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But keep in mind that people are notified when changes are made to pages that they may not even be interested in, and they will certainly investigate your site to make sure its not an MFA, spam links are often removed from pages on an hourly basis. If you have a noncommercial site dedicated to peanuts, for example, perhaps you can post a link to a page related to peanuts.
I only obtain links from wikipedia if one of my noncommercial sites happens to have some information which can verify or dispute a particular piece of info that someone added to that page (I've picked up some high PR backlinks like that, but it was definitely appropriate use and no one has removed said links in over a year). Most of the time, I'm on there removing spam links from pages that I'm interested in if they don't supplement the article in some fashion.
[edited by: DXL at 1:11 am (utc) on Sep. 19, 2006]
However, I don't think there's much disputing that a relevant link from Wikipedia would do a website a world of good. Potentially, it will bring in 'quality' traffic and I would guess that it would be considered fairly favourably by the search engines.
Were you looking for advice about how to actually place a link on Wikipedia?
It's not the same as a free directory because it's heavily edited. But it's worthwhile to wedge a link in there anyway. You never know if it will end up staying.
Be forewarned that if you persist in aggressively adding your link after it's been removed, the admins there may block your IP. However, you can easily circumvent that by unplugging your DSL modem and receiving a fresh IP.
I wouldn't recommend the aggressive approach, though. Don't know who they might report your site too...
Moral to the story is: avoid persistent updates if your link is removed a few times. Members can set up a feature that allows them to be contacted when specific pages are updated. I know a few ways to fly under the radar, but I'm not so sure I want to give my best secret away ;)
If someone wants to break into your house, no matter how much protection and alarms you throw at it, that someone will still get in.
Same goes for Wikipedia. You can throw up barriers but it won't stop the determined. The zombie masses will still be there breaking down the door...
Oh, and spamming wiki's isn't limited to wikipedia. There's a whole range of wiki software powering wikis across the web, fresh meat for the link hungry.
First research all the flavors Wiki software comes in. Then grab a snippet from the copyright or some other footprint. Then do a search for it. Voila!
I think I was detected by a bot because all of my edites were reverted by a user using VS(VandalSniper).
I tried to add 10 links in 10 different sections right after each other. I probably set off an alarm.
Does anyone know a safe rate that I can add links to avoid detection again? I'll try different IP's next time.
And by the way the sites I was submitting were squeeky clean. I don't even have adsense on them and almost all of them are in DMOZ.
I have submitted similar sites in the past and the links stuck.
[edited by: MrSpeed at 11:39 am (utc) on Sep. 22, 2006]
And as mentioned a few posts back, an indirect benefit of links on the site is that any website using Wikipedia content generally retains the links section as well, so over time you benefit from backlinks from other sites (though a handful of sites will scrape the content but exclude the links section). I started getting backlinks from Wikipedia before I really understood the value of backlinks and PR, I just added links because I had some really great articles that people who visited those pages would probably be interested in (or that verify a questionable piece of information that people requested a citation for).
You always play the game a little better if you know how to work the rules.
Agreed. We had a website that we put into wikipedia - but we carefully put a link to an informational section of our otherwise commercial site - in addition, the outbound links were missing links to the information we linked to. It's stayed for a year now. You never know until you try. We find sometimes that corporate clients that belong in wikipedia on their brand page either don't submit there sites, or other "official" sites for the same brand in different countries.