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Last October when Time magazine compiled its "most influential websites of all time," it put the Drudge Report report squarely at No. 8. Eight! The conservative political news site hovers high in the top ten list of U.S. media publishers of the Marketers' Intelligence Blog, too.
And it's true. Personally speaking, when an Ad Age story finds its way onto Matt Drudge's bare-bones curated list of news links, the traffic spike is eye-popping. It's drive-by traffic, sure, the quality of which is maybe questionable. It yields a few weird comments on our site. But the impact is undeniable: The badly designed Web 1.0 relic is a traffic monster, still. In 2018.