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Our first Top Earning Websites List was published in March 2009.

There have been significant changes since then. AirBnB founded in 2008 did not make the original list but are here today. Myspace no longer features!

Please Note: Despite their significant size, some companies are intentionally left out because they are primarily retail based that does web based revenue, but ultimately the service or product offered does not necessarily depend on the internet to generate the majority of its revenue and certain companies have been left out because they have since been acquired by other companies. We have also excluded from the list any business that is primarily App Based.

Use this table as motivation. It is easy to think that the numbers below are impossible but at a certain point the founders of the companies listed felt the same way. Also please see our various notes at the end of this list.

Last time we updated Google was the top earning website and Amazon was No 2 – this time they have swooped positions around. Amazon is that Juggernaut of a Money Earning Machine and they continue to innovate and grow.

In 2009 the top earning website was taking $691 per second, today it is taking $3392 per second!

Enjoy!

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30 Top Earning Websites That Make A Lot Of Money Online

Rank Website Founders Annual Revenue $ Per Second
1 Amazon Jeff Bezos $107 Billion $3392.94
2 Google Larry Page, Sergey Brin $74.98B $2378.23
3 JD.com Liu Qiangdong aka Richard Liu $28B $887.87
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes $17.93B $568.56
5 Tencent Ma Huateng $12.89B $408.74
6 Reuters Paul Reuter $12.6B $399.54
7 Alibaba Peng Lei, Jack Ma $12.29B $389.71
8 Paypal Peter Thiel, Yu Pan, Luke Nosek, Elon Musk, Ken Howery, Max Levchin $9.248B $293.25
9 Priceline Jesse Fink, Jay S. Walker, Scott Case $9.22B $292.36
10 eBay Pierre Omidyar $8.59B $272.39
11 Expedia Richard Barton $6.67B $211.50
12 Rakuten Hiroshi Mikitani $6.3B $199.77
13 salesforce Marc Benioff, Parker Harris $5.37B $170.28
14 Baidu Robin Li, Eric Xu $5.21B $165.21
15 Yahoo Jerry Yang, David Filo $4.97B $157.60
16 Groupon Eric Lefkofsky, Brad Keywell, Andrew Mason $3.1B $98.30
17 LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, Konstantin Guericke, Jean-Luc Valliant, Allen Blue, Eric Ly $2.99B $94.81
18 Twitter Evan Williams, Noah glass, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone $2.22B $70.40
19 NetEase Ding Lei $2.0B $63.42
20 Sohu Charles Zhang $1.937B $61.42
21 Overstock.com Patrick M. Byrne $1.66B $52.64
22 NYTimes Henry Jarvis Raymond, George Jones $1.59B $50.42
23 TripAdvisor Langley Steinert, Stephen Kaufer $1.5B $47.56
24 ASOS.com Nick Robertson, Quentin Griffiths $1.4B $44.39
25 Orbitz Jeff Katz $932 Million $29.55
26 Yandex Arkady Volozh, Arkady Borkovsky, Ilya Segalovich, Elena Kolmanovskaya $900M $28.54
27 airbnb Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk $900M $28.54
28 Stubhub Eric H. Baker, Jeff Fluhr $500M $15.85
29 Blue Nile Mark Vadon $480M $15.22
30 DropBox Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi $400M $12.68

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How Did We Calculate The Earnings

To obtain the turnover of the companies in this list we first analyzed SEC 10-K reports that are submitted by publicly traded companies within 60 days of the company’s fiscal year end. For private companies, reputable sites such as BusinessInsider, Forbes, and Bloomberg were utilized and cross referenced to identify revenue amounts for each companies most recent completed fiscal year. In cases of multiple sites showcased varying numbers, the lowest was used.

Top Earning Websites Notes:

=> Yandex is a Russian Internet company which operates the largest search engine in the Russian Federation with about 60% market share in the country.

=> NetEase, Inc. is a leading China-based Internet technology company founded in 1997 that pioneered the development of applications, services and other technologies for the Internet in China.

=> AirBnB Revenue – How Much Does It Make?

=> Dropbox was one of the most difficult websites to track down revenue for, with varying revenue figures quoted – but there are plenty of references to its large valuation.

=> Myspace featured in our original list – whatever happened to them?

=> Props to Mike Marani for his assistance in updating this post (April 2016)

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  • Yannick

    Wow .. that’s crazy man .. I would be happy when I make some cents per second 😉

    • well, EBITDA is missing so it’s hard to analyze this kind of data on practical meanings.

    • Indeed, I feel the same way.

    • UNOBLOGGER

      ha ha ha few cents a sec?….. i would be happy with few cents a min:)

    • steve

      Well one point i was loseing 2.00 a day in costs of server.
      but now i make some times 100 a week or so not much i no but if we dont try we never will earn more like those
      The ideal think is think of some think that ever one wants to do for at least 15 mins aday and then your be laughing as you may get brought out or just be siting on a mass money machine.

  • Danny Cooper

    Wow that’s pretty amazing – I’m especially surprised to see Zappos earning more than AOL!

  • Scott :: IrnMedia.net

    $691 per second! Wow, I did the maths because it didn’t sound right to equate to $21,800,000,000 but it sure did.

    What an amazing bunch of sites…

  • now that’s what i call making money online..wooow…nice post

  • diarta

    great…, internet is a place for richest

  • Crazy amounts and now that Google Checkout is going to start charging the same as Paypal that is set to rise even more.
    Lets them do charitable gestures without batting an eyelid.
    Sergey Brin is funding a Parkinson’s gene trial by 23andMe and then there is Google.org too.

