On Thursday Nielson came out with a list of newspaper web sites with the biggest increase in hits during the month of December compared to a year ago. Here are the numbers. In December 2008, the Anchorage Daily News had 1,622,000 hits. A year earlier, the number was so low the ADN didn't even make the list.
Dougherty took to his newspaper to boast about the increase in hits. He pointed out the Anchorage Daily News came in at 24th, just behind the Orlando Sentinel and ahead of The Washington Times and Detroit Free Press.
What a jump -- must be superior design, right? Great graphics, awesome photos, exciting links, right? Interactive features? Outstanding techies to keep it running?
But Dougherty doesn't give any explanation for the surge. If you want the real explanation, don't count on Dougherty.
I'll give you the straight scoop -- to understand the reason for the surge in hits over last year, click here. Or here. Or here or here or here.