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Wikipedia Link Not Found

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Nacho, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. Nacho

    Nacho Newbie

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    I got a wikipedia link on a pretty big article like a week ago, the link was contextual and the article has been edited many times since with the link still being there in references. But for some reason neither Ahrefs or Webmaster Tools can find the wikipedia link, I have many times seen wikipedia links pop up when i search for other sites on Ahrefs so i find it very weird. Can someone explain this?
     
  2. bahus

    bahus Regular Member

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    There was an article few weeks ago I think on search engine land, they kicked out around 280 shady editors who were taking money for creating links on wikipedia, some were charging one time fee, some a monthly fee. As you can imagine a lot of those shady links were also removed form wikipedia articles. If yours is still there may be google doesn't give them as much weight as they used to, or may be wikipedia blocks the bots from crawling those links.
     
  3. albaniax

    albaniax Elite Member

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    As long as the article is indexed in Google, you bet that Google know's about it.
    These backlink checkers can't crawl the whole web like Google does.
     
  4. Nacho

    Nacho Newbie

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    The weird thing is that the link isn't shown in webmaster tools either. So i guess what bahus says is true that Wikipedia are blocking the bots from crawling new links or something.
     
  5. jasonmoney

    jasonmoney Newbie

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    Or the backlink checkers are not as competent as Google.
     
  6. beerhead

    beerhead Registered Member

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    WMT is pretty slow to show the links, so I wouldn't consider it for the being. As for the links not showing up in the link crawlers - you may simply need to wait a little more. Not sure if Wikipedia would block any crawlers.
     
  7. remon24

    remon24 Power Member

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    check the cached version of the page in google results if your link is there that means google already crawled that, about not showing up in webmastertools it sometimes takes more than 2 months for it to show the link in there.
     
  8. Arborgroup

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    It was more than likely deleted, or could have been edited out. There are always new updates and edits being done on Wikipedia so that was more than likely the reason