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    Melinda B
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    I just had someone email me and mention that Wikipedia is one of the best backlinks you can get, having a page about your business on there.

    Can anyone tell me if this is true, and if so, are there any tutorials or anything on how to go about getting a page up?

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    Wikepedia links are nofollow so they don’t pass Google Juice. But google still follows the links.

    Overall Wikepedia links are great to build authority. Just because they don’t pass Juice, that doesn’t mean is not beneficial for creating authority.

    A link is a link… and a link from wikepedia is always a great way to tell google…

    “hey we are for real here”

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    In addition to what Gabriel said, there can be other hidden benefits.

    I have a couple sites linked to from Wikipedia, and i’ve always found there are quite a number of other sites out there which “scrape” Wikipedia’s data on a particular topic as website content, and most will retain the links. Some of these sites credit Wikipedia, some not.

    I suspect Wiki doesn’t really like these sites but one thing I do know is a lot of these don’t always have nofollow on links.

    These type of links i’m talking about may be low value potentially as they tend to be classified as duplicate content, but I do see them pop up in link profiles from time to time.

    Wikipedia is a fantastic resource, but it can be a bit of a game as well. I know of one US based SEO guy who specialises in de-ranking specific Wikipedia pages on behalf of clients who have Wiki outranking them for their keywords. Not something I advocate, but do be aware that this sort of thing goes on, as well as all the usual people with their own agendas changing things.

    Re getting your links to “stick” on Wikipedia, there is a bit of an art to it i’ve found. One tip I will offer, if you add a link to your site without being logged in, or on your very first wikipedia edit, it will be gone quicker than you can say “Wikipedia”.

    In reference to your question about “getting a page up”, not something I have looked into but would be quite difficult to get it going I assume if there was any hint of it being self serving or for link purposes. You can’t just add a page on the topic of “your business” unless it’s deemed by the Wikipedia gods that your business is worthy of an encylopedia article – which neither yours nor mine is! Where I’ve had more luck is start making a few small but useful edits on an existing topic relevent to your site, and even participate in the “talk” pages. Then make quite a number of genuinely useful edits in one go (to different sections of the article) including popping your link in. This is less likely to be pushed straight back out again by another editor compared to if the edit consists solely on adding your link.

    Hope this helps,
    Matt

    Matt

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    Melinda B
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    marketingweb, post: 49173 wrote:
    In reference to your question about “getting a page up”, not something I have looked into but would be quite difficult to get it going I assume if there was any hint of it being self serving or for link purposes. You can’t just add a page on the topic of “your business” unless it’s deemed by the Wikipedia gods that your business is worthy of an encylopedia article – which neither yours nor mine is!
    I was wondering about that, as I know a couple of people who have managed to get themselves or their sites Wiki-ed. But if everyone could do it, I’m pretty sure I would have heard about it before now!

    Lots of food for thought there from both of you. Thanks heaps!

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    Tip to have your website linked from Wikipedia: add your website in a page that lists a certain type of websites.

    For example:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crowdsourcing_projects
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_portable_software
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mind_mapping_software
    etc..

    Use your creativity to find a page that fits what your website does…

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