96.6% of Wikipedia Pages Rank in Google’s Top 10

While everyone has noticed Wikipedia dominating Google’s search results, this is a little outrageous. After grabbing 600 random pages from Wikipedia (using their special:random link), I conducted searches in Google for each of the titles of the Wikipedia entries. Out of the 600, 580 were in the top 10.

Wikipedia Entry Top 10?
Czechoslovakia at the 1960 Summer Olympics yes
Jefferson Park yes
Unity Day yes
St. John Vianney High School (New Jersey) yes
Veil of Darkness no
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission no
Al-Fakik (crater) yes
Group key no
Driver Hearing yes
Black Lips yes
William Shakespear yes
Comparative government yes
Robert J. White yes
Lila Bell Wallace yes
William Dodd (Congressional candidate) yes
Star (glyph) yes
Kathleen Freeman yes
Jim Bohannon yes
Tacca leontopetaloides no
SS Ile de France yes
American Culinary Federation no
Kashara yes
Universe (documentary) yes
Hauge, Østfold yes
Hugh Welch Diamond yes
Richard Crasta yes
Montevista, Compostela Valley yes
Michio yes
Tata Administrative Service yes
Osvald Teshik yes
William E. Cleator, Sr. yes
Yengema yes
Die Blutgräfin yes
Cabin Boy yes
Albatros L 79 yes
1993 CFL season yes
Louis Brandeis yes
Komorovice yes
Hammersmith Palais 19:5:85 yes
Cambridge, Minnesota yes
Centi yes
Randolph Harding yes
Iraqi TV yes
Samuel Slovák yes
Saskatchewan Highway 735 yes
Sampson Nanton yes
Critical Path (video game) yes
Robert Ironside yes
Allah Muhammed Saleem yes
Eric Marshall no
Calvin Gotlieb yes
Citizen Change yes
Northlake yes
Unleashed (Bow Wow album) yes
Glamsbjerg yes
Delphi effect yes
Dr. Alban yes
Magenta box yes
Great Bear Lake yes
Scilly Isles, Surrey yes
One Nationwide Plaza yes
Illiopolis Township, Sangamon County, Illinois yes
Ichneumon wasp yes
Melissa McIntyre yes
McCullough Mountains yes
Constant Weight yes
Shreve, Lamb and Harmon yes
YAF no
Standing Pine, Mississippi yes
Common fund yes
That Crook’d ‘Sipp yes
Sivas Airport yes
Line by Line no
Choana yes
White Pass (Washington) yes
Tony Perkis yes
Owen Owen yes
Lakehurst Cinema yes
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX yes
United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals yes
Ecocentrism yes
Go?dap yes
Batha Est yes
List of asteroids/143601–143700 yes
Fernando Lanhas yes
Los Dementes Algarete yes
Freestyle skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics yes
Lancair Propjet yes
John Aniston yes
The Entity (album) yes
William R. Coe yes
Albugo candida yes
Delivered Duty Paid yes
Methadone yes
Avery Weigh-Tronix yes
Salem Township, Meigs County, Ohio yes
Molecules (journal) yes
Maelle Ricker yes
U.S. Route 216 yes
Tolleson Union High School no
No More the Fool (1986 album) yes
Marly (TransMilenio) yes
N-methyl-3-methoxy-4,5-methylendioxyamphetamine yes
Spot croaker yes
Monica Rodrigues yes
Shoeshine yes
The Rooms yes
Orders of magnitude (speed) yes
Nesbit Willoughby yes
Symphony No. 7 (Bruckner) yes
Maurizio Nichetti yes
St. John’s Church, Boxmoor yes
O’Neil Ford yes
Hold yes
List of horror punk bands yes
L’Allegro yes
New London, North Carolina yes
James Blackburn yes
Backfire! yes
Ken Kocher no
Helliwell Provincial Park yes
Third Philippic yes
Wabakimi Provincial Park yes
Ikejiri-O-hashi Station yes
Mario Haas yes
Loleatta Holloway yes
Sangita Myska yes
Gippsland soccer league yes
Brett White yes
Banksia Grove, Western Australia yes
Waterloo-St. Jacobs Railway yes
Anton Nilson yes
Earth Summit yes
Gursum, Oromia (woreda) yes
North Coast Australian Football League yes
Irish National Botanic Gardens yes
Feng Xiaoting yes
Jeff Clyne yes
Mark King yes
Touchdown Atlantic yes
4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment yes
