Survival Top 50

Email from Jeff H,

Dear Mr. Creekmore, I went to the Survival Top 50 web site to vote for your blog and noticed something strange with the rankings. They seem to be way off and not at all accurate.

First off they have The Survivalist Blog ranking well below sites that according my Alexa Toolbar get significantly less traffic than your blog, some of these sites also receive no comments and seem to have no community interaction and few if any subscribers.

Another thing that I noticed, is that there are sites with less than 50 total votes that are ranking higher than The Survivalist Blog despite the fact that your blog has over 1,440 votes. I also went to the survival top 50 site a few hours after I voted to check on the rankings and it allowed me to vote again – so apparently everyone can vote again every few hours.

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Medicineball says:

    I have never found the Survival Top 50 to be accurate.

  2. i noticed that too, and supposedly a blog won the top spot is “SHTF plan” blog, a real doom n gloom site that routinely stretches the truth. no way that site beat md’s or even jwr’s.

    • There is more than one site with SHTF in its name. Maybe there was some confusion.

      But I have always found the top 50 very strange, and have always found their criteria a bit odd. Clearly he is excluding some of the major homesteading sites. Maybe they don’t have the required number of tactical knife reviews.

  3. Prep Now [so.fl.] says:

    Was give Rawles novel “Patriots”,, bought 2-20 20 rd mags for the ar, was given 2- 30 rd mags for it, got 500 rds of .223. Planted more gutter grown lettuce and spinach.
    Got a lesson on how to break down a Wilson 1911 45cal, a Glock 9mm and my new AR for cleaning,, from my son-in-law.

    • Merry Christmas!!
      My daughter gave me a video set “Alone in the Wilderness” part 1 & 2 – A great dvd about a man in his fifties going to alaska and living in nature(build a log cabin , hunts, fishs, lives…) – a great documentary.
      Got some tools (yea!!)
      Gave them revised EDC packs (including a edc for my lady for her horseback riding)

      May God keep you all in the palm of his hands. Merry Christmas.

      just sayin…

      • ne1u1tme2be says:

        Anonymous, my brother-on-law loaned me that documentary a couple weeks ago. It was amazing!! Thanks for mentioning it here. Everyone should see it.

  4. I also found that ranking strange and wouldn’t lend much credence to it! This blog kicks ass……

  5. Computer Geek says:

    I think a lot of people got The Survivalist Blog confused with another blog listed as the survival blog voting for that blog instead of M.D.’s blog.

    I went and voted for The Wolf Pack 5 stars.

  6. I know which blog is the best one for me, and I’m here every day…albeit quietly. Polls suck.

    • breadmomma says:

      I am with you Omo Bob…I prefer this one…polls are easy to slant, most are propaganda for someone and the folks here seem pretty squared away..the kind of folks I could have over for a cup of java or shoot the breeze with or build something with…bbq time as well as working together…Merry Christmas to all…time to hit the beach

  7. Iowa Oscar says:

    I’ve found MOST polls reflect what the creator of the poll wants it to reflect. I don’t pay much attention to them. There’s only 1 blog I need access to. This one is part of my home page tabs, I check it several times a day.
    Merry Christmas to M.D., and all the friends and advisors that make up the Wolf Pack. God Bless.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      To use my kid’s vermacular….you rock MD!

    • farmergranny says:

      Hi Iowa Oscar, you are the first Iowan I’ve run across that is prepping. Are there more of us out there? Fairly new to prepping, no family support ~they think I am nuts~and am interested in learning more from those willing to share information. Hope to hear from some of you. Have a blessed Christmas season.

      • I am also from Iowa and I think you are right, farmergranny. There don’t seem to be many of us out there. Not sure why that is. Best wishes for the new year.

  8. Ohio Surveyor says:

    I took a quick poll and I found out that 95% of all polls are twisted to meet your presupposed facts. So I took another poll and that too agreed with my first poll. 🙂 Its just a poll ….we all know the wolf pac is #1

  9. Sheri (IN) says:

    I don’t put much into ‘online polls’. The popularity of this site speaks for itself. I know I’ve sent several people here just by word of mouth. Friendliest, most informative site on the web.

    Merry Christmas Wolf Pack!

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Very true. Folks I have recommened this site to, consider it their go-to blog on all matters survival related.

