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Web Traffic to Online Newspapers Increases

WebTrafficUp     As a cyber journalist and curator of website traffic related content, information about website traffic and newspapers really  interests me which is why I wanted to share this piece with you.  I am also introducing a snipet of content curated from Google.  I was reading through a prominent online financial publication where the author indicated that:

newspaper publishing is the most obsolete industry in America” – Porter Stansberry, The S & A Digest

In the article Dan Ferris and Sean Goldsmith continue that, Gannett, the company that owns USA Today is still in a steady decline. In mid-October 2011 the company announced that it’s third-quarter earnings fell almost 4%. Revenue from publishing and broadcasting fell 5% and 6%, as well and the only positive was that the company’s online division, which includes all newspaper websites gained 21% in total revenue.

To further explain the migration from print news, and how website traffic to online news sites has increased consider the recent merger of ABC News and Yahoo.  Also see this content rom Google:

NAA: Newspaper web traffic soars – Newspapers and Technology

NAA: Newspaper web traffic soarsNewspapers and TechnologyAmong the results: This is the first annual comparison of website traffic the NAA has been able to issue since it began using comScore to track Web audience data in September 2010. Caroline Lit …

This article explains how web traffic to newspaper websites rose 20 percent between September 2010 and September 2011 according to statistics released last week by the Newspaper Association of America

The big question that I want to know from you is: where do you read your news, online or offline?

Leave me  a comment tell me if you still like the “paper” newspaper or online news sites,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

Is it Possible for Website Traffic to Ever End?

Future Internet image     In a recent article from, Austin Carr reports that internet giants are teaming up to fix the web’s woes when it comes to website traffic and the possibility of web traffic ever grinding to a screeching halt.

The basic premise of the article claims that there is a shortage of IP addresses and that companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, and Google are joining forces to come up with solutions that will allow internet traffic to flow freely for generations to come.

Reportedly the solution is simple to understand yet hard to implement.  The problem is said to be based on outdated technology much like a 7 digit phone number without an area code or a mailing address without a zip code.  When the internet was in it’s infancy the data that it was launched from was adequate however since it’s inception to this point in cyber history new technologie is required which is why leading internet industry exec’s are teaming up to propel the world wide web into a secure operating future.

Interestingly the report states that the U.S. government was not consulted nor did it weigh in on if it approved of this course of action or not. 

I am interested on your point of view, do you think the way of the future is safe being left to “for profit” companies or is regulation by “big brother” a safer route?  Leave me a comment so we can talk about it.

From the Web Traffic News Desk,

Mark “The Web Traffic Reporter” Brown

Yahoo’s My Blog Log closing down reports Web Traffic News

MyBlogLog image at Web Traffic NewsI recieved an e-mail in my Yahoo e-mail account recently that notified me of Yahoo’s intent to shut down it’s blog application “MyBlogLog”.  I was somewhat dismayed as I like the application and have used it on other blogs that I own.  I found it a useful web traffic getting app. and now I am watching closely to see what will happen next.

Here is part of the message that I recieved:

“Dear MyBlogLog Customer,

You have been identified as a customer of Yahoo! MyBlogLog. We will officially discontinue Yahoo! MyBlogLog effective May 24, 2011. Your agreement with Yahoo!, to the extent that it applies to the Yahoo! MyBlogLog, will terminate on May 24, 2011. ”

What are some traffic getting widgets or applications that you are having good results with?  Leave me a comment…

From the Web Traffic News Desk,

Mark Edward Brown – The Web Traffic Reporter

The Middle East’s Top 10 Website’s of 2010

Map Image of the Middle East at Web Traffic NewsRahaf Makarati and Ahmad Al-Shagra of have compile a listing of the Middle East’s top10 websites of 2010.  The stated that there was “no clear source on where Middle Eastern traffic pours throughout the year, we factored in as much data as we could.”  They did mention sites such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Comscore, and Alexa yet gave no definitive credit to one specific source.

Most of the sites listed were news sites or forums; here is the list as reported:

  1. Yahoo! Maktoob

The final commnet shared was “This year’s list makes it easy to predict the scene during 2011 with no major changes anticipated.”

From the Web Traffic News Desk,

Mark Edward Brown
The Web Traffic Reporter

Web Traffic Trends According to Com Score

Web Traffic TrendsIn a recent website traffic trends report released by Com Score Inc. they ranked the top 50 U.S. web properties for October 2010.  The top 5 companies who saw the largest increase in web traffic were:

2) McDonald’s Restaurants
3) Toys R Us Online Websites
4) FrostWire
5) AVG Technologies

The Top 5 categories that had the largest increase in website traffic were:

1) Online Gambling
2) Comedy
3) Computer Software
4) E-Cards
5) Flowers, Gifts, and Greetings

The Top 5 US Websites Overall were:

1) Google
2) Yahoo
3) Microsoft
4) Facebook
5) AOL

The Top 5 Ad Networks were:

1) Google (Ad network)
2) Yahoo (Network plus)
3) AOL
4) Yahoo sites
5) Google

What does all of this data mean?

Here is a direct quote from Jeff Hackett the Executive Vice President of Com Score:  “Web activity was largely impacted by the midterm election in October which drove increased traffic to political news sites, while online gambling sites saw gains due to interest in the 2010 World Series of Poker,” said Jeff Hackett, executive vice president of comScore Media Metrix. “We also saw seasonal growth at e-cards and Flowers/Gifts/Greetings sites driven by occasions like Sweetest Day and Halloween.”

Get the entire Com Score report here:

For the Web Traffic News, I’m the Web Traffic Reporter and I want you to leave your comments so that we can “Talk Traffic”

Mark Edward Brown
“The Web Traffic Reporter”