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The Aha!NOW Chat With Neil Patel [Interview]

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Is there any blogger who doesn’t know Neil Patel? Needless to say that he is one of the most successful Internet marketers in the world, and that’s why I feel proud that heโ€™s this monthโ€™s guest on the interview series – the Aha!NOW chat!! ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who just know a little about Neil Patel, let me briefly share some vital information about him and his wonders.

โ— Neil Patel is a popular young entrepreneur, blogger, investor, analytics and SEO expert, and above all, a great human being! Though interestingly, he also calls himself a professional web surfer.

โ— He is the CEO of KISSmetrics also the co-founder of Crazy Egg. In spite of being a multi-millionaire,ย he loves to connect with people and help put through his blog Quick Sprout.

โ— He is ranked as a top authority blogger and marketer by many institutions, organizations, and websites. The most important, being recognized as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs by President Obama of United States..

โ— He is known for his ability to grow online traffic through search engine optimization. He’s done it for the top companies and can do it for you too!

There are countless number of interviews of Neil Patel online, but Iโ€™m sure youโ€™d find this one different from all of those.

This interview is a mix of his thoughts and views about his personal, family, and professional spheres of life.

So, without further delay, hereโ€™s a rendezvous with one of the top most blogger of the world, Neil Patel.

Interview With Neil Patel

Neil Patel

Q1:ย Welcome toย Aha!NOW, which is a life blog about personal, family, and professional development, and I’d like to start with a question about you.

Youโ€™re a successful blogger and entrepreneur, and that too one of the best in the world. Yet, youโ€™re so modest and ever ready to help out just anybody. How do you remain so humble in spite of being rich and famous?

Neil: It really helps that I came from humble beginnings and I am grateful for all of the luck I have had in my life. My parents and family also keep me very grounded. We don’t spend crazy amounts of money because we know that happiness comes from within and from helping others.

Q2:ย You had working parents when you were young. I think they allowed you to do all the experimenting, selling, and working while you were in school. Looking back, what do you think of their parenting skills, and do you have any suggestions for today’s working parents?

Neil: I had great parents growing up. At an early age they instilled in me a great work ethic that has stayed with me to this day. I think your upbringing has a lot to do with your future. Parents really should cultivate an environment of hard work in their children. Nothing worth having comes easy.

Q3:ย Since your childhood, an entrepreneurial environment surrounded you in your family. How much impact that environmental stimulus had in shaping your ideology and personality and what specific skills you learned at home? Do you think it would help if children have such inspiration early on to be successful entrepreneurs?

Neil: I get my entrepreneurial spirit from my mother. She stared a daycare in the house when I was in elementary school and seeing her work long hours really allowed me to see first hand what it takes to be successful in business. I do think it helps if children haveย inspiration at a young age from other entrepreneurs.

Q4:ย As a teenager, you wanted to change your lifestyle and you became an entrepreneur. What kind of lifestyle would you suggest for today’s teens and young adults to be successful in life? What are the things you think they should not do in their teenage years?

Neil: I really didn’t care what others thought of me in high school. I knew where I wanted to go and I was willing to do anything to get there. I would really emphasize having a strong work ethic and confidence in your abilities and continue to learn. As long as these young adults do that and keep working long hours, they should do well.

Q5:ย What is the one thing that has been your driving force to become successful? What makes you move and do what you do? If people look up to you for inspiration, what would you enumerate for them to emulate?

Neil:ย I have always wanted to make sure my family is secure financially. I love helping others become successful as well. It’s all about giving back. I would advise others to give for the greater good. Don’t help with the expectation that you will get something in return. Help because you want to.

Q6:ย You were born in England and you grew up in the United States. How much of an Indian is there in you? What is your perception of Indians, and do you think they can be as successful an entrepreneur as you have been? Have you ever been to India?

Neil: I have been to India and I loved it! I speak Gujarati fluently and as a child I grew up around many Indian families. I associate myself strongly with Indian culture and that is something I am very proud of.

