Once again it is not a surprise to find Google topping the list for the most popular sites of 2010.  It is followed by Zuckerberg most famous social media site Facebook (even the Social Network movie about the site’s beginning was released this year) and then in third position the online video sharing phenomenon YouTube (also own by Google).  Yahoo, who was once a close second, is now in fourth position, followed by the less known search engine from Microsoft, Windows live.  Other top 10 positions on the list were made by Baidu, said to be the Chinese Google, followed by Blogger which is another Google products, for blogging.  Then we have the now very famous online encyclopaedia Wikipedia followed by QQ which is another Chinese based portal popular with working women and students.  Finally the micro blogging platform Twitter is getting bigger and better, making it to the top 10 position this year.

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Top 10 Global

If we remove the Asian top sites and only focus on the global sites then we have the following Top 10 list:

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. YouTube
  4. Yahoo!
  5. Windows Live
  6. Blogger
  7. Wikipedia
  8. Twitter
  9. MSN
  10. Amazon
Top 100 websites 2010

Google, Top 100 websites 2010

Top Search sites

As one would expect the top search sites are dominated by the Google search engine.  The top five countries mostly using Google excluding the US are two from Asia including India and Honk Kong, and the other three from Europe including Germany, the United Kingdom and France. Yahoo remains the second most popular search engine and is especially favoured in Japan (one of the only countries where Google comes second).  As for Microsoft its Windows Live search page come up on third position and also have their relatively new Bing search engine placing itself in a respectable 10th position.  Apart from the big three, we only have the Ask search engine on the list.

Top 100 websites 2010

Yahoo!, Top 100 websites 2010

    1. Google USA
    2. Yahoo!
    3. Windows Live
    4. Yahoo! Japan
    5. Google India
    6. Google Deutschland
    7. Google HK
    8. Google UK
    9. Google France
Top 100 websites 2010

Bing, Top 100 websites 2010

  1. Bing
  2. Google Japan
  3. Google Brazil
  4. Google Italia
  5. Google España
  6. Google Russia
  7. Google México
  8. Ask
  9. Google Canada
  10. Google Turkey
  11. Google Australia
  12. Google Polska
  13. Google Saudi Arabia
  14. Google China
Top 100 websites 2010

Blogger, Top 100 websites 2010

Top Social Media and Blogging sites

Globally Facebook is by far the key player in the social media platforms.  It is slowly but surely taking away market shares from MySpace and other lesser known social sites.  As for Orkut, Google’s Facebook equivalent it is mostly popular in South America, especially in Brazil where it has more users then in the US.  As for professional networking, LinkedIn is still the favourite and slowly growing.  As for the blogging platforms, the big three including Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr make the top 10 list.  Finally Twitter is worth mentioning, as one of the fasting growing micro blogging platform on the web.

Top 100 websites 2010

WordPress, Top 100 websites 2010

Top Social Media and Blogging sites

  1. Facebook
  2. Blogger
  3. Twitter
  4. WordPress
  5. LinkedIn
  6. Conduit
  7. MySpace
  8. Orkut Brazil
  9. Tumblr
  10. Orkut
Top 100 websites 2010

YouTube, Top 100 websites 2010

Top video, pictures and files sharing

In this category, YouTube is remaining a favourite for social video and Flickr for being the best social platform.

  1. YouTube
  2. Flickr
  3. Hotfile
  4. MediaFire
  5. RapidShare
  6. Megaupload
  7. Megavideo
  8. The Pirate Bay
  9. ImageShack
  10. Fileserve
Top 100 websites 2010

Baidu, Top 100 websites 2010

Top Asian sites

The Asian sites are mostly dominated by China which represents more than 10% of the best sites on the 2010 list.  It is followed by Japan and Hong Kong, the only two other Asian countries making the list.

