How To Get The Impossible Wikipedia Backlink And A Boatload of Traffic

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Wikipedia used to be the holy grail of backlink sources. Most marketers dropped it when Wikipedia went "nofollow," but many marketers (who were smart) leaned in to have a closer look at what was really going on over at Wikipedia.

It's a good thing Wikipedia went "nofollow." Can you imagine what it would look like today with 10,000 spammy backlinks coming from just one page? After "nofollow" scared off all of the lame spam artists, real marketers began developing a plan to hitch a ride on the savoriest gravy train on the Internet. You see, Wikipedia draws in a lot of traffic. Some Wiki pages pull in hundreds of thousands of visitors per month.

That could be a goldmine for you if you're not keep on buying website traffic, or you are an utter failure with pay-per-click ads. They key to getting a Wikipedia link is to add real value to the Wiki pages.

It's all too common for newbies to go to a well-established page, make a few edits and then drop a link. Wrong. That link will disappear in about 2 seconds. Some Internet marketers will make somewhat major edits and drop a link back to a page on their site and then realize that it sticks - for a while. Editors on Wikipedia can be, shall we say, difficult to persuade.

Difficult is probably putting it mildly. The way you please an editor is quality. No article spinning, no thin content, no obvious sales pitching. You also can't add legit value of one or two sentences and expect a backlink to your site to stick. You have to make your site pretty difficult to match in terms of research. In fact, it helps if you have original research on the website. it's no guarantee that an editor will erase your link, but it's a better guarantee than you'll get by spamming the Wiki.

Make sure you look on Wikipedia before developing quality content. If the page is actually a quality page, it'll have some reference links. Those links give you important information as to what the editors for that page will let fly. Time to go do a search for your niche on Wikipedia.

Once you've found a decent article, scroll to the resources section. Check out the links in that section. What you're looking for are thin resources. If the page is light on resources, you've got yourself a winner. Read over the article on the page and try to pick out any spots where a resource would be needed, or a section seems to be missing. Use ubersuggest to help you fill in the blanks on the Wiki article.

Once you've found an article in need of some TLC, go forth to Google and do your research. Using advanced search strings, you can piece together research from all over the web that you can cite in the section of the Wiki article you're going to improve upon.

Don't just submit your additions, however, and be done with it. Make sure that you're creating information that isn't easily available from anywhere else. When you do drop a link back to your site, make sure you market that Wikipedia page. Spend some time with it. Lots of people go to Wikipedia. The only way for you to get traffic to it is to get it ranked in the search engines. not that hard to do, but it does take some effort.

Go forth and approach websites that are linking to Wikipedia's popular pages in your niche. If you've done a good job developing that Wiki page, it'll be an easy sell to get a backlink to that page. By the way, this is a simple way for you to get around asking your direct competitors for a backlink. If they promote "your" Wikipedia page, then they'll give you traffic day and night and be totally fine with it.

To get backlink prospects, you'll have to scour twitter, blogger directories, and probably do a lot of grunt work. It will be worth it for the click traffic alone. Click traffic? Yes, you will be amazed at the click traffic you will get from Wikipedia. People really do click through those resource links.

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David Lewis
David Lewis
David C. Lewis, RFC is the owner of Twin Tier Financial. He writes extensively about personal and business finance, purpose and goal-setting, and both online and offline business marketing. Touch base with David by visiting - Read more stories from .
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