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WorldNetDaily got a Christmas present from its readers last month when they made it the second most popular website in the world for political coverage.

WND replaced Microsoft’s Slate.com in that position and trailed only Salon.com in independent rankings calculated by Alexa.com, a public ratings company affiliated with Amazon.com.

Slate fell to fifth place in the rankings.

For several years, WND, Slate and Salon have jockeyed for the top spot in the politics category. Throughout most of the 2004 election year, WND was No. 1.

WorldNetDaily has earned many No. 1 honors in its nine-year history.

In its News and Media category, Alexa shows WND at No. 1 again this year as it was in 2004.

And though WND has never considered itself “conservative,” the fiercely independent site is ranked No. 1 in that category as well.

Overall, in the category of breaking news, WND comes in 10th, following MSNBC, the Drudge Report, FoxNews.com, ABCNews.com, CNBC, Bloomberg, the Financial Times of London, Wired News and PR Newswire.

The Internet market research company Ranking.com also lists WND as the No. 1 website in the category of “News, Web Directories, Headline Indices.”

“Our rankings, relative to other sites, rise and fall over time,” said Joseph Farah, the founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND. “But our traffic continues to grow – at a pace even faster than the explosive Internet itself.”

During WND’s nine years on the Internet, it has also been honored as “the most popular website in the world” by the now-defunct European-based Global 100 ranking service, a website that allowed users to rank their favorite destinations on the Net, music groups, TV shows, movies, etc. In fact, WND remained No. 1 for more than 100 weeks in a row – an indication it has “the most loyal and passionate readers,” said Farah.

WND has also been consistently ranked by several major Internet ratings agencies as the “stickiest” newssite on the Internet – meaning readers average more time on it than any other.

By WND’s own traffic counts, the site attracts about 8 million “unique visitors” (meaning different people) every month. It attracts between 50 million and 70 million pageviews per month.

WND was also the first content site on the Internet to begin a book-publishing imprint, WND Books, that has revolutionized the publishing industry in many ways. WND was the first Internet content site to launch a daily, nationally syndicated radio show, “Farah Live,” based on that content. And WND was the first content site on the Net to launch columnists into weekly syndication, including David Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Joseph Farah.

Learn how WND stays on top.

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