The Best Kept SEO Secrets of 10 Famous Online Marketers

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Learn how internet marketing changed the lives of 10 famous SEO players across the globe. Know the best kept SEO secrets which led them to succeed online.

Neil Patel - The man behind Quicksprout, KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg and Hello Bar

Neil Patel

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Neil Patel is a digital marketing consultant who have successfully worked with big brands such as Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and TechCrunch. He’s also the man behind most popular internet marketing products: KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, Quick Sprout and Hello Bar. He’s kind of a big deal. Follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

Fervil, sure. Thanks for having me. Prior to getting started in Internet marketing I was just like any other kid, interested in making a buck and finding new ways to keep myself entertained on the web. I really got into SEO & Internet marketing in high school. I took a class at the local junior college and met someone who sparked my interest in becoming a SEO. I wish I knew where he was now so I could thank him :) My curiosity took off from there and that’s how I got to where I am today.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did you get there?

I don’t discuss those numbers as I don’t really think they are relevant. How I got here: lots of hard work and some luck :) .

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

Learn all the tactics and focus on a strategy that involves content promotion and conversion optimization. I think those are the two elements people often overlook.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

There honestly isn’t a secret strategy. I am a firm believer that the keywords are out there and your ideal customer is using them to get their intended results. I think competitive research is something that definitely should be prioritized if you want to find the right keywords. I myself prefer going after a long tail strategy through content marketing.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

I think creating natural links via content marketing is always your best bet. I would suggest everyone utilize that strategy if they want to succeed in 2014 and beyond.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

My only tip would be to ask what their budget is and figure out their core strengths and weaknesses. It’s easier to pitch a client a higher budget when you and they know the results are attainable.  Also focus your pitch based on ROI. Most companies won’t have a problem paying you a million dollars if you can prove that you can make them $10 million.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

( The answer remains a mystery as Neil wanted to keep it as a secret. =P )

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

I would highly recommend checking out Hubspot, SEOMoz & Search Engine Land. All the articles on those sites are helpful and great with actionable tips. I continually read those sites on a weekly basis.

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Just go for it. People often get caught up in the minute of all the processes. I think anyone interested should just start blogging and creating great content.  

Sean Si - Motivational and leadership speaker, author of SEO Hacker

Sean Si

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Sean Si is a motivational & leadership speaker who’s also the author of SEO Hacker. He’s considered as one of the great pillars of SEO in the Philippines. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

Well hey, I used to be a wedding singer and a technical specialist in Hewlett Packard (HP) before I went into SEO. It didn’t make much sense for me to stick with HP because I lived in Paranaque and I had to commute to my office in Ortigas while earning the same salary I was making from my SEO work from home job.

To top it off, deducting the tax, PhilHealth, SSS and other legal stuff from my HP salary just made my SEO gig more sensible for me to pursue.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did you get there?

SEO Hacker is earning a gross revenue of $17,000 – we’ve actually published it on our blog and you can subscribe to our next series on how we got there through the form after every blog post.

Here’s how it actually looks like:

seo hacker income report

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

Check out how Venchito Tampon does it in digitalphilippines. I think he’s doing a swell job as a new player in the scene – attracting attention in a short span of time.

Some things he did well (among other things) are:

  • Crowdsourced knowledge and expertise based entries
  • Interviews from prominent niche personalities
  • Guest posting on other authoritative websites

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

Keywords highly depend on the client’s business strategy and core competency.

We focus our keyword targeting on those two things. I think that if you don’t base your keywords on those 2 things, it would produce a meaningless campaign with minimal to no results on your SEO efforts.

How I get my team around the business strategy and core competency is that we have open lines of communication with the clients. We exchange ideas, review their inbound organic keywords, check out their keyword verticals, etc.

Basically it’s all about communication and a close study of the client’s business.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

Everything that’s not in the mainstream. If guest post is making the news and blogs, pause. Go with another form of linkbuilding first such as broken linkbuilding. And vice versa. I wrote the Untold Secrets of Linkbuilding here.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

Build your brand. Document your company’s history, success, clients, team, know-how’s, etc. This should shoot up the market’s confidence in your SEO company, and consequently, attract high paying clients.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

Pepperoni Pizza!

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

Brian Clark of Copyblogger – building a huge SaaS company from a single blog

Alex Turnbull  of Groove – his recent ultra transparent Groove blog and how he started out is extremely motivating for me as a bootstrap entrepreneur

Jason Acidre – because he’s a brilliant strategist and is extremely generous about it at his blog. Need I say more?

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Thanks! May the Lord and His work be your ultimate inspiration.

Keep pushing. Things can get really tough (In fact, it still is for me). Laser focus on one main product/service/strategy can mean the tipping point for your business.

You don’t need a lot of know-hows and product offerings to succeed. You just need a really awesome few – and a great team to back you up.

Michael King - iPullRank author & global associate at Moz

Michael King

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Michael King is the author of iPullRank and is currently the Global Associate at Moz. Mike was the former director of Marketing and Strategy for iAcquire where he led growth initiatives. Today, he works as an independent consultant offering digital marketing services to online businesses. Follow him on Twitter.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

My name is Michael King. I’m just a guy trying to change the world while getting clients great results. I’ve been doing marketing for about 8 years now. I’ve worked at some of the bigger multinational agencies like Razorfish and Publicis Modem. I’ve also gotten great results for clients of all sizes, from start-ups and small businesses all the way to the Fortune 100. I got into SEO due to an accident that left me with medical bills. The first place to hire me was an SEO agency.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did get there?

