I Got Banned From Quora - 3 Lessons Learned

Last Update: January 21, 2019

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:

  1. Google SEO
  2. YouTube
  3. Facebook
  4. Pinterest
  5. Twitter
  6. Quora
  7. 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.

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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! :)

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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.. :)

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AD2016 Premium
Hi Roope, since you have didn't update this post, I guess that you could not restore your account. I just wanted to mention that it's happened for me too. I was active in Quora and I was happy with the result but I've got banned for absolutely no reason a while ago and I could not restore my account.
I totally agree with the reason you've mentioned and I believe that the best and safest way to get traffic is focusing on your own business. There are ways to take advantage of other marketing channel but it's always risky since you don't have any control over it.
In my opinion, white hat SEO and email marketing are the two safest ways which should be the main sources of your traffic.

Thank you for this detailed post and thanks for letting members know that social channels can ban you and destroys your business ANYTIME they like so it's better to don't choose them as your best friend!

Best,
Ali
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lakbar12 Premium
I used Quora based on other successful marketers suggestions and I had to stop answering questions becuase, for one I was getting a lot of them and still do to this day.

Anyway, I would get messages saying I violated their rules by not providing enough value and trying to drive traffic to myself by adding a promotion int eh response.

Bu,t the problem is I would write a whole entire blog post and never add any links to the response because I never knew that you could just add affiliate links in the response and Quora would still send violation messages.


So, now I kind of left Quora along but, I do understand the temptations. I see answer request every day and I just can't tempt myself.

Oh yeah and you are right, we should always have more than one traffic source. I have had my FB account shut down and never recovered 4 times.

Not an ad account but my entire FB account. I never promoted any links on FB but, FB said that I drove too much traffic to myself to fast, which made no sense to me but, whatever so now I am treading lightly with FB.

Thanks for sharing, Roope you always have a wonderful and valuable post.
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JohnPAlex Premium
Hi Everyone,
First off, thanks Robert for sharing this valuable information.
To all that are paying attention to this thread, we are seeing a trend.
As someone that tends to see patterns evolving, this thread describes one to a "T."
Perhaps instead of exiting with your link as a good-by, use instead "see you all at my other social sites" and leave whoever's site you are on lumped in with all your other social contacts.
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Helen123 Premium
Interesting read... I got a warning today from Quora... What is weird is that I have been answering questions there for a little while. I get asked specifically to answer some.. and at the end of every one I would leave my website address. But for some reason when I answered a few the other day, it left my sign up page. I wonder if this is what Quora are annoyed about or a link to the website in general? As far as I can see its no skin off their nose, Im not affecting their traffic, do they not want to share the love around a bit?
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AnaB7 Premium
Hi Roope,

I am new to social media, I created an account with Pinterest and join some groups. I had nothing posted and created a paid ad, of all of sudden I got emails saying I had violated their rules. I honestly didn't know what I did. I had not even posted a single link. Anyway, they banned the account. They were absolutely crazy, they didn't explain the reason why just that I spammed. I had put only a picture.

anyway, I am not using Pinterest.

Thought I share.

Ana
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roamy Premium
I`ve been banned on Quora twice but they later let me back. The first time was because I was leaving too many links, the second time I really don`t know what I did wrong as it was a surprise email that I have been banned. After 10 days or so, I was allowed to use the platform again.
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Marley2016 Premium
Roope,
I use Quora - but also, Facebook, Pinterest, and now I have
started to use Linked In - I am finding that posting to the
three does not really take all that much time unless you end
up with a lot of messages to answer and that can happen!

