Huffington Post Traffic Dwarfs Most Top Online Magazines

Author: Abe
December 8, 2011

It’s striking to see how the traffic in online visits to Huffington Post during this year dwarfs the traffic to most internet magazines, such as: Salon.com, Wired, Gawker, and Time, at least, according to Google Trends:

Traffic Comparison - Online Magazines Sites, 2011(click to enlarge)

I think the takeaway from this is that people prefer controversial content perhaps more than erudite, literary content. People have more of a desire to be outraged or polarized than educated and informed.

I could be wrong, however, but I’m guessing that if I do a similar comparison between general interest or news zines versus gossip rags, I’d still find these sorts of results.

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