1000 most-visited sites on the web

You can see a list of the largest 1000 sites worldwide, based on Unique Visitors (users), as measured by Ad Planner. This list is updated monthly as new Ad Planner datasets are released. The list defines sites as top-level domains.

For each site on the list, you’ll be able to see:

  • The site category
  • Unique Visitors (users)
  • Page Views
  • Whether the site has ads

Keep in mind that the list excludes adult sites, ad networks, domains that don’t have publicly visible content or don’t load properly, and certain Google sites.

The 1000 most-visited sites on the web

Rank Site Category Unique Visitors (users) Reach Page Views Has Advertising
1 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web facebook.com Social Networks 540,000,000 35.2% 570,000,000,000 Yes
2 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web yahoo.com Web Portals 490,000,000 31.8% 70,000,000,000 Yes
3 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web live.com Search Engines 370,000,000 24.1% 39,000,000,000 Yes
4 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web wikipedia.org Dictionaries & Encyclopedias 310,000,000 20% 7,900,000,000 No
5 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web msn.com Web Portals 280,000,000 18.1% 11,000,000,000 Yes
6 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web microsoft.com Software 230,000,000 14.8% 3,300,000,000 Yes
7 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web blogspot.com Blogging Resources & Services 230,000,000 14.7% 4,400,000,000 Yes
8 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web baidu.com Web Portals 230,000,000 15% 27,000,000,000 Yes
9 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web qq.com Email & Messaging 170,000,000 11.1% 25,000,000,000 Yes
10 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web mozilla.com Internet Clients & Browsers 140,000,000 9.2% 2,100,000,000 No
11 poput icon The 1000 Most Visited Sites on the Web sina.com.cn Web Portals 130,000,000 8.4% 3,600,000,000 Yes


See Full List: http://www.google.com/adplanner/static/top1000/

Integrate Digg Button

The Digg button, also known as the “Digg This” button, is for website and blog publishers that want to encourage their audience to submit content to Digg or Digg their content. Join thousands of sites that have already added the Digg button and have seen their content exposed to the Digg community!

While we support both a Smart Digg button and a static Digg button, we recommend using the Smart Digg button, as it displays a real-time Digg count and is more customizable.

I. Smart Digg Button

The Smart Digg button is available in 4 different predefined sizes: Medium, Large, Compact, and Icon

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Medium Large Compact Icon

The implementation of all Smart Digg buttons requires that a single <script> tag be included on your page as well as <a> tags for each button you would like to appear. To have multiple buttons on a page, just add an additional <a> tag where you would like each button. You do not need to include the <script> tag more than once per page. The script will find these <a> tags and replace them with the appropriate markup for the button.

1. Medium Smart Digg Button

To add a medium Smart Digg button you will need to place the following <script> tag somewhere on your page:

<script src="http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

The <script> tag may be placed anywhere in your page but we recommend placing it in the <head> tag. This will allow the script to find your <a> tags as quickly as possible.

With the script included insert the following <a> tag into your page in the location you would like the button to appear:

<a></a>

2. Large Smart Digg Button

To add a large Smart Digg button you will need to place the following <script> tag somewhere on your page:

<script src="http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

The <script> tag may be placed anywhere in your page but we recommend placing it in the <head> tag. This will allow the script to find your <a> tags as quickly as possible.

With the script included insert the following <a> tag into your page in the location you would like the button to appear:

<a></a>

3. Compact Smart Digg Button

To add a compact Smart Digg button you will need to place the following <script> tag somewhere on your page:

<script src="http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

The <script> tag may be placed anywhere in your page but we recommend placing it in the <head> tag. This will allow the script to find your <a> tags as quickly as possible.

With the script included insert the following <a> tag into your page in the location you would like the button to appear:

<a></a>

4. Icon Smart Digg Button

To add an icon Smart Digg button you will need to place the following <script> tag somewhere on your page:

<script src="http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

The <script> tag may be placed anywhere in your page but we recommend placing it in the <head> tag. This will allow the script to find your <a> tags as quickly as possible.

