The world ranking of renju websites


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Ando Meritee
#1 2008-03-07 18:46:04

Many people are aware of the Alexa system that a method of ranking all the websites of the world (domains) based on traffic and popularity. The higher is the position, the more reliable the result is. Any website within a top one million can be considered as a very popular site, and the website within a top 10 million as popular site.

There is a big fight at the top of world's biggest websites and the places change nearly every week, but today the world's absolute top 10 is this (March 7, 2008):

1. yahoo.com
2. youtube.com
3. live.com
4. google.com
5. myspace.com
6. msn.com
7. facebook.com
8. hi5.com
9. wikipedia.org
10. orkut.com

You can read more about it in Alexa's page. But the interesting part is to see what are the places of renju websites in the world. It is important to realize that the whole domain is considered as one website. So the web makers who just rent a hosting space from some big provider and the domain name is like www.bighostdomain.com/~mywebname then the user cannot know how popular his particular site is - all the traffic of that domain is accumulated.

The whole ranking system is based on estimation, and can never be 100% precise. It is based on the data, gathered from millions of users worldwide who have Alexa toolbar installed as an add-on in their browser.

Since I do not know about every renju web in the world, I just collect info about those which are also shown in renjunet websites list (based on the average traffic of last 3 months):

domain name / the place in world (March 7, 2008)

renju.net 399,375 RenjuNet
piskvorky.cz 1,254,449 Czech renju
rifchina.com 1,973,391 RIF China
renjuclass.com 2,359,317 Online Renju Class
shwzq.com 2,481,691 Shanghai renju
renju.info 3,064,459 Okajima's renju site
renju.se 4,008,045 Swedish renju + Renlib
renjusha.net 5,589,226 Japanese renju
ljrenju.com.cn 6,970,510 Sun's renju site
renju.ee 7,117,011 Estonian renju
zjrenju.net 7,295,310 Zhejiang renju
renju.net.ru 7,377,297 Renju Offline
renju.fi 9,004,133 Finnish renju
omok.or.kr 10,432,289 Korean renju
renju.pl 11,981,193 Polish renju

I did not add to the list the websites that do not have a unique domain name and share the hosting with some other websites. Also, the more people start to use Alexa toolbar, the more accurate the world's list will become. Maybe in the future, I will come back to this topic and post the changes in this list.

renju.net receives about 3 million hits per year. It's highest place was during the last world championship, where the week's average place in the world was 70,000.

March 19, 2008

renju.net 357,373 RenjuNet
piskvorky.cz 1,648,081 Czech renju
rifchina.com 1,981,731 RIF China
renjuclass.com 2,318,590 Online Renju Class
shwzq.com 2,704,456 Shanghai renju
renju.se 4,275,360 Swedish renju + Renlib
renju.info 4,286,983 Okajima's renju site
ljrenju.com.cn 6,960,820 Sun's renju site
renju.ee 7,136,577 Estonian renju
renju.fi 7,136,578 Finnish renju
zjrenju.net 7,326,354 Zhejiang renju
renjusha.net 7,383,668 Japanese renju
renju.net.ru 7,402,660 Renju Offline
omok.or.kr 10,306,468 Korean renju
renju.pl 12,143,802 Polish renju

It seems that most websites' world ranking is dropping. It is normal, because the web world is expanding rapidly, more websites appear every day, and it is possible that even if a renju website is actually gaining more visitors than before, its world ranking may still drop because other non-renju websites move up faster and take higher places.

April 2, 2008

renju.net 328,646 RenjuNet
piskvorky.cz 1,510,659 Czech renju
renjuclass.com 2,069,636 Online Renju Class
rifchina.com 2,115,097 RIF China
shwzq.com 2,588,198 Shanghai renju
renju.net.ru 2,706,080 Renju Offline
renju.se 4,996,609 Swedish renju + Renlib
renju.ee 5,223,356 Estonian renju
ljrenju.com.cn 6,987,183 Sun's renju site
renju.fi 7,182,433 Finnish renju
zjrenju.net 7,411,470 Zhejiang renju
renjusha.net 7,456,750 Japanese renju
omok.or.kr 10,231,680 Korean renju
renju.pl 12,415,075 Polish renju
renju.info 14,013,172 Okajima's renju site

It seems that renju.info site has become somewhat idle based on Alexa ranking. On the other hand, Renju Offline (renju.net.ru) made a big leap upwards.

April 17, 2008 - Alexa Ranking Formula Changed!

