So is Wikipedia losing traffic or not? Depends whom you choose to listen to


For the past fortnight or so, there have been Online reports claiming that Wikipedia was reportedly losing desktop traffic; in fact had even lost a chunk between March-July of this year, especially from Google-end, some Websites claimed. It all started following an analysis put out by research service SimiliarWeb. This & other reports were hotly contested by Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales, who denied that the drop was sudden or because of a fall in Google direct referrals, as one of the reasons reported. Jimmy has given an extended explanation, & his colleague has argued how direct referrals from Google had in fact gone up. We reproduce some of the Online Content that has appeared so far, giving both sides of this story.

The story so far….


 Yes, Wikipedia has suffered a huge decline in traffic (but Google is not to blame) – Business Insider

http://news.google.com Aug 31, 2015 

The analysis appears to resolve an argument between Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Similar Web over whether Wikipedia was suffering a …

 

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Jimmy Wales Says Wikipedia Is Losing Traffic From Google – SearchEngineLand

http://searchengineland.com Aug 18, 2015 

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, posted that Google is sending them less and less traffic, calls this a “long-term issue.”

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Wikipedia says that Google traffic will continue to fall … – PureContent

http://purecontent.com  Aug 21, 2015 

Traffic from Google to Wikipedia is in decline and is expected to fall even further. This may come as a surprise to many people, due to the consistently high.

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Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales slams ‘silly claim’ of lost Google … -BusinessInsider

http://www.businessinsider.com Aug 19, 2015 

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is not happy with Similar Web, the traffic measurement website which recently published data showing that Wikipedia has lost a lot of traffic from Google. Similar Web initially said it believed …

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