EXCLUSIVE Interview With Top 100 Entrepreneur & Top 10 Online Marketer - Neil Patel

Filed in Interviews, Success Stories by on June 23, 2014

This is a new feature on NicheHacks.

I'm going to interview a series of successful online entrepreneurs, marketers and bloggers.

From these interviews you'll find out a little about their business, some advice they have for you to get started, whether to follow passion or money and some other useful bits and pieces.

Today we're kicking off with a bang interviewing someone who is "kind of a big deal".

Labelled as top influencer on the web by the Wall Street Journal and top 10 online marketer by Forbes.

Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world and both President Obama and the United Nations recognized him as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

Companies like Amazon, NBC, HP and Viacom call him when they want to grow their revenue.

You may know him through QuickSprout.com, Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg or Hello Bar and I featured him in my World Cup themed post.

Let's get on with this shall we....


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1. For anyone who doesn't know you, who are you and what are you all about?

Neil PatelMy name is Neil Patel and I am a serial entrepreneur.

I enjoy creating products for marketers, such as Crazy Egg and Hellobar.

During my spare time I enjoy blogging about marketing advice.


2. How did you get started in internet marketing?

When I was 16 years old I started my first website, Advice Monkey. It was a job board and when I released it, no one came to the site. So I had no choice but to learn how to market it online to increase my traffic.

Eventually the site started to gain traction, but it never made any money, which caused the business to fail. But I got good at Internet marketing, so I decided to become a consultant.


3. Often friends and family don't really 'get' this whole internet marketing thing or take it seriously, how do yours feel about it and how did they react when you first told them you were going to give it a try?

They don’t really understand what I do. I just tell them I am an entrepreneur that creates products for businesses. They accept it and are happy with me.


4. What was your first ever website or niche?

Advice Monkey and it was in the career space. It failed and is no longer around.


5. If you had to give one piece of advice to a newcomer in the internet marketing world, what would it be?

Create a really good product. If your product solves a problem in the market and it’s easy to use, you’ll have a much easier time marketing it.



6. What does it take to be a success in the internet marketing world in your opinion?

Hard work and continual learning. Things change in the marketing world at a rapid pace… so as long as you are staying up to date with the latest changes and you are willing to put in the time, you can do well as a marketer.


7. When choosing a niche, follow passion or money?

I say passion. If you do what you love, eventually the money follows… assuming you are solving a problem.


8. One of the most common questions I receive from my audience is “How do I get started?”. What would you advise them?

You have to figure that out on your own. Starting is the easiest part about entrepreneurship, if you can’t figure that out, you aren’t meant to be one.


9. If you lost everything and had to start all over again with just a $100 budget, what would you plan of action be?

I would start a blog. I would buy a domain name, use affordable hosting, and run a WordPress blog. By blogging about your passion you can brand yourself as an expert, which can lead to income later down the road.


10. What are you working on at the moment, what are your plans for the future and do you have anything new in the pipeline you'd like to share with us?

I am working on launching a new version of the NeilPatel.com site and I plan to offer something that has never been done before in the marketing world.


As always I love to hear your comments so let me know your thoughts in the section below.

Feel free to tell me your thoughts on the questions asked, the answers Neil gave, or any insights and takeaways you've gained from reading the post...

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  1. Neil Patel is certainly a man to focus in SEO industry. He is such as dynamic entrepreneur. He is the man.
    The surefire tip to fail in blogging is to follow money, rather than passion. If you lost everything and left with $100 what would you do? The answer was blogging. This is the real passion.
    Another lesson learnt by me is, there should and will be a failed blog or site behind every successful blogger.

  2. Codrut Turcanu says:

    Hey Stuart

    Quick q for you... on an interview projec I launch soon t (I have also emailed YOU about it)

    With only $100 in your Paypal/bank account, what would you do in the next 90 days to launch a profitable Internet business? What niche would you tap? What would you sell or promote? What would you avoid? Why?

    thank you!

    P.S. Neil is also another entrepreneur I've contacted, and awaiting for his confirmation...

  3. Siraj Wahid says:

    It's nice to see Neil Patel live on this blog, i recently had a chat with Neil Patel and he is really a kind guy. The best thing about Neil is that he is my ideal, i started working as a marketing consultant after watching Neil's success but it's for sure nobody can become Neil as he is only one with the nicest attitude.

    • NicheHacks says:

      Hey Siraj, thanks for commenting. Yeah Neil is great. For someone as successful and no doubt busy as he is he's willing to chat with people and take time to help them. Great guy.

  4. Abdul says:

    Hi Stuart,
    Starting out with $100 in blogging.wow that is exactly what i did when i got started i had $100 and i thought blogging is the way to go.
    Now it is too exciting to hear Neil that i was right

    • NicheHacks says:

      Hey Abdul, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yeah I think it's a solid plan too. You can blog without much money and if you love what you're blogging about it's not hard to write.

    • Oge says:

      Excellent interviews

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  6. Hi Stuart,

    Excellent. I'm beginning to model my brand after Neil's because I vibe so much with what he does. I mean, my brand is my own, but his philosophy, mindset and strict attention to detail has made him the champion that he is. Love the interview.

    I'd add on passion, following it makes your life easier. I started my first blog to make money. Even though i branded it well, I made a big mistake with my URL. Not clear, too long, tough to visualize; see above website URL.

    Last week I chose to open a new blog. Same branding idea, but the emphasis is off money, and more, living according to my passions. Soon to be released of course, just waiting for a thing or 2 to clear out with my hosting company.

    When we follow our passion, we love blogging about the topic, and doing business, topic-wise, so we don't even care about the money. Sure we set up prospering channels, and are in business, but there's a detachment while we do it.

    This is a great secret to Neil's success. He loves blogging, and making sites profitable, and cares about each and every one of his readers and commentators, and builds those strong bonds religiously. Love how he operates; that passion is a huge driver in his life, and his businesses, and that's why he's a big deal as you noted.

    Bookmaking your blog Stuart. Looking forward to future updates, and keep up the great work on the Warrior Forum too; you really do a tremendous job wherever you pop up.

    How's Thailand BTW? We left after our 6 month visa was up, now in Fiji. Much cooler and less humid than Thailand, believe it or not.



    • NicheHacks says:

      Thanks for the detailed reply Ryan. Yeah Neil is great. He really knows how to connect with his audience and make people love him. Intelligent guy for sure.

      I agree that when your log revolves around a passion of yours it's much much easier to stay motivated and work on it. I envy the people who can work away on projects they have no interest in, I struggle with that.

      I'm currently in UK. Arrived back around 3 weeks ago. Thailand made changes to visa rules making it harder for people with no good reason to be there to stay + I had a return flight about to expire so decided to come visit friends and family and spend the summer in UK before jetting off somewhere again.

      How's Fiji? What's the cost of living like?

    • Balazs Hende says:

      Hey Ryan, if you look from the other side: I know it belongs to you when I see your extremely complex domain name. Though I can never remember it 🙂