Like You Like an Arsonist yes
Lac La Nonne yes
ASM Oran yes
59th World Science Fiction Convention yes
Volleybird yes
Mira Estrela yes
Hocine Achiou yes
Yakov Vilner yes
Vellinge Municipality yes
Riskbase no
Annona purpurea yes
Baal-hazor yes
Rae Valentine no
William Keil yes
National flags inspired by the flag of Turkey yes
Fukuno, Toyama yes
Byavatnet yes
St Stephen’s House, Oxford yes
Two-price advertising yes
All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary) yes
Nick Nostitz yes
Ultra Mobile Broadband yes
War Wind II: Human Onslaught yes
La Libertad, Francisco Morazán yes
Lycaenopsis yes
Oscar Heisserer yes
Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation yes
Ivy Compton-Burnett yes
De Beste Med Di Derre yes
Unterseeboot 65 yes
Prolefeed yes
Setaka, Fukuoka yes
Barcaldine Shire Council yes
Love Is in the Heir yes
James Shapiro (disambiguation) yes
The Anthony Nolan Trust yes
Fire Prevention Week no
I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore yes
Juan Miranda (baseball player) yes
Apple Inc. yes
List of asteroids/100301–100400 yes
Gordon Van Gelder yes
Small appliance yes
Tahyna Tozzi yes
Greece at the 2002 Winter Olympics yes
Elmer White yes
Drift seed yes
Connie Price-Smith yes
Bernard VIII of Comminges yes
St Mary High School, Jamaica W.I yes
Koudelka (Barrayar) yes
Riverside South (Canary Wharf) yes
Southeastern Film Critics Association yes
Mick Cripps yes
John Milne yes
Sugar palm yes
Canadian Pulp and Paper Association yes
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation yes
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard yes
Pango yes
Elizabeth Harrower yes
Madre de Deus yes
Melitaea diamina yes
Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño yes
Nezahualcoyotl yes
Entering the Arena yes
Law Concerning the National Flag and Anthem yes
Krosno yes
Biostimulation yes
Freiberg (district) yes
Llancanelo Lagoon yes
James Chance yes
Rens van Eijden yes
Killer Ds yes
Shoprite (Isle of Man) yes
Tara Brach yes
Collomia yes
Spring Hill Mall yes
Birkir Bjarnason yes
CAUS yes
Lake Erie Beach, New York yes
Drusus Claudius Nero yes
Crisis theory yes
Win My Soul no
1623 in art yes
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens yes
List of departments at the CUHK School of Medicine yes
Chewy Granola Bars no
Bungoma yes
Montenegro women’s national handball team yes
Humacao Airport yes
United Nations Security Council Resolution 31 no
Judith (homily) yes
1950 in organized crime yes
The Trouble with Girls yes
Bermuda Principles yes
Inviscid flow yes
ABS-CBN News Channel yes
OFI Sunday yes
Sandbridge Beach, Virginia yes
Framingham Earl High School yes
NAPA Auto Parts 200 yes
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap yes
Spanish Match yes
Lansing Bagnall yes
Dallas Public Library yes
A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey yes
Orange bellowsfish yes
Mary Arden (judge) yes
André Dumortier yes
Diocese of Riobamba yes
Ashikaga Yoshinori yes
List of Anti-consumerists yes
Sipsey River (disambiguation) yes
A.S. Pizzighettone yes
Virago (Star Wars) yes
Majšperk yes
A Single no
Fuse (Colin James album) yes
Robert Lincoln Poston yes
List of notable Old Harrovians yes
Diana Haddad yes
Video Gems yes
When They Lay Bare yes
List of Intense Football League seasons yes
Ornithosuchidae yes
Charles W. Freeman, Jr. yes
Torpedo yes
Live in Nottingham yes
1990 in literature yes
Disappearing Rainbow Indicator yes
Back Up Dancer yes
Ayer Rajah yes
HMS Forth (1938) yes
Shae Marks yes
Interstate 295 (Delaware-New Jersey) yes
Graydon Creed yes
Single-instance storage yes
Running the Halls yes
Schutzbach yes
Nik Mrdja yes
George Meany yes
Worldbeat yes
Adraskan District yes
Park-McCullough Historic House yes
