Dear Wikipedia Writers , What Should I Do If My Page Is Vandalized?

That’s a query many potential clients come in with and they are normally distressed at this point. Understandably so. Wikipedia is the front page of the internet and a search for you name will generally show your Wikipedia page first if there is one. So when false or outdated information shows up, it’s certainly a cause for concern. Let Wikipedia Writers give you their input.

Firstly, Wikipedia has bots to detect vandalism. They are not very effective but if you are lucky, any nasty information added to your page may automatically alert an administrator or Wikipedia editor and they would generally reverse the changes that may have been made by the troll -this could be anyone; the employee you fired, your competitor etc.

If you find the changes made to your page are false, you may contact Wikipedia and they may in some cases reverse the said information so the page is restored to its original state. Wikipedia admin is not always helpful and may not be willing to fix particular issues.

You could also go in and try to remove the information yourself but unless you are fully informed about Wikipedia procedures and policies, this option could make the situation worse. It could lead to a conflict of interest flag being placed on the page, and your account being banned as well.

Your other option would be to hire Wikipedia Writers to help take over the case for you. Yes, it would cost you a bit of money but it will definitely give you peace of mind knowing you have an expert to deal with the mess. Not only would we be able to reverse the nasty additions, we could also help ban the troll altogether. It could be their username or if their IP address depending on how they made the edits. In addition, Wikipedia Writers could also help you update the page so it reflects all the latest information about you or your company so readers aren’t misled. In addition, we could also help monitor the page against future trolls so you never have to worry about what’s showing up on your page.

Whatever you do, make sure to regularly check your Wikipedia page so your image is protected.  Or you could hire Wikipedia Writers to take the stress off of your shoulders!

 

 

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What Do I Need to Study to Become A Wikipedia Writer

Great, you have decided to become a Wikipedia Writer – But what do you need to study to become one? Do you need specific academic qualifications and certifications? The answer is Yes and No depending on the kind of editing you are planning to get into.

Firstly, Wikipedia is a community of Wikipedia Writers and Editors, who have come together on a voluntary basis to maintain and update this massive encyclopedia for the general public for no cost at all.

This community has large mix of contributors from various backgrounds holding different qualifications – or no academic qualification at all.

While Wikipedia has no formal requirement for qualifications, it helps to know your subject area. Specially the technical fields.

If you are looking to update or add to a Wikipedia article on the human DNA, it would naturally be important that you know your material well. Since this is a technical subject requiring great detail, you should obviously have studied at university level to have some authority within the community and be able to defend your input when concerns are raised about the accuracy of your contribution by other Wikipedia editors.

On the other hand, when it comes to creating and updating basic articles such those about individuals and companies, it’s a much easier task to undertake since you are dealing with non-technical information or at least minimum technicality.

To sum it all up, you should have some expertise in your area of interest when dealing with technical subjects but you are as good as anyone else when creating or editing pages about individuals and companies. Let’s go Wikipedia Writers!!

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Language Courses for Wikipedia Writers and Editors

As an experienced Wikipedia Writer, I can tell you first hand that your written language is very important when contributing to the Wikipedia platform.

Poorly written content has a lot of drawbacks:

  • You are not taken seriously by senior Wikipedia Writers and Editors: That’s a fact. Often times, your contributions will be rolled back or entirely deleted because the quality of your written word isn’t upto par. Wikipedia writers and editors participate on a voluntary basis and not everyone is going to take the time to correct your spellings and grammar. The easier option is to simply delete what you have written no matter how important it may be.
  • Site visitors also will not place much importance to what is written if they can’t make out exactly what you have written. It’s a waste of your time and a waste of theirs as well.
  • You are accused of vandalism: I have to be honest; not every Wikipedia Writer and Editor is of the good kind. Some are quick to accuse you of vandalism just because what you wrote didn’t quite make sense to them given the language barrier.
  • Your account gets suspended/banned; that’s right. Some Wikipedia Editors will go as far as banning your account for consistently writing content that didn’t quite make sense to them.

While I am talking specifically about the English Wikipedia, it’s safe to assume the same cases arise for other language contributions as well.

If English isn’t your first language, but you want to continue improving the English Wikipedia, you aren’t too far away from your goal.

