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Anyone big on Quora as a way of increasing exposure? I read Jordan Peterson's book, "!2 Rules for Life" and loved it, and then got to thinking about quora after reading about it again in UnScripted.

Is it worth it? I just joined like two weeks ago. Then I answered some questions. Now I get like 20 stupid requests per day to answer questions like, "My baby punches me, what can I do?" or "Should I let my 6 year old play a sport?"

Then today I got INVITED to "participate" in their (seemingly) stupid "ask a question and get paid" program, which seems to explain the deluge of dumb questions.

Thoughts? Strategies? Or not worth much time?
 

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Here's an instructive article:
I Got Permanently Banned from Quora and I’m (Kinda) Not Sure Why

Summary:
Guy writes 10,000 words a week on Quora and becomes a top writer in categories like business. The strategy drives far more traffic and signups to his website than Instagram or any other site.

But Quora bans him for no apparent reason, and all his posts are deleted from the site forever.

Violates the commandment of control.

If you're going to invest enough time into writing Quora posts to earn yourself decent traffic, you'd be better off publishing them in a place where you can actually control whether the plug is pulled on your content.
 

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If you're going to invest enough time into writing Quora posts to earn yourself decent traffic, you'd be better off publishing them in a place where you can actually control whether the plug is pulled on your content.
I briefly skimmed the article, but he collected a bunch of violations eventually leading to a ban, all due to self-promotion and possibly other things. We only know his point of view. However, if you violate the terms of any public forum enough times, you're gone. Simple as that. That doesn't mean that posting on Quora isn't a worthwhile venture.

I post on Quora weekly (not even daily) and have racked up thousands of views because of it. Since joining, I've answered ~30 questions in the past couple of weeks and have amassed over 4,000 views, or 133.33 views per answer. If I spent more time and effort on my posts, included useful graphics, and included everything that goes into a "good post", I'd have even more views. More views = more traffic.

All that said, @Wiggly0607 find a topic you know a lot about and study the top posters of that topic. Using their posting style as sort of a "model" and providing valuable information will help you gain more exposure.
 
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I briefly skimmed the article, but he collected a bunch of violations eventually leading to a ban, all due to self-promotion and possibly other things. We only know his point of view. However, if you violate the terms of any public forum enough times, you're gone. Simple as that. That doesn't mean that posting on Quora isn't a worthwhile venture.

I post on Quora weekly (not even daily) and have racked up thousands of views because of it. Since joining, I've answered ~30 questions in the past couple of weeks and have amassed over 4,000 views, or 133.33 views per answer. If I spent more time and effort on my posts, included useful graphics, and included everything that goes into a "good post", I'd have even more views. More views = more traffic.

All that said, @Wiggly0607 find a topic you know a lot about and study the top posters of that topic. Using their posting style as sort of a "model" and providing valuable information will help you gain more exposure.
Thanks for your response. How would I go about finding out who the good posters are (as opposed to the frequent posters)?
 

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Quora has a HUGE built-in readership base. It's a great springboard into quality content marketing.
 

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Here's an instructive article:
I Got Permanently Banned from Quora and I’m (Kinda) Not Sure Why

Summary:
Guy writes 10,000 words a week on Quora and becomes a top writer in categories like business. The strategy drives far more traffic and signups to his website than Instagram or any other site.

But Quora bans him for no apparent reason, and all his posts are deleted from the site forever.

Violates the commandment of control.

If you're going to invest enough time into writing Quora posts to earn yourself decent traffic, you'd be better off publishing them in a place where you can actually control whether the plug is pulled on your content.
I used to follow a guy named Loy Machedo there.

Very down-to-earth and brutally honest with his answers.

He was an Indian living in Dubai, but for some reasons, got run out of there.

So he went to live in Thailand, got married there, and now does coaching.

Told lots of insightful stories on what I thought were just ordinary lessons.

Then lots of stupid people PMed him to ask for MONEY...and of course he refused.

And then those asses complained to Quora that Loy was a piece of crap.

It didn't help either that Loy used some profanity in his posts.

He got booted SEVERAL times before he gave up appealing to Quora.

Thankfully, he's got his own website, Youtube channel and following.
 

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Violates the commandant of CONTROL.

I've never answered on there so take my thoughts with a grain of salt, but I think the time spent writing on Quora could be better spent with a "sniper" approach rather than a "shotgun" one.
 

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I find Quora to be an extremely addictive platform. They really, REALLY know how to keep a person reading.

And since the primary thing to do on Quora is read, if you show up there, you can get in front of a more literate audience. So if your products and services are more geared towards a literate part of the market, I fully believe that done well, you can leverage Quora to connect with those people, provide value to them, and attract a lot of the right kind of attention to your products and services.

So it's not a matter of "You can leverage Quora" vs. "You can't."

