The Greater-brand of community news websites are fast becoming a household name in news across Long Island, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it.
In 2019 alone, the sites were viewed nearly 4.1 million times by 2.7 million visitors. That’s nearly double 2018’s traffic of 2.1 million page views.
Now, consider there are 1.48 million people living in Suffolk County, according to the U.S. Census, and nearly all the traffic to the greaterlongisland.com sites comes from Suffolk, followed by Nassau and New York City.
“Readers have responded in such a tremendous way to the sites this past year,” said publisher Michael White. “The team here works around the clock producing quality content and it shows.”
“We basically live to deliver free news to our neighbors,” he continued, “but our work is only made possible by the advertisers who support us — so support them.” [Click here if you’re interested in advertising.]
looking back on 2019
Here are five big things that happened at the company:
• Greater Long Island began franchising, so to speak. Longtime local journalists Carl and Angela Corry of Shirley launched GreaterMoriches in January through a licensing agreement. Former Daily News assistant metro editor Brian Harmon began operating GreaterSayville in May.
• In March we developed a portal website at greaterlongisland.com for people to scroll through all our latest news in one handy spot.
• Then the Greater Long Island News App became available in the Apple App Store in June. The app, while still being tweaked, allows readers to get push alerts to their iPhones the second we publish a news story.
• Greater Long Island moved to a gleaming new headquarters in downtown Patchogue, above Local Burger Co. The lease started on Sept. 1. The celebration happened Dec. 18, at the office. Scroll down for coverage.
• This fall we also commissioned Driven Digital, a website development and graphic design company in Bohemia, to redesign all of our websites’ headers. Look for the new headers sometime this week.
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The news team includes editorial director Michael White, content manager Nick Esposito and freelance writers Lon Cohen, Julianne Mosher, Delaney Reh, Maria Simpson, Matthew Ambrosio and others.
There’s also a stable of professional photographers and filmmakers, including Benny Migliorino of Benny Migs Photo, Andrew Theodorakis and his team at Yellow House Images, Scott Kiernan and Ethan Meyer of That Guy Event Photo + Design.
The growing sales and promotions team is led by Nick Marchand, who is now joined by account managers Luke and Nicole Ormand.
White, a journalist formerly with the Daily News, started the company as greaterpatchogue.com in 2015. It expanded from there.
The above photo is from New Year’s Eve in downtown Patchogue. (Credit: John Collins/Yellow House Images)