Our B2B web site ratings have been one of the more controversial items in our weekly newsletter. We use alexa.com as the least unreliable source of traffic data across a range of sites and keep a ranking of those in Asia which are in the top 500,000 sites worldwide. The count is currently just 46. Those who don't rank as highly as they would like (and you know who you are) have questioned the validity of the numbers. We understand their point although don't yet have a better alternative.
The numbers, as calculated at the end of May, give the following top 10:
Of these, only one, ec21.com, operates outside China. It is Korean. And only one of them, zdnet.com.cn is produced by a recognised media multi-national.
Our extrapolation of the Alexa data, suggests that Alibaba has around 6.5 million regular users while the #10, 51fashion, has around 125,000.