I Got Banned From Quora - 3 Lessons Learned
Do you know what is Quora?
It's a website where people can ask ANY questions and then people will provide answers. I and many other Internet marketers have used it for getting traffic.
Today I started my day by reading an email from Quora saying that I got banned from Quora.
I've got an account on Quora with around 550 answers and it was consistently driving traffic to my website and YouTube channel.
Therefore, I've appealed to Quora and I really hope to get my account restored.
I've seen on YouTube and read articles that also many other Quora accounts have been banned over the years. Even accounts from famous Internet marketers such as Neil Patel have been banned.
The reason for bans is usually adding too many links but sometimes the reason is unknown.
3 Lessons I Learned From Getting Banned on Quora
"Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn", says John Maxwell. Here are 3 things I've learned from getting banned on Quora.
1. Analyze What's Giving You The Best Results and Focus on That
Even though I was getting some consistent traffic from Quora, I think it wasn't enough for the work that I put in.
Usually, I only spent 5-10 minutes per each answer which is not much but I provided around 550 answers in total which is A LOT.
If I would have used the same time on building my YouTube channel, my website or email list, I believe that I would have got better returns on my invested time.
I still kept on answering on Quora because it drove me some traffic and it was very easy-to-do...
2. Don't Rely Too Much on Unstable Social Media Channels
As I said you above, I had heard that many Quora accounts had been banned. It should have been a sign for me that I shouldn't put much effort into that.
Now the loss wasn't still so huge for me because Quora wasn't my main traffic channel. But imagine if Quora would have been my primary channel for driving traffic. Whole traffic is wiped out and I would need to start from 0.
Many FB marketers have said that their FB ads accounts have been banned. Actually, every experienced FB marketer that I have listened have said that some of their FB ads account have been banned.
So, you always need to keep these things in mind when you start building your traffic and not rely too much on unstable channels. Minimize the risks because the worst may happen.
The safest way to build your online business is to build your email list and your website because nobody can take those assets away.
3. If You Get Warnings From Quora Moderation, Stop Answering New Questions
When I got warnings from Quora Moderation, I stopped answering new questions to make sure that my current answers would have remained there at least.
However, after a while I couldn't resist the temptation to start answering again.
It was fun, easy and I was still getting some traffic from there, right?
Well, not a good idea. I wasn't 100% sure why some answers were deleted and why some answers weren't.
So, the safest way for me to do would have been just to stop answering new questions and get the traffic that my previous answers were giving me.
If my appeal to Quora moderation goes through and I get my account restored, I will not answer new questions anymore. It's way too risky.
Should You Put All Your Eggs in One Basket When Driving Traffic?
I'd like to hear your thoughts and comments to this question below this article.
Here are few thoughts from myself:
You have many options when driving traffic to your website:
- Google SEO
- Paid advertising on all those channels
Some people say that you should just focus on one traffic channel, and master it instead of trying 10 things at the same time.
I agree with that philosophy.
However, what if that 1 channel that you've done gets turned down and banned?
What if you would have a YouTube channel with 1 Million subs and YouTube bans your channel for some reason? This has happened for several people in the past.
What if you focus solely on Google SEO and your traffic drops +50%? This has happened to numerous people over the years. ALSO, to sites that focus on White Hat SEO.
What if you focus on Facebook Ads and your account gets banned for an unknown reason? This is extremely common.
One of the richest men of all time, Andrew Carnegie said, "Put all good eggs in one basket and then watch that basket."
I also believe in specializing in 1 or a few things instead of doing 10 things. However, sometimes that strategy may be risky.
My Own Conclusion - Focus On Your Email List
Whatever above-mentioned channel you are using for driving traffic, they can all be banned and shut down. Google, YouTube, Facebook, etc. They are all some other companies and you are relying on them.
However, when you build your email list, you 100% own the traffic.
When you have your list, nobody or nothing can take it away.
In addition, an email list is also "warm" and "hot" traffic that usually drives the most sales and conversions.
There you have several touch points with your audience. Usually people don't buy from you after seeing you just once. Some experts say that you need to show on average 7 times before someone wants to buy from you.
I can confirm this from my own experience.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
Should we specialize on just 1 traffic channel or master several different ones?
What is the best way to drive traffic?
Let us know in the comments and again smash that "Like This" button if you've found this interesting! :)
Looking forward to hearing from you!
-Roope "Just got banned from Quora" Kiuttu
PS. I will update here if I get my account restored. I've heard that some people (including that Neil Patel) have got their accounts restored afterwards. But some people didn't...
PPS. I also uploaded a video to my YouTube channel with the same title if you want to check it out.. :)