You know Google is huge.Facebook, too.
You probably remember Yahoo.
Amazon is massive, of course.
And oh yeah, eBay!
But we bet you can’t name the other 15 biggest Internet Web sites … in order.
We can, thanks to ComScore, which provided us data on December 2012’s most popular Web domains in the US.
What it is: Question and answer site.
How it got so big: For starters, Answers.com is a great domain. It also has an abundance of community-generated answers that get fed traffic from Google search results pages.
What it is: Online shopping site.
How it got so big: Walmart's lowest prices anytime, anywhere strategy has taken the nation by storm. It has huge name recognition. So it's no surprise that people are flocking to its website to purchase affordable goods when they can't make it to the retail store.
What it is: Disney-owned web portal featuring content from ABC News, ESPN, and FamilyFun.com.
How it got so big: No one really goes to Go.com. They go to Disney-owned sites, which all have Go.com built into their URLs. It's the legacy of a failed experiment from back in the 1990s, when Disney tried to launch a portal to rival Yahoo, called Go.
What it is: Destination for purchasing Microsoft products, and downloading MS software and updates.
How it got so big: There are a lot of Microsoft Windows-powered computers out there, and most of them come with Microsoft.com bookmarked for customer support and lots of other functions.
What it is: Online destination for Apple products and software.
How it got so big: Apple.com the domain for the Apple Store as well as customer support pages for all Apple products. It's bookmarked as the default homepage on Safari browsers, which are the default browsers in all Apple Internet-connected products -- of which there are hundreds of millions.
What it is: Multimedia platform for news content.
How it got so big: CNN is known for breaking news around-the-clock. It has a great collection of content, ranging from live video streams to audio packages to searchable archives.
What it is: Microsoft's new email service.
How it got so big: Microsoft made both of its email services, Outlook and Hotmail, accessible through Live.com. If you go to Hotmail.com, you are redirected to Live.com. Same for Outlook.com.
What it is: Online how-to guide.
How it got so big: eHow's contributors produce a massive amount of content. Most of it is designed to be an answer to a question someone might put into Google, so most of its traffic is sent from Google. Even when Google changed its algorithm a couple of years ago to prevent its content from going to the top of search results, eHow has prevailed.
What it is: Online resource for how-tos and tutorials.
How it got so big: The New York Times acquired About.com back in 2005, and later sold the site to IAC, which owns Ask.com. About.com is like Answers.com and eHow.com -- a domain full of content that is supposed to provide answers to questions people might ask Google.
What it is: A Google-powered search engine.
How it got so big: Ask.com started as AskJeeves back in the 1990s. When its parent company, IAC, acquired About.com, Ask was able to add much more content to its site. It's now basically a re-branded version of Google search.
What it is: Online auction and shopping website for items like electronics, apparel, and sporting goods.
How it got so big: eBay has changed the way people look at their old items. Since its inception in 1995, eBay has grown to include major brands, like PayPal, Skype, and Shopping.com.
What it is: Blogging platform.
How it got so big: Blogger started off as a very tiny company in San Francisco. It struggled during the dotcom bust, but Google helped save the company when it acquired it in 2002.
What it is: Web search engine.
How it got so big: Microsoft has aggressively advertised Bing, and made huge efforts to make the search engine much easier to use, with the addition of things like the social sidebar and improved algorithms. Microsoft also pays other Websites to link to Bing.
What it is: A free, web-based encyclopedia platform.
How it got so big: Wikipedia lets anyone post and edit content on the site, making it a great resource for educational content. Like Answers.com et al, most of its traffic comes from Google because it answers the questions people ask Google.
What it is: A collection of Microsoft-owned Internet properties.
How it got so big: MSN has grown from an ISP to an online destination with web-based services like Hotmail and MSN Messenger. It's a portal.
What it is: The ultimate online shopping destination for electronics, apparel, sporting goods, and even food.
How it got so big: When Amazon first launched, it was nothing more than a few people packing and shipping boxes of books. But it has since grown to shipping everything from french horns to fitness trackers to iPads.
What it is: Platform for uploading, sharing, and watching user-created videos.
How it got so big: Google's purchase of YouTube in 2006 definitely gave the site more street cred. Since then, people have been hooked on watching cat videos and using the site to discover new artists like Justin Bieber, for example.
What it is: Social network to keep in touch with your friends.
How it got so big: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook when he was a sophomore at Harvard. The site was initially only open to Harvard students, but later expanded to include other universities, high school students, and eventually, anyone over the age of 13.
What it is: Web search engine.
How it got so big: Google entered a crowded search engine market in the late 1990s, but won because it was the fastest and had a clean design. Now it powers all kinds of products, like Gmail, Google Maps, and Google+. It's the way people navigate the Internet.
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