News and political blogs grew 11% in April with over 14 million Unique Visitors (UVs)–making it the one of the Top 20 fastest growing categories (according to Compete PRO). It was a busy news month–reflected in the second fastest growing site online: CNN.com. Below are ten of the news and political blogs with the largest increases in monthly UVs. The list naturally split almost evenly along party lines: six lean left and four lean right. The top two sites in the category both made the list: The Blaze, with over four million UVs and Politico with just shy of two million UVs.
I noticed major differentiator between the liberal and conservative blogs on the list: their incoming traffic sources. The Liberal blogs received more traffic from Google, while Conservative blogs received more traffic from Facebook. All six of the liberal blogs on the list received more referral traffic from Google than Facebook. Google was the top incoming traffic source for all but one of the liberal blogs–The Ledge, which is a subdomain of NYTimes.com. Facebook was the top incoming traffic source for three of the four conservative blogs. Facebook was not even on the top 25 list of incoming traffic sources for one of the conservative blogs, RightPundits.com. Not surprising, as their Facebook page only has 357 ‘likes’ [as of 5/17/2013].
 Liberal Blogs: politico.com, thelede.blogs.nytimes.com, good.is, firedoglake.com, americablog.com, globalvoicesonline.org.
 Conservative Blogs: therightscoop.com, rightpundits.com, freebeacon.com, theblaze.com.
Carro is excited to join the Compete team as the Digital Marketing Co-op for Compete.com, with a focus on all things social media. A third-year student at Northeastern University, Carro is pursuing a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science. She has a passion for digital media. Follow her on Twitter @carrohalpin or connect on Google+