The World Wide Web casts a pretty large net: we now have more than 1.1 billion websites featuring 4.48 billion pages—up from one website in 1991.
But when you look at web traffic, most of us actually visit one of the 100 most popular sites. Google controls four of those: Google itself, with 28 billion visits a year, Youtube.com, which brings in 20.5 billion visits a year, plus Blogger and Google User Content. A site with just one million visits per month is ranked somewhat lower: it would be the 33,000th most popular site.
The graphic shows that the “spoils” (or “eyeballs”) on the Web tend to go to the very top of the food chain, and there are millions of websites that almost no one (except Google’s automated crawler) has ever seen.
About the Author: Bob Veres has been a commentator, author and consultant in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Over his 20-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-at-large of Dow Jones Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com.
Mr. Veres has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and Financial Planning magazine, was granted the NAPFA Special Achievement Award by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and most recently the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association.
How many websites are there on the Web? Number of websites by year and growth from 1991 to 2016. Historical count and popular websites starting from the first website until today. Charts, real time counter, and interesting info.