How to get your Wikipedia entry Approved

June 16th, 2016 by Felicitas Betzl
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Everyone knows about Wikipedia. You have probably used it yourself many times to find out about a celebrity, a historical event or a company. The site is being linked to from thousands of sites, and having a link to your website will not provide you with quality link juice. Unfortunately, all links are “nofollow”ed, but the site could potentially account for high referral traffic.

That being said, the site has human editors and unlike copy for your own website or marketing materials, the copy for a Wikipedia entry needs to be carefully crafted, and be informative without sales or marketing jargon.

In the following article I would like to cover a few guidelines, so your contribution can sail through the approval process.

Why should I create a Wikipedia page?

Wikipedia is such a well-known encyclopedia, which counts on users to add their own knowledge to the mix. Wikipedia has pretty specific guidelines laid out.

Maybe one of the three types resonates with you:

1. Has your business invented an industry-leading, technology changing or notable invention?

2. If the company founder or the business itself stands out for another reason, or your competitors are featured on Wikipedia, then I would recommend that you will be mentioned on Wikipedia too.

3. Is your entry going to be verifiable? For example, are there references on the internet that you can link to a press release or something similar?

4. You are unable to find anything related to your technology/products on Wikipedia and therefore there is a gap of “knowledge” on the site.

If your answer is “no” to the information you’d like to submit for the following attributes, then don’t bother with creating the entry, as it will simply be deleted and your hard work was for nothing:

  • Worthwhile
  • Notable
  • Verifiable

You will also be required to have good sources, as Wikipedia calls them. These sources must be:

  • Reliable
  • Independent
  • Verifiable

Now that you’ve decided you’d like to get an article published, the next step is creating the entry.

Main steps to consider when creating a Wikipedia page

Before you start to create your Wikipedia page, follow the steps below.

1. Research is your best friend

Make sure that you thoroughly review the Wikipedia submission guidelines.

2. Search for existing articles

Double check that there aren’t any entries already on Wikipedia by using various searches. This will ensure that you won’t duplicate any information that already exists on there.

3. Review the search results

It could be that your specific phrase suggestion didn’t return any articles, but it may also be that your topic has been recorded within a slightly different topic from your suggestion. Ensure you review all the results first.

4. Create the article

If you haven’t been able to find any articles that contains the information you are looking to submit, Wikipedia will return an “Ask for it to be created” link.

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Just click on the link and it will take you to this view:

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At this stage, Wikipedia recommends that you might edit other articles first in order to become familiar with the process.

5. Log in or Create an account

It is possible to edit Wikipedia articles without an account; however, if you would like to create an informational piece from scratch, you will be required to set up an account unless you already have one. Wikipedia gives quite a lot of information on choosing a username. Once you’ve set up your new user account, Wikipedia will suggest that you edit an existing article for practice.
6. Write your article in your Sandbox.

Once you have set up your account or have logged in, you can search again for the topic you’d like to add, and this time you will see the suggestion “You may create [Your Topic]. When you click on the link, you will be able to start adding content for your desired page.

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A few important points to consider are:

Please note that the content will have to be 100% unique and can’t be copied from anywhere else on the web.
You will have to provide references to reliable published sources. This is particularly important for biographies of a living person.
It is recommended that you start the new article first within your sandbox: User:[Your username]/[My suggested topic]. From there you can ask other editors to help develop the content, and it’s less likely to be deleted.
Try to reach a word count of about 1500 characters, but it should have less than 5000 words.
Make use of the wiki mark up for formatting, to ensure that your article looks the part.
Include images in your contribution.
Proofread your article or even better, ask someone else to review it for you.

7. Submit your page for review

Now that you’ve followed all the above guidelines, you can finally submit your entry to Wikipedia for review. The approval process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

8. Once your article has been published

If your article made it into the public space of Wikipedia, I would recommend keeping an eye on it to ensure that any edits made by others are correct, and to add anything new if noteworthy.

It might seem a little overwhelming creating an article on Wikipedia but if you make sure you follow the guidelines and have reliable resources to fall back on, there should be no problem getting your article approved.

Do you already have experience with submitting or editing articles on Wikipedia? Tell us more about your experiences!

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