How did readers discover the top news topics of 2015?

The top news stories of 2015 ran the gamut from popular to scandalous, to tragic. ​And while we can't control what stories capture the public's attention, ​we ​can ​look at how readers ​are discovering these stories​.

​This Authority Report​ examines​ search and social traffic for the top stories of 2015 to help publishers better understand how, and where, their news is circulating.

Top stories covered in this report:

  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown
  • Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
  • Rachel Dolezal
  • Cecil the Lion
  • The Ashley Madison Agency
  • Ahmed Mohamed

Traffic Sources Update:

  • ​In July, Facebook pulled ahead of Google as the top source of referral traffic to’s network.
  • See the top referrral sources to the publishing network​ today!​

Download the Authority Report now to see our findings.

Press Coverage:

What drives news traffic, social or search? - siliconrepublic

Social media drove more referrals than search for 2015’s biggest news stories - VentureBeat

Facebook top referring site for publishers, followed by Google: - LiveMint

Social Beat Search In Referrals For The Year’s Top News Stories - MarketingLand

Social Media Dominated Referrals for Year's Top Stories - MediaPost

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