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 EntryTop 10?
Czechoslovakia at the 1960 Summer Olympicsyes
Jefferson Parkyes
Unity Dayyes
St. John Vianney High School (New Jersey)yes
Veil of Darknessno
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commissionno
Al-Fakik (crater)yes
Group keyno
Driver Hearingyes
Black Lipsyes
William Shakespearyes
Comparative governmentyes
Robert J. Whiteyes
Lila Bell Wallaceyes
William Dodd (Congressional candidate)yes
Star (glyph)yes
Kathleen Freemanyes
Jim Bohannonyes
Tacca leontopetaloidesno
SS Ile de Franceyes
American Culinary Federationno
Kasharayes
Universe (documentary)yes
Hauge, Østfoldyes
Hugh Welch Diamondyes
Richard Crastayes
Montevista, Compostela Valleyyes
Michioyes
Tata Administrative Serviceyes
Osvald Teshikyes
William E. Cleator, Sr.yes
WCTI-LPno
Yengemayes
Die Blutgräfinyes
Cabin Boyyes
Albatros L 79yes
1993 CFL seasonyes
Louis Brandeisyes
Komoroviceyes
Hammersmith Palais 19:5:85yes
Cambridge, Minnesotayes
Centiyes
Randolph Hardingyes
Iraqi TVyes
Samuel Slovákyes
Saskatchewan Highway 735yes
Sampson Nantonyes
Critical Path (video game)yes
Robert Ironsideyes
Allah Muhammed Saleemyes
Eric Marshallno
Calvin Gotliebyes
Citizen Changeyes
Northlakeyes
Unleashed (Bow Wow album)yes
Glamsbjergyes
Delphi effectyes
Dr. Albanyes
Magenta boxyes
Great Bear Lakeyes
Scilly Isles, Surreyyes
One Nationwide Plazayes
Illiopolis Township, Sangamon County, Illinoisyes
Ichneumon waspyes
Melissa McIntyreyes
McCullough Mountainsyes
Constant Weightyes
Shreve, Lamb and Harmonyes
YAFno
Standing Pine, Mississippiyes
Common fundyes
That Crook’d ‘Sippyes
Sivas Airportyes
Line by Lineno
Choanayes
White Pass (Washington)yes
Tony Perkisyes
Owen Owenyes
Lakehurst Cinemayes
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIXyes
United States Court of Customs and Patent Appealsyes
Ecocentrismyes
Go?dapyes
Batha Estyes
List of asteroids/143601–143700yes
Fernando Lanhasyes
Los Dementes Algareteyes
Freestyle skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympicsyes
Lancair Propjetyes
John Anistonyes
The Entity (album)yes
William R. Coeyes
Albugo candidayes
Delivered Duty Paidyes
Methadoneyes
Avery Weigh-Tronixyes
Salem Township, Meigs County, Ohioyes
Molecules (journal)yes
Maelle Rickeryes
U.S. Route 216yes
Tolleson Union High Schoolno
No More the Fool (1986 album)yes
Marly (TransMilenio)yes
N-methyl-3-methoxy-4,5-methylendioxyamphetamineyes
Spot croakeryes
Monica Rodriguesyes
Shoeshineyes
The Roomsyes
Orders of magnitude (speed)yes
Nesbit Willoughbyyes
Symphony No. 7 (Bruckner)yes
Maurizio Nichettiyes
St. John’s Church, Boxmooryes
O’Neil Fordyes
Holdyes
List of horror punk bandsyes
L’Allegroyes
New London, North Carolinayes
James Blackburnyes
Backfire!yes
Ken Kocherno
Helliwell Provincial Parkyes
Third Philippicyes
Wabakimi Provincial Parkyes
Ikejiri-O-hashi Stationyes
PLECSyes
Mario Haasyes
Loleatta Hollowayyes
Sangita Myskayes
Gippsland soccer leagueyes
Brett Whiteyes
Banksia Grove, Western Australiayes
Waterloo-St. Jacobs Railwayyes
Anton Nilsonyes
Earth Summityes
Gursum, Oromia (woreda)yes
North Coast Australian Football Leagueyes
Irish National Botanic Gardensyes
Feng Xiaotingyes
Jeff Clyneyes
Mark Kingyes
Touchdown Atlanticyes
4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regimentyes
Like You Like an Arsonistyes
Lac La Nonneyes
ASM Oranyes
59th World Science Fiction Conventionyes
Volleybirdyes
Mira Estrelayes
Hocine Achiouyes
Yakov Vilneryes
Vellinge Municipalityyes
Riskbaseno
Annona purpureayes
Baal-hazoryes
Rae Valentineno
William Keilyes
National flags inspired by the flag of Turkeyyes
Fukuno, Toyamayes