LOL. That question is a bit taboo, in the States, at least. I make a decent living and I got there, just like everyone else, through hard work and great results for my clients.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

It depends on the goals of the site and what that budget actually is, but the general strategy should be to make content people want and put it in front of them in the places that they are most active. Whether that is in Social Media, through Organic Search or email and active communities is up to what you discover in your research. Ultimately, though, it boils down quality content that people care about that leads to action.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

I don’t have any secrets for keyword research. I’ve given my approaches away many times. I tie all keyword research to personas and user journeys. The tools I use most for finding keywords are the Keyword Planner, Ubersuggest, Trends and Bottlenose (for social keyword research). However the most important part is that I have the context for the keywords because what I want most is qualified traffic not just traffic.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

The best way to scale link building that will sit well with Google right now is compelling content coupled with broken link building. Think about it, fixing broken links by creating better resources and updating pre-existing links helps the web and search quality. Standard outreach is also still worth doing as is high quality (I want to stress high quality) guest posting. I’d also suggest intelligent managed uses of Zemanta. Also, people should consider building links for traffic rather than just for rankings. I don’t care if the link is noFollow if it drives me qualified traffic. After all is, that not what you’re looking to get out of rankings anyway? Finally, the first step should always be looking at your existing links. Moreoften than not my clients have a quick win in fixing 302s, 4XXs and 5XXs in their existing link targets and they see good come from that overnight.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

You can’t have what the client pays you be the main criteria. I’ve worked on numerous big brands that will pay big dollars, but can’t get things done which makes it difficult to get results. That’s not what you want. What you want is great clients that are ready to implement things and get results. There’s no hack for finding those types of clients. You just need to build a reputation for developing compelling strategies, doing great work and getting great results.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you’ve ever tasted?

Hard to say, I’ve had a lot of awesome food. I’d say my grandmother, when she was alive, probably made the best food I’ve ever had. Some of my favorite restaurants in NYC are STK, Tao and Blue Ribbon if that’s what you’re asking. And cheesesteaks, I really love cheesesteaks from Ishkabibbles in Philly.

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

I’ve got too many favorites to name. It would be a disservice to rest to just list three. Just have a look at who I follow on twitter, there are some brilliant minds in there. That and a bunch of fake Mad Men character accounts.

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Thanks for your kind words. My advice would be Always Be Learning. There’s so much to know about creating things on the internet. Make it a goal to constantly learn new things so you can always bring a creative approach to the work you’re doing for your clients.

Vic Abrugar - Brand strategist, founder of Optixor and BusinessTips.Ph

Victorino Abrugar

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Vic Abrugar is a brand strategist and online business consultant from the Philippines. He’s the founder of businesstips.ph and author of the popular Integrated Marketing Blog Optixor. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

I’m actually an accountant, but I have this passion about online marketing and web development even before I passed the CPA board exam in November 2004. I worked in a auditing firm while doing my online activities during the night. When I resigned from my day job, I concentrated on building my own blogs. I was blogging on the business and finance category ever since because this is my niche and where my accounting profession aligns. In blogging, SEO is vital to survive and succeed. Without implementing online marketing and SEO, your blogs will hardly beat the competition. That is the reason why I learned online marketing, particularly SEO. You can read my blog at Optixor for more of my articles and stories.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did you get there?

As a freelancer, you can’t really tell how much do you earn because there are times that you are not serving any client and you just want to take a long vacation or just have a happy-go-lucky life. However you can tell the market value of a SEO/online marketer by determining how much his client would pay per hour/day/month to get his services. You can tell his value not through the price he offers to clients but through the price his clients are willing to pay to him, as anyone can just easily price himself without really getting clients. To give you an idea, I got offers ranging from Php 50K-Php 100K (est. $1250-$2500) per month per project. However, it’s not a guarantee that I am earning since I will not earn if I will not accept the job. Since I am also working on my own projects (which are under development), I occasionally turn down clients, get no income, and just spend expenses on my own projects. Thus, I get loss instead of earning. ;)

How did I get there?

Raising up your market value is a matter of personal branding. You’ve got to be a thought leader in online marketing or SEO which is your field of expertise. You have to show that you have a successful websites or blogs. You have to show that you have exceptionally high-quality content that can drive tons of traffic and encourage tons of social shares. You’ve got to earn good testimonials from your perks and clients.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

Marketing needs money, time and people. If you don’t have money, you have to put a lot of time and people on it. I recommend implementing integrated marketing, which is a combination of content marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and relationship marketing. Your content will be the cornerstone of your marketing campaign. Your SEO, social media and relationship with your target audience will highly depend on it. Hence, you have to create or generate exceptionally high-quality content. When I say exceptionally high-quality content, it must be something that can beat your bigger competitors’ content. Create a blog post that is worth more than a blog. I mean publish a blog post that generates more traffic and social mentions than an entire blog. Have you seen one blog post that can generate a hundred thousand or even million of visitors? Well, concentrate your time and skills on having that kind of post. Moreover, create more posts like that as you many as you can.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

The secret in finding profitable niches and keywords doesn’t lie on niches and keywords. It lies on the product, service or solution you can offer to your target audience or customers. You can be in a profitable niche and you can rank in a profitable keyword, but if you don’t deliver what you’ve got to deliver, you will still lose.

Most online marketers misunderstood the meaning of niche. Niche is not synonymous with field, topic or category.  Niche means a field, topic, category, job or and activity that best suits you. In other words, you are not in your niche if that field or activity doesn’t suits you or you don’t have a passion/expertise in it. If you want to find a profitable niche, find one where you’re passionate about or an expert of. You can always reject a client if his niche is not your niche. It’s just a matter of management and quality control.

Keyword research is an activity for customers or for our audience who want to search for our content. When online marketers do keyword research, it becomes a reverse engineering process. We do that to get feedback, study our target customers, research our competitors, and ultimately come up with the best product, content or solution. If you want to find a profitable keyword, find one where you can beat your competitors and ultimately provide the best product, solution or content to the related audience or market.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

The best link building strategy today is an integrated strategy. We have to earn high-quality and deep inbound links to ensure long-term SEO success. I always practice integrated online marketing strategy, which is a combination of content marketing, social/tribal marketing, SEO and relationship marketing. If you’re asking for a strategy, it is broad. But if you’re asking for tactics, here are my tactics:

  • I start on assessing my expertise to ensure that I will gain trust from my target audience.
  • Research for a topic based on my expertise.
  • Check out my competitors to determine if I can create something that can beat their contents.
  • Create the content which can stand out from the crowd (link-baiting is a good way to earn backlinks).
  • Reach out influencers/authority bloggers whom you’ve mentioned in your content (they would link to your content to spread the news).
  • Share your content on social media.
  • Share your content on groups with like-minded people.
  • Create friends on those groups (your friends will usually link to your content if it’s useful).
  • If you have some extra bucks, try to buy ads for extended reach to make sure that your content will reach more audience who are directly interested to it.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

  • Build a blog.
  • Publish several awesome content that can wow your clients.
  • Join professional groups or communities with like-minded people.
  • Build your professional and personal brand.
  • Spend time on making your landing page or service page attractive to clients. I got one client who wants to hire me because he like that way I described my services. So don’t be lazy on crafting the best words on your services page.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

Leche flan specially made by my mother.

