How To Get Links From Wikipedia

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How To Get Links From Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the most authoritative and well-trusted sites on the internet, providing users with detailed information on almost any topic they can think of. Getting links to your website from Wikipedia can be extremely beneficial for a number of reasons.

A backlink from a site with this kind of authority shows Google that you can be trusted and your content is relevant to the topic. It also means you can generate a lot of traffic from Wiki if people click on the link to find out more about the topic they are interested in.

Other high authority websites may also start to link to you as a reliable source if they see you are used as a reference on Wikipedia. So, how can you get links to your site from a relevant Wiki page?

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Step By Step Guide:

WIKIPEDIA LINKS TUTORIAL

  1. Clear history, cache and cookies on your browser
  1. Download a Proxy Switcher from your browser’s extension store e.g. hidemyass, jumbo proxy switcher, best proxy switcher etc.
  1. Change your proxy. Confirm you have done this by checking your IP address has changed from your normal one.
  1. Head over to wikipedia.org and press ‘create an account’
  1. Add a random username & password (make note of this just in case)
  1. Head over to the search section, type in your niche and press the bottom result which will say ‘containing….’
  1. Scroll through the results until you have found a page that has been last updated from 2013/14 or before
  1. Find a fact or statement on the page in the text that has not yet been cited or referenced
  1. Press ‘edit source’
  1. Highlight the fact/statement that you found
  1. Press cite, then head over to ‘template’ and press ‘cite web’
  1. Input your URL in
  1. Add a descriptive title e.g. if your niche was astroturf then it would be something like ‘The History of AstroTurf’
  1. Add a formal webpage name e.g. ‘AstroTurf Manufacturers’
  1. Press ‘insert’, then ‘save changes’
  1. Fill out the captcha at the top of the page, then scroll to the bottom of the page and tick the box saying ‘this is a minor edit’.
  1. Press save changes again
  1. This should now be completed – test the link!

NOTE: If you are going to now do another Wikipedia link:

  1. CLEAR CACHE AND HISTORY
  2. LOG OUT AND CHANGE PROXIES

For the video tutorial of how this is carried out, see below:

Alternative Broken Link Method

As an alternative for Wikipedia links you can look into the broken link method. You see, when a Wikipedia editor stumbles on a dead link, they don’t delete the link right away. Instead, they add a footnote next to the link that says “dead link”.

This footnote gives other editors a chance to confirm that the link is actually dead before removing it. And that simple footnote makes finding broken links dead simple. Search this in the google search bar.

site:wikipedia.org [keyword] + “dead link”

Next, visit a page in the search results that’s relevant to your site. Hit ctrl + f and search for “dead link” to find where this is on your niche relevant page. Pro Tip: Wikipedia actually has a list of articles with dead links.

This makes finding dead links in Wikipedia even easier. Once you have the dead links it is then the technique to try and make sure that link you add to your site looks natural. You can do this by using Brian Dean Moving Man method.

Getting Started with Wikipedia Links

Before you log in or create a new account, you need to make sure you are using software which changes your IP address. This stops Wikipedia from recognising multiple accounts from the same IP address as the accounts could get shut down for spam.

If each of your accounts comes from a separate IP address, it is seen as different users in different locations creating legitimate, natural links which contribute to the quality of the Wikipedia pages.

Once you have chosen your IP address, you can then either create a new account or log into one you already have. If you are using a new account, or one which hasn’t been used much, you should start off by making some genuine edits to pages which need information adding.

This will give your account some more authority before you start trying to add links to your own. If you try straight away to add links to your own website, Wikipedia will see this as self-promotion or spam and close your account without hesitation.

Making Your First Edits

The simplest way to make a few genuine edits to existing pages is to go to the ‘Community Portal’ tab on the left-hand side. This will show you a list of articles which are in need of edits, additional information and general improvements.

If you go to the section titled ‘Fix Wikilinks’, this brings up a list of articles which need more internal links to other pages on Wikipedia. You can then choose a page that you know something about or have an interest in, and have a look through the article to see if there is any information that could link to another page within Wikipedia.

For example, if you found a page about a certain band that needed some Wikilinks adding, and the content described the genre of the band as ‘rock music’, you could link it to the ‘Rock Music’ page within Wikipedia.

To add this link you click the ‘edit’ tab on the top right of the page and find the text you want to hyperlink within the article and highlight it. Then click on the link icon and a box will appear which allows you to search for the Wikipedia page you want to link to, select ‘to a Wiki page’ and then ‘insert link’.

You can then scroll down to the bottom of the page to a box which says ‘edit summary’ and describe what you have done, for example, you could just say ‘inserted Wikilink’. You can then save the page and the new link will be shown in the article. Do this same process for a few more pages just to make genuine contributions which age your account to give it better authority.

Getting Links to Your Own Site

Now you have added some edits to various pages which contribute to Wikipedia and give you account a bit more authority, you can start to look at adding links to your own site. To start off, you need to find some relevant Wikipedia pages which you can link from to your website to add value to the article itself.

So, for example, you run a wildlife conservation park which looks after rhinos and your website talk about rhino conservation. Start with searching through Wikipedia for pages which talk about rhinos, wildlife conservation, endangered species etc. Anything which you could link to your website to give users more information on the topic.

You should be looking for pages which don’t have a lot of activity or frequent edits on them and aren’t heavily followed by one particular member. This is because, with articles that have a lot of activity, particularly from one person, you are less to keep any links you put on because they are moderated more frequently.

Other users are more likely to remove your link and replace it with a link to their own site. You can check the activity on a page by clicking ‘view history’ on the top right, this will show you all previous edits to the page. If the article has an average of more than one edit a month, move on to a different one as it’s probably too heavily monitored.

