Can you guess what the most popular British Website is, and where in the top 10, 100 or 1000 websites it is? Excluded from this question are the sites of entities that have a bigger offline presence such as the BBC, websites of banks or national UK papers. The answer is depressingly shocking: The most popular British website is the property listings site Rightmove.co.uk. Oh, and that is the 1,118th most popular site in the world.
This means the Digital Economy Bill doesn’t mean shit about actually having a tech industry, and more just about catching copyright pirates. Sure the UK has thousands of web designers, developers, SEO and internet marketing experts and the business sites that employ these skills. But there are no online sites for online purposes. There are no top search engines, email providers, social networks or anything that have to do with our daily online lives that are from the UK. The country that takes claim for inventing the web (just happened to be a British man in another country), has nothing to put online. It also means a lot of businesses in the UK are actually foreign-owned. I nearly listed Gumtree.co.uk as the most popular UK site until I read it was owned by eBay. Incidentally it is only 70 odd places higher in the charts at 939th most visited site in the world.
List of Most Popular British Websites With World Ranking
- bbc.co.uk (45)
- dailymail.co.uk (194)
- guardian.co.uk (217)
- telegraph.co.uk (241)
- hsbc.co.uk (790)
- independent.co.uk (1044)
- rightmove.co.uk (1112)
- barclays.co.uk (1313)
- argos.co.uk (1336)
Out of those sites above only one is a web-only operation. Kudos to the BBC for actually offering a decent online portal though the fact that it’s all paid for by TV license fees encourages the phrase “Only In Britain”.
Top 10 Popular Websites Visited By Brits
If there was one country you would thought would be using British online services it would be Britain. Trouble is there aren’t any.
Data supplied by Alexa who monitor Internet traffic. It’s true that a lot of internet traffic isn’t web traffic, but taking that into perspective does no favours against my argument.
I’m going to keep my eyes peeled and set up a directory of British websites, if you know of any startups or full-blown UK sites I have missed out let me know. I’m looking specifically for sites that are solely based online. There is definitely something here that is wrong, at least to my UK eyes. Look at it this way; Google make £30billion a year, surely that tax bill could save a few public sector jobs.