Tripoli, 18 April:
In the two months since Libya Herald began publishing online, on the 17 February first anniversary of the start . . .[restrict]of the revolution, our web site has recorded almost 1,600,000 hits. The largest single group are from within Libya — some 25 percent. The next two largest groups are from the US and the UK.
This an achievement which has exceeded our most optimistic expectations. However very early on we began to think that we might be getting it right, because of the flow of enthusiastic mails we started to receive.
“I wanted to tell you that I am so thankful for your website. Its a vast wealth of information for many English speaking readers” – Asma Ramadan, Principal Co-Founder, The Libya Outreach Group.
“I would like to express my congratulations and utter joy over the founding of the Libyan Herald; an independent online news site that contains English language material is something new and fresh.” Ghada Muntasar.
“You are providing a very good service for non-Arabic speaking Libyans around the world. Keep it up.” Mariam El Orfi, New Zealand.
To put the figure of 1,600,000 hits into perspective, a hit represents the number of times articles have been looked at. The hits follow separate page views, which up until now have totalled 613,000. These figures have been generated from 94,000 individual visits. Quite clearly a lot of our visitors, having discovered us, are returning on regular, if not daily basis.
We know that there are still a great many things that we need to do better and more fully. We will continue to improve. In the meantime, however, we would like to thank our growing body of readers and advertisers for their support.