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

Seth Godin – One of the greatest marketing minds of our time.

Neil Patel – We can learn both great SEO and entrepreneurship from him

Jason Acidre – for bringing Philippine SEO to the map of the world.

Hmmm. Any best posts from their blog? I guess you have to read all their blog posts. :)

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

My advice is to learn the whole thing about marketing. SEO is only a part of marketing. You cannot be good at one part if you don’t understand the whole thing. By getting the whole picture of marketing, you will be able to integrate all the marketing strategies, tactics and techniques to form a powerful SEO campaign.

Also, for beginners and aspirants I advise them to continue experimenting and getting meaningful experiences. Passion and momentum are not enough to bring you to success. The IM world is a very competitive industry. You cannot win with only passion and momentum. You’ve got to have a lot of experiences.

Matthew Barby - Content-led SEO, digital strategist at Wyatt International

Matthew Barby

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Matthew Barby is a UK-based digital strategist and internet marketing consultant who’s into developing content-led SEO strategies. Follow him on Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

I’ve always had an interest within digital marketing and taught myself to code basic HTML/CSS from an early age. I went on to do a degree in business and management where I specialised more on the e-business side of things and this really got me digging deeper into SEO in particular. As a result, I started testing out link building strategies and run a few personal projects to help fund my university social life! After some steep learning curves, I moved into a local digital agency to head up the SEO and social side of things. This really was invaluable experience and gave me a remit to test out my ideas on a larger scale, which was great.

Now, I oversee digital strategy at Wyatt International, a heritage UK marketing agency and I work with some of the biggest brands in the world. Alongside this, I’ve do a lot of consulting and mentoring work for business owners and marketing professionals to help share some of my knowledge and advice with them.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did get there?

That one thing I prefer to keep to myself, I’m afraid :) Having said that, I can share that one of the biggest boosts in my income has really come from putting in the time to establish myself as a voice within the industry. I don’t like to brand myself as a guru as I hate the word, but I like to think that I have enough experience of running successful digital campaigns that I can actually share valuable insights with others. The largest majority of leads that I get come from when I write actionable articles, usually focused around content marketing and SEO.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

This is a dilemma that a lot of business owners face. There are a number of ways you can approach things, but you really need to go back to basics first. If you don’t actually have a good product/service then you’ve fallen at the first hurdle. If you want to go in and offer another me-too product that doesn’t really differ from others on the market, then you’ll likely need to win by spending more. If you’re offering is good and unique then my advice is that you spend as much time as possible building relationships with the press. These are the guys that can help catapult your business online. Make sure you understand what they want from you and how you can give it to them. Content is everything here, so make sure you’re getting this across when contacting them.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

One of the worst kept secrets for finding really profitable niches is through using Long Tail Pro. This is my number one tool for identifying quick opportunities to capitalise on.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

My approach is to focus more on developing big content assets that can be used to bring in high end, top tier links. Not only that but they will last the stretch of time. Investing in the development of a big piece of content can be scary sometimes, but the results that you can get from it are incredible. Forget churning out loads of links to low end blogs. Forget directory submissions and web 2.0 links. Think big. Think editorially earned links from the likes of BuzzFeed, BBC, The Guardian, TIME, etc.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

Practise what you preach. You could be the best digital marketer in the world, but if you’re not showing it then how will anyone know? Spend time on developing your reputation and sharing knowledge within the industry. Once you’ve built a following of people that want to listen to you, you can charge a premium for your time.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you’ve ever tasted?

Without a doubt, it was the Massaman curry that I had when I was in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. I even remember the name of the place I got it: Papaya. If you’re ever around there, make sure you visit!

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

1. AJ Kohn - http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/build-your-authority-not-your-author-rank

2. Justin Cutroni - https://cutroni.com/blog/2013/02/18/a-pr-dashboard-for-google-analytics/

3. Matthew Woodward - http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/how-i-built-a-top-100-blog-in-12-months/

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Firstly, I really appreciate that :) I think that the biggest advice that I could give is to read as much as you can and then actually test things out yourself. Buy a domain and get it hosted (just buy a basic WordPress template to go within it) then start seeing what works to rank the site – this really is the best way to learn.

Venchito Tampon Jr. - Expert content marketer & link builder, author of Digital Philippines

Venchito Tampon Jr.

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Venchito Tampon Jr. is an SEO consultant in the Philippines. He specializes in content marketing, link building and offers blog management services to local and offshore clients. Follow him on Twitter.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

I started my internet marketing career way back in December 2012. I stumbled upon one job offer in Onlinejobs.ph and it caught my interest that time. The job description stated that the company needed an SEO professional who knew about keyword research, keyword density, writing, use of SEO tools, and other SEO activities. Since that time, I was working on some freelance writing projects, I applied for that position (SEO) even though I didn’t have any background with link building and SEO activities (but I knew that writing is a must in SEO).

After two months, I was fired by the company and wait for several weeks to apply for another SEO job. While waiting, I enhanced my SEO skills (more particularly in the marketing and writing sides of it) through reading tons of books, articles and resources that I could download online.

In April 2013, I started my own SEO blog where I share a lot of things that I learned in the SEO industry (mostly about link building). I tested different marketing tactics that I know will be effective to market my website and will be worthy to share to my blog audience.

That is where my SEO journey started.

 If you want to learn more about the latest updates in the local industry, you can check out my post about the current state of SEO in the Philippines.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did get there?

