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Top Web Domains Increase Share of Attention

by MarketingCharts staff
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Concentration of power exists online, too, it appears, but just belongs to a different set of owners.

Top 3 Get One-Quarter Share

Compete data shows that Facebook (15%) boasted the top share of time spent online in September, more than double the share accounted for by YouTube (6%), and almost quadruple the share held by Yahoo and Google (both at 4%). Rounding out the top 5 was Craisglist, which held a 2% share of total time spent online.

According to Nielsen data released in November, the majority of top brands in average monthly time spent per user experienced a decrease in time spent on their sites during September 2011. The average Facebook user spent 7 hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds on the site, down more than 3 minutes from the previous month. The average Yahoo user cut time spent by over 5 minutes, down to 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 32 seconds, while AOL, MSN/WindowsLive/Bing and YouTube all experienced significant declines of about 10 minutes each.

Page View Data More Mixed

According to Compete, analysis of page views yields a cloudier picture when considering the “long-tail theory”: this year, the top 10 domains by page views accounted for 34% of total page views in September, representing an 11% decrease from 40% in September 2006. However, the share of total page views held by the top 10 domains was only 31% in September 2001, meaning that page view concentration has risen almost 10% in the past decade.

Facebook Tops for Page Views, Too

Facebook accounted for 11% of all page views in September 2011, more than double the share held by Craigslist (5%) and Google (5%). Yahoo (4%) and YouTube (4%) rounded out the top 5, ahead of Ebay (2%) and a range of other sites holding 1% share.

In September 2006, MySpace (16%) was the number 1 domain by page views, beating out Yahoo (8%), Ebay (4%), MSN (3%), AOL (3%), and Google (3%).