Byavatnetyes
St Stephen’s House, Oxfordyes
Two-price advertisingyes
All Nepal Trade Union Federation (Revolutionary)yes
Nick Nostitzyes
Ultra Mobile Broadbandyes
War Wind II: Human Onslaughtyes
La Libertad, Francisco Morazányes
Lycaenopsisyes
Oscar Heissereryes
Endemic Bird Areas of the World: Priorities for Biodiversity Conservationyes
Ivy Compton-Burnettyes
De Beste Med Di Derreyes
Unterseeboot 65yes
Prolefeedyes
Setaka, Fukuokayes
Barcaldine Shire Councilyes
Love Is in the Heiryes
James Shapiro (disambiguation)yes
The Anthony Nolan Trustyes
Fire Prevention Weekno
I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymoreyes
Juan Miranda (baseball player)yes
Apple Inc.yes
List of asteroids/100301–100400yes
Gordon Van Gelderyes
Small applianceyes
Tahyna Tozziyes
Greece at the 2002 Winter Olympicsyes
Elmer Whiteyes
Drift seedyes
Connie Price-Smithyes
Bernard VIII of Commingesyes
St Mary High School, Jamaica W.Iyes
Koudelka (Barrayar)yes
Riverside South (Canary Wharf)yes
Southeastern Film Critics Associationyes
Mick Crippsyes
John Milneyes
Sugar palmyes
Canadian Pulp and Paper Associationyes
Canadian Broadcasting Corporationyes
Allstate 400 at the Brickyardyes
Pangoyes
Elizabeth Harroweryes
Madre de Deusyes
Melitaea diaminayes
Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceñoyes
Nezahualcoyotlyes
Entering the Arenayes
Law Concerning the National Flag and Anthemyes
Krosnoyes
Biostimulationyes
Freiberg (district)yes
Llancanelo Lagoonyes
James Chanceyes
Rens van Eijdenyes
Killer Dsyes
Shoprite (Isle of Man)yes
Tara Brachyes
Collomiayes
Spring Hill Mallyes
Birkir Bjarnasonyes
CAUSyes
Lake Erie Beach, New Yorkyes
Drusus Claudius Neroyes
Crisis theoryyes
Win My Soulno
1623 in artyes
Sandhills Horticultural Gardensyes
List of departments at the CUHK School of Medicineyes
Chewy Granola Barsno
Bungomayes
Montenegro women’s national handball teamyes
Humacao Airportyes
United Nations Security Council Resolution 31no
Judith (homily)yes
1950 in organized crimeyes
The Trouble with Girlsyes
Bermuda Principlesyes
Inviscid flowyes
ABS-CBN News Channelyes
OFI Sundayyes
Sandbridge Beach, Virginiayes
Framingham Earl High Schoolyes
NAPA Auto Parts 200yes
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Capyes
Spanish Matchyes
Lansing Bagnallyes
Dallas Public Libraryyes
A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odysseyyes
Orange bellowsfishyes
Mary Arden (judge)yes
André Dumortieryes
Diocese of Riobambayes
Ashikaga Yoshinoriyes
List of Anti-consumeristsyes
Sipsey River (disambiguation)yes
A.S. Pizzighettoneyes
Virago (Star Wars)yes
Majšperkyes
A Singleno
Fuse (Colin James album)yes
Robert Lincoln Postonyes
List of notable Old Harroviansyes
Diana Haddadyes
Video Gemsyes
When They Lay Bareyes
List of Intense Football League seasonsyes
Ornithosuchidaeyes
Charles W. Freeman, Jr.yes
Torpedoyes
Live in Nottinghamyes
1990 in literatureyes
Disappearing Rainbow Indicatoryes
Back Up Danceryes
Ayer Rajahyes
HMS Forth (1938)yes
Shae Marksyes
Interstate 295 (Delaware-New Jersey)yes
Graydon Creedyes
Single-instance storageyes
Running the Hallsyes
Schutzbachyes
Nik Mrdjayes
George Meanyyes
Worldbeatyes
Adraskan Districtyes
Park-McCullough Historic Houseyes
Steggerdayes
Chokhamelayes
Woodville Football Clubyes
Bend Ovayes
Elizabeth Earlyes
Kaburuyes
Jikininkiyes
VU meteryes
Gary Numanyes
Jaghunyes
List of ethnic slurs by ethnicityyes
Banco Itaúyes
Denis Lamoureuxyes
South West Caucasian Republicyes
Attacks affecting Lebanese industry in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflictyes
Pictures of Youyes
South Dublin (UK Parliament constituency)yes
Graeme Edgeyes
