SSRF – one of the top Spiritual websites in the world
The Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) started its activities in January 2006. In its first year, the website attracted a modest 7000 visitors per month. However, as time passed, the website became increasingly popular attracting visitors from every country in the world. 11 years later, in the beginning of 2017, the SSRF website for the first time crossed the prestigious milestone of a million visitors per month. In the table below the top spiritual websites in the world have been listed. The websites on this list are considered spiritual websites as their scope is not limited to any organised religion in particular and they give more focus to spiritual growth and spiritual practice.
Estimated visits per month to the top 20 spiritually oriented websites in the world
|Ranking||Website||URL||Visits per month*|
|6||Earth We Are One||ewao.com||1,600,000|
|9||Art of Living||artofliving.org||1,200,000|
|17||Conscious Life News||consciouslifenews.com||592,400|
|20||Sivana Spirit Blog||blog.sivanaspirit.com||336,030|
*Source: “Similarweb” tool for monitoring traffic of world websites; data for the month of May, 2017
When one looks more closely at the list of top spiritual websites, the million-visitor mark is even more impressive for SSRF. This is because many of the high-ranking websites on this list also cover various non-spiritual topics like physical sciences, technology, food, horoscopes, physical health etc. However, since they are also known mainly for their spiritual content, they are ranked in this list. If one filters out the websites that have content purely related to Spirituality and spiritual growth, then the SSRF website ranks in the top 5-6 websites in the world in terms of visitors per month!
Ranking among spiritual organisations in India
India has long been considered the spiritual capital of the world. The Spiritual Research Centre and Ashram, which is a hub for spiritual research for SSRF is also located in Goa, India. Comparing the SSRF website with other spiritual organisations in India shows that the SSRF website is ranked #2 or #3 in terms of traffic. This is even though it is one of the youngest organisations associated with Spirituality in India. The following is a list of estimated visitors to the websites of spiritual organisations in India.
|Rank||Organisation||Website||Founding year*||Estimated visits per month|
|2||Art of Living||artofliving.org||1981||1,200,000|
|3||Spiritual Science Research Foundation||spiritualresearchfoundation.org||2006||1,000,000|
|6||Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji||maharajji.com||**NA||302,100|
|9||3HO Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization||3ho.org||1969||152,700|
|10||Divine Life Society||dlshq.org & sivanandaonline.org||1936||147,800|
|11||Mata Amritanandamayi Math||amritapuri.org & amma.org||1981||147,200|
|13||The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet||dalailama.com||1578||123,300|
|14||Shivyog India||shivyogglobal.com & shivyogindia.com||**NA||117,500|
|15||Sri Sathya Sai Organisation||sathyasai.org & srisathyasai.org.in||Ashram was built in 1950||106,800|
|16||Krishnamurti Foundation Trust||jkrishnamurti.org||1968||103,400|
|17||Love Serve Remember Foundation||ramdass.org||1974||100,300|
|19||Sant Nirankari Mission||nirankari.org||1929||94,900|
|20||Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust; Divya Yoga Trust (Divya Yog Mandir trust founded in 1995)||divyayoga.com||1995||94,000|
|22||Sri Ramanasramam & Arunachala Ramana||sriramanamaharshi.org||1922||72,900|
|23||Shri Chinmoy Center and Organization||srichinmoy.org & srichinmoycentre.org||1966||59,600|
|25||Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission||belurmath.org||1897||48,000|
|26||Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)||swaminarayan.org||1907||47,900|
|28||Sant Shri Asaram Bapu Ashram||ashram.org||1973||40,300|
|29||Aurobindo Society and Aurobindo Ashram||aurosociety.org & sriaurobindoashram.org||1960||34,800|
|31||ISKCON – Hare Krishna||iskcon.org||1966||29,700|
|33||Vedanta Society of Southern California||vedanta.org||1934||17,900|
|34||Yogoda Satsanga Society of India||yssofindia.org||1917||16,400|
|35||BKS Iyengar Yoga||bksiyengar.com||1950s||14,800|
|36||Bihar School of Yoga||biharyoga.net||1964||13,800|
|39||Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul, Rajkot||rajkotgurukul.org||1947||6,900|
*Year of the founding of spiritual organisations
** Not available
Source: “Similarweb” tool for monitoring traffic of world websites; data for the month of May 2017
The uniqueness of SSRF’s growth – website growth happening without income due to spiritual grace
SSRF is non-profit organisation, run purely by seeker-volunteers and there is not one person paid for his or her services rendered to the website. Another amazing fact is that most of these volunteers do not have previous experience in specific fields required to run the SSRF website like translation, quality assurance, website management, graphic design, search engine optimization, social media etc. They have all learned such skills practically from other seekers. Also, SSRF does not make any money from advertising, nor does it spend funds received through donations to advertise the website.
In contrast, many of the other top spiritual websites actively pursue advertising incomes, are profit based, have paid professionals on their team, business connections or volunteers with lot of business experience in the field of website maintenance and marketing.
Despite this seeming disadvantage, SSRF has reached this very high ranking. Due to the grace of God and the grace of His Holiness Dr Athavale (the inspiration of SSRF), the unique knowledge published (which has been gained through advanced sixth sense) and the spiritual efforts of all volunteers, the website continues to grow steadily even though other spiritual websites have many more resources.
The SSRF website team looks forward to the continued growth of the website, and continuing our service for the benefit of all spiritual seekers and people around the world.