Jimmy Wales Speech at Cato Institute

On Nov 01, 2016

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales spoke about Wikipedia at Cato Institute Washington DC - Collaborative Information Platforms. He responded audience questions  on various topics  including government surveillance, globalization, technology innovation, and how knowledge spreads.

Resources: https://www.c-span.org/video/?417796-1/wikipedia-founder-jimmy-wales-delivers-remarks-cato-institute 

How to create a Wikipedia Article?

How to get a Wikipedia Page?

Hello Everyone,

We all are aware that Wikipedia is the most powerful domain and number #1 knowledge source worldwide. Wikipedia pages automatically rank in search engines. They don't need any SEO or optimization technique to rank in any search engine.

Today i will let you know you how to create a successful Wikipedia article. 

My secret for creating a Wikipedia page

Steps to create a Wikipedia page

  1. Create an account on Wikipedia.
  2. Verify your account on Your email
  3. Read carefully this article of How to create article on Wikipedia Wikipedia:How to create a page
  4. Remember never violate copyrights of Wikipedia Wikipedia:Your first article
  5. Go to this section Wikipedia:Article wizard
  6. Go to Wikipedia:Article wizard/Subject
  7. Before creating an article, First search that particular article in Wikipedia search bar and confirm that someone has not created the same article earlier.
  8. If your article is not available on Wikipedia click on “No my proposed article doesn’t already exist on Wikipedia
  9. Now select the preferred category for which you want to create an article. For example you want to create an article about a company you may click on “i’m writing about a company”
  10. Before creating the article, first ensure you are not creating an article for advertising purposes
  11. Now click on “My proposed article is not advertising”
  12. Make sure you have enough resources (News links on trusted websites) to create article
  13. Click “My proposed article has good sources
  14. Now there are 2 options to publish your article on Wikipedia
  15. First is Draft Submission,  If you submit your article as a draft it will take some time (approx. a week or a month) to publish as other Wikipedia admins first review your article then it is published.
Remember to add {{subst:submit}} in your top of the draft when you submit it for review.

Second is “Article Namespace” This option is for registered users as you already a registered user you may use this option. You can directly publish your article from this section but at your own risk. If Wikipedia finds any violation of its guidelines your page will removed instantly.

Suggestion: Wikipedia and I will also suggest you to use first option (AFC Draft Submission) to create your Wikipedia article.

If you are unable to create a Wikipedia page 
or your page is deleted previously 
or Your draft is declined by Wikipedia 
or you just want a well written Wiki page from professional Wiki Experts, you may send your interest on our contact form

Why Should Have a Wikipedia Page?

Everyone wants to have a Wikipedia page. It is obvious that Wikipedia page increases your brand visibility in many ways. Wikipedia pages always rank on 1st page of Google. 90% Wikipedia pages are ranked in top 3 positions in any search engine's results pages.

Wikipedia is the most trustable online resource of information worldwide. Wikipedia containing all information on real fact base.

Why should hire a Wikipedia Expert ?

Wikipedia Experts are experienced and aware all guidelines of Wikipedia
They Write your Wiki article in Wikipedia writing style
They protect your Wikipedia article for deletion
They monitor your Wikipedia page by 24/7
They update your page with latest and updated information
They fix Wikipedia error tags

Are you tired by submitting a draft to Wikipedia?

Although Wikipedia is free for all, anybody can create & edit articles on Wikipedia but it is not so easy to publish an article on Wikipedia. There are a number of Wikipedia guidelines that need to follow while you create a Wiki article.

Have you submitted your Wikipedia article as a draft but never get success to publish your page?

Have you published your Wikipedia article but it was deleted by Wikipedia?

Do you really want to see your Wikipedia page on Google 1st page?

Are you really serious for a wikipedia page?

If you are serious to have your own Wikipedia page don't worry i am here to help you to create a Wikipedia page.

You may show your interest here for creating a Wikipedia page

Related Posts:

How To Avoid Common Mistakes In Wikipedia Page Creation?

Error Parsing XML Converter

How to fix XML Errors in Blogspot

Most of the time when you try to add a Facebook JavaScript or AdSense JavaScript code in your blogger template, you often come across XML Parsing errors that prompts and says "The reference to entity "version" must end with the ';' delimiter." Bloggers template.

When we insert JavaScript inside blogspot templates, all script inside the JavaScript tags is treated as a text and due to the presence of some illegal special characters like "<" , ">" and "&" , you often face the following error:

Adsense Page Level Ads Java Script Code Error in Blogspot Template

Special characters in XML that generate errors?
 (<)  - less than

(&) - ampersand

(>) - greater than

(")  - double-quote

(')  - apostrophe or single-quote

Replace Special Characters

Another simple method is to escape all 5 special characters and instead use the legal characters as alternatives to the above 5.

Another method is, convert whole line code which is generating error using below box

HTML Parsing Tool for XML Blogger Template

How to submit blogger sitemap to Google Search Console?

