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This is a list of companies involved in paid editing and some of their blocked accounts.
It also describes some of the ways in which these companies work. It is to help with the detection and follow up of future issues. It is also to help educate those who may have been approached by such organizations to write an article for them.
- 1 Companies
- 1.1 3QDigital aka 3Q Digital
- 1.2 adtelligent.net
- 1.3 agenda21 Digital Limmited
- 1.4 ALS Marketing
- 1.5 AMPCR
- 1.6 Boskit190/Hilumeoka2000/Lary Networks
- 1.7 Cameron Free Marketing
- 1.8 Coast Digital
- 1.9 Connect Worldwide
- 1.10 Digital Sukoon
- 1.11 Digi Osmosis
- 1.12 Direct Online Marketing
- 1.13 Dot Com Infoway
- 1.14 everymedia
- 1.15 Exposure Digital
- 1.16 Facilius Inc
- 1.17 Fast Fingers Hype Team (FFHypeTEAM)
- 1.18 Fiveblocks
- 1.19 FP1 Strategies
- 1.20 Getyourwiki.com
- 1.21 Get Wikified
- 1.22 Go Fish Digital
- 1.23 gotwikipedia.com
- 1.24 Hawk Nepal
- 1.25 Highbrows Engineering and Technologies
- 1.26 HighlyRelevant
- 1.27 KCOMM
- 1.28 koozai.com
- 1.29 Legalmorning.com
- 1.30 Macrolancer/Muhammad Zahid Iqbal
- 1.31 The Mather Group
- 1.32 Muhammad Ali
- 1.33 My Wiki Pro
- 1.34 Notion Technologies
- 1.35 Ontarget Media and Marketing Services
- 1.36 Orangemoody
- 1.37 outerboxdesign.com
- 1.38 Prosparky
- 1.39 Publicis
- 1.40 Red Ventures
- 1.41 Reputation.ca
- 1.42 Revunami
- 1.43 SEO Clerks
- 1.44 SK Visions
- 1.45 Smarter wiki
- 1.46 Social Beat
- 1.47 Social Czars
- 1.48 SpiderLance
- 1.49 Statuslabs.com / Wiki-PR
- 1.50 Sterling PR
- 1.51 Studio Maras
- 1.52 Submit Express
- 1.53 thewikiformula.com
- 1.54 Tony Ahn and Company
- 1.55 TransMedia Group
- 1.56 Tyler Barnett PR
- 1.57 We Are PR / Artspromo
- 1.58 Weltraumagentur
- 1.59 whataboutwiki.com
- 1.60 Wiki-service.org
- 1.61 The Wiki Publishing
- 1.62 wikicreators.com
- 1.63 WikiExperts
- 1.64 wikiofficer.com
- 1.65 wikipediaservices.com
- 1.66 Wikipediawriters.com
- 1.67 WikiWiz
- 1.68 WizardsofWiki
- 1.69 What About Wiki
- 1.70 Write-N-Research
- 1.71 The Writers for Hire
- 1.72 Oranks
- 1.73 Wiki Masters
- 2 Unknown if blocked
- 2.1 Advanced Writing Services
- 2.2 Anvil Media
- 2.3 Bettiblue
- 2.4 Brass Check
- 2.5 Exposure Ninja
- 2.6 Frost Media Solutions
- 2.7 The Gold Rush
- 2.8 Gerris Marketing
- 2.9 Global Media Insight
- 2.10 Hot4SEO
- 2.11 InfluenceTree
- 2.12 Korebase
- 2.13 London Biography
- 2.14 Mister Wiki
- 2.15 newresearchnews.com
- 2.16 Outspoken Media
- 2.17 Palm&Marsh
- 2.18 Scienceadvise
- 2.19 SEO Pressor
- 2.20 The Virtual Marketer for Schools
- 2.21 WhiteHatWiki
- 2.22 Wikibusiness
- 2.23 Wiki-service
- 2.24 Wikiacademics
- 2.25 Wiki Management Inc
- 2.26 Wiki Curator
- 2.27 The Writers for Hire
- 2.28 Wikimou
- 2.29 Wikipedia Creators
- 2.30 worldresearchernews
- 2.31 Yourprmanager
- 2.32 http://idimpact.com/affiliates.html
- 3 Prior companies
- 4 Online marketplaces
- 5 References
3QDigital aka 3Q Digital
Blocked users from here.
