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Can i use wikipedia to make an article about my website?

i have started a community website for york and wanted to know if i can write an article about it on wiki.

my thoughts are, no i can’t as this is advertising. however the site is free to use and is a community resource. i hope the site will be able to pay its way eventually, but it is not a money making site as such.

what are your thoughts.


Among the top ten most popular sites, Wikipedia would be the worst place to place your advertisements.

Articles considered advertisements include those that are solicitations for a business, product or service, or are public relations pieces designed to promote a company or individual. Wikispam articles are usually noted for sales-oriented language and external links to a commercial website. However, a differentiation should be made between spam articles and legitimate articles about commercial entities.

When an article on an otherwise encyclopedic topic has the tone of an advertisement, the article can often be salvaged by rewriting it in a neutral point of view. Elements of articles about products or services with brand names can also be combined under a common topic or category to facilitate unbiased and collaborative information by including information about the competition and about different alternatives.

The following guidelines are intended to suggest how not to be a spammer—that is, how to mention a Web site, product, business, or other resource without appearing to the Wikipedia community that you are trying to abuse Wikipedia for self-promotion.

1. Review your intentions. Wikipedia is not a space for personal promotion or the promotion of products, services, Web sites, fandoms, ideologies, or other memes. If you’re here to tell readers how great something is, or to get exposure for an idea or product that nobody’s heard of yet, you’re in the wrong place. Likewise, if you’re here to make sure that the famous Wikipedia cites you as the authority on something (and possibly pull up your sagging PageRank) you’ll probably be disappointed, because Wikipedia uses nofollow on all external links, thereby causing search engines to effectively ignore them.
2. Contribute cited text, not bare links. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a link farm. If you have a source to contribute, first contribute some facts that you learned from that source, then cite the source. Don’t simply direct readers to another site for the useful facts; add useful facts to the article, then cite the site where you found them. You’re here to improve Wikipedia—not just to funnel readers off Wikipedia and onto some other site, right? (If not, see #1 above.)
3. The References section is for references. A reference directs the reader to a work that the writer(s) referred to while writing the article. The References section of a Wikipedia article isn’t just a list of related works; it is specifically the list of works used as sources. Therefore, it can never be correct to add a link or reference to References sections if nobody editing the text of the article has actually referred to it.
4. Don’t make a new article for your own product or Web site. Most often, when a person creates a new article describing his or her own work, it’s because the work is not yet well-known enough to have attracted anyone else’s attention, much less independent and reliable sources against which the content can be verified. Articles of this sort are usually deleted. Wikipedia does indeed have articles about popular products and Web sites, but it is not acceptable to use Wikipedia to popularize them.
5. Don’t gratuitously set off our spam radar. There are certain stylistic behaviors that will say “spam!” loud and clear to anyone who’s watching:
* Adding a link to the top of an unordered list. This is an A-number-1, red-flag, hot-button spam sign. It suggests that you want people to look at your link FIRST FIRST FIRST! You wouldn’t butt in at the head of a queue; don’t put your link first.
* Adding a link that’s snazzier than any of the others. If there’s a list of products that gives just their names, and you add a product with a short blurb about how great it is, we’ll all know why you did it. The same applies to adding a list item that is in a larger or otherwise more prominent font than the other items.
* Adding many links to (or mentions of) the same site or product. Going through an article and adding the name of your product to every paragraph where it seems relevant is just going to attract the revert button.
* Adding the same link to many articles or many wikis. The first person who notices you doing this will go through all your recent contributions with an itchy trigger finger on the revert button. And that’s not much fun. Adding links across our other language editions is a bad idea too.
6. If your product is truly relevant to an article, others will agree—try the talk page. We usually recommend that editors be bold in adding directly to articles. But if the above advice makes you concerned that others will regard your contribution as spam, you can find out without taking that risk: Describe your work on the article’s talk page, asking other editors if it is relevant.
7. Do not add an external link to your signature unless they are external links to Wikimedia projects.

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