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Everybody knows that Google loves wikipedia, so backlinks from that domain are strongly powerful, besides can represent a very important direct traffic source having a an external link that redirects to your website as further reading, since in many cases wikipedia visitors do not find there what they are looking for and then they try references and external links.

So, how can you get links from wikipedia to your article? (of course, related to it, and supposing a top quality content)
I believe that if you edit the page yourself to add your link, the moderators will eliminate it back in some minutes. Or at least this is what I have read / have been told.

What are your strategies to get wikipedia links? Is it worth the effort? How do you get your links to stay and not be deleted?

All the best,
#backlinks #wikipedia
  • Profile picture of the author jenot
    Almost impossible! You have to be a famous person or have individual product which is so important to write about it in encyklopedia... I tried to have an article, cheat that I'm a very important blogger - and no way Real big bloggers and important writers are still not visible in wikipedia..
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  • Profile picture of the author jinx1221
    You can add material to existing Wikipedia pages, and put a reference (with link) at the bottom of the page. This will do you absolutely zero good in terms of Seo though, as Wikipedia went nofollow quite awhile ago. Linking to a Wikipedia page would do you better than getting a link from there, co-citation wise.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ekushey
      Originally Posted by jinx1221 View Post

      Linking to a Wikipedia page would do you better than getting a link from there, co-citation wise.
      Well how does that does work? Can you pleas explain?
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  • Profile picture of the author scottmacair
    Getting links from Wikipedia is a great source of traffic and even links at the bottom of the page in 'related links' sections generally do well. As mentioned previously the reason to get links on Wikipedia is not for SEO purposes but for traffic.

    Anyone can edit a page and include a link, i've done it numerous times, but if it looks like you're a spammer you can be sure your edit or link will be undone swiftly.
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    • Profile picture of the author jinx1221
      Originally Posted by scottmacair View Post

      Getting links from Wikipedia is a great source of traffic and even links at the bottom of the page in 'related links' sections generally do well.
      That's dumb lol! "I'm so interested in this Wikipedia article that I'm gonna go click one of the bottom reference links".. said nobody, ever.
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      • Profile picture of the author Altered State
        Originally Posted by jinx1221 View Post

        That's dumb lol! "I'm so interested in this Wikipedia article that I'm gonna go click one of the bottom reference links".. said nobody, ever.
        I do it all the time when I can't find what I want on the wiki article.
        And people on my niche love "further readings" and "bibliographic references", that's fur sure.


        I probably didn't have to open this thread on the SEO forum, but I didn't see "Main marketing subforum" appropirated, and I think there is not a pure "traffic" subforum, so...


        But my goal was to just know if is it possible, and how did the ones that have succeeded on the task proceed.
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  • Profile picture of the author nau098hotmail
    It is hard to get listed on wikipedia. Standards at wikipedia are very high. You can try to submit a good post with details or edit old posts with your desired links. Wikipedia has many contributors who are giving a lot of good stuff so high standards are required for getting your post on wikipedia.
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  • Profile picture of the author pixelcreative
    Wiki links are not a good juice. Just for Tier 2..you can use wiki backlinks..Not to money site..
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  • Profile picture of the author sw995
    the key is to make a couple of harmless edits to other pages, so establish yourself as a reliable editor. then wait a few days and put in the real link that you want, followed by a few other dummy links from high DA sites
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  • Profile picture of the author stealthtargeting
    Personally I found it really difficult to get links from Wiki and as far I know wiki links are not SEO purpose. You can use your link at the bottom of your article as a reference link. If you are trying improve your SEO ranking than I suggest you to try on Gov. and Edu link.
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    • Profile picture of the author htsashok
      Originally Posted by stealthtargeting View Post

      If you are trying improve your SEO ranking than I suggest you to try on Gov. and Edu link.
      So do you have any ideas about the source of .gov and .edu sites? please share the links if you have!
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Wikipedia backlinks have no value because they are nofollow backlinks. I've built and maintained a Wikipedia backlink for a long time on a previous site of mine that I didn't monetise and I was getting several direct visitors from it every single day. But it didn't increase my rankings one bit.

    Unless you want direct traffic, don't bother trying to get a Wikipedia link because you'll be disappointed. Nofollow links don't pass link juice and ranking power.
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  • wikipedia + nofollow x no rankings - waste of time = no money

    this is the correct formula.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by ShoeNickel View Post

      wikipedia + nofollow x no rankings - waste of time = no money

      this is the correct formula.
      Well, it's free.

