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Wanna see the best ranked pages on Google?

Do a search for "www" (no quotes).

Little Blue Bird
Saturday, January 31, 2004

Altavista ranks better than Google.

ha ha
Saturday, January 31, 2004

Interesting. But I wonder how many URLs drop their 'www' (http://google.com instead of http://www.google.com).

Alex.ro
Saturday, January 31, 2004

Makes no difference, Alex. A search for http:/ turns up the same first page.

Stephen Jones
Saturday, January 31, 2004

It's more like "the best-rated pages linked to by people who don't know how to write good link text". A similar effect can be observed by searching for "readstep2".

Daryl Oidy
Saturday, January 31, 2004

my favorite one is, "click here".

it rocks.

michael sica (michaelsica.com)
Saturday, January 31, 2004

it's also how i proved to my boss that link text matters in search engines (google at least)

michael sica (michaelsica.com)
Saturday, January 31, 2004

I always loved that "internet" turned up Microsoft.com

If you're interested in the most popular sites by traffic, go to Alexa.com. Here's the top 500

http://www.alexa.com/site/ds/top_500

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, January 31, 2004

> I wonder how many URLs drop their 'www'

Certainly not the most popular ones.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, January 31, 2004

The Alexa list shows several spyware sites among the top 20 English-language sites:

13.  Offeroptimizer.com

14.  Gator.com

15.  Searchscout.com

16.  Fastclick

17.  Premium-offers.com 

Scary.

Robert Jacobson
Saturday, January 31, 2004

Alexa is a pretty neat service, but really isn't a fair demographic of net users -- only those users who have intentionally installed the Alexa toolbar software in IE are ranked, and obviously that that means a very small cross section of internet users.

Anonymizer
Saturday, January 31, 2004

> > Certainly not the most popular ones.

What,  like http://slashdot.org/  it may be filled with lunatics, but it's certainly popular.

Koz
Saturday, January 31, 2004

Good point about slashdot.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, January 31, 2004

http is also a useful meta-search as many people say
http://www.foobar.com/ in their links.

Shlomi Fish
Sunday, February 01, 2004

That Alexa has spyware sites among *their* users top 20 shouldn't be too big a surprise, given that only the people susceptible to the spyware phenomenon will have installed the Alexa toolbar.

bamm
Sunday, February 01, 2004

My favorite is PHP as the first result for ".net"

Don
Monday, February 02, 2004

Recently Discovered
Stumbleupon.com

It's turning up good results for the websites that you might be interested.

Surfer
Monday, February 02, 2004

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