agenda21 Digital Limmited
- former name; dozens of socks
Cameron Free Marketing
Cameron Free Marketing is a small marketing company based in Boca Raton, Florida. The company does not directly offer Wikipedia editing services, but significant overlaps exist between the off-wiki company's clients and topics edited by the User:Cameronfree sockfarm (case at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Cameronfree) strongly implies a paid editing campaign was being undertaken from late 2018 to early 2019. Cameron Free Marketing's areas of interest (both in terms of off and on Wiki marketing) seems to be focused around topics related to Florida—the state where the company is based—with special emphasis being centered around Boca Raton. Other editing focuses include smaller companies related to the arts or clothing. Suspected clients include;
- Ikonick-a canvas and art supplies company.
- Jersey Champs-a sports clothing company; this company has been the subject of edits by multiple undisclosed paid editors in the past, most of which are not affiliated with Cameron Free Marketing.
- Marcel Katz (now at Draft:Marcel Katz (2))- A Miami-based artist.
- see for example this How to appear in the Knowledge Graph: For the kinds of brands we work with, the most common way to appear in the knowledge graph is through a Wikipedia article. Having a Wikipedia article about your brand is a win-win – it means you’re appearing on one of the biggest independent information resources in existence and it means you’re featured on one of those public sources Google uses to generate the Knowledge Graph. Now, Wikipedia isn’t quite the content free-for-all it used to be, so getting a page added might be more difficult than you’re expecting – but it’s an ordeal worth going through to claim that much organic real estate.
- very likely
Direct Online Marketing
Dot Com Infoway
For $1,200 "Our Wikipedia writers help you create a Wikipedia page for your brand and make it stick and survive the review process."
- C. R. Venkatesh, C. R Venkatesh (recreated w misspelling) founder bio
Was found paying User:MrMarkBGregory to add "spam links" to Wikipedia. These payments were disclosed but this is not allowed.
See Jun 28, 17 emails. 
Actively emailing people as of Dec 2017. Stating that they have created 400+ articles and have admins working for them. Says articles on a topic need to be two months apart. They follow the deletion boards to find potential customers. It appears they include creating sources as part of the fee.
Fast Fingers Hype Team (FFHypeTEAM)
- https://www.kwaolezzes.com/blog/ and Facebook
- Ghana based, under name of Kwao Lezzes-Tyt (bio repeatedly recreated)
- at least 140 confirmed sockpuppets
- WMF trademark infringement (removed)
- (possibly connected)
See COIN archive.
Marketing materials say "A Wikipedia page for a company, business or person often shows up in the first few search results in search engines such as Google or Yahoo. Knowing this, your Wikipedia article can make an excellent first impression on prospective clients for your company or the general public that is searching for your name."
Quotes: "You cannot afford to leave the editing of your Wikipedia profile to strangers", "From common to 'famously known'""
This company operates under many names as listed below.
Page creation and monitoring to "make sure that nobody wrongly edits any of the information about your brand on your Wikipedia page". Pretends to be from Wikipedia. Does direct email campaigns. They are buying ads via Facebook.
Other company names
- http://www.wikiprofinc.com[dead link]
- Wiki Ryte Inc
- Wikisharks / Wiki Sharks
- Wiki Professionals
- Previously pointed to a Ryder Treac in Delaware according to User:Salvidrim! as of 10 February 2018.
Go Fish Digital
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/BurritoSlayer
"Wikipedia Management service: Wikipedia consistently ranks highly in the search engines' results. It is often viewed as a third-party objective authority, and as such, the content it contains about a person or brand has a direct impact on their reputation. Managing and improving your personal or brand Wikipedia page ensures that you are putting your best foot forward."
