Studies

by Mike Masnick




How Many Websites Do You Visit?

from the not-so-many dept

As people are settling in to their internet usage, it appears that many have a pretty small set list of sites they visit each day, and that's it. A study in the UK found that 51% of surfers visit six or fewer websites on a regular basis. This shouldn't be surprising. After all, we're talking about "on a regular basis" -- and just how many sites do you need on a regular basis? This is especially true if some of those sites are aggregator or portal sites that pull together services and content from a variety of other sources. This is, if anything, good news. People have found the core sites online that are useful to them, and that's what they usually visit.

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    Marc J King, 6 Mar 2006 @ 1:46pm

    Sounds about right...

    Wikipedia, Google Portal, GMail, (Unspecified) Forum, Reference.com, IMDB.. pretty much sums it up. Additional sites are either linked from the previous, or found searching for something specific.

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      dataguy, 7 Mar 2006 @ 6:23am

      No Subject Given

      I would say that most of the sites listed I also visit daily. A few that have not been mentioned that I use daily are:

      Topix Local News
      Herald Tribune

      BoingBoing
      Engadget
      Lifehacker
      Battelle's Searchblog
      EmailBattles
      O'Reilly Radar
      Scripting News

      enjoy...

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    James, 6 Mar 2006 @ 1:59pm

    Daily List

    This site is one of my 6

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    DB, 6 Mar 2006 @ 2:31pm

    With or without RSS Feeds

    If you only count the page that has my RSS feeds, then 1 site.
    If you count the RSS'ed sites themselves, then about 50.

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      Jobe, 6 Mar 2006 @ 11:25pm

      Re: With or without RSS Feeds

      Almost ditto. I've been using Newz Crawler, to let me read/keep up with more websites, where as before I had it, it was about 6. Now I keep adding sites, as I can browse more effeciently with Newz Crawler (no, I don't work for them, just impressed with there product).

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    bob, 6 Mar 2006 @ 2:32pm

    way more than 6

    I have a rotation of 10 news sites, 13 humor sites, 1 BBS, and Yahoo Mail that I visit daily. As well as some weekly sites and some every-other-day sites.

    Of the news sites, most are headline aggregators like techdirt, Metafilter, Fark, etc. So, I end up visiting far more than even my base number of sites.

    As it is, between all of those, I can usually cover all of my sites between the time during Breakfast and Lunch.

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    Sean, 6 Mar 2006 @ 2:45pm

    Sounds About Right

    Yep, I'd say I have a set 6-8 that I visit each day out of habit. If I get really bored I use the Stumble Upon extension for Firefox to find some other cool sites.

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    Michael Christy, 6 Mar 2006 @ 2:46pm

    Daily Sites

    I visit around 20-30 sites a day.

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    Moremoe, 6 Mar 2006 @ 3:05pm

    Google Hompage

    I have my Google homepage set to bring in like 10-12 rss feeds and thats like 1000s of pages a day.

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    erbbysam, 6 Mar 2006 @ 3:35pm

    none

    I link google.com to this which I then read almost every story posted here :D

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    Tyler, 6 Mar 2006 @ 4:27pm

    This isn't the first time I've heard this.

    I've heard this a couple of times now. My sites are at a count of 6, but I run 3 of them. http://www.MySpace.com, http://www.google.com, http://www.bestmyspaceprofiles.com, http://www.shoptandm.com, http://www.WSJ.com, http://www.759domains.com, and anything that StumbleUpon takes me to.

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    Phranq da Tank, 6 Mar 2006 @ 4:30pm

    sites

    we don't have websites in Azeroth. they are frowned upon due to their complex nature. They are more complex than 40 man riads on Onyxia... think about it...

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      Rikko, 6 Mar 2006 @ 6:02pm

      Re: sites

      we don't have websites in Azeroth. they are frowned upon due to their complex nature. They are more complex than 40 man riads on Onyxia... think about it...

