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Let’s take a pause from the serious issues of the day for some
shameless self-promotion.

I was looking over the new weekly statistics from PCDataOnline, one
of the Internet’s major traffic-ratings services. At first glance, I
didn’t notice much significant change from the previous week or weeks.
Ho-hum. WorldNetDaily.com remains the stickiest news site on the
Internet, meaning users on average spend more time on it — more than
two hours a week.

WorldNetDaily beats the nearest competitor — the San Jose Mercury
News — by more than an hour and No. 3 — CNN — by more than an hour
and a half.

We had 4.235 million pageviews last week, enough to make us the 11th
news site in the world. But we’re in striking range of No. 4, the
Washington Post — and, given our growth rate, we may catch Katie Graham
and Company this year.

In average time spent per page, we are the No. 3 news site in the
world after the Houston Chronicle and MSNBC.

But, it gets better. …

In pageviews per user, we are No. 1 with 35.8. We beat No. 2 APBNews
by nearly 10 pages. That means, for the uninitiated, that the average
WorldNetDaily reader not only spends two hours plus on the site every
week, but reads some 36 pages!

Now, watch this. This is where it gets really cool. Let’s look at
total hours spent on the site. This isn’t average — it’s actual
man-hours spent on the site. We come in No. 6 in news after MSNBC, CNN,
USA Today, Washington Post and ABC. We are ahead of the New York Times,
APBNews, Drudge, etc. In fact, last week we had three times the
man-hours Drudge has, according to PCDataOnline. Readers spent 244,000
hours on WorldNetDaily last week!

Now, you had better sit down for this one. How about stickiness among
all websites in the world? First of all, do you know how many websites
there are on the Internet? Millions and millions and millions. I don’t
think anyone really knows for sure. There are likely tens of thousands
of new ones every day.

Well, of all those millions, WorldNetDaily comes in the 14th
stickiest! Only 13 sites have a higher average read time than
WorldNetDaily. Are you listening Madison Avenue?

But that’s not the whole story. Listen to this: There are only 219
websites in the entire world that get people to spend more hours on them
than WorldNetDaily. We may be the 2,392 largest website in the world in
unique users, but we’re 220 in terms of man-hours spent on the site.

Are you following me? With all the hype and all the billions of
dollars that have been spent on websites in the last five years, little
old WorldNetDaily has managed to distinguish itself as one of the real
leaders with nothing but good news content.

While I may sound giddy about all this — and I am — believe me when
I tell you that I am not complacent about it. In fact, all this means to
me is that my ultimate dream is being validated by real-world
experience.

And what’s my ultimate dream? Easy. I want and fully expect
WorldNetDaily to become the DOMINANT news service on the Internet in the
near future — providing real competition in every way and in every
other medium with CNN, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, et al.

But even that’s hardly my ultimate dream. Because there’s a reason I
want WorldNetDaily to be there — a reason bigger than simple greed or
ambition. I want WorldNetDaily there because I believe our vision for
gathering and presenting news can impact our world in a revolutionary
and positive way. In fact, I believe without this kind of vision in the
media, freedom itself is doomed.

So, actually, this column is much more than shameless self-promotion
after all. It’s about hope. It’s about vision. It’s about the mission of
a free press in a free society.

If you don’t think your choices at the ballot box are making an
impact, if you don’t think your letters to members of Congress are
making a difference, if you’re depressed because no one is listening,
I’ve got great news for you.

You are making a difference every time you come to WorldNetDaily.
You’re part of the New Media revolution that may be our last best hope
for rekindling mankind’s struggle for freedom.

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