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Blogging, Bribing & Business: A Conversation With Neil Patel

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About Today’s Guest, Neil Patel:

Here’s a quick bio on today’s guest, Neil Patel:

Neil PatelNeil Patel is the co-founder of two Internet companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career Neil has helped large corporations such as Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was Neil named a top 100 blogger by Technorati, but he was also one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Great interview with a genuine and interesting entrepreneur I’ll now follow. Great insights on blogging-simple, effective and actionable! Thank you -George-

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      My pleasure, George. Neil is quite a character!

      1. Sure sounds like it!

        That was quite an informative interview. I’m glad I found you through Twitter….and it is all just so serendipitous! I just had this debate about what image to use on your profile picture on an Indian blogger community site called Neil, you and the blogger I debated are men. Let me offer you a woman’s perspective, particularly, a young attractive woman living in a country inexperienced with cyber-crime.

        The internet is a large swamp of scum. I know from personal experience (during my internet presence 1.0 days) that photographs are stolen and/or photo-shopped for use on porn/dating/collection of pictures of random young pretty girls sites. I kicked off my internet presence 2.0 blogging with the sweet bliss of anonymity.

        I absolutely understand that humans want to talk to other humans through computers but I also respect the individual’s personal choice, experiences and judgement on this decision.

        Original copyright free images work for me, whether that’s a portrait face shot or a photograph taken by the person or some high tech animated image created by that person. Nobody thinks highly of the people who put up pictures of celebrities. But the only real no-nos are identity fraud or identity theft of another real person (celebrities are real people too!). Other than that, everybody can use any avatar they like and change it as often as they like. Many do. In future, I may well rotate original photographs that still allow me to protect my identity.

        For the moment, I have the same or similar avatar across multiple internet fora including the popular social bookmarking sites. An unique image is no less than a face shot for the purpose of online relationship building with the added bonus of protection from scummy neighbourhoods.

        Other than a face shot, in all other aspects, my blogging style is very similar to Neil’s. I write in a conversational tone, I raise questions and I reply to every single comment left by a reader. I haven’t visited his blog yet so I say this based on your interview. I invite you to read some of my posts and tell me if you think my blog really won’t make it without a face shot of me. Careful, though. Don’t knock my writing too hard. I’m a newbie.

        Oh, and the other serendipitous point – Namaste from India.

        1. David Siteman Garland says:

          Appreciate the thoughts….everyone is a bit different when it comes to opinion of photos, eh?

  2. Asgar says:

    Thanks for the insight into Neil Patel. After listening to the interview I have checked out his blog and have read one of his posts. I have asked him to comment on one of our blogs:, and as he suggests on his blog, I have offered to pay him. Let’s see what happens? Look forward to your future interviews.

    1. David Siteman Garland says:

      Hah, interesting. Let us know what he says.

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