Did Your Wikipedia Page Get Deleted? This is What You Need to Do Next!

Did Your Wikipedia Page Get Deleted? This is What You Need to Do Next!

 

Wikipedia is great for SEO and also for bolstering your credentials in the online world; almost every search term throws up a Wikipedia page on the first page of Google, and it has become the first stop for information for millions across the globe. At last count, Wikipedia clocked 18 billion (yes that’s a B) page views per month!

But you knew all that; which is why you spent all that time and effort creating a Wikipedia page in the first place! And I guess it got deleted? Which is why you are reading this article!

Facilius Inc. creates more approved Wikipedia pages than any other company and as most of our clients come to us once their own efforts have failed to produce results – we have dealt with a LOT of deleted pages!

Before we tell you what to do with your deleted page,

let’s understand some details of why pages are usually nominated for deletion.

Most deletions fall under these 5 processes:

Speedy Deletion: As the name suggests, these are pages which are deleted instantly and don’t require any discussion. Why? Because they don’t warrant a discussion; speedy deletion is used for pages that are hoaxes, pages in blatant violation of copyright, empty pages or for ones filled with nonsensical content or pages on topics already covered under another title.

Proposed Deletion (PROD): These have been flagged for deletion and unless an objection is raised will be automatically deleted in 7 days. If an objection is raised, then it will proceed to AfD (articles of Deletion).

Articles of Deletion (AfD): this is an invitation to open a deletion discussion. Editors discuss whether an article needs to be deleted and unless there is an agreement on keeping the article intact it will be deleted. This process lasts for a week.

Proposed deletion of biographies of living persons (BLIPROD): This is specifically for articles on living persons. If the said article does not have any sources or references at all, then it can be nominated for deletion. If the writer adds one reliable source within a week, then the deletion nomination is removed.

Copyright Problem (copyvio or CP): This type of deletion is for copyright violation which hasn’t been sorted out within two weeks from nomination.

To effectively defend your submitted page, it is crucial to understand these deletion processes, For a novice, all this markup text and abbreviations might seem complicated, but once you decipher the code, the reasons behind them are usually fairly easy to understand and in some cases easy to fix.

Here is what we do with a deleted Wikipedia page, and we are certain it will work for you too:

Find out why

When we first encounter a deleted page, we evaluate the objections that were raised very objectively. The guidelines are fairly clear on what are the basic requirements of a good Wikipedia article – namely notability, verifiability, and neutrality.

Do read the objection raised and try to understand what the problem is. If you don’t seem to understand the problem, then you can also ask the nominator who originally raised the objection or raise a query in the general forum.

Your page or your deletion log will have the objection and the process under which your page is flagged. You will also find the name of the editor and the deletion summary there along with a talk option to message the editor directly for more clarity.

Address the Problem

Now that you know the objection raised against your article you have two choices; fix it or let it go.

If the problem is something you can work on, then all in not lost (details in the next point).

If you feel the objection raised holds water and you can’t really change the article to meet the guidelines, then the honourable thing to do would be to submit it for deletion on your own (you can just put a {{db-author}} right at the top of the article).

Re-edit, resubmit or represent your views

If you have decided to fight to save your page, then you can do a few things:

Rework the content to overcome the objection

If you feel the objection is not correct, then raise the matter for discussion

Let the deletion take place and resubmit the changed content later (don’t resubmit the same content as it will get deleted again) – this could be useful in scenarios such as adding third-party sources to make your article meet the verifiability criteria.

Conclusion

Your first reaction – or your second (disbelief being the first) – will probably be panic (if it’s for your boss) or anger (for all the lost hard work), but don’t worry a deleted page is just a deleted page. If it falls under the basic guidelines of Wikipedia submissions, then there are ways to fix it – we at Facilius Inc, have done it for hundreds of clients over the past few years.

4 Mistakes People Make When They Create a Wikipedia Page

4 Mistakes People Make When They Create a Wikipedia Page

The world’s biggest collaborative information accumulation project, Wikipedia has over 100,000 active volunteers working in 270 different languages. This open source website is one of the most effective marketing tools for a company or an individual if you create a Wikipedia page smartly. The keyword here being ‘smartly’.

A Wikipedia page can add huge value to your brand. Over the years, it has become a matter of prestige to be on Wikipedia. As our CMO Mohit Mirchandani says, ‘Everybody who is somebody wants to create a Wikipedia page’. Moreover, with a domain authority of 97 (yes 97), it has tremendous SEO value. You can also read our blog on why one needs to create a Wikipedia page to know more.

However, being a successful Wikipedia editor requires a specialized skill. There are multiple guidelines one must follow to successfully create a Wikipedia page. We have outlined some basic mistakes you should avoid when you create a Wikipedia page:

Wrong Referencing

Citations are the backbone of a Wikipedia article and ensure its authenticity. It is important to note that there are only a certain kind of citations and references that will work on this website. Blogs, social media, personal websites, or press releases will not be considered as valid citations. It is important to find books, press articles, academic papers or other such validated sources to back up your claims in the Wiki article. Failing to do that would usually get your article flagged, or in extreme cases, it may even get deleted. Every single claim made in the article need to be backed by credible citations.