Sorry to hear and I will be cautious with links now, thanks for
the warning.
Susan
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Susan.
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LorraineWhit Premium
Thankyou for this it is very helpful to a newbie like me. I want to start creating an email list on my site. Is this covered in the training? I am currently on level 3 adding affiliate links. Do I need to learn creating email lists independently
Thank you for the information
Lorraine
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
As I've mentioned in 5-6 answers here already, I recommend watching all Jay's email marketing series on Live Events on the left. :)

Here's the first lesson:
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emarketingguy Premium
I can help you with this. Send me a PM and show me your site, and I'll be happy to assist you. I don't believe in sending people to read and do a bunch of training on something as simple as this request.
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LorraineWhit Premium
Thank you so much I will do :)
Lorraine
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emarketingguy Premium
I hope my advice helped you here on WA.
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LorraineWhit Premium
Thankyou so much yes your advice was extremely helpful. I appreciate you taking the time to help
Lorraine 😊
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Selenityjade Premium
My personal opinion is to diversify, so if something happens to one of your traffic sources, you'll be okay. Just like having multiple income streams on your site, so if something happens to Amazon Associates, you still have Google Adsense and other affiliate marketing programs.

Though I totally agree that an email list is a huge asset, those too can be taken away if you use things like Mailchimp and the like, especially if you violate their TOS or refuse to unsubscribe people who want to be, you can be labeled as spam. And your website can be likewise shut down by your host if you engage in activities against their TOS. You DO own the domain and content, but if you use hosting from a company or an email list from another company, they are always at the whim of someone else. Always.

That said, these aren't banned as often as social media stuff and you usually have to be doing really shady stuff to get an email list or your site shut down. But since you're using a company you yourself don't run, I have to say it's not true you'll always have that.

That said, if you simply follow privacy laws and stuff, it likely won't be taken away. Websites and email lists are allowed to self promote. Now if you totally do all your own email list without going through a company then yep, it'll always be yours.

Just food for thought, you're always at the whim of another company and their TOS if you use any service. So that's why I believe in diversifying. :)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
You can and you should have a backup of your email list so if an email service provider like Mailchip fails you, you'll still have your list.

Nobody can take away your list when you have a backup. You can then easily upload it to any other service provider and you haven't lost anything.
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Selenityjade Premium
This is true. It was 4am when I was typing lol. Your subscribers are definitely yours, your content is yours, and your domain is yours. But we all run risks using services like hosting or even WA. It could close down tomorrow. It won't, but it could. Admittedly, I would be screwed if it did. I just meant all services can disappear, which is why I like diversifying. But definitely back up everything regularly. :)
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JKulk1 Premium
Interesting blog. I started with Quora about 6, months back but decided after 3 months that I didn't like the format and U wanted to concentrate on several other social media platforms, plus my content . I'm still not at the stage where I can start an email list. Hopefully that will come soon. Jim
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Alright, thanks for sharing Jim!
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Robert,

Thank you for your very interesting blog post Robert, Quora is not something that I've used to try and gain traffic to my websites, as yet.

My Webmaster has always told me to focus on my websites as any other platform that isn't your own can potentially ban you at any time. I wonder how many more blog posts you could have written if you haven't been answering questions on Quora!?! I have never forgotten my Webmaster's words as he has seen many successful social media accounts banned!

I would be interested to know how much traffic you are getting from Quora, 550 questions answered is a lot, so you have obviously dedicated lots of time to this platform. It's interesting that someone like Neil Patel has also had a ban, this suggests something.

I do hope you get your account restored Robert, I also appreciate you sharing your thoughts and experience.

Have a wonderful day.

Roy
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, that's true. But also need to keep in mind that there are 10's, if not 100's of review articles that get quite a minimal amount of traffic anymore.


I've noticed that 10% of the articles/videos get 90% of the traffic.
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Roybretton Premium
Hello Robert,

Thank you for your reply, I am not a home 100% sure what you meant by your comment!

So do you mean that Quora has sent you a lot of quality traffic?

And do you mean that 90% of your articles the traffic comes from Quora?

I'm always interested to see what works and what doesn't work.

Enjoy the rest of the day Robert and all the best to you.

Roy
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marchanna Premium
Thanks for sharing your recent experences about Quora.