Q7:ย What are the basics of Internet marketing that you suggest every blogger should know? I know you can’t tell us all or give us the “gold” for free, but at least you can show us its shine and glitter by giving us some important tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

Neil: I think people should really focus on content. Content is a driving force for traffic. Going viral isn’t easy. You really have to focus on creativity and being unique in everything you do.

Neil Patel

Q8:ย Not talking about making it a gold mine, but what are the best ways a blogger can make money online and profit from their blogs. Can I do it even if I don’t have much of a business acumen? Do you think a blog like mine can mint money? Any suggestions? ๐Ÿ™‚

Neil: I think anyone can make money from blogging if they follow some simple rules: 1) relate to your community 2) reach out to your community 3) engage and ask questions 4) and find a product or service that is so unique and vital to your users that they have to buy into it.

Q9:ย You are the Good Samaritan pied piper who can attract “eyeballs” to websites with special skills. Can you reveal a few simple tricks that bloggers can use to get more eyeballs on their blogs so they are encouraged to carry on working hard? How important is social media SEO for acquiring blog traffic?

Neil: Focus on solving problems that your end users have. It’s all about being unique and offering ideas that are outside of the box, which is how you can naturally and organically increase your traffic. Social media is a great way to promote your content and to share it with a wide range of people.

Q10:ย Success was not obvious to you. You had to work hard, made many mistakes and faced many failures. What are your tips to overcome obstacles in life, whether personal or professional? What is your motto or how would you define Neil Patel in one sentence?

Neil: Failure is not the end all be all, it’s a stepping stone to something greater.

Q11:ย If you had not been an entrepreneur and a blogger, what would you be doing? What are your other pastimes?

Neil: I would have been a salesman. I love the whole process and I love helping people solve problems.

Q12:ย You claim that you don’t have to be rich to be happy. What is your life philosophy? What do you consider a better life and what brings happiness into your life?

Neil: I think family and friends come first. You can have all the money in the world but without people to share your experiences with you’ll live a pitiful lonely life.

Neil Patel

Q13:ย You’re a family man, aren’t you? Your parents, sister, and brother-in-law hold an important place in your life. Are you able to take out family time and indulge in family bonding activities despite your busy schedule? How do you think it helps you?

Neil: Definitely. I have a busy travel schedule but I visit my family at least once a month for at least a week. It’s very important for me to have a work/life balance.

Q14:ย You’ve talked about your entrepreneurship and family, but never about your personal relationships. Are you in a relationship? If yes, then how do you deal with the relationships problems when you’ve them? Do you believe in the institution of marriage and do you have any plans of getting married soon? ๐Ÿ™‚

Neil: I try not to talk about my personal life online. I prefer to keep it private.

Q15:ย What makes you confident that KISSmetrics has a secure future? Do you think the future of blogging, search engine, analytics, and Internet marketing would carry on in the same lines as it does now?

Neil: At KISSmetrics we provide a unique solution that holds real life benefits to our users. I definitely think KISSmetrics will succeed because we have always been at the cutting edge of innovation.

As for the future of internet marketing, it is ever-changing so you just have to keep up with the trends ๐Ÿ™‚

Q16:ย In today’s blogging world ruled by pandas, penguins, humming birds, and probably more animals to come, what’s your advice to bloggers as to how should they plan their blogging strategy.

Neil: Focus on content! There are no shortcuts.

Q17:ย You say that creating good content is the best SEO tip and blogging strategy. But I’ve seen many bloggers writing great content, promoting it by blog commenting and social media, yet they donโ€™t achieve higher Alexa and SERP ranks. What do you think they’ve been missing?

Neil: They just need to be patient. It takes time for a blog to generate substantial traffic. It took me years but look where I am now ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus the one thing I do is I try to go above and beyond. I have written some great pieces of content… but many of those pieces are 30,000 plus words long.

