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Michele’s List has added eight independent community websites to its prestigious $1 million-plus top revenue category, which had previously been monopolized by a single site — 30A along the West Florida coast.

The closely watched survey of independent local news sites saw other positive trends, most of which were bootstrapped with the personal credit cards of their entrepreneurial founders. Nine sites rose to marquee positions in the second and third highest revenue categories. Overall, 78% of the 96 sites in the survey reported revenue increases in 2015, with 13% saying they doubled revenue and close to a third reporting gains of 50%.

Here’s what Michele’s List 2016 looks like in a in a table of the 22 top revenue sites put together by “The New News” (click on image below to show all three pages of the table):

First page of table with Michele's List 2016

Twelve of the 22 top revenue-producing sites are for-profit operations and 10 are nonprofits.

More sites likely would have claimed positions in Michele’s List’s top three

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Source: Street Fight