I’m Sunil, a professional Wikipedia contributor. You can find many Wikipedia articles written by me about politicians and sportspersons, names can’t disclose here.
Wikipedia is a very popular topic these days, every businessperson and brand wants their own Wikipedia page. because Google loves it and relies on it to show things on Google’s first page especially, in the Google Knowledge Panel section.
If someone has a Wikipedia page then he/she can get Knowledge Panel automatically, without doing anything.
Wikipedia is the world’s largest information portal which is an online encyclopedia, it is very useful to learn biographies of person and to collect information on various subjects.
We can trust Wikipedia because no one can add fake information on its portal, thousands of free volunteers always keep patroling pages to keep ensure all information is verifiable and authentic.
There are some guidelines to have a Wikipedia page because it’s not for everyone
Wikipedia and Wikidata are the main databases from where search engines get information to show rich snippets and knowledge panel. Although it is free to create these pages, it isn’t as simple as you probably think.
It is important to remember that Wikipedia pages need to be neutral and unbiased. This means that you can’t go shouting about how good you or your music are because this will be rejected instantly.
Information needs to be verified by a third-party publisher, a news agency. So you should try and set it up when you have written content about you available on news websites. Getting good press will also help verify your page.
You also need to be notable and have some achievements under your belt that you can talk about objectively. This could be charting music, features with famous artists, or getting far in a talent competition.
People who are enough notable and verifiable can get a Wikipedia page, citation required and acceptable citation should be from a recognized news website, PR websites, paid articles and blog posts are not allowed to cite Wikipedia page.
Today I will tell you how Wikipedia article is written and which types of articles are deleted by Wikipedia immediately.
Not each celebrity gets a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia gives priority to only those individuals who are famous not only at a city level however, Wikipedia only accepts articles from people who are popular for many events at the national or international level. Wikipedia deletes articles of many famous people, places, things instantly or it puts them in a list of deletions and invites other Wikipedia editors to vote the article in order to make it live.
Wikipedia articles are not for?
Wikipedia is not for those who want to be famous by writing their own articles on Wikipedia, no matter how much they have appeared in the news, but also for those who are already world-famous who do not need any fame. Huh.
This is not for those who have come into the limelight due to just one incident, the best example of this is Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Warrier. A single teaser of her grabbed the attention of the whole of India and millions of followers joined her overnight did not get a Wikipedia page till this article was published.
However, his page was not accepted until this article was written on Wikipedia. Similarly, Ashish Chanchlani has 1.5 million subscribers but still does not have a Wikipedia page.
Wikipedia is not a place to argue, where you can write interesting things to debate your favorite issue. You can create a blog or write on a forum like Quora on a topic you like rather than writing unauthentic stories.
Things to keep in mind before creating a Wikipedia article
When you write on a well-known topic, it should not be based on your own likes or dislikes, important information should be available about the subject from reliable sources.
After that we can write a full article about it, if we add half incomplete paragraphs or just its definition then the article has the chance to be deleted. If you have less content to write or the subject is not enough notable then you can merge it with a big article of that subject.
What is page merging?
Why should we create separate pages for similar topics when two identical pages can be merged.
So if you think that you are a very good singer, instead of making your own individual page, you can create your page and redirect it to “List of Indian singers”.
The process to create a Wikipedia article
Creating Wikipedia pages are easy but can be complicated when you are creating for the first time.
If you are satisfied that the topic is notable, then you can start creating a Wikipedia page.
Here you can follow to create one, but please ensure you follow Wikipedia’s notability guidelines.
Make sure you are opening the website in the desktop version website. Because Wikipedia’s mobile website does not support editing articles.
After this, make sure that you are logged into the website, if not, then log in. The advantage of creating a page after login is that your information will be saved in the history of the page, everyone will know that these changes have been made by you.
Now the search option will appear on the top, type the subject in it. And press on search.
Search for the name/ topic on which you want to create a page in Wikipedia’s search box. If there is not already an article on that subject, then Wikipedia will show a link, (as shown in the link below in the photo named Sunil Butolia). You can write on that subject by clicking on that link. After the article is complete, click “Publish”.
Now you will see the name of your subject written in the red link, which means, the page you want to create has not been created yet.
You can click on the “redlink” to create a new page on that topic. Please ensure you are logged in. If you don’t have an account then create an account on Wikipedia.
Then the editor will open in which you have to fill in all the information related to the subject.
There are two types of editors available to edit the Wikipedia page.
If you have knowledge of HTML Language you can use Source Editor Otherwise you should use Visual Editor. What you write in the Visual Editor is immediately visible to you.
See the menu, there is a pencil sign on the right side.
In the above screenshot, you can see the menu of Wikipedia Editor :
- From the left, there are undo and redo buttons.
- Paragraph: to select normal text and headings.
- Text: choose a bold or italic font.
- Connection: you can link another Wikipedia page to yours.
- Cite: this is important, you can cite your sentence or paragraph through a trusted source.
- Bullets: to insert list.
When you have completed your editing then you can submit it by clicking on the “publish” button. If your article gets approved you will get a notification from Wikipedia.
Here is the detailed video: https://youtu.be/qQtGBaaXt9Q