Written by Our correspondents Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:27
Saharareporters.com, Nairaland.com and Vanguardng.com are the top Nigerian websites visited by Nigerians in the categories of online news, messageboards and newspapers respectively.
In a ranking of websites monitored by Nigerianewsday.com from March 27 to May 7, Saharareporters thumped all its competitors in online news. In the period of study, Saharareporters.com ranking rose by 9%. It climbed from number 30 on the overall ranking of websites visited by Nigerians to number 23.
Within the same period, competitors like Nigeriaworld.com also gained in the ranking. Nigeriaworld.com went from 792 to 618. Other sites like Nigeriavillagesquare.com went from 795 to 228. Though the period of this study covered the peak of the Nigerian elections season, sites like Pointblanknews.com lost ground. Its ranking declined from 199 to 293. Also in decline was Gamji.com which fell from 1307 to 1706. New sites like Thewillnigeria.com jumped by 110%. Its ranking went from 1161 to 392 while Huhuonline went from 156 to 168. Elendureports.com also jumped from 3434 to 671. Websites like Kwenu.com and Sharpedgenews.com had insignificant number of Nigerian visitors to be ranked. The worldwide traffic ranking of the two sites is 1,574,737 and 1,469,547 respectively.
The most visited Nigerian website is however not a news site. It was Nairaland.com, a messageboard. It is considered the largest
Amongst Nigerian newspapers, their online rankings fluctuated within this period. Vanguard, Punch, Next, Sun, The Nation and Tribune occupied the 11, 12, 19, 21, 23, and 28 positions as at March 27. As at May 7, most of the newspapers made gains in their positions. Vanguard newspaper’s online site jumped to number 10 position in the ranking. It became the second Nigerian website to crack the top ten web sites visited by Nigerians. Punch remained at number 12 while Next climbed up to number 13.The Nation climbed to 21 while the Sun fell to number 23 and the Tribune to numbers 32.
Other notable newspapers like Daily Trust, Business Day, PM News, ThisDay, and Daily Independent are ranked 58, 88, 94, 103, and 147 respectively. Thisdaylive.com is ranked 54.
The top ten websites visited by Nigerians have remained virtually the same in the period of the study. NigeriaNewsDay.com discovered that while Facebook maintained its number one website, the rest of the list traded positions- with the exception of Windows live which was knocked out of the top ten by Vanguard newspapers’ online site.
Here are the top ten websites visited by Nigerians as at March 27:
10. Windows Live.
Other interesting observations in the study were that Arsenal.com came in at 61 while
The favorite porn site visited by Nigerians is pornhub.com. It came in at 62 on the ranking of top sites Nigerians visit. On May 7, it climbed to 59. More Nigerians visit Saharareporters than those who visit pornhub.com.
Another interesting observation made by NigeriaNewsDay.com was that Nigerians prefer to transfer money using Libertyreserve.com. The
This study is based on figures provided by Alexa.com. The site ranks websites on the bases of the number of unique visitors, time spent on the site, page views, searches and the number of links the site has. The ranking does not account for the activities of Nigerians abroad.
In the study period, links to Saharareporters jumped from 189 to 217 while links to Nigeriaworld.com remained the same at 219. This is obviously an indication that while Saharareporters.com is growing, Nigeriaworld.com is static. It is also an indicator that the news aggregate model of Nigeriaworld.com is going out of fashion as more Nigerian internet visitors are now looking for sites that break news.
NigeriaNewsDay.com is a two-week-old entrant in the online news business. It conducted this study to understand the online terrain.