How To Start Creating and Publishing Articles On Wikipedia

Creating your first article in Wikipedia service can be daunting if you have not read instructions or researched the How-To of Creating a Page in Wikipedia.

The Easy Way
The simplest way to have a Biography or Article entered into Wikipedia is by accessing the home page of http://www.getyourwiki.com and following the instructions. Fill in the brief form requesting name, phone number, email address, and a description of what you are looking to do on Wikipedia. You will receive a quote within 24-hours.

You Have Decided To Do-It-Yourself?
There are a few things you will want to know and instructions to follow in creating your own information page:
Read the Wikipedia Guidelines”
Obtain a LOGIN or Create Account, located at the top of the page.
Get a personal Sandbox to create your article
Checkout the Article Wizard

What Is a Sandbox?
This is an experimental page you can use to create, edit, and preview your article. There are three tabs along the top of the page Read, Edit, and View History. The sandbox is a great place for creation, testing, and content review.

Note: The article you create will not be instantaneous. All new material must be read and approved for content authenticity and conformity to style.

Editing/Adding Information to Wikipedia
Although the articles in Wikipedia tell you to not be concerned with the grammar of your input, additions, or corrections. Why not? Yes someone may come along and edit your work and fix grammatical errors, but what if they don’t? Why not provide accurate, grammatically correct information and improve the article you are editing. The content should be competently input, not random thoughts. Input must be clear and not ambiguous entries. Information must be reliable, and the source of the information must be verifiable and not original research. You will be asked to exhibit verification of your input in the Reference Area, Citing Sources. Follow the instructions under the caption Adding Information to Wikipedia. You will find templates for variations of articles, biographies, public figures, and articles of interest. Follow the formatting and maintain layout consistency. Remember, if you cannot find reliable third-party sources documenting the allegations, do not include them in your article or editing. Wikipedia is not the place to slander, imply untruths, or misrepresent information.

Purina Launches New Campaign for Beneful

As a reaction to a recent class action lawsuit the company calls “baseless,” Purina has launched a new national ad campaign that aims to clean up the brand image of its Beneful brand of dog food.

The campaign, which originally ran on PR Newswire, features Purina workers who also happen to be dog owners. The campaign, called “I Stand Behind Beneful,” stresses that over 1.5 billion meals of Purina Beneful have been served to dogs. Most owners, including ones who work at their factory making the food, are impressed with the company’s safety standards.

“We’re not just making it for your pets, we’re feeding it to our own pets, and we know it’s good,” said Materials Accounting Coordinator Cliff.

The ads are going to run on TV and print. The campaign started off as an internal company statement but then spread. There are eight Purina factories in the United States that manufacture Beneful. The brand was introduced in 2001 and has been one of the company’s all-time leading best sellers.

The “I Stand Behind Beneful” campaign features a number of key Purina factory workers who also feed Beneful to their dogs. The pride in their work is obvious. It’s unlikely that any of them would feed their beloved pets dangerous dog food. Since they work in the factory, it seems likely they’re quite convinced that they are producing quality food. Purina is a part of Nestle, the world’s largest food company. Nestle manages 29 brands that do over $1 billion in revenue annually. This campaign focuses on the pride that Purina workers have in the dog food they spend their time crafting. Look for these ads to be displayed on national television. This Sunday they have also placed a full-page ad in the prestigious New York Times.

Writing and Editing Community-Approved Wikipedia Articles

Most people use Wikipedia on a regular basis for information. With a free site loaded with over 4,741,601 articles in their archives, this makes them one of the most resourceful spots on the web. This virtual community allows you to post, edit and enjoy pages all free of charge. The community has high standards, but you are able to jump right in and start producing quality articles and editing ones that exist. Make sure to follow their guidelines, as your article can be rejected if it doesn’t.

Adding New Articles

What makes Wikipedia so unique, are the numerous articles they have, and the factual information they provide. Before writing a new article you must do two things. First, you must set up and register your account with them. Second, you need to make sure there is not already an article about the subject on there. Duplicate content will be deleted. Articles shouldn’t be about personal issues, personal promotion or about family. They should be kept to relevant topics that the public is interested in, and they should have ample sources to back up the claims.

How To Write A Great Article

Start all articles with a great introduction. Consultants at GetYourWiki advise that you use a first line that hooks readers from the start whenever writing new Wikipedia articles. Keep all paragraphs short and make sure they contain pertinent information. Headings will help to clarify the subject area and allow those who skim the page to find exactly what they need. Adding pictures for illustration is helpful. The best type of article has less than 50 kb worth of material and is not excessively long. Be sure to meet the notability guidelines and steer clear of controversial materials.

Editing Articles

If you see an article that doesn’t have up-to-date information, or isn’t 100% factual, you can update or edit it. To do this, you don’t need to register or log in to your account. The “Visual Editor” allows anyone to make edits, as long as they can back up their claims. Some pages have been protected from editing and are locked. These will be notated by a lock in the upper right hand corner of the page. To edit these pages, one will need to submit an “edit request” form.

Enhancing the Wikipedia community is fun. Just remember, don’t violate copyrights and make sure to cite all work through verifiable sources. This community grows each and every day, be a part by writing or editing pages.