QCostarica.com is ranked 59th in the “top 200 Costa Rica websites most visited” in an “exclusive study” by Conozcasucanton.com, compiled using Alexa ranking, the California-based company (wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com) that provides commercial web traffic data and analytics.
Conozca su Cantón (Know your Canton) says it undertook the task to determine how well ranked Tico websites were in the world.
Taking the crown is the digital news source, Crhoy.com with a worldwide Alexa rank of 1.749, ahead of Nacion.com ranked globally 2,609. Qcostarica.com (at the time of the study) has an Alexa ranking of 233,580 placing it in 59th spot in Costa Rica websites.
Costa Rica has a high internet penetration, with 47% of the people using the internet and 72 out of every 100 using a mobile device to connect. It is estimated by 2036 everyone (100% of the people) in the country will be connected to the internet.
English Still Queued
Of the total of websites on the top 200 list, 76% are exclusively in Spanish, 13% are only in English and only 9% are bilingual.
Tico websites are still poor when it comes to a digital presence in English, a negative for a country that has an economic model based largely on tourism.
Interesting is that of the top 200 websites only 17 (8.5%) are tourism related, with only three hotel sites. This shows that the tourism sector, that in 2015 represented 5.8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has a weak digital presence in terms of visits.
For example, Costa Rica’s official tourism page by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), visitcostarica.com, is 79th on the list of 200. Click here to check the ranking of your website or any website on the world wide web.
When it comes to e-commerce, the Costa Rica post office (correos.go.cr) is tops and top dog in digital media in the country, Grupo Nacion, makes the list of 200 with 8 products, including nacion.com and yuplon.com.
While the majority of the top 200 are big business, public and private institutions, with a staff and financial resources, the Q with its staff of three (me, myself and I) is proud to be in the top half of the list.