I can’t answer that question, sorry for that. :D  

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

If you don’t have a very big budget for your marketing campaigns, then start doing SEO/search marketing for your new website.

Our SEO process starts with analyzing our competitors’ websites and getting insights from their work.

Competitor Analysis

Learning from your competitors and from the industry you’re working in is a good starting point in search marketing. If you can determine the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors, then you can create an effective SEO strategy that can help your site win over theirs.

When you do a competitor analysis, there are data that you should get from your competitors and they are stated below:

Pages/sites linking to your competitor’s website which you can potentially target to get links for your site. Look at the site’s backlink profile using Ahrefs and Cognitive SEO. See how they got links. Did they guest blog? Sponsored an event? Reached out to get some product reviews? Basically, the point is you must understand their link building techniques that they used to get backlinks in the past.

List of keywords. Go over to Ahrefs and grab your competitor’s site. See Anchors in the Inbound Links tab. You will discover keywords/terms that are related to your industry that you can also target for your own link building campaign.

Call to actions (for CRO). Aside from SEO, conversion rate optimization or CRO is also essential in getting leads and sales for your business. SEO allows you to get some traffic from search while CRO helps you convert those traffic numbers (visitors) into customers/clients.

To get some ideas for your call to actions, you can simply look at the site’s web places: optin form (subscription box)resource page, service pages and their other landing pages.

Content assetsThey may have a content asset that has managed to acquire natural links. By looking at your competitor’s blog content, you can get inspiration from their content pieces and use it for your own content marketing campaign. Use Topsy and Buzzsumo to find their best content assets (those that gained a lot of shares).

You can visit our full service SEO page and learn from our SEO process.

One good quote:

To educate is to sell.” – Jason Acidre

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

I commend Dan Shure for this technique in finding profitable keywords. Here is how it goes:

Grab the URL of your competitor’s homepage or its top landing page and paste it in Google Keyword PlannerThen click, Get Ideas. And bang! You now have a list of keywords that you can target for your website (these are the terms that your competitor may have been targeting for his business). Take it to your own advantage.

Then use SEMRush to see potential profitability of the keyword and Google Trends for its seasonality.

You can also get a list of keywords from your competitors’ FAQs pages. Most of the time, they include their target keywords and questions that their customers are frequently asking for about their services/products.

By skimming on the FAQs pages, you’ll be able to discover profitable keywords that you can use for you own SEO campaign.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

Content driven link building strategy. People should often link to your content and not to your homepage.

And if you want to acquire natural links for your brand, then you must have linkable assets placed within your website. Linkable assets are content pieces that can passively attract natural links over time because of their inherent values (e.g. information) that they provide to their users.

Here are some resources that you might want to check out:

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

Start a blog.

Big companies want to see first how you perform your SEO strategy before getting your services and you can only share it through blogging. Start small with your blog. Share all the things that you learned within the week and along the way, add some resource pages that include unexpected hooks and will certainly generate leads as you go promoting them.

7. ) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

Maki. It’s a Japanese cooked vegetable rice that you will often see in Japanese food stores. If you love eating Asian food, then you would love Maki as well. 

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

Jason Acidre How I do linkbaiting on @kaiserthesage.

Ross Hudgens – Content Marketing in Boring Industries

Brian Dean – Google’s 200 Ranking Factors 

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Never give up.

There will come a time that you will do your experiment for a certain technique/element, and you end up failing over 10 times. That time you fail, never give up. Trust God, trust yourself and do what it takes to reach your goal.

David Jenyns - Australia's topnotch internet marketer and serial entrepreneur

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David Jenyns was a Brazilian Ju-jitsu champ during his early years. Today, he has become one of the best SEO specialists in Australia. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

A friend and I created a study guide for a charting package called the MetaStock Programming Study Guide. It sold really well in our immediate community but then beyond that, it was hard to get the word out.

We knew we had a great product; we just needed more people to see it. So I got interested in marketing. I started with some offline marketing and then moved into online marketing and then SEO.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did you get there?

It’s always hard when comparing wealth from country to country since the cost of living is very different in Australia when compared to other parts of the world as well. I’m not too sure how helpful this would be? As far as “How to get there”, it was just a one step at a time and growing things overtime. You make your first dollar online then you go for two and then three. Selling good products and services that help solve people’s problems.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

Basically one of the methods that we’re doing (which we’ll talk about in our upcoming workshopthe SEO method 4) is running mini-workshops. Recording it, editing and chopping that up into bits – repurposing the audio, transcripts, and articles and syndicating it out across the web. It’s a great way to position the business and business owners as industry leaders.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

What I try to do is identify where markets are merging, what niches and spaces are expanding rather than contracting and trying to getinto those. By picking the right space you can do quite well. Finding the right keywords is just thinking about what people are actually looking. We do a lot of targeting geographically because that is a good way to get quick wins.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

I mentioned creating high quality content and syndicating it out. That works incredibly well! Some other ways include recording testimonials about different products and services and then sending those off to product/service. More often and not, they will post the video and then also a link back.

6.)  Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

It’s about positioning yourself as the expert, the premium provider and then making relationships with those people who already have your target market. Work with some small clients and get some good results and then you go slightly high and get good results.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

I have tried a few different things while traveling – everything from cockroach in Thailand and raw horse in Japan! As far as my favorite though… yeah, there are so many good food out there.Maybe my wife’s spaghetti Bolognese.

8.)  Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

As far as the “Top 3 favorite SEO and IM pros in the whole web”

I don’t really follow “popular” SEOs or IMers. I learn by doing things in the field. I do have a few people within my circle but they’re not really out there.

9.)  You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Always focus on your clients and delivering great value – don’t sell products or services you don’t believe in.

Louie Sison - Make money online blogger and Pampanga directory connoisseur

Louie Sison

Louie Sison - SEO

Louie Sison hails from Pampanga, Philippines. He’s a full-time Sr. Associate Manager and part time blogger. Considered blogging as a hobby but earns substantial income online. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

1. ) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

I am Louie Sison. I’m from San Fernando, Pampanga. I currently work as a Sr. Associate Manager of a Global BPO company in Clark Air Base. I am basically in charge of managing a department responsible for the reports and analytics of the business.

