For many Google and Wikipedia are two most widely visited websites. Infact, Google is the reason why most of us visit Wikipedia. Google, co-founder, Sergey Brin believes that Wikipedia “one of the greatest triumphs of the Internet” and “an invaluable resource to anyone who is online”. It is not a hidden fact anymore that Google loves Wikipedia, whatever your Google search query is. There are 99% chances that, if Wikipedia has an article based on query, it will be shown on the first page.
Study shows that for 56% search queries Wikipedia is the top listed result on Google search result page. Further more it says, Wikipedia ranks between 1 and 5 for almost 96% of the searches. Astonishingly, there were only 8 out of total 1,000 nouns, for which Wikipedia did not appear on the first page. Those being mail, news, trainers, national, sweets, wardrobe, phone and flight.
Reactions to this study have been mixed. Though it comes as a good news for many, there are some who are not taking it nicely. Especially if they believe poorly written content on Wikipedia outranks quality websites offering same information. Wikipedia taking a first page position could mean one less place in the top ten for possible PPC paying corporations for some, while for others it means less searching.