Why create a list of the best prepper sites out there? Simple, because nobody seems to be doing it in a way that makes sense. You can find lists, but I can’t figure out what they are based on. This list below is a current and largely unbiased ranking of the 50 best Prepper sites right now based upon clear metrics. For details on the ranking and how to get your site listed, you can read below.
Last Update: 8/12/15
Last Update: 8/12/15
How were these ratings calculated?
I started off being much more scientific about this. Other sites use a combination of the Google Page Rank and Alexa ranking to come up with a number. Besides the many problems documented with Alexa – notably that they only record the metrics from people who have their toolbar and not the rest of the web, this method keeps a lot of great sites out of play. At the time I started this, Google hadn’t updated their page rank in almost 9 months. When this happens you have some sites that are generating a lot of traffic, but have no page rank so they are ranked lower. Other sites are generating low traffic but since they have been around for years, they have a higher page rank so their ratings are higher. Then there are other lists of survival sites that have no ranking method I can determine at all. There are some sites that literally haven’t been updated in years but made the top 20. There are some sites where the author has DIED and they still appear highly ranked regardless of the fact that these sites haven’t changed at all since W was in office. Now, Google has said they aren’t even updating PageRank anymore so that should no longer be considered a qualification criteria in my opinion because there is no way for growing sites to improve their number.
So, with that in mind my idea was to factor for how well the site was kept up to date. For instance if your site wasn’t updated at least 20 times in a given 30 day period you were penalized slightly. If your blog wasn’t really a blog at all, you were penalized.
It quickly became apparent though that with these calculations some of the better blogs were being penalized too harshly so I reverted back to straight traffic stats.
The main metric is Quantcast ranking
This is the most pure ranking in my opinion that makes sense. It keeps sites that have been around forever (so they have a high page rank) but in some cases generate really low traffic, out of the list and frees up room for the bloggers who are trying hard to have the best prepper information out there.
If your site does not appear on this list and you do appear in Quantcast, send me an email. If you want to appear on Quantcast, you can do that for free by signing up with them. If your site isn’t on this list, it is most likely for one of two reasons.
- You aren’t in the top 60. Keep trying!
- You don’t appear in Quantcast. There are a few really good blogs that I know of that aren’t on this list because they do not appear in Quantcast rankings. Why is that? One reason is if you have a free blog on Blogger or WordPress and your site URL looks something like prepperblog.blogspot.com. If this is you and you are serious about being a blogger, spend a few dollars a month, get your site hosted on its own domain and then register for Quantcast. The other reason is that Quantcast simply doesn’t know about you. Registering is free!!
Why is this method better than any others?
I believe that people are the best indication of how good a site is. If you are a genius but nobody has found your site yet, it could be because of the way you have designed your site. It could also mean, you aren’t a genius and nobody wants to read what you wrote. Sorry.
Using traffic stats alone doesn’t take into account quality – that is still a subjective measurement. Even Google’s PR is subjective. Regardless of all the other factors, the amount of traffic a site receives is by and large the most effective measurement without getting into voodoo. If you like the content of a site, you return. That site will get shared, traffic increases. As soon as the site ceases to be useful or is neglected, the traffic goes down.
I will be revising this list every month going forward so I expect a lot of changes down at the bottom of the range. The top 10 will likely stay the same unless something happens.
Who isn’t listed on this site?
I check each page for ranking so I lay my eyes on each site. If your site is dedicated to a product or service solely, you probably won’t be listed. There are some blogs that are part of a larger company that provides products, but the blog is updated frequently enough to provide good information on its own. Additionally, if I bring up a blog and the last post is several months old, I will likely not include it, but if this happens, most likely the traffic (and their Quantcast ranking) will move them down the list naturally. There are also blogs that purchase advertising on other blog sites so their rankings are artificially higher. When I know of examples of this, I remove them simply because I don’t have an easy way of culling true traffic derived organically as opposed to ad driven traffic. There is one site that is a genuine survival blog, but they run massive ad campaigns so almost 50% of their traffic comes from ads. They were removed because I don’t know of a way to separate out that data unfortunately.
Who is this list for?
The best prepper sites list was designed to give people searching for the best blogs out there in the arena of prepping or survival a quick guide to who was who. Using the ranking above, you can quickly get a sense of who more people turn to right or wrong. Advertisers can also use this page to quickly see if their advertising dollars are being spent as wisely as possible. Bloggers can also see how they stack up against their peers and watch their rank climb as we go. The grid above will have a place for previous rank so you can see progress up or down the ranking.