I am a proud father of a 7-month old baby girl and happily married for two years. My relaxations are basketball and reading. If I were given a change, I would like to be a mix martial arts contender.

My story in internet marketing started in November 2009. I was a part-time web developer back then when I met a blogger client who wanted me to create a WordPress theme for her new blog site.

She showed me one of her blogs where she earns passive income from Google AdSense advertisements. I got really interested with the opportunity so I tried it myself. I started blogging with a Blogspot.com platform to test it out for free before I really jump into it.

Soon enough, I bought my first ever domain name and set up a self-hosted blog site. However after a year, I had to abandon the blog because I got exhausted gathering contents for my posts. I was still inexperienced back then and didn’t have a clear planning and direction to where I want to set my blog’s purpose.

I didn’t stop learning about blogging. In fact, I even dug dipper to understand how to passively make money online through blogging.

To date, I am maintaining three websites:

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did get there?

I don’t usually disclose, but I don’t want you to get disappointed either. (wink)

My monthly AdSense income from pampangadirectory.net alone averages $100 to $130. It’s not a huge income compared to other internet marketers, but for me it’s just adequate considering that my online work is a supplementary to my main job.

In addition to that, blogging in particular has become my passion. I enjoy connecting with other people through my contents. An avenue to express my ideas and an opportunity for my voice to be heard. That’s what rewards me the most.

How did I get here?

There’s one thing I didn’t regret doing – that is not stopping after my failure. Just continue doing what you believe is true and beneficial. Eventually, you will learn the ins and outs the system if you put your heart in it.

Always be determined to reach your goals, short terms and long terms. Collaborate with people with your similar interest. Be a disciple and a mentor at the same time. Lastly, just enjoy what you do.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

This is not new to me. In fact, I don’t pay a dime for any online marketing campaign for my sites because I do it myself, although I completely recognize the potential growth of income if I set aside budget for marketing.

My advice on how to market a new website based on my experience:

a)      Start with your content. Make sure that your content is with great quality, consistency and relevant to the need of your target audience.

b)      Do a thorough research regarding the demographics and persona of your market. In that way, you can point out accurate requirements for your content.

c)       Learn Search Engine Optimization so you can do the campaigns yourself.

d)      Build a loyal community from online trust and branding.

e)      Utilize free marketing mediums such as networking sites and micro-blog sites.

f)       Join groups that provide helpful insights that will empower your marketing campaigns.

g)      Do a test of your site’s user experience and request honest commentaries from actual users.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

In my own experience in keyword research, I always aim for specific and highly targeted keywords because it delivers more relevant traffic to my blogs. A well targeted traffic can lead to potentially higher profit.

With regards to niche targeting, I always follow my purpose and passion. I make sure that the niche I target has a connection with my expertise or advocacy. In this way, I can easily relate to the potential problems and concerns – making it easier for me to create relevant contents.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

When I build links for my website, I always keep in mind that the following aspects:

  • It should be placed where the link is more likely to be clicked
  • Anchor texts should be descriptive or the one that will invoke high click-through percentages.
  • The link should be planted on an active page

The best link building strategies for me are:

a)      Create high quality content that solves persistent problems or answers frequently asked questions. People who will find your content to be very valuable will most likely refer you.

b)      Develop high appealing content assets such as inforgraphics, video and images.

c)       Regularly contribute contents to high-traffic publication websites.

d)      Produce a collaborated content from authority personnel/sources such as this interview blog post.

6.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you have ever tasted?

There are actually a lot because I love to eat. But let me just tell you the one I tasted when I was in India. The dish is called chicken Biryani.

7.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

I was able to interview 3 of the top SEO Filipino practitioners. I would like to share their insights from my publication instead:

a)      Jason Acidre – How to outline a basic SEO campaign plan

b)      Sean Si – How to get top position or ranking in SEO: Newbie’s standpoint

c)       Benj Ariola – If links are important in SEO, how do I get them?

8.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Thank you for your appreciation. I am honored that you consider me as one of your inspirations. Here are my advices to:

To the beginners –

Make sure that you know what your purpose is first. And then have clarity on the processes and to the campaigns you plan to take. Everything might seem hard and impossible to achieve in the beginning, but don’t stop. Keep pushing yourself to learn the basics and become an expert of doing it.

To the SEO aspirants –

There are a lot of resources where you can learn Search Engine Optimization. Don’t get yourself overwhelmed with the information. Master each techniques one at a time so you can measure your development. Above all of your learning, execution is the key to become successful in this field.

Glen Dimaandal - Seasoned SEO and online marketing expert from the Philippines

Glen Dimaandal

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing? 

glen dimaandal - seo

Currently working as online marketing manager for Emerson Electric, Glen Dimaandal have also successfully helped many online businesses since he started working as SEO in 2008. Follow him on LinkedIn.

I’d say I’m a very average guy. I’m not particularly talented at anything and I’m not a natural hard worker. I’m like everyone else, but I’d like to think I make sensible decisions when they matter most.

I started out as a blogger for a small gaming site called QJ.net in 2007 and this is where I learned the basics of blogging and SEO. It was fortunate that SEO and content creation come hand in hand, which opened up opportunities for me later on. I was able to get a home-based SEO job in late 2008 and became an SEO supervisor in 2009. The rest, as they say, is history.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did get there? 

Enough to feed my family. Not enough to retire early.:)

I got there by constantly improving my skills, adding little things to my writing ability and working hard when I need to. I also made it a point to satisfy my clients and bosses. One of the biggest keys was making a lot of good friends in the SEO industry, which is a definite plus in establishing credibility and gaining some mindshare.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

Budget is very important when you want to successfully launch a new website. However, it’s certainly not the be-all and end-all of SEO. Getting the basics right is the first step towards good rankings. I would recommend focusing on the following items at the onset:

Make sure the site is technically sound – the website has to just plain work. Make sure that the build of your CMS is stable and that your hosting is reliable. Get all the right plugins installed and make sure your internal links are working. If you’re using Flash or JQuery or HTML5 for visuals, make sure that the graphical assets are loading correctly across different browsers and devices.

