Updated July 1, 2006 Compiled & written by Mike Fitzpatrick
Quest News Update
Reality Check: The Column
Quest Is Wisconsin's Most Popular Gay Website
Green Bay - In addition to being LGBT Wisconsin’s longest-running and most widely-read print publication, Quest can now claim another prize: Gay Wisconsin’s most popular website. According to impartial internet traffic counter Alexa Internet, Quest’s internet presence - www.quest-online.com - ranks number one in total viewers by a wide margin. For the week ending June 23, the Quest site was reached by an estimated half-million web users according to Alexa. The web counter also reports Quest’s traffic also has increased by 100% in the last quarter.
Second place belongs to the Action Wisconsin website and third goes to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. No other Wisconsin media entity made the top ten. A link to the top 10 most popular Wisconsin-based LGBT websites can be accessed from Quest’s homepage: click on “Wisconsin’s Most Popular Gay Website!” line just below the news scroll in the upper right corner of the page.
Quest News Editor Mike Fitzpatrick, who maintains the website, has tracked the site’s usage and notes different parts of the site are more popular throughout the day. “In the morning, the news pages and QNU get the most hits,” Fitzpatrick said. “By mid-afternoon the bar guide section picks up and after midnight its the classies.”
Quest’s coverage of the entire state’s LGBT news wins it all those cheesehead hits, Fitzpatrick noted. “Most of the day 75-90% of our hits come from Wisconsin computers,” he said. “Madison and Milwaukee users consistently battle for the top city with Green Bay, LaCrosse and Appleton typically rounding out the top five.”
Though Quest may be the most popular gay website operated in Wisconsin, it is a still a very small operation by international gay standards. Gay.com, the internet’s most popular LGBT website, averages 1.5 billion hits per day, according to Alexa.