Having a Wikipedia page is a symbol that says you’ve made it in life! The presence of the Wikipedia page can give your brand/firm legitimacy and this is why you’ll find one for almost every celebrity/brand or noteworthy event in the world.
Ever wondered who creates those pages?
Well, Wikipedia pages are posted or created by common folks like you and I. That means the content is crowd-sourced!
But there are certain rules and regulations that you need to keep in mind before you can actually create a page on Wikipedia. And the most interesting thing is that it actually depends on the editors of Wikipedia to decide whether the page you posted is valuable and unique enough or not.
- The Process is Not As Simple As It Seems
- Find a Topic and Conduct Research
- You are not allowed to promote your own business.
- Know the topics that other users are looking for
- Rewriting is not allowed
- Getting your Wikipedia Account
- Citation is The Key
- Use the standard editor for Wikipedia
- Review and Publish
- You’ve Made It
The Process is Not As Simple As It Seems
The process of writing a Wikipedia page is easy but getting it approved is where the difficulty lies. To create a Wikipedia page, all you need to do is create an account with Wikipedia (you can post without creating an account on Wikipedia as well), choose your topic or niche, research and post it for review. Well, there are tutorials published by Wikipedia itself to help you about how you can do it right but it is not as easy as blogging on WordPress and needs a lot of dedication.
Find a Topic and Conduct Research
Research is an important part of any writing and to make sure that you write an unbiased, well-sourced article, you need to research a lot to find your choice of topic. Remember that Wikipedia maintains a high standard of academic quality and you will have to keep up with it. Whatever information you collect from various resources keep them as your all-important external source which you can use as your references for citation.
You are not allowed to promote your own business.
In most cases, any type of promotional content gets flagged on Wikipedia. Wikipedia was created as an alternative to a paper encyclopedia and if you remember, the latter used formal language with no emotions in the text. The same rule applies to Wikipedia.
Know the topics that other users are looking for
Knowing other users’ requirements most certainly helps in finding the right topic to write on. Although it might seem a bit difficult task to know what Wikipedia users are looking for, there is an easy way to solve this problem. You must have noticed a search bar right at the top of every Wikipedia page. Click on it! And type “WP: RA”. This is a very effective research technique that you can employ.
WP is for “Wikipedia” and RA is for “requested articles” by other Wikipedia users. Once you have the list, you can choose one of them and start doing the detailed research as well.
Rewriting is not allowed
Before you finally choose your topic, make sure that there are no such publications on Wikipedia already. To do so, just go to Wikipedia search box and type the topic or the niche of your choice. This will show all the articles that are already available on Wikipedia.
In most cases, this should be enough to know whether your choice of topic is already on Wikipedia or not. But in case you want to be 100% sure, you will have to do the same search on Google as well. This will certainly come up with all the possible search results from Wikipedia pages. In case you don’t see that particular topic, you are good to go with it or else you will have to change it.
Getting your Wikipedia Account
You do not need to have an account to post on Wikipedia. But creating one does have some benefits.
- It will ensure that you have a personal profile on that platform. This will allow you to get messages from other users regarding any changes made to the article you posted.
- Also, having a profile on Wikipedia will give you a chance to have the writing credit and recognition for your contribution to the world of knowledge.
Citation is The Key
As per the rules set by the Wikipedia authority, it is a must that you have citations of the resources that you have used to put your content together. You can use book publications, newspaper stories, journals, etc as references.
Do not use personal blogs as resources as this will get your article rejected.
To know the exact rules and guidelines for citation on Wikipedia pages, read the official tutorials.
Use the standard editor for Wikipedia
The default text editor of Wikipedia is known as the Sandbox. It does not have special features that other CMS’s like WordPress have. But it’s a simple enough tool that any beginner can catch on.
Review and Publish
Do a final check before you are ready to publish your content. Search the topic once again in the Wikipedia search box. If no one has on the topic, the search result will show your article just below the search box. Once you click on it, it will open the Sandbox editor where you will have to put your content to post. When you are all set to publish the article, click on “Save Page”.
You’ve Made It
As soon as you publish your Wikipedia page, it goes to the Wikipedia editors to review your content. If there is nothing objectable in your article they will approve the page straight away. In some cases, they might ask you to add up some more resources and make necessary changes.
Getting your Wikipedia page approved is not an easy task, especially if you’ve never done it before! Citations can make or break a Wikipedia page and you should refer to trusted sources for your article. There are specific guidelines and tips available on Wikipedia that you need to adhere to.
If you’re really keen on getting one for your brand/firm, you can get in touch with content agencies to do it for you. This service usually ranges from $400 to $800 range. And you’ll only need to pay if the page gets approved which is a bonus.