Have a Logical Content Roadmap – One of the most common mistakes that new websites make is writing content for the sake of having content. Simply writing page copy and blog posts based on target keywords is not good enough in today’s search engine landscape. Personally, I like building content that follows a core theme. I always focus on the things that give my audience pleasure and the things that take away their pains.  From there, I create assets like whitepapers, videos, blog posts, SlideShare decks, etc. I schedule their releases with an editorial calendar and I promote them with social media and partner websites.

It’s very important to make the content as original as possible. I’ve stopped hiring writers who regurgitate content from other sites and do minor spins on them. I hire smart people who can grow into subject matter experts for the websites I handle. This allows them to create content assets that competitors will not be able to easily duplicate. These content assets are also the reason why visitors would keep coming back to a site and these can be leveraged for email and social media opt-ins.

Usability – One of the most underrated parts of SEO is usability. Giving visitors an easy, no-strings attached experience when they’re trying to find content on your website is a key in attracting return visits. This works in your favor if you don’t have a particularly big budget. Smart user experiences are founded on simplicity and common sense. No need for fancy or expensive design work. Be as direct and as unintrusive as possible and you’ll be on the right track.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords? 

Finding a niche really isn’t a function of going through keywords and figuring out which ones to go after. If I’m starting a new website, I’m not going to focus my energy on finding a low competition-high traffic keyword that I may or may not be an expert in. To me, your niche is something that you come to the game with. It’s either you’re an expert on something or you’re not. Consider the things that you find interesting and that you have a lot of knowledge on. That will give you an idea of the kind of people you want to attract to your website. From there, you can list down the keywords in your field of expertise and use Google Keyword Planner to check which ones have the most searches.

In keyword research, I usually tell the people that their knowledge should drive the technology (in this case, Keyword Planner). If you’re doing it the other way around and you’re allowing the technology to drive the way you do business, you’ll find yourself in a difficult situation m moving forward.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend? 

It depends on the nature of the business, but generally these are the methods I still find relevant:

Building unique and compelling content – This really is the point of building a website: offering content and experiences that resonate with people. If you have a good asset like, say, Copyblogger’s whitepapers, people are bound to talk about it, recommend it and link to it.

Influencer outreach – Even before the guest posting penalty was introduced by Google, I have always been very selective with my guest posting prospects. I only guest post with sites that have a real, organic blog followings. You can tell if a site is influential in its niche by checking engagement signals. See how vibrant its social media presence is and check if their posts are getting a lot of sensible comments. When I guest post, I do it with branding and exposure in mind. The links that I get are a distant secondary priority.

Press Outreach – For big businesses that release unique products in major verticals, press releases are great. I’ve gotten links from sites like the New York Times, the BBC and TechRepublic after we put out press releases about our latest launches, events and product updates. In some cases, news sites and bloggers reach out to us for interviews and we leverage these opportunities to score some really good, natural links. Using HelpaReporter.com is a great way for getting noticed by news sites that need insights from people who are knowledgeable in a wide range of topics.

Facebook Satellite Pages – This is one of the best generators of traffic and natural links for us. The way most sites do social media campaigns is by creating branded fan pages that people don’t really recognize (unless it’s a major consumer brand). We took the other route and we create several generic pages dedicated to topics related to our product. For instance, I have a client who owns a website that offers guided tours to Americans visiting Italy. Instead of creating just a Facebook page named after the site, we created pages about Italy, Italian food, Italian cars, etc. These are things that people readily like and we now have about 80,000 followers combined. We just manage the pages and provide a regular stream of content to share. We promote our site’s content via these channels and we get a lot of visits to our pages because of it. It’s also a good way to connect with other bloggers since influencers tend to follow pages like these. That gives us linking and guest posting opportunities that we can’t get with regular email outreach alone.

Smart Twitter Hashtagging – in the Twitterverse, knowing what hashtags to use can help get your content noticed by your industry’s influencers. Follow them and see what kind of shastags they use. Use the ones that make sense for your content and see what kind of traction you get. Some of our best relationships and linking opportunities can be attributed to posts that had hashtags which influencers constantly check.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients? 

I don’t think I have one, single tip for hooking up with good clients. This is a function of business savvy and your values. I do use the following principles to filter out good leads from bad ones:

•         Knowing the dollar value of my time and work – To make things simple, I decided on a dollar amount that is acceptable for me if someone will make me work on an hourly basis. This allows me to easily see which projects are worth my attention and which ones I’d rather pass on. The worst thing for an SEO specialist is to be stuck in a project that doesn’t feel like it pays enough. If I’m taking on a project, I make sure that the rates make me and my employees happy while giving the customer a high degree of value for their investment.

•         Client selectivity – I pre-qualify potential clients based on the industry that they operate in and their commitment to a possible campaign. If the budget looks small and unsustainable, those are red flags. If the campaign is doomed to lose because the financial backbone isn’t there, I probably will pass. If the client seems racist, condescending or paranoid, I politely tell them to take their business elsewhere.

•         Not racing to the bottom – A lot of SEO companies in the Philippines seem to think that lowering their prices and offering standardized packages is the way to attract clients. I don’t know if that approach works, but I have a different way of doing things. While the majority tries to kill each other by racing to the bottom of the price ladder, I price my team’s services according to our expertise level, the quality of our services and the value we provide to the customer. We don’t worry too much about how other people price their SEO. We worry about providing excellent, personalized services that are tailor-made for a site’s specific needs.

•         Project’s Potential for Success – As a team, we never go into wars that we think are impossible to win. We’ve turned down big prospects who had unreasonable expectations. Being selective in projects that you take on allows you to build a great track record. When these clients enjoy success with you, they’ll hire you for new projects and they’ll introduce you to other website owners who need your services. This is my secret on how I generate high-conversion leads without even having my own website. We strive to do our best work for our existing clients and we get referrals to new good clients as a result.