Steggerda yes
Chokhamela yes
Woodville Football Club yes
Bend Ova yes
Elizabeth Earl yes
Kaburu yes
Jikininki yes
VU meter yes
Gary Numan yes
Jaghun yes
List of ethnic slurs by ethnicity yes
Banco Itaú yes
Denis Lamoureux yes
South West Caucasian Republic yes
Attacks affecting Lebanese industry in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict yes
Pictures of You yes
South Dublin (UK Parliament constituency) yes
Graeme Edge yes
Salvadora persica yes
African Journal of AIDS Research yes
Irish Americans in New York City yes
Parallel Lines yes
Ken Strong yes
Potton United F.C. yes
Jean Étienne Bercé no
Pera Skafi yes
Bahamas at the 1952 Summer Olympics yes
S,ilki yes
Cocles yes
Mwotlap yes
Conspiritus yes
Be Ever Wonderful yes
Amaliricus yes
Choral scholar yes
Jorquelleh District yes
Kolber yes
Gugelhupf yes
Demister (Vapor) yes
International Baseball League of Australia MVP yes
Verona Island, Maine yes
Cyprus Cycling Federation yes
Isaac Fraser no
Estonian Air yes
Maurepas yes
MHC class I yes
Byzantine ancestry of Greek Royal Family yes
Bertran de Born yes
N-skeleton yes
Warpath (comics) yes
Henry Holland (architect) yes
Farz (2001 film) yes
Vincent Hugo Bendix yes
Turkey Ford, North Carolina yes
Winnipeg Transit yes
General Atomics GNAT-750 yes
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat yes
DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years yes
Rimland yes
Müslüm Gürses yes
Ed Nimmervoll yes
Shiwei yes
FICA (disambiguation) no
List of ethics topics yes
Clan Stirling yes
Richard de Morville yes
John Holtby yes
Sharon Corr yes
Mkhare yes
List of Japanese ski jumpers yes
Murder Love yes
Projet Orange yes
Color of Night yes
Students of AMF yes
Yamatotakada, Nara yes
Archie Campbell’s Cove yes
List of colonial governors in 1787 yes
Bastro yes
Wyoming State Capitol yes
Satu Mare (disambiguation) yes
Back in Baroque… The String Tribute to AC/DC yes
Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen yes
Neo-Taino yes
Evelyn Hart yes
Glycoprotein yes
Dura Convertible Systems yes
Luzhou Branch Line (TRTS) yes
Hoya de Buñol yes
Shlomo Gazit yes
Majerovce yes
Caption yes
Securitas AB yes
Mukkuva laws yes
United States Army Rangers yes
Computer Modern yes
Anuvanahalli yes
Loriga yes
Archana (Hinduism) yes
Metabidiminished rhombicosidodecahedron yes
Burton in Lonsdale yes
Uganda People’s Democratic Army yes
Rhydderch ab Iestyn yes
Strontium sulfate yes
Timeline of the United States Constitution yes
Dragan Joc(ic’ yes
Crusade of Fire yes
Clifton High School yes
Pearl District, Portland, Oregon yes
Bridge River Country yes
Geoffrey Walsh yes
Ferwerderadiel yes
Odzi yes
Lee Atwater yes
123 yes
Ramoji Film City yes
Merritt Cabal yes
Puckeridge yes
Lambert quadrilateral yes
Jeffrey Morgan yes
Critical path method yes
U.S. Route 277 yes
Steve Biddulph yes
Joey Jeremiah yes
Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2003 yes
The Great BMX Race yes
Second Heat (album) yes
Yellow River (song) yes
Garrick Club yes
Heathcote Williams yes
Lucy Walker (climber) yes
Rasheeda yes
List of asteroids/57701–57800 yes
Midmar Mile yes
Potato ricer yes
Libero International yes
W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award yes
Colsterworth yes
Charles Malik yes
Casimir Code yes
Francisco Martínez Jiménez yes
Antigone (disambiguation) yes
Pennsylvania Route 562 yes
Dee Ferris yes
John Reeves Pierce yes
Lynn Oliphant yes
Unshakable Race yes
Serie A 1969-70 yes
List of Grand Prix motorcycle racers: P yes
Kenneth Rose yes
RCW103 yes
Vietnam Television yes
Red Springs yes
Zeuthen (disambiguation) yes
Jaroslav Bednár( yes
Mustafa Sar?gül yes
Eryngium giganteum yes
Click chemistry yes
David Terrier yes
Independence Heights, Houston, Texas yes
