Lifenews.ca, Ontario's new obituaries and celebration announcements site,
reaches 2,000,000 page views in December

TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - www.Lifenews.ca, a life stages announcement site launched in May 2009, marked 2,000,000 page views with 150,000 unique visitors in December.

Lifenews.ca is affiliated with twelve Ontario newspapers that populate the site with Ontario obituaries, baby births, marriage announcements and other celebrations from local communities. Visitors can access Lifenews.ca directly or from the partner newspaper sites. They can search by name, date or category, and leave condolences and congratulations in Guest Books. Viewers can also link to Facebook to share comments or announcements on their profile. Future plans include the option of adding video tributes and announcements.

Beverly Crandon, Director General Classifieds, Digital for Metroland says "To reach 2,000,000 page views by December is quite an accomplishment considering that the site is just seven months old and our SEO strategy is still in its infant stages."

Lifenews.ca has plans to add six more community papers in the near future, including some that are currently working with a large American obituary site. "When people want information about people they know, they turn to local sources first. Lifenews.ca is a better option than American obituary sites for two reasons: the content is hyper-local and it includes Ontario obituaries as well as all of life's important stages."

For more information on www.Lifenews.ca, contact Beverly Crandon at (416) 687-5836 or bcrandon@metroland.com.

About Metroland Media Group (www.metroland.com): With more than 100 trusted community and daily newspapers and innovative websites including Wheels.ca, Gottarent.com, lifenews.ca and flyerland.ca. Metroland Media Group is dedicated to delivering relevant ways to help people connect with what matters most in their lives. www.metroland.com

SOURCE METROLAND MEDIA GROUP LTD/TORONTO COMMUNITY NEWS

For further information: For further information: Beverly Crandon, Director General Classifieds, Digital, 590 King St West, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1M3, (416) 687-5836, bcrandon@metroland.com

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