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|Slogan||Inspiration. Spirituality. Faith|
|Type of site||religion, social|
|Owner||BN Media Associates|
|Launched||December 28, 1999|
|Alexa rank||7,576 (December 2013[update])|
Beliefnet is a website providing information about various faiths in addition to feature editorial around the topics of inspiration, spirituality, health, wellness, love and family, news and entertainment. Beliefnet is independent and not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.
The site was launched on December 28, 1999 by co-founders Steven Waldman and Robert Nylen. Waldman was editor-in-chief for the first few years, but when the company went bankrupt in 2002, he also took over as CEO and chairman, leading it out of Chapter 11 through a period of growth. Waldman's full tenure as editor-in-chief ran from 1999 until November 2009, when he retired from Beliefnet.
Nylen served as Beliefnet]' first president and from 2001 to 2007 also served on the board of directors.
On December 4, 2007, Beliefnet announced it had been acquired by the Fox Entertainment Group for an undisclosed amount of money, with plans to integrate it with the company’s other faith-based units including HarperCollin's Zondervan unit, which published Bibles and Christian titles such as Rick Warren’s best-selling The Purpose Driven Life.
By May 2010, NewsCorp was seeking a buyer for the site after deciding it no longer fit with its digital strategy. On June 25, 2010, Beliefnet was acquired by BN Media, an entity that includes the investors behind Affinity4 and Cross Bridge.
In 2010, Beliefnet began a period of sustained growth in unique monthly visitors to the website, overall site traffic, and email subscribers. Beliefnet also expanded their online footprint with the acquisition of several large Facebook properties and through partnerships with Jesus Daily and Dios Es Bueno, reaching over 30 million through their social media network.
Several different faith channels including those for Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and others facilitate interfaith dialogue across the site. Also featured are stories, quizzes and other tips and resources related to inspiration, health and wellness, love and family, news and entertainment.
Beliefnet has been in the news several times, with recognition to its writers and editors. Chesapeake, Virginia-based marriage and family therapist, and Beliefnet blogger, Linda Mintle was interviewed by USA Today to contribute to a relationship piece on the break-up of Seal and Heidi Klum.
Since its launch in 1999, Beliefnet has been recognized with several web and editorial honors, including Webby awards, Online Journalism awards and American Society of Magazine Editor awards.
Beliefnet's contributors include:
- "Beliefnet.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- Joe Nocera (May 5, 2007). "Keeping Faith In a Venture Built on Faith". New York Times.
- Steven Walman (November 20, 2009). "Good Bye". Beliefnet.
- Press Release: Fox Entertainment Group Acquires Beliefnet
- Dawn C. Chmielewski (May 27, 2010). "News Corp. puts Beliefnet on the block". Los Angeles Times.
- "BN Media, LLC Announces Acquisition of Beliefnet" (Press release). PR Newswire. June 25, 2010.
- Olivia Barker; Donna Freydkin (January 23, 2012). "For Seal and Klum, a red flag of overt affection". USA Today.
- Maureen Linke (November 22, 2011). "How do you give thanks? Readers share holiday stories". USA Today.