Wikipedia Treated Too Well in Google?

Aug 17, 2005 • 8:47 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

A WebmasterWorld thread named Wikipedia gets too many high rankings shows one members dissatisfaction with Google ranking Wikipedia too well in Google results. For those of you who do not know what Wikipedia is, it is basically the largest wealth of knowledge maintained by volunteers online today. Basically, contributing writers, it can be you and me, add/edit/delete content from the Wikipedia. Since its open to anyone, it is susceptible to spam, but since anyone can then edit it, it is often corrected and cleaned quickly.

One member has a great two liner, explaining Wikipedia and wikis;

The bad thing of Wikipedia is that anyone can edit it. :( The good thing of Wikipedia is that anyone can edit it. :)

Now, Google knows this, and must deem Wikipedia an authority on any topic it covers. Hence it ranks well. Besides for the authoritative status; it has lots of fresh content (new pages and updated pages daily), the content is all unique, there are tons of links pointing to the site and its fast loading (to name a few of the hundreds of variables).

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Comments:

Burkinaboy

08/18/2005 03:52 pm

Do the "External links" to other web sites that posted from Wikipedia articles also get good ranking, or does Google recognize that, since Wikipedia is a user-edited site, the links may have very little relevancy?

Barry Schwartz

08/18/2005 06:28 pm

I assume they are just as valuable, unless they use the nofollow attribute.

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04/04/2007 02:56 pm

Honestly, Google works ont he basis of the number of links to the page (and a whole lot of otehr stuff, but basically, a page with a lot of links from good sites gets ranked higher itself). If people think WP is worth linking to, then it will rise in teh Google rankings. Learn about SEO, and stop wasting out time with crap posts.

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