SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

February 24, 2010 09:00 ET Continues to Show Record Growth

13.6 Million Total Unique Visitors to the Site in January 2010; Up 24% Year-Over-Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) - attracted a record number of unique visitors to the site in January 2010, topping 13.6 million for the month, according to Omniture Site Catalyst. Total unique visitors increased 24% compared to January 2009.

The January record follows four strong months of traffic for the site, including previous records for unique visitors in October and November 2009. Page views in January reached almost 123 million, a 20% year-over-year increase.

News related to coverage of the Haitian earthquake, the special Massachusetts senate election and local stories about weather and earthquakes helped drive the record traffic numbers. SFGate blogs and photo galleries also continued to drive strong traffic during the month. The site's City Brights feature had 1.7 million page views in January. City Brights is a collection of blogs that features the Bay Area's best and brightest. Through these blogs, these contributors invite readers to learn more about their areas of expertise, including politics, community activism and the arts. They also share their passions, interests and hot topics of the day.

Page views from those accessing the SFGate mobile site also hit a record in January with nearly three million page views for the month. Contributing to this record is a newly redesigned mobile site that provides iPhone users with a custom version that offers a better visitor experience and increased interactivity.

New features launched in January include Outtakes, a weekly feature of staff photos that do not appear in The Chronicle, and a new business feature that offers real-time news on public companies, powered by SkyGrid. continues to rank 10th among the Top U.S. newspaper sites in overall traffic, according to Nielsen NetView. users spend an average of 11 minutes on the site per visit. is the No. 1 news and information site in the Bay Area, offering 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.

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