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Interview with Neil Patel

August 5, 2013 14 comments

Neil Patel Interview SEO

This weeks interview is with Neil Patel, co-founder of Quick SproutCrazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Neil helps companies like Amazon and HP grow their revenue through the implementation of online marketing strategy.

Much like Improve My Search Ranking, Neil focuses on improving his clients bottom-line profits rather than just looking at increasing search rankings. If you do not follow Neil’s blog I 100% urge you to visit his site right now (heck, it’s more important than reading the interview below!!). The value Neil offers his readership on a weekly basis is phenomenal, from general business advice to SEO and conversion optimisation Neil offers the very best advice in the online marketing industry.

Due to Neil being an extremely busy man we were unable to get quite as extensive answers as seen previously in our interview series (see Brian Dean – SEO interview) however, we are grateful he made time to answer the following 4 questions;

 

1. If you could sum up entrepreneurship in 140 characters or less, how would you put it?

Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster. There are ups and downs, fun times and scary moments.

2. What 3 marketing methods do you believe to be the most effective in lead generation?

  • SEO – if you can rank organically you can generate leads at a very low cost.
  • Content marketing – creating good content should also help increase your organic traffic and back links.
  • Conversion optimisation – once you have traffic you need to optimize your site to collect more leads.

 

3. Do you believe “anyone can make it” and become a business success? Or do you feel one needs a set of core, innate skills?

Not everyone can because most people aren’t willing to take risks, work hard, learn from their mistakes, and do whatever it takes to succeed.

 

4. I know you collaborate with and learn from other people to make your own businesses successful. Could you highlight any marketers or authors who inspire you?

Matt Inman is very inspirational. He uses creativity to drive traffic to his site!

And that concludes our short interview with Neil! What I found most interesting is his belief that you can only “make it” if you are willing to take risks, work hard, learn from your mistakes and be persistent. Everyone at Improve My Search Ranking is a firm believer in personal improvement, infact continuous improvement is one of our core values, so I agree with Neil to an extent. However, I also feel it is possible for anyone to learn and keep these values (hard work, risk taking, persistence, etc.). For example, from personal experience I believe I’ve learned to hold the values of hard work, resourcefulness, continuous improvement, openness and persistence by reading personal development books such as Tony Robbin’s Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement.

 

As a business owner or an employee what do you believe?

What did you take from this interview? Let us know in the comments below!

By  @hamit

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14 COMMENTS

  • Nice short interview with a very inspiring person, who’s blogs I absolutely love to read and learn from.
    I also think that the content marketing strategy is the best online marketing strategy you can use these days, as the old ways lose their effectiveness and overall, I think that’s a good evolution.

    • Hi Rebekka!
      Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you follow Neil too!
      Content marketing is definitely the way forward. In fact the three disciplines Neil mentioned (SEO, content marketing, conversion optimisation) are, in my opinion, all rolling into one.
      Cheers,
      Josh

  • Nice short interview with a very inspiring person, who’s blogs I absolutely love to read and learn from.
    I also think that the content marketing strategy is the best online marketing strategy you can use these days, as the old ways lose their effectiveness and overall, I think that’s a good evolution.

    • Hi Rebekka!
      Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you follow Neil too!
      Content marketing is definitely the way forward. In fact the three disciplines Neil mentioned (SEO, content marketing, conversion optimisation) are, in my opinion, all rolling into one.
      Cheers,
      Josh

  • What 3 marketing methods do you believe to be the most effective in lead generation?
    SEO – if you can rank organically you can generate leads at a very low cost.
    Content marketing – creating good content should also help increase your organic traffic and back links.
    Conversion optimisation – once you have traffic you need to optimize your site to collect more leads.
    I love the way that these three points are summarized in; direct, simple, and to the point. Good fundamentals for anyone learning about SEO.
    Thanks!
    Chris

  • What 3 marketing methods do you believe to be the most effective in lead generation?
    SEO – if you can rank organically you can generate leads at a very low cost.
    Content marketing – creating good content should also help increase your organic traffic and back links.
    Conversion optimisation – once you have traffic you need to optimize your site to collect more leads.
    I love the way that these three points are summarized in; direct, simple, and to the point. Good fundamentals for anyone learning about SEO.
    Thanks!
    Chris

    • Hi Manik,
      No problem, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview with Neil! He is a internet marketer I really admire. Do you read his blog often?
      Josh

    • Hi Manik,
      No problem, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview with Neil! He is a internet marketer I really admire. Do you read his blog often?
      Josh

  • Such a great post Josh.
    My question for Neil.
    I am looking at getting into consulting, especially in the area of ‘Leadership’ in business (the main topic of my MBA) and looking at progressing with a PhD. My problem is that I am worried that companies are not going to take me seriously as I am fairly young (22) and because I don’t have years of leadership experience under my belt they might get the impression I am lacking the knowledge.
    If I take anything from your interview here, it is that if you are motivated enough, you are far more likely to succeed with your ventures.
    My main question is, “when starting out consulting on SEO, how did you get ‘your foot in the door’ so to speak.”
    Any detail on this would be extremely useful to me.

  • Such a great post Josh.
    My question for Neil.
    I am looking at getting into consulting, especially in the area of ‘Leadership’ in business (the main topic of my MBA) and looking at progressing with a PhD. My problem is that I am worried that companies are not going to take me seriously as I am fairly young (22) and because I don’t have years of leadership experience under my belt they might get the impression I am lacking the knowledge.
    If I take anything from your interview here, it is that if you are motivated enough, you are far more likely to succeed with your ventures.
    My main question is, “when starting out consulting on SEO, how did you get ‘your foot in the door’ so to speak.”
    Any detail on this would be extremely useful to me.

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