This top ten list of the most visited websites in the world contains the usual suspects…
Mostly social media platforms and eCommerce websites that most people visit at least once a week.
The most visited websites in the world are also the most trafficked websites…
Meaning they receive the most amount of traffic from both search engines and direct visits.
This dynamic top ten list was compiled from data obtained from Alexa Internet, SimilarWeb and Wikipedia.
Anyone that frequently deals with third-party web analytics providers, knows their metrics pertaining to monthly visits vary wildly from site to site…
So only the most visited websites listed below, would really know the true accurate number of monthly page views and unique site users they receive.
The most searched websites that are on this list are ranked according to the unique monthly visits they receive, as already explained above – its very difficult to obtain a direct measurement of web traffic…
But be rest assured that these behemoth sites on this top ten list are indeed the most visited websites in the world.
Amazon.com – (Average) – 572 Million Monthly Visits
Founded on the 5th July in 1994, Amazon.com, Inc., takes the 10th spot on the top ten list of the most visited websites in the world…
While its CEO and Founder, Jeff Bezos, takes the 1st spot on the list of the top 10 billionaires with the highest net worth.
Its really incredible that 64% of all households in the United States are Amazon Prime subscribers, that amounts to about a 100 million subscribers!
In terms of revenue and market capitalization, Amazon is the largest Internet retailer in the world, but the Alibaba Group takes the lead in terms of total sales.
Makes perfect sense considering the fact, that most of the products sold on Amazon are re-branded goods sourced from various online retail websites that the Alibaba Group owns.
It comes as no surprise that Amazon is one of the most visited websites on the Internet, managing to attract an average of 572 million monthly visits.
By market capitalization, it even beats Walmart, but not in terms of revenue – Walmart still tops its list as the richest company in the world.
Not known to many, is that Amazon also owns the popular live streaming video game platform, Twitch, which it acquired for $970 million.
More widely known is the fact that Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market for $13.4 billion, in 2017. Whole Foods is an American supermarket chain that exclusively offers foods without any added artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.
Taobao.com – (Average) – 669 Million Monthly Visits
Taobao.com is a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group and…
It is the world’s biggest e-commerce website.
Taobao was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters located in Hangzhou, China.
According to Alexa, Taobao receives an average of 669 million monthly visits and takes the 9th spot on this list of the most visited websites.
With over 1 billion product listings, this Chinese shopping website is China’s biggest online marketplace!
Taobao facilitates consumer to consumer (C2C) retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers in Chinese speaking regions.
There are two ways in which sellers can posts goods for sale on Taobao, either through a fixed price sale or an auction. Though the majority of products for sale on this e-commerce site are new products sold at a fixed price.
QQ.com – (Average) – 810 Million Monthly Visits
Founded in November 1998, QQ.com, is one of China’s largest web portal and…
Takes the 8th spot on the top ten list of the most visited websites.
QQ is owned by Tencent Holdings Limited, a multinational investment conglomerate.
Its headquarters, known as the Tencent Binhai Mansion, is located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China.
Its many subsidiaries offers many technological and Internet based services.
It’s well known for its instant messenger service, Tencent QQ. And also for its mobile chat service, WeChat.
Its services are all among the world’s biggest and most successful in their respective categories. They specialize in multiplayer online games, e-commerce, payment systems, mobile games, music and social media.
It is Asia’s most valuable company and has a market value of $580 billion. It is the first Asian company to cross the US$500 billion valuation mark.
In 2017, it surpassed Facebook in market value.
With its continued revenue growth, QQ will continue to be one of the most visited websites on the Internet and will remain the world’s most valuable social media tech giant for the foreseeable future.
Reddit.com – (Average) – 811 Million Monthly Visits
Reddit was founded in 2005 by University of Virginia roommates, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian.
It takes the 7th spot on this list of the most visited websites in the world, receiving an average of 811 million monthly visitors.
It is a social news and media aggregation website based in San Francisco, California. Users get to rate the web content by either giving an up-vote or a down-vote. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit.
And if the submission receives enough up-votes, it ultimately ends up on Reddit’s homepage.
According to Alexa, 57.4% of visitors on Reddit come from the United States and the majority of the remainder come from the United Kingdom and Canada.
Most of Reddit’s users are financially-average white males who are also very scornful of any advertiser that comes to their platform, this makes it a very terrible website to market goods and services.
Despite Reddit’s many strict rules, you will soon stumble upon some racist, homophobic and sexist content when you browse through its subreddits.
The comment and discussion sections is really where the derogatory side of Reddit flourishes.
This social media company will still continue to be one of the most visited websites after it raised $200 million in 2017, for a $1.8 billion valuation. Advance Publications remains the majority shareholder of Reddit.
Yahoo.com – (Average) – 910 Million Monthly Visits
Yahoo! was the most popular website in the United States, but its traffic slowly declined as Google took over the search engine segment of the Internet…
But it still is one of the most visited websites in the world, receiving an average of 910 million monthly visits!
It may be a huge shock to most people that Yahoo! still exists and receives so much monthly traffic, but lets not forget that Yahoo was once the biggest search engine in America before Google came along.