Salvadora persicayes
African Journal of AIDS Researchyes
Irish Americans in New York Cityyes
Parallel Linesyes
Ken Strongyes
Potton United F.C.yes
Jean Étienne Bercéno
Pera Skafiyes
Bahamas at the 1952 Summer Olympicsyes
S,ilkiyes
Coclesyes
Mwotlapyes
Conspiritusyes
Be Ever Wonderfulyes
Amaliricusyes
Choral scholaryes
Jorquelleh Districtyes
Kolberyes
Gugelhupfyes
Demister (Vapor)yes
International Baseball League of Australia MVPyes
Verona Island, Maineyes
Cyprus Cycling Federationyes
Isaac Fraserno
Estonian Airyes
Maurepasyes
MHC class Iyes
Byzantine ancestry of Greek Royal Familyyes
Bertran de Bornyes
N-skeletonyes
Warpath (comics)yes
Henry Holland (architect)yes
Farz (2001 film)yes
Vincent Hugo Bendixyes
Turkey Ford, North Carolinayes
Winnipeg Transityes
General Atomics GNAT-750yes
L’Hospitalet de Llobregatyes
DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Yearsyes
Rimlandyes
Müslüm Gürsesyes
Ed Nimmervollyes
Shiweiyes
FICA (disambiguation)no
List of ethics topicsyes
Clan Stirlingyes
Richard de Morvilleyes
John Holtbyyes
Sharon Corryes
Mkhareyes
List of Japanese ski jumpersyes
Murder Loveyes
Projet Orangeyes
Color of Nightyes
Students of AMFyes
Yamatotakada, Narayes
Archie Campbell’s Coveyes
List of colonial governors in 1787yes
Bastroyes
Wyoming State Capitolyes
Satu Mare (disambiguation)yes
Back in Baroque… The String Tribute to AC/DCyes
Landsmannschaft Ostpreußenyes
Neo-Tainoyes
Evelyn Hartyes
Glycoproteinyes
Dura Convertible Systemsyes
Luzhou Branch Line (TRTS)yes
Hoya de Buñolyes
Shlomo Gazityes
Majerovceyes
Captionyes
Securitas AByes
Mukkuva lawsyes
United States Army Rangersyes
Computer Modernyes
Anuvanahalliyes
Lorigayes
Archana (Hinduism)yes
Metabidiminished rhombicosidodecahedronyes
Burton in Lonsdaleyes
Uganda People’s Democratic Armyyes
Rhydderch ab Iestynyes
Strontium sulfateyes
Timeline of the United States Constitutionyes
Dragan Joc(ic’yes
Crusade of Fireyes
Clifton High Schoolyes
Pearl District, Portland, Oregonyes
Bridge River Countryyes
Geoffrey Walshyes
Ferwerderadielyes
Odziyes
Lee Atwateryes
123yes
Ramoji Film Cityyes
Merritt Cabalyes
Puckeridgeyes
Lambert quadrilateralyes
Jeffrey Morganyes
Critical path methodyes
U.S. Route 277yes
Steve Biddulphyes
Joey Jeremiahyes
Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2003yes
The Great BMX Raceyes
Second Heat (album)yes
Yellow River (song)yes
Garrick Clubyes
Heathcote Williamsyes
Lucy Walker (climber)yes
Rasheedayes
List of asteroids/57701–57800yes
Midmar Mileyes
Potato riceryes
Libero Internationalyes
W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Awardyes
Colsterworthyes
Charles Malikyes
Casimir Codeyes
Francisco Martínez Jiménezyes
Antigone (disambiguation)yes
Pennsylvania Route 562yes
Dee Ferrisyes
John Reeves Pierceyes
Lynn Oliphantyes
Unshakable Raceyes
Serie A 1969-70yes
List of Grand Prix motorcycle racers: Pyes
Kenneth Roseyes
RCW103yes
Vietnam Televisionyes
Red Springsyes
Zeuthen (disambiguation)yes
Jaroslav Bednár(yes
Mustafa Sar?gülyes
Eryngium giganteumyes
Click chemistryyes
David Terrieryes
Independence Heights, Houston, Texasyes
Our Lady of Tepeyac High Schoolyes
Greek gardensyes
Institutions offering Mechatronics Engineeringyes
Nielson Fieldyes
Body Gloveyes
Bout-coupéyes
Charley Straightyes
D.A. Lizardsyes
Arab Timesyes
Nerang Riveryes
Jeff Keepingyes
Gim Allonyes
Nélida Piñonyes
1979 PBA seasonyes
Patrick J. Lynchyes
Cardiac Arrest (TV series)yes
Capone (rapper)yes
Thirroul railway station, New South Walesyes
Schwanthalerhöhe (Munich U-Bahn)yes
Yamada, Fukuokayes
TV Cogeco (Windsor, Ontario)yes
HMS Tre Kronoryes
Jhanda Singh Dhillonyes
Lack of Brains VS. Brawnsyes
