Earnings of Top 20 Most Popular Websites

We use websites for all different purposes. We are so used to them that they have become part of our daily life.

I wrote this article to tell you about most popular websites that we love so much. There are some amazing facts given below about these websites that you don’t know before.

We talk about their earnings this year, core business and how they make money. I bet you know all about these websites.

Earnings of 20 Most Popular Websites

So here is the list of top 20 most popular websites.

earnings of top websites

Also read: Earnings of Top 10 Indian Companies

1. Google

The first company in our list is Google. Do you know that Google pays least tax to American Government although they make huge profits?

It lobbies to tax benefits and other waivers. Its one of the founders Serbey Bin is of Russian Origin.

  • Founder: Larry Page and Serbey Bin
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $15.4 Billion Up by 19%
  • Core Business: Search Engine, Contextual Advertising
  • Main Revenue Stream: 96% from Google Adwords

Refer: Google AdSense Tutorial & Earnings Secrets

2. Amazon

Amazon is the number one ecommerce and online retailing website in the world. It has a customer base of over 30 million people.

However Amazon is blamed for poor warehouse conditions for workers even with so much profit. These things we do not know.

  • Founder: Jeff Bezos
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $19.3 Billion Up by 23%
  • Core Business: Online Retailing
  • Main Revenue Stream: Retail Goods of All Kind

Read: How to Make Money with Indian Amazon Affiliate Program

3. iTunes

iTunes is subsidiary of Apple and it was founded by Jeff Robin. It is available in 23 different languages.

iTunes has over 43 million songs. iTunes Radio stream radio stations. It also has movie and other TV collections that you can watch on demand.

  • Founder: Jeff Robin
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $4.5 Billion, 12% Increase from Last Year
  • Core Business: Music, Movies and TV Program
  • Main Revenue Stream: iTunes Music

4. eBay

eBay would be second largest ecommerce site after Amazon. Do you in recent years eBay acquired top websites like Skype, Craigslist and even PayPal.

eBay is marred with fraud and other accusations. However, eBay India is quite good in terms of services.

  • Founder: Pierre Omidyar
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $4.3 Billion, Down by 25% against Last Year
  • Core Business: Online Retailing
  • Main Revenue Stream: Online Retailing

Read: How To Make Money From eBay Store

5. Facebook

Facebook founded by Mark Zuckerberg when he was a college sophomore. Facebook has grown substantially over the year with 1 Billion users.

Recently Facebook acquired Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook has destroyed many other rival networking sites like Google’ Orkut and My Space.

  • Founder: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $3.2 Billion
  • Core Business: Internet and Social Media
  • Main Revenue Stream: Contextual Advertising

6. Alibaba

First Chinese Multi National ecommerce website founded by Jack Ma. Alibaba is the biggest US IPO in the history.

On September 5 2014, its share began trading on NYSE at price of $92.70. The total amount of the IPO for Alibaba is over $25 Billion.

  • Founder: Jack Ma
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $2.61 Billion 45% Increase from Last Year
  • Core Business: E Commerce
  • Main Revenue Stream: Online Retailing


ESPN is the number one website for sports in the world. ESPN dominates when it comes to sports broadcasting.

Now it is gaining popularity online also. ESPN was founded 35 year ago. Originally it is owned by Walt Disney Group.

  • Founder: Bill Rasmussen, Scott Rasmussen, Ed Eagen
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $11 Billion Earnings
  • Core Business: Entertainment and Sports Network
  • Main Revenue Stream: Satellite and Cable Television

8. Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor was founded in the year 2000. The website is free to the public. Trip Advisor has over 25 brands like TripAdvisor, Booking Buddy etc.

Do you know that Trip Advisor operates worldwide except in South America. Over 30 hotels chain have been blacklisted by Trip Advisor.

  • Founder: Stephen Kaufer
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $323 Million Up $2 Million
  • Core Business: Travel Services
  • Main Revenue Stream: Hotels and Flight Bookings

9. YouTube

Many of us believe that YouTube was an invention of Google. But this is not true. YouTube was founded in 2005 by three men.

Later on Google acquired it. YouTube makes money with advertising like Google Adsense. It is number one video site on the Internet.

  • Founder: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $1.13 Billion 39% from last year
  • Core Business: Internet
  • Main Revenue Stream: AdSense Advertising

Read: How to Make Money from YouTube Partner Program

10. Yahoo

Yahoo is a search engine which is in decline. Yahoo has many products but search engine remains its main product and it generates revenue through advertising just like Google.