I'd heard recently that Quora had become a less reliable source of driving traffic as they are anti-commerce.....or, that they had been flooded with too many affiliate marketers and the site scope objective had become diluted. Maybe they are trying to correct that.

Either way, Roope, I see you as a winner that will just bounce off this, and learn from it, just as we learn from an opponent who beats us in a chess match :) cheers Marc.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thank you very much Marc for the encouragement :)
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JooKwang Premium
I just started a Quora account and thanks to your blog, I have to think carefully before I invest too much into it. Email list is still the safest way I think, but to build an email list requires traffic and a good resource in exchange for the trust (email) from the visitors. I have been a victim of wondering what to create as a good resource and is also hampered by not knowing what to do in terms of creating a subscriber form or landing page.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I recommend watching all Jay's email marketing series on Live Events on the left. Here's the first lesson:
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ecomtom Premium
I also like Quora and utilize it often. I have been banned twice there. Really, only my two answers were banned, I appealed once, and lost, and I didn't appeal the second one. I have many answers there though, so I am not too concerned about losing out on just two. I am still able to answer, comment, etc., and I have never lost that ability to do so on Quora. I think it is wise to utilize the main Social channels: Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, Google Plus, Quora, and Twitter. It is easy, somewhat effective, quick, and free. Can't beat that. Good luck, Tom
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing!
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kmer6 Premium
Good idea, Roope, I agree. Most of us when first starting out in online marketing we don't have the luxury of an email list. We already know the money is in the list, but we just don't have one. What are we going to do? Or, more specifically, how do we get one quickly?
You mentioned several great platforms to initiate traffic production to get an email list growing. Obviously the free approach is always appealing because most of us are already operating on a very limited budget. Social media has the greatest potential of great rewards. The good and the bad about social media.. First its free and second because its immediate. The bad, there is a learning curve to each platform.
You are also correct to focus on only one platform at a time. That is the only way you become experienced with that particular platform. I myself was working on becoming proficient with fb until they decided to alter their algorithm, which slowed my traffic to a crawl. I use Quora from time to time but I do get notifications about some really silly questions that want my answers.
Thank you for sharing!
Ken
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Watch Jay's email marketing series on Live Events on the left. Here's the first lesson:
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AlexEvans Premium
Top of the range, Roope, that is an excellent post, my friend.

I sometimes wonder at folks spending 9 days a week, banging away at social media. If it is done without a strategic purpose then the outcomes can be debatable.

Sound advice and as yet there is no parallel;

Website + email list, works at the start of the day as well as at the end of the day.

We often look at the platform, as being culpable, the elephant in the room can be fellow users.

I guess when we are bitten, we can become a little gun shy, finding that space where things are working can only be done by trying things out.

Thanks for the food for thought Roope, really appreciate your insights.

Alex
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for your input Alex!
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Hollshope Premium
I had my account on Pinterest suspended. It was horrible, and Pinterest is terrible at replying. So I have no idea what I did to warrant getting my account shut down.

Sorry about your experience on Quora. It's so frustrating.

Personally, I like using all the traffic sources you mentioned. Thanks for a great post!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Ouch! I hope you get it restored though
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Alpha86 Premium
Me,my third website is down.It says no WordPress installed but if i click installed all my blog are gone.Don't know what to do,am i only spending time and money for nothing?Especially i really like that website .I already post so many and so many comments as well and i already earning money from it .So very upset and disappointed.
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HeidiY Premium
Send a ticket to site support, apparently there is some sort of glitch at the moment, they can fix it for you
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Alpha86 Premium
Hello Heidi,
I did 2x already,really worried that my hardwork will be gone for good.
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Charles39 Premium
Sorry about your site I really do hope you get it back soon.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Contact SiteSupport https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support and bug them as long as you get the issue fixed. Your site should not be lost because they take backup every day.

Anyway, in order to minimize the risk, I recommend that you take also yourself a back up of your site always in the future. Ask SiteSupport also for help how to do it.
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CherylK Premium
A really interesting post. Thank you.

