NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – TAPinto.net, a network of more than 70 online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke 7 million readers and 23.7 million page views during the last year.
From Jan. 8, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, TAPinto registered 7,025,372 readers and 23,792,903 page views, up from 5,352,395 readers and 18,496,885 page views during the same period a year ago.
During the same period, TAPinto grew from 54 sites to 71, 66 of which are currently franchised to local owner/publishers.
"At a time when many news organizations have reduced or eliminated their local news coverage, TAPinto is providing original local news coverage on a daily basis in our communities," said TAPinto.net Chief Executive Officer and publisher Michael Shapiro. "While other publications are engaging in click-bait and content aggregation in a quest for page views, we are providing a sustainable path forward, demonstrating that you can generate large traffic numbers without sensationalizing the news or becoming the neighborhood gossip page."
TAPinto provides the backend training and support to its franchisees. Current franchisees include business development executives, marketing and communications professionals, hardcopy newspaper publishers, public relations firms, veteran journalists, attorneys, financial advisors, realtors, the Plainfield YMCA and St. Bonaventure University.
"TAPinto sites are locally owned and operated and do their own original local news reporting," Shapiro said. "That local ownership and local reporting makes all the difference."
TAPinto.net, which began in 2008 as an all-online local newspaper in New Providence founded by Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is now the largest local news network in New Jersey. TAPinto provides original local news reporting on a daily basis in more than 100 towns and continues to grow while other media organizations are slashing local news coverage, regionalizing coverage and laying off journalists.
"We've created a growing and successful network of online local news sites that has become a model for the struggling media industry," Shapiro said. "Our innovative model enables our sites to not only produce great original local news content but to also achieve record-breaking traffic and financial sustainability."
"As we begin 2018, we look forward to continued expansion into new communities while providing our readers with the high quality news and information that they deserve. Thank you to our readers and our advertisers for your loyalty and support. We would not be here without you."