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Over 46% of the world’s population is now online: 3.4 billion people. There are now over 1 billion websites.


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Scribblrs says:

There is a HUGE audience out there looking for interesting content.

You just need to tap into them.

In 2016, 46.1% of the world’s population is now online (sources for calculation: InternetLiveStats.com, GeoHive). By comparison, only 1.3% was online back in 1996 and 17.6% in 2006. With your own blog, you have the opportunity to reach readers in all corners of the world. And over half the world (53.9% to be exact) still doesn’t have internet access, meaning your potential audience will only continue to grow in coming years.

This table does a good job breaking down the number of Internet users (and percentage of population) in each country.

A few Reddit comments:

https://reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/4vu52m/how_the_worlds_34_billion_internet_users_behave/

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