Here is the announcement from Alexa homepage, explaining the change of ranking formula:

When Alexa began displaying rankings in 1998 it was with the goal of showing Alexa Toolbar users how popular any given site was within the Alexa community. We generated the rankings through an analysis of Internet usage by people who use the Alexa Toolbar. Since that time we've been delighted to see that the Alexa Rankings have become a yardstick by which website popularity is measured. We are grateful to the thousands of people who come to Alexa.com each day to check the Alexa Rankings.

In recent months we've heard from our Alexa users that understanding Internet usage beyond Alexa Toolbar users was increasingly of interest. Ask and you shall receive!

We listened to your suggestions, and we believe that our new rankings system is much closer to what you asked for. We now aggregate data from multiple sources to give you a better indication of website popularity among the entire population of Internet users.

You gave us many other suggestions as well, and we are working hard to implement them. We won't tell any secrets just yet, but you can expect to see new features rolled out over the coming weeks and months.

According to that, the new rankings are:

iwzq.com 573,765 IWZQ
rifchina.com 1,014,391 RIF China
shwzq.com 1,339,446 Shanghai renju
renju.net 1,631,162 RenjuNet
renju.net.ru 1,958,753 Renju Offline
renju.info 2,686,783 Okajima's renju site
renjuclass.com 3,120,705 Online Renju Class
ljrenju.com.cn 3,499,461 Sun's renju site
piskvorky.cz 3,704,365 Czech renju
renju.se 4,497,612 Swedish renju + Renlib
zjrenju.net 7,272,452 Zhejiang renju
renjusha.net 7,503,742 Japanese renju
renju.ee 19,486,656 Estonian renju
renju.fi 20,104,216 Finnish renju
omok.or.kr no rank Korean renju
renju.pl no rank Polish renju

China is a big country with so many renju fans, and it is fair that the Chinese websites have most traffic. So I believe the new counting formula is more fair, indeed. Lets see how the new formula brings us the results some weeks later.

May 10, 2008

iwzq.com 771,198 IWZQ
rifchina.com 1,283,319 RIF China
renju.net 1,338,397 RenjuNet
shwzq.com 1,799,854 Shanghai renju
renju.info 2,233,174 Okajima's renju site
piskvorky.cz 2,549,611 Czech renju
renju.net.ru 2,785,892 Renju Offline
renjuclass.com 3,134,625 Online Renju Class
ljrenju.com.cn 4,284,569 Sun's renju site
renju.se 4,847,997 Swedish renju + Renlib
zjrenju.net 7,582,029 Zhejiang renju
renju.fi 8,599,569 Finnish renju
renjusha.net 9,564,303 Japanese renju
renju.ee 16,686,400 Estonian renju
omok.or.kr 28,718,363 Korean renju
renju.pl no rank Polish renju (is this website closed?)

All these ratings are based on the average traffic on past 3 months. Therefore, the impact of TWC traffic is not very obvious for those webs which were involved with publishing TWC related information.
For curiocity, we can see the weekly ranking (it is not as reliable as the stable 3 month ranking).

Because of the TWC impact, the "one-week-average-world-rankings" were:
renju.net ~ 678 000
iwzq.com ~ 941 000
rifchina.com ~ 2 256 000
shwzq.com ~ 2 286 000
renju.fi ~ 3 004 000
ljrenju.com.cn ~ 3 893 000

Naturally, we can expect that the following week's average ranking will drop down to be somewhere close to 3-month average rankings.

May 25, 2008

iwzq.com 984,215 IWZQ
renju.net 1,191,752 RenjuNet
wuzi8.com 1,371,849 wuzi8
rifchina.com 1,675,299 RIF China
piskvorky.cz 2,390,598 Czech renju
renju.info 2,428,924 Okajima's renju site
renju.net.ru 2,834,996 Renju Offline
renjuclass.com 3,281,462 Online Renju Class
ljrenju.com.cn 4,592,180 Sun's renju site
renju.se 5,057,275 Swedish renju + Renlib
shwzq.com 5,075,081 Shanghai renju
zjrenju.net 5,751,657 Zhejiang renju
renju.fi 8,184,801 Finnish renju
renjusha.net 8,914,137 Japanese renju
renju.ee 17,611,510 Estonian renju
omok.or.kr 28,959,964 Korean renju
renju.pl no rank Polish renju (closed)

The wuzi8 website was added to list, it took the 3rd place. shwzq dropped a lot, but it is probably just temporary, as the weekly average still shows the place within 2 million. One of the reasons may be that shwzq has bought renju.cc domain that points to the same website, and some people use that domain name to access the Shanghai renju web, therefore old shwzq.com gets less hits than before, although the sum of hits from both domains can be pretty high. Unfortunately Alexa ranking system cannot detect and merge such traffic.

