Wikipedia Page Creation Scam: How It Works
Many people and business owners have been lodging complaints about the Wikipedia Page Creation scheme. Questionable public relations companies reach out by sending unsolicited emails to random addresses and demand payments to get some Wikipedia articles published about them. In this article, we will learn how the scam works and how to get a proper Wikipedia page, if interested.
If anyone gets in contact with you with an offer to create an excellent Wikipedia article about you or your person, you should ignore such claims. The volunteer community who writes articles on the website has advised against paying for content that is usually freely written. The Wikipedia page creation process is simple but requires attention.
It’s advised that you avoid paying them because you may get only a substandard article which would be deleted soon. This would lead to financial losses and harm the online credibility of you or your brand. If the writer ends up publishing false information or an article without credible sources, it could become more challenging for people to trust you or your brand. This is without mentioning the money which you have lost by paying to an unqualified writer.
Golden Rules of Wikipedia
Take note of the following points when approached by such a “PR request”:
2. Even if they have disclosed the paid editing on the page, the company should still be able to meet up with Wikipedia’s policies and guidelines such as the article must not have a conflict of interest and has to stick to a neutral point of view.
3. The Wikipedia community (which is who curates all the articles, anyway) strongly advises people or companies to avoid paying for any editing services. The problem is that they are usually exaggerated and fail to meet up to their demands. Wikipedia blocks any account found to be making poor edits for payment or receiving payment for editing without disclosing on their user page.
Your best bet when you want to create content or request that someone does it for you is that you familiarize yourself with the guidelines, policies other useful guides about Wikipedia. This information is usually free for anyone to read on the website, but you can also find it below.
There’s a lot of benefit in owning a Wikipedia article for yourself or your business. First of all, it will offer you a high level of visibility because of their top ranking on SERPs. Also, getting yourself a Wikipedia page can add a professional touch to your overall online presence.
However, you must note that Wikipedia works differently to the different websites that you’ll find online. There’s no guarantee of getting your article on Wikipedia, and even when you manage to do so, it can be quite tricky to keep the article there.
Wikipedia is known for its strict regulations. For your article to stay there, it must comply with all the rules relating to the reliability of its sources and notability. Due to this, several companies usually offer to help in the creation of a Wikipedia page for a certain fee.
Wikipedia is a completely free website to use, and it contains a majority of the world’s knowledge. Much of what is found on it was written by volunteers around the world and had no adverts.
These service providers or companies usually promise that you’ll be an article that will stay on the website for a long duration, but it’s often a false promise. There’s no way to guarantee that the article will not be deleted after some time or have significant parts of it changed by other online editors. Usually, anyone can make changes to a Wiki article to edit and improve it, even without an account.
How To Publish Your First Wikipedia Article
Watch the video below to see how to publish on Wikipedia for the first time:
Make Sure You Do Your Research First
Wikipedia and its affiliated websites, such as Wiktionary and Commons, are usually designed to have a sidebar of helpful links in its desktop version. These links typically contain useful information or useful pages. They provide you with the best knowledge relating to operations on the website, including the type of content to upload and other essential details about getting your article on their website.
Some of these sources may even contain videos that show you how to get through the other side complicated processes. There are other language links on the sidebar to find similar tools to help you out. Ask English Wikipedia’s Teahouse to seek expert advice from expert volunteers who have been involved in the whole process for quite some time.
You may find an article about yourself written by a volunteer without your consent or permission. This could be because you’re considered “notable” by Wiki’s standards. If the information contained in the article isn’t falsified, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you see an article on Wikipedia and find it to be a conflict of personal interest, there’s a way to go about it. There are links to the best ways to request changes to a particular article.
Keep in mind that anyone can be a writer or editor on Wikipedia. The great thing about it that you don’t have to write only about yourself. If you want to write about anything, you can go ahead, research it and upload it to the website.
Publish on Wikipedia: How To Report a Scammer
Warn your family and friends about the Wikipedia Page Creation Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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