SFGate.com Sets Monthly Record for Unique Visitors and Page Views

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Monthly page views top 196 million with 17.8 million unique visitors due to coverage of the San Francisco Giants and Hurricane Sandy

“SFGate.com is the most trusted online news source in the Bay Area, as evidenced by the increase in unique visitors during a busy news month," said Mark Adkins, president of the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com.

SFGate.com achieved record-setting page views for the month of October 2012 as visitors came to the site for coverage of the San Francisco Giants World Series victory and updates on Hurricane Sandy. According to Omniture Site Catalyst, 196.7 million page views were recorded for the month or an average of 6.3 million page views per day. Unique visitors also set a monthly record, reaching 17.8 million or nearly 900,000 a day.

“SFGate.com is the most trusted online news source in the Bay Area, as evidenced by the increase in unique visitors during a busy news month. Its prominence is also made clear by the number of pages that each user visited while on the site,” said Mark Adkins, president of the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com. “SFGate routinely offers a breadth of news, photos, videos and reader interaction not matched by any other local news site. It is especially rewarding when users recognize this by turning to SFGate when important news and events happen.”

SFGate visitors caught up in the excitement of the San Francisco Giants World Series victory helped the site set records for sports page views, including for The Splash, a blog devoted to all things related to the Giants. The site routinely updated stories from the series and had expansive coverage of the victory parade as well as numerous photo galleries. Page views to the sports section of SFGate increased 84% compared to September 2012.

News related to Hurricane Sandy, including updates and photos, was also popular with SFGate visitors, helping push page views for the News section to more than 51 million.

SFGate.com consistently ranks as the most-visited news website in the Bay Area. It is also among the Top 10 U.S. newspaper sites in overall traffic, according to ComScore. For October 2012, it ranked as the fifth most-visited newspaper website in the country. SFGate.com users spend an average of 36 minutes on the site per month.

SFGate.com offers a valuable medium for Bay Area advertising, with comprehensive products and an interactive, multimedia environment that offers reach, drives results and provides user engagement and retention.

About the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com
The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area’s leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online home, SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle reaches 1.6 million Bay Area adults each week.

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