I guess if a person wants to use Quora, the best thing to do at first is to read their policies and guidelines. I've answered a few questions but haven't been very involved, so far.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I think in Quora's case reading their policies and guidelines doesn't even help :D They just feel a bit random to me with their bans. Not only to me but to many other people as well.
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Nancy29 Premium
My dad always said, "never put all your eggs in one basket." My plan for building here at WA is Pinterest, YouTube, and maybe a little Twitter. I'll be building those slowly as I put most of my efforts on increasing the number of posts on my site.

Thanks for sharing your experience with Quora. Facebook disabled my account because of, I believe, a misunderstanding over a nickname. After your revelation about you and Neil Patel, I feel like I'm in good company. Thanks!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Nancy!
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Wayne1950 Premium
I have to say from my experiences I would never place all my eggs in just one basket!
What happens if you drop it, you get scrambled eggs.
Another example is having only a 401 account and seeing half your retirement fund disappear over night!
You keep doing what you have, stay diversified.
Thanks Wayne Miller
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Wayne.

Yeah, I don't believe in 401k's or similar systems. Better to handle the money yourself and you'll get better returns on investment.
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EddySalomon Premium
And this is exactly why I don't spend any real time on social media platforms. They are fickle and you don't own them. I purely focus on SEO and email. Although you don't own or control Google, for the most part if you follow their rules they will reward year after year. I have a decade of experience that validates this.

Email marketing still works despite all the hype of social media. If you're providing people the content they want that is helpful, they tend to respond well. Furthermore you own and control your email list. SEO and email go hand in hand. Use SEO to drive traffic and use email marketing to capture your visitors and keep sending them good content to drive them back to your site.

So i agree with some of what you're saying based on my own experience.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing your valuable experiences Eddy!
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SondraM Premium
Sorry to hear about your ban. Yet, thanks for sharing the experience and warnings with us.

After reading people's stories and experiences with FB, other social media things and their stores on Amazon, Ebay - etc.; I have come to appreciate there is a HUGE value that comes along with focusing on building own website's traffic and email list.

It takes a lot longer, but at least you have control of your what you are doing. Traffic from everywhere else can be the icing on the cake.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yep, good summary! :)
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zayac Premium
thank you for your post I'm still new in the blogging industry and I'm finding it hard to drive traffic to my blog and I'm now loosing confidence I've read about Quora somewhere and I even mentioned it on one of my posts but I wasn't sure if it can really drive traffic to my poor blog so this article of yours was very helpful and I am going to try it
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Quora can potentially drive tons of traffic to your blog but it seems to be a bit "unreliable" traffic source because of these bans.
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MegaWealthy9 Premium
Excellent post, Roope! :-) Very good to know!

Sorry to hear that you got banned from Quora.

Quora has been on my to-do list for some time and for some reason I couldn't gather the energy to dive into it... maybe I needed to read this first.

My current strategy when driving traffic to my website is to have people sign up for my newsletter or a free training so I can stay in touch with them. :-)

This is just the beginning for me and I still have so much to learn but I am already happy with my results. :-)

Thanks again for sharing your experience with us.

And I hope they restore your account.

Nathalie
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
That's a great strategy!
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CandP Premium
Roope, this is so funny because we got in trouble over the weekend with Quora, but they seem to have accepted our appeal and "uncollapsed" our offending answers.
We will continue to answer questions in the future but just be a little more careful about putting our links in. Also, we do, out of interest, respond to questions on a lot of different subjects such as scuba diving, travel, living as expats, expat lifestyle etc. So what we think, if we mix in a few those types of answers, we can get away with a few others in MMO if we don't overdo it with the links.
Lesson learned!
Anyway, we'll see. We like this platform!
Best of luck to you!
Colette and Philip
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Sounds like a good strategy.

