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Top Western European Domain Names (.de, .uk, .fr, .es, .se, .it)

Western European web presence is on the decline.


.de (Germany) domains in top 500

  • From two sites in July 2004, Germany has seen eight sites snatch significant positions - a strong positive trend overall.

.uk (UK) domains in top 500

  • The UK holds three top-20 spots.
  • The UK's middle and lower tier web sites show a strong parabolic trajectory.

.fr (France) domains in top 500

  • France sported solid gains from July 2004 to July 2005, a trend that slowly reversed.
  • The top two French domains show consistent lateral movement.

.es (Spain) domains in top 500

  • Most Spanish sites have a parabolic trajectory.
  • Having started with four sites in the top 500, only two remain by Jan 2007.

.it (Italy) domains in top 500

  • Italy seemed to be on the verge of loosing all but one of its top 500 sites in Jan/July of 2006.
  • In Jan 2007, Italy saw two new sites jump into the top 500, and positive movement of two existing sites.

.se (Sweden) domains in top 500

  • Swedish sites, despite strong initial progress, have fallen from the top 500. The turning point was July 2005.

See also Netherlands.


Each visualization is segmented by six lines, which represent dates approximately six months apart. The first line is July 2004 and the final line is January 2007. Web sites are ordered along each of these axes according to their traffic rank. The site at the top is the most visited web site on the internet, while the site at the bottom is the 500th most visited. Movement in rank is visualized by colored lines. Positive movement is shown in green while negative movement is shown in red. The saturation of the color is proportional to the intensity of the change. Neutral (horizontal) movement is rendered in brown. If a web site enterers or leaves the top 500 list, its line is shown starting or ending at the bottom of the graph (the 500th position). See captions for additional details.



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