Can You STILL Do Digital Marketing for Free? (The REAL Cost of Digital Marketing)

– Back when I got started,
it was easy to make a killing with digital marketing. All you got to do is rank
some random blog spot website, or website. Throw on some affiliate links and boom, you’re off to the races. But things have changed
a lot in marketing. In order to get decent results, most business owners have to invest a lot of money in traffic and a lot of money in automation, or content creation, or even social media. The question is, how do you invest money, in order to get results
with digital marketing. Hi everyone, my name’s
Neil Patel and today, I’m going to break down, can you still do digital
marketing for free? The real cost of digital marketing. (upbeat music) Before we get started, make sure you subscribe to this channel and if you’re on YouTube,
click the alert notification. That way when I go live,
you’ll get notified. The answer is in short, and I have a much longer version as well, which I’ll go into. But the answer in short is, what doesn’t cost you
money, will cost you time. You can do digital marketing for free, as long as you’re willing to
make a consistent investment in time and effort, in
order to get good results. So let’s say hypothetically, you’re willing to put in the time. Well if you’re willing to put in the time, let me break down how
you can do it for free and get results! The first tip I have for you, is give away something
that’s invaluable, for free. Unlimited guides, free courses,
self discovery journeys, quizzes assessment tools,
proprietary industry reports, data stats, this all helps. Anything that’s above and beyond. You’ll notice that I didn’t really say, “Hey just write a blog post.” Well everyone’s giving
away a blog post for free. If you’re not going above and beyond, doing something that’s different, more unique than the competition, you’ won’t do that well. The second tip for you is, leverage third party audiences. Co-host webinars. Co-host live and social media sessions on YouTube, or Facebook, or Instagram. Do round ups. You can hit up other people, do round ups, everyone wants to participate, because they’re getting
some love and some PR and you can link out to them. Then when you post that content, you can ask them to share it. That does really well. You also want to blog consistently. You want to create video content and even do podcast interviews. And I know this may sound like a lot, but marketing has changed
to Omnichannel approach, in which one channel won’t be enough now, because everyone’s doing
more than one channel. And these channels are
getting competitive, which is why you need to
take an Omnichannel approach. The third tip I have for you, is content marketing. Look when you’re creating content, you can create evergreen
content that continually ranks and continually produces results for you, year after year, even though you wrote that content you know, two, three years ago. That’s the beautiful part
about content marketing. Sure you may need it
updated here and there, but that doesn’t take that long. Now the key with content marketing, because there’s already over
a billion blogs on the web. That’s roughly one blog
for every seven people. That means there’s too much content that already exists. So the key with content marketing, is to write stuff that
people really want to read. What I want you to do is, type in the key words
that you’re trying to write content around and to Ubersuggest. It could be one or two word phrases. It can be, you know, general
theme based key words, like SEO or marketing. And in Ubersuggest, I
want you to click on the content ideas report. This will show you all
the other blog topics that were written on this subject, that were popularly based on
social shares and backlinks. Typically, if a post
has a lot of backlinks, that means it’s getting a lot of traffic, and social shares means
that’s it doing really well from the perspective that people
want to share it on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. And the cool part about
the content ideas report on Ubersuggest is, it also shows you how much
traffic each blog post gets from Google, based on the
queuers that they rank for, even shows you those key words. So it will tell you what
you should be targeting, versus what you shouldn’t be. Now the fourth tip I have for you, push out a ton of video content and when I mean video content, I’m not just talking about
recording your video, like you’re watching right here. That could be on YouTube or Instagram or Facebook or LinkedIn. I’m also talking about
doing live video, right? You can do simulcasting,
so that way you can go on live on Instagram, Facebook,
YouTube and LinkedIn, all at once. Keep this in mind. YouTube is the second
largest search engine. So by producing video content, you can get a ton of love, just from YouTube. The Neil Patel YouTube channel alone, gets more than 20% of its views just from search on any given month. On the good months, I’m
getting over 30% of my views, just from search. The fifth tip I have
for you, is podcasting. At interesting stuff,
according to Nielsen, 51% of the U.S. population
has listened to a podcast. 80% of the people who listen, listen to almost each of
the whole podcast episode. In other words, they’re truly glued. They’re not just there for a few minutes and the bouncing away. 80% listen to the whole episode and are truly engaged, which
means that when you have offers that you’re pushing out in your podcast, there’s a good chance
you can get conversions from it as well. Also with podcasting, you can
use syndication platforms, like Omnystudio, Podcast Blastoff, Zencast FM, Acast, Pinecast, Podomatic, ShoutEngine, Podigee. Repurposing your other content and turning it into podcast
content, is super easy. You can just bust out your iPhone, start recording on it and
then boom, start uploading it. I use LipSyn. That’s what most people
use for their podcast. This strategy is so effective, that my Podcast marketing school that I co-host with Eric Siu, gets over one million downloads a month, literally, one million downloads a month. The sixth tip I have for
you, Facebook groups. Create a benefit oriented group. For example, you can create a group about growing your local business
through Facebook apps. Yeah, you may not get a million members, but the members you have
will be super engaged, and are much more likely
to convert in the long run, because it’s about a specific topic and that topic should be
related to products and services that you offer. You want to give away
a ton of valuable tips, create content and video content, not just link out to your site, but content that just keeps
people on these platforms and educates. The moment you create content
that links people off, you’ll find that your
reach just dwindles down. And what you want to
do is, 10% of the time is promote your products or service. So when you’re creating
10 pieces of content, nine should be about
education and helping. One should be about promoting
your products and services. And typically, when I do that one that’s promoting my product or service, I still educate, but at
the same time, I promote. Right, so for example, I’m giving all these tips about marketing. I could say, “Hey if you’re struggling “and you need additional help, “you can check out my ad
agency Neil Patel Digital.” Right, it’s true. I’m promoting it, but at the same time, I’m blending it in for example. Now I typically do that
throughout the end, or wherever it makes
sense within my content, but that should help you,
because when you do that smooth transition, I found
that it converts much better. The seventh tip I have for you, is build an email list
and leverage automation. So you can use tools like Hello Bar, to build an email list. It’s free. It allows you to collect
emails through sliders, exit popups, super effective. I know you may not like them, but if someone’s leaving your website, what do you have to lose? Over 90% of the people are
probably never going to come back. So might as well have an exit pop up, that collects information, so
you can get them to come back. And if you’re doing this, might as well leverage
push notifications as well, because then through push notifications, through tools like subscribers, you can also do automation. For example, for your e-commerce site, you can be like, “Hey this
product’s almost sold out. “Or get free shipping, “click here to actually buy this product.” And you can do that based on what pages people are viewing on your site. The eighth tip I have for you, is use funnels, instead of
going straight to selling. Look, everyone’s just
like, “Sell, sell, sell.” You know, think about this. Let’s say you’re in a relationship, or if you’re not, your parents
were in a relationship. You know and they had
you, hence you’re here. Your parents probably
didn’t just meet each other and be like, “Hey let’s get married.” You probably would’ve never existed, and they would’ve run
away from each other. What’s realistic is, they met each other, they liked each other,
they went on a few dates. They got to know each other. Then eventually they
went out to have coffee, or a restaurant. Fast forward another six months, they may have moved in together. Keep fast forwarding. They may have met each other’s parents and all their friends. And then after a few years,
then they get married. See, think of that same
concept, but on the internet. Someone comes to your
website, you’re like, “Marry me, marry me, give me your wallet. “Spend, spend, spend.” That doesn’t work as well as educating, getting to know people. So what I like doing is
creating a ton of content. Like this video. My blog content. Podcast content. Then I create email sequences
that keep messaging, sending messages out to you
and educating at the same time. From there, I then can sell
you on products and services, after I’m helping you
out and educating you. It’s a great way to generate sales, versus just being like, “Buy, buy, buy.” In other words, you want
to continue to add value, and don’t just put selling first, but put people first and help them out before you try to ask for anything. Now, if you need help with your marketing, of course you can check out my ad agency, Neil Patel Digital. I mentioned to you, in this video, nothing wrong in selling. And in addition to that, if you have any questions or comments, leave one below and I’ll answer it and I’ll help you out. And if you enjoyed this video,
subscribe to the channel, like it, tell other people about it. Thank you for watching.

