DrydenWire.com is the top-ranked independent online news site in Wisconsin and is 9th-ranked when compared to traditional media outlets, according to a recent article from Wisconsin Right Now.

The article from Wisconsin Right Now — which ranks #2 among all independent online news sites — ranked both independently-run news sites and traditional media outlets.

Via Wisconsin Right Now:

As people increasingly go online for news, the matter of where they log in, and for how long, helps gauge the impact of various outlets. Of several sources that estimate website traffic, Amazon-owned Alexa is among the prominent. A key Alexa measure tracks known websites worldwide. Its global rankings compare sites based on traffic, i.e., number of hits. In the state as a whole, the northern Wisconsin website DrydenWire, which is a non-partisan news site and podcast that was founded in 2015, is #1 out of independently-run online news sites, with Wisconsin Right Now leaping to #2, above many other longer established sites.

The article provided rankings for Wisconsin news sites as of January 2022 and says that the rankings are calculated using a combination of average daily visitors to the site and pageviews on the site over the past 3 months.

Note: The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. The lower the rank, the more popular the site. The number next to each news site is the Alexa ranking in popularity.

Wisconsin Independently Run News Sites’ Alexa Rank

  • DrydenWire: 94,331
  • Wisconsin Right Now: 174,735
  • Wispolitics.com: 177,117
  • OnMilwaukee.com: 219,834
  • Urban Milwaukee: 224,889
  • Shepherd Express: 434,684
  • Wisconsin Examiner: 465,219
  • Madison Isthmus: 648,116
  • Up North News: 826,988
  • MacIver Institute: 868,404
  • Milwaukee Record: 885,869
  • Washington County Insider: 992,402
  • Neighborhood News Service: 1,001,631
  • Racine County Eye: 1,101,872
  • Wisconsin Watch: 1,794,204
  • Badger Institute: 1,815,121

For Comparison, Traditional Media Rankings

  • WISN-1130 AM website: 2,579
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: 3,052
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 22,692
  • Madison.com 48,238
  • Milwaukee Spectrum TV News: 59,609
  • WTMJ-TV Milwaukee: 69,275
  • Wisconsin Public Radio: 79,887
  • Fox 6 Milwaukee TV: 87,840
  • --- DrydenWire ---
  • WISN-TV: 100,616
  • WBAY-TV Green Bay: 108,615
  • CBS 58 Milwaukee TV: 116,339
  • La Crosse Tribune newspaper: 218,935
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette: 256,865
  • WEAU-TV Eau Claire: 278,170
  • WSAW-TV Wausau: 301,787
  • APG-Wisconsin 303,099
  • Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper: 314,274
  • Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper: 385,890

To see more rankings and to read the entire article from Wisconsin Right now, click here.


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