January Fast Movers

January data is live on Compete.com we’ve ranked that fastest moving websites and fastest moving industry categories by increases in unique visitors.

Fastest moving websites:

It’s that time of year again and everyone has taxes on the brain. As a result a majority of the top growing websites in January were related to tax filing, tax services and software. Taxact.com experienced the largest growth with 6.86 million unique visitors in January 2010. That’s up 42% over December  and 996% over January 2009. Travel websites, like travelocity.com and hotwire.com, also saw increases as  families made arrangements for school vacation week.

Fastest moving industry categories:

Marking the start of tax season, The Financial Services: Accountancy and Tax Service category saw the largest growth in January 2010 – up 292% over December 2009. The tennis category saw a large spike of 101% over December 2009 as fans turned to the web to get their Australian Open fix. Travel categories dominate the chart, showing that families were looking for rentals, cruises, and hotels to spend their winter school vacations. Also, what would a new year be without resolutions? Dieting and excercise seem to reign supreme when it comes to new year’s resolutions as the Health: Dieting/Fitness/Beauty category saw 36 million unique visitors in January 2010 – up 27.5% over December 2009.

About Drew Fortin:
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.