Still Want To Drop That Link Into Wikipedia?

Oct 11, 2006 • 5:53 pm | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under Search & Web SEO Spam

An interesting thread has been started on the SEW Forums regarding a paragraph in the Wikipedia External Linking Guide. It discusses the possibility of sharing link spam data with Google (and presumably other interested parties) in order to monitor and potentially penalise spammers.

The idea is still more of a suggestion then an official statement of intent from Wikipedia, although it would be interesting to see whether existing records of past link spamming would also be shared (opening up a can of worms for SEOs who use such tactics).

Is this just an off the cuff remark by a rogue editor? A warning shot across the bows from a tired Wikipedia? Or some other idiom which I've yet to think of?

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch.

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Chris Beasley

10/12/2006 01:11 pm

I've long had the desire to penalize people who spam my forums or my inbox like that.

Joost de Valk

10/12/2006 04:44 pm

It's continuing, apparently, Jimbo Wales spoke to Matt Cutts... Let's see what comes from this.

No Name

09/20/2008 09:28 pm

It is useless and easily open doors for abuse by competitors. Besides, there are many (infinite!) ways to post spam links in a hidden way. I am afraid that this is just a new toy for some of the psychos who serve as WP admins.

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