- Mongabay’s traffic hit a new record in 2019, with pageviews increasing 34% to 102 million and monthly active users climbing 50% to 4.3 million. But the high level numbers don’t reveal much, so here are some more interesting insights on how various topics performed and how our articles fared across geographies.
- Given Mongabay’s bureaus in Indonesia and India, it’s not surprising that those countries represent two of our three biggest markets. The Philippines, where we hired a staff writer in 2019, ranks fourth. Mongabay has especially high readership on a per capita basis in certain Latin American and Asian countries, led by Bolivia, Indonesia, and Paraguay.
- Wildlife-related stories attracted the most readers in 2019, while climate science stories were the least read.
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Mongabay’s traffic hit a new record in 2019, with pageviews increasing 34% to 102 million and monthly active users climbing 50% to 4.3 million. But the high level numbers don’t reveal much, so here are some more interesting insights on how various topics performed and how our articles fared across geographies. In summary: wildlife stories — especially pangolins — outperform, whereas climate science stories consistently fail to attract readers.
Insights based on user geography
Given Mongabay’s bureaus in Indonesia and India, it’s not surprising that those countries represent two of our three biggest markets. The Philippines, where we hired a staff writer in 2019, ranks fourth, just behind the U.S. Latin America — including Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and South America — accounts for 15% of our total readership. Africa amounts to less than 3% of readership.
This section includes data from all of Mongabay’s bureaus.
Share of traffic and readership by country
Mongabay has especially high readership on a per capita basis in certain Latin American and Asian countries, led by Bolivia, Indonesia, and Paraguay. Globally, in 2019 Mongabay had 13 pageviews per every 1,000 people on the planet.
Readership per capita (Pageviews/1000 people)
One measure of engagement is the average time a person spends on an article. By this metric, Peru ranks at the top of the list.
Average time on page (Average=100)
Insights based on content
Every Mongabay article is tagged with topics and locations that reflect its subject matter (visit these linked pages to configure automated alerts so you will know whenever we publish stories on topics or regions you care about most). Accordingly in the context of the tables below, “location” represents the subject matter of the article rather than the geography of the reader.
The following tables include data only for news.mongabay.com, our global English language site.
Most articles (country tag)
In 2019, the global (English-language) bureau produced the most stories about Indonesia. Brazil, which is home to the world’s largest extent of tropical rainforest, followed.
Mongabay added new staff positions for the global bureau in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and the Philippines in 2019.
Most articles (region tag)
Most articles (bioregion/island tag)
Highest average time on page, by location tag
Highest average pageviews, by location tag (Average=100)
Lowest average pageviews, by location tag (Average=100)
Most articles, by topic
Highest average pageviews, by topic (min 25 articles)
Wildlife-related stories attracted the most readers in 2019: also of note is that stories tagged as ‘happy-upbeat’, ones that depicted people taking action or that generally contained good news for people and planet, were ranked at 141% of average.
The table above includes only topic tags that appeared on 25 or more stories; the table below includes topic tags that appeared on at least 8 stories.
Highest average pageviews, by topic (min 8 articles)
|Topic (min articles=8)||Articles||Pageviews|
|Turtles And Tortoises||8||206%|
Climate science stories were the least read stories on Mongabay in 2019.
Lowest average pageviews, by topic
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions||48%|
|Impact Of Climate Change||48%|
|Adaptation To Climate Change||41%|
|Climate Change Politics||35%|
Top external sources of traffic
- Google Search
- Bing Search
- Google Classroom
- Google News