Here I have compiled a list of online language courses to help you improve your written word. Certainly, improved writing is not only good for Wikipedia but it will help you in your other aspects of life. So here we go:

EDX is my favorite. They have half a dozen ESL courses to choose from. Some of them are from reputable universities such as the University of Washington. These can also count towards your university credits, but be sure to check with your university.

Coursera also has a wide variety of English language courses to choose from. This will ensure your Wikipedia submissions are never again turned down due to poor spelling and grammar.

And lastly the well-known Udemy. For the budget conscious, Udemy is perfect. You could start perfecting your English for under $13!

Once you perfect your language, you too could work on getting to senior levels of Wikipedia Writers and Editors accounts. Let’s go!

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How to Become a Wikipedia Writer or Editor – Part 3

This is part 3 of How to Become a Wikipedia Writer article series. Click here for Part 1 and here for part 2.

Making a Notability Assessment

Before you go ahead with creating a Wikipedia page, it’s important to check if the subject qualifies for inclusion on Wikipedia; in other words, if the subject is “Wiki worthy”. To help make the distinction between a notable subject and a non-notable one, Wikipedia has set out a list of guidelines for Wikipedia writers to be able to make a decision. Let’s take a look at these.

General Notability Guideline

Wikipedia says;

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Significant Coverage: This means that the source material doesn’t just give a passing mention of the subject. For example, if an article is about the health of Americans living in Europe, briefly quoting a doctor or any other individual within that article wouldn’t fall under the definition of significant coverage. The source material should directly talk about the subject (A person, company etc) for it to be considered significant coverage by Wikipedia writers.

Reliable: The source material should come from a website/book/Newspaper that is well known and has editorial integrity. It’s quite easy to set up a blog and write on it whatever you want to use it as a source in your Wikipedia article, but wouldn’t be considered reliable by Wikipedia editors. On the other hand, an article published in the New York Times would be considered reliable by all Wikipedia writers.

Sources: Wikipedia highly values secondary sources. In other words, Wikipedia wants to include what other people have said about a particular subject. For example, if you were to create a page about Tesla the company, you wouldn’t want to use content that the company has published on their website as a source. Rather you want to include what a finance magazine may have said about Tesla. That’s what secondary sources is all about.

Independent of the subject: A Wikipedia writer must not use content as a source if it has been created by the subject. When writing about the CEO of a company, you cannot use what the CEO has written on his blog. You must only use those sources that the CEO cannot directly influence. In other words, sources should be independent.

 

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How to Become a Wikipedia Writer or Editor – Part 2

If you haven’t already, check out part 1 of How to Become a Wikipedia Writer

Before you take a dip, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the basic guidelines that govern content contributions to Wikipedia. As a newcomer, you will be under special scrutiny so you want to ensure you start on right footing.

  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia

You probably know this already but it’s important to shed a little more light on it.

Wikipedia is not Linkedin -You cannot post your entire resume/CV on it.

Wikipedia is not a marketing platform – Even if your company qualifies for a Wikipedia page, it doesn’t mean you should list all your products and services on the company’s entry.

  • Neutral Point of View (NPOV)

As a Wikipedia writer or editor, anything you write must carry a neutral tone. Using language that is promotional in nature – or derogatory for that matter – will most likely have the page flagged with appropriate tags. State things as they are without sounding salesy.

  • Cite your sources

Whether creating a new page or editing an existing one, as a responsible Wikipedia Writer, it’s important that you back your contributions with appropriate sources. Remember Wikipedia is not a platform for expressing opinions; it’s a place where content can be verified. And sources help do just that. If a source for said information isn’t available, it’s best not to include it even though you are 100% of its accuracy.

  • Check for notability before creating a new page

A lot of new users get frustrated when they spend hours creating a page to only see it flagged and deleted within minutes, if not hours. To save yourself time and energy, check to ensure the subject you are writing about meets the notability criteria that is set by Wikipedia. We will do a separate post on this to help new Wikipedia writers make an accurate assessment.

  • Respect copyrights

If you wish to add a photo, make sure you are the owner of that photo or have appropriate permissions from the copyright holder to post their work on Wikipedia. Also know that any such contributions give other Wikipedia writers full permission to use them as they wish. Picking images from search engines and publishing them will probably mean deletion and consistent violations will mean your account could be banned.

In the next few posts, we will discuss the above in more detail so you have a better understanding of what is required.

 

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How To Become a Wikipedia Writer or Editor – Part 1

We will be doing a series of blog posts on how you can become a Wikipedia writer and edit pages on the platform.