I hope it works well!
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mistswitch Premium
I definitely worry about having all of my eggs in one basket. Keeping options open seems safest. In addition to the traffic channels mentioned, I have also gotten clicks from having my website in my signature line on forums related to my niche. I was using those forums anyway because I enjoy them so adding the link was easy traffic.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah I've heard of that strategy. Haven't used myself though so far.
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cld111 Premium
I used to work in Quora a little bit, and I got a warning there too. I haven't been back. It seems OK, but it's a lot of effort for not much payback.

(At least, that what it seems like to me. I know some people do really well there.)

I really like Pinterest, personally. I like making pretty pictures! But you're right. I could get banned there too. You never know.

Thanks for the great thoughts! I hope you get your account restored!

- Christina
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Christina.

How's Pinterest working for you? Would you like to share your page so I'll take a look? I haven't used Pinterest much so would be intersting to see some good pages.
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cld111 Premium
Am I allowed to share it here? The worst place to get banned from would be Wealthy Affiliate! lol

I guess it's ok since it's just Pinterest. :)
https://www.pinterest.com/ChristinaPiccoli/

I have a lot of fun in Pinterest because I like creating the pins. This is a new account and it's doing pretty well so far! I had a pin go mini-viral which brought me a decent amount of traffic.

That dropped off, but now my traffic is slowly rising as I continue to create more and more pins. Pins in Pinterest keep bringing in traffic for about 7 months, so it's a really good opportunity to get free, organic traffic.

Hope that helps!

- Christina
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Christina! Your pins look beautiful!

If I'd start seriously on Pinterest, I should probably outsource it to someone who knows more about the visual things than I do :D
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cld111 Premium
Thank you! I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm enjoying doing it anyway. lol

Outsourcing is a great option. i know a lot of people do that.

- Christina
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tommo1968 Premium
Have an account on Quora after Neil Patel suggested it but don't go to it much did answer a few questions and got some traffic but didn't follow it up.

I use organic traffic, email and Pinterest mainly. So far they have been decent to me. Do have other social platforms which I dabble in want to get into youtube this year if I can.

It sucks that you lost your account. I think a spread over a few platforms is better.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I haven't used Pinterest much. Would you like to share your account so I'll have a look?
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MikaelM Premium
in a way surprised that Quora even bans people - from looking at the amount of self-promotion that takes place there, it must be quite random when they ban.

I agree that it can be risky to put all eggs in one basket. I have also just suddenly without warning had my FB page closed - luckily I had not put too much effort into it.

However, I also think it is very important to first master one thing. By trying to do too many things right away it is easy to just end up doing everything half and never really get results.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, it seems really random. Some answers that I've seen on Quora are very spammy and they're still there while other answers get deleted.

Did they give you any reason why your FB page got closed or do you have some guess why they did it? :O

I was thinking about starting to build my FB page more soon so I'd like to avoid that from happening.
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MikaelM Premium
I had a long correspondence with the FB support. A friendly guy from support tried to help me but the team that is making the decision said that they have the right to not tell you why they ban you - crazy that somebody that is reaching out and wants to learn what they did wrong cannot get an answer.

So all I was told is that I broke their guidelines and then they referred me to some vague guideline that did help me at all.

I have, however, also not too long ago had another page closed down. At that time they said it was an error after I had appealed it twice. But with the other page, there was nothing to do and I was basically just told I had to start over with a new one and there was no chance of getting the other unbanned.

Still, do not know what happened. My only guess is that it is because I had some links to reviews that did not talk nicely about certain services that I found very poor. Think maybe they judge that a title about a warning about a certain program is clickbait or something like that.

This is just my guess, but I did not do anything shady and just shared links to reviews in one of my niches. And compared to what they allow on FB it is very strange what happened.

But if you start building it my guess would be to just be very careful about anything thing that can slightly be seen as negative or clickbait - again this is just my guess as they do not want to tell us how to live up to their rules:-)
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
I am sorry you got banned. Quora is very funny like that. I have been warned as well. It is a pain in the butt. They banned Neil Patel three times and let him back.

