Just how deep is Wikipedia's Penetration into Google...

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After taking a random sample of 600 Wikipedia articles, 96.67% are in Google's top 10 for their title.

We all know that Google's "authority-based" algorithm is grossly weighting in favor of sites like Wikipedia, but how can Google continue to exist in the long run if it's primary function is just to serve as a middleman between the user and Wikipedia?

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Google needs to ban that site from the organic results

and put a tab on the main page 'wikipedia results' because I don't want Wikipedia when I am typing in something..

Proctologist

Just how deep is Wikipedia's Penetration into Google...

I'm not sure how deep it is, but I'll bet a proctologist could tell...

Sheer helplessness

That's what it is - at their wirs' end.

Ok, so search engines have always been mega scrapers but this is truly pathetic.

Come the day when the likes of Mahalo might actually turn out to be righ, yikes!

I Agree with TheFounder

The case is very rare when Wikipedia actually meets the needs for what I'm searching for in Google. On the rare case when it is, I know to go to Wikipedia directly.

The authority weight that is in place favors strong sites too heavily. There should be a happy in between. We all know how vulnerable wikipedia is to mass mentality as opposed to actual facts.

Smaller sites tend to pay more attention to content quality as it is easier for them to do so. "Authority" SERP saturation favors editorial misconduct, marketing techniques too expensive and time consuming for webmasters more interested in their niche than in results, and results in poor overall search results that funnel traffic to the wrong resources. (probably not a popular opinion around here but there, I said it.)

An Idea

I think Google have to make some vertical search engine for Wikipedia, if It loves Wikipedia so much. Most of the wiki pedia pages are in top 10 results in google & Mostly searchers don't actually want them.

and in other news Google

and in other news

Google continues to dominate threadwatch story titles.

As long as 'Google continues

As long as 'Google continues to dominate', then it only natural that

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Google continues to dominate threadwatch story titles.

Strangely, it seems that people are more interested in the search engine that is reponsible for most of their income than they are in the lesser engines.

Of course, if you have anything of consequence to say on the lesser engines, feel free to speak up - you only have a few days left.

not just google

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if you have anything of consequence to say on the lesser engines, feel free to speak up

i just put the first five phrases from this experiment into ask.com. all five were first page results, too.

what's interesting is that "Veil of Darkness" returns the wiki as #1 while it is a "no" on the google list.

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and in other news

Google continues to dominate threadwatch story titles.

Quite the incite as always.

How do we know what users want

Mostly searchers don't actually want them.

I'm playing devil's advocate here, but how do we know that users don't want Wikipedia when they search for information on a subject? I don't recall seeing any research on the subject.

Could it be that we don't want Wikipedia in the top of the results because it keeps our/our clients' sites out?

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