What’s hot in the great realm of BitTorrent in 2011? Initially little appears to have changed, as the top three is the identical to that of last year. But moving along the list we notice a number of movers and shakers in addition to a surprising newcomer.
Here we have compiled an index of the 10 most-visited torrent sites at the beginning of the new year. Only public and English language sites are included. The list is dependant on traffic rank reports from Compete and Alexa. Furthermore, we include last year’s ranking for each of the 10 sites.
The Pirate Bay has become the most commonly known BitTorrent brand on the web. The site was founded in 2003 and is also still expanding, regardless of the immense legal witch hunt launched by the entertainment industries in the past.
Torrentz continues to be the cutting edge BitTorrent meta-search engine for many years. 2-3 weeks ago the website traded in its .COM domain and switched to .EU, but this didn’t impact the site’s traffic.
A year ago was a tough one for isoHunt, as it took over as first search engine that had to implement a keyword filter supplied by the MPAA. Regardless of this setback, isoHunt is still the third largest torrent site in terms of traffic. In 2011, isoHunt hopes to reduce the filter through the Appeals Court.
KickassTorrents was the quickest growing newcomer of last year, and were able to continue this upward trend throughout 2010. The website released many latest features and carries on innovate, still without having a single banner ad on the website.
BTjunkie experienced a pretty quiet year, that is certainly usually good news for a site that operates in the BitTorrent niche. The only setback was the removal of the site’s front page from Google as a result of DMCA complaint. As last year, BTjunkie settles in 5th place.
The impossible happened. Demonoid finished 2010 with only a minimal level of downtime, when compared with weeks or months in the past years. 2-3 weeks ago the site announced that it would move from the familiar .COM to a .ME domain in reaction to the news about US domain seizures.
ExtraTorrent is just one of those robust torrent indexes that don’t make the news very often. In 2010 it continued to flourish and the site gained two spots when compared with last year.
TorrentDownloads is in the same league as ExtraTorrent, a sincere torrent index that gives torrents to countless users month after month.
TorrentReactor fooled the majority of the tech press last year when it introduced that it had obtained a Russian town, among the finest PR stunts seen in 2010. On the flipside TorrentReactor appears to have lost some traffic as a result of Google penalty, dropping the site to 9th place this season.
LimeTorrents is the better newcomer of 2010 with regards to traffic, which promises a lot for the new year. The website went live half a year ago and already made it into the top 10 in this short while. It’s also a bit ironic as ‘Limewire’ got shutdown earlier.
Do you know an excellent public torrent site that’s not listed here? Go ahead and plug it in a comment.
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