Yahoo has a big office in Bangalore. Yahoo is surrounded by many controversies.

  • Founder: Jerry Yang and David Filo
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $1.09 Billion, 1% Increase since last year
  • Core Business: Internet and Search Engine
  • Main Revenue Stream: Online Advertising

11. Priceline

Priceline is a great website for booking hotels and air tickets. But the problem with the website is it does not include resort fee amounts in bidding.

So you could win a bid but forced to pay mandatory resort fees which could be more than what you bid.

  • Founder: Jesse Fink
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $2.1 Billion, 26.4% Increase
  • Core Business: Travel
  • Main Revenue Stream: Hotel Booking and Airline Ticket Booking

12. Netflix

You can watch all your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix. You can pay rental and watch your movies anytime, anywhere.

Netflix is available in more than 15 countries however it is not available in India. But if you live in US then you can watch movies and TV shows whenever you want.

  • Founder: Reed Hastings
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $1.2 Billion and $220 in Profit
  • Core Business: On Demand Internet Streaming Media
  • Main Revenue Stream: Video Rental and Streaming

13. Best Buy

Best buy is a retail website selling mainly electronics product. It is present in only four countries other than Unites States.

In recent years company is not doing well because of tough competition by other companies like Amazon and eBay.

Company is also marred by lawsuits and litigations.

  • Founder: Robb Brock
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $42.4 Billion in Revenue
  • Core Business: Retail Services
  • Main Revenue Stream: Mainly Consumer Electronics

14. Expedia

Expedia is internet booking engine launched in year 2001. If you know Expedia was started by Microsoft and it turned out to be multibillion dollar industry.

In 2014 Expedia acquired wotif.com for $610 Million. Today the company also accepts bitcoins. You can book air ticket, hotel reservation, car rentals etc.

  • Founder: Mark Schroeder
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $1.5 Billion Up by 24%
  • Core Business: Internet Booking Engine
  • Main Revenue Stream: Airline Tickets and Hotel Booking

15. Go Daddy

Go Daddy founded in 1997 is the number one domain registration and web hosting company. Go Daddy has a great presence in India too.

Still people prefer to buy domain from Go Daddy because it has a great customer service. Its alexa rank is 83.

  • Founder: Bob Parsons
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $1.12 Billion
  • Core Business: Internet Domain Registrar and Web Hosting
  • Main Revenue Stream: Domain Registration and Web Hosting

16. PayPal

PayPal is website owned by eBay. eBay acquired the website in the year 2002. Pay Pal has over 150 million active user accounts.

PayPal does not allow sending, receiving and holding funds in Indian currency. But it allows in other 26 currencies of the world.

  • Founder: Max Levchin, Peter Thiel
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $986 Million, Up by $29 Million Last Quarter
  • Core Business: E Commerce
  • Main Revenue Stream: Online Money Transfers

Read: What is PayPal & How to Create a PayPal Account in India?

17. Orbitz

Orbitz is a website that offers travelling services. Orbitz mainly focuses on US market and it has no presence in India.

Orbitz was open for IPO in the year 2007. It was founded in the year 2001.

  • Founder: Jeff Katz
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: Est. $937 Million
  • Core Business: Travel Services
  • Main Revenue Stream: Travel Booking

18. AOL

AOL is a search engine, mass media which includes top website like HuffPost, and other computer software technology.

AOL has over 35 million subscribers worldwide. AOL has a big office in Bangalore. Some of the AOL brands are Moviefone, Engagdet, MapQuest etc

  • Founder: Erik Prince
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $606 Million, 12% up
  • Core Business: Internet and Mass Media
  • Main Revenue Stream: Media, Subscriptions and Search Engine

19. Dropbox

Dropbox is a file hosting services founded in year 2007 with over 100 million registered users worldwide.

If you want to use more space over 2GB then there is a paid service. Soon Dropbox would be a billion dollar company.

  • Founder: Drew Houston
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $350 Million
  • Core Business: File Hosting Services
  • Main Revenue Stream: Paid Subscriptions for Cloud Computing

20. Twitter

The last popular website in our list is Twitter. Twitter never became as popular as Facebook. It has over 500 million users worldwide however only 270+ million users are active.

Founded in 2006 Twitter with a subsidiary called vine.

  • Founder: Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams
  • Est. Earnings in 2014: $448 Million in 2014
  • Core Business: Social Networking
  • Main Revenue Stream: Advertising

So these were top 20 most popular websites with their earnings and other details. Although there are many others but we listed what we liked.



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