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Interland Hosts Santas Secret Village For Ninth Year

For the ninth year in a row, Interland is helping visitors to www.northpole.com take part in holiday stories, recipes, puzzles and more at Santas Secret Village. Interland is a Web-hosting and online services company with a reseller program, and Santas Secret Village lets children, parents and teacher access an array of free holiday activities.

The site also offers Christmas Karaoke, a Q&A with Santa, a visit to Elf Academy and a naughty-and-nice list. However, two of the sites most popular sections are the letters to Santa and the Santa Tracker.

On Dec. 24, visitors can view the North American Aerial Defense Command Santa Tracker, or NORAD, and watch Santa speed across the globe.

Last year, nearly 6 million visitors logged onto the site, with 4 million of them coming between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Barbara Morrison, general manager of www.northpole.com, projects close to 10 million visitors will find their way to the Interland-hosted Web site, spending an average of 20 minutes on the site.

The site does not run commercial banner ads and sells nothing, although it does link to CDs, movies and books on Amazon. www.northpole.com donates 4 million banner ad impressions to four charities annually; this year those charities are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Silver Lining Foundation and The Ronald McDonald House.


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