5 ‘Wizards of Wiki’ Reviews
Headache number 1 - We used a freelancer and another PR agency, which resulted in our URL getting blocked from further creation
Headache number 2 - no PR firm wanted to come near this, citing it was an impossible situation. Apart from one firm - Wizards of Wiki.
Had a call with Mark Bray and he wasn't phased by this one bit, his knowledge was incredible. Why Wikipedia haven't headhunted this guy to work for them I will never know.
He proposed we explained the situation to Wikipedia and submit a fresh draft, concentrating on notability, most importantly declaring we have a conflict of interest this time. All sounds simple, but within 2 months we had a Wikipedia article that reflected our startups growth and position in the market.
One complaint - Mark and his team are very hard to get hold of, but boy their results are exceptional.
In May, I stupidly used Upwork to try an secure myself a Wikipedia article with a freelancer. It ended terribly. My article was removed via a G5 block I believe and a deletion discussion stated I was not notable enough. The entire scenario left my ego pretty dented as an entrepreneur, similar business leaders warranted a Wikipedia article, when according to the discussions I didn't.
In an attempt to try and solve this, I got in touch with numerous Wikipedia public relations firms. Wizards of Wiki in terms of price were about mid-range, but they were very helpful in the early process and was amazed at their depth of understanding.
A number of companies refused to work with me, even one company I promised to send them $1000 upfront non-refundable and they still weren't interested, because of the deletion discussion apparently setting precedence. The one company who wanted to help me was Mark and his team at Wizards of Wiki.
They informed me that due to using a freelancer, they tended to be get rich quick guys, they would upload 70-100 articles, make a quick $20-30 grand and then when their elaborate sockfarm (read up on this) falls apart, they simply delete their Upwork account and re-register as someone else, starting the process again. Leaving their clients high and dry.
Because this had happened, Mark started the article again and informed me I should declare a COI when uploading the article. I was surprised how much he focused on "notability" and ensuring it was clear throughout the article. The other writer just let me put whatever I wanted in.
On reflection, this entire process was beyond 5 stars. They took a mess and not only fixed it for a mid-level price, but I now have a Wikipedia article I'm thrilled with. Cannot recommend this firm enough.
I used Mark Bray of Wizards of Wiki to create the stub for my company Cachebox TV Limited. He provided me with a timely service which was very good value. I had no problems in uploading the finished article and updating it thereafter - which I have done.
I tried this service with plans of doing 8 to 10 articles / updates. I am lucky I did a trial for just 1 article that they required I prepay.
They took my money and after repeated emails and follow up I haven't been able to get an update as to the status.
I would strongly encourage anyone considering them not to pay up front make them deliver before providing payment.
Approached this company through their website, even though they didn't seem to be the biggest within the paid editing industry. However I was surprised after receiving a number of quotes from them and their competitors they were head and shoulders above everyone in how they responded and also their price was very competitive.
After awarding them the article, we were advised exactly how to abide by Wikipedia rules so that we didn't encounter any problems. I was amazed to hear that some paid wikipedia public relations companies don't exactly follow the rules, however Wizards of Wiki really seemed to know exactly what they were doing, and explained everything in great detail, with the help of some smart looking PDFs.
The final thing that impressed me was their timescales. They explained exactly how long everything would take, and they were spot on with their predictions.
I would strongly recommend them if you are wanting an article creating about your company or yourself