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My Method for Getting Links from Wikipedia (and having them stick!)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by PhillyLuke, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. PhillyLuke

    PhillyLuke Junior Member

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    While these links will all be no-follow I use this method for a variety of sites I manage and have been getting a real decent source of refferal traffic that will stay with me no matter where Google has me ranked.

    A music based site I run now gets an average about about 200 uniques per day just from Wikipedia (and the traffic converts well!) and I've been using this method for less than 2 months. It's still a drop in the bucket compared to my overall traffic, but for the most part these links are in there for the long run.

    Always good to diversify those traffic sources. I've also had luck using this method in the legal niche - it's turned into a nice refferal traffic source.

    So what I do is as follows:

    1. Take a nice sampling of keywords you currently are focusing on for your website as well as any topics your content may cover.

    2. Head on over to Wikipedia and start searching for some of your keywords. Clicking around to internal links to other articles opens a lot of doors. What we are looking for in particular is pages that have been written, but are missing a lot of sources. Look for sentences that have a factual base, but no source to back them up. I find plenty in the niches I work in. Usually the article has a small yellow box at the top that says something like "This article still needs to be verified, or sourced".

    3. Now pick out a few weakly sourced sections of the articles and get your content writers to work! I either have them edit a current article to provide factual data or just write an entirely new article. One of the KEY tricks to getting these links to stick is have at least 1 source citied in your article. You'll have to search around to find a legit source. I swore I would never say this after my high-school days, but use the MLA format for citing your sources.

    4. You can keep these types of articles fairly short as they are mainly used to "verify" 1 sentence within the article you chose. I can get by with less than 300 words.

    5. Now go and login into your editor account at Wikipedia and add your website as a source for the unverified text you selected earlier. Take the time to use their format for citing sources in it's entirely. This leaves less of a chance of other "real" editors from going in and messing things up for ya.

    6. You need to specify the changes you made to the article once you submit them. I use a meekly worded "updating article sources" and mark it as a minor change.

    7. Rinse and repeat!

    If you're in a rush do-away with the whole "writing new article" thing. Many time's I just open up and old post, add a line or two that supports the wikipedia entry, and then do a quick google search for a source of some sort.

    Maybe 5 minutes max.

    Also spread out these edits - if you go nuts and add your site to 30 pages in one day your gonna lose them.

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  2. gu3sswh0

    gu3sswh0 Regular Member

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    You mean to say you are getting links from wiki's by using them the way that they were intended?? the horror!
     
  3. PhillyLuke

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    Yeah I'm a monster aren't I
     
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    I've put links in the references bit, but they keep being deleted. Wikipedia is very biased about content. My articles are easily as good or even better than any contained in their lists.
     
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    Make sure the article you type are sourced (MLA Formatting).

    That makes a big difference
     
  6. Dan Free

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    FYI
    For everybody who flunked high school or were not paying attention:

    The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is widely used for identifying research sources.

    Google search "MLA formatting"

    Examples for those in a hurry.
    How to Cite the Purdue OWL in MLA


    Entire Website

    The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 2010. Web. Date of access.

    Individual Resources
    Contributors' names. "Title of Resource." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, Last edited date. Web. Date of access.

    Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, and Elizabeth Angeli. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab, 4 Apr. 2010. Web. 20 July 2010.
     
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