    1. Baidu, China
    2. QQ, China
    3. Taobao, China
Top 100 websites 2010

QQ, Top 100 websites 2010

  1. Sina, China
  2. 163, China
  3. FC2, Japan
  4. Sohu, China
  5. Soso, China
  6. Youku, China
  7. Tudou, China
  8. Ameblo, Japan
  9. Ifeng, Hong Kong
  10. Sogou, China
  11. Livedoor, Japan

Top Ecommerce, classifieds, tools and advertising sites

Amazon and eBay are by far the favourites in this category, popular in both North America and in Europe especially in Germany and in Britain.  Other interesting sites in this category are Alibaba for import/export, Craigslist for classified and Rakuten in Japanese ecommerce site. As for the advertising platforms, Double Click and Zedo remain the favourites, as Go Daddy for domain names.

Top 100 websites 2010

Amazon, Top 100 websites 2010

  1. Amazon
  2. eBay
  3. Craigslist
  4. EBay Germany
  5. Rakuten
  6. Amazon Germany
  7. Alibaba
  8. eBay UK
  9. Double Click
  10. Mozilla
  11. Go Daddy
  12. Yieldmanager
  13. Zedo

Top news and reference sites

Wikipedia is by far the number one reference site on the web and I doubt it will ever stop expanding.  The second most popular site in this category is the film fan portal IMDB which is also getting slowly bigger and better.  As for news portals, the famous British based BBC Online tops the list, followed by ESPN for sports, CNN for US news, CNET for technology and finally the famous online version of the New York Times.

Top 100 websites 2010

Wikipedia, Top 100 websites 2010

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Internet Movie Database
  3. BBC Online
  4. AOL
  5. ESPN
  6. CNN Interactive
  7. About
  8. LiveJournal
  9. CNET
  10. Universo Online
  11. The New York Times
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Microsoft, Top 100 websites 2010

Best from the rest

This last category contains the other sites that couldn’t be places within the main topics.  It is divided into the following sub categories sites: corporation, Russian and adult sites.

Top Corporations sites

Of the entire world’s top corporations only three made the list, all related to thesoftware industry.

  1. Microsoft Corporation
  2. Apple Inc
  3. Adobe Systems Incorporated
Top 100 websites 2010

Yandex, Top 100 websites 2010

Top Russian sites

From all the different European websites (a part from the Google local sites) only the Russian made the list.

  1. Yandex, Russia
  2. Mail.ru, Russia
  3. V Kontakte, Russia

Top adults sites

Out of the 100 most popular websites in 2010, five contain adult materials especially videos.

  1. LiveJasmin
  2. Xvideos
  3. Pornhub
  4. Youporn
  5. Xhamster

Top 100 websites 2010 full list and description

Below is the full list and a short description of the most popular websites of  2010.

Google

Google is the world’s biggest search engine which enables the users to search the Web, videos, maps, images and much more.
www.google.com

Facebook

Facebook is the most famous social media site that enables users to connect and keep up with friends, upload photos and share links.
www.facebook.com

YouTube

YouTube is the biggest online video site which enables to upload, tag and share video files.
www.youtube.com

Yahoo!

Yahoo! is a popular personalized content portal with search options, chatrooms and free e-mail.
www.yahoo.com

Top 100 websites 2010

Windows Live, Top 100 websites 2010

Windows Live

Windows Live is a Microsoft’s search engine.
www.live.com

Baidu

Baidu is the leading Chinese language search engine which provides a simple and reliable search experience.
www.baidu.com

Blogger

Blogger is the world’s biggest free, automated weblog publishing tool that sends updates to a site via FTP.
www.blogspot.com

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the biggest free user generated encyclopaedia with millions of articles in many different languages.
www.wikipedia.org

QQ

QQ is a Chinese based content portal appealing to women browsing from work and school.
www.qq.com

 Twitter

Twitter is the biggest micro blogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.
www.twitter.com

Top 100 websites 2010

MSN, Top 100 websites 2010

MSN

MSN is Microsoft content portal for shopping, news and money, e-mail, search, and chat.
www.msn.com

Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo! Japan is the Japanese version of the Yahoo content portal.
www.yahoo.co.jp

Amazon

Amazon is the biggest ecommerce site seeking to be Earth’s most customer-centric company.
www.amazon.com

Top 100 websites 2010

Taobao, Top 100 websites 2010

Taobao

Taobao is the third biggest Chinese site.
www.taobao.com

Google India

Google India is the local Indian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.co.in

