These below mentioned Reference Sites have been ranked as derived from eBizMBA Rank, Alexa Rank, Global Rank, and estimated traffic stats of websites. Let us take a closer look at what these sites have to offer and why they are so popular in 2016.
Table of Page Contents
- 10. Internet Archive – www.internetacrchive.com
- 9. HubPages – www.hubpages.com
- 8. Stack Exchange – www.stackexchange.com
- 7. Google Books – https://books.google.com
- 6. eHow – www.eHow.com
- 5. Wikia – www.wikia.com
- 4. Answers.com – www.answers.com
- 3. About.com – www.about.com
- 2. Yahoo! Answers – https://answers.yahoo.com
- 1. Wikipedia – www.wikipedia.com
Here we enlist the top 10 best Reference websites for 2017
10. Internet Archive – www.internetacrchive.com
Internet Archive is a San Francisco based non-profit digital library that provides free public access to all digitized materials such as movies, videos, software applications, games, websites, moving images, and nearly 3 million public domain books.
Founded 20 years ago by Brewster Kahle, this digital library’s collection topped 15 petabytes as of October 2016. Here, you will be able to upload and download digital materials to Internet Archive’s data cluster. This reference website also oversees one of the world’s largest book digitization projects. Internet Archives has an annual budget of $10 million derived from sources including grants, donations, its web crawling services, and from the Kahle-Austin Foundation. Internet Archives receives an estimate of 19,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 396 by eBizMBA Rank, 338th on Quantcast Rank, and 158 by Alexa Rank.
9. HubPages – www.hubpages.com
HubPages is a revenue-sharing website that was founded in 2006 after it acquired its main competitor, Squidoo in 2004. HubPage was founded by Paul Edmonson, Paul Deeds, and Jay Reitz, former employees of Microsoft. Their initial start up was funded by a $2 million investment from Hummer Winblad.
How does it work? Members (also referred to as Hubbers) post informational articles (also known as Hubs). Anyone can contribute Hubs but if you want to earn income, Hubbers must hold a valid Adsense account. HubPages receives an estimate of 22, 500,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 362 by eBizMBA Rank, 78th on Quantcast Rank, and 588 by Alexa Rank.
8. Stack Exchange – www.stackexchange.com
Stack Exchange is a network of question and answer websites that vary on topics. Each site covers a specific topic, where answers, questions, and users are subject to a reputation award process. Users’ contributions are licensed under Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
Stack Exchange uses IIS, SQL Server, and the ASP.NET framework all from a single code base for every Stack Exchange site (except for Area 51). The team also uses Redis, HAProxy, and Elasticsearch. Stack Exchange receives an estimate of 23,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 296 by eBizMBA Rank, 80th on Quantcast Rank, and 199 by Alexa Rank.
7. Google Books – https://books.google.com
Google Books, previously known as Google Print and Google Book Search is a digital library from Google Inc. This site searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text, and stored in its digital database.
Here, books are provided either by publishers and authors, by Google’s library partners, through the Library Project, or through Google Books Partner Program. Google has also teamed up with multiple magazine publishers to digitize their archives. Google Books receives an estimate of 30,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 205 by eBizMBA Rank and 220 on Quantcast Rank.
6. eHow – www.eHow.com
eHow is an online how-to guide that has an astonishing number of article and approximately 170,000 videos that offer step-by-step guides. eHow articles and videos are created by freelancers and you are bound to find just what you are looking for here.
eHow users are able to leave comments or responses but only contracted writers can actually make permanent changes to any article. These writers work on a freelance basis and are paid per article. eHow was launched in March 1999, 17 years ago and is owned by Demand Media Inc. eHow receives an estimate of 65,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 135 by eBizMBA Rank, 68th on Quantcast Rank, and 302 by Alexa Rank.
5. Wikia – www.wikia.com
Wikia, formerly known as Fandom powered by Wikia is a free wiki hosting service. This website is free of charge and derives its income from sold content, advertising, and publishing most user-provided text under copyleft licenses. Wikia hosts numerous wikis using the open-source wiki software, MediaWiki.
Wikia is a private company that was founded in 2004, 12 years ago by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling. Aikia also runs the association Fandom editorial project that offers pop-culture and gaming news. Wikia receives an estimate of 85,500,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 103 by eBizMBA Rank, 25th on Quantcast Rank, and 143 by Alexa Rank.
4. Answers.com – www.answers.com
Answers.com is a private Question and Answer site which includes WikiAnswers, VideoAnswers, ReferenceAnswers, and five international language Q&A communities. Answer.com domain name was purchased in 1996 by Bill Gross and Henrik Jones at idealab.
Answers.com is the primary product of Answers Corporation (previously known as GuruNet), an internet reference and Q&A company that was founded in 1999. The site supports German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Tagalog. Answers.com receives an estimate of 95,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 66 by eBizMBA Rank, 7th on Quantcast Rank, and 167 by Alexa Rank.
3. About.com – www.about.com
About.com, formerly known as MiningCo.com is an internet based network for content that publishes articles and videos about multiple subjects on its topic sites – which there are nearly 1,000. About.com competes with other online resource sites and encyclopedias. As of 2014, About.com had 61, 428, 000 unique visitors that were registered by comScore, making it the 16th most visited online site for March 2014.
About.com was founded in 1997, 19 years ago by Scott Kurnit. It is owned by IAC and it generates revenue by advertising. About.com receives an estimate of 100,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It’s ranked 36 by eBizMBA Rank, 18th on Quantcast Rank, and 79 by Alexa Rank.
2. Yahoo! Answers – https://answers.yahoo.com
Yahoo! Answers formerly known as Yahoo! Q&A is a community driven questions and answers site from Yahoo! Here, users are able to submit questions to be answered by another user or answer questions asked by other users as well. Yahoo! Answers was incorporated in 1995 and was created by Jerry Yang and David Filo.
It began as a simple search directory for some websites but soon grew into a platform that features Yahoo! Answers. Yahoo! Answers was launched to the public while in beta testing in 2005 and later incorporated for general availability in May 2006. Yahoo! Answers was created to replace Ask Yahoo! – former Yahoo!’s Q&A platform. Yahoo! Answers has 150,000,000 estimated unique monthly visitors. It is ranked 25th by eBizMBA Rank, 29 by Quantcast Rank, and 21 by Complete Rank
1. Wikipedia – www.wikipedia.com
Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that has been written by people. Wikipedia works by providing a user with any information they require ranging from small questions such as what a phone is to even asking for information regarding your favorite song.
There are tons of people who are constantly working on improving Wikipedia by making countless changes per hour. Anyone can edit just about anything – if you find information that is incorrect, for example grammar, spelling, content, etc you can be able to edit the information. Wikipedia has an estimated unique monthly visitor of 475,000,000. It is ranked 10th on eBizMBA Rank, 15th on Quantcast Rank, and 6th on Alexa Rank.
Ranking is ever changing based on number of visitors per month but as of now, these are the top 10 most popular best reference websites of 2017. Do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions regarding above listed sites.