Wikipedia’s rise to fame has actually been quite impressive. comScore’s data from January 2007 puts them at number 9 for the most unique visitors, with 43 million people going to the site in January. Needless to say, one of the major traffic sources for Wikipedia is Google, but how much does the search giant send their way?
Hitwise have put together some data which shows a big increase in Google traffic, along with a graph comparing Wikipedia’s other sources of traffic.
The report covers some interesting facts which outline:
- 70% of Wikipedia’s upstream visitors come from search engines, with 50% from Google alone.
- Google’s share of upstream traffic has increased by 19% over the past year.
- The percentage of Google’s downstream traffic going to Wikipedia increased by 166% year over year.
- Last week Wikipedia was the 3rd website in Google’s downstream
As you may have guessed, this data shows Google was a major driving force behind the rise of Wikipedia. So how does it rank on the first page for so many search terms?
My guess would be that Wikipedia pages are generally very SEO friendly. The old saying ‘content is king’ is painfully obvious here, as Wikipedia pages contain a wealth of information, with the search keyword featuring prominently throughout the page. These pages would also receive a huge amount of incoming links (definitions, more information links) which would also help to increase their Google ranking.
Could they have mastered the art of organic SEO? Let us know what you think!