BCIS 14: Interview With SEO Industry Millionaire; Neil Patel

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SEO industry is changing so fast and it has become one of the must to do thing for online survival. Many people are so much confused about doing SEO that sometime they make it worse by doing wrong SEO practices.

So learning proper SEO is the very first step in online world.

In this fast changing SEO world there are some SEO experts who are doing extremely well and they are shouting their voice to teach more and more.

Today we have Neil Patel, who is the most loved SEO expert from the industry and running 2 million dollar companies.

Neil was listed one of the top influencers on the web by The Wall Street Journal. His blog Quick Sprout, produces annual revenues in excess of $1 million and has been featured in news outlets including Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Gigaom, and Business Insider. Neil reportedly had a $5 million offer to sell Crazy Egg, but he declined this offer, saying he felt the company would sell for at least $10 million.

His blog QuickSprout is one of my most favorite blogs, and I don't even miss a single article there. His out of the box SEO tips and strategies to grow blog are attracting many visitors on this blog.

So let's have chat with him.

1. Welcome on Blogging Cage, Neil. I am feeling great to have you here.

Thanks for having me!

2. Please tell us about your childhood and when you found hidden entrepreneur in you?

I grew up in middle class America and I wanted to live a better lifestyle. I realized I wouldn’t be able to live a more luxurious lifestyle unless I become an entrepreneur. At that point in my life I was around 12 years old and I didn’t really start my entrepreneurial journey until I was 16.

3. SEO is a big industry. How you found yourself interested to work in this area of online marketing and how you started learning the things?

I got into the SEO industry because I couldn’t figure out how to drive traffic to my site. I hired a few agencies but none of them produced any results. Sooner or later I figured out how to grow my own traffic and at that point in my life I got addicted to online marketing.

I started learning all of the new tactics and tricks out there by attending industry conferences, reading blogs, and networking with other marketers.

4. Google keep rolling its updates. Many blogs are getting killed overnight (even if they are good). According to you how good these Google algorithms are?

I am not sure on the number as only Google has that information. As for the quality of the updates, they actually are good.

5. You have setup million dollar businesses like CrazyEgg and Kissmetrics. How the idea to enter in this field came in your mind?

It was through problems my co-founder and I were facing. All of our businesses solve problems we as well as other people are facing in the market.

6. QuickSprout; A great blog to learn SEO. How this blog is helping you to grow your business and how much time you are devoting to build this blog much better?

Over the years the blog has become popular and people get to know my companies through this blog. I spend a few days each week to building out Quick Sprout.

7. How you start your day and what are the activities you like most in your daily routine?

Here is my daily routine.

8. You have big names in your clients list like TechCrunch, AOL, Amazon, Microsoft etc. How you attracted such big players in the industry? How difficult or easy it was to satisfy them?

I get these clients by speaking at conferences and blogging. If you can teach people how to improve their business through marketing, some people will just hire you as they don't have the time to do it on their own.

9. What are the things we should keep in mind when we are starting any online company?

If you aren't solving a big problem in the marketplace  you're not going to create a huge company. Creating another me-too company won’t do help the world.

10. I read on your blogs that infographics drove millions of visitors on your blog. How all this system works and from where you outsource the work?

I don't really outsource my infographic creation, we do it in-house. Here is our process: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/06/11/5-ways-to-get-your-infographic-to-go-viral/

11. What are the best FREE ways to drive traffic on blog apart from doing SEO.

Social media is the best way to drive free traffic. You just have to figure out what social sites your target audience is on and make sure you are on them.

12. You have attended many seminars as a speaker. On which topic you have delivered the lectures most of the times and share any great story with us.

I usually talk about SEO and I cover a lot of the stuff in this guide here: http://www.quicksprout.com/the-advanced-guide-to-seo/

13. Blog for Google vs Blog for people. Which you suggest and why?

Always people! Search engines will adapt their algorithm to what people want. Even if this hurts you in the short run, you should be blogging for people first, then search engines second.

14. I have seen many big blog owners have built the community. How good it is? And how important it is?

Assuming it is valuable for your readers it is worth doing it. If you are doing it to game the search engines, it is a waste of your time.

15. Too many blog are rising in a single day, so soon blogging will reach at saturation point. What are your thoughts about this?

I don't think there will ever be too many blogs. There will be a lot of junk blogs, but there aren't enough quality blogs on the web. And there aren't great blogs in every space yet… for example you won't find too many great hedgefund blogs.

16. What should be the steps in first 6 months of blogging?

6 months is too big of a time frame as lots can change within that time. You should follow this 31 day plan: http://www.problogger.net/31-days-to-building-a-better-blog/

17. What are your future plans?

Keep focusing on KISSmetrics. Other than that, I have no plans.

18. Message for my readers.

Keep chugging away. Never give up with your marketing efforts… sooner or later things will work out if you are doing what’s best for customers.

Kulwant Nagi

Hi! I am Kulwant Nagi. I created this blog in 2011 with the vision to help new bloggers. I am running more than 10 blogs on various categories and running a digital marketing company in India now.

