How to Attract Readers to a wikiHow Article

After writing a great article, many authors naturally want more readers to appreciate their work. They love the thrill and pride of knowing that over 10,000 people have enjoyed their instructions. Move down to Step 1 to learn how to increase the number of readers for a wikiHow article.


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    Create a specific and descriptive title. Titles that are highly descriptive and are about one specific topic seem to attract more traffic. Review the Title Policy for explicit examples on how to select a title. Apply {{title|Suggested new title}} to the Edit page of your article to request a title change.
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    Choose your topic carefully. Popular topics, like how to kiss, are more likely to be of interest to others. If you want to increase readership, write on topics that appeal to everyone from all walks of life, be they middle school children, or elderly gentlemen. If you write on esoteric topics, like how to apply for EEP, bear in mind that not everyone might find it useful to read.
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    Make your article shine. Follow the instructional guidelines that wikiHow offers to help spruce up the way your article looks. No one wants to read a poorly written or formatted article, so this is where skills and patience will count.
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    Categorize your article. It may be more difficult for a person to find an article if it's not properly categorized. Double check that it fits the most specific category pertaining to your article. If you can't find a category to place it in, ask a user or administrator for help.
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    Search wikiHow on all articles related to your article, and add your article as a related article to them. That could potentially increase readership, when readers of those established articles read the "Related WikiHows" section and click on your article.
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    Leave messages on other editors' talk pages and ask them to view and edit your article. In addition to having them view your work, they'll probably make edits and revisions to improve the article.
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    Be patient. Don't expect your article to receive a thousand page views in one day. It will take time for that many people to view your article.
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    Share your content outside of wikiHow. Use social networking sites, such as MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook for your friends to see. Receiving outside comments and support may introduce and encourage them to create an account and edit your articles as well.
    • Most search engines determine rankings by the number of inbound links to a page. Link your article to your blog, your friends' blog and discussion forums. It may take several weeks for search engines to find a new page.
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    Add your work onto your user page. You want to be proud of the work you contributed, so show it off to the world when they view your user page. This gives readers an idea of who you are and read what you have written.
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    Request author collaboration. Apply {{arc}} to the Discussion page of your article to alert other editors to improve the quality of your article. Leave an additional message on someone's Talk page to request assistance.
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    Weave links. Add links within the text of your article or add Related wikiHows to the bottom of your article to circulate your article within wikiHow.
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    Add images. Add photographs, illustrations or a video to enhance the presentation of your article.
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    Wait for someone to nominate your article for Featured Article status. Apply {{fac}} to the Discussion page of your article. Featured Articles appear on the home page of wikiHow. They're read by tens of thousands of people.
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    Translate your article to a different language. Leave a message on someone's talk page to request assistance.


  • Click here to review our most popular articles.
  • Probably the most important factor in increasing the number of views in an article is Time. So just be patient, after you have done the above. It takes time for an article to get established and view by many.
  • If you follow these steps correctly, your article may be featured.


  • Do not be overzealous trying to get others to view your article. It could be interpreted as spamming by some.

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