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you’ve tasted ever? 

Gummy bears. It’s not even close. If gummy bears could sustain a healthy body, I’d eat them exclusively.

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse? 

I have a lot of people that I respect in this industry. It’s tough to pick the top 3 but here goes:

Brian Clark (Copyblogger) – Writing ability is one of the most useful yet most underrated skills in SEO. If you know how to write good content and your site does a great job of persuading visitors to heed calls to action, you’re halfway home. Brian has excellent insights on copywriting and content marketing. He teaches in a way that’s simple, easy to grasp and entertaining even for people new to online marketing. I definitely recommend one of their classic whitepapers Copywriting 101.

Rand Fishkin – He needs no introduction. He’s the top dog in Moz and he’s one of the most revered minds in the SEO landscape. I don’t have a particular classic post from him, but I do recommend watching his Whiteboard Friday video series religiously.

Jason Acidre – Locally, I think Jason is a great example to follow. He proved that Filipinos have a place in SEO’s global stage. It made me realize we’re not just service providers for clients looking for cheap labor. We can be thought leaders, too, if we play our cards right. One of my favorite posts from his blog is his guide on becoming an influencer.

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants? 

Love what you do, always play to win and be as honest as possible. Think critically: don’t be afraid to challenge the rules if they aren’t serving your business needs. Finally, use SEO as a platform for positively impacting the lives of the people around you. Financial success and career growth is more satisfying when more than one person is reaping the benefits.

Brian Dean - The shrewd link builder and Einstein SEO of Backlinko
brian dean seo

When you desperately need tactics in keyword research and link building, Brian Dean is the best guy that you should turn to. He is the founder of the popular site Backlinko. Follow him on Twitter.

1.) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before and after you got acquainted with SEO and internet marketing?

I actually studied nutrition (of all things) in college. Fortunately, I came across an incredible book, The Four Hour Workweek, which got me out of the 9-5 mindset…and into entrepreneurship. SEO and internet marketing naturally followed.

2.) No beating around the bush, how much do you earn now? How did you get there?

Backlinko is a private company so I rather not reveal earnings. So I’ll just say that the site nets 6-figures annually.

3.) Can you give us an advice on how to market a new website without having a very big budget?

The most important thing you can do is focus on creating ONE amazing piece of content to start out with. Most people fritter away precious marketing dollars on mass quantities of “me too” content.

The ROI of one epic piece of content is 100x more than 50 mediocre blog posts. Although an epic piece of content takes a lot of time, it’s not necessarily expensive to create and promote.

4.) Let’s go discuss about keyword research and niche targeting. Would you mind sharing some of your best kept secrets in finding profitable niches and keywords?

If you want to find a profitable niche, follow the money. Head over to sites like ODigger and OfferVault.com to see what types of leads (and traffic) people are already paying money for.

I usually start my keyword research by finding “niche clouds”. As I describe in excruciating detail here, niche clouds are basically smaller niches that make up your larger niche. For example, if you sold organic coffee, your niche clouds would be things like “healthy foods”, “green living” and “gourmet food”.

Once you identify a few niche clouds, head over to forums where the people in those niche clouds tend to congregate.

On forums you’ll find not just what problems your target audience is having…but the EXACT way that they phrase those problems.  That phrasing is usually translates into keywords that they type into Google.

5.) What do you think is the best link building strategy in 2014 that you also practice and would surely recommend?

Definitely email outreach in some format. To build links that work in 2014, you need to get natural, editorial links from relevant sites. And there’s no better way to do that than with email outreach.

6.) Could you cite an actionable tip on getting high paying clients?

Connect with a web developer. Most web developers HATE SEO and are more than happy to pass their development clients onto an expert (for a finder’s fee of course). I actually started my SEO agency from scratch using this approach. 

7.) Million dollar question: what’s the best food you’ve ever tasted?

Good one! I had a piece of chocolate cake in Paris last year that’s definitely up there.

8.) Name top 3 of your favorite SEO/IM pros in the whole wide web. Any best post/s from their blog you wish to endorse?

Neil Patel (Quick Sprout)

Noah Kagan (OkDork)

Glen Allsop (Viper Chill)

9.) You’re really an inspiration to us. What’s the coolest advice you want to share to beginners and other SEO aspirants?

Thanks!

SEO is much easier when you build and promote an amazing site.

Focus on that and the job of SEO suddenly gets (relatively) easy.

I hope you have learned some cool SEO stuff from these brilliant minds! If you like this post  you’re free to share it. Follow me in social media or subscribe for more blog updates. Cheerio!

~Fervil Von, SEO Philippines~

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Fervil Von Tripoli is a passionate Filipino search engine optimization specialist and the author for FV SEO Philippines blog. He always spends quality time in studying, writing, and testing new cutting edge tactics in SEO while drinking his favorite coffee. You can check out more info about Fervil Von.
  • Sornie Samante

    Aw, amazing people :)

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thanks for visiting my blog Sorn! :)

  • http://kindlerecords.com/ Lovey

    It is amazing to read about Neil, I love quicksprout. Have you tried Brian Dean? He’s one of the best too.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Yes, I’ve got in touch with Brian but I think he’s unavailable at the moment. I really love that guy. I’ll notice him again to test the waters because I also wanted his answers badly :)

  • http://www.loveisamutt.com/ Miss`Chievous

    Great people. I’ve been struggling with my blogging career. Want to earn BIG, but it sure takes a lot of work. I will get there! :)

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Like David Jenyns said.. it’s just one step at a time. :)

  • http://www.swordmediaph.com Reag

    Awesome post! Jason Acidre should be on your next article. :) Smart guy. Interesting to see how most of them employs thesame link building strategy.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      hi Reag, thanks for the visit. I actually wanted to include boss Jason’s answer here, really. He’s still focusing on some important matters reason for him not to answer my request but I’ll try to ask him about it when he’s totally free. :)

  • http://www.itsdaintychic.com/ Loila

    I’m not familiar with all the names but wow they are definitely awesome SEO people!

