Stack That Money Review: Is It Really Worth $99/Month?! (Jan. 2018)

Stack That Money Review: Is It Really Worth $99/Month?! (Updated Jan. 2018)

By Ian | Positive Reviews

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It claims that it’s different than every other affiliate marketing forum out there, but in this Stack That Money review I’ll highlight all of the strengths and weaknesses I found in the product after joining.

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I am not an affiliate for Stack That Money or any of its creators. Just an honest guy with years of internet marketing experience giving a 100% honest review.

Stack That Money Review Summary

 

  
 
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?
Training type?
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

Stack That Money

$99
Monthly
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help? : mostly, yes
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training? : sometimes
Easy to follow? : often, yes
Is the training thorough? : some
Is the training up-to-date? : some
Training type? : mostly written
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

Free Internet Marketing Project™

FREE
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?
Training type? : 100% video
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

This is a really comprehensive review (updated Jan. 2018). If you just want the take-home message, here it is:

Stack that Money is great for a lot of people. Because of its premium cost, it filters out a lot of the scum of this industry, and creates an environment where experienced affiliates and internet marketers can speak candidly.

But as you might guess based on it being great for “a lot” of people, it’s not a smart investment for everyone.

Even a single month’s membership fee of $99 can go a LONG way if you’re just getting started in this industry:

  • A year of web hosting
  • Premium WordPress themes
  • Any number of high-value plugins and tools for your site
  • A high-quality keyword research tool (that blows anything STM offers out of the water)
  • 10,000+ impressions of PPC advertising to get the word out about your business
  • And SO much more…

 

If you’re just getting started and not making at least $500 – $1,000 per month from your internet business, how you invest your money right now will determine whether you succeed or fail online.

There are MANY places that you can learn the basics of internet and affiliate marketing for significantly less than Stack that Money, some of which are 100% free-of-charge. Then you can invest in yourself and your business with a STM membership, because it’s an awesome community for people that are already earning part-time or full-time income online.

This is by far the smartest approach that sets you up best for success, rather than investing in the most expensive forum in the industry, especially when you can learn the basics just as well (if not better) from somewhere else that’s low-or-no cost (resources below).

Long story short: If you’re already making $500 – $1,000/month from your internet business, invest in Stack that Money. It’s a great community for advanced, profitable internet marketers.

But if you’re still getting started and have less than $500/month revenue from your business, start with 100% free resources (like the ones below) or invest in legitimate, but MUCH lower cost, programs that will get you up and running.

Stack that Money Alternatives (100% Free):

If you’re making less than $500/month from your business, I personally recommend not investing in STM, due to its high monthly fees. The free resources below contain everything you need to get past $500/month, then Stack that Money would be a smart investment.

  • The Free Internet Marketing Project™: 15+ hours of step-by-step affiliate marketing training. Everything you need to get from zero income online to a part-time or full-time income (disclosure: the author of this article is the Head Instructor at FIMP). Best of all, there’s no opt-in required to access all 15+ hours of video training — it’s 100% public.
  • QuickSprout University: Also 100% public, QuickSprout University has a huge, totally free library of high-quality video lessons ranging from SEO, content marketing, link building, email list building, and more. You can really hone your skills here.
  • The Shopify Blog: A lot of their success stories are about eCommerce, which of course is a little different than affiliate marketing, but it’s still online business! Shopify depends on setting their members up for success, so they don’t hold anything back when giving training tips and sharing businesses that are absolutely killing it online.

 

There are other great, 100% free resources online like Smart Passive Income’s “Start Here” guide, Human Proof Designs’ “Start Here” guide, and more.

You just have to keep an eye out and put in the time/effort that they require to generate results (no different than STM’s beginner training, except these resources are $99/month cheaper!).

If this summary and these resources weren’t helpful enough, feel free to dig into the HIGHLY detailed Stack that Money review below!

Stack that Money: All of the Nitty Gritty Details

Stack That Money is VERY comprehensive, and excellent in a lot of ways. There are super affiliates that regularly assist the members and post case studies with great detail from their older, profitable projects. There’s an incredible wealth of information when it comes to semi-advanced topics like tracking, there are some great discounts, and the vibe of the community is overall one of great help and generosity.

