Google top 1000 sites: Interesting stats about them

Google recently published a list with the top 1000 most visited web sites in the world. We found that list very interesting and decided to take a closer look at them.

These are stats we took:

  1. Web servers in use
  2. Programming language in use
  3. Sites using WordPress
  4. Sites using Jquery
  5. Sites using Google Adsense
  6. Sites using Google Analytics
  7. Sites that doesn’t work without the www
  8. Sites using China Cache

A few of these numbers really amazed us. Nginx, for example, was used in 15% of the sites, very close to IIS with only 17%. Jquery is being used in almost 30% of the top sites and 42% are using Google analytics.

As far as their language of choice, 15% of the sites are powered by PHP and less than 1% use WordPress. Also, it was very strange to see that iminent.com (#489) is still using WordPress 2.7, which has many known security vulnerabilities.

1- Web servers in use:

Apache: 59%
IIS: 17.9%
Nginx: 14.8%
Sun One: 1.8%
IBM: 1.8%

2- Programming language in use:

PHP: 15.3%
ASP.net: 14.4%
Java: 1.6%

3- Sites using WordPress: 0.8%:

  12. http://wordpress.com 
309. http://aweber.com 
367. http://informer.com 
489. http://iminent.com - Using WordPress 2.7 
696. http://mashable.com 
850. http://techcrunch.com 
866. http://top100.cn 
892. http://wired.com

4- Sites using Jquery: 29.9%

   
5. http://msn.com   
6. http://microsoft.com  
12. http://wordpress.com  
18. http://twitter.com  
23. http://windows.com  
42. http://fc2.com  
44. http://imdb.com  
50. http://rakuten.co.jp  
51. http://imageshack.us  
56. http://linkedin.com  
57. http://yandex.ru.. 
987. http://tiscali.it 
988. http://xbox.com 
990. http://autotrader.com
 991. http://gotomeeting.com

5-Sites using Google Adsense: 5.3%

  
26. http://myspace.com  
56. http://linkedin.com  
83. http://nytimes.com 
195. http://tinyurl.com 
219. http://softpedia.com 
238. http://nasza-klasa.pl 
251. http://csdn.net 
264. http://docin.com 
310. http://guardian.co.uk 
315. http://musica.com 
326. http://springerlink.com 
357. http://baixaki.com.br 
376. http://jiji.com 
394. http://monografias.com 
406. http://filehippo.com 
436. http://y8.com 
447. http://zhaopin.com 
452. http://fotolog.com 
460. http://aufeminin.com 
482. http://fixya.com 
501. http://in.com 
506. http://timesonline.co.uk 
519. http://01net.com 
520. http://wunderground.com.. 
886. http://2000y.net 
898. http://seoul.co.kr 
912. http://manta.com 
940. http://kaixin.com 
967. http://clarin.com 
971. http://lyrics007.com 
977. http://computerbild.de 
979. http://te3p.com

6- Sites using Google Analytics: 42%

   
7. http://blogspot.com  
18. http://twitter.com  
20. http://ask.com 
29. http://conduit.com  
32. http://photobucket.com  
33. http://tianya.cn  
42. http://fc2.com  
51. http://imageshack.us  
53. http://blogger.com  
56. http://linkedin.com..

7- Sites that doesn’t work without the www: 5.8%

  
37. http://iefxz.com  
84. http://overture.com 
108. http://geocities.jp 
133. http://ocn.ne.jp 
156. http://cocolog-nifty.com 
161. http://unionsky.cn 
171. http://liveperson.net 
180. http://kugou.com.. 
604. http://nasa.gov 
626. http://tbs.co.jp 
919. http://bohelady.com 
954. http://mizuhobank.co.jp 
971. http://lyrics007.com 
980. http://cooks.com 
992. http://download-gate.com 
995. http://cool.ne.jp 
997. http://ntv.co.jp

8- Sites that didn’t work at all: 0.5%

 
197. www.1stwebgame.com 
423. www.serving-sys.com 
458. www.webry.info 
522. www.linksynergy.com 
922. www.download-gate.com

9- Sites using China Cache: (1.9%)

  
15. http://163.com  
37. http://iefxz.com  
47. http://56.com  
92. http://4399.com 
151. http://114la.com 
172. http://7k7k.com 
205. http://autohome.com.cn 
290. http://china.com.cn 
298. http://pcpop.com 
417. http://it168.com 
495. http://bitauto.com 
496. http://tiexue.net 
616. http://che168.com 
702. http://61.com 
724. http://msn.com.cn 
744. http://qq163.com 
845. http://edeng.cn 
882. http://51mole.com 
913. http://rayli.com.cn

What other stats can we extract from that? Let us know and we will try to get it.

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  • http://www.dangrossman.info Dan

    The "sites that don't work" do work, just not as you tried to access them. linksynergy.com for example is the top level domain for all LinkShare affiliate links, the largest affiliate network with over 10 million merchants.

  • Anonymous

    "What other stats can we extract from that? Let us know and we will try to get it."

    You mentioned that less than 1% use WordPress. What CMS systems do they use? (Joomla, Drupal, etc)?

  • http://www.ctzdesign.com Charlie

    About.com uses WordPress, but not for all pages.

  • Anonymous

    I too would like to know what percentage are running on what cms… nice work.

  • https://www.wisegeek.com/freelance-writing-jobs.htm freelance writer

    I am not sure if your lists are intended to be exhaustive before/after the elipsis, but if so, then you missed many sites that use AdSense. Just in the top 100, you should add:

    7. blogspot.com
    12. wordpress.com
    20. ask.com
    34. about.com
    43. bbc.co.uk
    53. blogger.com
    71. dailymotion.com
    61. answers.com
    79. ehow.com
    99. alexa.com

    Perhaps you were just considering the homepages of the sites?

  • Anonymous

    PHP: 15.3%
    Obvs fail is obvs

  • Anonymous

    stats for drupal cms usage pls

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  • For the Dogs, NH

    As a blog user, For the Dogs, NH, out of Hampton, NH, I am shocked that wordpress.com was even listed as a potential problem site. My above blog has tons of followers and I have never had any issues with security breech etc. Thanks though for a compelling overview. I will look into it more fully. I don't want my dog walking, dog day care blog to cause problems for any of my readers. Thank you.

  • http://www.nytails.com NY Tails

    So are these statistics the cause of the success of these sites, or simply something successful sites share? I'm not sure what you're getting at.

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