Why Wikipedia Ranking is High in Google Search?

Wikipedia Ranking

Being a Blogger is not only about writing quality content any more, but it’s also about implementing best SEO practice, adding more value and social touch and do many more tasks. As all the bloggers have realised recently after the Google Penguin update. The importance for SEO have itself increased. There is an obvious need to change our view to SEO. And why not learn from the only website that ranks 1 for almost 99% queries. Yes, you guessed it. It is Wikipedia, the largest online encyclopedia. Whenever you want to learn some new words. Wikipedia is the place. Actually, that is a really good example of sites with fantastic SEO. We will discuss it now.

If you have been in habit of using Google for search all the time, you will realize Wikipedia ranking is high. In other word, you will often notice Wikipedia listing in Google search. There is no doubt, Wiki SEO is out of the box and they take care of each part of site SEO structure carefully. For us (Bloggers and SEO’s) Wikipedia is a good case study to learn and understand what an effective SEO is.

There are a lot of ways in which Wikipedia retains its online quality. But, it doesn’t even use so much ‘secret’ SEO tips that you cannot figure out. Here, we have the list of some really nice and clean SEO tricks used by Wikipedia. These tips, when used properly on your site also increases your rankings on Search Engine Results.

Factors which contributes to Wikipedia Ranking

One thing which you need to keep in mind before we get into secret behind Wikipedia ranking, and that is their content quality. Many sites in the past tried to copy their strategy but high-quality content from Wiki pages, always outranked the competitor. Obviously, high-quality content is not the only factor and all other factors like site SEO, speed, OnPage SEO also contributed the same in outstanding ranking of Wikipedia.

Another thing, which link-builder should know, instead of buying links from any wiki site (Unofficial wiki created for personal/Public uses), your target should be getting links from official Wikipedia site. Well, that is another topic of discussion and for now lets uncover some of the easy to implement SEO techniques from Wiki:

Heaviest Interlinking example on the net :

If you are fond of Wikipedia, then you might know that Wikipedia is the largest linker of its own content. It links to around 500-600 other Wikipedia articles itself from its one page. So that none of its article get dumped ever. You know that Wikipedia links to its category pages and its own tags. It also links to  its Wikimedia files about images and other stuff. That is why Wikipedia never gets ranked third or fourth in any of its articles. It lives on the idea that if you want others to promote your content, you should promote it first. This also has direct impact on low bounce rate of Wiki and better user experience. Don’t you think so?

If you are using WordPress, you can use WordPress Smart link for auto and Insight plugin for manual linking. Link as much as you could, but make sure it should be relevant and meaningful. Also keep user experience in mind, while doing Internal-linking as lots of irrelevant linking  may give bad user experience.

Not the same content across different pages :

You will see that all the Sidebars, footer and the header of the page. That is quite a good deed. After observing for a while, you can also conclude that 98% of its content changes over the page. On the terms of copyright text, Wikipedia contains just a line and the plain HTML written link to its Copyrights documents. Isn’t that just another vote towards cleanliness of a site. It says itself on the Webmaster Guidelines that same words or content should be minimum on different pages and it will be better it the content changes a lot across the different pages of the  site.

Canonical for different language pages :

Wikipedia has many different pages and it also does not uses English as the preferred language. So, how does it protect itself from duplicate pages. By using Canonical settings and making language markup for these different pages. One more thing that you will notice is that Wikipedia have different subdomains for different languages which creates  different virtual sites containing the whole page with a specific different language. This also tells us how we can use multiple subdomains for multiple languages and save our self from those cruel updates.

Not just links, but relevant links :

Wikipedia doesn’t allow any kind of links in the References section. But, only relevant links that comprises with the content on its own page. Wikipedia have links to trustable sources that contain the different prospects of the same content. Also, those pages have content that is useful for the users. Wikipedia never links to sites that don’t have any content related to its own pages.

Anti- SPAM :

Wikipedia is the online example of how a site can stay big yet not spammed. Also, Wikipedia offers its users to edit any content on its page. But, never allows the SPAM content to stay long on its pages. It keeps the record of each of the edits that are made and lets them stay on the page only after reviewing completely.

For Blogger, you are responsible for any links on your webpage. That could be in the form of Guest posting or via commenting. Since, irrelevant links are consider as bad SEO example, so before adding any link to your page (Comment or guest post or any other way), make sure it’s useful and add value.

Informational Content, the top motive :

The main motive of Wikipedia  is just to stay informational and provide content that is true and useful. All the other sites and blogs on the net that think the same way, will always succeed the same way. Don’t you think that happy readers are much useful than unhappy advertisers. Yes they are, because when people are happy, they share the same things that they discovered with their friends.

My suggestion here : Not only work on developing new content but keep updating the old content to make it more useful and relevant.

Bottom Line : You can get more traffic and have more money in your pockets if you do it all for a good cause i.e. providing your readers with the best info that you can provide.

These are some of the factor for great Wikipedia ranking in SERP’s. Now, you can either just read this article and read some other SEO tips or you can start working on implementing some of the above tip on your site and improve your site ranking.

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Aman Singh is a blogger who writes about SEO tips and Tricks. He is currently working on a SEO Blog.


COMMENTs ( 10 )

  1. subi nagpal says

    ‘Happy readers are much useful’, well said. This post by Aman doesn’t only encourage bloggers to go for good quality content, it also serves a bigger purpose: his tips invite more & more new readers. Indeed a great gain of the internet is that it has revived reading habits amongst much larger number.

  2. Suresh Khanal says

    Awesome and truly useful analysis of Wikipedia to offer such a wonderful tips to bloggers! Great work Aman, looking forward for you more posts.

    I’m impressed with your guest post here and visited your site seoinsiter.com and wondered why would you not be happy to allow your readers to subscribe and follow you?

  3. rakesh kumar says

    Good obervation, using these methods we can also rank our sites higher on search engine. Thank my dear friend for this wrtiteup

  4. Alan says

    Good article Aman, but I disagree in a couple of points.

    Not the same content across different pages
    In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you have common elements in a site 8let’s say a navigation bar, sidebar, footer). As long as it provides a good user experience, it does not represent a motive to be flagged as duplicate content.

    Canonical for different language pages :
    As far as I know, a Wikipedia entry written in English is not the same as the same entry written in other language. Even the URLs are different and in my opinion they can’t be treated in a canonical way because they’re not the same URLs.

    Just my two cents :)

  5. Imran says

    Ya interlinking and reducing bounce rate is very important to rank higher in google.
    I think one of the google’s ranking formula is: Number of unique IP’s x Time spent on site.

  6. Shekhar says

    Thoroughly explained!!! Can’t imagine a better example to understand the importance of SEO than Wikipedia.

  7. Akos says

    Wow, good post! Thanks!

    Interlinking was always the main component of Wikipedia’s SEO success. It is not only good for boosting the rankings, it is useful too!

  8. sureshpeters says

    Domain age + Quality content + Authority sites + Every internet users visit the site and which has very low low bounce rate and mixture of all leads to first page of google.

  9. kona srinivas says

    That’s an eye opener article about Wikipedia SEO. Earlier about.com also used to do the same thing but now it is no where in the picture. Wikipedia strategy is really a blueprint. Thanks for shraing it.