Interview with Entrepreneur, Blogger and Millionaire Hacker – Neil Patel

2 million blog posts are written every day (source).

2.Million.

No wonder so many bloggers and entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed.

There is so much content out there, how are you supposed to know what to implement to grow your blog?

Who should you trust to increase your income?

For me it’s simple:

I only follow people who get results.

Neil Patel is one of them…

Co-founder of Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg and Hello Bar, Neil Patel is also columnist for Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Huffington, and has helped companies like Amazon, NBC and much more…

He was also recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.

Yeah…this guy gets results.

But what makes him so good?

I interviewed him to find out.

In today’s interview you’ll learn:

  • How Neil Patel gets results consistently
  • What his favorite way to drive traffic is
  • How to grow an email list fast
  • The craziest hack he’s ever done

And more

Let’s get started.

Interview Neil Patel

How do you get amazing results consistently?

I have a solid strategy and I keep things uniform and consistent. When you’ve worked in marketing for over 10 years eventually you figure out what works and what doesn’t. I also don’t take on projects unless I know I can provide results. Reputation is important to me.  

What’s the best way to drive a ton of traffic to a site?

Through content marketing. Having content that is relevant and reaches the right audience is the way to go. Another way to go if you have the budget is to run ads through specific channels like Facebook & Google. I prefer the first method because it’s lean and provides a better ROI more often than not.  Plus it is a long term solution that converts really well.

What’s the fastest way to grow an email list and get your first 10,000 subscribers?

Neil Patel

Find the right content for your audience and create list building opportunities. I have found that opt-ins on home-pages and landing pages are the way to go if you want to grow your email marketing list.  You have to think about your value add clearly and articulate to get the best results. You should also text exit popups and content upgrades. Of course if you don’t have traffic you will have to build it up first or run paid ads…

If you had $100 to grow a blog, how would you invest it?

I wouldn’t spend it. Assuming I already have a blog up and running I would just do manual promotions. See who shares my competition’s posts on Twitter and manually hit them up asking to share my content. And for each site I link out to, I would email them asking if they would share my post.

What’s the craziest hack you’ve ever done?

My Nutrition Blog was pretty out there. I entered a market I had no formal expertise in and grew my traffic tremendously. That was a big risk and challenge that I took head on. I am glad the results were favorable.  What did well (and it is simple) is to email each site you are linking out to in your posts and ask them to share your content. This helped me get to 30k visitors in the first 30 days. By no means is this the “craziest hack”, but it will work for almost all sites.

What’s your daily routine? 

I don’t even know. I just work until the job is done. Obviously some weeks I work more than others – I think it all balances out in the end. If I had to quantify I think it would be 80 hours per week though. I love to work — it’s my hobby.  Generally speaking I just answer emails, phone calls, take meetings and blog…

What does your workflow look like?

 It’s a mixed batch. I spend an equal amount of time on all necessary tasks. I would say I spend a ton of time writing though. It takes up a lot of brainpower and requires solitude and careful thought.  

Could you talk about your upcoming book Hustle?

Yeah, definitely. I think it’s going to be a book that provides a ton of value to anyone who wants to succeed in life. Whether you feel the odds are stacked against you (usually they are) or you feel lost in life, Hustle will show you how to find your passion and succeed at it.

How to build meaningful relationship with top influencers?

You just have to be yourself. Often times people are turned off by networking because it seems so scammy. I have found that when I am myself the results have been great. At the end of the day people want to work with people they trust. And of course always try to help people out without asking for anything in exchange.

What are you favourite tools and books?

I honestly am a simple guy so my favorite tools are Google Search Console & Google Analytics. Those two tools provide the most value to me because it gives me a simple breakdown of rankings and ROI. As for books, I used to a read a ton of them now I primarily focus on Blogs. My favorite book is obviously mine: Hustle 🙂  

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4 comments… add one
  • Charles July 27, 2016, 1:39 pm

    He’s a great guy and I like how simple he kept everything. Glad I follow TheBecomer and now signed up to Mr Patel’s site too!

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  • Ben Reynolds July 29, 2016, 12:07 am

    Congrats on landing this influential interview! I’ve followed Neil’s work for a few years myself. It is always great. I think Hustle is a fitting name for his book given the sheer amount of work he does.

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    • The Becomer July 29, 2016, 6:08 am

      Thanks for your comment Ben. I gotta get the Hustle asap. Can’t wait to read it!

      Reply

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