How Many Pages are on the Internet?

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I recently came across an article that really made me think. We all know you can find just about anything on the Internet (whether it’s true or not, malicious or not, etc.). But have you ever stopped to wonder how many Web pages actually exist out there?

Well, as is the case with most curiosity-minded people, someone’s ponying up the capital to find out.  Apparently a group named the World Wide Web Foundation is getting a $1 million grant from Google to find out.  The article can be found here.

The results are supposed to come out early next year.  I’m very interested to see the final number.  Apparently the founder of Wired magazine estimated that there are approximately a trillion pages.  The problem as I see it is, the Internet is growing at an exponential rate, right?  Doesn’t that mean that the second that they finish counting, their data will be severely out-of-date?  It’s like buying a new smartphone, and the next day, they come out with a new version of it.  Blast!

Keep in mind that Google and other search engines are indexing most of these pages.  Given the sheer number of pages out there, it has to make you wonder, “Are my pages getting lost out there?”  This is another reason why web marketing grows in importance every single day.

Whatever the number may be, I’m proud to be part of a company that has contributed a large number of good-looking Web pages to the Internet mass.  Fortunately, content management tools like Cascade Server have allowed our clients to also easily contribute to that number.

Come to think of it, we have a tool here that will tell us how many pages exist on a particular Web site (also number of images, PDFs, etc.). Maybe I can start a scan of the Internet with it to count pages. It’ll probably finish scanning in 2016.