Pakistani websites are quite popular over the internet, today we bring to you the list of top 10 highest earning, most profitable websites of Pakistani origin.
Best Pakistani Websites
During the last decade (2006 onwards) Pakistani’s have been pretty active over the internet not only in surfing but contributing heavily towards the growth and development. Thanks to the expertise of Pakistani IT professionals, one of the best designed and well maintained websites over the internet lay their origins from Pakistan.
Due to recession and scarcity in jobs more companies/ professionals and students are stepping into the field of internet media with a lot of them succeeding in building high quality revenue generating internet properties. For a lot of companies the major revenue stream stems from outsourcing their services to large international clients but for freelancers blogging is the best way to make money online.
“Please note this list is only about high earning websites and neither highlights the IT companies that have gained million dollar capitalization through offshore provision for services nor includes the dynamic scripts, portals and complex app based servers created by Pakistani Engineers”.
Top 10 Highest Earning & Profitable Pakistani Websites
Though most of the Pakistani audience may be alien to Tradekey.com but the matter of the fact remains, this is the best and highest earning website in Pakistan’s Internet empire. Tradekey is a multinational Internet Company that has offices in Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan.
According to one of the most authentic rankings provider “AllWorld” Tradekey is among the top 5 fastest growing companies of Pakistan. Tradekey currently has over 450+ employees and is upon the track towards further improvement. Having a brief look at the corporate profile, TradeKey.com is the world’s leading and fastest growing online business-to-business (B2B) marketplace that connects small and medium businesses across the globe for international trade. With a mission to help the world do business smartly, TradeKey.com was established in 2005. TradeKey.com currently boasts a member base of over 5.7 million businesses from 240 countries and it welcomes visits of over 9.5 Million buyers and sellers every month.
I was recently startled to find out about ownership of GsmArena.com in Pakistani hands. GsmArena is the largest website having in-depth analysis, reviews and information about existing and upcoming Mobile Phones. GsmArena is one of the two Pakistani websites that rank within the range of top 1000 global website according to Alexa with Gsm Arena being the only Pakistani website to rank in the top 450 websites of the world.
Although despite doing a lot of research I have no backing evidence of Pakistani management behind this exceptionally well maintained website but some sources claim GsmArena to originate from Karachi Pakistan. If this website is Pakistani then it’s a mere depiction of immense talent in Pakistan.
Zameen.com is an online real estate database that connects real estate dealers, developers, estate agencies with general buyers, sellers and renters in Pakistan. The site lists properties for sale and rent and has an active blog, news section and a forum. The company is headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan and has offices in Karachi and Lahore and operates all over Pakistan.
It is the first Pakistani website to attract foreign investment, today Zameen.com has evolved into one of the largest online property portals in Asia and they have also rolled out a property magazine.
Zameen.com was founded in 2006 by two brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur brothers from Lahore, Zeeshan and Imran Ali Khan. The website had some initial success and was available free of cost until 2010 when it was shifted to a paid model. In 2012, Gilles Blanchard, the co-founder SeLoger.com (a French property portal), invested money into the company and took up the role of Chairman at Zameen.com.
In May 2014, Zameen.com struck an investment deal with Frontier Digital Ventures and Catcha Group after which Shaun Di Gregorio and Patrick Grove, CEO of Frontier DV and Catcha Group respectively, joined Zameen.com’s Board of Directors.
Owned by Naseeb Networks Inc. the only venture capital backed Pakistani Internet Company, Rozee.pk is the most viewed job board in Pakistan. Rozee.pk connects over 50,000 employers with thousands of job seekers.
Tune.pk is a video sharing website where users from all over the world can upload, watch and share videos. Founded in 2006 by Arslan Hassan, a Sialkot based programmer, the website didn’t reach the heights of success until 2010, when some local websites started posting their videos on tune.pk platform. Today Tune.pk is one of the most visited and highly profitable Pakistani website.
