Readership Continues to Rise

More than 20,000 Weekly Page Views From Area Readers


Last updated 10/31/2023 at 10:50am

Courtesy Google Analytics

More than 10,000 new readers found Lake Wales News using Google searches in a recent four-week period. News readership has nearly doubled during 2023, according to analytics.

A continuing rise in readership and community reach is evidence of the growing awareness and trust of among residents of the Ridge area. The expansion of readership and advertising is powering an expansion of news coverage as well as the News increases coverage of events in Frostproof, Babson Park, Indian Lake, and surrounding communities through the hiring of new staff and correspondents.

Analytics provided by Google indicate that is the top result for area news and information, drawing thousands of clicks monthly from those seeking area information. Among the most popular sections are News, Schools, Business, and Ridge Life.

In addition to a substantial base of readers who receive occasional "news mail" through their email subscriptions and the thousands who find stories through links on social media, additional thousands of new readers are finding the Lake Wales News through search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, and Ecosia.

"We are not focused on "shock-value" news," said Robert Connors of publisher New Day Market Research. "We intend to communicate the stories that have impact on residents in their real life. Their workplaces, where they shop, the roads they drive on, the schools their kids attend."

Connors currently serves as managing editor of the publication.

"We're extremely pleased with the growth of the publication," Connors said. "We took on the challenge knowing that this growing community needed a news outlet, and that most people now receive their news through personal digital devices. We aim directly at that market, so many of our stories receive multiple thousands of views."

The Community Events Calendar, a feature added after the acquisition by New Day, has been viewed more than 54,000 times, and the listing of church and religious services more than 46,000 times.


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