Introducing Quick Sprout Answers

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When I first launched Quick Sprout in April of 2007, my goal was to create a community that was so engaged that it would produce at least twenty comments on each post. At first, I thought this was a lofty goal that could never be achieved. Boy, did you ever prove me wrong.

The very first blog post received 28 comments. If you flash-forward to today, you will see that the most active one has received 646 comments.

Granted, half the comments on every post are from me, but still it’s your insights that lead to the great conversations we have every day.

If you don’t believe me, just look at these great stats that you helped achieve:

  • There is currently 138 blog posts on Quick Sprout.
  • In the past three years, 18,306 comments have been made on the blog.
  • Out of those 18,306 comments, 8,386 came from me.
  • The average post gets around 132 comments.

Taking the next steps

Over the past three years, I have also learned that blogging and responding to your comments isn’t enough. In many cases, you have questions that aren’t related to a blog post. Plus, there really isn’t a place where we can leverage this great community of ours to get an answer.

Because of this, I have decided to launch Quick Sprout Answers. Quick Sprout Answers is a place where you can ask any question that’s on your mind. Not only will I answer it, but community members will also answer it.

So, if you have a question or would like to share your wisdom, feel free to check out Quick Sprout Answers.

Comments and concerns

Don’t worry, Quick Sprout Answers won’t be affecting the blog in any shape or form. I’ll still be interacting with you on every blog post, and, I hope, you’ll still be interacting with me. Let’s face it: without that, Quick Sprout wouldn’t be what it is.

In addition to that, if you have any questions that you want to keep private, you can still email me, and I’ll confidentially answer them.

Lastly, if you have any feedback on Quick Sprout Answers or ideas on how it can be improved, I would love it if you could leave a comment.

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Comments

  1. Holy carp sandwich Patel, I was just working on TIManswers for my site since I get 4385838948 questions about short selling & penny stocks but yours is better…how do we white label this…or perhaps I should just email you privately :)

  2. Its good to see a quick sprout community. Though i think this blog was not less then any community. You specifically responded to each comment so that created more interaction and more a sense of community.
    Really gonna enjoy the Quick sprout answers. Cant wait to sign up.. see you there..

  3. Adrijus Guscia :

    This is fantastic news!!! This could become a great place to learn and meet like-minded people. I’m definitely going to be part of it! Thanx Neil;)

  4. Great idea. I appreciate the one-on-oneness (is that even a word?) that I get from you and your blog. Can’t wait to give it a whirl :)

  5. I have already signed up for the community and its going great.
    Its really cool to get your specific answers.
    But ya as i already said that this blog also had the same spirit of community as you answered every comments specifically.
    Thanks..

  6. ummm…this is so ingeniously enterprising…I’m in awe of the creativity. Congrats!

  7. Congrats on the launch, Neil!

    Spolsky better get going on raising that money! :)

  8. It’s exactly the same thing as stackoverflow with less features.

  9. Love your blog entries. I also love the idea of you building a community around your site. However, I’m not sure if having a Q&A site is necessarily the same thing as building a community. A community shares with each other and a small part of that is Q&A — are you sure you just didn’t jump to a shiny platform instead of really thinking about how to achieve your goal?

    • I feel I have. For the past few years I have been getting a lot of emails from Quick Sprout readers. Most of these emails are asking for advice. In general many of the questions are similar so instead of just having me answer them, I feel everyone can contribute and talk about their issues.

      This way, we will all grow together.

  10. Startup Videos & Advice :

    This is nice..but idk…if u have seen startups.com ..its pretty much the same thing, but no one knows who’s behind the site…but here there is a face.

    good luck.

    • Just like most things, you won’t know if it works or not unless you try it out. So far it is going well, but worse case if it doesn’t work out I can always remove it.

      The trend I have noticed so far is that the exit rate is decreasing and pageviews per visitor is increasing. Now granted, today is just the first day… I’ll have to wait 30 days or so before I can see how well it is working.

    • I suspect Techcrunch to have some affiliations with startups.com , but don’t know much about it , maybe they are investors

  11. Great Idea! I always wanted to ask a lot of questions and this is an ideal platform for that.
    Though answering to all the questions would be a tedious task and would require a lot of time.

