EXCLUSIVE: Top 30 News Outlets on the Web for February

By: Jennifer Saba

The Huffington Post is quickly edging its way up the top 30 online news destinations list, according to Nielsen Online. In February the Huff Post was No. 15 on the list with 8.8 million unique users compared to January, where it was No. 22 with 7.3 million.

The Huff Post also had the largest spike of monthly uniques up 137% in February year-over-year.

MSNBC Digital Network topped all current events and global news destinations with 41 million unique users in February. The Fox News Digital Network grew its monthly uniques in February 59% to 16.1 million compared to the same month last year.

USAToday.com was up 27% to 13.4 million visitors in February. The N.Y. Daily News grew 38% to 4.9 million uniques.

The number of unique users at Google News fell 3% in February to 11.7 million.

Below is the February list provided by Nielsen (owned by E&P’s parent company) ranked by total unique users. The percent change is for February 2009 compared to February 2008. Please note that traffic can vary month to month based on several factors, including news events.

For January’s list go here.

MSNBC Digital Network — 41,097,000 — 21%
Yahoo! News — 37,412,000 — 6%
CNN Digital Network — 35,980,000 — (-3%)
AOL News — 22,862,000 — 8%
NYTimes.com — 20,126,000 — 6%

Fox News Digital Network — 16,179,000 — 59%
Tribune Newspapers — 16,128,000 — 10%
USATODAY.com — 13,430,000 — 27%
Gannett Newspapers and Newspaper Division — 12,229,000 — (-13%)
McClatchy Newspaper Network — 11,915,000 — 43%

Google News — 11,739,000 — (-3%)
ABCNEWS Digital Network — 10,969,000 — (-11%)
CBS News Digital Network — 9,757,000 — (-2%)
washingtonpost.com — 9,240,000 — (-12%)
TheHuffingtonPost.com — 8,870,000 — 137%

BBC — 8,207,000 — (-13%)
Hearst Newspapers Digital — 7,976,000 — (-4%)
Advance Internet — 7,857,000 — 16%
WorldNow — 7,274,000 — (-31%)
MediaNews Group Newspapers — 7,198,000 — 23%

Topix — 6,253,000 — 2%
Cox Newspapers — 5,989,000 — 15%
NBC Local Media — 5,723,000 — N/A
Boston.com — 5,659,000 — 15%
New York Post Holdings — 5,121,000 — 11%

N.Y. Daily News Online Edition — 4,924,000 — 38%
Telegraph — 4,418,000 — 48%
Freedom Interactive Network — 4,411,000 — 22%
Times Online — 4,116,000 — 44%
Gannett Broadcasting — 4,038,000 — (-35%)

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