- Website, Estimated number of employees (unknown)
- Link to the Facebook post
- Link to the Sockpuppet investigation
Highbrows Engineering and Technologies
A CU confirmed sock displayed a link to edenwritings.com.
KCOMM is a California-based digital marketing company that offers Wikipedia page creation for clients, most of which are related to the real estate industry. Several editors likely affiliated with the company were blocked in early 2019 per Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Juliusvergara. As of February 2019, editors affiliated with the firm (via substantial off-wiki evidence) have declined to disclose any paid status, and the same editors have also resorted to sockpuppetry to create articles. Past creations likely done by KCOMM included;
- Sinan Kanatsiz - CEO of KCOMM; also created at Sinan Kanatsiz (businessman). Both articles now protected from re-creation.
- Ware Malcomb - Client of KCOMM (per testimonials) and a target of multiple suspected COI accounts.
- Lawrence R. Armstrong - CEO of Ware Malcomb and a past creation of KCOMM-linked accounts.
Talk page July 18, 2017
- Run by Mike Wood
- from their website:
- 1 posts articles straight to mainspace
- 2 uses multiple references so not csd class
- 3 boasts variously of 40,000 or 80,000 wikioedia edits and creating 1000 articles,
- 4 charges yearly for maintaining articles including removing or rewriting negative content and defending the article at AFD if it is nominated
- 5 charges for single edits if that is all that is required
- 6 does not give a deletion service (ie nominating AFDs)
Macrolancer/Muhammad Zahid Iqbal
- www.larzze.com (Larzze Expert Technologies) SEO and social media marketing
- IMZahidIqbal sockfarm incl Macrolancer and LARZZE
The Mather Group
"Do you have a Wikipedia page yet?" Josh asked me. I'd never even thought about it, or the further legitimacy it would lend me. So, he asked me some questions about my background and got the whole thing done unbelievably quickly, with great attention to detail.
Ali Khalid / Muhammad Ali Blocked accounts.
My Wiki Pro
Website (no longer active)
- Shaikh Salamuddin / Salamuddin.Shaikh89 (possibly real name Salamuddin S.Shaikh of Mumbai) and Rudra.shukla sockfarm
- Caroline Murphy may be a fabricated persona: , Special:diff/654469060
- Real name connection to WHOIS wikipediaexperts.com
- May be subcontractors for WikiExperts
- Also has claimed relation to D-Design Studio http://www.d-designstudio.com
Ontarget Media and Marketing Services
- Blocked accounts as of Nov 30, 2017
- over 300 confirmed or suspected sockpuppets
-  Blocked users from here.
- Mslgroupofficial (talk · contribs) (username block)
- 67.246.61.* and 126.96.36.199/24 blocked for 3 years (corporate IP)
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Susana Hodge - possibly subcontractor
- At least four disclosed editors from subsids MSL and Team One
Details - Publicis PR company and US subsidiaries at COIN.
Digital media/PR (Red Ventures)
- "We have built up many senior administrator accounts within the Wikipedia hierarchy. Over the years, we have successfully created LIVE Wikipedia pages for numerous clients. Our ability to do this has come from our detailed knowledge of how Wikipedia works and what content is accepted and what is not."
- "Cost: $2,000 + HST."
- First step: "Review your notability level and make an assessment of your suitability for inclusion in Wikipedia. If we determine you are not suitable we will refund $1,500 of your fees."
Specialize in digital marketing for nonprofits.
- Per their blog: "Wikipedia Analysis, Strategy, Content Creation, and Monitoring – Wikipedia is consistently in the top results for the vast majority of Google searches. Revunami leverages this visibility to your organization’s advantage, ensuring your messaging reaches key audiences and advances your organization, its brand, and its people. We help you influence opinion and establish your organization as a trustworthy and authoritative source on the topics that are important to you and your mission."
- - edited as "GF Revunami" until username change.