But when it comes to getting from $0 to $500+ per month through online business, I can’t personally recommend Stack that Money as the best investment you can make. There are many new affiliate marketers on the forum losing their asses with paid advertising, and despite all of the help they’re receiving from experts that make a full-time living with AM, they just don’t have the experience and insight to make things profitable. Granted, there is the occasional, very inspiring success story from a newbie but they are very few and far between compared to those struggling and failing.

If you’re still trying to get up to $500 or $1,000 per month in revenue, then I don’t think Stack That Money is the best option. Its prohibitively high cost during a vital stage of building your business hurts more than it helps.

You’d be much better off joining a high-quality, 100% free community like the ones listed at the beginning of this review.

Interested In Making Money Online? Check out the Free Internet Marketing Project™ (no opt-in required) >>

If you’re semi-advanced and your sites are making at least $500 – $1,000 per month, and you want to enter into paid advertising, want information on how to setup advanced affiliate tracking, or want some neat discounts on some of the expensive tools that super affiliates use, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth at $99/month.

There are some other drawbacks though, like most people are focused on mobile or pay-per-view (PPV) advertising (arguably harder to figure out) or dating and adult affiliate marketing. Also, more traditional PPC platforms like Google AdWords and Bing  aren’t discussed very much at all.

I’ll explain all of that and more in the highly detailed review below.

What I Liked About Stack That Money

Stack That Money's member's homepage

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Very Successful Affiliates Are Actually There to Help: There are guys in Stack That Money’s community that have run campaigns generating over $500,000 profit in a few months and are overall millionaires thanks to affiliate marketing. They’re constantly interacting with and helping the community, and this was extraordinarily refreshing to see.

A Ton of Information: You could probably wake up every day for a month on-end and discover new things eight hours a day in STM. I spent about three full days combing through the forum and was finding golden nugget after golden nugget, which is rare when you’ve been an affiliate marketer for as long as I have.

Highly Detailed Advanced Tutorials: I was able to compare advanced tracking software, learn about complex server-side installations, and more that I’ve been curious about but couldn’t find qualified affiliate marketing professionals discussing online. Really complex topics like this were covered in great detail.

Follow Alongs: There are people (newbies and experienced affiliates) that create “Follow Along” threads in Stack That Money, which is a post where they journal/document most of the steps they’re taking so that you have a clear idea of how to tackle similar sites/niches. Don’t expect full disclosure in this section. People don’t want to get ripped off and have their ideas stolen from them, so identifiable details within their campaigns are usually hidden. A lot still show the ads they’re using, talk about landing pages, etc…

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Follow Along section – Click to zoom

Great Exclusive Discounts: Interested in purchasing CPVLab, a highly detailed server-side affiliate tracking service? You can get about 15% off. Need a great virtual private server (VPS)? A small but customer-centric company offers 50% off exclusive to STM members.

A Highly Detailed, Step-by-Step Getting Started Tutorial: There’s a section in Stack That Money called “Getting Started in 2014” that has a TON of information for fairly new internet marketers. If you’re interested in mobile, dating, or adult affiliate marketing this crash course could be very helpful.

Getting Started in 2014 section

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TONS of Tools: Affexpert is now a part of Stack That Money, so there are a ton of different tools and services you get access to, included in your STM membership. You’ll likely still need to purchase other services as well, so don’t expect ALL of your needs to be covered here.

Affexpert Tools within STM

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What I Didn’t Like About STM

It’s Not Very Newbie Friendly: Although people within the forums are very generous and knowledgeable, this isn’t the place to come to learn how to setup a website, how to pick a niche, how to write good content, etc… If that’s the information you’re looking for, Stack that Money is likely not the best investment you could make at this stage of your affiliate marketing journey.

Mostly Dating, Adult, Mobile Installs, etc…: It’s exactly what it sounds like. If these aren’t niches you’re interested in, a lot of STM’s information won’t apply directly to your niche.

Not Much Information on the Most Common Advertising Networks: One of the things I was personally very excited about when joining STM was learning more about Google’s Display Network, but there wasn’t much information in Stack That Money outside of what you can find in Google’s AdWords certification or Brad Geddes’ Advanced Google Adwords book.

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Lack of Info for Common Ad Networks – Click to zoom

It Seemed Like the Vast Majority of “Follow Alongs” Failed: I was really excited when I read about the Follow Along section before joining, but when I really dug into it I was pretty disappointed.

