Google owns 23 of the top 100 sites

googleIf you list the top 100 sites in the world (according to Alexa), you’ll find that 23 are owned by Google. That’s a massive share for a single company.

How does Google have such a huge presence? The main reason is the large number of localized versions of Google Search, such as,,,, etc. Almost every country has one, and due to their popularity, 17 are among the top 100 most visited sites on the Internet.

Then there’s also YouTube, Blogger, etc.

The number is boosted a bit by a couple of “sites” that aren’t regular sites, being one. This is a side effect of how Alexa works, which seems to focus on domains accessed, so things like CDNs (content delivery networks) get included. This doesn’t change much, though, because even ignoring those domains you still end up with 20 proper, Google-owned sites. That’s one in five.

We noticed this rather impressive statistic the other day while working on a report about web server usage, and felt it was worth mentioning here.

There’s so much talk about how big Facebook has become (and deservedly so), but Google will be a tough giant to beat in terms of sheer web presence. It’s still one of the world’s most interesting companies.

P.S. A year ago we wrote a related article – How big is Google, really? – that you might want to check out for a deeper dive into Google’s enormous online presence.

Data source: Top sites from Alexa, May 14.


  1. This means that Google traffic can become phenomenal if they hosted and ran everything on a single domain. I mean Facebook is considered to be the most visited domain in the world (or at least one of the top three). If Google moved YouTube, Blogger etc on their own domain, they could easily beat anything out there! I guess this was a good reason why Plus is hosted on and not a separate domain. 

  2. TheCleanse Guy Google may not be here to stay. The FTC has escalated their investigation and complaint against google for monopoly practices after their last Penguin Algorythm change to their search engine. Google made changes to their algorithm so that sites that appeared on the top search results for decades would be deindexed (not appear at all) or devalued -move to lat pages of the internet. Instead Google rewarded any webmasters that were using Google services such as Adwords and Adsense. It alse began to place large corporate brand names on the top positions. This is not an exaggeration: Hundreds of Thousands of websites and their employees have been affected. Google has also involved in an antitrust lawsuit again none other than the law firm that won their case against Microsoft for AntiTrust violations. Google’s Matt Cutts and administration are not satisfied with owning 70% of all searches, they want a cut of 70% of all transactions. THis giant is interested in profits and only that. They are dishonorable and dishonest and I hope they get what is coming to them and soon. they have put tens of thousands of people out of work and you do not hear a peep on the news.

  3. @Todd Fox what do you mean? It didn’t say Google owns the top 23 websites, it said that it owns 23 of the top 100 websites. You need to read/understand more carefully.

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