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2013 Tax Season: TurboTax Remains King in Procrastination Nation

In our increasingly digital world, online accounting and tax services are a huge industry: the category of 52 sites had nearly 62 million Unique Visitors (UVs) in February, the height of the tax filing season. How did consumer tax-filing behavior compare to last year’s tax season? Here are some insights I pulled from Compete PRO…

April’s Top 50 Sites: Yahoo! Steals 2nd Place from Facebook

Yahoo.com replaced Facebook.com as the second most visited website in April, according to Compete’s latest U.S. traffic data. It was a close race, but Yahoo grew less than 1% month-over-month (MOM) to 164.6 million Unique Visitors (UVs) while Facebook’s monthly UVs dropped nearly half a percent to 164.1 million. Google remained king with 171.9 million UVs, a decrease of half a percent MOM.

Sunday Series: Business & Finance Blogs See Green in April

Last month brought tax Season to a close–there was no shortage of financial stories to discuss in April. Where did Americans look to for in-depth financial news, besides the mainstream media? 12.6 million Unique Visitors (UVs) browsed business and finance sites (a group of 55 sites) in April, up 12 percent month-over-month (MOM)–making it one of the fastest growing categories. Interestingly, neither Google nor Facebook was…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Here’s a round up of the top digital marketing stories we shared online this week. What were the most interesting stories to you this week? Please share in the comments! Happy weekend, marketers! Linked in turned 10 years old. To celebrate their special anniversary, LinkedIn created an infographic with all sorts of cool stats. The site now has over 225 users worldwide. Ever considered using LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions? U.S. LinkedIn users have twice the buying power of the average U.S. consumer. Facebook news feed ads have 197.3% higher ROI than right side ads…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Happy Cinco de Mayo, marketers! Here’s a round up of the most popular digital marketing stories we shared over the last week. “The best of the companies we’re seeing now are unbelievably good at analytics,” Marc Andreessen said in an interview with Harvard Business Review. An entrepreneur himself, and now a Venture Capitalist in Silicon Valley, Andreessen discusses the unique challenges of the modern entrepreneur and the qualities successful ones possess…

Sunday Series: Growing Appetite for Food Sites and a Thirst for Jack Daniel’s

With Easter falling earlier than usual, we compiled the list of fastest growing food sites in March. The holiday staple, honeybakedham.com, earned the top spot while number 6 on the list, Jackdaniels.com, grew an impressive 330% in March, led by a huge increase in traffic coming from Youtube.

Sunday Series: Introducing the Parenting and Pregnancy Category

Compete is excited to announce the new behavioral category in Compete PRO: Parenting and Pregnancy. The group consists of 63 sites who had a combined 27 million Unique Visitors (UVs) in March. It’s a diverse group of sites, including resources for work-at-home moms, the National Association for Youth Sports, and Mothers of Preschoolers International. Check out the list of top ten fastest growing sites in the category below…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Happy weekend, marketers! Here’s a round up of the top digital marketing stories we shared online this week, including lots of new data on the significance of mobile along the consumer path to purchase. More smartphones shipped last quarter than feature phones, for the first time ever. Smartphones claimed 51.6 percent of the of the market in IDC’s latest phone sales numbers.

Traffic Report: March Top 50 Sites

The top 9 sites remained unchanged from February to March. Among those, Bing and Amazon experienced the largest growth with traffic up 12% and 19% respectively. There was a general rise in traffic to many sites, across all categories, due in part to the return to a full 31-day month.

Sunday Series: Home Improvement Sites Spring Up

It’s finally spring time and our data shows just how eager home owners were for the warmer weather. Traffic to the ‘Home Improvement’ Category, which contains 121 related sites, grew 19% month-over-month (MOM) in March with over 16 million Unique Visitors (UVs). Are more people planning projects this year after a long winter of extreme weather? Data suggest maybe, as monthly UVs were 7% higher than a year ago…

The Weekly Compete Pulse

Video content has twice the social engagement of text, links and static images. The significance of video should not surprise digital marketers, but some are slow to create the content. They need to catch up: a new report by Adobe showed that mobile video views increased by a staggering 300% in 2012. Watch a video summarizing the findings on ReelSEO or download the full report.