Before buying or updating your Web site, itís important to know what is going on in the Internet market. To produce the best, most profitable site, Web sites need to reflect the latest trends in the ever-changing Internet market.
Did you know?
® E-commerce is the fastest growing retail segment. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that total e-commerce sales have grown 367% since 1999. In the first quarter of 2005, U.S. on-line sales were just shy of $20 billion. That is a 6.4% increase over the previous quarter and an almost 24% jump over the previous year.
® Over the past few years, blogs have emerged as the most popular format for publishing on the Web. In August 2004, Google tracked approximately 3-million blog posts; in February 2005, that number jumped to 6.9 million blogs. Thatís an increase of 120% in just six months.
®Internet Explorer is the most popular browser around with an estimated 80% of Web sites seen through its frame. Because it comes preinstalled, the average user tends to use Internet Explorer.
® In June of 2005, Nielson Ratings reported that the average user logged in 16 times per week. In addition, he visited 37 domains, spent almost 18.5 hours on-line and viewed each Web page for approximately 54 seconds.
® According to Computer Industry Almanac, in 2004, there were 193 million Internet users in the US. It is estimated that by 2007, there will be 236 million. That is an increase of approximately 23%. And worldwide Internet users will top 1 billion in 2005.
These stats reflect the phenomenal growth and business opportunities available on-line. Fifty years ago, television was the hot medium to invest in. Fifteen years ago, it was cable. And today, itís the Internet.