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School yes
Greek gardens yes
Institutions offering Mechatronics Engineering yes
Nielson Field yes
Body Glove yes
Bout-coupé yes
Charley Straight yes
D.A. Lizards yes
Arab Times yes
Nerang River yes
Jeff Keeping yes
Gim Allon yes
Nélida Piñon yes
1979 PBA season yes
Patrick J. Lynch yes
Cardiac Arrest (TV series) yes
Capone (rapper) yes
Thirroul railway station, New South Wales yes
Schwanthalerhöhe (Munich U-Bahn) yes
Yamada, Fukuoka yes
TV Cogeco (Windsor, Ontario) yes
HMS Tre Kronor yes
Jhanda Singh Dhillon yes
Lack of Brains VS. Brawns yes
Maleli Kunavore yes
Scattering amplitude yes
Porsche 989 yes
Green Party of England and Wales yes
Mälaren yes
Butler Capital Partners yes
Sölden Priory yes
Tricky Kick yes
List of mayors in Canada yes
KMOD yes
United Front (India) yes
Cometman yes
Music history of the United States during the Civil War era yes
Norman Collier yes
Madeline Smithberg yes
Minto Airport yes
List of highways numbered 190 yes
Rafik Sorman yes
Lance Broadway no
British Rail yes
Victoriana no
UC San Diego School of Medicine no
David Batchelor yes
Carrozzeria Marazzi yes
Sixteenth Army (Germany) yes
Vyšné Nemecké yes
St. Petersburg Open yes
Cibolo, Texas yes
198th Infantry Brigade (United States) yes
Giovinezza yes
Gordon no
In the Kingdom of Mao Bell yes
Trifecta yes
Suitcase yes
Jayrock yes
Isabelle Tazbir yes
Elba, Wisconsin yes
Dagorhir yes
StarLAN yes
Cobordism theorem yes
Altaïr (character) yes
These Ones Are Bitter yes
Gila River Indian Community yes
Senarclens yes
Killian documents authenticity issues yes
Music of Finland yes
Katarina Löfström yes
List of people associated with Columbus, Ohio yes
Runaway (Amalgam Comics) yes
Dick in a Box yes
Gunner (American football) yes
Yury Chernavsky yes
Cezaro Rossetti yes
The Sky Is a Landfill yes
Whipped Cream & Other Delights no
With This Ring no
River Barle yes
Spinsterhood no
Cairo Regional Internet Exchange yes
Centerville, Indiana yes
Middle Class Revolt yes
Republic of Virtue yes
Saddleback caterpillar no
Mihail Majearu yes
Fulfillingness’ First Finale yes
Mesad Hashavyahu yes
Exeter, Illinois yes
Mark Teltscher yes
Alfred Edward Gaby yes
List of politicians on Jack and Bobby yes
K. K. Downing yes
Rick Duff yes
Law enforcement in Saint Kitts and Nevis yes
Eamonn Walker yes
Configware/Software-Co-Compilation yes
Electoral division of Barkly yes
Greenup Commercial Historic District yes
Vue at Brickell yes
Sestos yes
Response amplitude operator yes
USS Adder (SS-3) yes
The Kid America Club yes
Alfred Stelzner yes
Alenia Aeronautica yes
List of Sonic X episodes yes
Tunnel vision yes
117th Regiment of Foot yes
Blancheflour and Jollyflorice yes
Michal Viewegh yes
Ticket yes
Keio- 7000 series yes
WKAQ yes
Pabillonis yes
Sheldon Roberts yes
Streetheart (band) yes
Chariot tactics yes
Blaga Dimitrova yes
Blue Skied an’ Clear (album) yes
Bahariasaurus yes
Sudanese Air Force yes
William Blundell yes
NZL-92 yes
Žagare. yes
Silent Rivers yes
Matti Hagman yes
Silicon Gulf yes
Wally Lamb yes
St Botolph’s Aldgate yes
Polytheistic reconstructionism yes
A Taxing Woman 2 yes
Daniel Quinteros yes
Ben Berger yes
Town Called Dobson yes
Mandy Hampton yes
Benjamin Block yes
Untitled Gorillaz project yes
The Early Bird Show yes
National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights yes
Liu Shueh-Shuan yes
Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople yes
Saturday Sneak Preview yes
Avistar no
Meera Kosambi yes
King George Square, Brisbane yes
West Australian Women’s Football League yes
Multiply (website) yes
United States Organized Crime Strike Force yes
Cricket 07 yes
International Socialist Organization (New Zealand) yes
Albert Edward Smith yes
Totals 580/600 (96.66%)

