Wonder what the most visited websites in the world are? The rise of the Internet has given birth to a zillion companies, and thus, websites, that compete for users’ attention. There are two main, fierce battles: one between search engines, another one amongst other sites. Search engines strive to become “standards,” to be the first site that people visit when looking for virtually anything. Other sites run a race for content, friendliness, usability, etc.
There is, however, one undisputed King on the Internet: Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). I’d say, “if the Internet were a religion, Google would be its God.” In fact, did you hear about The Church of Google? According to Googlism, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s search engine is the closest that humankind “has ever come to directly experiencing an actual God (as typically defined).”
Moreover, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is not just the most popular site on Earth, but also one of the largest companies in terms of market capitalization. Check out last year’s Top 15 Largest Websites in the World, or continue to read this article to find out which are the most visited websites in the world.
I will base this ranking on Alexa’s data, a site that measures other sites’ popularity based on a combination of its average daily visitors and its pageviews (the information is updated monthly for more accurate popularity indexes). In addition, I will include information on the amount of Linking Root Domains for each site, meaning the number of other sites that link to each particular page. The information was obtained from moz.com.
No. 15: Sina.com.cn
Company : SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA)
Description : China’s famous web portal and instant messaging provider.
Linking Root Domains : 368K
No. 14: Hao123.com
Company : Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)
Description : Chinese-language internet search engine
Linking Root Domains : 67K
No. 13: Live.com
Company : Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)
Description : Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s search engine (usually redirects to Outlook email).
Linking Root Domains : 196K
No. 12: Google.co.in
Company : Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Description : Indian version of Google’s search engine
Linking Root Domains : 5.86 million (for all Google. domains)
No. 11: Taobao.com
Company : Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA)
Description : Online Chinese market place for consumer-to-consumer transactions
Linking Root Domains : 323K
No. 10: QQ.com
Company : Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0700)
Description : China’s largest and most used internet service portal.
Linking Root Domains : 914K
No. 9: Linkedin.com
Company : LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)
Description : The most popular professional networking site in the world.
Linking Root Domains : 2.43 million
No. 8: Twitter.com
Company : Twitter Inc(NYSE:TWTR)
Description : Social networking and micro-blogging site that has revolutionized global communication.
Linking Root Domains : 6.45 million
Keep reading to find out which are the seven most visited websites in the world.