Trust is Key to Web Success (Neil Patel/Quicksprout Scam)

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The web has so many cool looking websites now. Don't be fooled by the clean fancy looks though. I'm actually quite disappointed as someone who is trusted by many people on the Internet turns out uses deceptive practices. Actually, I'm quite pissed and that's why I'm posting this.

Neil Patel claims "I'm kind of a big deal". (Not sure if the Anchorman reference was intended or he thinks he came up with it.) He has been a part of a few useful Internet marketing tools.

I'm going to expose his deceptive practices and why I'll never use his services.

Free Website Analysis

I went to his website today (quicksprout) and analyzed my website. The tool seems really cool and he claims he's spent thousands of dollars developing it. I'm not sure if I believe that now.

After my analysis was finished an info bar popped up at the top of the site.

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I was curious so I clicked on it. I was then taken to another analyzer.

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I entered my domain name and low and behold it found 11 errors and I got this page.

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I'm not sure what prompted me to do it again but I tried several websites and guess what? They ALL returned 11 errors. I entered "SCAM" and guess what... same results.

Quicksprout Scam

I've been a developer of fancy websites for a long time so I was curious to look at this code and see if indeed they were even checking the website for errors.

Here's what I found.

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This is simple Javascript that basically is a timer that updates a status bar progress and text (errors found). The analysis is totally bogus. Your website is not getting analyzed and it will find 11 errors EVERY time.

UPDATE: I tried to contact Neil and found his personal website had the same code.

Conclusion

Neil Patel and Quicksprout are using deceptive business practices to try and scam your business. Steer clear!

I'm totally disappointed and will never do business with Neil or ANY venture he is involved in.

Lesson: Trust is earned. Be honest and work with integrity.

 

Craig Kelley

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6 responses to Trust is Key to Web Success (Neil Patel/Quicksprout Scam)

  1. Thank you for that, Craig.

    I too, a few days ago, used his analyzing tool and randomly put in yahoo’s site and, just like you, I’ve got 11 errors….

    My impression of this guy is that he is very cunning, has a history of using black hat SEO tactics, and his whole thing about helping people, etc is really mostly another self-serving ACT to enrich himself as he found out that research data showed this type of (phoney) behavior is good for business.

    Because he’s slick and intelligent, he fools a larger percentage of people along the way…

  2. I am going to make your post viral, Neil makes people really fool….

  3. Craig,

    I too tried that and found myself in the same rut. It returns 11 errors and after which Neil persuades us to utilize his services by asking us about our budget plan etc. I think the 11 errors found is just a mechanism to get people’s interest. But, this guy has great stuff and one can discern that by reading through his articles

    Bruce
    http://lifejottings.org

  4. Thank you for validating something I already suspected. I read an article about this guy some time back in 2014 and walked away thinking to myself the guy was full of not only himself but also full of all the BS he was shoveling.

    He is simply good at projecting a successful image but IMHO it’s all smoke and mirrors. I too wouldn’t do any business with him. Thank you!

  5. After being directed to this website from a Skillshare course (fairly reputable) I did exactly as you did. Seeing as though my website has had NO SEO work and consisted of exactly one html page at the time, I expected far more than 10 errors (he seems to have changed the number of errors reported now). I was surprised, so I tried our company web page… same thing, so I entered google.com, same thing! Next I entered a fictitious web site….same thing!

    As a developer, I couldn’t stop there, so I entered invalid text…just ‘;aslkdjfslkfj” and you guessed it, 10 errors! At least there’s some validation, you can’t analyse an empty string (entering no text at all!).

    So I mentally wrote pretty much this exact post, but first Googled “quicksprout scam” and your post came up. Couldn’t have put it better myself. Now, the entire Skillshare course I’d just started is a little tainted…

    Great post!

  6. I’d like to share my own experience with Neil Patel’s deceptive business practices.

    I got an email from Neil Patel for an “Advanced Customer Acquisition Webinar.” The email promised “Registration is now open, but there are a limited number of seats. It’s all happening very soon, and I’m really excited to hang out with you live.”

    Clicking on the link in the email takes you to Neil Patel’s website, where a pop-up permits you to sign up using WebinarJam. The pop-up gives you the option of scheduling the webinar today or two days from now. Selecting today, you discover that there’s a webinar starting in less than half an hour. What luck! It’s 6:37 AM, but there’s a LIVE webinar about to happen. That Neil Patel must be one hard-working guy!

    After you pick the time and register, you’re taken to a website that thanks you for registering for the LIVE webinar, with a video of Neil Patel which says “This webinar will not be recorded, so you’ll want to attend live!”

    Turns out, the webinar has ALREADY been recorded, but it’s deceptively made to appear live by offering a “chat” window in which the comments I type are added to the canned stream of shill comments “Wow, what a lot of great content!” etc. The “technical contact’s canned chat says “If I don’t get to your question, email me,” just to make it less suspicious when your questions are completely ignored.

    I did email that technical contact, Mike Kamo, complaining that the “live” webinar was anything but. He said it USED to be live, but then Neil got too busy, and they haven’t had time to re-record the video and edit the emails. Really? You had time to develop a website that tells me a webinar is happening on the next half-hour mark, and a recorded webinar that goes to great lengths to deceptively appear live, but you didn’t have time to restore your marketing materials to honesty?

    I emailed Neil Patel at “and yes, that’s my real, personal email address,” but that email was ignored. I guess the promise that “if you’re not happy with the webinar, just email me and I’ll help you grow your business for free” was BS too.

    I also left a comment on a recent QuickSprout blog post which spoke about lying, saying that pitching recorded webinars as “live” is also lying, but that comment was deleted a few hours later.

    As far as I’m concerned, the man has no integrity. Some of the information on his blog is probably helpful, but keep your wallet in your pocket.

    The webinar itself

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