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      You’ll get to know them better once you try getting your hands dirty with SEO and internet marketing. :P

  • http://www.themanilaurbanite.com Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    These are really good interviews. And I like that you included three Filipino SEO consultants. I’ve heard Sean Si’s talk about SEO during the 8th Philippine Blogging Summit and I must say he’s really good in what he do. :)

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Glad you have met Sean personally during the 8th Phil Blog Summit. Yeah he’s a cool cat. :)

  • http://michaelshut.blogspot.com Michael David Oyco

    Nice read. SEO is one of the future big players of not only marketing but eventually most of things. Thanks!

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Yeah. SEO will live, especially when Google, Yahoo, and Bing are just around.

  • http://www.southcotabatonews.com nanardxz

    Learned a lot today from this post.. good job Fervil.. these are amazing people..

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thanks Nardz :)

  • http://www.rochkirstin.com Roch

    Sean Si is a member of our DLSU barkada and I have seen how he reached success to date. Very nice job!

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thanks Roch. :D

  • http://www.rochkirstin.com Roch

    They have all done great in the SEO business. It’s good that they are sharing tips and strategies to everyone.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Yes, not only in SEO but for the overall internet marketing community too!

  • http://ladylagalag.com Janine

    whoah! I was in awe when I saw this post. You’re so lucky to know their answers first before us. ^^ I bookmarked this.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      So was I! These are great people with great minds and it’s really an honor for me to interview them.

  • http://www.thecuteanddainty.com theresa

    Not only marketers can be successful like that. It takes a lot of work to be able to be successful.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      I definitely agree to that!

  • http://allhonestreviews.blogspot.com Sarah Gavile

    I’m definitely bookmarking this post and will be coming back for more. Thank you for coming up with this SEO topic.

    http://allhonestreviews.blogspot.com/2014/04/starbucks-card-collections.html

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thanks Sarah~

  • http://www.tauyanm.com jane

    wow that’s a lot of help from the best people!!! Will pass this to my husband as his a professor related to this

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thank you Jane! :D

  • http://francramon.com Franc Ramon

    It’s nice to see the success story of these SEO experts. They really can inspire people.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Indeed, Franc

  • http://millette.sison.me/2014/04/movie-stars-cafe.html Emiliana

    It is amazing to learn how these SEO big players came to be.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Yes Em, I’m still in awe as I kept reading their success stories

  • Herbie

    Thank you. Great and I learned a lot.
    I learned from the best SEO experts.

  • http://www.createur-idees-positives.com Idées Positives

    I’m agree with you the success not coming without working
    Good luck

    Christophe from France

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thank you Christophe

  • http://kathrivera.com Kath Rivera

    I’m still getting the hang of learning basic SEO for my blog. I don’t know these people but I’ve heard of Sean Si and I’ve come across Mr. Abrugar’s blog. I’m sure they’re earning a lot :)

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Hahahah. Maybe you’re right Kath

  • http://www.iamthecoffeechic.com Algene

    Wow! This is an interesting read. People who wants to learn more and be good at SEO should read this article so they can see how SEO giants respond to the questions.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      Thanks Algene

  • http://louiesison.com Louie Sison

    Hi Fervil,

    I am honored to be part of this great list. It was a pleasure sharing my insights. This is a good job you are doing, keep it up!

    Louie

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil

      It’s such an opportunity to feature here in my site sir Louie. Thank you for kindly sharing your thoughts. :)

  • http://acoupletravelers.com/ acoupletravelers

    Fervil – This post is great. It’s a bunch of interviews rolled up into one post. I can’t believe you got Neil too! Dave – SelfMadeBusinessman

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

      Thanks Dave. Yeah, and there’s Brian too. <3 I love these guys.

  • http://power-tower.com.au/ Emmanuel R.

    Great post Fervil!

    I’m also an aspiring SEO Specialist here based in Cebu, Philippines :) . I also followed or should I say subscribed to the blogs of the people you’ve interviewed in this post. Most of them are really kick-ass SEO :)

    One quick question though, can I be a successful SEO Specialist if I have weak writing skills or should I say content writing is not in my arsenal yet. I fairly knew technical skills in SEO since I was a web developer before. Can you suggest how to improve my content writing skills or enhance my passion to this field? I think this one of weakness… :(

    Thanks,

    Mabuhay ang mga Bisaya! :)

  • http://www.kingged.com/ Sunday

    Hi Fervil,
    Your list is awesome and the message is terrific. The Internet marketers revealed here are models. They are influencers and it is good learning from them. I am also intrigued with the format of the post.

    Each of these Internet marketers have specific secret that makes them stand out.

    However, my best takeaway is what what Neil Patel remarked: “Learn all the tactics and focus on a strategy that involves content promotion and conversion optimization…”

    I have shared this comment in kingged.com – the content syndication and social marketing platform for Internet marketers, where this post was shared.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://kingged.com/secrets-prominent-internet-marketers/

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

      Hi Sunday, wow thanks for sharing this post to kingged. :)

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Fervil,

    Awesome dude! A list group of marketers here. Learn from the best to rock out your marketing venture. Cut down that learning curve.

    Thanks ;)

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

      hi Ryan, thanks for reading man. Yeah, I also think that by following the footsteps of successful people will bring you some solid achievements. :)

  • happysus

    This is great stuff. Learn from otai (mean sifu in Malay).

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

      Otai… wow that’s new. Thanks for reading Happysus :)

      • happysus

        All names you mentioned above are Otai.

        • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

          That’s true. These guys are pretty much amazing. I thank them giving me a chance to interview them and for sharing their wisdom in IM and SEO.

          • happysus

            The more we give, the more we get.

          • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

            RIGHT! :D

  • Spook SEO

    Fervil thanks for sharing such informative article and I be grateful for your work. Internet Marketing is now becoming a necessity for every online business. You add some expert and skilled person recommendation about internet marketing which are phenomenal. Neil Patel is a big name in internet marketing and I always give respect to his suggestion and make sure that I work on them.

    • http://www.fervilvon.com/ Fervil Tripoli

      Indeed, IM is becoming a necessity for online businesses. Thanks for your comment Spook SEO. :)