1: Vanguard Newspaper
The Vanguard, a print newspaper in Nigeria, created its online version in December 1999. Vanguard online newspaper tops our list as the most popular online newspaper in Nigeria based on alexa traffic rank. The high traffic could be due to the fact that vanguard has some sub domains that are not related to news like answers.vanguardngr.com, community.vanguardngr.com and about 4 others. Although visits to these sub-domains are negligible, they contribute to the overall traffic rank of the site.
Vanguard online newspaper gets about 372,000 visits daily. It has about 510,000 Facebook fans and about 141,000 twitter followers.
Advertising in vanguard online newspaper could cost about N1.6 million monthly.
Punch jumps to number two on this list according to Alexa traffic rank. Punch is one of the most read print newspapers in Nigeria; so it's no surprise that its online version which was created in 2003 is also widely read.
Punch gets about 259,000 visits per day; it has about 249,000 Facebook fans and 113,000 twitter followers
Advertising in punch's online newspaper will cost you at least N100,000 per month for as little as a text link. The maximum advertising rate is about N1.3 million monthly for its maxi banner on top of its home page.
3: The Nation Newspaper
The Nation's online newspaper was created in 2009. It has a very neat and easy to read website layout compared to the top two on this list.
The Nation online newspaper gets about 147,000 visits per day, it has around 44,000 Facebook fans and 23,000 twitter followers.
Advertising rate will be available soon.
4: Information Nigeria
Information Nigeria is one of the few good online newspapers in Nigeria that are completely online; no print version. Information Nigeria which was created in 2009 has been able to compete with the widely read print newspaper's online version. It comes forth in our list of the most popular online newspapers in Nigeria beating ThisDay, Guardian and other big names.
Information Nigeria gets about 108,000 visits per day. It has about 244,000 Facebook fans and 26,000 twitter followers.
Advertising rate will be available soon.
5: Sahara Reporters
Also completely online, Sahara reporters has been able to beat a lot of print newspapers to claim the number 5 spot on this list. The website was created 2006.
They get around 143,000 daily visits and about 154,000 Facebook fans.
Sahara Reporters do not really have an "advertise with us" page but rather they have a "support us" page where people are encouraged to contribute generously to their good work. However they do have adverts on their site that were not provided by Google. So I guess they do accept adverts on their site.
I did some digging around and discovered that advertising in Sahara Reporters can cost you about 525,000 per month.
6: ThisDay Newspaper
ThisDay print newspaper which is the most prestigious newspaper in Nigeria (arguably) created its online version in 2009 and it sits on the number six spot on this list.
ThisDay gets about 90,000 visits per day; it has 100,000 Facebook fans and about 55,000 twitter followers.
ThisDay online is the most expensive online newspaper and probably the most expensive website in Nigeria in terms of advertising. Their monthly advertising rate could be as high as N3.5 million.
Tribune also available in print is the seventh most popular online newspaper in Nigeria.
Tribune gets about 113,000 visits per day, 128,000 Facebook fans and about 6,500 twitter followers.
Advertising on tribune online newspaper will cost you about N980,000 per month.
8: The Sun Newspaper
The online version of the sun newspaper was created in 2003 and it's the eight most popular online newspaper in Nigeria.
The sun online newspaper gets about 103,000 visits per day; it has about 4,000 twitter followers and 36,000 Facebook fans.
A text link advert in sun online newspaper costs at least N19,000 per month while a banner ad can cost up to N450,000 per month.
9: The Guardian
The online version of The Guardian newspaper was created in 1997 making it the oldest online newspaper on this list.
The Guardian online newspaper gets about 76,000 visits per day; it has about 71,000 Facebook fans and 53,000 twitter followers.
Advertising directly in the guardian online newspaper costs about N220,000/month for their campus life page and about N800,000/month for their front page.
10: Daily Post
Daily post is the third of the three online newspapers on this list without a print version and it ends our list of the top ten most popular Nigerian online newspapers in 2012.
Daily post gets about 60,000 daily visits per day; it has 105,000 Facebook fans and about 41,000 twitter followers.
Daily post do not have an "advertise with us" page, the adverts present on the site were provided by Google.