Wikipedia is considered to be an unbiased, authentic and extensive source of information by a majority of internet users today. And statistics confirm Wikipedia as the front page of the internet when it comes to searching for information; the site has had 5 billion pageviews since inception and a daily traffic in excess of 230 million! Contributing to the site means big exposure for your work.

While demand for information has increased, the growth in the Wikipedia writers and editors’ community has failed to match the pace. Wikipedia has tried to make contributing to the site easier for new users but haven’t managed to extensive success if the falling numbers of Wikipedia writers is anything to go by. The learning curve is steeper than what meets the eye.

This post is an attempt to get you started should you wish to become a Wikipedia writer.

Getting Started

First things first, you will need to create an account on the site. (While a Wikipedia writer or editor may contribute without creating an account, the server will use your IP address as your identity which in today’s security-compromised internet isn’t a very good idea)

Here is a brief video to guide you through the process of creating your Wikipedia Writer account and setting up your user page.

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What Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wikipedia Writer

Contributing to Wikipedia has several layers of complexities that are unbeknownst to someone who is new to the platform – like a game of chess when you don’t know how to play it. But your Wikipedia writer has to be a master to handle your case perfectly, in the very first try.

So what are some things you should ask when hiring a Wikipedia writer?

Experience

Ask the Wikipedia writer about their relevant experiences as pertaining to your case. If you are looking to remove negative content, does your writer know the ropes? Can they guide you realistically on what is possible and what is not?

Wikipedia is closely monitored by hundreds of editors. A wrong move – one that makes it obvious that a person or brand is being helped – will not only have your page frozen but it will also have your Wikipedia editor’s account blocked.

Turnaround Time

How soon could your Wikipedia writer complete your project?

With Wikipedia, there is generally no accurate timeframe. Especially when it comes to removing flags. A lot of times, the Wikipedia writer that you have hired will need to have a discussion with other editors to convince them to let you remove whatever flag is in question –  it could be related to neutrality where the tone of the article is promotional – or notability where new links have to be provided. Given the possible exchange of messages between editors, one cannot control when other editors decide to respond.

Cost

Ask your writer about their fee structure. Be clear about your own budget expectations. There have been cases where disputes have arisen after a project is completed with the writer demanding significant pay or reversing all changes that were made to a page.

Samples

This is a tricky bit. Asking for samples brings about two issues.

Firstly, it puts the Wikipedia writer at risk; the writer could be exposed and their profile would get deleted.

Secondly, you could be deceived. When a writer claims they wrote an article and shares its link, there is no way to verify that it’s actually them who wrote the said article. Wikipedia editors don’t use real names. Almost all accounts are created under a pseudonym.

Conclusion

Wikipedia brings immense value to brands and individuals. It’s no surprise almost all top organizations are doing their best to utilize this opportunity. However, it’s important to ask the right questions when hiring a Wikipedia writer, to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

 

 

 

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Why Wikipedia? A Wikipedia Writer’s take.

Companies and individuals are flocking to get their Wikipedia pages set up (and edited for those who already have a Wikipedia page) by professional Wikipedia writers. So what’s driving this wave of Wiki-awareness.

Wikipedia is not a blog where you post information about you and it disappears in the depths of search engine results. It’s much more powerful than.
Let’s look at a few driving factors;

A lifetime internet billboard

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Wikipedia is not your average website. It’s highly respected by search engines such as Google. When a Wiki page is created and published, it will almost certainly rank on page 1 for your name (Or your company’s). And most likely within the top 3 results. This happens without the need to do ANY link building and promotion work on your part. It just happens!

A positive Image

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Wikipedia has an almost psychological effect on your potential clients. They see your Wiki page and boom! they will rank you above your competition. How does that happen?
Over the years, Wikipedia has developed an image on impartial and accurate content. ‘If you see it on Wikipedia, it must be true and legitimate.’ So goes the phrase in most minds. Let’s use that positivity for your brand!

A bump in search engine rankings for your website.

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Ask your internet marketing head to create a worksheet for all your target keywords and their respective rankings.
Have us do your Wikipedia page and then check rankings again after a couple of weeks.
It’s a small investment for big results. A backlink from Wikipedia (albeit nofollow), would still provide a whole lot of search engine juice to your website.

Need help with your page? Hire Wikipedia writer today!

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