48 thoughts on “Can You STILL Do Digital Marketing for Free? (The REAL Cost of Digital Marketing)

  1. I've a blog where I write about reviews, and comparison… And now I am going start to promote via social media… Which Platform will be better Insta,fb,or google ads ?

  2. Awesome video Neil! When it comes to providing content, I like to research the biggest questions my target audience has the answer it in a lead magnet! This way the content is relevant to them leads them to click! Keep up the great content


  4. Sir, can tell me about THE BEST MOBILE FRIENDLY THEME?
    Please mention a theme!
    I'm curious!
    Great Content as always ❤️

  5. So, Neil, I do social media marketing, and I'm good at everything about Instagram, YouTube, how to get views, followers, sales, etc. But the problem is nobody wants to work or hire me. So the only choice for me is to create content just like how you said right? Creating content on my youtube and share all my knowledge on youtube so clients find and work with me right?

    I also created some video about Instagram in my youtube channel, to teach people for free and share all my knowledge.

  6. On a lighter note: The marriage part does not follow in my country. There is something called arranged marriages 🙂

    The video is quite insightful and valuable.

  7. Mr. NAIL MY WEBSITE IS SHOWING 38000 BACKLINKS AND 20 DA on moz and ahrefs, but when i checked on ubersuggest its showing everything 0 0 0 0
    Please update me.

  8. Neil, I just started checking my Google analytics stats and I see that I have a high bounce rate, most of my users dont come back. I am having trouble getting traffic and people won't use my service. What should I do?

  9. Hey Neil, Is it worth buying an expired domain which has clean backlink profile, will it help, or do I start with a brand new domain ?

  10. Sir how to analyse traffic of a competitor like from where they are getting leads and what is their strategy on that platform?

  11. Hey neil, I suggest you not to use thi white blank background ,it look okward instead use ome other types of background this may increase your viewers attention me as viewers appreciate you if you chang it.

  12. People first yes! you mention Hello Bar. What is your opinion on getting a Messenger Manychat growth tool that pops up on the side, top or bottom? Thank you for your insight.

  13. This is great but do you have any advice for free digital marketing for physical products? I'm trying to get a jewelry business noticed online

  14. Neil , using your Uber tool , when it comes to Keyword Difficulty, what number is too high to try for with a newer site , anything higher than 40 , 50 , 60 ?

  15. Just recently started watching your videos, and I'm so happy that I have. You provide so much valuable advice. This video will be added to my favourites!

  16. Hey niel, I want to run a Giveaway to get Skin Care buyer Leads

    Please Give me a killer giveaway skin care idea for Instagram?

  17. Hey Niel, Japan buys the most of my product but my supplement store and product packaging are all in english.

    Does it work to market them in english or do I have change product and website in to Japanese

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