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How to create a page in wikipedia

Updated on May 16, 2013

Creating a new Wikipedia Page

Creating a new page on Wikipedia is actually surprisingly simple. All you have to do, is go to the page that you want to create, if it has not already been created Wikipedia will offer you a link to create the page.

Lets say that we wanted to create a wikipedia article called 'Hubpages and AdSense'. All we would need to to is visit the URL and Adsense

Wikipedia will automatically convert the spaces into and underscore character, and will load the page

After telling you that "Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name" they provide a link saying "Start the Hubpages and Adsense article". Click that link and you will create the page.

Writing the content for your article

Once you have created your page on Wikipedia, you will want to create the content for your new page. Wikipedia ask that all content contains reliable references, so you will need to know how to add references through your content.

You will also want to know how to make the contents show up correctly, and also how to link between wikipedia articles.

Wikipedia uses its own form of bbcode to format documents.

It is all very simple.

=My Article=
==My First Subheader==
===Another level of subheader===
==My Second Subheader==
==My Third Subheader==
=A final header=

Will produce a contents area that looks like this

1 My Article
  1.1 My First Subheader
    1.1.1 Another level of subheader
  1.2 My Second Subheader
  1.3 My Third Subheader
2 A Final Header

Linking is also very easy. Simply surround your link with [ and ] to link within wikipedia itself, or between [[ and ]] to link outside of Wikipedia.

[Hubpages and Adsense]
- This would create the text Hubpages and Adsense, and that text would link to the Hubpages and Adsense Wikipedia page

[Hubpages and Adsense|Hubpages] - This would create the same internal link as before, but the text after the pipe symbol, is what will be underlined in the document as a link.

[[]] - This would create an external link from wikipedia to hubpages, but the text displayed on the article would be a number. The first link being 1, the second 2 etc.

[[ Hubpages]] - This will link to hubpages as before, but the wikipedia page will show the word Hubpages in the text

Using Wikipedia to promote hubs

Wikipedia can be a very good source of incoming links to a site. However, there are a few things that should be taken into consideration.

Firstly, Wikipedia have a requirement that all content be sourced to what they define, as reliable sources. Articles that do not contain reliable source references are flagged for deletion. The deletion process takes time, especially if you use the discussion tab to give reason to delay, but in the end they will delete articles that do not meet their submission guidelines.

Secondly, Wikipedia links are flagged as no follow. They will bring human traffic, but if you are hoping to use a Wikipedia page to boost your google ranking and drive traffic in from the search engines, then you're out of luck.

Wikipedia can provide a very good source of drawing human traffic to your hubs, if done in the right way. You could, for example, go find an article relating to the topic of your hub. Find something that you can add, that has not been mentioned, but that is written in your hub. Then, instead of linking to it, use your hub as the 'reference' for your edit.

By doing it that way, you are not just adding a random link out, which may be removed by an editor, or just someone editing the article in the future decides they want to link to themselves instead. If your hub is actually linked as a reference, it will appear as a more 'useful' link on the article, listed alongside all of the other useful reference links at the end.

Creating a reference link

Creating a reference link to one of your hubs is very simple. Firstly you will need to find something that is written in your hub, that has not been included in the article, or, written in your hub and included in the article without a reference.

Immediately after that information, include a link to your hub surrounded with <ref></ref> e.g to link to this hub, I would add

<ref>[[ How to create a page in wikipedia]]</ref>

This will add a little number in a square which is a link to the references section at the foot of the page. Your link will be included (as a no follow link) in this area, either as a url, or as the text you entered into the link tags.


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      john.jackson 7 years ago from London, England

      Great article. have social bookmarked this on digg and stumbleupon

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      01i 7 years ago from Eastbourne, East SUssex, England

      Riaz, this hub is called "How to create a page in wikipedia" hence why it's only about creating a page in Wikipedia. It was created as a direct response to someone asking how to do it. If you feel there ought to be a hub comparing various wiki platforms, feel free to write one and post a link to it in the comments for this one.

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      riaz waqanbwsss 7 years ago

      This seems like an advertisement for Wikispaces. The minimal detail for any of the wiki services listed seems arbitrary. Also, wikimatrix is not really that good a way to choose your wiki host, since it is missing a lot of information for some of the most popular services. For example, it has no markup info for Wikia which is one of the largest hosting services, if not the largest.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I have bookmarked this! Great Hub! Thank yoU!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Good stuff, my friend!

      It is easier than I thought! Very well written. Nice details! I liked it! Congrats on your nomination and good luck!

      warm regards and blessings,


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      TINA V 7 years ago

      This is an informative article about wikipedia. This is beneficial to all writers. It is well written, simple and clear. Nice hub!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Well... it is easy when you know how eh? Thanks for enlightening us all. You are sooooooo kewl! x

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      very good article 01i have you written that article about HubPages in Wikipedia yet?

      Congratulations on the HubNugget nomination! Good job.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Amazing what you can do with the internet if you just know how. Thank you for sharing. This should give a lot of ideas to many people including the hubbers. :)

      Well, your wikipedia article captured the Hubnuggets Team and your hub is officially nominated! Check it out!

      Good luck!

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      01i 8 years ago from Eastbourne, East SUssex, England

      I just added an additional section that explains how to create a reference link.

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      01i 8 years ago from Eastbourne, East SUssex, England

      Thanks for the appreciation of my hub. I must admit, then when writing it I was not thinking along the lines of wikipedia as a method of backlinking hubs. There are a few additional things that would be worth mentioning. I'll add a new section.

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      outdoorguy38 8 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

      Great hub on creating a page in wikipedia. Using this technique would create a very powerful backlink to whatever page you have built. Thank you for sharing.