Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on October 29, 2012

I am not aware of any Quora feature that allows you to do this, but I have the RSS feed of my answers synced to my blog (http://amitbhatnagar.com) that achives the same purpose

Here is a sequence of steps that you can follow, if you have a WordPress blog (I am sure there are options available for other platform, but I have tried only WP)

  1. Install FeedWordPress plug-in on your WP blog.
  2. Grab the RSS feed for your answers. The format for the feed would be <Your Quora profile URL./answers/rss (For example: mine is http://www.quora.com/Amit-Bhatna…)
  3. Optionally, you can also get the RSS feed for your questions (Replace “answers” by “questions” in above URL), or for whole of your activity log (
     <Your Quora profile URL./rss). I was not very interested in having a backup of that.
  4. Configure the plug-in to post the RSS feeds as blog-posts on your blog. Set update-feeds to automatic if you want to. (I prefer to do manual sync every 7-8 days to ensure that one of my better answers is the top post on my blog)
  5. Take regular backups of your blog.

This mechanism will help you have back up of your Quora answers on your personal blog. This may be bad SEO for your blog because of duplicate content. So, you may want to have a different sub-domain for this purpose, something like quora.yourdomain.com.

BTW, since no step above needs your Quora credentials, technically, you can repeat the above steps to get the backup for contributions of any author. You may, of course, want to request the author’s approval before posting his/her contributions to your blog.

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Mukesh Ambani: CEO of Reliance Industries

He did join IIT Mumbai after clearing the entrance exams, but decided to join UDCT Mumbai (Now, ICT, Mumbai) few weeks later to be with his other friends.

For those who are surprised the way I was, when I first got to know about this: UDCT’s Department of Chemical Engineering  is considered the best in the country, and is ranked even higher than the IITs!

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on October 21, 2012

I answered a similar question earlier: How do the mechanics of Yelp’s review filter work?

As Matt Solar mentioned, Yelp and TripAdvisor employees won’t ever disclose how they detect fake reviews. So, any answers here (including mine) would be mostly guesswork based on some common sense and an analysis of patterns of which reviews get filtered.

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I am not an HR person, but having reviewed some LinkedIn profiles of my classmates and other friends, I have some ideas on how to make your LinkedIn profile attractive.

Some quick tips:

  • Have a descriptive profile: You are more than a list of your job titles. Make sure that you discuss what you do, and what you bring to the table. Be sure to include a short summary statement at the start, and follow it up with details for each of the job-positions. If you have worked for non-brand companies, also include a one line description of what your company does.
  • Put a good profile picture: Whether you are on LinkedIn, Twitter or match.com, people like to connect to faces. Get a good profile picture. Investing in getting a professional headshot may not be a bad idea.
  • Get recommendations: Discussing your achievements and abilities is good, but having another person vouching for you adds an additional level of authenticity.  It also makes your profile “complete” (Minimum 3 recommendation are needed to make your profile complete by LinkedIn definition)
  • List your online presence: Your profile would be twice as interesting, if you include links to other relevant websites that you have contributed to. This may be a link to your blog, Quora profile, GitHub page or anything else.
  • Include your contact details: Not every recruiter has a paid account.  Make the job easy for potential recruiter by either being part of the Openlink network (you will need to have a paid account for this), or including your contact details in your profile.

I had written a post on my blog on a similar topic some time ago. You may find this useful:http://amitbhatnagar.com/2012/08…

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on October 2, 2012

I will let someone from Amazon or Buy.com speak to how they actually use data from Searches. But having worked on many web strategy and analytics  projects, I can at least speak to what they can learn from the search-data.

Here are some of the things that you can learn by analyzing data from search:

  • Top searched products/keywords: This should be an obvious one. This can give you insights into what are your visitors most interested in. If search for a specific product/keywords is happening too often, that product may be in high demand, and you may want to make it easy for visitor by pushing the page to your website main page or on an easy to locate banner.
  • Search click-through and conversion: Which of the numerous results that a search returns get the most click-throughs or results in most number of purchases? You may want to use that as a factor in deciding the order of search-results in subsequent searches.
  • Search keyword refinement: How do visitors refine their keywords in subsequent searches? As an example: If you find that there are people searching for “laser colour printer” and then refining it to “laser color printer”, this may be an indicator that some of your visitors use British English, and you may want to modify your search algorithm accordingly.
  • Search filters/filters: What are the most popular filters and sorting methods that visitors use on your site? An analysis of this at the user-level can help you deliver a customized experiencing, and at the website level, this can help you make important business decisions.
    As an example, if a user searches for shoes, then filters it by “Gender:female”, and “Price: $200 and up”, and then, sorts it by “Average user rating”, you can deliver more upscale items as top search results for subsequent searches. If you find a number of visitors behaving this way, you may design your future product offering keeping this insight in mind.
  • Null Searches: Which search results lead to zero results (or even zero relevant results indicated by user not clicking on any of the search results) Searches that lead to zero keywords on an eCommerce website is analogous to customers coming to a grocery shop-owner, and asking for a product not on the shop. If sufficient number of customers ask for the product (and the product is inline with your business), you will like to make sure that the next time somebody asks (or searches), you have the product with you.
  • Top search pages: Which pages lead to most searches? These pages may need a scrutiny. These may be pages with more insights that encourages your visitor search for the desired product and finally complete a purchase, or these may be pages with insufficient information, and that is forcing the users to use search feature.
  • Search keyword correlations: Which products are often searched together in the same visit? (Example: Camera and memory card) Maybe you can consider a bundled offering for the two, or remind the user about product B, when she completes the purchase of product A.