      They must have patched since I played...

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    ?, 6 Mar 2006 @ 5:26pm

    wait just one second!

    There are other websites that aren't tech dirt?

    Where are they?

    How can I find them?

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    George, 6 Mar 2006 @ 6:17pm

    Still can't keep up

    Right now i have 13 sites in my RSS reader and I visit probably 7-10 sites otherwise on a regular basis. I've had a tough time finding an adequate portal but if I did that I would probably visit less sites.

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    David, 6 Mar 2006 @ 6:22pm

    Only a few.

    I really only go to a few sites daily: CNN.com pctechbytes.com, gmail.com and my Google/ig homepage to read Tech Dirt.

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    ShaolinTiger, 6 Mar 2006 @ 7:42pm

    No Subject Given

    I have a few that open up as firefox homepage, google.com/ig is the main one with a load of RSS feeds plugged in and gmail (techdirt, digg, slashdot, bbc news, google headlines etc.)

    Then the rest are mostly my own sites (shaolintiger.com etc.).

    Probably regularly about 10-15 a day.

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    Sohrab, 7 Mar 2006 @ 12:59am

    No Subject Given

    too many! Im on sooo many different forums. From games, to Macs, to business, to car and so forth. Then theirs movie sites i go to, news sites, different email and so forth.

    THEN theres banking and different accounts and keeping track and college.

    w000. wayyyy too many

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    Just Me, 7 Mar 2006 @ 5:42am

    More than 133

    Sure, I use a couple of RSS content feeds, but I still click through to the articles.
    Hmm, there is a fair degree of overlap, but not too bad.
    freshnews.org/ = 30
    www.snpx.com/pagetwo.shtml = 61
    Netvibes.com (personalized) = 42
    w00t.com
    Hey, how come I never have time to look at gaming sites anymore?

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    Rami Botros, 7 Mar 2006 @ 6:18am

    My Websites.

    Home Page being Gmail.
    Every three hours:
    google.com/ig ; Digg.com
    Ever day:
    NicknameZ.tk (mine, for msn nicknames), Forever Geek , Google Blogscoped
    Every few days:
    www.customizegoogle.com, www.slashdot.com
    -ALL PREVIOUS THROUGH RSS-
    Every now and then: video.google.com ; go.to/funpic

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    Michael, 7 Mar 2006 @ 8:49am

    No Subject Given

    An interesting topic...

    I visit hundreds of sites every day, as I spend the great majority of my free time online. But thinking only in terms of sites I visit very regularly, it's only a few news sites, several blogs, and google.com.

    That's pretty interesting, really. I'm constantly studying and researching anything and everything I can, and I end up wandering all over the web daily. However, even though I'm spending my whole day online, my "local Internet" is only a handful of sites.

    I qualify as "power surfer" based on time-spent and familiarity, but all I have is some RSS feeds and Google. Not even one bookmark.

    Go figure...

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Mar 2006 @ 9:17am

    No Subject Given

    It's interesting. I think what the article says is true because sites nowadays are far more expansive, dynamic, and satisfactory to the user than in the past. Who needs to go to several sites when one site has everything you need? Between imdb and wikipedia, I'm surprised the average person would need to research anything anywhere else.

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    Shane, 8 Jul 2006 @ 3:57pm

    Sites I visit

    I only visit Yahoo for searches and news, ebay and amazon for buying stuff, and 2 other SEO sites

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    Mark, 8 Jul 2006 @ 3:59pm

    I look through loads of sites everyday. Looking through my history I obviously have too much spare time!

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    Carlos, 26 Aug 2006 @ 6:37pm

    Half Price Geeks

    I mainly look at Half Price Geeks for computer repair tips. I also use google.com, digg.com and about.com as other resources.

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    Rosanna, 8 Dec 2006 @ 9:26am

    Every day I go on MySpace, Bebo, YouTube, Hotmail, Explosm and the Eve Online Website

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