With the script included insert the following <a> tag into your page in the location you would like the button to appear:

<a></a>

Delicious Save Buttons

With a “Bookmark this on Delicious” link, you can provide your site visitors an easy way to save it to Delicious. Here is an example (with an image added before the link):

Delicious Bookmark this on Delicious

The best way to accomplish this is by including some javascript which pops up a post window. If javascript is off, it will navigate to the post page. Here is the code:

<img src=”http://static.delicious.com/img/delicious.small.gif&#8221; height=”10″ width=”10″ alt=”Delicious” /> <a href=”http://delicious.com/save&#8221; onclick=”window.open(‘http://delicious.com/save?v=5&noui&jump=close&url=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’&title=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title), ‘delicious’,’toolbar=no,width=550,height=550′); return false;”> Bookmark this on Delicious</a>

Blog templates

A quick word of advice: Don’t do this unless you are a geek.

WordPress

To place this on your front page, go to Presentation -> Theme Editor -> Main Index Template. You may place the following code where you wish:

<img src=”http://static.delicious.com/img/delicious.small.gif&#8221; height=”10″ width=”10″ alt=”Delicious” /> <a href=”http://delicious.com/save&#8221; onclick=”window.open(‘http://delicious.com/save?v=5&noui&jump=close&url=’+encodeURIComponent(‘&lt;?php the_permalink() ?>’)+’&title=’+encodeURIComponent(‘<?php the_title() ?>’),’delicious’, ‘toolbar=no,width=550,height=550’); return false;”> Bookmark this on Delicious</a>

Movable Type

In your Main Index and Individual Archive templates, after </MTIfAllowComments>, add:

<img src=”http://static.delicious.com/img/delicious.small.gif&#8221; height=”10″ width=”10″ alt=”Delicious” /> <a href=”http://delicious.com/save&#8221; onclick=”window.open(‘http://delicious.com/save?v=5&noui&jump=close&url=’+encodeURIComponent(<$MTEntryPermalink$&gt;)+’&title=’+encodeURIComponent(<$MTEntryTitle$>),’delicious’, ‘toolbar=no,width=550,height=550’); return false;”> Bookmark this on Delicious</a>

Browser Buttons

If you’re looking to install the browser toolbar buttons for saving bookmarks to Delicious, here’s where to go: the Firefox buttons, Internet Explorer buttons, or bookmarklet buttons for any browser.

TweetMeme Button

The Retweet button is for website and blog publishers that want to encourage their audience to retweet their content on twitter.

We have made our button really smart, with one simple piece of JavaScript we can give you up to date tweet counts and shorten your title and link for the retweets. Best of all it will work on any web page, anywhere!

The Code

Copy and paste the following code where you want the button to be displayed.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

Options

When the URL is different from the current URL

The button will automatically grab the URL of the page it is placed on. However if you want to place the button on more than one page or would like it in your feed, you will need to override the URL.

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_url = 'http://yoururl.com';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

Just replace http://yoururl.com with the URL of the page you want to retweet. The URL must be the final destination URL, not an alias, such as a link using a shortening service (eg. Bit.ly).

Changing the size of the button – Compact Button

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The Compact Button

We also offer a compact version of the TweetMeme button, with the same options as the larger button.

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_style = 'compact';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>


Changing the @username who is tweeted

By default the retweet button will be in the format of “RT @tweetmeme <title> <link>”. You can, however change the button to retweet your user account. By specifying the ‘tweetmeme_source’ parameter in the JavaScript you can change the format to “RT @yourname <title> <link>”.

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_source = 'tweetmeme';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

The example above would retweet in the format of “RT @tweetmeme <title> <link>”.

Changing the URL Shortener used

We have also added the ability to use a URL shortener of your choice instead of our default one.  If you would like to do this then you need to include the “tweetmeme_service” parameter as shown below:

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_service = 'bit.ly';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

Note: tweetmeme_service should be set to the name of the service you want to use.  For some services you also need to include the service API – Please see the example below for this.

<script type="text/javascript">
tweetmeme_service = 'awe.sm';
service_api = '12345678910';
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>

Code to Create Custom Share Buttons for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Delicious

Interested in sharing your content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or delicious? Do multi-option social media sharing tools such as ShareThis seem like overkill?

That was our conclusion after researching the social media sites on which readers are most likely to share content from our blog focused on solutions to a wide range of business challenges, What Works for Business. We decided that Facebook, LinkedIn, delicious, and Twitter were the sites on which our target business audience is most likely to share business-related content. Rather than using the ShareThis widget which provides many more options (many confusing options for most of our readers), we decided to create custom share buttons.

To add custom share buttons automatically to each post in a WordPress blog, add the following code to single.php, the file which renders the individual post (note that you must be using WordPress.org, the self-hosted version of WordPress, to be able to customize the php files). See an example of how this looks.

