– Waste of Time?
Quick Sprout University and Neil Patel are at the top of the heap in online marketing.
Everyone who has any interest in making money online has come across Neil’s sites many times.
He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. (Quicksprout.com)
They sites are hard to miss since they are always at the top of Google’s search results.
You will find Quicksprout, KISSmetrics, NeilPatel.com, CrazyEgg and Hello Bar and who knows what is up the pike.
Quick Sprout University – Free?
Quick Sprout University used to charge for access but received many, many complaints.
The reason being, that once you entered the university Neil was nowhere.
All of the training is presented by Brian Dean.
People were paying to learn from Neil and got Brian Dean instead.
Now that is not to say the videos are not full of information and worth watching (all 5 minutes of them).
Just your classic bait and switch which made people mad.
Don’t mess with people’s money! Neil should’ve known that.
Quick Sprout University Content
You will find many training videos in the following categories with them further broken down into:
Beginner – Intermediate – and Advanced.
- Link Building
- Content Marketing
- Social Media
- Paid Advertising
- Email Marketing
- Reputation Management
- Conversion Optimization
But for the Beginner there is no direction on HOW to get started in the training.
You have to figure it out for yourself. Not exactly advantageous to a beginner’s training.
The videos have some great information if you have hours to spend watching to find the important information that you need to help you.
Quality produced videos, but many are only 5 minutes long with not a lot of help.
And Brian talks so fast it can be hard to keep up on a new subject you are just learning.
So how are you helping anyone Neil?
How is anyone really benefiting from your videos, even if they are free now?
If you look at the bottom of the NeilPatel.com page you will see “© 2017, by I’m Kind of a Big Deal, LLC”.
Kind of says it all. Either he is a huge fan of the Anchorman movie or he has a high view of himself.
Neil Patel Marketing School And Neil Knowledge
Neil also has a Marketing School which has a huge list of 10 minute podcasts with him and Eric Siu.
You can find a wealth of information here on his blog and videos and these are really his, unlike Quick Sprout University’s.
I believe his success comes from the programs he created to help with metrics and heatmaps but his actual “training” is not his forte.
Some people should stick to what they do best and the same goes for you Neil!
Advanced Customer Acquisition Webinar
I know why he calls it Quick Sprout. Neil Patel sprouts them up like weeds!!!
I just now ran into another product of his (his newest one0 — Advanced Customer Acquisition Webinar
More training videos, fake live webinar. About $1,000 for this one.
Gotta give him an A for Effort.
Who Does Do It Best?
I have tried two paid online training membership sites myself and while both are great I do prefer Wealthy Affiliate. It is by far the most comprehensive training available today.
- Online Certification Course – Takes you from step 1 to your first success.
- Affiliate Bootcamp – Affiliate marketing all inclusive from setting up a website to making your first affiliate sale.
- Live Chat – 24 hours a day
- Live Webinars – My absolute favorite as a premium member are the Webinars by Jay Neill.
You do not have to pay to be a member but once you start learning you won’t want to quit and if you have the funds you will upgrade.
Just saying. It is addictive.
Especially when you see the emails rolling in saying you got a sale from an affiliate program you belong to.
We are all in the habit of going to our social media accounts and posting and getting instant commentary on what we post.
But what do we learn? Nothing. Just passes time.
WA is part education, part social media. Have something to say? Have a question to ask? Get instant feedback and learn at the same time.
In A Nutshell
Now that you can access the Quick Sprout University for free I suggest you watch some videos and see how it goes.
If you are able to get a website up and running and start making money from his videos, Awesome!
But if you need more, like step by step training and tasks to do to achieve marketing success then I would suggest you then go and check out Wealthy Affiliate.
Yes the name is cheesy, but don’t let that stop you from checking it out. I am a testament to going from newbie to semi-successful.
I have a lot of learning left but not doing too bad for being a WA member for only 6 months.
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