Wikipedia:PAIDLIST

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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.

The allow-ability of creating such a page is based on the following guidance by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal team. It is also supported by a reasonable reading of the policy on harassment.

Contents

Companies[edit]

3QDigital aka 3Q Digital[edit]

See Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard/Archive 126#3QDigital aka 3Q Digital.

adtelligent.net[edit]

Blocked users from here.

agenda21 Digital Limmited[edit]

ALS Marketing[edit]

See July 26, 17 email. Doc James (talk) 16:04, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Is this ticket:2017072610022464? TheDragonFire (talk) 13:10, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

User:TheDragonFire this user User:Alzh2017 is associated. Not sure about that ticket. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:57, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

AMPCR[edit]

Boskit190/Hilumeoka2000/Lary Networks[edit]

Self-outed freelancer; full name is Hilary Umeoka.[1] Works as hilumeoka2000 at freelancer.com, odesk, elance per Special:diff/662074627

Cameron Free Marketing[edit]

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.

Coast Digital[edit]

  • coastdigital.co.uk
  • 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 Coast123 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Connect Worldwide[edit]

Digital Sukoon[edit]

Sudhanshu6454 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)
SudhanshuKumar1 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Digi Osmosis[edit]

Direct Online Marketing[edit]

Dot Com Infoway[edit]

For $1,200 "Our Wikipedia writers help you create a Wikipedia page for your brand and make it stick and survive the review process."

everymedia[edit]

Exposure Digital[edit]


Was found paying User:MrMarkBGregory to add "spam links" to Wikipedia. These payments were disclosed but this is not allowed.

Facilius Inc[edit]

See Jun 28, 17 emails. [2]

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)[edit]

Fiveblocks[edit]

FP1 Strategies[edit]

See COIN archive.

Getyourwiki.com[edit]

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."

Get Wikified[edit]

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[edit]

Wikiprof
Wikifiers
Wikiryte
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[edit]

"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."

Important to note that this company was a WMF vendor and has some private data, details at phab:T192893 and phab:T193052.

gotwikipedia.com[edit]


Hawk Nepal[edit]

Sushilxxx (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)
Sushil.lax (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Highbrows Engineering and Technologies[edit]

A CU confirmed sock displayed a link to edenwritings.com.

HighlyRelevant[edit]

KCOMM[edit]

  • [3] - website
  • [4] - brochure offering Wikipedia editing services

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;

koozai.com[edit]

Talk page July 18, 2017

Legalmorning.com[edit]

Macrolancer/Muhammad Zahid Iqbal[edit]

The Mather Group[edit]

"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.

Muhammad Ali[edit]

Ali Khalid / Muhammad Ali Blocked accounts.

My Wiki Pro[edit]

Website (no longer active)

Notion Technologies[edit]

Ontarget Media and Marketing Services[edit]

Orangemoody[edit]

Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/Orangemoody

  • over 300 confirmed or suspected sockpuppets

outerboxdesign.com[edit]

  • [7] Blocked users from here.

Prosparky[edit]

Publicis[edit]

Details - Publicis PR company and US subsidiaries at COIN.

Red Ventures[edit]

Digital media/PR (Red Ventures)

Reputation.ca[edit]

Reputation.ca (archived)

  • "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."

Revunami[edit]

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."

SEO Clerks[edit]

SK Visions[edit]

users
Shrinivaskulkarni1388 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)
Tejashree1994 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)
Ksg18 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Smarter wiki[edit]

Website (no longer functional)

Social Beat[edit]

Social Czars[edit]

SpiderLance[edit]

Website

Statuslabs.com / Wiki-PR[8][edit]

Website Wiki PR

Website Status Labs

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

Sterling PR[edit]

Wikipedia Tip Sheet & Editing Your Wikipedia Edits (puzzle globe infringement)

Studio Maras[edit]

  • guru.com

Claims to be former Wikipedia administrator

Submit Express[edit]

thewikiformula.com[edit]

Emails those who have had pages deleted.

Tony Ahn and Company[edit]

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."

De facto community banned (indeffed via consensus @ COIN).

TransMedia Group[edit]

Tyler Barnett PR[edit]

We Are PR / Artspromo[edit]

Weltraumagentur[edit]

  • [9]
  • [10]
  • 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

whataboutwiki.com[edit]

[11]

Wiki-service.org[edit]

The Wiki Publishing[edit]

[12]

wikicreators.com[edit]

Website

  • 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

WikiExperts[edit]

Website (employees 3)

Wikipediaexperts[edit]

  • Uses same videos
  • Puzzle globe logo infringement
  • Claim 350 articles created

wikiofficer.com[edit]

wikipediaservices.com[edit]

  • Claim nearly 3700 articles created

Wikipediawriters.com[edit]

Website Estimated number of employees (3)[15]

Belongs to this sock family[16] -> blocked in 2012 Also appear to work as wikipediasolutions

WikiWiz[edit]

WizardsofWiki[edit]

Website

  • Jacobs, Emma (February 26, 2015). "Editors-for-hire on Wikipedia". Financial Times. (paywall)
  • Active as of 2017. Email Jun 14, 17

What About Wiki[edit]

Write-N-Research[edit]

  • guru.com

Pittsburgh

The Writers for Hire[edit]

Website

Oranks[edit]

Website (estimated number of employees 3)

Wiki Masters[edit]

Website

Unknown if blocked[edit]

Advanced Writing Services[edit]

  • http://advancedwritingservices.com/wikipedia/
  • "[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

Anvil Media[edit]

Reputation management, "Review forum optimization"

Bettiblue[edit]

  • http://www.bettiblue.com
  • "[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

Brass Check[edit]

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 COIN permlink.

Exposure Ninja[edit]

Frost Media Solutions[edit]

Reputation management

The Gold Rush[edit]

  • Advertises on seoclerk.com - selling article citation links for a few dollars to $99
  • puzzle globe infringement
  • Uses name "Rahul Tulsyani / username Tuslyanir

Gerris Marketing[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Hot4SEO[edit]

Munich based.

Offers "Off-Page SEO" and lists Wikipedia as an example of a wiki in their off-page SEO navigation menu, alongside other social media.

Publicly belongs to Hanna Buryak (Munich) who also offers services through UpWork[17]

InfluenceTree[edit]

See Entrepreneur July 2017

Korebase[edit]

London Biography[edit]

"We produce biographical books, websites and Wikipedia entries for individuals and organisations."

Promises not to divulge clients.

Mister Wiki[edit]

newresearchnews.com[edit]

January 2019

newresearchnews.com redirects to thescientificnews.com

Attempts to sell Wikipedia biography pages to university professors.

Outspoken Media[edit]

Claim to disclose all edits "stating who we are, who has hired us, and what types of changes we are proposing for the article"

Palm&Marsh[edit]

Scienceadvise[edit]

  • scienceadvise.com

SEO Pressor[edit]

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[edit]

Alta Justus (digitalalta)

WhiteHatWiki[edit]

Wikibusiness[edit]

Working in Ukrainian

Wiki-service[edit]

Create, update, and monitor

"[We] have created and edited thousands of articles over the past 5 years".

Wikiacademics[edit]

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)

Wiki Management Inc[edit]

Wiki Curator[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Wikimou[edit]

Wikipedia Creators[edit]

worldresearchernews[edit]

Yourprmanager[edit]

Ticket#10759339

http://idimpact.com/affiliates.html[edit]

Working on Spasmodic dysphonia

Prior companies[edit]

mywikibiz.com[edit]

Online marketplaces[edit]

References[edit]