      I cannot believe people say to not do it.

      I do it all the time. The links stay. I don't care about nofollow in this instance.
      Just like how I don't care that twitter is nofollow.

      You have to do it wisely.

      First, get a great sounding, authoritative domain.
      If you have to ask, then you don't have one.
      Your site better be authoritative, no junk.

      Second, find orphan pages. Pages that are not updated
      or need help. Very easy to find in your niche. Just start
      playing around until you see the magic words:

      This article is outdated.....This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article....etc.

      Third, avoid pages you know are being killed and watched constantly....like taylor swift,
      hot political figures and topics, etc.

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  • Profile picture of the author hpasha
    Wikipedia links are only useful to diversify your link profile. Nothing Else!
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Don't even bother trying to get wikipedia backlinks.

    It will only make you waste time trying to get one!

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author sonamathews
    Wikipedia links are not sustainable until you are famous.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingoptimizer
    Hi guys,

    Before I make my point I just want to introduce myself - I am a wikipedia editor for over 5 yrs now. I have over 40k in edits. I have posted numerous amounts of links (different locations) and pages and they have been active for years. I have access to editor tools that provide metrics on wikipedia pages as well. After reading this thread I feel compelled to explain my knowledge & experience with wikipedia, because some people have NO IDEA WTF THEIR TALKING ABOUT! I have been doing SEO for the past 3 years so I have a good handle about that matter as well.

    I will try to keep this as short and straight to the point as possible.

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    A. Why are wikipedia links so hard to get?
    They are not hard to get if you are a reputable editor :-). Most people can't get a link up for more than a couple of days, because they use black hat methods. Also moderators are watching everything and trust me they have TOOLS and yrs of experience so they know what is up.

    B. Why get a wikipedia backlink?

    #1 Get targeted traffic to your site.

    Proof: I have multiple Google analytics reports from sites I have links to that get from 7 - 25 clicks a DAY with low bounce rates.

    #2 Get free backlinks. This is not know to many, but wikipedia is always getting scraped and posted on other sites. If you have a link on a wikipedia page, then the chances that your link will get scraped and posted on another domain are really high.

    Proof: Unfortunately I can't post links otherwise I would have posted live proof. All you have to do is go to a wikipedia page (any URL). Copy one of the reference links on the bottom - add quotation around it - then google it. Check the results and you will find that the link is on many other domains as well. BOOM!!!

    #3 Boost your SEO rank. People keep saying - its a no follow link. So the **** wat? Do you think Google wants to only see do follow links - do you think that looks natural?. Anyway, to the point. It is a no follow link, but its the BEST fukin no follow link or actual link you can get. Here are the current stats. Numbers speak for themselves.

    + Domain Authority (DA) = 100
    + Google PR (keep in mind that hasnt been updated for a while) = 9
    + Ahrefs domain rank = 91
    + Alexa Rank = 7

    You will actually see an increase in rank within 5 - 6 weeks of posting the link. I have been tracking this for a while and that is what I found.

    Proof: I have multiple Google analytics reports from sites I have links to.

    C. How can you create wikipedia links that stay active for a while?
    Don't use black hat methods. Join the club and become an editor. Earn your way up the ranks.

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    I can help you with any requests regarding wikipedia. PM me if you need help or have any questions!

    Also, I will keep adding FAQ's and answers to the thread as we continue :-)

    Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author promo87
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    Originally Posted by Altered State View Post

    Everybody knows that Google loves wikipedia, so backlinks from that domain are strongly powerful, besides can represent a very important direct traffic source having a an external link that redirects to your website as further reading, since in many cases wikipedia visitors do not find there what they are looking for and then they try references and external links.

    So, how can you get links from wikipedia to your article? (of course, related to it, and supposing a top quality content)
    I believe that if you edit the page yourself to add your link, the moderators will eliminate it back in some minutes. Or at least this is what I have read / have been told.

    What are your strategies to get wikipedia links? Is it worth the effort? How do you get your links to stay and not be deleted?

