Traffic Growth Rankings for US Websites

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Traffic Growth Rankings for US Websites

This pandemic-stricken year has reshuffled the cards across pretty much every touchpoint in every industry. From unprecedented stock market highs to bricks-and-mortar lows across the globe, any trend we might have leaned on before to inform our strategies must now be reframed in the context of COVID-19.

In 2020, with people spending more time staying safe at home than anyone could have anticipated, Internet usage gained some remarkable traction:

  • Overall search traffic grew by a whopping 22% throughout 2020 alone;
  • Average daily time spent on the Internet reached historic highs: 155 mins on mobile, which is over four times the duration spent on desktop (37 mins).

In light of this accelerated online usage, we wanted to understand how it affected user demand throughout 2020 and capture what that meant for some of the world’s leading websites.

We turned to our Traffic Rank tool and compared January 2020 to January 2021 in terms of traffic stats for US domains to see which ones grew the most.

Traffic Growth Trends: Which Industries Gained Traction?

A single site’s growth can be influenced by smart marketing tactics and strategy, while overall category growth can imply a more general market trend. So, before we deep-dive into specific websites that gained digital footfall, let’s see which site categories grew the most:

Top 10 Site Categories for Traffic Growth

Category Average traffic growth
Law & Government 4,300%
People & Society 2,700%
Sports 2,200%
Games 1,400%
Internet & Telecom 680%
Finance 630%
Books & Literature 610%
Arts & Entertainment 610%
Online Communities 570%
Home & Garden 510%

Law & Government sector’s traffic skyrocketed by 4,300%, making it the category with the greatest growth. With everyone’s gaze turned to sites like the CDC or those featuring local COVID-19 updates, this comes as little surprise.

The US Websites with the Greatest Traffic Growth

Now that we have a general understanding of the latest traffic growth trends across the US, let’s look at the specific websites that benefited from this influx of online activity.

To analyze this fairly, we separated our 500K sample into four categories, breaking them down by the range of their monthly visits – 10M+, 1M-10M, 100K-1M, and fewer than 100K.

Game-Changers Among the Largest US Domains

Top 20 US Websites for Traffic Growth (10M+ Visitors)

Domain Traffic January

2020

Traffic January

2021

Growth Category
zoom.us 26.5 M 475.9 M 1,700% Electronics
sharepoint.com 12.7 M 40.1 M 220% Business & Industrial
tdameritrade.com 10.5 M 31.5 M 200% Finance
etrade.com 14.7 M 43.8 M 200% Finance
tiktok.com 26.4 M 73.9 M 180% Arts & Entertainment
schoology.com 25.7 M 66.3 M 160% Jobs & Education
michigan.gov 14 M 35.5 M 150% Government
roll20.net 11.9 M 29.7 M 150% Games
coinbase.com 14.9 M 35.6 M 140% Finance
speedtest.net 10.2 M 24.1 M 140% Electronics
verizon.com 23.6 M 55.6 M 140% Telecom
onlyfans.com 42 M 97.2 M 130% People & Society
manganelo.com 14.9 M 34.2 M 130% Arts & Entertainment
twitch.tv 102.2 M 230.7 M 130% Arts & Entertainment
instructure.com 89.6 M 201.6 M 130% Jobs & Education
roblox.com 44.5 M 99.7 M 120% Games
schwab.com 15.2 M 36.1 M 120% Finance
slack.com 13.8 M 30.8 M 120% Electronics
op.gg 11.3 M 24.4 M 120% Games
doordash.com 24.8 M 52.8 M 110% Food & Drink

Within the top 10 US sites with large visitor counts, remote teamwork and student software—clearly, a pandemic-inspired growth—experienced the largest spike:

  • The video conferencing service, Zoom, grew the most, with an astonishing traffic increase of almost 1,700%;
  • As schools and colleges were largely closed, distance learning software was also on the rise: Schoology and Instructure more than doubled their visitor counts with 160% and 130% increases respectively.

The economic uncertainty and generous relief packages that resulted in what CNN called a stock “market mania” made their mark in the top 20 as well. Large online trading sites like TD Ameritrade and eTrade grew their online user bases by 200%. Thanks to a sudden revival of Bitcoin, Coinbase (+140%) also received an extra share of visitors.

With the gaming category experiencing the fourth-greatest growth in traffic, Roll20 and Roblox more than doubled their traffic share throughout 2020.

US Traffic Winners Across 1M-10M-Visitor Domains

Top 20 US Websites for Traffic Growth (1M-10M Visitors)

Domain Traffic

January 2020

Traffic January 2021 Growth Category
worldometers.info 1.9 M 23.9 M 1,100% News
seesaw.me 2 M 12.9 M 540% Jobs & Education
flipgrid.com 2 M 12.6 M 520% Jobs & Education
robinhood.com 9.1 M 46 M 410% Finance
sba.gov 2.5 M 12.3 M 390% Business & Industrial
chess.com 8.2 M 34.6 M 320% Games
u.gg 2.6 M 10.2 M 300% Games
webex.com 9.1 M 33.4 M 270% Internet & Telecom
tradingview.com 6 M 22 M 270% Finance
nj.gov 3.6 M 12.9 M 250% Government
ameritrade.com 9.1 M 31.8 M 250% Finance
fbdown.net 7 M 23.8 M 240% Online Communities
wallst.com 3.9 M 12.7 M 220% Finance
citizensbankonline.com 3.9 M 12.8 M 220% Finance
myschoolapp.com 3.6 M 10.9 M 200% Jobs & Education
deviantart.com 5.2 M 15.5 M 190% Arts & Entertainment
mangadex.org 7.4 M 21.8 M 190% Arts & Entertainment
pearson.com 7.4 M 21.5 M 190% Jobs & Education
nearpod.com 4.5 M 13 M 190% Education
state.mi.us 6.3 M 18 M 190% Government

Within the upper-middle domains, we see nearly identical trends to the previous category:

  • Since most of the news throughout this pandemic has concerned COVID-related data and stats, it’s little surprise to see real-time tracking site, Worldometer, grow the most within this category.
  • E-learning software apps — Seesaw (+540%), Flipgrid (+520%), MySchoolApp (+200%), and Pearson (+190%) — saw the greatest influx of visitors of all categories.
  • One more trend we saw is that more websites were giving out official COVID-related updates: Small Business Association’s site attracted four times more traffic, and New Jersey’s official local site tripled its visitor count.