    Now if only if all the high profile companies had been this forward thinking in the past 20 years. I wonder how many others on that list contribute something back to society?

  • Mario

    Very interesting & informative information

  • Michael

    Thanks for all your kind words guys, the list is great inspiration!

    Great point Stuart, I wonder if this so called recession will effect Google.

    • Mr. Sonny Fales

      No!!!These Companies are Not Stupid and All have Major OffShore Accounting Firms pumping Millions into “Dirivative”,”MutualFunds”,”ProfitableStockMarkets”, “Options”,Currencies”&”ForexExchangers” on a “Hourly,Daily,Weekly,Monthly&Yearly” Basis and are using a Battery of Investment Brokers involved with these Financial Instruments & Tools!!!That’s what All Smart Companies & Wealthy Individuals do when they are making in excess of Hundreds of Millions of Dollars and must let their Money Make More Money even while their companies are still Racking in the “Big Dough”!!!

    • khalid

      Could u please tell us that how much u are earning per second ? just wanted to know your level.

  • 3kolone

    wow, that’s amazing … who knows knows… no recession for the brave 😉

  • Impressive. I want to meet them!

  • Googles profits WILL soar this year as there are so many extra people turning to the net who have been made redundant etc… a real damned shame but a recession is and has been proven to make the big boys get bigger and it is a time when the shrewd explode thier profits while evryone else buries their head and mourns.

    Moral: Take action and create your success story 🙂

    Great post!

  • Mott Kornicki

    It looks like the Internet has a few recession proof portals! Huge $

  • Great list Michael. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nice list, but who the hell is Erik Prince? And when did he start AOL?

  • Another interesting post Michael. Very inspiring!

  • Michael

    Great point Lewis, this recession is doing wonders for my business model!

    Thanks guys, glad the list has inspired you!! Now do something about it 🙂

  • Alvin Yudistira

    Once more. Michael… you supply great resources on posting… thanks so much.

  • Michael

    Thanks Alvin 🙂 I hope it inspires you with your recent project!

  • James Cunningham

    WOW! I wish I had a site up there, I’ll be happy when i start making pence per minute let alone per second.

  • Charlie Dean

    Wow thats wicked! $700 odd a second for Google!!

  • jamelia

    “GOggle wow.” I goggle a lot hmmm……..

  • Great list Michael! I never knew that Google was making that much, haha

  • Play Games Win Prizes

    Dang, talk about a BIG earning per second, lol. Multiply it and it’s like wtf?!?!

    -Mike

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  • Is this outdated? Because if I’m not mistaken, Google owns YouTube so shouldn’t the YouTube earnings be added to Google?

  • Charles

    This list would have been better if it stated what the sources of revenue were. For example, how is Skype making it’s money?

    Please do this Michael 😀

  • nice list but the important part was the presence of travel sites on that list…..looks like online travel is for sure a a good online prospect…

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  • Michael

    Thanks for all the support guys 🙂 Will take in your thoughts for future top lists!

    Thinking about doing one every week! Let me know what lists you want to see.

  • James Avery

    Michael, I found this post through a contact on Twitter who runs a very well known travel website.

    I run a travel website myself too, but I also have a blog on a more personal subject. It relates to mind management, and I’m interested to see that you describe yourself as a dyslexic college drop out. I’m interested to see if I can monetise my blogs, as I have no problem in writing quality content.

    Glad there’s no exams to pass when it comes to making money online, keep up the good work!

  • Renelda

    I would love to see Twitter on that list. The list is a great motivation.

  • jwright

    Michael! Hey man, love the new site. I can’t wait to see http://www.retireat21.com up there in the list sometime!

    Take care!

  • The online medium will be the future, no doubt about it. But an online medium controlled by giants will not be very helpfull.

  • Michael

    Hey James! Long time and thanks so much man! 😀

    Could we really live without Google?

  • No I do not think we could live without google anymore… They have such a big market share, in everything!

  • jwright

    Live without google? hmmm… probably, but not successfully. As a software engineer google plays a BIG part in my career, because I do a lot of research and problem solving.

    Without it, you’d be reinventing the wheel everyday!

  • hmm…wonder where bonanzle.com is on that list.

  • Jo

    wow!! That is amazing!! I’m interested to know how much of that they give away….a lot I reckon.

  • wannadevelop.com

    Facebook??

    That is funny 😀

  • Wow!! It’s amazing… $691.27/second

  • Jacqueline Peters

    This is an amazing list. I thought Facebook was not making any money. Only last Friday, I heard they are trying to figure out how to make money with the site.

  • Ridhuan

    You can check how much you should be making from cubestat.com or websiteoutlook.com. they give you estimates of your should earn based on your pagerank and traffic ranking. Remember they are just ESTIMATES but if you really know how to monetize your site and turn the traffic to money, you’ll probably make more than the estimated figures.

  • t_ah_um

    I’m into lists…thanks

  • Michelle_Onn

    Michael,
    Internet is really for someone who is looking for serious wealth!!!! The info is awesome. keep up the great job. Thanks.

  • jenney MaC

    Thanks for sharing this list.
    Real Inspiration.

    Regards
    Jenney MaC

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  • izuddin.helmi

    Keep up your good articles!~ I love your site. Bookmarked!

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  • Woowww…. Amazing people.