- See COIN thread
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/RohithKumarPatali/Archive
- offer "permanent" wikipedia biography or other article for $120 on corp site
Website (no longer functional)
One of the ways they work is by emailing organizations that have Wikipedia pages that have clean up tags and offering to get those tags removed. Active as of 2017. Further details at Wiki-PR editing of Wikipedia
Claims to be former Wikipedia administrator
- puzzle globe logo infringement
- Guarantees creation of 5-7 media items for non-notables
- SoCal area code 818
- 188.8.131.52 self-identified as CEO
Emails those who have had pages deleted.
Tony Ahn and Company
Claims to have put multiple clients' articles on WP main page through DYK.
Said in interview "I have placed articles in the press on behalf of clients. If you don’t have press, I can get you press – because I work in PR. I can set up an interview with a newspaper, and then write the Wikipedia article. If I have to get you two insertions, then the Wiki article it’s 75,000 Philippine pesos for the whole lot."
(indeffed via consensus @ COIN).
- TransMedia Group/TMG PR Sockring
Tyler Barnett PR
We Are PR / Artspromo
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Luuuuuka
- Based in Germany, likely Munich or Baden
- Imports articles from the German Wiki (de.wiki) - Company's original editors were banned by the de.wiki community for fabricating sources
- Promises article creation within 14 days of payment. Promises proper disclosure (sometimes this occurs, sometimes not) and discretion. Describes their authors as "officially authorized by Wikipedia", and promises SEO
- Paid to create Khubaib Ali Mohammed and GUB Investment Trust
- 2 payments of $700, get a Wikipedia article
- article deleted, buyer asked if they were scammed
- Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Stoubora (see scammed person's )
The Wiki Publishing
- As of Oct.2018 Jay Soshnick of WikiCreators (and formerly sernior manager of WikiExperts) is reaching out to Wikipedia editors on LinkedIn to offer WikiCreators paid work
Website (employees 3)
- On October 17, 2013, the firm, its employees, and any related firms were banned from editing Wikipedia.
- At ticket:2017082310013745 a client writes to Wikipedia volunteers at WP:OTRS for service follow up. It seems apparent that the customer does not distinguish Wikipedia the website, Wikipedia's volunteers, and this company. When this person has follow up concerns about the paid editing they purchased, they seek to continue the business relationship with Wikipedia volunteers as if there were no difference. It is a burden for Wikipedia volunteers to be pressured to fulfill service requests encouraged by paid editing companies. Also, no attempt to disclose paid editing when posting to articles.
- User:Salamuddin Z. Shaikh / WP:Sockpuppet investigations/Rudra.shukla/Archive
- User:Kate A. Steel / Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Caroline A. Murphy
- User:Masterknighted/User:Brainplanner (probably)
- Uses same videos
- Puzzle globe logo infringement
- Claim 350 articles created
- FB page
- Company is actively emailing companies to drum up business as of 2017.
- User:OfficialPankajPatidar More than 500 sock accounts
- Claim nearly 3700 articles created
- Jacobs, Emma (February 26, 2015). "Editors-for-hire on Wikipedia". Financial Times. (paywall)
- Active as of 2017. Email Jun 14, 17
What About Wiki
- Stephen Harrison (2018-10-29). "Wikipedia's Top-Secret 'Hired Guns' Will Make You Matter (For a Price)".
- Reported to have been active since 2015 and have "more than 50 sock-puppet user accounts" claiming a revenue of $500k/yr.
- - Action1212 sockfarm
The Writers for Hire
Unknown if blocked
Advanced Writing Services
- "[A] change on your Wikipedia article can degrade the accuracy of the content. Advanced Writing Services offers a range of service plans to monitor your Wikipedia article."
