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Muzamil Ali

@letsuser | Posted 09 Oct, 2018 |

Why Wikipedia writers are highly paid??

Preeti Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 12 Oct, 2018

Thanks James for your valuable inputs.

Indeed, it’s fact that Wikipedia writers/contributors charge extravagantly through backdoor channels to promote brands, PR politicians, for backlinks and for other purposes. In fact, it’s likely that you’re referring an investigative report done by The Atlantic back in 2015.

However, such practices are unethical. And are NOT condoned by the Wikimedia Foundation. In fact, the organization has set many checks and measures to counter such practices. It has even denied access to thousands of such individuals and agencies who partake in, what is, “selling slots” on Wikipedia, the most relied upon website on the internet for information. And, if you run through their terms and conditions, they can even sue such individuals/agencies who get involved in such malpractice.

So, I cared less about this underground industry of Wikipedia contributors that still breeds.

Besides, it clearly falls outside the scope of the give question. It asks “why” Wikipedia writers are paid high and NOT ‘how’.

But certainly, the points you mentioned are legit and are rather interesting to have a discussions on. 


@letsuser | Posted 11 Oct, 2018

Before answering Muzamil's question. I would like to bring some clarity to Preeti Taneja, What you have written is the perfect answer of the question all the factual information. But unfortunately it is not what is happening in real. According to Wikimedia Foundation everything is going smooth and perfect but it’s not. I personally know some organization that provide Wikipedia page creation services you can even google them. They charge thousands of dollars for one page creation. First they built brand identity of the person and make him famous over internet and they use the resource for the citation purpose. Wikimedia moderators are very strict in there policy but unfortunately such service providers make them fool.

To answer Muzamil’s Question I can say that it is not easy to create a Wikipedia page that’s why the service providers are charging way too high

Preeti Taneja

Entrepreneur | Posted 11 Oct, 2018

You are somewhat wrong here. Actually, the people who contribute in creating and editing Wikipedia pages, they DO NOT get paid. And this is the best part about it. These are compassionate individuals who do this out of their interest and are NOT driven by the money.


Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that’s behind this “free encyclopedia”, does employ (very) few writers as full-time employees to do the company’s marketing work like writing PRs and handling social media platforms; their salary is not disclosed. But aside from them, whatever you read on Wikipedia is a work of people who contribute in this website for no money whatsoever.