    All the best,
    Well, of course getting a wikipedia link is something that everyone wants but its not that much easy as it looks for every line you write over there needs to have a citation from a trusted source then only something could work out, and what some companies do inorder to make themselves available over Wikipedia is they pay news and other authorities to write about them in over their newspaper or .... so, you can also do that other than that you need to first make a standout i.e. try differentiating yourself from others get as much references as you could.
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  • Profile picture of the author inspiretoday
    No one really knows what counts and what doesn't. If you are not adding value to wikipedia, you won't get anything out of it. Your links will be removed by the editing staff at some point of time. So, if you want to add something to wiki and gain a link back, ensure whatever you are adding/editing adds real value to the page.
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    great source of traffic and get high pr backlink
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    • Profile picture of the author kingoptimizer
      No need for secret methods man! I can get stable links on wikipedia by using great content and high quality information. You just need to know your way around wikipedia!

      Originally Posted by NSA View Post

      Hi folks,

      I have developed my own method to get stable backlinks from wikipedia.org in all available languages.

      Unfortunately I can not tell you the secrets of my method because I need to protect it, so it will work for long time without leaking.

      I can tell: If you get your wikipedia backlinks to be stable, they are absolutely worth the effort. Giving you real visits and tremendous domain authority. I think some even helped me rank higher (even matt cutts told the opposite) but I can not scoentifically proof this one.

      I am ready to help warriors to get wikipedia backlinks with my method. If you are interested, let me know and send me PM.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashstronge
    I saw this video a few weeks ago. Matt Cutts offers some insights into links from wikipedia. Think this might help you.

    The basic premise is that links from wikipedia will not directly impact SEO at this time, but the additional traffic and potential growth in trust COULD potentially help you in the long run

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    • Profile picture of the author kingoptimizer
      He also says not to guest post.
      Originally Posted by ashstronge View Post

      I saw this video a few weeks ago. Matt Cutts offers some insights into links from wikipedia. Think this might help you.

      The basic premise is that links from wikipedia will not directly impact SEO at this time, but the additional traffic and potential growth in trust COULD potentially help you in the long run

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  • Profile picture of the author NSA
    Hi ashstronge,

    I agree with your post. The guys from google SAY that a backlink from wikipedia will not benefit SEO.

    However, my own experience from practice has shown me tremendous boost in domain authority after getting backlinks from the wikipedia. Also my rankings seemed to improve after getting those links.

    For me what they told is a myth. For me it always gave a mysterious benefit. I think they might try to fool SEOs with that statement. Probably they want SEOs to stay away from such a valuable ressource like wikipedia.

    Just ask anyone who owns backlinks from wikipedia. I think most of them will tell you that this links give value, no matter what people tell in theory.
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    • Profile picture of the author ashstronge
      HI NSA,
      I do think that there is benefit that could be gained from Wikipedia link, but I would suggest that the majority of this benefit is from the increase in additional traffic signal that such a link would send to the search engine.

      If the link is placed in a relevant article on Wikipedia, it could be an enormous help in driving relevant traffic (with a high conversion rate and level of engagement) to your website. This alone should result in higher ranking on google, even though the links are no follow.

      However, this effect is not the same as the link on Wikipedia having a direct impact on your SEO in terms of page rank.

      In simple terms, a wikipedia link could be a great link to get, but a link from wikipedia alone shouldn't really impact on your SERP ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Waller
    I swear I wrote a post on another thread about Wikipedia earlier today, but it seems to have gone AWOL...

    Anyway, the crux of what I wrote was this: local inter-connectivity (an old patent) tells how Google might re-rank results within the top 100 (for example) based on how many times those 100 pages cite each other. The citation is most commonly a link and I can see no reason why a nofollow tag would prevent it from being counted as a citation.

    And because Wikipedia ranks so well for so many terms, it forms a part of the "local group" of 100 results on many occasions and thus a link from the ranking Wikipedia page will give a direct impact on the re-ranking of the results. Like I said, it's an old patent, but one that makes quite a lot of sense so I wouldn't imagine that it's been completely done away with.

    That's my 2 cents on the matter anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulch65
    You should be getting Wiki links... lots of them.

    Because if you're getting wiki links, you're creating a resource worth linking too... which is ESSENTIAL.

    If you can wrote a 5000 word article you'll get lots of links.

    SEO is not unlike writing a university disertation.

    Put those resources that get links from wiki into Ahrefs.com, and you'll see they get backlinks from lots of other authoritive domains.

