Image hosting site traffic up 406% from the beginning of 2005

NetRatings reported that traffic to image hosting Web sites has skyrocketed due to the massive rise in blogging activity seen since the beginning of 2005. As a category, image hosting sites have grown 406% to more than 14.7 mln unique users since January 2005, accounting for nearly 10% of active US Internet users. The top referring sites for the top five image hosting sites during August 2005 included,, LiveJournal, Blogger and MSN Spaces. In July 2005, Nielsen//NetRatings reported that 20% of active Web users, or 29.3 mln people, accessed blogging or blog-related Web sites, growing 31% since the beginning of 2005.