What are the most visited websites in the world?
Viral websites get a lot of traffic. Niche websites generate solid cash flow. Wildly popular websites that offer value for their consumers build empires and generate considerable shareholder value.
Given that websites generally scale easily (you generally don’t need to build a factory or invest a lot in capex to add functionality or create a page) and the additional marginal cost of hosting a visitor is minimal, it’s no surprise that many of the world’s most popular websites have also been great investments. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), the parent company of the search engine Google, for instance, has rallied more than 15x since its IPO in 2004.
Some websites, such as Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), are highly addictive. There is an inherent need for people to see how their friends and family are doing. With its 1.8 billion active monthly users and all its pictures and updates, Facebook arguably satisfies that need. Other websites, such as Google and Wikipedia, are essential internet utilities. Google answers questions and points users to relevant links with uncannily accuracy. Given more than 1.4 billion people live in China and another 1.2 billion live in India, some of the most visited websites, such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)‘s Tmall and Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)‘s main search portal, are also international. Almost all of the world’s most visited websites occupy a niche and serve a particular purpose that keeps people coming back and back every day. In this article, we take a look at 20 Most Visited Websites In The World according to the internet traffic company Alexa. Some of these popular websites are also owned by major public companies such as Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
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Yahoo.co.jp is basically the Japanese version of Yahoo.com. Given Japan’s large internet population, Yahoo.co.jp ranks 20th in terms of popularity in the world.