July 2, 2008

iwzq.com 728,016 IWZQ
renju.net 952,817 RenjuNet
rifchina.com 1,019,949 RIF China
wuzi8.com 1,023,917 wuzi8
renju.info 2,035,322 Okajima's renju site
shwzq.com 2,207,789 Shanghai renju
piskvorky.cz 2,276,068 Czech renju
renjuclass.com 3,563,158 Online Renju Class
ljrenju.com.cn 3,701,706 Sun's renju site
zjrenju.net 4,493,391 Zhejiang renju
renjusha.net 5,343,065 Japanese renju
renju.se 5,362,873 Swedish renju + Renlib
renju.fi 9,196,599 Finnish renju
renju.ee 10,331,009 Estonian renju
renju.cc 17,082,020 redirects to shwzq.com
renju.net.ru 17,173,988 Renju Offline
omok.or.kr 29,678,728 Korean renju

There have not been any big changes among the top websites, but the biggest "shakers" this time were renju.net.ru and renju.ee.


Ando Meritee
#2 2008-03-19 22:41:03

I just updated my article by adding the ratings of March 19. Maybe you can notice one unbelievable thing: even though there are billions of websites in the world, two renju websites, Estonian and Finnish, are placed just next to each other!!! What a huge coincidence!! Of course, Estonia is winning by far!! :P

renju.ee 7,136,577 Estonian renju
renju.fi 7,136,578 Finnish renju

It is really an amazing coincidence!


Jussi Ikonen
#3 2008-03-19 22:53:23

Laughing out loud! :P


Yamaguchi Yusui
#4 2008-03-20 00:03:16

"renju.info" is not Yamaguchi's. :)
Okajima as you don't know has the website.


Ando Meritee
#5 2008-03-20 00:14:19

Oh I did not know. I will make the correction.


Ando Meritee
#6 2008-04-02 15:10:52

I added the latest rankings to my article just now. Some big changes in the list this time.

To Mr. Yamaguchi: If you have time, maybe you can also participate in the discussion about Yamaguchi rule, especially in the topic of "dictionary of Yamaguchi rule". I am sure you have lots of experience and analyses to share with the world.


iwzq
#7 2008-04-11 13:31:34

Iwzq.com has a traffic rank of: 15974,582


Ando Meritee
#8 2008-04-11 13:57:12

Is it a new website? I have not heard of it yet. Can you write an introduction of that website, please. What is the content, and who is the maker.

Then from next time, I can add this website to the statistics, and also to the list of Websites at renjunet.


Chen Youzhi
#9 2008-04-11 16:01:43

ando先生能看懂中文,我就用中文写咯。
我是爱五子棋www.iwzq.com的管理员,网站始建于2006年,搜集整理了充足的五子棋资料,并做了比较好的分类,所有转载的内容均在文章写明了原作者和出处,网站的建设过程中得到中国连珠网和上海连珠网的大力支持。
虽然是个论坛,我却不允许注册用户随意发帖,也谢绝随意回复,这样使得网站不是很火,不过符合我的口味,下棋就要静呀!之所以这样,是为了保证整个网站内容的质量。该网站是目前中国五子棋高手及爱好者访问比较集中的站点。
因为在中国人可能更熟悉五子棋这个词,所以网站就取名爱五子棋网,要不然我就取爱连珠网了。哈哈!
网站中,有很多关于ando先生的文章http://www.iwzq.com/ShowBBS.asp?menu=5&UserName=Ando,这些文章很受欢迎,例如您的《五子棋的基本战术(上)的点击率达到了5974 。
在此,邀请ando先生常来iwzq做客。


Ando Meritee
#10 2008-04-11 16:18:37

Dear Youzhi Chen,

Thank you for your introduction! I have looked your website, and it is very nice. I hope it will help make renju more popular. It is also interesting to see the translations of articles and comments to them.

But there is one small problem. Among many free articles, I noticed some copyrighted articles which should not be published. The Online Renju Class teaching material, including all the articles of Renju Tactics, are not allowed to be published anywhere. It is only for private use of Renjuclass students. Please remove such articles from the website. Thank you.

At the same time, there is no problem about publishing and translating the articles that you find from:
- the Blog of Renjunet
- Forum of Renjuclass
- Articles section of Renjunet

You are welcome to translate and publish them (with a link to original source, please). They are free. :)

If the copyrighted articles are removed, then I believe we can have very nice cooperation in the future, and your website will become more popular every day. I will try to visit your website frequently from now on. It can also improve my Chinese reading ability.

Very nice to meet you!

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