WASHINGTON – WorldNetDaily’s traffic increases in July led an overall trend among news sites known for political coverage in this midterm election year, reports comScore Media Metrix, one of the leading Internet ratings agencies.

In its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties and categories for July, comScore Media Metrix reported a 22 percent increase in traffic to WorldNetDaily – leading the way among all its competitors.

Among smaller content sites, Voice of America News experienced a 50 percent hike in July and National Review’s traffic increased 11 percent.

“The Internet is becoming an important political forum in this country, especially as video and blogging become more prevalent,” said Jack Flanagan, executive vice president of comScore Media Metrix. “Politicians recognize the inherent ability of the Internet to connect people and ideas, and it will be interesting to observe activity at political sites as the November elections approach.”

WND has a history of significant traffic increases in election cycles. It was the No. 1 site for political coverage throughout the 2004 presidential election year, according to Alexa.com, the rankings agency affiliated with Amazon.com.

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.

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