Q18:ย How do you manage your work-life balance? What are you tips to deal with the stress that comes with your work and success too? I see all your photos online with a broad smile on your face.ย  Are you always as happy?

Neil: There are always ups and downs. If anyone says they are always happy they are lying to you. I am very disciplined in my day-to-day and that keeps me focused. I eat right, sleep at a reasonable hour and keep my focus on the end goal at all times.

Q19:ย Gratefulness is an exceptional quality that makes you more human. What and who are you grateful to? What are the other personal qualities that you deem as essential in every other human being for being human?

Neil: I am most grateful for my family– they are my rock and foundation. I think being there when you say you will and giving back are essential to success.

Q20:ย Lastly, how do you like my blog, Aha!NOW? What message would you like to give its readers about personal development, life, and blogging?

Neil: I love your blog which is why I felt I needed to help you out with this interview!

I am big on personal development. Every year I try to improve upon the last year. It’s important to keep growing and learning. That’s the key to happiness in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry for the short response. I wish I could be more thorough,ย but it just isn’t possible due to the volume of emails that I receive.

You can connect with Neil Patel onย Facebook,ย Google+, andย Twitter.

Thank you Neil – for your time. Youโ€™re just awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, dear readers, before you leave, Iโ€™ve a short and sweet slideshare prepared by FATbit Tech on the life of Neil Patel. Itโ€™s worth watching. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Neil Patel. Few lessons that I learnt from him and his life is to be humble and down to earth, give back to your family and society, and always be helpful.

You wonโ€™t find many probloggers like Neil Patel, who answers every comment on his blog and replies to each email, no matter how busy he is. He genuinely helps out people.

Wasn’t it lovely having Neil over? I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

Over to You โ€“

What do you learn from this interview of Neil Patel and his life? What is the one thing that youโ€™d like to imbibe from him and why? Share in the comments.

Photo Credit: Neil Patel



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  1. Profile photo of Harleena Singh

    Harleena Singh

    March 1, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Hi Neil, and thanks for giving this wonderful interview. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m sure this gives your fans and other bloggers the opportunity to know your personal side and your views on life in general. No doubt you’re a professional and an expert in your field, but I’m glad you believe that it’s important to be a great person, and you prove that by being an example!

    I know you’re super busy, but it’d be wonderful if you could grace my blog and bless my blog community with a word or two about what they’ve to say.

    Dear readers, I do hope you enjoy the interview! Wait for the miracle to happen and see Neil Patel visit Aha!NOW and reply to the comment. Meanwhile, you can unleash your mind as you always do! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kumar Gauraw

      March 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Hi Harleena,

      That’s a phenomenal interview and I am glad that you got time from Neil to share some great insight into his personality and a few awesome tips for bloggers. Thank you for doing this!

      Hi Neil,

      Wow! Thank you for your time on this interview and as you already may have noticed, I have been a fan of your writing and your “How To”guides for the longest time. Your content is definitely the best and a major factor in your traffic as you always say.

      Regards,
      Kumar

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        Harleena Singh

        March 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Hi Kumar,

        Neil has time for everyone and I’m glad you like the interview. Yes, it does reveal his personality and I got to know him better with this interview.

        Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts and feelings. Hope you have an enjoyable weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thiru Kumaran

    March 1, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Hi Harleena,
    I am new fan of your blog and this my second/third visit to your blog. Today I read some of your posts and all were amazing but this one was super amazing. Great inspiring interview, Harleena. A piece of inspiration for all the newbies including me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Hi Kumaran and welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad you like Aha!NOW and find the time to visit it. I myself found Neil Patel to be so inspiring that I wanted to share his qualities with my entire blog community. I’m glad this interview post was able to inspire you.

      Thanks for stopping by and would love to see you around. Do have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Liz McGee

    March 1, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Prior to your post Harleena I didn’t know that much about Neil, but I do now! LOL.

    I found it refreshing that such a popular blogger and business owner is so down to earth about family and friends.