    Of course, most of these won’t actually be used in isolation. For example: instead of analyzing the search-keyword correlation, website owners may instead like to analyze their sales-data to know which one are actually bought together (And I believe this is what many e-Commerce sites are already doing). But combining this with search-data will definitely lead to an additional level of insight.

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Amit Bhatnagar on Quora.com on October 1, 2012

Downvotes are not only anonymous, they are actually  invisible, i.e. you don’t even know the number of downvotes an answer has got. I hope you are not talkling about that, as that will totally kill the transparency of ordering of answers!

Assuming that you are talking about making them just anonymous, not invisible (i.e. the answer would simply display Upvoted by X Quora members), I will still argue against making them anonymous. I feel that Quora upvotes serve at least the following purposes, and making them anonymous will kill/limit their utility for these purposes. I have also included examples from my own experience with each of the points. 

  • Validation: Most authoritative answers are usually the ones that are either written by subject-matter experts or industry-insiders or upvoted by them. In absence of named upvotes, we will lose the ability to identify the best answers by second of these criteria.
    The Subject matter experts may not have time to answer all the questions from their field of expertise. An upvote is a quick and easy way to establish authenticity of an existing answer without creating a redundant answer. This way named upvotes are helpful to the original questioner, other readers,  the SME and the answerer (See next point)

    As an example: My answer to Who is the oldest LinkedIn member here in Quora? was upvoted by Lee Hower,  one of the LinkedIn founders. After his upvote, anyone reading the answer will have no confusion on whether my answer is correct. (He did leave a comment too, but only his upvote would have sufficed to establish the authenticity of the answer)

  • Encouragement to answer: You may have seen people requesting celebrities to retweet/reply to their tweets on Twitter. Seeing your answer getting upvoted by a power-user is similar, but perhaps 100 times more encouraging! This not only encourages answerers to write more answers, but also sharing these stories with non-Quorans, enticing them to join Quora and thus, making this an even better community.

    Going back to the same example as previous point: My favorite Quora story is not about the answer that got me 60 upvotes; it’s about the oldest LinkedIn member on Quora answer getting upvoted by the LinkedIn founder. I have shared this with many (in person and on FB) and I am sure this has made some of my friends join Quora.

  • Virality: Upvotes also serve the purpose similar to that of share on FB. Every time, I click the upvote button, it gets pushed to my followers making the content viral and improving the social aspect of the community. (I totally agree with the concerns about upvoting some answers raised by the Anon user in a previous answer, but I guess an easier solution to that is moving the “Make Anonymous” link from bottom of the page to the top, allowing people to upvote anonymously if they want to.

    For example: 60 upvotes answer that I mentioned above is about 3 months old, but still gets an occasional upvote, followed by about 3-4 more upvotes from the followers of the new upvoter on the same day! In absence of named and shared upvotes, answers like these would usually get buried among numerous others.

  • Transparency: Finally, named upvotes allow me to understand the order of answers. It’s not uncommon to see an answer with x votes placed higher than another answer with x+10 votes, even when none of the users is power-user. It is usually because of the first answer getting upvoted by some power-users. I believe this is a very good feature somewhat analogous to search-engines not just counting the number of pages linking to your page, but also the credibility of those pages.
     Without named upvotes, we will either lose this very good feature, or if the ordering algorithm in the back-end does not change, we will lose the transparency in ordering the answer. It would be hard to explain why an answer with 20 upvotes is placed higher than another with 27 upvotes!

    For example: my answer to Behavioral Economics: Why do people pay $8 for a dessert with no second thought but won’t buy a 99-cent iPhone/Android app without thinking hard if its worth it? with 22 upvotes is rated below another answer with 18 upvotes. Seemed a bit weird at first, but then, I realized that not only is Stephen Frank a more active Quoran than I am, but also his answer has been upvoted by some power-users like Gil Yehuda, Chris McCoy and Marc Bodnick.

So in sum, I certainly want Named upvotes to stay! Just make anonymous upvoting easy, and I think we should be all right!

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