Wikipedia Is Wonderful But Weird. Let Me Help You Navigate It.

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Do you want to create a Wikipedia page for yourself? Perhaps the page you drafted is bumping into Wikipedia’s notoriously opaque and unforgiving submission process? Maybe you’re mired in an edit war?

You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve been writing and editing Wikipedia pages for almost 15 years, both professionally and personally. Not only am I thoroughly conversant with the encyclopedia’s policies; I can also translate this esoterica into English.

For example, every claim you make needs to be footnotable — with a link. So, let’s say you were named one of America’s top neurosurgeons in 2015. Yet the only evidence online comes from bios you’ve written. For this reason, we can’t cite this award; we need documentation from a neutral, high-authority third party.

Those three descriptors — “neutral,” “high-authority,” and “third-party” — are critical; each link we use must come from a publisher or organization with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy. Such sources typically include government agencies; major media outlets; academic publishers; and industry-leading research outlets.

Why such stringency? These rules are a big reason Wikipedia maintains its reputation as everyone’s go-to site for unbiased facts.

Process

I follow a four-part process:

1. Hold a Kick-Off Call
We’ll discuss Wikipedia’s requirements and your vision for the page, then agree on an outline.

2. Conduct Research
You know the material best, so please share any links that bolster your case for notability. The more info I have, the more effective I’ll be. I’ll combine your links with my own research.

3. Develop Your Page
I’ll translate the above info into a proposed page. If you have edits, we can discuss them on the phone; you can mark up the Word Document using Track Changes; you can email me — whatever’s easiest.

4. Publish Your Page
Upon your approval, I’ll publish the page. To minimize pushback, I’ll proceed on a piecemeal basis.

5. Respond to Edits
If anyone pushes back during the above process — or for one week after the last part of the page is published — I’ll engage and try to reframe the issue.

Cost

Question: “How Much Does This Cost?”
Because each page is unique — different levels of research, different lengths of text, different potential for pushback — I don’t use set rates. Nor do I bill hourly. Instead, after evaluating your media coverage (if you want to create a page) or your list of changes (if you want to edit a page), I offer a custom fee.

Question: “Can You at Least Give Me a Range?”
I hesitate to do so. Let’s say I specify a range between $50 – $100. Well, most people focus on the $50. Some people estimate $75. But no one thinks $100. As a result, if the actual cost is anything above $75, you feel you’re getting squeezed.

That said, I know price is important, so here’s what I can tell you: Wikipedia work is expensive. It’s an investment in your digital reputation.

Also worth considering: A third of my clients try to tackle Wikipedia by hiring someone through a website like Upwork. Invariably, their submission gets rejected or flagged, because the expertise required to navigate Wikipedia is so specialized.

Question: “If I Provide the First Draft, Will This Lower the Price?”
That’s certainly helpful, but it won’t appreciably cut my workload. I still need to conduct my own (extensive) research to get a sense of your media coverage, and I still need to footnote every single claim.

Let me put the point this way: I pride myself on quality, so I don’t take shortcuts when it comes to understanding and positioning your brand.

Ongoing Protection

After their pages are live, many clients want to ensure that they stay that way — specifically, that the text remains current, accurate, and positive. To these ends, I offer two plans:

1. On Call
When you spot a problem or want to make an update, I can address these issues on an as-needed basis. This plan assumes that you’ll monitor the page yourself.

2. Monthly Retainer
If you’d prefer that your online reputation be protected on a continuing basis, I can take on the monitoring myself. When a change needs to be made, I’ll alert you to the situation, strategize about a solution, and then implement it as soon as possible.

Browse My Work

Here’s my white paper on what everyone needs to know about Wikipedia.

Testimonials

“Jonathan is among the most reliable and responsive professionals with whom I’ve ever worked. His recommendations are spot-on and his follow-through is thorough and effective. I recommend his services to anyone seeking creative solutions that make a real difference in the bottom line.” —Gene Grabowski, kglobal

“Jonathan is a master marketer. He possesses that rare combination of being able to create a compelling message and leverage technology for widespread impact. Jonathan is a true leader in his field, respected by his peers and extremely knowledgeable about the latest trends, strategies, and tactics.” —Greg Galdabini, HudsonLake Strategic Communications

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