Internet marketing professionals seeking out the most effective places for their ads may be interested in the results of the new US web property rankings from comScore.

Its January 2008 update shows that tax-related websites received the biggest increase in traffic in the US last month, a factor comScore puts down to the beginning of the tax season.

Job search websites also saw a substantial increase in visitor numbers as job losses continued to accelerate, making this the second fastest gaining category, followed by government and travel-related sites.

Jack Flanagan, executive vice-president of comScore, said: "January has once again seen seasonal gains in the tax, career and travel categories, reflecting the typical American’s tendency to plan for the new year."

Separate data published by comScore shows that Google still holds the biggest share of the search market, accounting for 63 per cent of all searches carried out by US consumers in January.

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