The largest UX publications by traffic

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:

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A table with the exact traffic numbers and links to similarweb are shown at the end of the article.

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.

Sitename Monthly Traffic (‘000s) URL
Smashingmagazine 7400 https://www.similarweb.com/website/smashingmagazine.com
Fastcodesign 4800 https://www.similarweb.com/website/fastcodesign.com
Web designer depot 3000 https://www.similarweb.com/website/webdesignerdepot.com
core77 1300 https://www.similarweb.com/website/core77.com
UX Mag 1000 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxmag.com
A list apart 951.3 https://www.similarweb.com/website/alistapart.com
UXDesign.cc 781.8 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxdesign.cc
Interaction Design Foundation 672.5 https://www.similarweb.com/website/interaction-design.org
NNGroup 366.6 https://www.similarweb.com/website/nngroup.com
UX Booth 318.7 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxbooth.com
Usability.gov 247.7 https://www.similarweb.com/website/usability.gov
UX Matters 247 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxmatters.com
UX Mastery 213 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxmastery.com
Usability Geek 208.3 https://www.similarweb.com/website/usabilitygeek.com
UX Movement 173.2 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uxmovement.com
Design Observer 136.3 https://www.similarweb.com/website/designobserver.com
Luke W 102 https://www.similarweb.com/website/lukew.com
User Interface Engineering 87.5 https://www.similarweb.com/website/uie.com#overview
Human Factors 52.8 https://www.similarweb.com/website/humanfactors.com
The largest UX publications by traffic