The question of how many websites and blogs are on the internet is an interesting one. Website owners and bloggers are competing with a lot of other sites to gain the attention of their target audience. According to Netcraft, as of September 2014, there were over 1 billion websites on the web. It was first announced by Internet Live Stats company.
How Many Websites and Blogs are Online?
Bloggers also want to know how many blogs are on the web today. One infographic put out by blogging experts indicate that there were 152 million blogs on the internet as of 2013. Since then, the number of blogs has continued to grow. Most sources agree that as of this year (2017), Stastista.com, a well-known statistical news source for tech stats, indicated that there were around 350 million blogs from Tumblr alone as of July 2017.
Of equal interest are the trending status of blog ownership and the way the numbers continue to rise over time. Statista.com indicates that the number of Tumblr blogs has increased every six months by around 25 million blogs.
What is the actual number of websites online?
We can talk about social platforms, blogs, and everything in between… but the number of actual websites is changing every single second. For example, we most recently updated this article on June 6th, 2018 — which at this time, it was recorded by InternetStats.com that there were more than 1,883,637,867 online. By the time I went to take a screenshot of this number and finished writing this sentence, there were another several hundred already in place!
We can also see that this number continues to rise year after year. InternetStats continues to track all of this information to make sure it’s always up to date as possible.
You will notice that there are a few occasional times when there were drops in sites online, but look at the massive movement from 2016 to 2017. This likely had a lot to do with the massive increase of usage with WordPress.
How WordPress Took Over the Blogging Industry
The advent of WordPress significantly changed the blogging world by offering a platform that is user-friendly, free, and easy to implement. To date, there are over 75 million websites (and blogs) combined on the WP platform.
WordPress is by no means the only blogging platform. As mentioned before, sites such as Tumblr offer an excellent alternative for bloggers. Google’s Blogger.com also has several million bloggers on their platform. However, the company had not released stats on the number of bloggers since 2002, when they reported that they had 500,000 bloggers.
We can see even more figures in this blogging stats report from 2016.
Other Stats More Important
It’s interesting to see that there are about 1 billion websites and blogs in the world today. But that figure is not as helpful as looking at the other statistics involving blogging. For example, did you know that more than 409 million people on WordPress view more than 23.6 billions pages each month? Did you know that each month members produce 69.5 million new posts?
These statistics are important to understanding the potential audience if you are creating or maintaining a blog. There are other stats that are also of interest to bloggers today including these facts:
- Blogger has over 46 million unique visitors per month.
- Websites with a blog have over 434% more indexed pages.
- 76% of online marketers say they plan to add more content over the next year.
- Socialmediaexaminer.com reports that 45% of marketers say that blogging is an important part of their ad strategy.
To learn even more about the history of WordPress and even more interesting facts, be sure to check out the full infographic at WPBeginner.
How these numbers affect the average blogger
Now, a reality check. While all of these colossal numbers are astonishing and mind-boggling, the big numbers do not affect the average business blogger as much as you may think. So don’t get discouraged by the number of blogs and websites out there.
Instead, you should focus on cornering the market in your niche area or industry and figuring out a strategy on how to reach the market that you wish to target. Think about the purpose of your blog and focus on content that this key market will appreciate and value.
Brainstorm ways to increase your retention and level of engagement on your content. If you allow comments on your blog or include media such as podcasts and videos, you will be more likely to get results for your efforts.
You can see an example of this below. Notice how we start off with the general topic of “basketball”, then move towards “basketball skills” and finally “basketball jump training”. The more focused you get with your niche audience and content, the easier it will be for you to become an authority in your space.
Creating Valuable Blog Content
If you want to capture the attention of your target audience and keep their attention, you should create your blog in a way that will leave them wanting more. Book authors and content producers will tell you that they make more of their profit by producing a series rather than creating a one-time video or podcast and never following up with more material.
The key to success with a blog is to build an audience that is hungry for your content and to develop a following for your topics. What you say in your blog may not be considered valuable for millions of people. But if you appeal to several thousand who want to come back for more, you’ll be creating a passive income for yourself that will repeat over time.
How Big the Internet as a Whole?
If we want to look at the internet as a whole, there are many factors to consider. It’s not just a question of how many websites or blogs there are, it’s also about looking all of the user-generated content, videos on various platforms, social networks and much more. To help with this process, we can actually refer to some stats and data from MillforBusiness.com, which create a full reference guide on how many websites there are on the internet today. Their stats included references and data points of the following.
Millions of people contribute to the size of internet every single day.
