NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto.net, the network of more than 35 all-online local newspaper franchises, had more than 546,397 absolute unique users read the site between July 1 and July 31, 2015, shattering its former record of 474,963 absolute unique users in June.

TAP into SPF accounted for nearly 41,000 of TAP's overall total. The figure represented an 80 percent increase over TAP into SPF's figure in July 2014

July 2015 saw significant growth over July 2014, with a 60 percent increase in absolute unique readers from 340,952 to 546,397 and a 74 percent increase in page views from 746,700 to 1,299,361.

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"Our online local newspaper franchising model is working. By having locally owned and operated online newspapers reporting original local news in their towns, we are on the ground in each town breaking the news and quickly becoming the go-to place for residents," Michael Shapiro, CEO and Publisher of TAPinto.net said.

"In July alone, our franchisee/publishers were first to report the shooting of unarmed teens by an off-duty trooper in Sparta, NJ, which became national news, broke the story of a murder and attempted suicide by a long-time South Plainfield businessman, and covered the untimely death of rapper Hussein Fatal from Montclair," Shapiro continued. "People want to know what is happening in their town and they can tap into all of the news and information relevant to them in their town at TAPinto.net."

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TAPinto.net was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has over 3,800,000 readers. The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than 50 columnists, a full-service community calendar, business directory and local real estate listings. The public can follow TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal

TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to click here for more information.

In New Jersey, TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, Edison, Elizabeth, Far Hills, Green Brook, Livingston, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, Orange, Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Plainfield, Randolph, Roselle, Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Spotswood, Summit, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield and West Orange.