    I enjoyed the interview ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks,
    Liz

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Hi Liz,

      I’m glad you found this post informative and that you got to know more about Neil Patel.

      I can say on basis of whatever interaction I’ve had with him that in spite of rolling in millions, he’s very humble, simple, and very helping that we don’t find many probloggers to be.

      It’s really nice to know his views about family and life in general. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.

      Thanks for visiting and do have a great day ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Shalu Sharma

    March 1, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Jai Shri Krisha, kem cho majama mota bhai. Swagatam and welcome! Who doesn’t know Neil Patel. I am regular on his blog and a subscriber as well. I have learnt a lot from his advice. The fact is that he gives so much great on his blog and every simple piece he delivers is top notch. Great interview. A rare glimpse of his family photo.

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

      Hi Shalu,

      Hey, you can speak some Gujarati too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Absolutely, Neil’s blog is so informative and revealing and every post there teaches us something new that really helps us all in our blogging endeavor. His advice are worth millions, but he gives them off for free. I’m glad you like the interview.

      Ah.. about Neil’s family pic, actually I made a collage of his family pics as available on his blog – those are all separate and individual pics! I’ve put it there in this interview post because I love the fact that he gives so much of value to his family, and that’s what the young need to learn from him, isn’t it?

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts and views. Do have a good night! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Enstine Muki

    March 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Hey Harleena,
    You’ve got someone a lot of people are looking up to this time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for making up time to answer these questions Neil. We read your works constantly. Yes, 30000+ words content is a huge piece of meat. I’m currently following your traffic tips and they are right on spot.

    While I read and did enjoy every question, I love the answers to questions 7,8 and 9

    Excellent interview and do have a wonderful weekend you both ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Hi Enstine,

      Neil is really an exceptional guy and his knowledge and experience is so so useful for us bloggers.

      Neil recently had his post on how to create guides and I’m sure you’ve read that by now. Yes, I too loved his answers, and he has clearly pointed out the relationships matter a lot if you want to make money online blogging. Also, there’re no alternatives to creative content and it helps a lot if you help out people.

      I’m glad you like the interview. Thanks for your visit and you too have a great weekend ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Babanature

    March 1, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Hello Harleena,
    Wow!!! This might sound funny or stupid, but this is the first time i am hearing about the name Neil Patel ๐Ÿ™‚
    He is indeed a popular dude, and rich for that matter… You have introduced me to an icon and for that, i say thank you.
    This is indeed a good interview for all bloggers to read.
    Thanks for the lovely interview and do have a beautiful week both of you.

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Hi Babanature,

      Now that you’ve got to know Neil Patel, the next step is to explore the invaluable treasure of knowledge he offers. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad you like the interview and consider it worthy.

      Thanks for your visit and you too have a wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Angela McCall

    March 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

    WOW…Harleena, this is absolutely amazing!!!! The great Neil Patel is on your blog!! What a GREAT interview. I am so impress. Thank you so much for sharing us your thoughts, Neil. I didn’t know that no matter how rich and famous you are, you can still be HUMBLE which is actually the MOST impressive of all. I admire your behavior towards the importance of FAMILY. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this, Harleena.

    Angela

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Hi Angela,

      Yes! I too am thrilled to have Neil over at my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like the interview. I like his views on family and life too.

      Thanks for visiting and do have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lisa Thomson

    March 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for this gem, Neil and Harleena! I just love Neil’s attitude about family being first and always giving back. Giving but not expecting anything in return is pure gold. Very inspiring! Now I must go view the slide show. I was too excited to view it without leaving a comment. LOL.

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Hi Lisa,

      You’re so right about giving without any expectations and that’s what makes a person great. Family is so important and I’m glad to know that Neil cares and values for his family as he does.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Do have an enjoyable weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Maria Galloway

    March 1, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Oh my goodness, can I just say I absolutely love Neil and your blog too! I have learned and gained much information from the two of you that I send you a huge hug and thank you from my heart. Keep up the great posts and educating ALL of us that appreciate you. Maria Galloway

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your lovely words and I’m glad you find this interview helpful. A big hug back to you and thanks for taking out time to visit my blog.