- puzzle globe infringement
Reputation management, "Review forum optimization"
- "[W]e specialize in marketing on WIKIPEDIA, plus we offer a truly unique marketing content solutions [sic]." / "Wikipedia is a treasure trove for companies that really care about branding" / "Wikipedia is a golden marketing tool [...] . We at Bettiblue make sure that you tap the goldmine the right way. By providing expert services for a Wikipedia page creation, Bettiblue ensures that your Wikipedia page is created as per the rules, done by experienced editors and it stays there so that you can tap this goldmine of opportunities for your business."
- Puzzle globe infringement (reported)
- Domain registered to Irina Kalonatchi, Sydney
- TheRegicider (Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/TheRegicider) per own published claim to have edited here and
- http://www.brasscheck.net - "Brass Check is a creative advisory firm that specializes in working with authors, media companies and startups."
One of the principals of Brass Check is Ryan Holiday who has written about how to infiltrate Wikipedia for Fortune in 2012 and his involvement with Brass Check in New York Observer in 2017. Claimed Brass Check client articles - see .
Frost Media Solutions
- http://frostmediasolutions.com/tag/wikipedia/ including how to get on Wikipedia's front page
The Gold Rush
- Advertises on seoclerk.com - selling article citation links for a few dollars to $99
- puzzle globe infringement
- Uses name "Rahul Tulsyani / username Tuslyanir
- https://chrisabraham.com/services/wikipedia-curation: "[we] can help you curate and manage your personal, professional, or corporate reputation on Wikipedia...have collected a stable of some of the best Wikipedia Curators possible..."
- Also offers Wikipedia Crisis Management (!)
- Ambiguous statement here discourages corps from "directly promoting your company or adding your company entry" to Wikipedia
Global Media Insight
- UAE/Middle East specialists; "We have a battalion of Wikipedia editors in English as well as Arabic."
- puzzle globe infringement
Publicly belongs to Hanna Buryak (Munich) who also offers services through UpWork
See Entrepreneur July 2017
- http://londonbiography.com (dead link)
"We produce biographical books, websites and Wikipedia entries for individuals and organisations."
Promises not to divulge clients.
newresearchnews.com redirects to thescientificnews.com
- United States
Attempts to sell Wikipedia biography pages to university professors.
Claim to disclose all edits "stating who we are, who has hired us, and what types of changes we are proposing for the article"
Puzzle globe infringement, unlicensed use of Commons images. Offers tutorial on replacing dead links with SEO links. Unclear if they will do this for clients.
The Virtual Marketer for Schools
Alta Justus (digitalalta)
- See Ashley Feinberg (2019-03-14). "Facebook, Axios And NBC Paid This Guy To Whitewash Wikipedia Pages". Huffington Post.
Working in Ukrainian
Create, update, and monitor
"[We] have created and edited thousands of articles over the past 5 years".
Not standard UK or US English, no contact info, obscured domain registration
"We have been successfully contributing to Wikipedia since 2013, publishing over 1000 articles and making thousands of edits."
- but the domain registration does say they launched in april 2017. So hm. Jytdog (talk) 20:51, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
- Claims to be in Netherlands: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wikipedia-editing-services-b86771143/ Ben · Salvidrim! ✉ 21:00, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Wiki Management Inc
- Per this they may be linked to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Lyubomirab
- Whois info suggests a link to wikifiers.com (dead and un-archived as August 2018).
Creation, editing, and monitoring of Wikipedia articles advertised at http://wikicurator.com. "Clients include American and international companies, executives, authors, motivational speakers, artists, and musicians." Fees ~$250 for article. ☆ Bri (talk) 16:26, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
The Writers for Hire
- Operated by Ms. Wintress Odom, seems to be a fairly large and established company, boasting "a client list that includes Forbes, Mitsubishi and International Trade Center.
Services include "Posting your finalized draft live on Wikipedia; Monitoring your article and updating as needed"
Puzzle globe infringement (removed). Texas based.
Talks about getting press for non-notables.
- Advertises on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/183154431126?ul_noapp=true
Working on Spasmodic dysphonia
- www.fiverr.com/gigs/wikipedia Fiverr
- www.guru.com/d/jobs/q/wikipedia/ Guru