Sina

Sina is a Chinese based content portal.
www.sina.com.cn

Google Deutschland

Google Deutschland is the local German version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.de

Google HK

Google HK is the local Hong Kong version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.hk

WordPress

WordPress is a free blog platform, managed by the developers of the WordPress software and includes custom design template.
www.Wordpress.com

EBay

EBay is an international person to person auction site, with products sorted into categories.
www.ebay.com

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a networking tool to find connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and businesses.
www.linkedin.com

Google UK

Google UK is the local British version of the world’s biggest search engine offering UK-specific search results.
www.google.co.uk

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft is the corporate site of one of the world’s biggest business offering product information, support, and news.
www.microsoft.com

Yandex

Yandex is the number one most popular Russian site.
www.yandex.ru

Google France

Google France is the local French version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.fr

Bing

Bing is Microsoft’s new search engine featuring web, image, video, local, news, and product search.
www.bing.com

Google Japan

Google Japan is the local Japanese version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.co.jp

163

163 is a very popular Chinese content site.
www.163.com

Google Brazil

Google Brazil is the local Brazilian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.br

FC2

FC2 is Japanese third most popular site.
www.fc2.com

Mail.ru

Mail.ru is the Russian second most popular site offering free email accounts.
www.mail.ru

Conduit

Conduit is the largest network of its kind in the world, offering an easy way to create and share online applications.
www.conduit.com

Google Italia

Google Italia is the local Italian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.it

V Kontakte

V Kontakte is the most popular social network utility in Russia.
www.vkontakte.ru

Flickr

Flickr is the world’s most popular picture sharing site offering chat, groups, and photo ratings.
www.flickr.com

PayPal

PayPal is the world’s most popular online payment service for individuals and merchants which allows users to send and receive money.
www.paypal.com

Apple Inc

Apple Inc. is the official site of one of the world’s most prestigious hardware and software development company including laptops, iPhones and Ipads.
www.apple.com

Google España

Google España is the local Spanish version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.es

Craigslist

Craigslist is one of the world’s most popular user generated classifieds.
www.craigslist.org

Go

Go is an online portal for kids and family offering videos, games, tutorials and much more.
www.go.com

The Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database or IMDB is the web’s most popular film sites featuring movie’s plot summaries, reviews, cast lists, and theatre schedules.
www.imdb.com

BBC Online

The BBC Online is one of the world’s biggest news agencies offering a variety of quality content, videos and photos.
www.bbc.co.uk

LiveJasmin.com

Live jasmin is one of the world’s biggest adult online sites with the world’s most visited video chat community.
www.livejasmin.com

Sohu

Sohu ranks in 8th position in the most popular sites in China.
www.sohu.com

Google Russia

Google Russia is the local Russian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.ru

Soso

Soso is another very popular Chinese site.
www.soso.com

AOL

AOL which stands for America Online is a portal offering a variety of content and online services.
www.aol.com

Google México

Google México is the local Mexican version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.mx

Ask

Ask is another online search engine that offers search for web sites, images, news, blogs, video, maps and directions.
www.ask.com

Youku

Youku is a Chinese site especially popular among students.
www.youku.com

Tudou

Tudou is a China based inforamtion portal.
www.tudou.com

MySpace

MySpace is the once very popular social networking Site mostly popular with teens and artists.
www.myspace.com

Google Canada

Google Canada is the local Canadian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.ca

ESPN

ESPN is one of the world’s biggest sports news networks which include broadcast schedule, game scores, results and variety of articles on teams and athletes.
www.espn.go.com

Hotfile

Hotfile is a free and simple file hosting sites which enables you to quickly upload and share a variety of files with your friends.
www.hotfile.com

Xvideos

Xvideos is an adult video site.
www.xvideos.com

CNN Interactive

CNN Interactive is one of the world’s most popular online news services offering a variety of local and international news, weather and sports, as well as different services such as e-mail, news alerts and downloadable audio/video files.
www.cnn.com

Double Click

Double Click, which is now part of Google, is responsible for the coordination and management of targeted internet advertising campaigns, especially rich media, for advertisers.
www.doubleclick.com

bp.blogspot.com

The BP BlogSpot was a popular blog about BP.
www.bp.blogspot.com

Pornhub

Pornhub is the YouTube for adult content offering a wide array of free porn Videos.
www.pornhub.com

