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Wikipedia and SEO: what every digital marketer needs to know

Wikipedia has been one of the success stories of the internet, growing rapidly to become the de facto reference site for many people.

There are more than 4.4m pages in the English language edition alone, and it is still growing at the rate of 771 new pages every day.

How can its impact benefit digital marketers?

Will Wikivoyage shake up online travel?

Wikipedia is one of the world’s most popular websites and, in the eyes of some, was largely responsible for the demise of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The good news for publishers: the market for encyclopedias is relatively small, so Wikipedia’s popularity has had a relatively limited commercial impact.

The bad news for players in the travel space: the Wikimedia Foundation’s entry into online travel may have broader commercial implications.

How marketing in the travel industry will change in 2013

With Wikipedia shaking up online travel with WikiVoyage, things are already changing in this essential industry at the start of 2013. As travel becomes more and more accessable and more competitive, how marketing in this space has to become more savvy and customer centric.

But what is actually going to change and how are marketers going to shift gears in the upcoming year?

Bing and Encyclopaedia Britannica partner on search results

Earlier this year, Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that it would discontinue producing its annual 32-volume printed edition.

“By concentrating our efforts on our digital properties, we can continuously update our content and further expand the number of topics and the depth with which they are treated without the space constraints of the print set,” Encyclopaedia Britannica’s president, Jorge Cauz, explained.

Encyclopaedia Britannica saying goodbye to print

For nearly 250 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica has been a household name. Once the encyclopedia of record, chances are your family had an Encyclopaedia Britannica set sitting on the bookshelf, or that you’ve picked up a heavy volume at school or the library.

Yesterday, however, Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that it’s going all digital and will no longer be a print publisher.

Why Wikipedia is top on Google: the SEO truth no-one wants to hear

There was an interesting study published this week which looked at 1,000 search terms in Google and measured the rankings for Wikipedia.org. It begged the question: does Google give too much prominence to Wikipedia?

As a quick recap, Wikipedia ranked for a huge 99% of the terms (as selected with a random noun generator).

While many people may consider this an unfair bias from Google towards Wikipedia, I’m not so sure…

SOPA debate looks set to rage despite blackout protests

On Wednesday several major websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, took their services offline in protest at the proposed SOPA bill.

For Wikipedia, the self-imposed blackout actually had the affect of increasing traffic as people logged on to see what the fuss was about.

In a nutshell, SOPA is an attempt to crackdown on internet piracy by shutting down sites that host copyrighted material.

Opponents say that it goes too far, as sites that link to other sites that host pirated material can also be shutdown, and threatens free speech.