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Strib, City Pages parent see website surge

Some good news on the web front for two local papers.

According to Editor & Publisher, the number of “unique visitors” to startribune.com grew 18 percent from March 2007 to March 2008. Village Voice Media, which owns City Pages and 15 other alternative weeklies, saw 139 percent growth, meaning the chain’s traffic more than doubled.

Natural web growth and hot political races should’ve lifted most boats, but 11 of the Top 30 titles saw fewer unique visitors during the period. Decliners included USA Today, and paper sites in Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando and Miami.

The Strib ranks 22nd among newspaper titles, with 1.76 million uniques this March. The Village Voice Media collective ranks 12th with 2.81 million uniques.

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