How To Create A Wikipedia Page: 8 Considerations To Make And How It Helps

This article will give you a brief overview of how to create a Wikipedia page. Wikipedia is a web-based encyclopedia that anyone can edit. There are more than five million articles in the English language alone.

You can create any Wikipedia page by accessing a page title that has not been created yet. A red-colored link indicates that a page title does not exist. A blue link would mean that a linked page exists.

To create a Wikipedia page, click on a red link. It will then direct you to a blank page. While there, you can enter any text and click the publish changes button. This action should complete the process. It seems quite simple.

However, sometimes you can create a page by following a red link that already exists. These methods describe how to find a non-existent page when a red link is not apparent. Follow these steps to create a Wikipedia page.

Searching

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In the Wikipedia search field, enter the title of the page you want to create. If your title does not exist, then it is not creation protected and is not technically restricted. If your topic is a well-known subject, it may already exist. If it does not, then the resulting page will tell you that the page does not exist yet, that you are allowed to create the page, and Wikipedia will provide you with a red link that you can use to access the new page.

If no article exists, ask yourself if it is a reasonable subject for an encyclopedia article, if it is an important topic, and if it is verifiable. If you answer no to any of these questions, then you should not create the article. Articles that are not notable or verifiable will not be approved.


Previewing a Red Link

Here is how to preview a red link:

  • First, click edit on any page that you can access.
  • Next, surround the page title you want to create in two sets of brackets.
  • Click on the show preview button. Make sure you do not click on the “Publish changes” button.
  • Finally, click on the red link.
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Saving a Red Link

Many times you will want to have continued access to the page that you created. You can save the link to the newly-created page at either your user page or your user talk page. Upon saving a red link and building the page, the color will change from red to blue. This change signifies that it will be accessible whenever you visit it.

  • First, go to your user page or user talk page. These are both permanently linked at the top of a Wikipedia page.
  • Next, surround the page title with two sets of brackets.
  • Click on the “Publish changes” button.
  • You should now be able to click on the new red link.

Changing a URL

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First, you click edit on an already existing page or a section. Then, change the title of your page, which you can see in the URL of your browser's address bar. You should change it to the name of a page which doesn’t exist. Hit return or enter; the page will be the same as the one from a red link. It will allow you to create a page from the title you typed in.

Changing the URL of your browser's address bar is very easy. In this way, you will be able to create a page with the title that you want. However, there are some exceptions to this.

Articles

Encyclopedia articles are automatically created without a namespace before them, meaning that all pages outside of the article mainspace start with the namespace and then a colon before the title. If your page is not an encyclopedia article, you must have a namespace prefix.

Category

Another exception to the above instructions is that links to a page that is in the Category namespace can only work if you place a colon before the namespace prefix. If you miss this step, the page will be placed into the category you typed.

File Namespace

Here is another exception in that media files can be created without using any of the previously mentioned methods. You can actually upload media files; you can do this through a separate interface. You can access this by clicking on “Upload file.” This button is in the tool menu on the left side of your screen.

Media files that have a free copyright license are compatible with the free licenses of Wikipedia’s content should be included in the Wikimedia Commons instead of being uploaded to Wikipedia. This way, all Wikimedia projects will be able to get to a media file. 

Restricted Namespaces

Education Program pages, MediaWiki pages, Mobile pages, and Special pages are four namespaces that have restrictions on creation. Only administrators and those who possess higher access levels can modify. Any user may form talk pages of the namespaces, except those in the Special namespace, which does not have direct talk pages. 


How it Helps

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Why would you actually want a Wikipedia page? You may wonder how a Wikipedia page could be helpful. In today’s market, businesses have numerous ways to boost their revenue. Companies actually credit Wikipedia for driving leads and sales. By using Wikipedia, you can attract consumers to your company and generate leads.

First, if you want to create a Wikipedia business page, you must have a notable business. This term means that it is well-known for its services, products, or innovation. Make sure you investigate what Wikipedia requires for notability.

Notability could become an obstacle for new small businesses and those that have little exposure. Wikipedia editors may include small business pages with already existing articles. In this way, there would be no separate page for such businesses.

The purpose of Wikipedia is to disseminate educational and instructional information. Thus, Wikipedia has stopped many businesses from creating listings. It is tough to create a page on Wikipedia due to the notability standard. Many times a company’s age and size will be considered before you can create a new page.

Nevertheless, here are a few ways to acquire a separate business page for your organization. 

Citations


If your business has been referred to in media sites, articles, or other places, you can add citations to your business Wikipedia page.

Pages that have independent citations have a much higher chance of being approved by the editors versus those with very few citations. Generally, you should try to include at least four independent citations for your business in your Wikipedia page.

Always remember, the citations that you want to include in your page must be credible and verifiable. Mentioning your business in the local news is not a notable citation. But national news coverage is. 

Achievements


Make sure you advertise your business’ accomplishments on your Wikipedia page. If your company has won awards, make sure that you mention it on Wikipedia. So long as your achievements are noteworthy, you can refer to them. 


Helpful Tips

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It is particularly beneficial for your business to have a Wikipedia page. It helps enhance your online reputation. Furthermore, it will improve your business’ credibility and allow you to get maximum exposure in today’s competitive market. And the more visibility on the web, the more successful your business will become.

If you are not successful initially, you can submit a draft Wikipedia page to “Articles for Creation” with disclosure of your affiliation to your client or employer. You will let the site editors decide in this case. Remember, Wikipedia discourages people from contributing to the site solely for marketing purposes. However, sometimes, marketers need to collaborate with Wikipedia.

Sometimes there are organizations without a Wikipedia page, but they genuinely qualify for one. These companies are B2B companies with a customer base that is not very active on Wikipedia. For this reason, no editors have taken the time to create the page. Maybe your business is one of these organizations.

Google considers Wikipedia as a trusted source. Obtaining a link from Wikipedia will instantly boost your rankings and SEO efforts. Consumers conduct online research before making a purchase. A Wikipedia page will help convince prospective consumers that they should make purchases from your company.

When creating a Wikipedia page, remember to consider the subject of your article. It must be a worthwhile subject, it must be notable, and it must be verifiable. Keep your material a reasonable length, usually no more than 5,000 words. Be sure that you remain unbiased. Statistics and facts are permitted so long as they are truthful. Use Wiki-formatting to make your article stand out. 


Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional

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If you don’t feel comfortable creating your own Wikipedia site, you can always hire a professional to assist you with the process. They can help with the rules and guidelines for creation.

In some cases, it might be advisable to have an outside entity write your article. A third-party might be considered unbiased and will write in a neutral tone.


Conclusion 

Now you know how to create a Wikipedia page. First, click on a red link. When you are directed to a blank page, you can enter any text and publish the changes. This action should complete the process. You can follow some additional steps to find a non-existent page when you do not have a red link.

It is useful to have a Wikipedia page for business purposes. Wikipedia is one of the most visited pages on the Internet. It consistently ranks high as a search result every time. Its high domain authority is the reason why you will see it on every search made.

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Many companies will spend a lot of time and energy trying to create their page.

However, the purpose of Wikipedia is to disseminate various information, not market business created listings. To have a Wikipedia page, you need to prove that you have a notable company.
If you think you have

what it takes, submit your page. Then keep an eye out for editor comments and routinely update your page. Be prepared for some feedback. It will likely take some time for a Wikipedia page to be reviewed and published, but it will be well worth the effort.


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