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WorldNetDaily has climbed to 895 on the Alexa.com website rankings of the largest websites in the world and, according to an analysis of several website ratings companies, is challenging the New York Post for the No. 9 spot on the Top 10 list of U.S. newssites.
In two weeks alone, WorldNetDaily rose 62 notches from a ranking of 957, according to Alexa.com. It ranks considerably higher than that in more recent rankings – moving closer to the top 500 mark on a daily basis. Alexa.com is a ratings and website search partner of Amazon.com. WND is ranked 642 on TrafficRankings.com.
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, Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times, AP.org, BusinessWire, TheStreet, U.S. News, Ananova, the Christian Science Monitor, Investors Business Daily, the Jerusalem Post, Motley Fool, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, London Times, London Telegraph, Denver Post, Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, the National Enquirer, Philadelphia Inquirer and National Review.
“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 Drudge Report of the news-oriented enterprises designed explicitly for the Internet – is larger than WorldNetDaily.” Drudge is currently ranked 343.
Here’s the list of the top 10 U.S. newssites, according to WorldNetDaily’s analysis of various ratings systems:
- Washington Post
In fact, Farah points out, WorldNetDaily is already solidly entrenched among the top 500 U.S. websites. About 56 percent of the Top 1,000 websites are now foreign properties. If you remove pornography sites from the list, he says, WorldNetDaily is ranks among the top 250 U.S. sites.
Farah explains that WorldNetDaily is actually significantly larger in total traffic than most 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 Alexa.com. By itself, WorldNetDaily’s store often ranks in the top 20,000 websites in the world. If Alexa counted this traffic as WorldNetDaily traffic, it would propel the site significantly higher. TrafficRankings.com doesn’t include about 25 percent of WorldNetDaily’s traffic, which goes to WND.com. WND.com, although a mirror site, is ranked separately by many ratings agencies.
According to most ratings agencies, WorldNetDaily also remains No. 1 among all newssites in time spent per user, a distinction it has held for at least three years. It also consistently ranks as one of the top 20 stickiest websites in the world – in any category, in any language.
“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 4 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.