What Does It Take To Make The Top 0.1% of Web Sites?
Not much. But a lot more than what the other 99.9% of web sites achieve.
So there are about 861 million web sites in the world running on 265 million domains, all served up by 108 million hosts (see our article How Many Websites Are There In The World?). The Internet analytics company Alexa only tracks the top 1 million web sites and just lists the top 500. What does it take to get into the top 1 million, or the top 500, or even the top 10.
Icons of the Web
The Icons of the Web project by nmap.org (the Nmap Security Scanner) used the Alexa rankings data. From the data Nmap generated a visual representation of the popularity of the world’s top web sites. This site managed to squeeze in, just. Somewhere around the point of the blue arrow shown in this picture.
Notice how most of the top 1 million websites (including this site) are tiny little dots compared to the big, globally dominating websites. The relative popularity of the website is shown by the size of it’s icon (favicon). Getting into the top 1 million websites means you are in the top 0.1% of all the worlds websites. However, making a leap to the top of website charts would be a real success story.
What Are Your Site’s Aims?
What did it take for this site to make the top 0.1%. This site is about adding a valuable resource to the Internet. And looking at all the top sites that is what they all do. They are a resource for the people that visit them. Even if in some cases that resource is of a questionable nature!
When measuring web site success one metric is page views by real people. Our traffic levels are modest, about 10,000 page views per month. Drop below 8000 page views per month and you drop out of the top 1 million sites. To get to the top 500 list of websites the traffic needs to reach several million page views per month! A top 10 entry needs several 100 million pages views per month!
This site is not looking for a top 10 or top 500 place. However, a modest increase (double) in page views would send the site up several hundred thousand places in the rankings. How will that be achieved? By doing what all successful websites do. Providing good quality content and resources. If you are looking to run a successful web site or on line business remember that a fast website with quality resources, products and services will rise up the rankings. (If you want some help to achieve that get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
This year this site will be moving to a new location to help increase page views and continue growing. More news on the move will come closer to the time. In the meantime hopefully you will find something useful within the current content, as well as or future articles, so why not add us to your list of favourites.