It's a matter of risk mitigation.

What's the risk that all your time, effort, and hustle will be stripped away from you by the decision of one rogue moderator? How much do you stand to lose if that happens? How does that compare against the potential upside of the engagement you can build on Quora?

When you measure the potential risk, think about the Quora platform from Quora's point of view. Their business model is not to help business owners like you monetize your products and services. Their business model is to help themselves rake in ad revenue from readers who stay on the platform for as much time as possible.

So if you're posting links to your own site, it takes people off Quora and Quora misses out on money they could have made. There's going to be a threshold somewhere that Quora is not happy with you about that. And they can pull the plug at their own discretion.

Is that risk worth it to you?

If your answer is yes, it's worth it, then go for it.
 

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If you want similar platform to do nearly the same thing go with YouTube.

Quora is very high risk because they don’t like you linking out. YouTube doesn’t care less and is happy to let you promote.

If people are searching on Quora they are searching on YouTube. And video has a higher barrier to entry so you can make ground way faster.

I was going to go with Quora a while back but it’s the most “building sandcastles” platform there is. One wrong move or person annoyed and it’s game over.
 

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I find Quora to be an extremely addictive platform. They really, REALLY know how to keep a person reading.

And since the primary thing to do on Quora is read, if you show up there, you can get in front of a more literate audience. So if your products and services are more geared towards a literate part of the market, I fully believe that done well, you can leverage Quora to connect with those people, provide value to them, and attract a lot of the right kind of attention to your products and services.

So it's not a matter of "You can leverage Quora" vs. "You can't."

It's a matter of risk mitigation.

What's the risk that all your time, effort, and hustle will be stripped away from you by the decision of one rogue moderator? How much do you stand to lose if that happens? How does that compare against the potential upside of the engagement you can build on Quora?

When you measure the potential risk, think about the Quora platform from Quora's point of view. Their business model is not to help business owners like you monetize your products and services. Their business model is to help themselves rake in ad revenue from readers who stay on the platform for as much time as possible.

So if you're posting links to your own site, it takes people off Quora and Quora misses out on money they could have made. There's going to be a threshold somewhere that Quora is not happy with you about that. And they can pull the plug at their own discretion.

Is that risk worth it to you?

If your answer is yes, it's worth it, then go for it.
Ha we posted nearly the exact same perspective at the same time. I like yours more though. Mirrors my own experiences as well - super high risk.
 

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Why not use Quora as a place to help people by answering questions - so you then have content that you know answers people’s questions?


Listen to this call - Quora is used but it didn’t need to be Quora:

Personally, I use forums and Facebook groups to stay sane on this journey, and to find out how to help folks better:
 

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Quality of Quora seems to be going down steadily over the years.

It's good for science-related questions, but nothing you can't find via a Google search.

The folks there also tend to be extremely politically-correct, so if you're asking for opinions or views, expect only the blue-pill answers.
 

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I have mixed feelings about Quora.

I like Quora as a reader, even though their system is imperfect and often sends in a digest stupid questions or stupid answers.

It feels like a teenager's platform—the more half-naked women you include in your answer (doesn't matter what the topic is), the more views you'll get. If you're a hot girl (or pretend to be one), you'll gain most exposure. Then there are also countless bots posting the same stupid answers for stupid questions and people who have no idea what they're talking about, posting generic, useless advice.

But still, sometimes people ask interesting questions and some people respond with interesting answers (that aren't interesting because of the pictures of breasts).

Quora is a waste of time if you want to use it to generate traffic.

CTR—if they don't remove your answer just because you posted a link to your site or break any other stupid rule—is ridiculously low.

If you're after useless bragging rights, Quora is the place to go. Some of my answers on Quora got 50,000 or even over 100,000 views.

In total my answers were viewed more than 250,000 times. Sounds impressive, right? Well, I got 50 clicks out of it. 50 clicks out of 250,000 views—and I usually posted long answers that resembled a well-formatted blog post, not a two sentence answer with boobs.

From an entrepreneurial point of view, Quora is only helpful if you want to generate ideas for articles you'll post on your own site or on a better platform that won't remove your content for no reason.

Unlike many other content platforms, Quora doesn't behave like a business partner. Don't waste your time building their business, because they won't reward you for it (no matter how exceptional your answers will be), and will most likely penalize you in the end (there are many examples of high-profile contributors who were banned for no reason).
 

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I really like what Tony did on Quora as described in that call linked to above. (Hint hint.)

Me personally, I’d rather make 1 good connection by posting thoughtfully in TFLF than get 1,000 superficial likes on Facebook or some platform like Quora.
 

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Nowadays I find that there are just too many repeated questions and answers from clone accounts.

And there are also a ton of clickbait answers that aren’t even factually correct.
 

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