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  1. manchester web design
    Apr 13, 2008

    Its so hard to get a link in wikipedia unless your Jesus..!

    Great research and i’m working on gettin in there somehow 🙂

  2. angus
    Jun 24, 2008

    I use google to search your blog posts’ title, most of them rank in top 10, can you explain this?

  3. tim
    Jul 27, 2008

    i’m pretty sure something is up there i own a candle and diffuser and i find it extremely difficult to get on the top page for 1 keyword. but pretty much wikpedia is in the top three on hundreds of searches i see it all the time either they found a trick or somethings up

  4. Shafi
    Aug 24, 2008

    The problem is easily solvable. Search for foo bar -inurl:wikipedia.org

  5. Pocra
    Oct 15, 2008

    Have just done a quick test of the twenty entries on the list that failed the test first time round – now only ten of those failed so the hit rate would *seem* to now be around 98.3%. (Okay, I know, this is meaningless without retesting all the ones that passed the test first time round as well, but I’m including as fails three entries that should really be excluded, so maybe by some miracle it’ll all balance out).

    The ones that still fail are:

    * Line by Line
    * Eric Marshall
    * Riskbase
    * Rae Valentine (note: the article on Rae Valentine seems to have been deleted since the test was run)
    * Win My Soul
    * Chewy Granola Bars (note: this article likewise seems to have been deleted)
    * A Single
    * Jean Étienne Bercé (note: correcting this to Jean Étienne Bercé gives the Wikipedia entry as the first hit on Google, though)
    * Victoriana
    * With This Ring

  6. Gabe Ali
    Dec 6, 2008

    I find this revelation a little disturbing. So Google is now an aggregator of other directories. I agree with you in that Google needs to maybe rethink its strategy when it comes to grabbing content, just because a site is established.

    Or maybe Google should consider creating “third column” for sources such as Wikipedia, Dictonary.com and so on.

    What do you think?

    Gabe Ali
    Website Design, Website Marketing.

  7. Daniel
    Jan 17, 2009

    How could anyone think Wikipedia is a good source of information? It’s biased crap.

  8. André Felipe
    Jan 26, 2009

    We should be able to use SearchWiki to block entire domains. It’s something simple and obvious.

  9. John
    Feb 5, 2009

    I’m doing some research on SEO and from what I understand, the more people that link to your page, the more relevant your page becomes to search engines. Since many people link to wikipedia topics on their pages, perhaps this causes wiki’s pages to rank very high.

