I’ve always had a rough idea about which online (non-academic) publications were the most popular. Of course you have smashingmagazine and good ol Jakob Nielson’s nngroup.com but I never really thought to look up the statistics. This was until I saw some UX research that referenced the same few websites.
I blasted up similarweb so that I could see which publications are the most visited.
Here are my findings:
I was surprised when I first compared the data between the websites. It seems that only a handful of websites capture most of the traffic. Of course there are numerous smaller blogs that aren’t included in my list.
It’ll be interesting to compare the traffic data for these sites in 3 years time. I have a feeling their traffic will be dramatically lower as newer publishing platforms like Medium or Facebook’s Instant Articles spring up.