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What Makes You Notable For Wikipedia?

If you want to make yourself a Wikipedia page, the first thing you need to make sure is that you even qualify for it. Making a Wikipedia page all comes down to how notable you are and who it is mentioning you on their websites.

Without this criteria, anyone would be able to create a page on Wikipedia which of course, would just result in a lot of unnecessary pages and information that no one needs. Wikipedia is the world’s largest encyclopedia so it’s absolutely necessary to have certain guidelines, criteria, or requirements when anyone wants to become a part of it.

Wikipedia is a non-profit site that only wants to enhance the quality of information out there with its sister sites so guidelines are important.

Defining Notability

Having solid references is a good start. What I mean by that is that if you have a significant amount of coverage and are not affiliated with your brand but independent, getting on Wikipedia shouldn’t be that hard. Reliable sources are really what you should be aiming for.

And here’s where you can read more about it directly from Wikipedia.

Once you’ve read it all, you’ll have an idea of what it is that Wikipedia wants and if your topic is notable enough to have a page of its own on the platform.

If you thought that was it, well, you’re so wrong. Wikipedia as specific notability guidelines for different industries which you need to follow and understand as well if you want to create a page on it.

What is significant coverage?

In short, your topic needs to be covered by numerous sources in-depth. You need sources properly talking about you or your business which adds to your notability. The more you get mentioned by such sources, the better it is and the higher chances you have to get on Wikipedia.

Sources just mentioning you in an article may not be of much use, try to get your hands on sources that make you their center of attention and more or less have their post based around your brand or business.

What are reliable sources?

Well, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine are just a few of those. Websites, platforms or sources that have a high authority are what you’re aiming at if you want to get publishes. The publication must have editorial control over the content on its platform, and it should be known and reliable.

But there are a few rules and regulations that Wikipedia has set up. In general, to check if your source is reliable, you can take a look at this checklist.

What are independent sources?

This may be easy for some to understand, and the exact opposite for others. Whatever it is that you’re mentioning as a source for your topic, needs to something that isn’t self-published quite simply to maintain the platform’s integrity. There are certain places a self-published source can be used and others where it can’t.

And, keep this is mind, a press release is NOT considered independent of the topic.

And that’s it for now…

These are just the basics that you need to know if you’re working on building a Wikipedia page for your brand. Of course, to make the route easier, just hire a professional Wikipedia writing agency and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Once you know that you are eligible for having a Wikipedia page, you can actually start working towards its outline and then getting the page ready for publication.

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