Eish!!: A quick look at SA's top 100 websites

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A quick look at SA's top 100 websites

A quick look a South Africa's top 100 websites according to Alexa.com makes for interesting reading. Here's a some standout observations :
  • The top 10 positions are all held by the international heavyweights. The only surprise for me was the presence of rapidshare.com, a file sharing service and bandwidth gobbler.
  • News24.com takes first place amongst the South African based websites.
  • gumtree.co.za, the internet based classified service holds position 12 (2nd for South African websites). It shows that this form of buying and selling is becoming increasingly popular locally. Amazon.com (23), on the other hand, is streaks ahead of local sites Kalahari.net(38) and Loot.co.za(85)
  • Local auction site BidOrBuy.co.za is managing to keep ahead of the international behemoth eBay.com(35), but only just.
  • Standard Bank(13) pips ABSA(15) bank as the most visited bank site but only by two positions. It is also the 3rd most visited web page overall. First National Bank(39) and Nedbank(95) fall far behind.
  • Myspace(18) trails competitor Facebook(2) by 16 positions.
  • DeviantArt.com(24) pips image sharing giant Flickr(25) by one position
  • For a country starved of bandwidth there is a huge prevalence of bittorrent and video viewing sites in the top 100.
  • While local news sites come out tops (News24 : 11; IOL : 20; 24.com : 52; IAfrica : 82) South Africans prefer to use the BBC to get an international perspective on the news over CNN, the former at position 22 and the latter only number 88 in the list.
  • Apple.com(80) is still not making major moves up the log, perhaps explaining why the ITunes store has no plans of opening locally.
Take a look for yourself and see of you find other points of interest.

(List as of 16/04/2008)

1
Google.co.za

2
Facebook

3
Yahoo!

4
Google.com

5
YouTube

6
Windows Live

7
Wikipedia

8
Blogger.com

9
Microsoft Network (MSN)

10
RapidShare

11
News24

12
Gumtree.co.za

13
The Standard Bank of South Africa

14
Megaupload

15
ABSA Group Banks

16
Microsoft Corporation

17
M-Web

18
Myspace

19
WebMail

20
Independent Online

21
The Internet Movie Database

22
BBC Newsline Ticker

23
Amazon.com

24
Deviantart.com

25
Flickr

26
Bid Or Buy

27
Mybroadband.co.za

28
ImageVenue hosting

29
ZA NiC

30
Photobucket image hosting and photo sharing

31
GameSpot

32
Wordpress.com

33
Megavideo

34
Supersport

35
EBay

36
Kalahari.net

37
Signmein.co.za

38
Autotrader.co.za

39
First National Bank of South Africa

40
UserCash.com

41
Mininova

42
About

43
Take 2

44
Wm.co.za

45
Career Junction

46
Eskom

47
Youporn.com

48
Google UK

49
Bizcommunity.com

50
The Pirate Bay

51
IGN

52
24.com

53
CNET Download.com

54
University of Cape Town

55
Vodacom

56
Onemanga.com

57
Zshare.net

58
Digg

59
Vodacom4me.co.za

60
Mail & Guardian

61
SA-Venues.com

62
Hi5

63
Double Click

64
Mozilla.com

65
Adult Friendfinder

66
University of South Africa (UNISA)

67
Go

68
University of Pretoria

69
Redtube.com

70
Adobe

71
MTN - Mobile Telephone Networks South Africa

72
Telkom SA Ltd.

73
Googlesyndication.com

74
Cricinfo

75
ImageShack

76
South African Airways

77
Yellowpages.co.za

78
FileFactory.com

79
888.com

80
MediaFire

81
Megaflirt.com

82
Iafrica.com

83
South African Weather Service

84
Telkomsa.net

85
Loot.co.za

86
Apple Computer, Inc.

87
Paypopup.com

88
CNN - Cable News Network

89
PriceCheck.co.za - South Africa s price comparison webs...

90
ImageFap

91
Person.com

92
4chan.org

93
SourceForge

94
Katz Downloads

95
Nedsecure.co.za

96
XTube.com

97
StumbleUpon

98
Hewlett-Packard Industrial Ethernet

99
AOL

100
Isohunt.com

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As I understand, Alexa collects its traffic for users who have the Alexa toolbar installed. That's not everybody :)

So, to give trends over time, perhaps it's reasonably solid - but I wouldn't trust volume stats from Alexa unfort.

SA is a little lacking in terms of industry benchmarks...

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