      Do have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Bishal Biswas

    March 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Great to see such energetic and on-fire interview in Aha-now. Really inspiring and really good. Thanks for such inspiration Neil Patel and also, I wouldn’t forget to thank Harleena Singh for such true inspiration.

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hi Bishal and welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s good to know that you find the interview with Neil as energetic and inspiring. He’s a great inspiration and thank for all your kind words.

      Thanks for stopping by and do have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Bishal Biswas

        March 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        Not only Neil Patel but you are too inspiring and I hope that we have a short discussion on my blog soon. And thanks for the kind words.

  11. Ahsan

    March 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Hello Harleena Singh,

    I have to say that Neil Patel is one of the most popular young expertise of web. From this interview, it assumes that it is an fully professional interview. I didn’t know about his family before. Now readers know his family I just love his family picture. It is a great lesson to new bloggers or entrepreneurs who want to start their career on it.

    All the best to Neil Patel

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Ahsan,

      I too learned more about Neil’s family from his blog. He’s definitely popular and professional, and I tried my best to make it a good interview that can be inspiring to the readers.

      I’d like to clear the fact that this is not an original group family pic of Neil’s family, but I joined the different pics of his family members and made it appear like a group pic. All individual pics can be found and seen at Neil’s blog.

      I agree that Neil’s words and advice from his rich experience are like lessons to the newbies and other experienced bloggers or entrepreneurs as well.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts and views. Do have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Rishabh Gupta

    March 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Wow! It’s really great to know more about a guy who is really true deserving from any angel.

    Thank you Harleena, for this awesome interview! Neil Patel Rocks!

    Regards,
    Rishabh

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Rishabh and welcome to my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m glad you like the interview and find it informative.

      Definitely, Neil rocks!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Do enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sherryl Perry

    March 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Harleena,

    This is one of the best interviews that I can remember ever reading. Rather than strictly asking questions related to Neil’s business and his marketing strategies, your approach to include some personal questions gave us additional insight into the man himself. The SlideShare presentation was a nice addition too.

    BTW – I was already following Neil on Twitter and heโ€™s in one of my core circles but when I sent him a friend request, I received this message โ€œThis person can’t accept new friend requests, but you are now following them.โ€

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Sherryl and welcome back to my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

      You really made my day! This is the best compliment I’ve received for this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree that my questions were different than those of other interviews and they were more about the person, but the credit goes to Neil as well for being a good sport and being good with his answers to make this post valuable.

      I’m glad you like the slideshare too and those people really worked hard on it.

      Well, to be honest I don’t know if its some problem with Neil’s account, but I experienced the same on Facebook. Only he would be able to tell you the reason.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts and views. Hope to see you around and have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Himanshu

    March 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    This time you hit the jackpot… I really want to know more about Neil… really nice talk with neil.. And your questions are very good… Thanks for this awesome post…

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      Harleena Singh

      March 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Hi Himanshu,

      I agree – Neil Patel is a jackpot and everyone on Aha!NOW had this treasure through this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like the interview and if you wish to know more, please visit his blog.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Do have a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Balroop Singh

    March 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks Harleena, for introducing Neil..the interview is very nicely conducted. It is heartening to note that such successful are so loving and kindhearted.
    Have a nice weekend!

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      Harleena Singh

      March 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Hi Balroop,

      I’m glad you like the interview. I can’t say the same about the other successful people, but Neil – being simple and humble are only the qualities of great people.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. You have a great weekend too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Temilola Globalwalyy

    March 2, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Hello Harleena, This may sounds funny, but the fact is this is the first time am hearing about Neil Patel, i must have missed a lot from him already…

    This is really an excellent interview, i enjoy every pieces of both the question and answer..