    So although wiki links are no follow, they're a good yard stick to show you're on the right track with your content creation process.
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  • Profile picture of the author NSA
    Good to see experienced users that dont believe in blank theories. Thanks to Steve Waller, paulch65, kingoptimizer and ashstronge for clearifying.

    P.S.: My "secret method" works even for bulk demands. Sure getting single links is way easier.
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    • Profile picture of the author kingoptimizer
      How much is bulk? I do small amounts at a time to make sure they stick long term, but I might have an idea of what you are doing. Don't have that many sites to play around with ;-)

      Originally Posted by NSA View Post

      Good to see experienced users that dont believe in blank theories. Thanks to Steve Waller, paulch65, kingoptimizer and ashstronge for clearifying.

      P.S.: My "secret method" is for bulk demands. Sure getting single links is lot easier.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Wikipedia is about the only site I will hear nofollow arguments on. Google is obviously in love with them and it makes sense that you will pick up links on other sites from being a reference on a wikipedia article. I have included reference links (followed) from wikipedia in my own writings on different subjects.

        First half way intelligent thread in weeks.
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      • Profile picture of the author NSA
        Originally Posted by kingoptimizer View Post

        How much is bulk? I do small amounts at a time to make sure they stick long term, but I might have an idea of what you are doing. Don't have that many sites to play around with ;-)
        With bulk I mean thousands of backlinks from wikipedia.org in nearly all available languages. We make sure the links are sticky and stable for at least a whole year.

        We are also doing same for single backlinks of course. I just wanted to let you know that we have the capabilities to go for bulk also.If you want some, you can write me PM.

        Maybe one day we will make an WSO out of this product / service. Would you think a service which can provide backlinks from wikipedia.org would be of interest? If yes, what would you expect in terms of pricing and conditions?
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    Wikipedia brings me about 18 to 30+ of free unique visitors per day. I've had links on Wiki since 2008 still going strong.
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    • Profile picture of the author kingoptimizer
      Same here man. Some pages brings me more traffic than others, but that shit is goooood! :-)

      I am still getting stable links from there.

      Originally Posted by gearmonkey View Post

      Wikipedia brings me about 18 to 30+ of free unique visitors per day. I've had links on Wiki since 2008 still going strong.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoldFather
    I link out from my website to Wikipedia. I am a firm believer in the Google hill-topper concept; i.e., be the top site that links out to the most relevant content in your particular niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
    Look for Wiki's that have dead links or 'citation needed', then create authoritative page on your site that could be used, including the information needed that matches the content on the wiki. You should be able to list your site as the reference link there on that wiki page then.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnkoko
    It really is tricky to get listed upon Wikipedia. Criteria on Wikipedia are higher. You can test to help submit a fantastic post with information or even change outdated content with your sought after hyperlinks. Wikipedia has quite a few contributing factors who definitely are presenting a lot of nutrients thus higher criteria are expected getting your post upon Wikipedia.
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  • Profile picture of the author dipincome
    Actually I have no idea on how important wikipedia links are. Since Google tries to be as much real as possible, either wikipedia link be nofollow, it may provide value I would say. I have added some of my links in wikipedia, my being a football blog, I got some traffic from those but I am not sure how much they mean on SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author sweezeter
    The biggest problem are the scraper sites that scrape Wikipedia and then shove your link on those sites.

    My site was lucky enough to get linked to a few times on Wikipedia naturally. Over the years thousands of scrapers and citation sites were built and probably was behind my sites rankings plummeting.

    I'd be careful with a wiki link but thats because of my experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author NSA
      Originally Posted by sweezeter View Post

      The biggest problem are the scraper sites that scrape Wikipedia and then shove your link on those sites.

      My site was lucky enough to get linked to a few times on Wikipedia naturally. Over the years thousands of scrapers and citation sites were built and probably was behind my sites rankings plummeting.

      I'd be careful with a wiki link but thats because of my experience.
      Hi Sweezeter,

      if Google can detect duplicate content (and determine which is the original and first source), which means that the bot is very intelligent. (everyone knows that they can do a lot more, they are on top of tech and AI)

      So I can not imagine that in your scenario google has punished your site, because having high authorative backlinks and just other scraper sites did rebuild certain parts of wikipedia now linking in, too.

      Also you told that this is just a "guess".

      However, in my experience that was never the case.

      Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author jony1
    i heared about it, wiki gives a good backlinks as well as traffic.but i never used wiki.
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