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The results are in! The names of the top 20 U.S. domains have been released, and you might have guessed the winner.

With over 20 million domains viewed by over 20 million users in the U.S., in October 2006, it was a true battle royale for online viewing supremacy.

Web metrics firm Compete released the names of the elite domains which took top honors and received the most traffic as of October 2006. Who is the winner and king of all domains? Yahoo!

Surely, you are dying to know who fell in behind Yahoo!, so here is the ranking from Compete, in numerical order:

1. yahoo.com
2. google.com
3. aol.com
4. msn.com
5. ebay.com
6. live.com
7. myspace.com
8. mapquest.com
9. microsoft.com
10. amazon.com
11. wikipedia.org
12. about.com
13. go.com
14. ask.com
15. youtube.com
16. walmart.com
17. passport.net
18. adobe.com
19. geocities.com
20. target.com

The top three domains, Yahoo!, Google, and AOL are truly the cream of the crop, each receiving over 120 million views. The trio completely dominates the list, with number four MSN receiving 33 million less views than number three AOL.

In fact, there was no domain with numbers between 80 and 100 million.

New to the list this year, since October 2005, are Adobe.com, Live.com, Wikipedia.org, and to no one’s surprise YouTube.com. Falling from the list this year are Monster.com, Expedia.com, Weather.com, and Paypal.com.

Oddly, in the same ranking which was posted by Alexa, the rankings were completely skewed. As their top three, Alexa has Yahoo!, Google, and MySpace; dropping some sites completely out of the running and adding in Comcast and CNN.

The vast different in the ranking was possibly caused by Alexa “analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users,” as their representatives state.

Results from the top 20 market capitalization chart, as of December 1, 2006, are reflected in the rankings for domain traffic. Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Google, and IBM each make an appearance on the rankings chart as the companies with the highest market capitalization rates.

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Autmn Davis is a staff writer for WebProNews covering ebusiness and technology.

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