    Thank you
    Temilola

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      Harleena Singh

      March 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Hi Temilola,

      It’s quite possible to miss out on a problogger when so many are there to follow. Neil is basically famous for bringing traffic and increasing conversions and is probably more of an entrepreneur than a blogger so that explains why you might’ve missed him.

      I’m glad you liked the interview and hope it is useful for you. Thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Karen Jolly

    March 2, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Thank you Harleena for this wonderful interview. Your questions were excellent and I learned much from Neil. He is truly a giving spirit and it is so encouraging to know that he has worked hard and stuck with it through the years to see success. I really appreciated his point about content and going up and beyond. Neil obviously, follows his own advice as he went up and beyond in this interview. That is something I always appreciate in your blog Harleena – you really give. Thank you!

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      Harleena Singh

      March 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hi Karen,

      Glad you find the interview good and helpful. Yes, there’s so much to learn from successful and inspiring people like Neil.

      I didn’t meet another blogger who’s so passionate about giving and practices it every time and every where. This is his philosophy as well as strategy to build relationships and be successful.

      Neil is big on good content, in fact, his content even beats mine with regards to its length, and I used to think I’m the only one writing long articles! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for your kind words and it gives me immense pleasure when somebody tells me that my blog is helpful. Thanks for your visit and do have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. maxwell ivey

    March 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Hello Neil and Harleena,

    Neil, you aren’t familiar with me, but I am a blind blogger who helps people sell amusement equipment and related items. I have worked hard to improve traffic to my site with blog posts, blog commenting, youtube videos, and most recently a googol video hangout. Th site is getting what I think is good traffic at over 7,000 visitors and 50,000 page loads a month. It has an alexa of 513,000 worldwide and just under 200,000 US. However, the only revenue I am generating is from commissions on equipment sales which don’t happen often enough. I know my niche is relatively small, but do you have any ideas why I’m not attracting advertising or sponsors?

    Thanks again for appearing on the site. And thanks to you Harleena for giving us access to the top influencers in this field. Take care, max

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      Harleena Singh

      March 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Max,

      I hope and wish Neil answers to your query, but as we know, he rarely visits and comments on other blogs. However, I’d suggest you present your problem to him directly on his blog using the contact form, and I’m sure he’d respond to you.

      I’d be more than glad if this interview post helps you out in anyway.

      Thanks for visiting and do have a great week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Ntathu Allen

    March 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Well done Harleena, real happy to see you interview Neil and to hear his views of value of family time and caring for others. Thank you and keep shinning. Apologies for spelling. Am on mobile and for some reason screen keeps disappearing!

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      Harleena Singh

      March 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Ntathu,

      Sure it is, Neil accepted that he’s a family man and that was really nice to hear from such a rich, popular, and busy professional. He uses family time to achieve a work-life balance, which is what everyone must do. I’m also impressed with his viewing about helping and giving back.

      It’s okay and I corrected the spelling mistakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you for visiting after a long time and I hope and wish all is well at your end. Do have a great week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I. C. Daniel

    March 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Ohh Harleena, congrats for this interview. Really awesome!
    I like the link building guide from Neil Patel, a true gold mine for us.
    Great content will always be rewarded by big G, even without SEO. Some agree, some don’t.

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      Harleena Singh

      March 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Hi I.C. Daniel,

      Thanks for your wishes and I’m glad you like the interview.

      I’d say all guides from Neil are just wonderful and helpful. Content is the king, and there’s no doubt about it.

      Thanks for your visit and do have a great week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ilka

    March 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Harleena!

    That was really a fantastic interview. Thank you so much!

    What I have learnt about Neil – and I see this a lot in successful people – is that it is about the community and about reaching out, and not about Neil alone! He stretches that he loves to solve other people’s problems and wants to know what others need. That is very special and loveable.

