ASP 47: Michal Stawicki on 1 Million Views on Quora and The Slight Edge

“People on the success curve live a life of responsibility. They take full responsibility for who they are, where they are, and everything that happens to them.” – Jeff Olson

Michal’s life changed after he read Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge which teaches that small, everyday habits matter the most. If you neglect small activities that help you make healthy or successful, you’re going to end up in a bad place. Small consistent actions move your life forward.

After some soul-searching and reading a lot of personal development books, Michal discovered that he wanted to write. So far, he has written 13 books (Michal’s Author Page) about personal development, health, raising children, and making business connections.

On Writing a Mission Statement

Writing mission statements is an important aspect of personal development. A mission statement is something you must repeat saying every day, which serves as a compass for your life. Michal’s mission statement provides the foundation of every decision he has to make.

On Daily Actions to Succeed in Writing

Michal writes with obsessive commitment. He consistently writes every day and marketing takes second place. He does most of his writing in the morning.

On Quora.com

Michal chose to actively participate in Quora.com because he noticed that it’s relatively easy to use. He started on December 2015 and has recently generated one million views on his content.

Quora is a great platform for nonfiction authors and experts. He usually posts his old content (book excerpts, blog posts), which exposes his brand to new readers.

Check out Michal’s Quora Profile.

He used Bit.ly to track visits to his blog. The numbers were not impressive but Michal knows that his blog traffic doubled because of his Quora answers. He’s planning to put at least one link in each of his Quora content.

Michal loves the engagement that comes with participating Quora and how this helps him get to know his audience: their problems and what they are looking for.

How do you know which questions to spend time on answering?

  • Write about the question. Answer it specifically and honestly. Don’t twist the question to suit your answer.
  • Look for big questions, the ones with a lot of followers who will be notified when the question is answered.

You can answer one or two questions a day and save time by repurposing your old content into answers. The longer your answer, the more the Quora algorithm loves you. Quora doesn’t really mind copying and pasting your old content into answers.

Other ways to market books and blog

The best strategy for Michal is being in contact with his audience constantly (commenting on blog, being active in FB communities) so that when you have something to promote they’ll help you out because they already know you.

Advice to authors with a lot of self-doubt

Consistency – The more you, the longer you do it, the better you’ll get at it.

Action and consistency is the magic recipe for writing.

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