For ranking in Google or any other search engine it is necessary to crawling and indexing your website by search engine crawlers. Although all websites are crawled and indexed automatically from any search engine crawler but in few cases search engine crawlers can't crawl and index your website. I have seen many websites in my career which is perfectly crawled by crawler but not indexed. In this case there could be various reasons of not indexing your website like Wrong robots.txt commands or your website could be disallowed from  Google Search Console (Webmaster Tool).

To fix these issues there are few tasks that are recommended by Google for all new websites.

Submit XML sitemap to search console

Google has enabled this feature in its search console to crawl and index all web pages of a website. If you don't want to crawl few secure pages of your website you can disallow those pages in robots.txt file.

How to find Blogger XML sitemap?
If your website is live with Google Blogspot and you are unable to find blogger sitemap URL, don't worry you may find it by adding "atom.xml" in your home page URL. For example if your blogspot URL is http://xyz.blogspot.com/ then your xml sitemap URL will be look like this: http://xyz.blogspot.in/atom.xml

If you redirected your blogspot on a particular domain name like my blog:http://www.thedigitalseo.com/ i can find its XML sitemap on http://www.thedigitalseo.com/atom.xml

If you have more than 100 pages or posts in your blog you may use URL like this

You may set the limit of maximum pages crawled by adding any number just after results in the above URL.

How to Crawl or Index My Blogspot blog?
If your blog is not indexing from Google crawler you may perform the following tasks in Google search console:

1. Login your Google search console
2. Select your targetted website
3. Select "sitemap" under the "Crawl" category at left hand side
4. Click "ADD/TEST SITEMAP" at right hand side
5. Add "atom.xml" just after your website URL and click to submit

Now your website is successfully submitted to tell Google for Indexing
Please refer the below image for above process

image source: Google Search Console Login thedigitalseo.com

Google Local Guides

What are Google Local Guides?

Local Guides help millions of people in the Google Maps to find the best place anywhere in the world. Any person can rate and review the local business according to their experience. On the basis of these ratings & reviews people can differentiate good and bad business places.

Image: Google Local Guide account

What are the things that you can do through your Google profile on anyone's Google Local business listing?

Ratings and Reviews
You can post reviews and ratings for any business posted on Google maps. But remember to write a real and genuine review. There’s nothing wrong with showing some love for your favorite local spot, but please don’t do it to get free stuffs.

Suggest photos and videos
Only upload photos and videos of your work. You can upload any photo or video taken by you. Please note don’t upload your selfies. 

Suggest the Correct business information
If you find any business place with wrong address you can correct that address.

Image: Google Local Guide

Fix Wrong Marker Location
If you believe the marker location is not correct for a particular business listing, you can also make it correct by dragging marker at right place.

Image: Google Local Guide Account

Answer Local Questions
You can answer any question asked by any user for a particular business listing. Before posting your answer make sure you are well aware with the query.

Benefits of Google Local Guides
The Local Guides program offers you free Google Drive storage and the promise of insider access if you’re willing to put in the time.
1. Earn the Google local guides badge
2. Local Guides Level 3 and above receive the badge in the Google Maps app as a benefit.
3. If you are in level 4+ of Google Local Guide, you will be eligible for free Google Drive storage for one year. You can get 100GB space in Google Drive storage for this offer. Currently you can unlock level 4 benefits at 200 points. 

Become a Local Guide
Local Guides is offered everywhere Google Maps is available. At this time Google map is available in more than 40 countries

Who is qualified to be a local guide?
Have a valid Google account
You should at least 18 years of age
Have signed up on Google Local guide. If not please click here

Points, Levels, and Badging
Levels are defined by the number of points that you have earned. You will receive 1 point for every place you review, add photographs, and edits. If you provide an additional information on Google maps you can earn up to 5 points. Your points and level can take up to 24 hours to update in the Google Maps.
Your points never expire however they may decrease if a review is removed for violating Google Reviews and Photos policies.
There are total 5 levels in google local guide
Level 1 = 0-4 points
Level 2 = 5-49 points
Level 3 = 50-199 points
Level 4 = 200-499 points
Level 5 = 500+ points

Earn Points by contributing on Google Maps
Upload 1 or more photos to the same place = 1 point
Upload 2 photos + 1 review to the same place = 2 points
Write 5 reviews of 5 different places = 5 points
Answer 1 or more local questions about the same place = 1 point
Make 1 or more edits to the same place = 1 point
Add a new place = 1 point

If you are new in Google Places & Google local guide and really don't know How to setup Google local business listing? please visit my post for Creating a new Google Business listing.

How Many Places can I reviewed in a day?
There is no limit to post reviews but be honest, are your all reviews real and genuine?

What happens to my all data after the Google Drive free storage expires?
Don’t worry your data will stay saved with your Google Drive. You can access it anytime. But you can’t add new files unless until you purchase new plan.

