Friday, April 17, 2009

Huffington Post Growth Slows, on Top, Nielsen Online Reveals

The Huffington Post's rate of growth eased up in March, according to Editor & Publisher as it released new numbers from Nielsen Online.

The survey, which tracks the top 30 global news/current events sites, showed that Huffington Post's monthly unique viewers increased 27 percent year-over-year to 6.7 million in March. The site had reported that in February a monthly increase of 137 percent (year-over-year) to 8.8 million users, Editor & Publisher reported.

Jennifer Saba of Editor & Publisher reports:

MSNBC topped the list again in March with a 9% growth in monthly uniques to 39.9 million compared to the same month in 2008. In February more than 41 million unique users visited that site.

Growth at the remains level with an increase of 7% year-over-year in March to 20 million uniques. About the same amount of people -- roughly 20 million -- visited the in February.

New York's Daily News reported the biggest percentage gain of the list with an increase of 71% (year-over-year) to 5.6 million uniques.

Google News climbed the ranks in March to the No. 8 position (the site was No. 11 in February) with an 18% growth in uniques compared to March 2008.

News Cycle once again failed to make the list. But its unique visitors grew 7.2 percent in March over its February numbers, according to Year-over-year comparisons are irrelevant for News Cycle because the site started in 2008.

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