Facebook Share Button Code

Here is the Facebook share code, which can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/share_partners.php/.

<script>function fbs_click() {u=location.href;t=document.title;window.open(’http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=’+encodeURIComponent(u)+’&t=’+encodeURIComponent(t),’sharer’,’toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436′);return false;}</script><a href=”http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=<url>” onclick=”return fbs_click()” target=”_blank”><img src=”ADD_IMAGE_URL_HERE” alt=”Share on Facebook” /></a>

Twitter Share Button Code

Here is the Twitter share code, which can also be found at http://www.jhuskisson.com/code-tidbits/share-on-twitter-link.

<a href=”http://twitter.com/home?status=Currentlyreading <?php the_permalink(); ?>” title=”Click to share this post on Twitter””><img src=”ADD_IMAGE_URL_HERE” alt=”Share on Twitter”></a>

LinkedIn Share Button Code

Here is the LinkedIn share code, which can also be found at http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=developers_widget_shareonlinkedin.

<a href=”http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&url=<?phpthe_permalink(); ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>&source=ADD_YOUR_BLOG_URL_HERE”><img src=”ADD_IMAGE_URL_HERE”></a>

delicious Share Button Code

Here is the delicious share code, which can also be found at http://delicious.com/help/savebuttons.

<a href=”http://delicious.com/save” onclick=”window.open(’http://delicious.com/save?v=5&amp;noui&amp;jump=close&amp;url=’+encodeURIComponent(’<?php the_permalink() ?>’)+’&amp;title=’+encodeURIComponent(’<?php the_title() ?>’),’delicious’, ‘toolbar=no,width=550,height=550′); return false;”><img src=”ADD_IMAGE_URL_HERE” height=”20″ width=”20″ alt=”Delicious” /></a>

7 Factors to Generate Traffic to Your Site

In each case the bloggers had strong opinions (and experiences to back those opinions up) on what type of traffic was ‘best’ and how to get it.

  1. In one case the conversation started with a blogger telling me that I focus too much upon social media traffic and not enough on traffic from search engines. Their niche didn’t work with social traffic but with search traffic they did best.
  2. In another case the blogger told me that they’d been told to forget about search traffic in their niche and work more on building traffic from other sites and to convert it into ongoing traffic with newsletters.
  3. In the last case a blogger told me that in their opinion the best type of traffic was social media traffic and they didn’t see the point in newsletters.

I was reminded through these conversations just how many different valid approaches there are to blogging. I also came away with a few thoughts that I thought I’d jot down here on the topic of driving traffic to blogs.

traffic blog 7 Factors to Generate Traffic to Your Site

1. There are Many Valid Sources of Traffic

The above chart shows just 8 of many sources of traffic to a blog. As I write this others are already springing to mind (for example some bloggers run paid advertising to drive traffic to their blog – others get it from banner exchange programs). The reality is that there are many potential sources of traffic.

2. The ‘Best’ Source of Traffic Varies from Niche to Niche

As I thought about the 3 bloggers I was chatting to above it struck me that each had found great sources of traffic but that they were each operating in very different niches.

The first blogger who had written off social media was in a niche that people were simply not using social media for (I won’t reveal the niche as I don’t have their permission but it was a very very niche focused blog). Perhaps they could have driven a tiny bit of traffic with social media but for them Search was a much better place for them to invest their time.

3. Different Sources of Traffic Will monetize differently

Another important factor to consider is that some sources of traffic will monetize ALOT better than others. I’ve found that search traffic can work very well with AdSense for example (it depends upon the niche and intent of the reader). People arrive on your site searching for specific information, read your content, see an ad that relates to their search term and click on it.

RSS readers on the other hand don’t tend to convert for AdSense as they tend to be loyal readers and many don’t even click through to your site to read your content. RSS readers (and social media traffic) however can convert really well for affiliate promotions or selling your own products to.

4. Traffic Patterns Change over the life cycle of a blog

As a blog matures its sources of traffic often quite naturally change.

There’s no typical one size fits all pattern to this but at first the traffic might mainly come from other blogs or forums where you comment – or blogs where you guest post – or articles that you write. In time you might start to see more traffic from RSS or newsletters as a few people subscribe. Perhaps then some traffic will come from other sites who link to you (people who subscribe via RSS might have their own blogs) and from social media. After a while your search engine ranking might kick in as a result of the links from other sites and your guest posting and article writing and you might start seeing Google traffic. Once your blog is more established you might start seeing social bookmarking viral events that spike your traffic.

