I think I first heard about Neil Patel around two years ago. I’m not sure exactly today how he made an impression on me.
It was either his long, in-depth posts or his bio in which I read how successful he was, including receiving some honors from President Barack Obama.
I thought to myself, “Well now… if this guy has accomplished that much and was honored for his accomplishments by the President of the United States, then he’s probably got something which makes it worth listening to him.”
Of course our thinking may be sometimes misleading. People often think that if someone did something before them, then they can do exactly the same, but it’s not always true.
I mean – how many times do we see some artwork selling for thousands of dollars and think, “I could do that.”
Or try baking something off of a Pinterest recipe pin, for that matter. It seems easy until we actually try to do it for ourselves.
Then we realize how much work really went into those recipes, that artwork, or even a blog post.
The fact is that we can’t be everything to everyone. Trying to please everyone typically results in a catastrophic failure.
I believe that it is virtually impossible to attempt to be everything to everyone and be able to achieve great success.
I will never be as fast as Usain Bolt, no matter how hard I try, and I will never have such a beautiful voice like Elvis Presley had.
In the same vein, it’s quite possible that I will never be as successful as Neil Patel. But I don’t have to be “that” successful.
To achieve exactly the same what others achieved misses the point of what each person does every day. In some ways, it even lessens their success when someone tries to duplicate it.
Going after your goals gives pleasure… even if it seems impossible sometimes to achieve them.
Let’s look at an example of this thinking: if your goal is to become a successful entrepreneur and there are people out there who are willing to teach you the skills needed for that, then finding that mentor becomes one of the first steps in your personal journey.
Who can make your dreams a reality?And are they willing to do it for free?
If so, then listening to that mentor should become a top priority – even if you never meet that person in real life.
And one such guy is Neil Patel.
I follow both of them, although I must admit that reading all those longish posts almost every day of the week makes me tired and sometimes I just bookmark them and come back to them some time later.
Of course not all of them make me shout “Wow!” just because I’m not interested in some subjects that he’s touching on, but I can easily say that at least 70% of the blog posts he creates spark my interest and I study them carefully.
I’ll be honest: what Neil Patel gives you for free on his neilpatel.com blog or quickpsrout. com blog others would charge quite a lot of money for you to have.
He shelled out his own money so that you wouldn’t have to spend a dime.
You just have to put in the sweat equity of learning from his extensive experience.
I can’t put into words just how much his work has helped to mentor me, so now it’s my turn to recommend this work so you can begin saying, “I can do that!” and actually know that you really can do it.
It would be difficult for me to enumerate all blog posts and infographics he posted on his blogs that were most useful to me.
Here are some of the ones which I have enjoyed most:
That’s enough for a full day of reading in front of a warm fireplace during the cold winter months right there.
Of course sometimes I have doubts concerning some of the points Neil makes in his posts just because either I have different experiences with something or I’ve heard different opinions on the Internet from other marketers.
But it’s not a big deal. When someone creates as much content as he does, one can always argue about something contained within it. I don’t see that as a bad thing.
We learn from each other because we each have different experiences. We have maybe seen different outcomes. By combining my experiences with his, I am able to be better at what I’m doing than if I needed to figure all of this out on my own.
If I had to say what the most valuable lessons I took from his posts were these would be, among others:
- length of your content matters
- back up your claims with statistics
- use high quality images
- write in a conversational tone
- internal linking and linking out is equally important
- you don’t always have to crank out new content all the time, instead update your existing content, create videos, create a slideshow, or create an infographic
- 30% of your time should be devoted to creating content and 70% to promoting it
The knowledge he shares has had a direct impact on how I started creating my blog posts.
At the beginning of my blogging journey I thought that a 500-word blog post was enough to relate to people and have Google pay attention to me, but I don’t think so anymore.
When you check some of my latest posts like How to Get Traffic to My Website from Pinterest or How to Build My Email List or even 140+ Sources of Free Photos, you will notice that they’re quite in-depth. They have some length to them.
That’s done on purpose. Neil Patel showed me why value is just as important as length and he can show this to you as well.
I would never have thought that one day I would be creating such detailed posts, but that very successful, smart, and frugal (as he often describes himself) Indian guy made me realize that it’s important.
Of course the necessity of creating awesome content is not everything I learned from Neil Patel’s blogs.
I also learned how to get ideas for my next blog posts, how important the title of the blog post is, which tools I should be using in my online marketing, how to get more engagement on social media, how to build quality links and a lot of different strategies that are helpful in building an online business.
Instead of saying, “I can do that!” Neil Patel has helped me be able to say, “I am doing it!”
I think he can help you with your content strategies as well.
It doesn’t matter what the focus of your website happens to be.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this for years or today is your first day thinking about a blog.
It doesn’t even matter if you can sing like Elvis, bake Pinterest recipes like a pro, or create art like Jackson Pollock.
Trust me on this: Neil Patel has created content that will change your online business.
Our journey starts with the first step.
Have the courage to take that first step and you will be in for an amazing adventure.