If you have ever heard of Neil Patel then you know that he is ‘Kind of a Big Deal’. Or at least that is what Neil thinks as this is the name of his LLC. [just rolled eyes] He has consulted for several fortune 500 companies such as Yahoo, Mazda, Samsung, Techcrunch and Wal-Mart.
Patel recently launched a new product called ‘QuickSprout University‘ where he supposedly teaches people (who can’t afford his consulting services) how to gain tons of traffic and followers on your website. I have been a fan of his blog posts and respected him as an entrepreneur for many years now, so I jumped at the chance to purchase the product and have a look at the training. which helped ‘TechCrunch increase their traffic by 30% in 60 days’.
Holy Smokes what a Disappointment!
The moment that I purchased the product and entered the ‘University’, I knew it was going to be a huge mistake because Neil Patel who I was anticipating being the teacher was NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. None of the videos were taught by Patel, they are all taught by someone named Brian Dean who I have never heard of.
Classic bait and switch from the sales page. But more on that later..
Overview of the QuickSprout University
The QuickSprout University is a bunch of video training lessons by Neil Patel and Brian Dean on various topics related to online business marketing. The full list of topics are:
- Link Building
- Content Marketing
- Social Media
- Paid Advertising
- Email Marketing
- Reputation Management
- Conversion Optimization
All of the videos are easy to follow and well produced with a fun animated title intro. But that is about it, most of the videos are no longer than 5 minutes in length. I was expecting more written content and webinar announcement as the sales page promises.
When you initially enter the training area, there is no direction as to what to do first, it is a simple interface with a category column, a video column and a search bar at the top. There is no ‘welcome to the training’ or any other written content other than the title of each video. Have a look to see what I mean:
That is all you get! Nothing else except the videos – total bummer. I like to enter a membership website with some form of direction and a warm fuzzy welcome from the product owner… and nothing like that here.
Who is QuickSprout University For?
As the sales page mentions, QuickSprout University is for content marketers, start-ups, small businesses and bloggers. But really, it is anyone who has a website that wants to gain traffic and more sales.
Based on the simplicity of the videos, my thoughts are that they are catering toward the beginner who has a website and wants to learn the basics on obtaining more website traffic. But I wouldn’t recommend this University to my worst enemy because it is such a rip off.
Pros & Cons
- The only ‘Pro’ that I could come up with is that the website and typography is very pretty.
- Neil Patel is nowhere to be found! He doesn’t teach any of the courses.
- No training support
- Money back guarantee is questionable since there is no support found
- Videos are too short and don’t go into too much depth
- There is nowhere to post follow up questions about each of the courses
- Very difficult to browse any of the training, can only use the search function
- Way too expensive for what is being offered
- The free content (via blog posts and infographics) contain more value than the paid training
Does QuickSprout University Offer any Support?
I scoured the entire site and was not able to find any type of support other than a forum which has no paid members section. Compared to Wealthy Affiliate, the QuickSprout University has left me feeling like a college drop-out with no help whatsoever.
I am VERY surprised to see this type of low quality scam with no support from Neil Patel as he has always produced some wonderful blog posts. This now makes me question his entire business model. I mean, does he provide this low level support to his top shelf clients like Wal-Mart?
Neil.. I am breaking up with you. Please take your blog posts and lack luster products and leave me alone.
My Final Thoughts on QuickSprout University
I am extremely disappointed and have the feeling of being scammed by someone who I used to look up to and respect. The QuickSprout University is a total waste of money and is not recommended for anyone.
The lack of promised training and no offered support from Neil Patel is not worth anything and is going to put Patel’s reputation in the trash because of this.
I invite Neil Patel to defend this product and let us know if there are plans to improve the University.
Do not purchase the QuickSprout University because it is a complete and utter scam.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever purchased any of Neil Patel’s products in the past or enjoy his blog posts? Let me know if the comments below.
UPDATE: I ended up emailing Neil by guessing his email address requesting a refund and he did refund me the next day.