    I also like that he doesn’t promise short cuts. His attitude of ‘I help you but it is hard work’ just nails it.

    Thanks again for this wonderful interview, Ilka

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      Harleena Singh

      March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Ilka,

      Glad you like the interview.

      That’s a correct observation and analysis, your success very much depends on the community you build. No doubt, Neil’s special quality of going out of the way to help others is what makes him different.

      There are absolutely no shortcuts in life. You’ve got to rough it out and earn on your merits; the more you work hard, the more you progress. Of course, you can work smarter to increase the pace of your growth. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for your visit and do have a great week ahead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Sarmista Aun

    March 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I am great fan of Neil Patel. Thanks for sharing this informative interview Harleena and also congratulation. Hope in future you will conduct interviews of other famous bloggers like Neil.

  23. Sylviane Nuccio

    March 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Sorry for being late here but I’ve been sick with a bad cold all weeekend and still home sick toady, while a little better.

    Thank you for introducing Neil Patel to us. I didn’t know him and he seems like a very successful and grounded young man.

  24. Hiten

    March 4, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This is a truly inspirational interview with the great Neil Patel.

    What never ceases to amaze me about Neil is his humility, which again is evident in your interview with him. I loved the advice he shared about focusing on content and having patience. Indeed, with patience and continued right effort, success can’t be far away.

    Thank you.

  25. Adrienne

    March 4, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I made it by Harleena and wow, very impressive interview with Neil.

    I’ve read several on him over the course of the last few years but what I know I’m going to enjoy about your interview series the most is you throw in questions about family and lessons from childhood. It’s not all about massive success but how he thinks that helped him up to this point.

    He’s right, no one is ever 100% happy all the time. We all have our moments but being grateful for who you are and what you have can definitely help keep you humble.

    I had a chat with a good friend a couple weeks ago and she asked me if I had financial freedom what would be the first three things I would do. When I told her I would remodel my little one bedroom condo she was shocked I wouldn’t buy a brand new big sprawling home. Just as Neil said and I feel the same way, it’s just about financial security and not the things that money can buy. I’m not materialistic and I don’t want those things. I just want to help others and give back and that’s what would make me the most happy in life.

    Thank you for being able to grab Mr. Patel and share more of him with us. Very impressive Mrs. Singh, very impressive.

    ~Adrienne

  26. Kumar Chandan

    March 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Hi, Harleena Mam,
    I must say an excellent interview.
    I love the chat with Neil. He is big internet marketer beside this he is inspiration for many start-ups.
    His chat and interview definitely going to inspire many more.
    Thank You very much for bring him at here.
    Have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Jodi Aman

    March 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I love to meet people who are doing well, but they are just generally nice people! I am so glad you picked such a down to earth millionaire to interview!

  28. lakshman

    March 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    One of the best interviews i read till now. The slideshare was wonderful and I HAve learnt a lot of lessons from it.

  29. Himanshu

    March 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    This has to be one of the most interesting interviews i have ever read so far. Neil is Awesome, i just loved the way he interacts with the users. He has been the driving force for me in starting career in the internet marketing. I recommend everyone to go through his Online Marketing University. The questions asked in this interview are really good, that in fact reveal about his lovely personality. Hats off to you mam.

  30. Srimanta Ghosh

    March 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    It is really a wonderful interview of Neil Patel Sir. I’m very excited to see on your blog Mam.

  31. donna merrill

    March 5, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Wow Harleena!

    This interview with Neil is great!

    Neil, Reading through all the advice and golden nuggets you have given us one thing sticks out to me. It is your family values. Sadly, this is something that is not so common these days in the U.S. Culture. Yes, it exists, but family values here are being tossed to the curb.

    I always notice that the most successful people have family values and know that happiness comes from within, rather than the accumulation of money. Money can always come and go, but our inner happiness is way more important.

    When we take this to the business platform, our clients/customers become like our family. We want to give them all we got! We take our responsibility of leadership and provide them with the best we can.