The most notorious site across the mid-range category is probably Robinhood, the stock trading app, whose YoY traffic within the US grew by 410% throughout 2020.

Traffic Growth for Mid-Range Websites in the US

Top 20 US Websites for Traffic Growth (100K-1M Visitors)

Domain Traffic

January 2020

Traffic

January 2021

Growth Category
hbomax.com 126 K 20.2 M 15,900% Arts & Entertainment
parler.com 137 K 7.7 M 5,500% People & Society
doxy.me 174 K 3.1 M 1,730% Health
strongview.com 106 K 1.9 M 1,690% Business & Industrial
chime.com 177 K 2.9 M 1,580% Finance
facepunch.com 197 K 3.3 M 1,580% Games
dogecoin.com 113 K 1.8 M 1,570% Finance
sweepswinner.com 169 K 2.6 M 1,490% Hobbies & Leisure
webull.com 467 K 7.1 M 1,430% News
soap2day.to 396 K 6 M 1,430% Arts & Entertainment
10faq.com 828 K 12.3 M 1,390% Health
numpy.org 124 K 1.8 M 1,370% Computers & Electronics
iqair.com 188 K 2.6 M 1,290% People & Society
nowinstock.net 167 K 2.1 M 1,210% Computers & Electronics
profootballnetwork.com 153 K 1.7 M 1,030% Sports
bbcollab.com 155 K 1.7 M 1,030% Jobs & Education
upstore.net 573 K 6.1 M 970% Telecom
gemini.com 357 K 3.7 M 950% Finance
azdhs.gov 481 K 5 M 950% Health
mihoyo.com 275 K 2.8 M 950% Games

While streaming services were experiencing impressive spikes in their online audiences, HBO Max experienced the most growth. HBO’s move to launch the service early on in the pandemic was rewarded with an impressive traffic jump of almost 15,900%.

The site with the second-most growth within this mid-range category was Parler, a service that achieved infamy in the midst of Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter. Despite Parler’s temporary service suspension, the platform had 5,500% more YoY visitors.

Another sector that received an influx of online users is telemedicine. Doxy.me (+1,720%) made it to the top three websites with the greatest growth in this category.

Smaller US Websites with the Highest Growth Rates

Top 20 US Websites for Traffic Growth (Fewer than 100K Visitors)

Domain Traffic

January 2020

Traffic

January 2021

Growth Category
my2020census.gov 347 1.2 M 363,500% People & Society
oklahoma.gov 613 1.6 M 263,100% Government
discord.com 32 K 72 M 226,300% Games
nbatopshot.com 877 1.7 M 201,000% Sports
eztv.re 3 K 1.5 M 59,900% Arts & Entertainment
meetdapper.com 4 K 1.6 M 42,900% Finance
educonnector.io 4 K 1.3 M 37,100% Jobs & Education
0123movie.net 9 K 2.8 M 30,900% Arts & Entertainment
safelyonline.tech 6 K 1.6 M 26,600% Internet & Telecom
internalfb.com 13 K 2.2 M 16,500% Internet & Telecom
rh.com 7 K 913 K 13,100% Home & Garden
mobiletracking.ru 26 K 3.4 M 12,900% Internet & Telecom
bookshop.org 9 K 1.1 M 12,400% Books & Literature
w2g.tv 10 K 1.2 M 12,100% Arts & Entertainment
einthusan.tv 11 K 1.1 M 10,200% Online Communities
crackstreams.net 28 K 2.5 M 9,000% Arts & Entertainment
online.church 7 K 569 K 8,000% People & Society
zinzino.com 6 K 506 K 7,600% Health
hopin.com 7 K 466 K 6,300% Electronics
getgov2go.com 10 K 596 K 5,700% Government

If we look at the growth dynamics of sites that had fewer than 100K monthly visits back in January 2020, we get a few peculiar sites within the top 20:

  • Within the lowest traffic category, we spotted a lot of illegal streaming activity, with traffic increasing to sites like 0123movie (+30,900%) and torrent-based EZTV (+59,900%). In the course of only one year, these sites’ visitor bases grew from thousands to millions.With a lot of religious establishments being shut throughout 2020, sites like online.church saw 8,000% more visitors.

Over to you

We’ve touched upon the grand changes that took place within the post-pandemic search landscape in the US.

If you’ve been following our studies and general news, the key trends won’t come as much of a surprise, but it’s useful to see them in the context of yearly changes so you can dig deeper into traffic generation strategies and see if there is anything you can learn for your own strategies.

For more granular insights that reveal the growth dynamics within your market and competitive landscape, you can turn to Alien Road Co.  .Trends — a platform designed to facilitate your market research and competitor analysis efforts:

  • You can uncover market trends and shifts in the key market players’ growth dynamics with the help of the Market Explorer tool.
  • Once you spot which competitor is causing the biggest threats to your traffic growth, you can deep-dive into their traffic acquisition strategies and tactics with insights from the Traffic Analytics tool.
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