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The world ranking of renju websites2008-03-07 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):


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 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) 399,375 RenjuNet 1,254,449 Czech renju 1,973,391 RIF China 2,359,317 Online Renju Class 2,481,691 Shanghai renju 3,064,459 Okajima's renju site 4,008,045 Swedish renju + Renlib 5,589,226 Japanese renju 6,970,510 Sun's renju site 7,117,011 Estonian renju 7,295,310 Zhejiang renju 7,377,297 Renju Offline  9,004,133 Finnish renju 10,432,289 Korean renju 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. 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 357,373 RenjuNet 1,648,081 Czech renju 1,981,731 RIF China 2,318,590 Online Renju Class 2,704,456 Shanghai renju 4,275,360 Swedish renju + Renlib 4,286,983 Okajima's renju site 6,960,820 Sun's renju site 7,136,577 Estonian renju  7,136,578 Finnish renju 7,326,354 Zhejiang renju 7,383,668 Japanese renju 7,402,660 Renju Offline 10,306,468 Korean renju 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 328,646 RenjuNet 1,510,659 Czech renju 2,069,636 Online Renju Class 2,115,097 RIF China 2,588,198 Shanghai renju 2,706,080 Renju Offline 4,996,609 Swedish renju + Renlib 5,223,356 Estonian renju 6,987,183 Sun's renju site  7,182,433 Finnish renju 7,411,470 Zhejiang renju 7,456,750 Japanese renju 10,231,680 Korean renju 12,415,075 Polish renju 14,013,172 Okajima's renju site

It seems that site has become somewhat idle based on Alexa ranking. On the other hand, Renju Offline ( 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 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: 573,765 IWZQ 1,014,391 RIF China 1,339,446 Shanghai renju 1,631,162 RenjuNet 1,958,753 Renju Offline 2,686,783 Okajima's renju site 3,120,705 Online Renju Class 3,499,461 Sun's renju site 3,704,365 Czech renju 4,497,612 Swedish renju + Renlib 7,272,452 Zhejiang renju 7,503,742 Japanese renju 19,486,656 Estonian renju  20,104,216 Finnish renju no rank Korean renju 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 771,198 IWZQ 1,283,319 RIF China 1,338,397 RenjuNet 1,799,854 Shanghai renju 2,233,174 Okajima's renju site 2,549,611 Czech renju 2,785,892 Renju Offline 3,134,625 Online Renju Class 4,284,569 Sun's renju site 4,847,997 Swedish renju + Renlib 7,582,029 Zhejiang renju  8,599,569 Finnish renju 9,564,303 Japanese renju 16,686,400 Estonian renju 28,718,363 Korean renju 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: ~ 678 000 ~ 941 000 ~ 2 256 000 ~ 2 286 000 ~ 3 004 000 ~ 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 984,215 IWZQ 1,191,752 RenjuNet 1,371,849 wuzi8 1,675,299 RIF China 2,390,598 Czech renju 2,428,924 Okajima's renju site 2,834,996 Renju Offline 3,281,462 Online Renju Class 4,592,180 Sun's renju site 5,057,275 Swedish renju + Renlib 5,075,081 Shanghai renju 5,751,657 Zhejiang renju  8,184,801 Finnish renju 8,914,137 Japanese renju 17,611,510 Estonian renju 28,959,964 Korean renju 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 domain that points to the same website, and some people use that domain name to access the Shanghai renju web, therefore old 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 728,016 IWZQ 952,817 RenjuNet 1,019,949 RIF China 1,023,917 wuzi8 2,035,322 Okajima's renju site 2,207,789 Shanghai renju 2,276,068 Czech renju 3,563,158 Online Renju Class 3,701,706 Sun's renju site 4,493,391 Zhejiang renju 5,343,065 Japanese renju 5,362,873 Swedish renju + Renlib  9,196,599 Finnish renju 10,331,009 Estonian renju 17,082,020 redirects to 17,173,988 Renju Offline 29,678,728 Korean renju

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

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