Once you’ve found a relevant page to your site which has a good amount of content but doesn’t have a lot of frequent activity or edits, you can start trying to add links. There are a few places you can put links into a Wikipedia article and there’s a different process for each one.

Image Links

Having images on a page adds value and improves user experience, Wikipedia loves having images on its articles and you can add a link within an image which goes back to your site. To upload an image onto Wikipedia, you need to go to Wikimedia Commons and click on the ‘welcome’ page.

Scroll down to the section titled ‘First Steps Tutorial’ and click on ‘upload files which will take you to a separate page to upload images. Select the option ‘entirely my own work’ to show that the images you are uploading are yours.

You can then choose a file to upload and once it has uploaded fill in the details and be sure to put a descriptive file name. Put the link to your website in the ‘original source’ box and then add a date for the work.

You can add a short description of the image and then scroll down to the licencing box and select ‘Universal Public Domain Dedication, all rights waived (public domain)’.

When all of this is complete and the image is uploaded, it will appear in Wikimedia commons for anybody to use. This is an added bonus as other people can upload your image onto different pages and it will link back to your website through the ‘original source’ link that you put in.

Try to choose pages which don’t already have a lot of images on them if you are going to add an image link. Too many pictures on a page with less content can look messy so look for pages which only have a few. You can insert this image into a page you are editing by going to the ‘edit’ tab on the article. Insert the code underneath the heading in the chosen section of the content.

More Image Links

You would do this by inserting this piece of code and adding in the relevant information to your image with the file name, alt tag which shows a brief description, and a caption for the image:

[[File:…|thumb|alt=…|…]]

So using the example of rhino conservation again, if you have an image with the file name rhinopark.jpg you would use this code:

[[File:rhinopark.jpg|thumb|alt=Rhinos eating lunch at a wildlife conservation park.|Endangered rhinos at a wildlife reserve.]]

Once you have added in the code for the image, scroll down to the ‘edit summary’ and write a brief description of what you have done, for example, ‘Added image’. Before you save the page, it is important that you ‘show preview’ first to check that you have inserted the code correctly and you haven’t made any mistakes.

If you don’t preview your changes, you may end up having to make more edits and this might draw attention from moderators which you don’t want.

When you have checked that everything is working correctly on the page, you can save it and you will have a relevant link back to your website from that article.

External Links Section

At the bottom of most Wikipedia articles, there will be an ‘External links’ section which gives the reader a number of sources from other sites which relate to the topic of the page. These could be academic websites, news articles and other informative pages which relate to that particular Wikipedia article.

You can also get a link to your own website in this section by simply editing the external links section and adding the link to your site.

To do this, click ‘edit’ next to the ‘External links’ heading at the bottom of the page. This will then show you the code for each of the external links which have been added to that section. The easiest way to add your link is to copy the code of a link which is already there and paste it underneath.

Then change the URL within the code to go to your website page. Again, make sure you fill in the ‘edit summary’ section with what you have done and show a preview of the page before you save it to check for any mistakes.

Wikipedia Reference Links

Each page on Wikipedia has to have reference links which back up the information within the content of the page. These appear within the written article content and also at the bottom of the page.

They usually include links to educational journals, newspapers, other encyclopaedias and generally just good quality, reliable sources. The simplest way of adding a link to your own website within the ‘references’ section is to change an existing link and point it to your site.

To do this, go into the main ‘edit’ tab on the top right of the page and find the code for the reference link you want to change within the content. All you need to do is change the URL within the code which the link is pointing to by pasting in your site’s URL and removing the existing one.

Once you have changed the URL within the code, make sure to preview the page again before saving it to check that the new link works. You should then fill in the ‘edit summary’ of what you have done to say something like ‘corrected citation’, and then you can save the page.

When adding links through images, citations and external links sections, you should try to make sure your edits have a minimal impact. Wikipedia focuses on positive user experience and making sure the reader finds good quality information which is relevant to what they are looking for.

Any links you put in should add value to the page instead of just self-promoting your own site. Links which aren’t relevant or are seen to add no value will be taken down by moderators very quickly so there’s no point wasting your time.

 Updated Tips for Wiki Links

Below is an updated method for getting a link to your website from a Wikipedia article:

It takes about 3 months of good edits to age a blog (don’t try and get a link without an aged account – unless you are using the quick method). Wiki wants their information to have references, which is how we are going to get a link.

  • Find relevant Wiki categories by searching for your niche on Google inurl:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category: “niche”
  • When a list of Wiki SERPS show, click on one and then where it says ‘Pages in categories’ choose one.
  • Make sure you check the history of the page as you only want to get a link from, you should choose one which has not been updated in a while/ not a lot of content and not a regular user making edits.
  • When you have found a category in your niche which is suitable to get a link from, create content about this category (this article will be the one you get a link from Wiki too).
  • To post the link, click the Edit button and start writing some relevant information, then add this code at the end of the sentence <ref>{{cite news| url=nichewebsite.com| title=Niche Title| publisher=Niche Name| accessdate=2012-03-24 (date article was created)| date=25 November 2015 (date you posted the reference)}}</ref>

More Updated Tips for Wiki Links

  • Make sure before you save it, that you have a look at what it will look like and also let Wiki know what changes you have made, for example, I have added a reference
  • Then post and you will have a Wiki link
  • Here is how it looks without bits of blue and relevant website <ref>{{cite news| url=http://www.onlinebingofriends.com/reviews/| title=Online Bingo Reviews 2016| publisher=Online Bingo Friends| accessdate=2012-03-24| date=25 November 2015}}</ref>

Having a link from a Wikipedia article can be really beneficial for boosting trust to your website. Feel free to ask any questions and connect with us if you’d like to discuss this topic or any other link building strategies for 2016.

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    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement with wikipedia.

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