August data is live and there was plenty of movement with the summer winding down, back to school, back to business, and the kickoff of football season.
For marketers, the college and NFL action during football season translates to major ad spend, and as the action heats up, fans jump online to stay in tune. Football sites saw a sharp uptick in seasonal traffic in August, with Unique Visitors (UVs) to the Compete Football category up 92.2% over July, 2009. While NFL.com led the pack with nearly 6.5 Million Unique Visitors in August, fantasy fanatics flocked to cbssports.com (up 41% to 4.35 Million Unique Visitors), fantasysports.yahoo.com (up 79% to 4.75 Million UVs), and fftoolbox.com (up 350% to 579,000 UVs) to start their own seasons.
Business, mass merchants, and government interest all climbed the ranks in August.
Drew is responsible for strategy and execution of marketing initiatives for Compete.com, including affiliate, blog, email, lead generation, paid search, and social media. Before Compete, Drew worked for office supply giant, Staples, Inc. where he had the opportunity to manage multiple online marketing channels for Staples.com, including affiliate, SEO/SEM, and comparison shopping engines. Follow Drew on Twitter or link him on LinkedIn.