They will let you back in for sure. I get what you mean the moderators aren't really clear I don't think. Use a link shortener as well that may help for next time.


Debs. :)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for the encouragement Debs, I really hope they get me back.

Do you mean some Bit.ly or something like that with a link shortener?

I've just linked to articles on my site.
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
I use Pretty links plugin on my site they haven't taken that down yet since using the plugin.
The other answers I gave with normal links they removed.
Hope that helps it's worth a try.
I'll let you know if they ban that too.
Debs :)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Really? :O that's surprising.

So, you create a pretty link to a post of your website?
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
Yes, I do it like that. Then I share the custom, Pretty Link to Quora.

Hope it helps when you get back in. Just try and contact them again. They should allow you to access again.

Keep me updated what happens.
Debs :)
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Dhind1 Premium
Great information - thanks for sharing.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
My pleasure :)
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laurenjean Premium
Oops!! Sorry to hear that. And also, wow... I did not know that Quora banned users like you and Neil Patel. I've bookmarked some of Neil's answers on Quora because they are so brilliant. Thanks for sharing your experience and your tips. I'm glad I haven't focused on Quora. LinkedIn is by far my favourite channel and it seems to be a "safe" place to do business. I'm still learning the rules there though.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah. In one YouTube video Neil Patel explained that he got banned, then restored the account then banned again, then restored, etc. :D

I've also heard from someone that Quora sometimes "favors" big players so rules for them may not be so strict as for regular guys.
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Kaizen21 Premium
Thanks for the info! Do you know where I can find tutorials on the following questions?

How do you create an email list on your site?

What content do you offer in a regular email?

This was just a quick read so I haven't had time to browse WA yet.
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Jay has a series of email marketing. Click "Live Events" and search for "email" or "email marketing" and you'll find them.

here's for example:
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YanFellow Premium
Awe, that sucks, Roope :-(

I never got into Quora, just as well.

I'm definitely of the DON'T put all your eggs in one basket brigade, especially as you have no control over the big companies. They have many seemingly-arbitrary rules which it's easy to fall foul of without realising.

Far better hedge you bets, I think.

Thanks for the tips and sharing your experience.

Hope you get restored soon.

Ian
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Ian! Good points!

I think putting all eggs into one basket can be a good idea when there's more control over that "basket". For example, focusing on 1 business instead of 3 businesses can be a good idea because then there's control.

But with these social media channels there's not full control over them as they may suddenly ban you anytime.
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YanFellow Premium
Yes, totally agree.

We shouldn't rely totally on anything we don't have control over.

Social Media is fine s long as you don't depend on it :-)

Ian
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TommyVTE Premium
I try to specialize on two channels and having 2 on a low pace on the site. So I can put more time in other if I see there more happening.

Have a great day
Tommy
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Alright!
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JonLake Premium
Great post. We use Quora but only when we get an email asking for an answer to a question. We seem to get some traffic and referrals from it but none of them ever go Premium!
We quite often don’t put a link in the answer but tell them about the link in our profile.
Apparently it is important to ensure that any links in your answers have the same url prefixes the one in your profile. So for example if your profile url was youtdomain.com use Pretty Links to make urls like yourdomain.com/offer
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yes, I did it but that doesn't seem to help. I didn't use any affiliate links because I think it's against their rules.

I thought that 1 link per answer would be okay for them but still received a ban.

If I'd start answering again on Quora, I'd be "afraid" to add any links for answers unless the answers would be long.
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Benjamin89 Premium
Unlucky mate. I'll keep in mind that an email list is bullet proof and will eventually attempt to collect emails...
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yes, lessons learned again. :D
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SL77 Premium
I used quora once, had my 1000 word answer taken down with no reasons given... I started doing research and looking at how many answers to questions that quora actually squashed and realized this wasn't worth my time. So many people had posted that their answers were taken down and had no idea why, when 20 of them b4 then with exactly the same amount of links and words were accepted. So figured my time would be better off somewhere else. Good luck to you!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yeah, I've got some similar experience.

