I reached 100k views on Quora in less than four months by doing one thing: writing consistently nearly every day.
Do you HAVE to do this to reach 100k? Not necessarily. But if you’re looking for a shortcut, then you’ll probably have to get lucky.
It’s possible you can write a one-hit wonder answer that goes viral and call it quits, but the top writers I’ve seen on Quora all have hundreds or even thousands of answers under their belt.
Here are a few tactics I’ve used in my journey to 100k views:
Write what you know:
I do my best to answer questions on topics that I know well. I also bring in personal experience and anecdotes, when helpful.
When you write about topics you know well, your expertise will come through in your writing. You will be seen as an authority on the subject and start to get answer requests, which will give you even more ideas to write about.
Download and use the Quora app:
Put the Quora app on prime real estate on your phone and check it frequently.
On the toilet? Open up the app and look for questions you can answer. Then, mark them as answer later so you can come back to them.
Have a few minutes to kill while traveling without your laptop? Open up the app and write a quick answer. That’s your writing for the day. It doesn’t have to be a 10,000 word novel. Some of my shortest answers are my most viewed.
Start a blog on Quora:
On my Quora blog, I write about personal experiences or topics that don’t quite “fit” as an answer to a Quora question. Use relevant tags at the end of your blog post to get more visibility.
You can have your own blog property somewhere else on the web, but you’ll probably get more views on Quora since readers are already there. My most viewed piece of content to date is actually a Quora blog post, not an answer.
Write every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes:
To get to 100k views, I wrote on average, one answer or blog post a day and kept at it. This is exactly what I suggest you do.
Write every day, whether you feel like it or not. Your answers might be 200 words or 1,200. It doesn’t matter. Consistency is what matters. If you get stuck, read this post I wrote on what to do when you don’t know what to write about.
Writing every day exercises the writing muscle and makes it stronger.
I suggest writing at the same time and place every day to reinforce the habit. After you do this for a couple of months, it’s actually harder not to write something than to write.
This morning, I woke up a little late and didn’t feel much like writing. But I went to Dunkin’ Donuts by work, which is my writing spot. Instead of browsing the web or checking social media, I opened up Quora and here I am cranking out another answer.
Building the writing habit is the most important thing you can do to achieve your goal of 100k views.
My goal is to keep writing one answer or blog post per day, on average, for a year and see where it takes me.
I was inspired to do this after reading about Nicolas Cole’s writing journey.
Nicolas wrote an answer every day for a year and became a top writer on Quora. He built an engaged audience and his work got featured in major online publications. He attributes all of this to writing consistently on Quora.
So far, writing on Quora has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me and I’m sure it will be for you as well.
Just keep at it and don’t give up. 100k is a nice milestone and if I can get there, then so can you.
First published on Quora.