MediaFire

MediaFire is a popular file hosting site offering a simple way for individuals, professionals and businesses to host and share files on the web.
www.mediafire.com

Xhamster

Xhamster is an adult content site offering many videos.
www.xhamster.com

Adobe Systems Incorporated

The Adobe Corporation is one of the biggest developers of graphic software solutions for designers, publishers and videographers.
www.adobe.com

4shared

4shared is a free online files storage site offering simple and easy-to-use service to share and access data worldwide.
www.4shared.com

EBay Germany

EBay Germany is the local German version of the user bidding site EBay.
www.ebay.de

About

About is reference site offering a directory of many links, articles and reviews.
www.about.com

Rakuten

Rakuten is Japan based ecommerce site.
www.rakuten.co.jp

Google Indonesia

Google Indonesia is the local Indonesian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.co.id

Ameblo

Ameblo is a popular Japanese site.
www.ameblo.jp

Orkut Brazil

Orkut Brazil is the Brazilian version of the social media site Orkut.
www.orkut.com.br

LiveJournal

LiveJournal is a popular site based around a community of people who blurs the lines between journals.
www.livejournal.com

Mozilla

Mozilla is the company behind one the web’s favourite browser Firefox, with numerous add-ons the helps the users customize it the way it best fits their needs.
www.mozilla.com

Youporn

Youporn is an adult video site where users can watch streamed clips and upload their own videos.
www.youporn.com

CNET

CNET is a reviews and news sites which offers users articles and price comparison on tech products, as well as free downloads and newsletters.
www.cnet.com

RapidShare

RapidShare is a popular file sharing site.
www.rapidshare.com

Tumblr

Tumblr is a free blogging platform that enables user to setup their own blog in minutes.
www.tumblr.com

Megaupload

Megaupload is one of the leaders in rapid file transferring.
www.megaupload.com

Go Daddy

Go Daddy is one of the most popular domain registrations and hosting services.
www.godaddy.com

Google Turkey

Google Turkey is the local Turkish version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.tr

Amazon Germany

Amazon Germany is the local German version of the online marketplace Amazon.
www.amazon.de

Alibaba

Alibaba is the biggest ecommerce site of its kind which enables the users to import and export trade leads and opportunities.
www.alibaba.com

Google Australia

Google Australia is the local Australian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.au

Ifeng

Ifeng is a Hong Kong based site of the top Broadcasting & Cable TV network.
www.ifeng.com

Megavideo

Megavideo is a video site offering clips in several languages and with the premium subscriptions allowing earning money.
www.megavideo.com

The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is the world’s largest and most popular Bit torrent tracker.
www.thepiratebay.org

Yieldmanager

Yield Manager is an open ad management platform own by Yahoo.
www.yieldmanager.com

Sogou

Sogou is one of China’s most popular search engines.
www.sogou.com

Universo Online

Universo Online is a Brazilian portal offering a variety of online services.
www.uol.com.br

ImageShack

ImageShack is a free image hosting solution that enables users to share pictures with friends.
www.imageshack.us

Zedo

Zedo is one of the biggest ads serving player online with a very reliable technology offering products and services for a publisher’s premium, self service, and remnant inventory
www.zedo.com

Livedoor

Livedoor is one of Japanese most popular content portal.
www.livedoor.com

The New York Times

The New York Times is the online edition of the famous US based newspaper with many news articles and commentary.
www.nytimes.com

EBay UK

EBay UK is the local British version of the Person to person online auction site where you can buy or sell new and used items.
www.ebay.co.uk

Google Polska

Google Polska is the local polish version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.pl

WordPress

WordPress is a semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
www.wordpress.org

Google Saudi Arabia

Google Saudi Arabia is the local Saudis version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.com.sa

Google China

Google China is the local Saudi Arabian version of the world’s biggest search engine.
www.google.cn

Orkut

Orkut is a social networking and discussion site operated by Google.
www.orkut.com

Fileserve

Fileserve is a file sharing site.
www.fileserve.com

Top 100 websites 2010 world map

Top 100 websites 2010

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