Editing in Wikipedia – Why You SHOULD Read This Article NOWYou must be wondering why on Earth you SHOULD read this article before editing in Wikipedia right NOW. Well, since you already know what you can and cannot do when editing a Wikipedia page (if not, please refer to this entry), let us then tackle several points that can help you nail your first Wikipedia edit. I mean, what is the point of working hard on creating additional content for a Wikipedia entry if you think that it could get rejected later on right? So as you read on you will find helpful suggestions that you may want to take note of to get you your first successful Wikipedia page edit. You SHOULD…

  • Read and understand the guidelines first that Wikipedia has created for all their aspiring contributors to ensure that you are well informed on what are the things that you can and cannot do when editing.
  • Participate in discussions on Talk Page first if you are unsure whether the entry that you would like to include in a particular Wikipedia page is good or not.
  • Be prepared to provide references that are from trustworthy sources to back up the additional content that you are going to include on the Wikipedia page that you would like to edit.
  • Only provide related content to an existing page and make sure that that material is not yet available on the page but definitely needs to be included.

You SHOULD NOT…

  • Add material for promotional or marketing purposes

Why? Remember that Wikipedia only allows a material to be included on a Wikipedia page if it is informative and neutral in tone to avoid any kind of bias.

  • Remove any negative information about the topic at hand

Any factual information, may it be positive or negative,  is still good information, so removing any negative content will only deprive the readers of knowing that piece of truth on the topic that they are reading about and that is something that Wikipedia does not tolerate.

  • Include information that is not verifiable outside Wikipedia

Notability is very important in Wikipedia. If any added information does not contain the required citation and Wikipedia editors cannot verify the validity of the information, then that additional content will most likely be thrown out of the window right away and the contributor has just wasted his time and effort working on that entry.

  • Add content that is not of significant value to the main subject

Whenever providing additional material to an existing Wikipedia page, the contributor should make sure that the information that he is providing contains significant value and will give readers new or additional information about the topic at hand. Avoid adding snippets that are not rich in facts just for the sake of contributing something. Do you still feel the need to find someone who can help you figure out how to take advantage of Wikipedia for your company? Try us! The Northern Office – Innovative Marketing is a company that provides free consultation and assistance when it comes to Content Marketing, Creation and Distribution for SME’s. If you want to know more about content marketing and other marketing services like the integration of Wikipedia on the SEO needs of a client, do not hesitate to contact us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (045) 499-1082. Posted by John Joe Morgan