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  1. Been

    It’s a great big infomercial. In my opinion, yes a scam. The guy is trying to scare people into believing it will cost upwards of $20,000 per month to run a proper blog. What a joke. When I posted on the quicksprout website that his suggestion of $20,000 per month to operate a proper blog was ridiculous, and added the answer was all in the margin (+ it’s an infomercial) yes, my comment was deleted within seconds. Hence my SN here.

    • Scam Busters

      Of course it is an ‘infomercial’ and all the referred services are overpriced affiliate products. There are however great pieces of content inside Quick Sprout blog.

      • Been

        It’s too slick. Makes my BS detector go off right out of the gate. Yes there is some useful info on the site. But frankly, I learned how to build an entire site, top to bottom from scratch on youtube – minus the inflated ego and BS. There is a wealth of free info available online and I am just not at all impressed with this guy. He does not deliver what he advertises, but he takes the money. . .

  2. Ian

    I was impressed with the content provided in Neil's blog posts, so I signed up for a webinar that was touted as "live" and "this won't be recorded, so you'll want to attend and take notes."

    Turns out, the webinar had already been recorded, and wasn't "live" at all. It was deceptively designed to appear that way — my own comments were inserted into the "chat" stream, but no one saw them except me. Every other comment in the chat was canned, along with Neil's presentation. They tried to cover this by having the "technical" guy say "If I don't get to your question, email me" in the chat stream.

    I emailed him complaining that the "live" course was actually recorded. He wrote back, making excuses about how they used to do it live before Neil got so busy, and just hadn't had time to go back and re-record Neil's webinar-pitching video saying "live, won't be recorded" and update the emails to remove the "live" references. Really? You had time to develop a webinar that would take my chat comments and add them to the recorded stream, but you didn't have time to update your marketing materials?

    I wrote to Neil with the same complaint, but that email was ignored. 

    Frankly, this casts doubt on everything, in my mind. The other chat comments saying things like "Wow, most other webinars are just pitching, but this one is full of useful content" are obvious sales shills, but what else is being manufactured? Testimonials? Traffic numbers?

    I'll keep getting what I can from the free blogs, but I'm going to keep the credit card in my pocket.

     

    • Interesting observation Ian. You really wonder why such established affiliate marketers still want to squeeze pennies from newbies. It is time Neil admits that he cannot singly address every affiliate marketing challenge. He must concentrate on what he has time for and save his reputation. There is more to learn from his free blog posts without being billed monthly. All the best.

      • Ian

        I posted a similar comment yesterday in response to a QuickSprout blog post that was talking about lying. This morning, that comment has been deleted. Rather than apologize and promise not to do it again, Neil Patel simply tries to pretend it never happened.

        Editing comments so that only positive comments appear is a sleazy tactic employed by sleazy people. It's deliberate, it's deceptive, and the people who do it are knowingly dishonest.

        He can control his own website, but he can't scrub the internet. Thanks for providing a platform where people can share their negative experiences as well.

        • Thank you Ian for the update. Sad to hear that freelancers employed by Neil deleted your negative comments. There is no affiliate program that is perfect, but it is important to address concerns and use feedback to improve the program. There is a rampant abuse of comments and buying of social proof videos on websites such as Fiverr by unethical affiliate marketers. If every affiliate marketer would allow people to freely express their opinions on programs, the internet would be a better place. We must understand that no affiliate program is for everyone …. period. 

  3. joan

    The guys just a joke – $100,000 income a month challenge – Tosser – He's nowhere near and if anyone else tried it – It would cost a small fortune.

    Hope the wanker gets found out soon for what he is – A joke.

    • Was following the challenge until l lost intrest. Just checked it out now and he is still to monetize the website. 30k visitors are from FB, 14k direct and only 19k are finding it through search engines. l smell a rat.

  4. Bosnian

    Neil Patel is a scammer. There are no other word(s) to describe this guy. Maybe he knows a thing or two about internet marketing, SEO, etc, but everything else he does like teaching, webinars etc.. these are complete scams. Don’t be stupid and pay him to “teach” you how to create a website. You want to get traffic ? Then create a fan page, build slowly a following, create twitter page, buy media ads, make backlinks.. and work your way up. There’s no other way, there’s no shortcuts. Otherwise, everyone would be rich.

  5. Dedte

    Thats the thing isn’t it? You guys keep calling SCAM something that by law or by basic defenition could never be a SCAM. Is Traffic U most likely a waste for more than 95% of people who pay for it? Sure, but it is not a SCAM. We need to educate ouselves on the subject before we go calling a Cat a Dog.

    Nice post Scam Busters

    • Thanks Dedte for chipping in. It is unfortunate that there is a wrong perception that everything posted on AvertScams is being labeled a scam. l love Patel and he has contributed significantly to the growth of my other businesses.

  6. RE; the squeezing pennies out of newbies question above.

    I’ve often wondered about this, and after reading MJ Demarcos books I think I have the answer. People like Patel make it big and earn big bucks $$$ ka-ching. Neil obviously did well for himself. But these people have a terrible relationship with money and live beyond their means. Yes, even millionaires can easily live beyond their means. So, they need more money, and who best to squeeze than all those sheeple sitting there, glazy eyed, with their wallets wide open.

    I watched the webinar with no intention of signing up. I find these kinds of webinars often do contain little gems. In this case it really did have some useful info, and if nothing else gave me a few great ideas. But, seeing how obviously recorded it was made it clear that this was a scam at the outset.

    It sounds like this guy had built up some creds, then went and blew it with this scam… which is a pity. I value my rep over any amount of money.

    What makes it particularly annoying is there are people out there offering AMAZING courses that are worth more than their price. Mark Dawson’s SPF and Advertising For Authors courses are perfect examples. Unfortunately, as is always the case with human being, all the good stuff gets buried in a mountain of shit, so one must be willing to get dirty in their search for gold.

    When your BS sense is tingling, always – and I mean ALWAYS – run for the hills.

    Thanks for the article.

  7. Barun

    Okay,

    The people who are saying neil patel is a scammer, are those people,
    Who blame their teachers for failing in class exams.

    Get a life people.

    If you don’t know how to do things, can’t educate yourself then it’s your fault.

    Nobody force you to visit his blog and buy his products.

    The main reason of your failure is this thing,
    You only blame people for your failure…

    If you want to make a life online, go learn, educate yourself, do things your own way. You may follow or not follow someone, its your choice. But don’t waste time judging a person.
    Its your life, your decision.

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