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    Feb 23 rd, 2012
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    8 Most Popular Reference Websites as of February 2012

    The success of web content business is often measured by website popularity. Popularity can also help to determine a website’s or blog’s earning potential.

    In this article, we would like to present to you the eight most popular websites that people visit when they look for answers to general information questions. These websites are:

    1. Wikipedia

    Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

    It is a user-generated and user-edited resource that provides information on a vast array of topics. It contains more than 16 million articles and almost 4 million of these are written in the English language.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 350,000,000

    2. Yahoo! Anwers

    It is a website that allows anyone to ask questions about everything. It also allows anybody to provide answers to questions given by askers. The site then features the questions together with their best answers on their web pages.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 85,000,000

    3. About

    About.com is an American website owned by The New York Times Company. It is an online resource for original information.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 78,000,000

    4. Answers

    Answers.com is an Israel-based knowledge exchange website with offices in New York and Jerusalem. It is composed of several reference websites which include WikiAnswers, ReferenceAnswers, VideoAnswers, and five international language Q&A communities. It supports six languages particularly English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Filipino.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 57,000,000

    5. eHow

    eHow.com is a website that contains how-to guides created by freelancers. It contains more than one million articles and almost 200,000 videos that offer step-by-step instructions of doing things and it covers a wide variety of topics which are organized into several categories.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors; 55,000,000

    6. Reference

    Reference.com is an online encyclopedia, thesaurus, and dictionary which also provides. It also contains a machine translator, a web search utility, word games and crossword puzzles.

    The site reproduces content from external sources which include other online dictionaries and encyclopedias.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 40,000,000

    7. HubPages

    HubPages.com is a website which serves as a social content community for writers. It gives each of its members a free sub-domain where he or she can post magazine-style content.

    Hubbers retain ownership of their hubs and they earn revenue by posting ads on their hubs.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 28,500,000

    8. Squidoo

    It is a community website that allows users to create pages for subjects that they are passionate about. It also allows users to create multimedia even if they don’t possess HTML skills.

    The site’s main source of income comers from advertising and affiliate links. It also applies a generous link sharing system which gives 50 percent of its revenues to its lensmasters.

    Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 24,800,000

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