WorldNetDaily has moved up 526 places to become a top 1,000 website over the last six months, according to new tracking data provided by Alexa.com, a ratings and Web search partner of Amazon.com.

As of today, WorldNetDaily is ranked as the 991st largest website in the world, according to Alexa.

WorldNetDaily’s Alexa average ranking over the last three months is somewhat lower at 1,162, reflecting several factors:

  • Until more recently, Alexa was ranking WorldNetDaily.com and WND.com as two different sites, even though they are identical mirrored sites;
  • Weekend traffic on WorldNetDaily is somewhat lower than weekday traffic, which is more consistently among the top 1,000;
  • More current trends show the site rising quickly.

Alexa’s rankings show WorldNetDaily substantially larger and attracting bigger audiences than all of the following sites: RushLimbaugh.com, the New York Daily News, CBSNews.com, SkyNews, NPR, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times, AP.org, NewsMax, BusinessWire, TheStreet, U.S. News, Ananova, the Christian Science Monitor, Investors Business Daily, the Jerusalem Post, Lucianne.com, Motley Fool, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, FreeRepublic.com, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, the National Enquirer, Philadelphia Inquirer and National Review.

WorldNetDaily is competitive with the following sites in traffic: Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, the Financial Times, Forbes, New York Post, London Telegraph, London Times and the Chicago Tribune.

“There are only a handful of U.S.-based newssites substantially larger than WorldNetDaily,” explains Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer. “They include CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, Fox News – all major corporate conglomerates. Only the DrudgeReport of those news-oriented enterprises designed explicitly for the Internet – is larger than WorldNetDaily.”

In fact, Farah points out, WorldNetDaily is actually significantly larger in total traffic than its rankings indicate. Most of the site’s revenue is produced through e-commerce activities on its shopping site, ShopNetDaily. But ShopNetDaily’s traffic is ranked separately. By itself, WorldNetDaily’s store ranks in the top 20,000 websites in the world.

WorldNetDaily also remains No. 1 among all newssites in time spent per user, a distinction it has held for at least three years.

“Our people live on the site,” says Farah. “While CNN and MSNBC have audiences that are a mile wide, their support is only an inch deep. WorldNetDaily’s 3 million unique readers are passionate about their news choice, and they prove it by spending hours on the site every month.”

In addition, for nearly two years, WorldNetDaily ranked as the “most popular website in the world” in rankings by the independent European website Global100.com. The Global100.com weekly poll, participated in by Internet surfers worldwide, measured popularity and reader loyalty. Founded in 1993 by software engineer Jurgen Appelo of The Netherlands, the service began as WorldCharts.com – a weekly, global top-100 list of the most popular PC games. WorldNetDaily dominated the Global100.com charts until the day the company shut down in 2001.

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