I remember one evening in March 2018 I used 2-3 hours just writing answers on Quora.

Next morning I woke up and all those answers had been deleted.

I should have learned the lesson back then! :D
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Swangirl Premium
Hi Roope,

I use Quora just like you and have also wondered how much risk to take there. It is a very easy way to get a bit of traffic to my site and if I could continue to answer questions there it seemed it could grow into something good.

I was nervous when I heard that we are not supposed to have links selling anything (even if it is to our own webpage) and wondered if I should just give up on Quora.

I waited a while and like you I started answering a few questions again. I did not answer as many though. So far I have not been banned.

I think your suggestion to just stop and let the existing questions and answers drive some traffic to our sites without getting banned is probably smart. Maybe I will keep adding a few answers as I add new posts (so I have different topics to attract visitors to my sites as I review different products). I think that is an acceptable risk since it seems the longer I stay away from Quora the less traffic I get, so eventually I won't get much traffic from it anyway so getting banned is less of a risk if there is less and less to lose.

I agree that we should not put our eggs in one basket! I suffered a slowdown in traffic from Google this summer during the last update and wondered the same thing. Am I focusing too much on Google traffic? I started focusing on Bing a bit more and some other avenues again.

Great things to ponder here!
Thanks,
Jessica
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I think it depends on how much traffic you get from Quora. If you feel that you get a good amount of traffic compared to your invested time, then it's great.

However, after analyzing it afterwards, I notice that I should have spent that time creating YouTube videos, optimizing high traffic pages on my website or writing better emails to my email list. Those things would have given better returns on my invested time.

I thought that Quora could be worth it if the answers would still keep on driving traffic there for let's say +5 years to come but that didn't happen. I didn't realize that the risk of getting banned was so big. If I'd go back in time, I wouldn't probably start on Quora.

I enjoyed it because it's easy and fun way to drive traffic but I think the returns weren't good enough.
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Swangirl Premium
I understand. In your situation I am sure you can do much better with YouTube etc. That makes sense to me!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Yep. I just hope that YT channel would never be shutdown because that would be very bad. But I think with YouTube, those instances are still quite rare when channels have been shutdown.
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Swangirl Premium
Why could it get shut down? Do they have any rules against marketing?
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
I've seen some examples that huge channels have been shut down. Also once I was unable access my account for 1-2 weeks but then got it back. I still don't know what was the reason for that. I guess it may be that I liked my own videos with 2 or 3 other accounts also :D

But YouTube didn't inform me in any way. They just denied my access and then gave it back maybe 2 weeks later.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Roope. Good to know. I will keep that in mind.
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HeidiY Premium
I must nearly be the queen of getting banned! Facebook, Quora and now Pinterest LOL. Not to mention my write ban from our beloved WA!

I have had none of them overturned, except WA obviously, which hasn’t been so tough because I’ve had little traffic and I just created new accounts.

But as you say live and learn *touchwood* all of the new accounts are still working. I agree wholeheartedly about social media, they are fickle platforms and not to be relied upon.

Just started my email list building so pleased to see your recommendation Roope.

Chin up it happens to the best of us :)
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Heidi.

Wow, that's surprising. Do you know what are the reasons for you getting banned from FB, Quora and Pinterest?

Or are the reasons unknown?

Would love to hear from you.
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HeidiY Premium
No real explanation from any of them, but I’m expecting it’s too many affiliate links, I did push the boundaries on all of them :)

FB I think was sharing too many posts to groups in quick succession.

Pinterest was a direct affiliate link to WA training, I’d done such a nice graphic to go with that one too lol.

Quora I think was because I added links to my blog in every reply, right from the word go. Perhaps I should have done some answers without links to build some authority first.

I’m only surmising as that’s what I had done on each one when BAM accounts gone!
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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Thanks for sharing Heidi!
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