ERV is probably right. No one reads Uncommon Descent.
I’ve noticed this before, and others have written to me about it. A link on any of the blogs of the creationist flavor, including UD, probably the most “popular” of the ID bunch, brings negligible traffic. I’ve been linked to with outrage and disparagement several times by UD and Evolution News and Views (remember Egnor?), and noticed no uptick in traffic, and they don’t even show up in the few times I’ve looked at the referrals on sitemeter (although, to be honest, those aren’t very useful anymore—getting to see the last 100 visitors means I get a snapshot of less than 5 minutes of traffic). ERV’s got less traffic — but deserves more! — so she can more clearly see the effects of a hot and heavy link from that bastion of IDiocy, and it’s remarkably pitiful.
Really, the last thing you want to hear from a young woman is “it’s so small, and I scarcely even felt it.” I should think it’s especially embarrassing when it’s trumpeted in public.
Now they do get some visitors and comments. I think ERV is also right when she suggests that probably a large proportion of that traffic comes from the science blogs that are pointing and laughing at them — traffic that comes from us already, so links back to us are ignored. I know DaveScot has bragged about their growing traffic at least once before; it puts a different perspective on it when you realize that that growth is from greater numbers of blogs and people making note of what amusing wankers they all are.
There is another possibility we shouldn’t ignore, though. Maybe there are mobs of true believers regularly going to the creationist blogs, but they are as a whole so deeply incurious and afraid that they never click through links to sites about evolution. Whatever the answer — an absence of traffic in spite of heavy PR, the bulk of traffic from visitors laughing at them, or a body of readers who are insular and frightened of leaving the boundaries of their safe little creationist world — they’ve got nothing to make them proud.
P.S. Another amusing reason to read ERV’s comment thread: the hopeless creationist “For the Kids” emerges from her cave (she has closed off her blog so only registered readers can see it) to whine irrelevantly about atheist crusades or something.
The anti-evolution irregulars are having some fun with this. They’re probably the source of most of UD’s traffic — they’re professionals at poking dead things with a pointy stick.