In my guide here and now you will learn how to promote affiliate links on Quora and how not to get booted out in the process.
Yes, it’s possible and what’s more- it’s possible for YOU!
Even if you’re a new Quora user, fresh as a daisy with no question asked, no answers given.
Without wasting your time… let’s begin!
What’s Quora? A Quick Definition
Quora is a QNA platform that lets folks:
- ask questions;
- get and give answers;
- get connected with like-minded people;
- build a brand and a following.
According to Similar web, its It’s one of the most popular websites in the world and as such is chock full with folks looking for answers to their burning questions and problems.
Questions YOU could be answering;
problems YOU could be solving.
Quick- Does Quora Allow Affiliate Links?
No, they do not.
According to Quora terms and services:
Affiliate links are not allowed on Quora and any content that use affiliate links will be considered spam.
So Quora doesn’t give affiliate marketers free reign on their platform.
But does that mean you should give up on it?
Of course not.
But you do need to be creative about it.
Can I Get Around This Problem (NO and YES)
There are two ways to approach marketing yourself on Quora:
- the good one
- The not so good one (the BAD)
Let’s cover both, shall we?
NO- How not to promote yourself on Quora
Saw the quote from above?
No worries, here it is again:
Affiliate links are not allowed on Quora and any content that use affiliate links will be considered spam.
Unlike Twitter, where you can post affiliate links, Quora doesn’t allow it.
If you do, as soon as you do, you can consider your account in jeopardy and your hard work always at the point of being erased.
It’s not a matter if it will happen, but when it will happen.
And here’ the kicker:
if you post just one answer with your affiliate link, then you will probably never get caught, just as you’ll never make a sale like that.
To make sales with affiliate links in Quora answers, you need to really bombard them.
Bulk wins here and if you have several hundred answers all littered with your links then you can hope to make a buck.
But guess what?
More answer you have that disgrace the noble profession of affiliate marketing 😉 more likely it is that you’ll be found out.
Remember, Quora has an entire team of people hunting folks like you and all it takes is for them to find one of your answers and it will lead them down the rabbit hole
And where does the hole lead?
Don’t know, never been banned before, but I’m sure it’s not pleasant having your work erased before your unbelieving eyes. And you thought you figured it all out…
How about an example?
Here’s one Quora question that’s about Google Sniper, a program that used to work really well to rank tiny niche sites in Google, but now is so outdated that it can be considered one of many affiliate marketing scams.
You can see that this person wrote a pretty decent, but obviously very biased answer and at the end there’s here affiliate link. I know it is because it shows me her referral in in the address bar and it leads directly to ClickBank.
And you can also see this answer is from 2015.
Why hasn’t; Quora removed it yet. Because they’re humans and more popular question are prioritized.
(this one got 315 vies in 5 year, meaning 1 view per 5 days)Learn How NOT to Promote Your Affiliate Links on Quora! #affiliatemarketing #affiliatemarketingtips #internetmarketing Click To Tweet
YES- How to Promote Yourself on Quora
Really, that is the answer.
Instead of promoting your affiliate offer, you instead promote your blog post that host affiliate links to that offer.
Then even the stingiest, crankiest, in the foulest mood ever Quora moderator won’t be able to bat an eye on it.
They even say they allow you to promote yourself if your link are an integral part of the post, and not just tacked on for the sake of linking out.
It’s alright to post about your product or company on Quora, either in an answer to a relevant question or as a post on your Quora blog, but repeatedly posting the same information or intentionally misapplying topics on posts in order to gain more visibility may be considered spamming.
Here are the elements of a good Quora answer.
- Short and concise; but informative
- Has one or several images but is not littered to the point of being hard to read
- Gives a direct answer to the question, without too much meandering
- Has links to helpful resources either in text or as footnotes (this include a link to your site)
Here are two quick examples:
This is my answer to the Quora question “is Wealthy Affiliate a scam”
You can clearly see it’s succinct, answers the question AND has a link to my Wealthy Affiliate review.
And this is my answer to the Quora question “What is the purpose of Unbounce” (note: in it, I promote my Unbounce coupon code article)
How to Promote Yourself on Quora (Step-by-Step Strategy)?
Step #1- Tie in Your Answers With Your Blog’s Affiliate Promotions
Firs, dig through your affiliate site and find all products and services you promote. Then recorded them somewhere. easiest way is using Google Spreadsheet
Step #2- Search Quora for Questions You Can Comfortably Answer
So you’re not just randomly searching, you are looking for questions people have about X product you promote.
For example, since I promote Fiverr, it’d make total sense for me to search for questions related to Fiverr affiliate platform.
I also promote Wealthy Affiliate, so it makes sense for me to find questions people ask about that platform.
Step #3- Record Those Questions in a Google Spreadsheet
Oftentimes there will be only a handful of questions and you will be able to answer all of them.
But sometimes the topic is super popular and there are hundreds of question.
Then you’ll have to pick and choose.
What are the criteria?
- Can you answer the question thoroughly and completely (without doing too much research)
- Is the question popular (views and upvotes)?
- What’s the competition like?
- Can you link to your blog organically?