  10. Total BS…I just went there and the #5 blog has an Alexa rating of 1.9 million, so I went there to check it out and it hasn’t been updated in over a year. Who knows where they’re getting their numbers from, but it is obviously not a real reflection of the top survival blogs.

  11. charlie (NC) says:

    It appeared to me that the survival top 50 list was geared more toward the number of stars a site got (average) than the number of votes. Therefore, if 50 people voted for one site and all of them gave it 5 stars it might score higher in the poll than a site that got 1000 votes but had an average of 4.2 stars. You’d have to see their formula to know for certain but that is what it looked like to me.

  12. Like a lot of things , you have to take rankings with a grain of salt . I clicked on a few that ranked high ( most I never heard of ) just to take a look . Some were ok but like others mentioned , the interaction was next to nothing on some . Also , a few had a .pdf download section ………… BUT guess what !? …………….. you had to have a FB account to use it . That to me is like working for the government and against what most survivalists stand for . Interesting and disturbing .

  13. On September 3rd, 2011 a famous and powerful politician said, “polls are for strippers and cross country skiers” ………..

  14. BullDogBeau says:

    Gov. Palin did say it best!

  15. SurvivorDan says:

    CARD is ranked #27. A San Francisco area based emergency preparedness pseudo agnecy. UN connected. Probably recommended by many gov’t agencies. Will teach you how to get every gov’t hand out that is available. That has gotta be popular…… You just have to have more Free Money and Stuff for moochers articles MD! 😉

  16. SurvivorDan says:

    Working on Free Stuff from the FEDs article.
    Death before dishonor and all that……
    Sorry MD.
    You will just have to settle for being the best in this biz.

  17. Old Hillbilly says:

    To put my feelings about this poll in two words….WHO CARES!
    MD, unless this poll somehow gains you more advertising customers or sells more of your books and CDw then who cares what the rankings show? As so many of the other posters in this thread have said, we come to your site because we find it the most useful and informative of any out there. In the long run, if all these other sites get no hits because everyone is coming here, their advertisers will realize their advertising dollars are wasted there….and hopefully gravitate over to this site. SO….dont get all wrapped around the axle about rankings on some contrived website (not saying you are…just making a point)….just take pride in knowing you have the best site out there….at least in this old hillbilly’s opinion.

  18. Old Hillbilly says:

    MD….forgive me. I read this original post thinking it was written by you but now that I am awake I see it was written by someone else. Forgive me if I have made a point to you that there was no use making. I imagine you are way head of us on this one. Keep up the good work. I need more coffee. 😎

  19. I’ve used these “polls” to look at blogs that are new to me, but I haven’t changed MY ranking of blogs for the last 6 months.
    I really like the information, exchange of ideas, format, and features of this blog more that the others.
    I just suits my needs better.

  20. I notice that some of the blogs in the top 20 are inactive – no posts for 3-4 months. Not sure about the rest of you but I try to post once every few days.

    Hopefully they will alter the rankings formula.

  21. While I agree that competition is good for business and for keeping us sharp in our consumer choices, I truly know in my wisdom that competitiveness among survival blog information is contradictory to it’s beneficiary’s goals;
    those who are looking for an online community of fact bound prepping information, and any relevant news (which the main stream media will not post), that will enrich their prepping goals and knowledge base in order to survive and thrive through what is to come in our near future.
    When EGO and struggle for “position” of Who is Numero Uno, overtakes this “unconditional sharing” of information for men, we have succumbed to commercialism and selfish gain, instead of preparing the masses for survival!

    Let us all rethink and review the purpose for which we post and share this information with others who are “seeking” it!
    When rankings and sales of products offered on survival sites, become more important than the information content of which we are seeking,
    we have all failed, and thus the reviewers of these “contests” have won!

    Survival in the future will be about what knowledge and skills we possess and utilize in our daily living practices now, NOT about what commercial convenience products we can sell!


  22. M.D. Looks like they are gaming the system. I may be a bit late to help you with this vote but I will help to make sure it does not happen like this again. Now the question is; Who is gaming the system? Competition host or the low ranking bloggers?

  23. SrvivlSally says:

    M.D., In my opinion, without pride or prejudice, your site is the absolute best around. I could care less about ratings because they do not generally speak the truth anyhow.

  24. Well one less competitor , SHTFblog is off line , just went over there and got account suspended .

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