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29 thoughts on “BCIS 14: Interview With SEO Industry Millionaire; Neil Patel”

  1. Even If somebody start a series on alone neil patel’s interview. I can not stop myself reading, sharing and comment. I love this person and his thoughts which inspire masses.

    Thanks to Neil and Kulwant

  2. I have been a big follower of Neil both on his email newsletter and Quicksprout, Traffic and SEO are two key areas he had always focused on, great interview

  3. Great interview.Neil is really a excellent entrepreneur.I like how he solve problem without taking to much time of their readers like point to point discussion. You are also awesome Kulwant sir.

  4. Nice to meet you Neil, You made us more positive. Thank you bloggingcage for coming up with such an inspiring interview. 🙂

  5. There is a lot of money this guy making. I will be heading to quick sprout more often.

  6. Great and so super interview.Neil is really a excellent entrepreneur.I like how he solve problem without taking to much time of their readers.

  7. I really admire you my friend. Someday I hope to make money and become CEO just like you. Happy blogging 😀

  8. Hello Kulwant Sir ,
    First of all a big THANKS to you for conducting Neil’s Interview.
    It’s always a pleasure to know more and more about Big Personalities !!
    Really Motivated !! 🙂
    Thanks again.

  9. hi, thanks for giving us the opportunity to know this man very well. I have been hearing of his name on the internet for a while now but i have not really had him being interviewed like this before. I am also hoping to be somebody through this blogging career.

  10. Thank you for the knowledge neil patel sir and also a big thanks to kulwant nagi sir for making me always inspire by his posts!!!

  11. Hi Kulwant,

    Neil Patel surely seems to be everywhere 🙂

    I’ve been reading his interviews none stop the past week and there’s always a great message for everyone to take back home from his lovely interviews. I know he works hard and that’s what shows results – hard work and sincere efforts – they always DO pay, it’s just that for some people success comes sooner than the other – so hold on!

    As I say so often, what makes Neil the person people appreciate a great deal is his helping nature and the fact that he is so approachable. I do keep reading his blog posts and seeing the podcasts too, and they are all inspiring. I agree with his answer to your question about too many blogs in the Blogosphere. Yes, there are many, but they aren’t the kinds people might want to visit, nor the ones where people like to share the content. More so, as long as good bloggers are around, good blogs will keep cropping up. The secret lies in us trying to make our blogs better – isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing more about Neil Patel with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Harleena, I have also seen that Neil is super active from past 15-20 giving interviews. Till now I have read 3-4 latest interviews by him. So in this interview I tried to ask little different questions.

      Thanks for dropping by and loving our efforts.

  12. Great interview, I’m a newbie blogger, not know much about Neil Patel, only heard his name a couple of time in blogging seminars, a very thanx to Kulwant sir for introducing us with such a great personality, very inspirational post thanx a lot sir 🙂

  13. Hello Neil,

    Glad to see you here. I am your big fan really, I learned good things from you and I started SEO practice for my blogs from your content.
    Hats off to your effort in online industry.
    Wishing you all success ahead.

    Special thanks to Kulwant Nagi 🙂


  14. WOW..enjoyed reading every line of this Interview. Thanks a lot Kulwant for this interview.. I’m a big fan of Neil.
    And I liked the questionairs prepared for this interview.

  15. Annual revenues in excess of $1 million – Need a lot of work to achieve this number.

    I don’t think I could ever make $1 million per year from my online efforts, however I’ll try to make as much I can.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel – Romania

  16. Hi Kulwant,

    Thanks so much for posting this interview. I am a great follower of Neil Patel and the amazing work he has done in the field of SEO and online. I hope to achieve that level someday but for the time being, I am learning these techniques to make my blog successful.

  17. Great interview Neil. I am a big fan of you. After reading your interview, I learn lots of new things about SEO. Thanks Kulwant for this awesome interview.

  18. I am upset with you because you have interviewed Neil Patel on my humble request and didn’t informed me. But after all thanks for this surprising interview

  19. Thanks Kulwant for your efforts.
    Neil patel is ideals for many bloggers, he always gives an inspiration.

  20. A big applause for Kulwant providing us an exclusive interview with Neil Patel, who is incidentally one of my favorite bloggers as well.

  21. Wow You made us more positive. Thank you bloggingcage for coming up with such an inspiring interview. a very thanx to Kulwant sir for introducing us with such a great personality.

  22. Hard work never fails. Few months back i read his daily schedule somewhere. Really a great man with innovative thinking.

    Wishing him a good luck
    Thanks for the interview

  23. An enormous applause for delivering us all an exclusive job interview having Neil Patel, that is as an aside certainly one of the best people likewise.
    thanks for sharing buddy 😀

  24. Great post! It was very insightful to us and most likely many others. We also have tons of various articles on making money from an online business. Drop by our website if you want 🙂 thanks

  25. I’m really confused between 2 things, Blogging or Study.
    Right now I’m in 12th standard & IIT/Boards are over my head.
    I want to study but blogging is attracting me more.

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