If you have already a business listing registered on Google Places but worried about how to rank higher in Google maps? Don’t worry, please visit my post to rank a Google business listing

How to Rank Higher on Google Maps?

Hi friends,

I believe there is a lot of questions in your mind regarding your local business listing on Google. Most of us type various queries in Google search bar and try to find an exact solution of their problem. Well I found few queries that people searched highly in Google to rank their local business.

"how to improve ranking for Google business listing?"
"5 Ways to improve Google places ranking"
"Improve local ranking on Google"
"Rank my Google business listing"
"How to improve my business listing map on google top rank?"
"How to promote my Google business listing page?"

Well in my career i have posted a lot of business listings on Google MyBusiness and rank them well in Google SERPs. I have also setup Google business listing for my own business SEO Consultancy. You can have a look at it by typing "SEO Consultant in Noida" and "SEO Expert Noida"

I will tell you about Google business listing from the very beginning. If you still don't have any Google business listing and don't know How to setup Google business listing, please visit my previous post "How to Setup Google business Listing for my Business?"

Before setting up a Google map listing page for your business you must read carefully  Google My Business guidelines and Google Plus User Content and Conduct Policy.

Can't find my business in Google listing? What to do?

You may often find that your business doesn't appear for relevant searches in your area. To make your listing visualize in your local area do the following tasks in your Google My Business:

Increase Google Maps Ranking
Please follow below points to rank your Google business maps listing:

Enter complete & accurate business information
Local results rank on the basis of the given information in their listings. Hence always put complete & correct information while setup your Google business listing. Verify your listing and make sure that your information is correct.

Increase your website quality inbound links
Google wants to see that your listing information matches other well known and trustworthy sources.

Put the location keywords in anchor text instead of it saying 'click here' or 'visit my website'. A better would be, have a look at 'best SEO consultant in Noida'

Encourage your Users to write reviews about your business 
Customer reviews is most important factor to rank your business high in local search. Google counts the number & score of reviews to rank any listing high in local search. But remember never use fake reviews, Make sure that your all reviews are genuine and from real customers.

Add photos & videos to your business
Images and videos attract new customers at your business page. These  increase the chance of getting more clicks on your business listing. Upload high-resolution images and videos of your business.

Include Keywords in business description
Although there is a limit set by Google for business description but you can write a perfect description by adding few business oriented keywords in description. For example: If you are a Digital Marketing firm, you should include keywords in your description like "Digital marketing services", "SEO services", "SEO Consultant", "Digital Marketing Consultant" and etc.

Add your business opening and closing time
Google says, Don't confuse your customers add proper timing of your business.

Add NAP on Website
You can also add NAP (Business Name, Address, Phone) on your website. It is a good practice to have it in footer or header of your website. You can also put this information on your contact page.

Add the Same NAP on other Business Directories
If you have submitted your business on other business directories, use the same NAP information on these websites.

Embed Google business map on your website
It is a good practice to add a Google map on your website. In this way Google will easily verify your business listing address with your website. If you don't know how to embedd Google business listing on website, please follow below steps:

How to add My Google Business Listing map to my Website?

1. Open Google.com/Map
2. Search your business name in Google Map searchbar (located on top left corner)
3. Click on your business name and you will find a Share button just below your business name
4. Just click the share button you will find a popup window containg two tabs "Share link" and "Embed map"
5. Select the "Embed map" you will see a one line code, just copy this code and paste it on your website contact page.
6. You can also customize the map size by clicking the "Medium" button. You can set the map size accordingly.

Please refer below images for above process:

Image source: Google business listing map

Image source: Google business listing map

How Google determines local ranking?

Google Business Listing Ranking Factors?

Google local results rank on three things relevance, distance and pominence

The first and most important ranking factor for Google business is Relevance. Adding complete & detailed information will help Google better understand your business and rank it high in SERPs.

Distance is 2nd priority factor for Google listing ranking. Google shows results first of nearby location of a user who searched at his place. For example if your current location is Noida, Uttar Pradesh and you are looking for best SEO consultant in Noida. Google will automatically shows the nearby results of your location.

Prominence is third ranking factor of Google business that refers to how well-known a business is. Some places are famous and they are more prominent in their area. Google reflects these in its local ranking. Prominence is also based on information that Google picked from any web link, article, directory and other press release links.

Other Ranking Factors

One major factor that is very helpful to rank Google business listing is Google reviews. Google marks the reviews count and score as local search ranking factors. More reviews and positive ratings will cause a better local ranking. 

Organic Results Ranking
Your position in web results is also a factor to rank business listing, so SEO best practices also apply to local search optimization.

Negative Factors that can affect your business listing ranking

Never Use a Toll Free Number
Google never recommends a toll free number for local business listing. Google wants to verify your local area code that matches your location address.

Negative Customer Reviews
You can't remove these, but you can bury them with good reviews.

Multiple Listings with same business name
If you have more than one locations of your business, Do not create separate business listings for all locations just mention all location in one business listing. Google will automatically determine your all locations.