SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com

October 26, 2009 09:00 ET

SFGate.com Sets Page View Record for Second Month in a Row

Total Unique Visitors to the Bay Area's Most-Visited Local News Site Increases 15% Year-Over-Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - For the second consecutive month, SFGate.com, the online home of the San Francisco Chronicle, recorded an all-time high for page views. According to Omniture Site Catalyst, SFGate.com had nearly 125 million page views in September 2009, an increase of 36% compared to September 2008. The number of unique visitors grew to 12.1 million, a 15% increase year-over-year.

September's record-breaking traffic follows similar growth in August, when page views reached just over 112 million and unique visitors totaled 11.8 million.

September traffic was influenced by local news and events, such as the closure and construction of the Bay Bridge over Labor Day Weekend, the annual Burning Man and Outside Lands festivals, opening of the San Francisco Opera and Symphony seasons and the Folsom Street Fair. The improved treatment of the site's photo galleries continued to prove popular around each of these events, with traffic up overall to the galleries by 143% year-over-year.

Record traffic was also seen with the site's blogs, which saw an 118% increase in year-over-year traffic. This included strong traffic to several of its top blogs, such as Politics, City Insider, and the Crime Scene. The site also introduced several new blogs in September, including ChronRX, dedicated to health and wellness in the Bay Area, and Get To Work, a blog dedicated to the local job market and tips on job hunting. The site's Sports section also saw record traffic in September, helped in part by the fast start to the season for the San Francisco 49ers and the Giants' late-season run to a possible playoff berth.

New features launched in September included two new neighborhood sites dedicated to local news and events: Peninsula Coastside and In Noe Valley. The addition of these two new sites brings the total number of neighborhood sites on SFGate.com to six. The site's Style section also saw many improvements: an expanded collection of stories, photo galleries and videos; its SF Unzipped blog; fashion listings and more. Also, new to the site is a Real Estate feature that now allows users to access over four million national real estate listings.

SFGate.com continues to rank 10th among the Top U.S. newspaper sites in overall traffic, according to Nielsen NetView. SFGate.com users spend an average of 11 minutes per visit on the site.

SFGate.com is the No. 1 news and information site in the Bay Area, offering a valuable medium for advertisers, with comprehensive products and an interactive, multimedia environment that offers reach, drives results and provides user engagement and retention.

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The 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 1.9 million Bay Area adults each week. The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle is the nation's 12th largest daily newspaper, and SFGate.com is among the nation's top 10 newspaper Web sites, attracting more than 11 million unique visitors each month, accounting for more than 100 million page views.

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