ComScore: Biggest online money makers

This Money (jjjohn via Flickr)What are the top ten fastest growing sites online? And which of those are pulling in the most dough? comScore’s new “2008 Digital Year in Review” reveals which sites are succeeding, even in a difficult economic environment.

Breakmedia, whose sites cater to men between the ages of 18-24, saw 279% growth in 2008, by far the largest growth of the sites comScore lists. Glam Media which calls itself the “#1 women’s web property” (with sites such as Daily Olive and Chubby Hubby) witnessed 144% growth. The numbers are impressive, however, comScore notes both these sites achieved growth through acquisitions and partnerships.

A few other topline takeaways (we read the report so you don’t have to):

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Wrapping up 2008 holiday numbers

shoppingcartBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed and the ecommerce results for Holiday Season 2008 are starting to hit the blogosphere.  ComScore reports ecommerce sales for the holiday shopping period (Nov. 1 – Dec. 26) fell 3% from 2007 totals.  This is the first time online holiday sales have fallen since ComScore started tracking ecommerce in 2001.  However, online retail may have suffered much less than bricks and mortar retailers. Already dealing with the troubled economy and frugal consumers, traditional retailers were also hit by winter weather issues across the nation and five fewer shopping days this calendar year.  In fact, traditional apparel and electronics retailers saw declines of 19% and 26%, respectively, while online apparel sales rose 4% and online electronics sales declined just 5%. Continue reading “Wrapping up 2008 holiday numbers”