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How to get web traffic from Wikipedia

Wikipedia is established as a source of useful information that can be edited by anyone. On average Wikipedia attracts over 90,000 visits every day. That is a lot of traffic and it is entirely possible to get a slice of it, a small slice but a slice never the less.

The first thing that you need to understand about Wikipedia is that its very philosophy is to provide useful, accurate information and that Wikipedia has an army of dedicated…No, let me change that…an army of completely obsessed followers that monitor and clean up anything that looks remotely like spam or useless, irrelevant  junk.

With this in mind and probably given that you have tried to spam Wikipedia in the past you may be wondering if it is even possible to get traffic from Wikipedia. It is easier than you may think. You need to find a way of getting a link up on their site and keeping it there for all to see.

The key to getting a link from Wikipedia is to provide something of value to the reader and at the same time enhance your website.

Visit Wikipedia and start looking for articles related to your website. It is usually a quick process; they have articles on practically everything! You are looking for articles that you can enhance and add extra information to. Facts and figures are a good thing to add because you can usually find them easily elsewhere on the web.

Once you have found an article that you can add value to, go to your website and either edit an existing article or create a new one based around the subject you found on Wikipedia. In all honesty it doesn’t really have to be a masterpiece as long as it includes the information that is missing off Wikipedia.

So now you have your new, useful information on your website. Go back to the article on Wikipedia and add the piece of information, fact or figures that you found to be missing originally and add your website as a reference. Your link will appear at the bottom of the article and because it will be a genuine reference to the info that you added nobody will remove it.

Although the links are no-follow I have found that you can get lots of traffic from them, especially if it is a popular subject matter. The key is to not spam and actually add something of value.

February 24th, 2011

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Free Hosting

…Some ISPs offer free web hosting.

Free web hosting is best suited for small sites with low traffic, like personal sites. It is not recommended for high traffic or for real business. Technical support is often limited, and technical options are few.

Very often you cannot use your own domain name at a free site. You have to use a name provided by your host like http://www.freesite.com/users/~yoursite.htm. This is hard to type, hard to remember, and not very professional…

Collocated Hosting

Collocation means “co-location”. Collocated hosting lets you place your own web server on the premises (locations) of a service provider.

This is pretty much the same as running your own server in your own office, only that it is located at a place better designed for it.

Most likely an ISP will have dedicated resources like high-security against fire and vandalism, regulated backup power, dedicated Internet connections and more.

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