popular the website)
Tony Ortega.org: Global Rank: 88,144 Rank in United States 14,290
Scientology.org : Global rank 121,129 Rank in United States 30,326
Mikerindersblog.org: Global Rank: 150,429 Rank in the United States: 30,907