Promotional Language (A Wikipedia page is not an advertisement)

Wikipedia is an information dissemination, open-source website. While it can work as a great promotional tool for brands or individuals, it is not advisable to write on this site as if you are promoting your brand. The language needs to be as matter of fact as possible. ‘Wikipuffery’ or adding unnecessary adjectives and descriptors should be avoided. This is usually done to increase the prominence of the article, but it will almost always work against you and may (or will) get your article deleted. For example, an award cannot be called prestigious since that is a subjective word. A musician cannot be called a ‘great’ or ‘very good’ musician. Keeping a neutral and factual tone is not only advisable, it is a necessity.

Autobiographical Entries (Don’t write your own page)

One thing that should be carefully avoided is uploading your company’s Wikipedia page, or your own page, yourself. Not every writer can be a Wiki editor (well, technically you can but in reality, you can’t). One of the most important policies of Wikipedia is having a ‘neutral point of view’. The website is designed to seek neutrality. Creating a Wikipedia article about yourself or your brand or having someone close to you do that will be flagged up with a ‘conflict of interest’ tag.

Don’t solicit votes on a deletion discussion

If your page has got flagged for deletion, most people enlist other Wikipedia editors and make them vote ‘keep’ in a ‘keep’ vs ‘delete’ discussion. In some cases, they tell their friends to create a Wikipedia account and then vote. With no history or credibility associated with these accounts, Wikipedia admins see right through this. We have seen cases where over 10 accounts have got deleted at once. In the Wikipedia world, this is known as ‘sockpuppetry’. If your page has got flagged for deletion, back up a ‘keep’ vote with references and Wikipedia policies. Emotions or long talks do not work. Simply voting ‘keep’ does not work either. You need to justify why that page should stay on Wikipedia.

At Facilius Inc, we certainly believe that Wikipedia writing is best to the left to qualified Wikipedia editors. Be it a new page or a putting back a deleted page, we can help. In fact, we create more Wikipedia pages than any other company. While Wikipedia is not designed for promotional purposes, who don’t want to be that ‘somebody’ on Wikipedia. If you need the right Wikipedia editors, contact us now

Why Wikipedia ?

Why Wikipedia ?

Picture this. You’re Googling information about something. Anything. It could be something as commonplace as chocolate. The search results throw up pages and pages of information. You scroll up and down a bit, but you are most likely going to click on the Wikipedia page about chocolate.

It has come to a point that if you’re looking for something and it doesn’t have its own Wiki page, you’d rather not look it up at all. So, what do you do if you want to feature on Wikipedia too? How has Wikipedia become the Holy Bible of all things? In 2001, founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger founded Wikipedia – a one-stop internet encyclopaedia that could be edited by anybody. Its success is based on the ‘neutral point of view’ – a rule that the volunteer database of editors fastidiously sticks to. Although Wikipedia doesn’t claim to be free from flaws or inaccuracies, it is exactly this rule that makes sure it stays above the rest.

To that effect, articles on Wikipedia are straightforward to the point of sterility. Any kind of descriptive language is frowned upon and articles are regularly flagged for ‘too many adjectives’. Being aware of Wiki guidelines and being able to ensure that articles stick to them, is no child’s play. This is where we come in.

Have you ever ‘Googled’ your own brand? It could be your company, a product you sell, or your own name. Do you like what you see? Will potential clients like it? Before a prospective client approaches you for business, they look online to find out more about your brand – consistency, description of your business and body of work. Wikipedia pages are not for everyone, and if your company or business has one, it will not only add to the credibility of your firm but also makes your online presence more cemented. There are a great many benefits of having a Wikipedia page of your own.

  • Improves your reputation and credibility: Today’s customers do a thorough check before buying or availing of, any service. A Wikipedia page provides independent verification of your existence. Buyers are wary of scams and a well-made Wikipedia page will help lure customers and convince them that you are legitimate. A Wiki page is like a seal of approval and a well-made Wikipedia page is the icing on the cake! Wiki articles need to have citations for everything mentioned – whether your business is being talked about by others or just to list its achievements. Nothing goes on to a page without relevant sources. Availing the service of Wikipedia page writers then is a wise decision.
  • Enhances your visibility: Using Wikipedia pages can boost your visibility by improving your search rankings. Wiki pages always feature on the first page of search results, helping propel traffic to your business. The Wikipedia pages can divert attention to your home page as well.
  • Powerful SEO: If someone searches for your company’s name, the Wikipedia result is for it is going to be on the very first page. In the absence of a Wikipedia page, one will have to trawl through a lot more content to get an idea about your company and services. The main reason why Wikipedia works is that of convenience. The way information is structured makes it an index of all the most important things mentioned about the subject, all in one place, and with reference links to boot.

All things considered, a Wikipedia page is perceived to be reliable and credible. It is about the most obvious way to uplift your online presence, which is also what makes it so niche. We at Facilius, understand this thoroughly and believe in an extensive step-by-step approach to help you put your best ‘Wikipedia’ foot forward!