The World's Top Websites - Yahoo number 1, China moving up

The World's Top Websites - Yahoo number 1, China moving up

Summary: Every now and then I check out Alexa's Web stats, because they can be a good indicator of current trends. Tonight I went in and decided to see what the world's biggest websites are.

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Every now and then I check out Alexa's Web stats, because they can be a good indicator of current trends. Tonight I went in and decided to see what the world's biggest websites are. Here is the current top 10 in terms of traffic:

1. Yahoo!
2. Microsoft Network (MSN) 
3. Google
4. Yahoo! Japan 
5. Baidu.com 
6. sina.com
7. EBay
8. Passport.net 
9. sohu.com
10. 163.com

A couple of things to note there:

a) Look how dominant Yahoo is - number 1 globally and Yahoo! Japan is number 4. 

Let me segue into a bit of financial talk for a moment. Yahoo's market capitalization is 54.61B, compared to Google's 109.02B and Microsoft's 290.39B (data from Yahoo Finance). But as Ken Norton wrote recently, in May the market values of Google and Yahoo! were about the same. Since May however, Google's stock has almost doubled and left Yahoo for dust. 

But that's just market cap. In terms of website visitor numbers and reach, Yahoo is ruling the roost.

b) The second thing that had me looking closely at the Alexa stats was how many Chinese websites are in the top 10. Baidu.com is the leading Chinese search engine and comes in at number 5 - globally. There are 3 other Chinese sites in the top 10, making 4 in total. There are 5 US sites and 1 Japanese site (derived from a US one) that make up the rest of the top 10.

On further inspection I found that the top 10 Chinese websites are in the top 35 global websites as ranked by Alexa. In comparison, there are 18 English language websites in the top 35.

It goes to show that Silicon Valley isn't the center of the Universe anymore and there is a lot of value in China, in particular. It'll be interesting to track these figures over time.

Topic: China

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  • It's just business.

    China must be a really good country with a history of championing human rights causes for us to be helping them as much as we do, right?
    HypnoToad
  • Hits don't mean much

    I'm sorry, but the number of hits doesn't say it all. I'm a huge Google fan, and I google constantly every day, but I can't remember the last time I saw the Google home page. Browsers like Firefox and now Netscape have built-in Google search bars, and the number of downloads of the Google toolbar vs the Yahoo! bar is more than triple on Download.com. Google is the new mass revolution, and more tech savvy people are less likely to type in www.google.com every time they want to search, although people still using MSN might. So maybe it's interesting to watch hit number stats, they tell a very different story than popularity.
    silverdye97
    • Which site do you think you go to when you type in a Google toolbar query?

      Everytime you do a search in your Google toolbar, it counts as a hit in Alexa. These stats measure hits across the web properties mentioned, not just their homepages.
      Web20Explorer