In September 2014, the Internet barometer Live Stats indicated that the Internet had reached a milestone in its history: the billion websites. Three years later, the Internet ecosystem has expanded slightly and now counts 1,160 billion websites according to the same barometer.
While this number is impressive, the bulk of Internet traffic is spread over a very small portion of the websites that make up its ecosystem. Vodien, a hosting provider, accredited by ICANN, has proposed to list the 100 sites that “govern” the Internet.
For clarification, these are US sites that have been ranked in order of traffic on the Alexa index. Vodien also took care to put color clues to list the different categories.
Search engines (4 in total);
Informational databases (4 in total);
Streaming sites (7 in total);
Web hosting and file hosting sites (11 in total);
Social networks (12 in total);
Web portals (3 in total);
Courier services (3 in total);
The games (1 in all);
Newspapers (14 in total);
Sports venues (2 in total);
Social media (3 in total);
Retail and e-commerce (9 in total);
Technology sites (3 in total);
Business sites (9 in total);
Banks (6 in total);
Mails (2 in total);
Porn movies (3 total);
Illegal torrent/streaming sites (2 in total);
Advertising networks (2 in total).
Unsurprisingly, Google again ranked first in terms of traffic with the American version of its search engine (Google.com). Alexa says it’s 28 billion hits a month. In total, Google has four sites in the top 100, including YouTube (second), Blogger (Blogspot.com, 27th) and Google User Content (46th).
Facebook for its part secures the third position with Facebook.com and the 13th place with Instagram. As for Yahoo, it managed to get an excellent fifth place.
The Tumblr site generates enough traffic to enable it to find its 19th position. Amazon for its part owns 5 sites in the top 100. First Amazon.com is in 4th place. Note that the Internet or the Internet Movie Database, an online database on world cinema, on television, and more secondarily on video games occupies 29th place. Twitch.tv, its streaming and VOD service for video games, e-sports and related programs ranks at 40th.
The Washington Post is ranked 54th. Microsoft has 7 sites in the top 100. LinkedIn is in 11th position, Live.com in 14th position. Its Bing search engine is in 17th position, Microsoft Office is in 23rd position.