    It starts with our blogs. No matter how much or little we know, as long as we put it out there with good content and a caring nature, we will achieve our goals.

    Thank you so much for coming by Harleena’s place!

    -Donna

  32. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    March 5, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Okay, I might be the only one on the Internet, but I hadn’t heard of Neil before, though I had heard of his businesses. Very cool that he did this interview for you. He was wise to do this, you’re a great interviewer and ask the questions that are different from those others are asking.

    What a fascinating person who is truly an inspiration for others trying to start a business on the Internet. What was especially impressive, that you brought out, is how well grounded he is, putting family and friends first.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Harleena and introducing me to Neil!

  33. Sherman Smith

    March 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Hey Harleena,

    This was an awesome interview. I’ve seen Neil’s blog a couple of times before, but I never knew he had all of these accomplishments. I am way behind the times LOL….But I like his attitude towards life in general. Yes we have busy schedules, and sometimes we lose track of time, but it’s great that he make sure he makes time for his family and friends! I always told myself if I become a millionaire, I’m going to give most of it back since I’m not that material. Besides what would I do with making 50K or more for myself anyways? Thanks for sharing this interview and I will definitely look him up on facebook and google+!

  34. Vikas Yadav

    March 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    This is a very informative interview. Neil Patel is one of the one name in the online world (marketing, seo and many others). I have really learn some new interesting facts from Neil which helps me a lot in my blogging career. Thanks a lot for this nice interview @Harleena, @Neil.

  35. Lisa

    March 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Harleena and Neil,

    I’ve been wanting to read this post for days. I didn’t realize Neil was so young. What an inspiring person. It amazes me how much he has accomplished in so little time yet makes time for family and friends with a work/life balance. I always read his posts as they are so informative.

    Thanks Harleena for sharing this with us and I love your Slideshare too!
    I hope you both have a wonderful day and weekend ahead.

  36. Peter Kanayo

    March 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Harleena thanks for sharing Neil with us. Have known him for a while and must say his blog is a melting pot of awesome content.

    I really loved the way you asked your questions. They are really unique. And the interview helped reinforce the importance of family to life.

    Thanks for sharing.

  37. Geri Richmond

    March 8, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Thanks so much for doing this interview with Neil.You know, I’ve heard his name a lot around the Internet but, I really didn’t know much about him.

    I can understand why he’s so successful because he had a goal in life and with the work ethic he has, it’s no wonder he’s who he is.

    If everyone had his work ethic, the world would be a better place.

  38. Robb Gorringe

    March 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I know I’m fairly new visiting your site, but when I stumbled upon your post… it just sucked me right in! I must say too, you’re really good at asking great questions, (which isn’t the easiest thing to do).

    I thought it was insightful for you to talk about his ethnicity too. My wife (who is Tongan / Polynesian), as we traveled to Fiji to do some paperwork, we noticed that the Indian people there are very business savvy, and amazing entrepreneurs.

    I’ve worked with people of so many different backgrounds, and it basically boils down to WHAT are you passionate about, and not so much ‘WHO’ are you, or WHERE are you from. Neil is an amazing model of this. And from viewing your website, Harleena, you too are a blessing to a lot of people. I, for one, am glad to receive some awesome insights from you and aha-now!

    Blessings,

    Robb

  39. Vishnu

    March 25, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Hii Harleena,
    thank you for this awesome interview, I myself is a great Neil Patel fan, infact, he is an inspiration for bloggers like me. All what I have done and achieved in just because of the things that I’ve learnt from his blog.
    And it was a great interview session, learned a lot from it.
    Thanks.

  40. Charmie

    June 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Well, its like a dream for every blogger to be like Neil Patel and have their own KISSMETRICS and QUICKSPROUT and lead to success. The thing which i personally love about neil patel is his tag line which says it all “I AM KINDA BIG DEAL”. I hope one day I will be carrying one hash tag of my own defining me.
    Awesome interaction.




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