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How to Get Wikipedia Backlinks That Actually Stick

Written By Josh MacDonald on December 16, 2015
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Getting Wikipedia backlinks can be very difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. In this 14 minute video, I go over exactly what you need to do to be worthy of a Wikipedia backlink.

Here are the major points I address in the video:

  1. How to find articles that need your reference link. Not all articles need a link and most won’t stick if you put the links in a random article. There are signals we look for when finding a spot to put the backlink.
  2. What exactly needs to be done to place the link. This involves learning the basic Wikipedia syntax and adding value. You can’t simply just add a link, but you must also change the article, and add valuable content that displays your knowledge on the subject.
  3. Whether you should be logged in or edit as a guest. When to edit as a guest and when to use your account. Also, how to build authority to your Wikipedia account.
  4. I also touch on making a Wikipedia page. If there’s more interest in learning how to do it, and given there are enough readers with aged and authoritative Wikipedia accounts, I can make a video teaching it. Right now, I’m doing freelance writing where I’ll place your company on Wikipedia if it’s noteworthy and fits the Wikipedia guidelines. I’m familiar with Wikipedia syntax and non-promotional writing style requirements.

Here are some of the wikipedia footprints we used in the video:
“citation needed” food recipes site:wikipedia.org
“This section does not cite any references (sources)” food recipes
“This article possibly contains original research” food recipes

Here is the format your citations should follow:
<ref>{{cite web|title=Malaysian Cuisine: A Case of Neglected Culinary Globalization|author=Kosaku Yoshino|url=http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp |page=3 |publisher=Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, Tokyo |accessdate=2 May 2014}}</ref>

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Josh MacDonald
Josh is an internet marketer and entrepreneur best known for his SEO knowledge and software such as SerpClix and Keyword Scout.

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7 comments

  1. Hi Josh,

    You say you are doing freelance writing at the moment and may be able to get a link.

    I am creating a site in the disability news and opinion field and want to build up to be an authority site quickly.

    Are you saying you can do paid articles, charge for placing a Wiki link or help us?

    Thanks,
    Dale.

    1. Yup, I do guest posting and Wiki moderation. Just send me an email.

      1. Hello, We are looking for a great writer to create our company page on wikipedia.
        Anyone that can do that should email me

  2. Hi Josh,
    Michael here, you helped me out with a clarification on YouTube video snippets.

    So your Wikipedia article service, is it feasible to have an article about a regional digital marketing company, based in Tasmania and servicing the Australian market? I’m thinking it might be OK if reference to me as a ‘personality’ and founder – I’m not sure.
    If you are able to create an article, it could provide a strong boost for me as a services provider based in Tasmania, my website e.t.c
    What is your charge for a company article with website link, and biographical information?
    Thanks a lot
    Michael

  3. hey where can i find your freelance service and how much is it? im trying to get backlinks in wikipedia for testosterone blockers and transgender hormone

  4. Jeancarlos09 Mar 2017

    HI, I saw your video and is awesome, thanks a lot of value.
    Can you help with this two concerns?
    1- I just created my account on Wikipedia using my blog as username, I haven’t written any link or modification yet, I made for testing to see what is the difference between a page and account URL.
    How can I avoid been catch getting links for my blog, is enough using guest user?

    My doubt is because you mention If I created an account I must have a level of trust but I’m brand new. What can I do?

    2 -Do you have a kind of checklist or recommend 3-5 of the most important things someone must have before getting a backlink and/or wiki Page?

  5. Gina Cortes15 Oct 2019

    Hi Josh , really interesting video about the links . I want to create a Wikipedia page and I would love your feedback and a quote for your service . Thanks

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