joined the top 600 websites in the world this week, according to the independent traffic ranking service

The new Alexa ranking, based on traffic over the last three months, was released this week. More recent daily and weekly rankings of WorldNetDaily show the site moving into the top 500 sites.

Other Web-based traffic-ranking services show WorldNetDaily even higher than Alexa. shows WorldNetDaily ranked currently as the 495th largest website of any kind in the world.

The new Alexa ranking reflects an explosion of the site’s traffic, confirmed by WorldNetDaily’s own internal statistics, said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer.

WorldNetDaily’s ranking on Alexa has climbed 378 places in the last three months.

“There are only a handful of U.S.-based newssites substantially larger than WorldNetDaily,” explains Farah. “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 296.

Farah points out, WorldNetDaily is actually significantly larger in total traffic than its Alexa 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 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.

According to other 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.

In addition, for nearly two years, WorldNetDaily ranked as the “most popular website in the world” in rankings by the independent European website The 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 – a weekly, global top-100 list of the most popular PC games. WorldNetDaily dominated the charts until the day the company shut down in 2001.

Click here to see graph of WND’s six-month trend.

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