The Top 10 Most Popular Sites of 2018

Only web giants make this list

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It's highly likely that some of your favorite websites are perennial entries in the 2018 Top 10 Most Popular Sites list. The list is filled with familiar names. However, two of the Top 10 websites in 2018 operate mostly in areas outside the U.S. Take a look at this global list of websites to see if there are any you need to check out. 

The Top 10 most popular websites in the world for 2018 were chosen based on total traffic and unique visitor information maintained by Alexa, the statistics and analytics service.

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Google.com

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Google is the world's most popular search engine. Billions of people generate 3.5 billion searches every single day, and it's not just for search – Google also offers a huge variety of peripheral services. 

In 2018, Google.com is the No.1 most popular website in both the global market and in the U.S.

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Youtube.com

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You've probably watched a video on YouTube this week, as did plenty of other people. YouTube is the most popular video website on the web, and almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day.

Youtube.com is the No. 2 most popular website in both the global market and in the U.S. for 2018, even though 80 percent of YouTube views are from outside the U.S.,

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Facebook.com

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Facebook is the most popular social media site on the web. More than 1.4 billion active users access Facebook daily across the globe to communicate with family and friends. 

In 2018, Facebook.com is the No.3 most popular website in both the global market and in the U.S.

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Baidu.com

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WIth a 70 percent search market share, Baidu is the largest Chinese-language search engine and is used by millions of people every day. The estimate is that 90 percent of China uses Baidu as a search engine. Much like Google, Baidu offers companion sites including an alternative to AdWords, Translate, and Maps.

Baidu is the No. 4 most popular website globally and the No. 1 most popular in China. Only 1 percent of Baidu visitors are from the U.S.

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Wikipedia.org

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 Wikipedia is one of the most useful (and used) sites on the web. It's a "living" resource, in the sense that any piece of content is available to be edited by anyone with expertise in that particular topic. More people use Wikipedia worldwide than any other knowledge-based resource on the web. 

In 2018, Wikipedia ranks as the No. 5 most popular site globally and as No. 6 in the U.S.

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Reddit.com

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Reddit is a social news aggregation that consists of an enormous collection of people and the links they share about every corner of pop culture. If you see something you like, you give it a thumbs up. See something you don't like? Give it a thumbs down. Leave comments and post interesting things. 

With almost 550 million monthly visitors, Reddit ranks as the No. 6 most popular website globally and as No. 4 in the U.S. for 2018.

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Yahoo.com

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Yahoo is a web portal and search engine. It offers mail, news, maps, videos and many more web services. Yahoo doesn't hand out its statistics freely, but a recent estimate put the number of visitors per month at about 1 billion.

Yahoo ranks at No. 7 on both the global and U.S. 2018 list of most popular websites.

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Google.co.in

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Google.co.in, the Indian version of the popular Google search engine, has a life on the internet of its own. With it, users can search the entire web or only webpages from India. The site offers sites in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, and Tamil.

Google.co.in is the No. 8 most popular website in the world for 2018. It is Google's India site, so it is no surprise it ranks No. 1 in India. U.S. usage is negligible. 

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QQ.com

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QQ.com is an messaging service in China. It's goal it to provide its users with a "one-stop online life service." The social networking service encourages users to write blogs, send photos, keep diaries, watch videos and listen to music.

QQ.com holds the Guinness World Record for the highest number of simultaneous online users on an instant messaging program with just over 210 million users. Active monthly users exceed 800 million.

QQ.com is ranked No. 9 on the global list of Top 10 most popular websites and No. 2 in China. U.S. users amount to only 1.4 percent of traffic.

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Amazon.com

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Amazon is well on its way to being "Earth's most customer-centric company." The Amazon.com website offers a vast selection of retail  products, including books, movies, electronics, toys and many other goods, either directly or as a middleman. Through its Prime service, it offers videos and music. It is the No. 1 shopping website in the U.S. with more than 600 million products available for sale. Globally, the site sells more than 3 billion products across 11 marketplaces.

Amazon is the No. 10 most popular global website in 2018. It ranks as the No. 5 most popular site among U.S. websites.

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