What will you learn in this interview?
-How to choose the right business?
-Hear the big mistakes Neal made so you do not do the same.
-Tools and systems that make the daily routine a lot easier.
-How do you win and keep clients?
-How can you work well with a business partner and how did Neal meet his?
-What big lessons will you learn from Neil’s journey?
-What big mistake does he not talk about often?
Neil started out as a vacuum salesman and offered to clean houses to earn money when homeowners were not interested in his product.
Business Mentors, Tools, Books mentioned:
A little background about Neil:
Neil Patel launched his first online venture, a job board named Advice Monkey, while in high school. Although the business was unsuccessful, it helped Neil gain the mastery of driving traffic to his site, thus launching his career in online marketing. By 2009, Neil had implemented his marketing and search engine optimization tactics on 30 of the top 100 Technorati blogs and was named one of the top influencers on the web by The Wall Street Journal.
In 2007, Neil’s blog was named Search Engine Journal’s “Best Social Media Blog” and first ranked in Technorati’s Top 100. Neil’s current 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.
In 2002 Neil co-founded Advantage Consulting Services (ACS), an online search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing company with business partner Hiten Shah that was doing more than $2.5 million a year in sales by 2007.
In 2006, Neil and Hiten founded Crazy Egg, a company which helps individuals and businesses determine what visitors are doing when they visit their site.
In 2008 Neil co-founded KISSmetrics, which allows websites to show who visited and what their activities are. This way, companies can use the information to improve sales and customer experience by tracking the lifelong value of the customer. KISSmetrics closed a $1 million seed round led by True Ventures in 2008. In mid-2009 it closed a $3 million round led by Polaris Ventures.Since its launch in May 2008, the company has signed on more than 1,900 paying customers and has tracked more than 4.5 billion people and their 36 billion interactions.
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