By Sarah Gooding on September 17, 2013
WordPress.com has just passed Yahoo for the #8 spot on Quantcast’s assessment of US internet traffic with 72,868,680 monthly visits. In these most recent rankings posted, WordPress.com edges out Yahoo, Microsoft, Yelp, Pinterest, and Tumbler.com in traffic to claim its spot among the top ten.
Source: Quantcast 9.17.2013
Shortly following his announcement on Twitter, Matt Mullenweg replied to inquiries about the stats, noting that these figures don’t even account for mapped domains. Quantcast only takes sub-domains of wordpress.com into account.
WordPress.com Monthly Visits Have Increased by 45% in the Past Year
Looking back at internet archives of Quantcasts’ data, you can see that WordPress.com was ranked #21 in September of 2011. In 2012, it climbed to #20 with 50,146,992 monthly visitors. In the span of just one year, WordPress.com has jumped 12 places in rank and has increased its monthly visitors in the US by 45%. It’s no wonder that investment firms Tiger Global and Iconiq are increasing their stakes in Automattic.
This is an exciting day for the team at Automattic and the WordPress community in general. The news comes alongside new data showing that 19.9% of websites are powered by WordPress and very soon these numbers will surpass 20%, if they haven’t already. That means that 1 in 5 people or companies are making their home on the web using freely available, GPL-licensed software.