    Editor’s Note: Generally what you describe is the case. However, in many cases pages with more and higher quality links rank below the Wikipedia entry. Google’s algorithm gives extra weight to Wikipedia pages based on links to the homepage and other pages across the site. This is called a site’s “authority”. This used to be a good idea when all pages on a site were maintained by the same author. If the homepage had lots of links, it was a safe bet to believe that the inside pages were valuable too. On Wikipedia, thousands of different editors and authors create and change the content of individual pages – one page may be extremely trustworthy while another is filled with false information. Google’s “trust” algorithm is being exploited because it can’t differentiate between traditional content and User Generated Content. Otherwise, there would be no reason for a single Wikipedia article to outrank a thousand-page sites devoted to the topic.
  10. th3g1vr
    Feb 24, 2009

    Mathias [email protected] as an educated google and wikipedia fanatic (google and wikipedia are my top two research tools by a huge landslide, and I love researching just about everything– or should I say I love “inference-driven” browsing) wikipedia has been at the top of most of my web searches, and probably all of my “normal” searches. Or another way of putting it- if my search involves (a) topic(s) that are considered mainstream, like “yahoo” or “taxes 2009” or “stock market” or “great depression”, etc.- wikipedia always seems to get near-first dibs.

    a great deal of my searches are more technical/specific, like “freeciv 2.2 roadmap”, gnome-based linux distros, autoevolution theory- these yield no wikipedia top 10, but neither do they yield any other mainstream-level websites.

    pretty much, if you’re looking for something mainstream, wikipedia will most likely be near the top of the list, IMO simply because many people using google are looking for answers, not advertising.

  11. Andi
    Mar 9, 2009

    it’s not really suprising. Maybe the information brought to you by wikipedia is not the most accurate on the web. But in order to get introduced to a certain topic it’s absolutley great. So I think this is also the reason why a lot of people backlink wiki. And not to forget about human raters by google, who know wikipedia is not flooded with spam and therefore rate it quite well.

  12. Ralf Zmölnig
    Dec 16, 2009

    Uuh, I have to say that this was new for me. I´m afraid this is not a compliment for me cause of the date of this post. But never the less: Is there something new to this in the end of 2009? Ralf

  13. SEO Blogs
    Jan 20, 2010

    It’s not surprising at all. Because all these 600 pages are randomly picked, most of these term are not competitive, so I don’t expect other low authorised websites to beat wikipedia.

    However, if you search “iphone”, which is an extremely competitive keyword. Wikipedia doesn’t show on 1st page.

  14. Tom
    Jan 23, 2010

    I see so many sites like best buy, newegg.com and others have their owne wikipaedia pages. But when i tried to create one for my own site notebookbattery.com where we sell notebook batteries and ac adapters, they would not let me! Wonder why!!


  15. Łukasz Lech
    Feb 8, 2010

    It’s good for internet users that wikipedia has so high trust for google search engine. Wikipedia articles are far from perfect, many of them are far from objectivity (check same article in multiply language versions f.g.) but… what about other pages, mainly commercials. Are they objective? No way!
    It may hurt SEO companies, focusing on cheating search engines and providing their subjective, commercial sites to the top places. In most cases, wikipedia is better then they are.

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    Feb 8, 2010

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  17. free blog
    Feb 16, 2010

    Maybe Google should consider creating “third column” for sources such as Wikipedia, Dictonary.com and so on.

  18. John
    Feb 20, 2010

    Thats unbelievable but done surprise me with this information
    love the spell check here.

  19. Kenn
    Mar 18, 2010

    What if we follow the structure of a typical Wiki page …. do you think we can rank as high? Or we still need the 73000000 links that wiki has?

  20. Manchester SEO
    Mar 31, 2010

    I can’t believe they rank in the top 10 for that percentage of searches, thats huge! I mean wikipedia obviously do have a lot of authority as a website, but their content can be edited by anyone and is quite often incorrect. For Google to put such trust in them, on EVERY subject, seems a bit harsh, especially when people build websites devoted to subjects and can’t outrank them!

  21. graham philip
    Apr 13, 2010

    Google and wikipedia share a common religious approach, favouring evolutionary explanations as ‘facts’. This makes their hegemony a stunting factor in world thinking. Try editing wikipedia’s pages about anything to do with evolution, uniformitarianism, Christianity or sciences: you can’t, they’ve been locked by the wiki-gods, to maintain the evolutionary bias.

