Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Until now, however, it wasn't clear just how much traffic Wikipedia gets as a result of Google's patronage. According to Wikimedia's server logs, about 1.7 billion page views are generated as a result of Google traffic. This is about 24% of the total monthly traffic on all of the wikis hosted by Wikimedia. Wikipedia makes up the majoriy of the Wikimedia project.
By contrast, Yahoo sends 2% of total traffic, and MSN and Live Search combined send less than 1%. For whatever reason, Google's algorithms rank Wikipedia pages as being significantly more relevant than any other search engine.
This just goes to show how Google can make or break your website or blog, and the importance of search engine optimization.