- Ongoing user interaction (comments, forum posts, social media publications etc.);
- New content publication (blogs, news websites);
- Images and video uploads (YouTube, Instagram etc.);
- and other forms of activity happen 24/7 on the Internet.
As of the latest available statistics, the internet has roughly 3.58 billion users.
This represents about 51% of the total population of the earth! The continent with the most internet users in Asia. It accounts for just over 50% of all internet users in the world.
China has more internet users than any other nation. It is currently estimated at over 1 billion. Just over 25% of all people using the internet.
The article also went into the topic of how much data the internet is actually consumed of. With the massive amount of data being uploaded/downloaded at any given moment, the numbers are quite unfathomable. However, the following reference is made to try and give an idea of just how much data is really out there.
It is estimated that by 2019, given the current rate of growth, the global traffic on the internet will reach 2 zettabytes or 2 billion-billion bytes for the year.
To put in layman’s terms, a single zettabyte can hold 36,000 hours of HD video.
With so many users on the internet today, and content overload happening daily, the question that many people are asking — is how much money is being made from all of this content? Again, it’s a number that simply can’t be given, but it does come down to the actual monetization factors that each and every websites, blog, social media platform, and user has in place — which we will touch upon next.
The Monetization Factor
To create income from your blog, you can either include YouTube videos that you monetize and embedding them on your blog, using Google Adsense to generate a passive income on your blog or by selling something on your site. We dive into the many different ways to make money with a blog in other areas of the site. What you need to focus on is your content quality, knowing who your audience is and why they are on your site. Until you can answer these questions, you shouldn’t be thinking about monetization just yet.
In essence, a shift in thinking from blogging for fun to blogging for money and in delivering quality content is required to see real results over time. While making people are looking at the different ways to make money online, the real money comes from starting a website, blog, or online business of your own. However, most people are willing to put in the time, work, and effort to make this happen.
The key is to not just blog often, but also to make sure your content has valued and serves a purpose. As we noted several times throughout this reference guide, there is already way too much information and content on the internet today. If you are going to contribute to this collection, make it worthwhile and also have a valid monetization or business plan associated with your site.
How Much Does Amazon, Google, and Facebook Make?
With so much talk about monetization and making money online, you are likely curious how much some of the top websites and blogs make on an annual or daily basis. Since most of these big media and ecommerce companies are publicly traded on the stock market, we can get a good idea of there sales numbers, and just how much activity they are actually pushing through their site.
Instead of looking up the most recent financial reports, we can actually just refer to some other websites and blogs that have already done most of the work for us. In this case, IncomeDiary compiled and laid out the following stats from some of the most recognized and used from sites on the internet today. This is how much money top websites like Amazon, eBay, and Facebook are making per year, then broken down to a single second!
- Amazon – $34,204,000,000, which comes out to $1,084 per second
- Google – $29,321,000,000, which comes out to $929 per second
- eBay – $9,156,000,000, which comes out to $290 per second
- Yahoo! – $6,324,000,000, which comes out to $200 per second
- Alibaba – $5,557,600,000, which comes out to $176 per second
- Expedia, Inc. – $3,348,000,000, which comes out to $106 per second
- Priceline – $3,072,240,000, which comes out to $97 per second
- AOL – $2,417,000,000, which comes out to $77 per second
- NetFlix – $2,160,000,000, which comes out to $68 per second
- Facebook – $2,000,000,000, which comes out to $63 per second
Amazon leads the way, with more than $34 billion in revenue/sales per year, while breaking that down to more than a $1,000 per second in earnings. Just imagine how much money would be lost if there site was down for just a few minutes!
How to Start a Blog in the Next 10 Minutes
With so much talk about how many websites and blogs there are on the internet, I’m sure you’d like to start one of your own as well. The best way to get started… is to actually get started! I’m personally excited about the process, since that is why I created this resource in the first place — to make it easy for anyone to go live with a blog of their own in just a few minutes time.
It’s actually even easier than that. Thanks to our partnership with Bluehost, we are able to not only offer 60% off their web hosting packages (which costs just pennies per day), we can also offer a free domain to anyone who starts a blog from this referral link. Bluehost is one of the most respected names in web hosting and they also offer one-click WordPress installation, which means you won’t even need to do anything after signing up. WordPress will already be set up and ready for you to use.
Starting a website or blog is extremely easy. If you can write an email or know how to use Microsoft Word, you are more than qualified to start blogging.
Be sure to click the image above, or simply head over to our main page at blogging.org and walk through our simple step-by-step process. Don’t forget to send me an email when you get your blog live so I can check it out!