It’s been six months since the worldwide introduction of Google Websites, their free, single page web builder for Google My Business listings. Google has confirmed that the total number of websites created has surpassed 1 million some time in early November.
The number of sites created is impressive and should give pause to companies that are creating websites, what is even more interesting about that number is that since the last time I checked in mid September, the pace has accelerated from just under 6000 a day to over 7000 a day.
Initially from June through July, Google was adding slightly over 6000 sites a day. I assumed at the time that was due to introduction buzz.
From mid July, when Google had hit 250,000 Websites, until mid September they were still adding 5800 or so a day. While a slightly lower rate, still significant. However since my last check in September over two months ago, Google has been adding 7300 a day.
On a country by country basis India and Indonesia continue to lead the total count with both having more than doubled in slightly under 3 months. Turkey has pulled into 4th place with a 134% increase bypassing Brazil which seems to have stalled.
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And while the product was designed to attract small businesses in the developing world, it has continued to gain ground in the developed world as well. Note that the United States, Italy, Japan, Germany, the UK, Poland, Canada and Australia show in the top 20 with most gaining gaining more than 125% since the last count.Google Websites' Uptake Accelerates as they Pass 1.1 Million Total by Mike Blumenthal