It is no secret that as a blogger or any person that is found on the internet, can and that we do somehow, influence others. Maybe this is intentional, maybe it is not.
Rule of thumb though…
You are on the internet, millions of millions of people cruise and look at the internet daily.
In The News…
- Scarlett London, a style and travel blogger, has come under fire on Instagram.
- London uploaded a photo of her “perfect morning,” but eagle-eyed followers quickly realised her cup of tea was empty and her plate of pancakes was actually made up of tortilla wraps.
- Not everything we see on Instagram is a reality, and people criticised London for adding to the problem.
- Young people may feel inadequate by looking at these sorts of images, they argued.
- London said she never wanted to post something harmful, and her aim has always been to show the opposite – that you can live a fun and full life despite your problems.
Internet usage worldwide – Statistics & Facts
There was an estimate of 3.5 billion internet users worldwide in 2016. This means about 45 percent of the global population accessed the internet that year. The majority of global internet users are located in East and South Asia, while China is the largest online market in the world. In 2016, China had over 721 million internet users, more than double the amount of third-ranked U.S. with nearly 290 million internet users. India ranked second in number of users; Brazil and Japan complete the top 5. English is the most common language on the internet by share of users, followed by Chinese and Spanish. South Korea has the world’s fastest average internet connection speed – 27 Mbps as of 2016. The global average internet speed stood at 6.1 Mbps that year.
Internet users often turn to their mobile devices to access the internet. Millennial internet users, for example, spent an average of 185 minutes on mobile internet services every day in 2016. Generation X internet users’ average daily use of mobile internet stood at 110 minutes that year. Many companies have been profiting from the increased mobile usage by following a mobile-first strategy and optimizing their content for mobile devices. Some of the most popular mobile internet activities are using email, working, social networking, online search, online video and online shopping. Instant messaging is also popular among mobile internet users worldwide. WhatsApp is the most popular mobile messaging app in the world with one billion monthly active users. Facebook Messenger closely follows with 900 million monthly active users. Facebook was found to be the leading social network with 1.7 billion active users. Other popular social networks include Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as mobile chat apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or WeChat.
DID YOU KNOW
WordPress Usage Statistics That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
As we are sure you will soon agree, the stats below are nothing if not impressive. To paint as accurate a picture as possible, we tried to include the most current statistics. If not stated otherwise, all numbers are from 2016.
1. WordPress powers almost 27 percent of the entire internet.
As already stated in the beginning, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS on the web. However, you might not be aware just how popular the platform has become.
First of all, its market share among all content management systems is close to 60 percent. What’s more, its closest competitor Joomla (here is a comparison of the two CMS) is used by only 6.3 percent. Yes, that’s the second most popular content management system in the world!
The bigger surprise, however, and by far the most impressive WordPress usage statistic is that 26.9 percent of all websites on the web now use WordPress. With more than one billion websites online today, I’ll let you do the math how many sites in total that is. I know, I was as surprised as you are!
2. WordPress sites around the world publish 24 posts per second.
You read that right. In 2016, blogs that are part of the WordPress network (meaning blogs hosted either on WordPress.com or externally hosted WordPress sites that have the Jetpack plugin installed) published on average 24 blog posts per second. That comes down to 1,481 blog posts per minute, 88,888 in an hour and just above 2.13 million per day. And that’s not counting those sites for which WordPress cannot collect any statistics.
To get a better impression of what this looks like, WordPress.com offers a map that lets you see updates around the world in real-time. You can find it here.
3. WordPress sites receive 22.17 billion monthly page views.
It appears that all of that activity is paying off, resulting in massive traffic. For this year alone, blogs in the WordPress network have garnered a combined average of 22.17 billion page views per month. That’s three times as many as there are people on the planet! Let that sink in for a minute.
4. WordPress blogs receive 46.6 million comments per month.
And man are those visitors a talkative bunch. Each month of this year produced on average 46.6 million comments. Looks like there are some fierce discussions going on out there. Plus, these are legitimate comments, which made it through the spam protection, mind you.
If the Akismet stats are any indication, the number of spam comments generated at the same time is about 30 times higher. That means besides the legitimate comments WordPress blogs receive every month, they get bombarded by 1.4 billion spammers at the same time. Jeez!
5. There are 2.7 million global monthly searches for WordPress.
Seeing the amount of data WordPress.com alone can handle, it is unsurprising that WordPress is so popular and continues to garner attention. The platform’s growing esteem is also reflected in its Google searches.
In the United States alone, “WordPress” as a keyword receives 450,000 search requests every month. Globally that number is up to 2.7 million. That’s not even taking into account people looking for “WordPress templates,” “WordPress plugins,” and other WordPress-centric information. Overall, WordPress-related terms (including those for “wp,” a common abbreviation for WordPress) receive somewhere between 10 and 100 million global searches every month.
As for how the platform stacks up against its competitors: Google Trends sees WordPress 5.5 times more popular than Joomla and almost nine times more in demand than Drupal. Seems like the WordPress usage statistics will only continue to grow.
A person who writes or has anything to do with webpages, websites, internet searches, etc. will be exposed to a vast number of viewers, trackers, etc.
It really gives you something to think about like…
-who do you influence?
-are you offering someone something beneficial?
-would what you post or share influence negative things for another person?
-What is the main reason you are on the internet, and are you willing to put yourself out there, regardless of the costs?
JUST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Thank you for reading.