Personally I admire Pakwheels.Com being the best automobile classified website highlighting current industry issues. Established in 2003, by Graduates of Lahore University of Management sciences, Pakwheels has been able to attract a venture capital investment of whopping USD $3.5 million from Frontier Digital Networks, Pakwheels.com connects potential automobile buyers to sellers and has over 150,000 registered user’s.
Founded by Baqar Abbas Jafri in October 2011, Investorguide360.com is the largest Pakistani financial and capital markets research portal attracting millions of users every month from over 80 countries. It is the fastest growing financial portal in Asia. Initially the website was offering research reports to corporate sector only in Pakistan but now the website has expanded itself to cater Middle East and North Africa markets. In September 2013, the portal attracted heavy investment from the Aref Mohammed alZarouni Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and now is evolving into a full-fledged investor guide.
Investor Guide is evolving into a revolutionary portal built on principle of utilizing technology to merge financial information, financial literacy, investment banking and social media through integrated online platforms.
“Last year the website faced a major controversy when the founding partner of the website, Baqar Abbas Jafri alleged Muhammad Ali Khan (CEO of AMZ MAK Group) for hijacking the website and confiscating its assets illegally”.
The international brand landed in Pakistan with the franchise purchased by Express Newspaper of Pakistan. In a short time Tribune has turned one of the most viewed internet newspapers in Pakistan offering latest news, editorials and trends from across the globe.
Dawn is one of the most authentic and old English newspaper from Pakistan, the website of Dawn gets viewership from readers across the globe craving authenticity in news and opinions.
One of the most viewed international blog founded by Taimur Asad an engineering student in Bahria University Karachi RedmondPie currently serves over 10 Million Pageviews per month. The blog covers technology news and specialize in providing Jailbreak solutions for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. RedmondPie is currently the highest paid Pakistani blog on various ad networks and ranks fourth among the list of top earning websites in Pakistan.
One of the very few Pakistani websites ranking within top 1000 websites of the world by Alexa songs.pk used to serve millions of page views per month. Founded by Tayyab in 2006 (Lahore Pakistan) songs.pk was one of the largest music websites of Asia. The website faced a ban imposed from Indian Judicial Courts in 2012, that halted its growth. The website has shifted its operations to SongsPk.Name and is still one of the most visited music websites in Asia.
Socialoholic is one of the fastest growing digital publishing start up in Pakistan. Founded in 2011, by two enthusiastic internet ninjas Saad Bassi (Multan Based Entrepreneur) and Hammad Dar (Islamabad Based Blogger). With a monthly reach of around 31 Million Unique Visitors while generating around 1 Billion page views every month, Socialoholic Inc is now one of the most prodigious entertainment networks on the internet. The two websites that I have explored from this network are LolHappens and Funnie.st. Funnie.st was once among the top 700 global websites according to Alexa rankings. Both these guys harnessed the true potential of social media marketing to drive in large volumes of traffic towards their websites. Although I am unsure if both of these websites are still the property of Socialoholic Network.
There are a few other very good websites that deserve to be discussed here, i am introducing a few of those below
Hamariweb.com is one of the best internet projects meant to cater local Pakistani audience. HamariWeb.Com is owned by WebBiz Media Pvt Limited and provides Pakistani surfers with well structured Urdu news, poetry, cricket updates, educational articles, social networks, blogs, online TV and many other handy tools.
The most read local Telecom and IT sector news blog founded by Aamir Ataa an online Journalist from Islamabad Pakistan. Within a short span of three years ProPakistani has turned a well-known brand among Pakistani internet surfers and still improving.
Founded in 2008 by a Bahria University Graduate, Ghaus Iftikhar Nakodari, Addictivetips is one of the leading internet blogs in technology niche, offering credible reviews and tips to technology enthusiasts across the globe. He also runs his own file sharing start up namely Jumpshare.
Creating a super website ain’t a tough nut to crack but maintaining its elegance is an art and Pakistani’s are experts in this regard. Be prepared and continue your hard work may be in the coming years your site could also make it to the top of this list.