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The Most Popular Online News Platforms In Zimbabwe (March 2018)

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Back in March, we published a list of Zimbabwe’s most popular online news platforms and the list released in March contained statistics from February. We promised that the list would be continuously updated going forward and we are back with the statistics from the month of March.

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The list has different statistics that paint a clear picture on the followership of the 27 sites, covering their website viewership numbers as well as their followership on popular social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.

Apart from being an interesting read, we also think the list will help inform readers/businesses on the sites on which to advertise their products and reach the widest number of heads locally. This list will be updated on a monthly basis and can be a useful resource to discover new content and also track how your favourites sites are performing.

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Rank (previous rank)Publication/PlatformTotal Visits/MonthFacebookTwitterPages/Visit
1 (1)Newsday.co.zw2.27M731 281344 2124.12
2 (5)newzimbabwe.com2.02M89,4074 3622.43
3 (3)Herald.co.zw1.84M263 064217 1012.95
4 (4)Bulawayo24.com1.70M108 94645 7003.68
5 (7)zimeye.net1.65M230 37424 8122.38
6 (2)Dailynews.co.zw1.52M169 127186 1032.12
7 (6)newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk1.24M61 3347 7882.48
8 (8)chronicle.co.zw721.91K76 66548 8882.52
9 (9)iHarare.com670.37K139 2526 7093.61
10 (N/A)zimbabwesituation.com638.21K103 829N/A1.92
11 (11)Pindula.co.zw541.38K15 7173 6672.04
12 (17)techzim.co.zw519.79K36 554101 4481.39
13 (10)myzimbabwe.co.zw428.28K333 46232 9433.79
14 (13)thestandard.co.zw322.74K149 05634 0754.35
15 (14)theindependent.co.zw235.11K33 61649 6044.06
16 (15)sundaymail.co.zw206.13K86 53093 9303.00
17 (12)263chat.com158.44K96 319298 5473.30
18 (16)thezimbabwean.co144.93K40 9018 2211.49
19 (18)soccer24.co.zw139.03K189 1689 4191.87
20 (21)pazimbabwe.com105.97K2 8722151.29
21 (20)*youthvillage.co.zw92.61K33 050 21 2063.10
22 (19)3-mob.com59.81K8,640 14 3281.90
23 (22)zimbojam.comN/A55 739 101 896N/A
24 (23)technomag.co.zwN/A23 384 7 988N/A
25 (24)techunzipped.comN/A23 1312 784N/A
26 (25)thezimtainment.co.zwN/A9 464 3 785N/A
27 (26)thefootballcult.comN/A6 651 509N/A
28 (27)creativeloop.co.zwN/A2 690 1 590N/A

Let’s run through some of the notable shifts in the list for the month of March…

New entry!

We added a single site (zimbabwesituation.com) this time around but if we missed any news publication you can always tell us in the comments below and we will add them. Zimbabwe Situation came in and just made the top 10 causing some disruption.

Massive drop from Daily News!

The Daily News dropped 4 places from second to sixth. It’s a quite startling drop and it’s not exactly clear what is the reason behind one of the largest drop on this list.

263Chat drops 5 places

Speaking of large drops, 263Chat dropped from 12th place to 17th. There’s some consolation to be gotten from the fact that their presence on Twitter is still a force to be reckoned with as they boast the second largest following on the social media platform.

Herald unaffected by pulling away from online

Herald recently dumbed down their online presence in a bid to stop other publications from stealing their content and to push more sales of the hard copies. The move does not seem to have affected their ranking as they remained the 3rd most popular online news publication. Though we did not agree with the move they made, it seems Herald is fine.

Pindula and Techzim: No Comment

The numbers for Techzim and Pindula both grew but we will not be providing any analysis for that as these are both in-house publications. We will leave you guys to comment on what you think may have influenced the growth.

Overall: a drop in numbers

When we looked at the list more closely we noticed that the numbers for most publications actually fell. This is probably because in February there was still a lot of interest in news – following the ‘coup not coup’- and people were not yet tired of hearing just how open we (by we I mean Zim) are for business. That euphoria is probably slowing down now which is why most sites slowed down a bit.

See you in April!

In our efforts to make this list we tried to be as thorough as possible but if there are any sites that you are aware of that didn’t make the cut please notify us and we will continue to update the list. This month’s list now contains a previous ranking from the last time we released a list.

[For the sites that have N/A under Total Visits and Pages/Visit, similarweb.com could not produce the required statistics. We proceeded to rank these using their popularity on Facebook. We chose FB over Twitter because it is used more widely in Zimbabwe and for most if not all sites on this list, their Facebook following is far larger than the corresponding Twitter fan base.]

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11 thoughts on “The Most Popular Online News Platforms In Zimbabwe (March 2018)

    1. I am a TechZim affiliate fyi but I do read and like Pindula coz most mornings I just want to quickly read bare facts news about Zim that’s not laced all the political crap that characterises local papers, radio and television. I actually like their lite like presentation

  1. TechZim, you are a Godsend. I was wondering which online publications to prioritize for my press release so I can get the most exposure for my business and here you release a neat list, what a coincidence. Just wanted to say THANK YOU and God bless!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Kush! Great to know these lists are impacting readers in meaningful ways.

    1. Yeah when we were compiling the list we were mostly thinking of publications from the top of our head so we missed a few but with April just around the corner, you can expect to see Nehanda make the next list! Thanks for the feedback

  2. Ok, I’ll tell you why The Daily News’ place keeps falling. The paper is obviously fighting for survival and limits stories they put online, which is fair enough. But most significantly, they deliberately killed the online comments section way back by limiting free comments and working overtime to take down comments that contradicted them. Compare this with The Herald and it’s ‘marketplace of ideas’ comments section. It was a naive, stupid, unresponsive, and fatal mistake. Why censor readers in this age of engagement. Next they sheepishly post stories online sometimes 18 hours after publication. Seriously, in this day and age. Finally, their stories are way too long and make for tiresome reading on screen. Can someone please teach them how to customise news for the web; make it short and punchy not rambling text until eternity, with all the images, videos etc to go with it.

  3. The likes of Bulawayo24,NewsdzeZimbabwe etc copy and paste stuff from other sites especially DailyNews.

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