Everyone knows that the really big and popular websites have an insane number of visitors and we are familiar with the out of control numbers involved with Facebook.

So Pingdom set out to find out more about website number 50, or 100, or 500? What does it take for a website, in terms of visitors, to reach such a ranking?

A while back Google released a list of the 1,000 most-visited websites on the Internet, including estimates of how many worldwide visitors those websites have each month. We used this list as a basis for this little study.

Here are their Key findings

There are some very revealing patterns that emerge when you look at this many websites at once, but before we go ahead and show you those, here are a few key findings:

  • To become a top 1,000 website you need at least 4.1 million visitors per month.
  • To become a top 500 website you need at least 7.4 million visitors per month.
  • To become a top 100 website you need at least 22 million visitors per month.
  • To become a top 50 website you need at least 41 million visitors per month.
  • To become a top 10 website you need at least 230 million visitors per month.
  • To become the number 1 website in the world? Then you need more than 540 millionvisitors per month. (Good luck with that.)

Facebook is the site behind that last number.

And just to be clear, whenever we say “visitors” in this article, we mean unique visitors.

Final words from Pingdom

So there you have it. If you want to break into the top 100 websites, you’ll need at least 22 million visitors per month. If you “only” aim for the top 1,000, you’ll need at least 4.1 million visitors per month.

Gee, that can’t be so hard, can it…?

Via Pingdom