Top 10 Most Popular Websites in the World

Since its inception in 1991, the World Wide Web has truly exploded in popularity. There are now currently over 1.7 billion websites in existence. The internet would not be the same without the WWW. There are many different sites for many different topics and services that are attracting millions of visits every day and every week. But then there are the exceptionally popular sites that are getting billions, yes billions, of visitors every day and every week. The following shows the current Top 10 of most popular websites the world wide web has to offer.

The ranking is based on the approximate number of unique visits a website gathered.

1. Google.com

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Type of Website: Search Engine
Online since 1997
Owned by: Alphabet

Google.com is the, by far, most visited website in the world. The search engine attracted around 79 billion visits per month on average last year. Google is the world’s largest and most used search engine, so this shouldn’t be surprising. The search engine is online since 1997 and has indexed more than 150 trillion (yes, trillion) web pages to date. Google.com is owned and operated by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, which was founded by the inventors of Google, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin.

2. Youtube.com

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Type of Website: Video Hosting
Online since 2005
Owned by: Alphabet

Youtube.com is the second most visited website in the world. The world’s by far the most popular video hosting site gathered around 30 billion visits per average month last year. YouTube is hosting more than 5 billion videos to date with around 500 hours worth of video being uploaded to the website every day on average. YouTube is online since 2005 and owned by Google / Alphabet since 2006. Alphabet, therefore, owns both of the two most popular websites in the world 2020.

3. Facebook.com

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Type of Website: Social Media
Online since 2004
Owned by: Facebook

As the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook finds itself at no. 3 in the ranking of the Top 10 most popular websites in the world. Facebook attracted an average of around 23 billion visits per month last year. The website has been online since 2004. It is owned and operated by Facebook, Inc., the corporation behind the platform, founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

4. Baidu.com

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Type of Website: Search Engine
Online since 2000
Owned by: Baidu

Baidu.com is the world’s fourth most popular website. Baidu can be described as the “Chinese Google”. It generated an average of around 7 billion visits per month last year. The search engine website is online since 2000. Although the founder of Baidu, Robin Li, already invented the concept of a link-analyzing search engine as early as 1996 and therefore even before Google went online. In fact, Google’s search engine is partly based on Li’s concept. Li gave the internet his own version in 2000 and Baidu has dominated the Chinese search engine market ever since.

5. Wikipedia.org

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Type of Website: Encyclopedia
Online since 2001
Owned by: Wikimedia Foundation

Wikipedia concludes the Top 5 of the most popular websites in the world. The free online encyclopedia was able to attract around 4.8 billion visits worldwide per month on average. Wikipedia is also the only website in the Top 10 rankings of the most popular websites in the world that is owned by a non-profit organization, the San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia has been online since 2001 and ever since truly changed the way the world searches and finds information about various topics.

6. Yahoo.com

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Type of Website: Search Engine & News Aggregator
Online since 1995
Owned by: Verizon Communications

7. Twitter.com

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Type of Website: Social Media
Online since 2006
Owned by: Twitter

8. Instagram.com

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Type of Website: Social Media
Online since 2010
Owned by: Facebook

9. Amazon.com

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Type of Website: E-Commerce
Online since 1995
Owned by: Amazon

10. Yandex.ru

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Type of Website: Search Engine & News Aggregator
Online since 1997
Owned by: Yandex

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