  22. Edwin
    Sep 2, 2010

    I really would like to see an update on this case study. Recent changes in the Google algoritme may have caused Wikipedia to move a lot of rankings as I have seen so many shifts

  23. Dan Winfield
    Sep 11, 2010

    Google did, not too long ago, pretty much claim that the bigger sites, the companies with the deeper pockets were going to be favored. If we can get *everybody* to consistently complain in their complaint box, maybe we can get them to re-focus on delivering what people are searching for, regardless of how big the ‘site’ is. Personally, I’m sick of seeing Wikipedia at the top of most of my searches – they’re never what I’m looking for.

  24. daoudi
    Sep 13, 2010

    relevancy matter, we can almost evrything informational in wikipedia now, and google may think to acquire even if it is an organisation, dunno what you think about this guys !!!

  25. Tim
    Sep 16, 2010

    Why! Because Wiki’s pages matches Google Algorithms exactly.
    1. They have plenty of inbound links that link to other relevant content.
    2. A lot of content per page, pictures, words etc.
    3. High Page Rank (10)
    4. A lot of links in from other sites that reference various terms.

    They might as well rename google the search engine for wikipedia

  26. Adam
    Sep 21, 2010

    hey buddy… i just wanted to say that my Commodore C64 is exploding when I click on the pics… are you using some javascript or something?

  27. Düzce
    Sep 24, 2010

    relevancy matter, we can almost evrything informational in wikipedia now, and google may think to acquire even if it is an organisation, dunno what you think about this guys

  28. Oliver
    Oct 14, 2010

    a great deal of my searches are more technical/specific, like “freeciv 2.2 roadmap”, gnome-based linux distros, autoevolution theory- these yield no wikipedia top 10, but neither do they yield any other mainstream-level websites.

  29. nndb
    Nov 20, 2010

    Throw in YouTube and then add 8 other sites of this caliber and the top 10 will be pretty predictable across the google SERPs.

  30. mersin emlak
    May 10, 2011

    Maybe Google should consider creating “third column” for sources such as Wikipedia, Dictonary.com and so on.

  31. Eschator
    Jun 3, 2011

    Wikipedia listings are often very poor–I usually avoid them–it seems inconceivable to me that anything but some strong craving for money/power would cause Google to list Wiki first so often. Does anyone know what the connection between the two is? Wiki and Google are a waste of time–try Bing.

  32. Freedom
    Jun 20, 2011

    People who are always complaining about how Wikipedia is unreliable don’t know how to use it.

    Wikipedia is and never was intended to be an academic journal. It’s a STARTING POINT, not the endpoint of your research. Always take a look at the references used. If it doesn’t have some, don’t trust it, if it does, follow those links to verify the information. Each Wikipedia page has plenty of links to its sources so you can read them on your own. A word of warning, some might go over your head.

    The way Wikipedia works is much much more complicated than Youtube. Comparing the two just betrays your ignorance of the inner workings of Wikipedia. Try clicking the Talk Page sometimes. Try browsing the policies, the individual editors, and you’ll realize just how active the whole things is behind the benign mask presented to the public.

    It has literally thousands of policies, all aimed at keeping the information as close to the truth and as neutral as possible. Something you wouldn’t find in most other sources (which always has a slant).

    If you think it can be improved, why not join the volunteers? Thousands of people from around the world slave each day to give you completely free information that anyone can then copy and even sell (and a lot of people do), simply so it can be reprinted by anyone and redistributed. That’s completely free easily available education. How many other sites can claim that?

    Wikipedia is far from perfect. It’s an experiment at free knowledge really. How the heck can you accuse Wikipedia of conspiring with Google or something LOL? It’s noncommercial. Heck, it doesn’t even have a single ad. It doesn’t profit from your clicks, all its money are derived completely from donations.

    The reason why Google favors Wikipedia is something very simple: it’s non-profit, it’s completely free, and it’s not evil.

    The next time you read a page like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velociraptor try and appreciate that this was written by hundreds of people working in concert to give you the most accurate coverage of the subject as they can. They don’t work for money and the end results of their efforts are simply given away. To you.


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