Is Quora just a site where shills ask questions anonymously so they can answer them and promote themselves and/or their companies?

Last answered 2011, eh?

Quora, as Kelly Erickson said, is far from “just” a site where shills ask Dorothy Dixers of themselves. But even in 2017, such a practice continues.

From my Upwork feed for the past 8 days:

Quora Poster Needed

Hourly – Entry Level ($)

Est. Time: Less than 1 month, 10-30 hrs/week – Posted 1 day ago

Hi, I own three fairly sizeable ecommerce companies and we’re looking for people to post on Quora with questions and answers that lead back to our products. Thank you. Josh

Looking for a Quora Expert to help me find questions to answer

Hourly – Intermediate ($$)

– Est. Time: 3 to 6 months, Less than 10 hrs/week – Posted 2 days ago

Hi, I am looking for someone who is well versed with Quora and can help me find suitable questions to answer that are related to my business. I simply do no have the time to do the research and may need you to help me answer a few questions when I am running low on time. I’ll be asking you to present your finding in a google spreadsheet that can be updated as and when I see fit. You must be able to speak with me. I do not want to hear that you do not have a microphone or your laptop is not working. I find it very hard when I can not speak with you.

Write Quora Answers – Based on Content from my Website

Fixed-Price – Intermediate ($$) – Est. Budget: $25

– Posted 3 days ago

I have a content website about home improvement topics. I need a person that is a native English speaker (born in USA/Canada/England/Austraila etc.). To write quality Answers for Quora question. I will post the answers myself from my profile. You will need to search for questions that have at least 3,000 views, and then come up with a good answer. I will pay $5 for each answer.

Sports Fans Needed to Answer Questions on Quora

Fixed-Price – Entry Level ($) – Est. Budget: $10

– Posted 10 days ago

I’m looking for someone to search for technical questions about sports on Quora and to post answers related to the questions by referring to what a company’s online solutions can offer. A Quora account and sample of answers shall be provided. Answers should contain links and images. Pay Rate: 20 answers for $10. NOTE: You must be familiar with sports as in how to play/train or coach a sport, not the spectator part of it (news, teams, views, etc). We’re looking for those that know the following sports. The more sports you know, the better. Badminton Baseball Basketball Bowling Cricket Cycling eSports Football (American) Golf Health & Fitness Hockey Lacrosse Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts Rugby Running Skateboarding Soccer (Football) Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Yoga

There’s also this, which isn’t shilling, but is clearly a mockery of Quora’s Real Name policy, if answers are going to be ghostwritten…

Malaysia/Asia Tech startup writer

Hourly – Expert ($$$)

– Est. Time: More than 6 months, 10-30 hrs/week – Posted 8 days ago

Looking for a tech startup blogger to write analytical tech startup blogs and answer questions for me on quora. Here are some of my answers so far… [Quora profile redacted] I am also looking for insightful blog posts on [Quora user’s external blog redacted]

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