Wikipedia page creation

So you searched about creating a wikipedia page and arrived here. We are certain that the thought of creating a wikipedia page either occurred to you because you saw someone else’s page and you realized that you deserved to be on Wikipedia too! Why not? Or someone lectured you on the importance of wiki and why you or your brand should be there. In our experience, most of the clients come to us to get a Wikipedia page because:

  • It’s an exclusive thing. Not everyone can be on wiki.
  • They want their wiki page to come on top when someone searches about it
  • They wanted to use their wiki page to strengthen their brand by putting the link in their CV or website
  • They wanted a backlink from wiki for their website since wiki has high domain authority
All these reasons are fair and correct and you can surely desire to be on wikipedia for any of these reasons or more.

But, what is Wikipedia?

Let’s learn one thing before we go on the quest to fulfil your desire to be on Wikipedia. What exactly is it? Wikipedia is a free Encyclopedia. Remember when we were young and we had those thick books in the library which had information about anything and everything – yes, that’s what wikipedia is! So when you say you want to be on WIkipedia, you are really saying that you want to be a part of those thick books.

An encyclopedia is a collection of information and that’s what Wikipedia is. So if you are going to have a page on wikipedia, it will contain information about you and your work. Apart from understanding what Wikipedia is, let’s also understand what Wikipedia is not:

  • It’s not an open blog
  • It’s not a forum
  • It’s not a space for promotion or self praise
  • It’s not a directory of things
  • It’s not your brand space where you can gloat about yourself or your brand
Wikipedia is an open platform – means anyone can edit it but at the same time, it is sacred. It is protected by a set of rules (which are very strict) and is managed by a team of people spread across the continent.

So how does this work? How to create a Wikipedia page?

Isn’t that a million dollar question? How to create a Wikipedia page? The process is simple. And it isn’t at the same time. Let’s go through it step by step!
Step 1: You share the subject details: You contact us via our given whatsapp, email or phone. We exchange pleasantries and then we ask you the subject details. While we understand that subject details can be sensitive and you might not want to share them immediately, we will need that anyway to move on to step 2. So we will ask you the name of subject and if possible, the list of media coverages.

Step 2: We evaluate the possibility: We do our own research and in 24-48 hours get back to you on what the possibilities really are. If a page is not possible, we tell you straight forward so that there is no wastage of time for both the parties. If a page is possible, we will tell you what is the percentage of success and move on to step 3.

Step 3: You choose a package: We have three different packages. All of them of course have one end goal – to get the page created. The only manner in which they differ is the maintenance period. Once you choose the package, we move to step 4.

Step 4: Contracting formalities: We draw up a basic contract defining obligation of each parties. We both put our signatures to it. Then we raise a 50% invoice basis for the package you have chosen. Once the invoice is cleared, we move on to step 5.

Step 5: Creating first draft and approvals: The action begins! Basis the media coverage you have shared with us and what we have found, we start creating the first draft as per the wiki guidelines. Many times, when clients see the first draft – they are shocked with the dryness of it. Sadly, that’s how wiki is. There are no floral or ornamental decorations. It’s a compilation of hard facts that are relevant about you or the subject. Both parties do a bit of nagging and a draft is agreed upon.

Step 6: Taking the page live: We upload the page on Wikipedia and share the link with you to make you happy and excited. You start probing that why it doesn’t show on google when you search it and we tell you that Google Indexing is a different process than creating a wiki page and it will appear on its own in one or two months. We can’t do much about it.

Step 7: We add more stuff and do some maintenance: We add categories, infobox and establish links from other wiki pages to yours so that there are no orphan issues. After that, we continue to maintain the page as per the package you have chosen.
Now, before you go ahead and contact us, please notice some Do’s and Don’ts.

Do’s

  1. Share all media coverage: Please compile all media coverage and share with us. Please don’t say ‘Google it, I am famous’. A lot of good coverage is not indexed by google and can’t be found. We feel that you are the best person to compile all your coverage and hence you should do it diligently.

  2. Share full bio: Share complete bio of you or your brand so that we can frame our content accordingly. Don’t be lazy and give all details that are required to create a healthy wikipedia draft.

  3. Be Patient and transparent: Wiki can take time and sometimes we decide to not take any steps because the environments are not friendly. We will always keep you updated but we will need you to show patience and respect.

Don’ts

  1. Do not try to create your own page: We meet a lot of clients who do some quick research and they think they are ready to create a page. They create a page and it gets deleted.

  2. Don’t hide: If there is some history – that is if a page has been deleted in the past etc, do share complete history and don’t hide. It will make things only more complicated. Everything is recorded at Wikipedia. Every edit made is on record so if you think you can just do some shit and get away with it, Wiki will know what you did last summer and the summers before that!

  3. Do not push: Don’t push us or any editor to write in a certain way or add any information that we think shouldn’t go out. Respect our expertise or it’s a downhill from here.