Maleli Kunavoreyes
Scattering amplitudeyes
Porsche 989yes
Green Party of England and Walesyes
Mälarenyes
Butler Capital Partnersyes
Sölden Prioryyes
Tricky Kickyes
List of mayors in Canadayes
KMODyes
United Front (India)yes
Cometmanyes
Music history of the United States during the Civil War erayes
Norman Collieryes
Madeline Smithbergyes
Minto Airportyes
List of highways numbered 190yes
Rafik Sormanyes
Lance Broadwayno
British Railyes
Victorianano
UC San Diego School of Medicineno
David Batcheloryes
Carrozzeria Marazziyes
Sixteenth Army (Germany)yes
Vyšné Nemeckéyes
St. Petersburg Openyes
Cibolo, Texasyes
198th Infantry Brigade (United States)yes
Giovinezzayes
Gordonno
In the Kingdom of Mao Bellyes
Trifectayes
Suitcaseyes
Jayrockyes
Isabelle Tazbiryes
Elba, Wisconsinyes
Dagorhiryes
StarLANyes
Cobordism theoremyes
Altaïr (character)yes
These Ones Are Bitteryes
Gila River Indian Communityyes
Senarclensyes
Killian documents authenticity issuesyes
Music of Finlandyes
Katarina Löfströmyes
List of people associated with Columbus, Ohioyes
Runaway (Amalgam Comics)yes
Dick in a Boxyes
Gunner (American football)yes
Yury Chernavskyyes
Cezaro Rossettiyes
The Sky Is a Landfillyes
Whipped Cream & Other Delightsno
With This Ringno
River Barleyes
Spinsterhoodno
Cairo Regional Internet Exchangeyes
Centerville, Indianayes
Middle Class Revoltyes
Republic of Virtueyes
Saddleback caterpillarno
Mihail Majearuyes
Fulfillingness’ First Finaleyes
Mesad Hashavyahuyes
Exeter, Illinoisyes
Mark Teltscheryes
Alfred Edward Gabyyes
List of politicians on Jack and Bobbyyes
K. K. Downingyes
Rick Duffyes
Law enforcement in Saint Kitts and Nevisyes
Eamonn Walkeryes
Configware/Software-Co-Compilationyes
Electoral division of Barklyyes
Greenup Commercial Historic Districtyes
Vue at Brickellyes
Sestosyes
Response amplitude operatoryes
USS Adder (SS-3)yes
The Kid America Clubyes
Alfred Stelzneryes
Alenia Aeronauticayes
List of Sonic X episodesyes
Tunnel visionyes
117th Regiment of Footyes
Blancheflour and Jollyfloriceyes
Michal Vieweghyes
Ticketyes
Keio- 7000 seriesyes
WKAQyes
Pabillonisyes
Sheldon Robertsyes
Streetheart (band)yes
Chariot tacticsyes
Blaga Dimitrovayes
Blue Skied an’ Clear (album)yes
Bahariasaurusyes
Sudanese Air Forceyes
William Blundellyes
NZL-92yes
Žagare.yes
Silent Riversyes
Matti Hagmanyes
Silicon Gulfyes
Wally Lambyes
St Botolph’s Aldgateyes
Polytheistic reconstructionismyes
A Taxing Woman 2yes
Daniel Quinterosyes
Ben Bergeryes
Town Called Dobsonyes
Mandy Hamptonyes
Benjamin Blockyes
Untitled Gorillaz projectyes
The Early Bird Showyes
National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rightsyes
Liu Shueh-Shuanyes
Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinopleyes
Saturday Sneak Previewyes
Avistarno
Meera Kosambiyes
King George Square, Brisbaneyes
West Australian Women’s Football Leagueyes
Multiply (website)yes
United States Organized Crime Strike Forceyes
Cricket 07yes
International Socialist Organization (New Zealand)yes
Albert Edward Smithyes
Totals580/600 (96.66%)

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54 Comments

  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

    Hello,
    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
    CustomBusinessWebsite.com
    http://www.custombusinesswebsite.com
    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 Schindler@ 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

    Hi,
    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!!

    Thanks,
    Tom

  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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