comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly analysis of U.S. Web activity at the top online properties for July 2010 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Interest in the annual World Series of Poker Tournament drove traffic to Online Gambling sites during the month as the heavily anticipated ‘main event’ commenced. More than 170 million Americans visited a Retail site in July shopping for toys, tickets, and other consumer goods.
“The World Series of Poker tournament brought out the competitive side of Americans in July, prompting millions to visit online gambling sites to test their card-playing skills,” said Jeff Hackett, senior vice president of comScore Media Metrix. “Retails sites were also popular in July, with Toy sites faring particularly well as parents shopped for games and activities to keep their kids occupied during their summer vacation.”
Americans Place their Bets
The ‘main event’ of the World Series of Poker annual tournament took place in July, spurring interest in the game among Americans. More than 13.4 million people visited an Online Gambling site during the month, an 11-percent increase versus June. PokerStars ranked as the category leader with 2.4 million visitors (up 8 percent), followed by FullTiltPoker with 2.3 million visitors (up 14 percent), Kingolotto Network with 2.0 million visitors (up 31 percent), and UltimateBet.com Online Poker with 1.0 million visitors (up 33 percent).
Online Retail Sites Busy During Summer
Several Retail sub-categories ranked among the top gaining categories for the month, including Toys, Mall, Tickets and Consumer Goods. Parents found ways to keep vacationing students busy with Toys sites, up 11 percent in July to 18.4 million visitors. Toysrus Sites ranked #1 in the category with 6.6 million visitors during the month (up 4 percent), followed by The LEGO Group with 2.9 million (up 24 percent), Disney Shopping with 1.7 million (up 7 percent) and AmericanGirl.com with 1.3 million (up 75 percent).
Mall sites also flourished during the month, growing 11 percent to 18.1 million visitors. Sam’s Club ranked #1 in the category with 4.7 million visitors (up 6 percent). HSN.com followed in second with 3.6 million visitors (up 18 percent), while FingerHut.com had 2.0 million visitors (up 24 percent) and MyDealMatch.com had 1.8 million visitors (up 9 percent).
Travel Information Sites Soar through July
The Travel Information site category saw strong growth during the month with 59.2 million visitors, up 11 percent versus June to reach the all-time high for the category. TravelAdNetwork ranked #1 with 18.9 million visitors, representing a 16-percent increase since June. TripAdvisor Sites ranked second with 13.1 million visitors, followed by Yahoo! Travel with 11.0 million visitors (up 14 percent), AOL Travel with 5.1 million (up 7 percent) and Bing Travel with 4.9 million (up 6 percent).
Top 50 Properties
Google Sites ranked as the #1 property in July with 178 million visitors, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 174 million and Microsoft Sites with 165 million. The Mozilla Organization jumped 10 positions in the ranking with 35.1 million visitors, while The Washington Post Company climbed 5 spots to 27.7 million visitors.
Top 50 Ad Focus Ranking
BrightRoll Video Network led the July Ad Focus ranking with a potential reach of 96 percent of Americans online, followed by SpotXchange Video Ad Network with a 93-percent reach. YuMe Video Ad Network climbed four spots to capture the #3 ranking with an 89-percent reach.
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