  12. Awsome, It’s not live as of yet, crazy thing… I did a post earlier today as I do time to time, which is a QandA this is WAY better and clean. I love thesis that way.

    This is great.

    Thanks Neil.

  13. Neil: Love what you’re doing with “Quick Sprout Answers.” Naturally I’m *really* curious as to the application you’ve used to build that forum (I’ve already visited getsponge.com and signed up). Any other insight/help that you can offer so that I can offer something similar to my community would be much appreciated…

    Thanks for the chat this evening. I’ll forward along an email in the a.m…

  14. What and idea sir ji

    I like this question and answer community very much.

  15. I will do something similar, not quite sure if it’ll be based on Sponge, but probably

  16. If you would have done this under another name or brand it would yield different results. On any of the questions that Neil answers, he always gets the best answer by the person asking the question. Stop answering those questions Neil and let the community build up the application. :)

  17. 20 comments? Here’s one :)

    great article mate, interesting development

  18. The green in the design could be little lighter and not in your face.

  19. why I can’t post any question?
    I have made an account, after I log-in I’m filling all the fields (title, description, tags) but after I press the submit button nothing happens …

  20. Love the blog Neil. I landed on it a few days ago and i cant stop reading the articles. You’ve helped clear a lot of questions I had and i’m looking fwd to interacting on QuickSprout Questions.

  21. you write good stuffs so why not to get more than 20 comments.

  22. Nice work Neil, it looks very good, now I am going to register and to start answering :)
    Best regards!

  23. I like it. Your approach to Q&A is different and better than others. I am going to be digging in more. (Sorry I missed this when it came out. Just so happened I had a heart attack that day. But I am good to go now, so I will stay involved.)

  24. Hi Neil,
    Just out of curiosity and please do not take me wrong, what is your benefit in building Q&A apart from helping people with their problems in internet domain as this requires more energy and time.

  25. How did you make that answers.quicksprout.com ?
    It is brilliant work man :)
    This is my first comment on your blog.
    Brilliant work dude :)

  26. I had some free time so decide to surf my favorite websites. Came to yours and I can not beleive how many blog posts you have made in my absence as well as responding to comments.

    You put me to shame, where do you find the time?

    I subscribe today so will get an email everytime you make a new post.

    Just one question for you though.

    Do you ever struggle to find somehting to write about?

  27. No, I don’t struggle, I just love writing and talking to people and that makes it easy for me to come up with powerful articles to help, motivate, and inspire fellow entrepreneurs.

  28. Hiya Neil!

    These are some really awesome statistics, and I find the fact that you’ve made over 8,300 comments out of 18,000 odd telling a story. By engaging with your audience to the extent that you do is really phenomenal, and it sets you apart in the blogging realm.

    I love your work!

    Jacques

  29. This is fantastic news!!! This could become a great place to learn and meet like-minded people. I’m definitely going to be part of it! Thanks Neil;)

  30. I never even noticed that you put that up. I am glad I went threw the archives. I will need to take a look at it. I have always enjoyed your blog :)

  31. Hey Neil,

    How did you “GetSponge?” It looks like you are one of only two sites that has it currently and they’re not replying to tweets or requests on their site. I REALLY want this solution for my site to replace GetSatisfaction

  32. I did not even notice the answers tab. Is this a WordPress plugin? I can see how useful this can be, especially when the whole community can help out if you don’t know the answer.

  33. Most of these emails are asking for advice. In general many of the questions are similar so instead of just having me answer them

  34. Holy carp sandwich Patel, I was just working on TIManswers for my site since I get 4385838948 questions about short selling & penny stocks but yours is better…how do we white label this…or perhaps I should just email you privately

  35. hey neil,
    i really liked your approach to improve the website. great information.
    Thanks.
    Matt

  36. Hey Neil,

    Why quicksprout isn’t working and what is the status on getsponge?

  37. Its good to see a quick sprout community. Though i think this blog was not less then any community. You specifically responded to each comment so that created more interaction and more a sense of community.

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