Number of unique visitors to news sites increased by 63% to 172% on January 5th 2006, the day following Israeli Prime Minister’s stroke and hospitalisation, Nielsen//NetRatings found. January 5th saw the highest number of unique visitors to Israeli news sites since Nielsen//NetRatings started measuring online activity in Israel in 2003. In the following week, daily traffic levels were between 30% and 40% higher than previous three months’ daily average.
Ynet news section saw its traffic increase by 124%; Nana News ? by 103%; Haaretz (news section) ? by 98%; MSN News ? by 92%; Arutz 7 ? by 88%. Jerusalem Post, for which most of its traffic is from the USA, has seen a 200% increase in visitors. The increase in visitors is not only limited to news sites. TheMarker, the financial information site, has seen a 52% rise in visitors. Tapuz, the forums portal, experienced a 384% in visitors to its news section.