Wikipedia is the eighth-most visited Website in the world. Wikipedia ranks along with YouTube on Page 1 of Google for more search terms than any other Website in the world.
Reputation Rhino can help you:
- create a new Wikipedia personal or business page by helping you and your company establish “notability”
- edit an existing Wikipedia page to update inaccurate information and highlight positive content
- monitor an existing Wikipedia page — alerting you to material changes to the content on the page
What Is Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Wikipedia develops at a rate of over 1.8 edits per second, performed by editors from all over the world. As of March 2020, the English Wikipedia includes 6,079,667 articles and Wikipedia averages 590 new articles per day. Wikipedia is different from other online information sources because it is a collaborative effort of numerous people rather than a select few writers and researchers.
Why Is Wikipedia Important?
There are Wikipedia sites in 300 different languages, with 46 million articles accessed by 1.4 billion unique devices every single month. An army of 200,000 editors and contributors carefully manages the Wikipedia database.
Wikipedia is important for anyone interested in online marketing or online reputation management. Wikipedia ranks along with YouTube on Page 1 of Google for more search terms than any other Website in the world.
Can You Trust Wikipedia?
Many scholars and researchers seek to avoid Wikipedia as a source, but a 2005 study by the journal Nature found Wikipedia nearly as accurate as the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica. A 2008 study in the Reference Services Review found Wikipedia’s accuracy rate at 80 percent compared to 95-96 percent at Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Dictionary of American History and American National Biography Online.
However, with Wikipedia only a click away, its ease of use and accessibility has made it the go-to online resource for finding more about just about anything. Although there are legitimate concerns about bias or the excessive power exercised by its editors, Wikipedia has done a tremendous job policing itself and maintaining a high level of accuracy and respectability as a reliable source of information.
How to Edit a Wikipedia Page
To edit a Wikipedia page, you do not need a Wikipedia account, simply follow the instructions below:
- Find the Wikipedia article you want to edit.
- Click on the edit button
- Make the changes to the Wikipedia article
- Click on the Show Preview button to see how the edits will appear when published
- Click Publish changes
- Leave a brief, high-level summary of changes made to assist future editors and interested readers
How to Create a Wikipedia Page
To create a new page, you will need a Wikipedia account. There are two ways to submit an article to Wikipedia for publication, either as an autoconfirmed user or a non-autoconfirmed user.
To create, write, and submit a proposed article as a non-autoconfirmed user:
- Go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_creation.
- Click on the Click Here button to start a new article to launch Wikipedia’s Article Wizard. The Article Wizard offers helpful suggestions to get your article approved for publication and avoid some of the most common mistakes users make.
- Enter the name of your article draft and click on the Create New Article draft button.
- Add the content of your proposed article in the free text box provided.
- Click on the Publish Page button to submit your article for editorial review — this may take several weeks or months.
To create, write, and submit a proposed article as an autoconfirmed user:
- Register an account with Wikipedia by visiting https://www.wikipedia.com and click on the Create an Account button
- Complete at least ten Wikipedia article edits.
- After you have completed ten edits and your Wikipedia account has been active for four days, you will automatically receive autoconfirmed user status. As an autoconfirmed user, you can create articles, as well as move pages, edit semi-protected pages, and upload files to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia editors use a “notability” test to determine whether a topic or individual should have a separate article.
Editors will look to determine whether there is enough high authority, independent sources to support a Wikipedia article. The facts included in a Wikipedia article generally requires a footnote from an independent source.
Requiring “significant coverage” from “reliable sources” helps to preserve the accuracy and integrity of Wikipedia.
As one may expect from a website that can be freely and anonymously edited by anyone, Wikipedia has many rules, policies, and guidelines regarding how to create or edit a Wikipedia page, which is why many people look for professional help with Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Reputation Management
Wikipedia reputation management involves a combination of marketing, public relations, legal and search engine optimization (SEO) strategies to promote, protect, and defend your online image or business reputation on Wikipedia.
Reputation Rhino is experienced at Wikipedia page creation, editing, monitoring, and Wikipedia page management, as well as how to help establish the notability necessary to support a new Wikipedia page.
Contact us today to learn more about our Wikipedia reputation management services.