And it is the third biggest search engine in the world.
Founded in January 1994, by Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Most of Yahoo was acquired by Verizon Communications in 2017, for a sum of $4.5 billion.
Many people that are disgruntled with Google especially over their privacy issues, still use Yahoo Search and its related services, such as:
Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Yahoo Maps and Yahoo Finance – just to name a few.
Yahoo is not going anywhere anytime soon and will continue to be one of the most visited websites in the world.
Wikipedia.org – (Average) – 1.2 Billion Monthly Visits
Wikipedia is the world’s largest free online encyclopedia…
And it’s no surprise, that it’s one of the most visited websites on the Internet, attracting an average of 1.2 billion monthly visits.
Wikipedia’s plethora of articles are the most referenced work on the Internet…
It’s no wonder why, considering that Wikipedia has over 40 million articles written in 301 various languages!
Founded in 2001, by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, Wikipedia’s policy of allowing anyone to submit articles and edit its content has enabled its level of accuracy to reach that of Encyclopædia Britannica, according to Nature publisher.
The non-profit organization, Wikimedia Foundation, owns and operates Wikipedia with funds it receives from its International donors.
In order to curb the absurd amount of fake news floating around its platform, Facebook had announced in 2017, that it would help readers detect fake news by providing links to suitable Wikipedia articles.
YouTube also announced it would roll-out a similar plan in 2018.
Wikipedia is a permanent fixture on various top ten lists of the most visited websites, as it is the number one reference-source for hundreds of millions of college and high-school students from all over the world.
Baidu.com – (Average) – 1.5 Billion Monthly Visits
The Chinese search engine, Baidu.com, is one of the most visited websites in the world with an average of 1.5 billion monthly visits.
Baidu holds over 70% of the Chinese search engine market…
And it is the second largest search engine in the world with over 2 billion active users worldwide.
Headquartered in Beijing’s Haidian District, Baidu has a market cap of over US$99 billion and also specializes in the artificial intelligence sector.
This Chinese multinational technology company was incorporated in the Cayman Islands, a popular tax haven for obscenely wealthy individuals.
Established in 2000, by Eric Xu and Robin Li, Baidu is also a world leader in autonomous driving and AI programs.
Through its AI Apollo Project, it has partnered up with over a 100 global entities, of which most notable are:
Ford, Honda, Daimler AG, Intel, Hyundai, Nvidia and Microsoft.
Baidu is also a popular online digital distributor, providing downloadable content and applications through its Baidu App Store.
Facebook.com – (Average) – 1.9 Billion Monthly Visits
Facebook takes the 3rd slot on this top ten list of most visited websites, with an average of 1.9 billion monthly visits.
This social media and networking tech giant, receives most of its revenue from advertisers that market their products and services on their platform.
With more than 2.2 billion monthly active users, if Facebook were a country, it would be one of the most populous countries on the entire planet!
Facebook was launched in 2004, by Harvard College students; Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg.
Shareholders might boot Mark Zuckerberg out of his CEO position if things continue on their current downward trend with even more negative publicity swamping Facebook, especially after its Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The tech giant still continues to be scrutinized over the amount of fake news circulating on its platform…
As well as depictions of violence and hate speech which is very prevalent on its website.
Facebook also frequently gets bad media coverage over privacy issues and the negative psychological effects it has on its users.
Facebook’s monthly traffic numbers are unlikely to decrease and it will remain as one of the most visited websites in the world.
YouTube.com – (Average) – 2.6 Billion Monthly Visits
YouTube is an online video sharing platform that was created in 2005 by 3 former employees of PayPal; Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim and Steve Chen.
In 2006, YouTube was acquired by Google for US$1.7 billion…
And became one of Google’s many subsidiaries.
YouTube takes the 2nd spot on this top ten list of most visited websites, with an average of 2.6 billion monthly visits.
Headquartered in San Bruno, California, YouTube recently came under fire by its content creators…
After it demonetized and purged numerous channels.
YouTube did this after some bigwig advertisers on their platform complained that their ads were showing up next to some questionable content.
Since YouTube earns the majority of its revenue from these advertisers, it has been heavy-handed, in dealing with channels it deems vaguely questionable…
And a lot of innocent victims have sadly been demonetized or had their channels terminated.
Here are some few cool YouTube stats for you:
Every day – 1 billion hours of video content is being watched on YouTube.
Each minute – more than 400 hours of content is being uploaded to YouTube.
Google.com – (Average) – 4.8 Billion Monthly Visits
The Big Brother of the World-Wide-Web – Google Search…
Takes the coveted number 1 spot on this top ten list of the most visited websites in the world, with an average of 4.8 billion monthly visits!
Google is well-known for the oversight of its users…
It tracks all your web searches and permanently stores any information about you.
This data they hoard is a treasure trove for its advertisers, whom are its main source of revenue.
Google is available in 149 languages and it’s the largest search engine in the world, capturing 90.5% of the global search engine market!
And there you have it folks… we have reached the end of this top ten list of the most visited websites in the world.
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Top 10 Most Visited Websites (2019)
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