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1. Avoid Rewriting and Double-Check That the Article Doesn't Exist
Before you create a Wikipedia page, be sure that Wikipedia hasn’t already published an article that you are thinking or writing.
In the site’s search box, type in your subject to see if any similar topics appear in their database. If your topic appears, then you’ll need to find another subject to write about that isn’t there already.
Even if the topic doesn’t appear in their search engine, there is always a chance Google may have it referenced in Wikipedia. Do the same search in Google for the subject. If it doesn't appear in Google's index, then it is likely that it hasn't been published yet and you can choose that topic.
2. Research a Topic for Your Wikipedia Page
Before you create an article of your own, make sure that you have an appropriate topic that is well-sourced and unbiased.
Your writing should be high quality and reach acceptable academic standards with proper references. It is essential that you include citations from relevant external sources. Wikipedia editors will reject articles that promote your personal business or website. This type of promotional content will most likely be flagged as spam.
Most importantly, make sure you do your research well in advance before writing anything. Read the next steps below for a better understanding of what topics to write about and which ones to avoid.
3. Search for WP:RA in the Wikipedia Search Box
The Wikipedia search box appears at the top of every page of their website. There are different types of helpful search functions that you can type in the box. The search function "WP:RA" is useful for researching topics to write your Wikipedia article about.
- “WP” stands for “wiki” and “pedia”.
- “RA” stands for “requested articles” by other users.
Therefore, if you go to the search box on their website and type in “WP:RA” (without the quotations), then it will bring up a number requested article topics.
This is a great way to find a topic to write about because other people are looking for these kinds of articles specifically.
4. Register Your Wikipedia Account
Become a registered user on Wikipedia. Registering an account with Wikipedia allows you to create a user profile which has many benefits. For example, it enables you to receive messages from other users about changes made to your articles. Plus, you can get credit (non-financial) for your writing and contributions.
If for whatever reason you choose not to register, then try submitting an article proposal through Wikipedia’s Articles for Creation. Type “WP:AFT” in Wikipedia’s search box for more information on that.
5. Cite Your Sources Correctly
To create a Wikipedia page and have the article accepted, it is essential that you cite your sources from respected sources. For instance, reliable references can come from published books, journals, and newspapers. Relying on external sources from personal blogs will appear far less credible and may not even be acceptable.
For more information about citing sources, type “WP:CITE” in Wikipedia’s search box. This will lead you to plenty of helpful tips and guidelines about referencing.
6. Use the Wikipedia Sandbox Editor
What does a sandbox have to do with writing Wikipedia articles? Everything.
Sandbox is the name of Wikipedia’s text editor that you use directly on their website to create and submit your articles. You could type your article in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, but you will have to paste the content into Sandbox to submit it.
So to get more comfortable with the process, practice writing in Sandbox and get acquainted with using its tools. For more information about using the Sandbox editor, type “WP:SB” in the Wikipedia search box.
Also, for additional detail about Wikipedia's Sandbox, you may want to read the following tutorial about creating a Sandbox.
7. Enter and Review Your Wikipedia Article
When you are ready to put your content into Sandbox, do another search for your topic in Wikipedia’s search engine and click “go”.
If the topic is still available to write about, and hopefully it is after all of your hard work researching, then your topic should appear below the search box as a link.
Click the text link of your subject, and you will be brought to the Sandbox editor where you can enter your article.
Once your editing and final touch-ups are done to your article, click “show preview” at the bottom of Sandbox to see how your published article will appear on Wikipedia.
Lastly, when you are finally ready to publish, click “save page”.
8. Publish Your Article and Wait for Approval
After the Wikipedia staff editors are finished reviewing your article, they may request more sources from you if they think it is necessary. However, if everything is okay with the article, then it will be available to the public for viewing.
Remember to click “help” anywhere on the sidebar menu if you need more assistance when publishing articles.
To read more about how to create a Wikipedia page, remember to check out Wikipedia's official tutorial. After following these steps and reading their guidelines outlined in the tutorial, you should be well on your way to having your first Wikipedia article 100% approved.
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VIDEO: How to Create a Wikipedia Page Tutorial
wiserworld (author) on June 15, 2020:
There could potentially be a conflict of interest since you are the owner of the website (ie. maybe related to your IP address). Here is a link to a video that could explain how to do it in more detail:
Mahak Singh Chaudhry on April 20, 2020:
I would like to write history of my Native Place means Where I was born, raised and educated. I tried to write about my Native Place, but so designed administrators of social site they don't like someone tell them what to do? Therefore I decided to create my own page about my Village. Could you please allow me to express my views on my birth place? Thanks
John mu on February 08, 2020:
Thanks for the information
Sparkz on December 27, 2019:
Wikipedia is a good website
ARMAN HOSSAIN from Dhaka on December 22, 2019:
There are many types of reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, directories, and almanacs. More broadly, reference sources can also include bibliographies, manuals, handbooks, atlases, and gazetteers. You can find these resources in print and online.
Mia on December 12, 2019:
how to get a wiki article about raptology.com?
Mahad Disow on September 20, 2019:
I need to share my information
Janine Peterson on July 18, 2019:
Its a great introductory article, but we found that there were numerous problems when creating a Wikipedia page. The community for one is a huge obstacle, which needs to be explained in more detail. Reaching out to paid consultants is never a bad idea, we used http://www.wizardsofwiki.com.
Sumit Singh on July 14, 2019:
It's a basic guide, which is good. But nowadays, it is quite difficult to create a Wikipedia page for new users, as Wikipedia has imposed a lot of restrictions. It is advisable to hire expert services when it comes to Wikipedia page creation. One such company I know is, https://wikipediaservices.com. Wikipedia writers of Wikipedia Services are quite experienced when it comes to Wikipedia content policies.
peoplepediaworld on May 15, 2019:
Its correct method to create wiki page but due to spam accounts Wikipedia increases the security for creating and updating content, So might be you will get its tuff rather than previous years. Now-days in the market, many new platforms are available for creating your information like Wikipedia, share your own story, biography, obituary and many you can try them also. like https://www.peoplepedia.org/
Raghu Kiran K S on May 01, 2019:
Hi Guyz, i just want myself to be included in wikipedia.
Oscar Shepherd from California, US on March 14, 2019:
The tutorial is outdated i guess. As per recent wikipedia guide and people who have tried to create their pages, the site have imposed a lot restrictions due to increased spam rates and several companies who have started providing wiki page creation services. Although the thing have not yet become a norm among online service providers. There are wiki service providers for an example:
Bailey Ward on January 15, 2019:
Wikipedia Services is a writing agency that provides businesses with a huge opportunity to get recognition in the international market by creating Wikipedia page. Our writers and editors work hard to assure that businesses that they have a credible image in the international market. https://wikipediaservices.net/ is our website that you can visit.
Albert on January 09, 2019:
Thanks for such informative post
YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on October 09, 2014:
I use Wikipedia a lot . . . perhaps I can share my knowledge of a subject. I have contributed $ but as til now no knowledge.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 01, 2014:
This is very informative hub!
I have not contributed at Wikipedia so far. But you made me aware of the correct procedure regarding creating a Wikipedia page. Though I keep on referring to the WP pages and find it helpful and informative.
Thank you for sharing this informative article. Voted up!