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MerchantCircle

October 13, 2010 11:54 ET

MerchantCircle Breaks Into the Top 100 U.S. Websites Rankings According to Quantcast

Popular Local Business Network Also Named as Top Gaining Web Property by comScore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2010) -  MerchantCircle, the largest online network of local business owners in the nation, recently saw significant growth in two important ratings from leading web measurement firms Quantcast and comScore. For the first time, MerchantCircle has entered the Top 100 in QuantCast's U.S. Site Rankings, currently ranking number 95 and topping popular destinations like nbc.com, expedia.com and latimes.com. The company jumped 57 places from their June 2009 position, when Quantcast ranked MerchantCircle at number 151.

"As we continue to build this network to strengthen communication between local business owners and consumers, it's rewarding to see that more consumers are visiting our members' listings," said Ben T. Smith, founder and chairman of MerchantCircle. "Our members count on local consumers for their businesses, and the more visible our listings are to consumers, the more we help drive our merchants' business goals."

In addition, comScore Media Metrix recently named MerchantCircle one of the top 10 "Gaining Properties by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors" for July 2010. According to the digital measurement group, MerchantCircle realized an 18 percent increase in unique visitors from June 2010 to July 2010.

Over the course of five years, MerchantCircle has brought well over one million local businesses onto the Web, most for the very first time. As more local business owners continue to use the MerchantCircle platform to create content, post pictures, answer questions, and network their listings rise in search results, increasing visibility and value for consumers.

About MerchantCircle
Founded in 2005, MerchantCircle is the largest online network of local business owners, combining social networking features with a variety of free marketing tools that enable merchants to maximize their online visibility. Currently, over 1.3 million merchants use the MerchantCircle network to upload pictures, blog, create coupons and newsletters and connect with customers and other merchants. Local consumers can find more than 20 million business listings through www.merchantcircle.com or major search engines in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. In addition to its free services, MerchantCircle offers a portfolio of premium online advertising solutions including search engine marketing and instant website development.

Ranked as one the Top 100 web sites in the U.S. by Quantcast, MerchantCircle is based in Mountain View, Calif., and funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures and IAC. Learn more at www.merchantcircle.com.

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