So pick and choose and add them to your spreadsheet
Your spreadsheet should have these columns (don’t worry if it’s confusing I give an example spreadsheet below)
- number of answers
- number of followers
Here’s how I did it with Wealthy Affiliate as a topic:
And here you can download my spreadsheet, for free:
Step #4- Answer Those Questions
Pick them off one by one. I suggest you prioritize those with low competition but decent following.Learn How to Promote Your Affiliate Links on Quora (Step-by-Step Guide) #affiliatemarketing #affiliatemarketingtips #internetmarketing Click To Tweet
My Honest Advice- Caution Newbie Bloggers!
Quora is not worth it for affiliate marketing.
There! I said it.
- Brand recognition- YES
- Knowledge building- YES
- Making friends- YES
But affiliate marketing; especially successful affiliate marketing- NO.
Take a look at this question about SEMrush:
It has 28 answers. And multiply 28 with several links per answer and you get over a hundred links. And that’s only in content. And where are sidebar link, footer link and in-content internal links from Quora…
The result to all this is perfect invisibility.
Because unless yours is the first answer (highly unlikely) then no one is going to sift through all that content find your answer and click on your link.
Take a look at this question about Jaaxy Keyword tool.
I counted 6 answer and 20 links.
What are the chances of your link getting clicked?
Skim to none and honestly- it’s not worth it.
Especially if you’re a newbie blogger and you heard that Quora is a goldmine of traffic
That’s bullshit, sorry!
Quora is not a gold mine. Sure you can get a click or two here and there but to build an affiliate marketing business off it, you’d need a million answers or at least 10 000 of them.
I’m being honest here; I’m being real.
So what to do instead?
Focus on the platform that you control.
Focus on your WordPress site. Build a large chunk of helpful informational content (70 articles is good number to target). Then build a large chunk of helpful reviews full with your affiliate links (30 articles is very good number to hit)
With that volume of articles you are guaranteed to get traffic from Google and then make some sales.
So once you become a real marketer, and you are real when you make money from your affiliate links, then you can think about expanding to Quora.
But not for selling on the platform, but for brand building and some referral traffic along the way.
Outsourcing Quora is the answer.
Here, Neil Patel has 278 Quora answers.
Do you really think that Neil, who’s worth millions of dollars and who’s managing a team of several hundred people is sitting behind a computer screen and typing away, answering hot questions on Quora?
Of course not!
He has his assistant do it for him.
That’s how the pros do it and if you want to be a pro then you better start acting like one.
Stay off Quora till you can afford to get help and approach it with a real strategy.Newbie Bloggers! Stay off Quora till You can Afford to Hire Help! #affiliatemarketing #affiliatemarketingtips #internetmarketing Click To Tweet
Frequently Asked Questions About Quora and Affiliate Links
a) So, Quora Doesn’t Allow Affiliate Links? What about Bit.ly and Other Link Shorteners?
Shortened links are also not allowed.
I read in this thread here that some affiliate marketer posted valuable answers on Quora and within those answers were bit.ly links to his landing page.
He thought he was in the clear because the links were shortened and were not leading directly to his affiliate offer (his merchant’s website, in this case Click Bank)
Well, they were wrong because Quora moderator saw it and deleted those links.
b) What Will Happen if I Post Affiliate Links And Quora Moderator Stumbles Upon Them?
That’s up to their discretion but almost always these three things happen, and in this order:
- Your links get deleted.
- You get a warning in your Quora profile dashboard not to repeat the offence again.
- You are shown a link to Quora terms and services page
And if I repeat the same mistake?
Well, each account has its “criminal file” with Quora, so if you commit an offence once-you’re let off the hook.
But if you do it several times, especially if it’s the same error (which shows you’re not willing to learn and are being stubborn) then you get punched in the face.
Punishment is either account suspension or getting banned.
c) Can Posting Affiliate Links on Quora Generate at Least a Few Sales for Me? I’m Not Thinking Long Term
I suppose it could, but you’d need to find a question:
- that is hot (very popular)
- is about something where you can pitch a product
- and has very few or even none of other answers.
Then you’d need to post your answer with your affiliate links and hope that a stronger Quora account doesn’t come along and post their answer on top of yours,
And you better pray that Quora moderator doesn’t spot you till you’ve made at least one sale.
Chances of this tactic working are slim to none and I can’t remember the last time I saw a question that was hot and had hundreds of followers yet with zero answers.
For example this question is semi decent.
It’s about AccuRanker keyword rank tracker and they have an affiliate program. So you could whip up a quick answer and immediately take the limelight as you’ll be competing against no one.
However, it only has 2 followers which as you can guess is not enough.
e) Will Quora Links Help Me Rank Better in Google?
Quora links are all nofollow by default and cannot help your affiliate website rank higher in Google.
f) Does Quora Allow Affiliate Links on Profile Pages?
You’d think they should and are, but they’re actually not.
Here’s what happens when I try to post a cloaked affiliate link on my profile page:
Conclusion- Be on Quora; Use Quora! But Do it the Right Way!
The right way to use Quora is to promote:
- your brand;
- and your business.
The wrong way is to promote your affiliate offers and get kicked off the platform.
Which way will you choose?
Tell me in the comment section below.
Note: Some of the links to products on this blog are affiliate links. It simply means, at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission if you click through and buy any product.
Thank you for your support 😉