Again – this is not going to be the pattern for all blogs but in time traffic will naturally start to come from different places – the key is to try to leverage it for ongoing good (trying to get your blog to be sticky rather than just having one time visitors) and to work out how to convert that traffic for the goals you have.

5. Bloggers should be open to different approaches

While each of the three bloggers had discovered great lessons and good sources of traffic for their niches and the life cycles of their blogs – I was left wondering in each case whether the bloggers were being a little too closed off to different sources of traffic that perhaps could have added to the overall mix of traffic.

I see a lot of SEO type bloggers write about the worthlessness of social traffic for instance. One common comment that I get from some SEOs (definitely not all) is that social media traffic can’t be monetized. The reality could not be further from the truth. It won’t always convert but it certainly can. For example I know in each of the E-book launches that I’ve done in two niches that I’ve seen significant conversions from Twitter traffic.

On the flip side of things I hear some social media focused bloggers write off SEO and say that it works itself out and you don’t need to optimise your blog for search if you just produce good content. While there is some truth in that (good content does tend to generate natural incoming links to some extent) with a basic understanding of principles of SEO and a few minor tweaks a blog can rank much better in search engines without compromising the integrity of the content.

I guess what I’m getting at is that if you get exclusive about the type of traffic you are after you could actually be limiting the potential of your blog’s incoming traffic.

6. Too many Eggs in One Basket Can Be Dangerous

I used to be very focused upon search traffic in my early days of blogging. I worked hard to optimise my first blogs for search and got to a point where I was making a full time living from the ad revenue I was getting almost exclusively from Google. As a result I got a little lazy in some of the other areas – I didn’t work to convert readers to be loyal with newsletters or with prominent calls to subscribe to RSS, I didn’t build too many relationships with other bloggers to generate referral traffic and I was very inactive in social media (although it was much more limited back then).

As a result when Google decided to adjust their algorithm one day and my rankings dropped (and almost completely disappeared) in their results I lost almost all of my traffic – and as a result almost all of my income.

I was lucky in that Google readjusted their algorithm a couple of months later and I regained a lot of (but not all) of that traffic but in the mean time I looked for and found a ‘real job’ – and more importantly learned an important lesson about the power of having more than one source of traffic.

That experience was the beginning of me doing a few things that included working harder on capturing readers as subscribers (email and RSS), networking more with other bloggers in my niche and getting more involved in promoting my blog in other places (mainstream media, social media etc). My hope in doing all of this was to build up other sources of traffic so that if Google ever switched off my traffic again (temporarily or permanently) I’d at least have enough traffic to survive.

Google still does send me around 40-50% of my traffic (it varies a little from blog to blog) but I’m in a position now where I could survive for an extended period if it all disappeared (not that I’d like for that to happen).

7. The Importance of Personality and Being Yourself

I’m sure there are other factors that are at play that might be worth considering when looking at traffic. One of these (that I’m yet to fully think through) is personality type.

For example a lot of my my technically thinking friends seem to enjoy the challenge of SEO a little more. They love experimenting with and testing what happens when they make small tweaks to different aspects of their blogs. They’re constantly testing different setups and do quite well from it. I am not technically minded and find their attention to detail very very unusual (and so far from where that I’m at that I feel like I’m from another planet).

Other friends are perhaps a little more social by nature and as a result seem to do well on Twitter.

Others seem to do better by applying their freakish ability to write blog posts that get tonnes of links from other sites and which do brilliantly on social bookmarking sites..

Others are networkers and spend a lot of time interacting with other bloggers and site owners and tend to get links and traffic that way.

Others just seem to be brilliant at building community on their blog and as a result retain almost everyone who ever comments and build new readers from those people telling their friends.

I guess the lesson here is to be yourself and work with your strengths. Of course you don’t want to let your strengths dominate so much that you ignore or become lazy in areas that you’re not as strong in – but do follow your natural abilities and leverage them as much as you can.

Remember that there is no wrong or right way to generate traffic for a blog. If you were analyze the sources of traffic on many top blogs you’d find quite different factors at play!

Stylish Text Generator for Orkut, MySpace, FaceBook

Stylish Text Generator you can use to create an alternative text like pattern to make your name look little different. Use it on My Space, Facebook, Orkut or any other social networking site.