Representative example of the Follow Along section

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I feel that the above screenshot is a fairly representative example, and this guy was even making money a lot of the days he was posting. Most of the Follow Along threads that I read started off with a very excited member, then slowly as they lost more and more money (and still couldn’t increase conversions even with the help of the pros) they just disappeared and stopped posting.

So What Does It All Mean?

As I said in my review summary, I don’t think that Stack That Money is the best membership you could pay for right now if you’re brand new to this. If you’re looking to learn how to build a website, the basic principles of traffic generation, how to write good content or get rankings, etc… STM is probably out of your league. You’re much better off reading a review like this one.

But if you’ve been at this a while and you know all of the above, then I’m not sure you can make a much better investment than Stack That Money. If you’re a small-time affiliate that’s just starting to earn a little bit of money with one of your sites, putting that revenue toward a Stack That Money membership for at least a month will probably jump you ahead in the learning curve by at least a few months, if not years.

Rather get advanced training for free? Click here for 15+ hours of 100% free video training >>

Final Verdict: Newbies Avoid; All Semi-Experienced+ Apply

If you go in with the right expectations (which I believe I’ve set fairly well with this review) and you’re already making $500+ per month from your business, then you should love Stack That Money and have a great experience there. Soak up all you can and cancel your membership whenever you feel like you don’t need it anymore.

But if you’re just getting started out, I believe you’ll feel like you’re in WAY over your head, get even more overwhelmed than usual, and possibly be scared away from affiliate marketing forever because you just jumped into the deep end without any floaties (not to mention you’re bleeding $99/month at that point).

Overall, I would grade it a ‘C’ for new affiliate marketers and an A+ for experienced affiliate marketers.

 

  
 
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?
Training type?
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

Stack That Money

$99
Monthly
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help? : mostly, yes
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training? : sometimes
Easy to follow? : often, yes
Is the training thorough? : some
Is the training up-to-date? : some
Training type? : mostly written
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

Free Internet Marketing Project™

FREE
Does it deliver?
Is it easy to get help?
Contact the owner?
Step-by-step training?
Easy to follow?
Is the training thorough?
Is the training up-to-date?
Training type? : 100% video
Best for beginners?
Recommended for veterans?
Opt-in free?
Fee Free?

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Description: Stack that Money can be a great investment if you’re already making $500+ per month in your business, but a pretty expensive and 100% unnecessary expense if you’re still getting started online.
Written by: Ian P.
Rating: 3 out of 5

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(15) comments

Neil September 9, 2014

Awesome review on “Stack That Money”, Ian!

I’m sure more and more cheesy program names like this are being created all the while, LOL. But the training program sounds great from your review, although I would be one of the people wanting to know more about Google Adwords and become a master at PPC in general 🙂

I’m sure one day this will be a big benefit to me and for now I’ll be sticking with Wealthy Affiliate.

Thanks for the insight, Neil

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    Ian September 11, 2014

    Hey Neil, thanks for stopping by! I though the exact same thing when I was researching Stack That Money – their product name really gives off a different first impression than what’s inside the members’ area. It’s definitely a helpful resource if you leverage it at the right point in your journey, but of course there’s a ton of extremely helpful information in Wealthy Affiliate as well. I’m sure you’re being well taken care of there – feel free to connect and reach out to me at WA if I can ever help with anything. Thanks for taking the time to read this review and leave a comment to let me know you were here!

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Evelyn September 10, 2014

Hey Ian, thanks for the info on STM. This is something I’m not into at all at the moment. It seems like there is a lot of information to learn. I could see myself getting into information overload. 🙂 I will keep this in mind though. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ian September 10, 2014

    No problem at all, Evelyn! You’re definitely right – there’s A LOT of information in there and it’s very easy to get lost in the sea of information. But once you feel you’ve found your sea legs in internet marketing, STM is probably a really good place to at least check out. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Josan January 5, 2015

I have come across two successful internet marketers who promote stack that money so this site has been on my radar recently. I don’t consider myself a newbie but I’m also not an expert. From your review, i think I could greatly benefit from stm, maybe even tap into that unknown knowledge that will skyrocket my success. I think that if I get stuck on my current endeavors, I will join. And even if I start making bank, I still would like to join, even if it’s just to see what all of the hype is.

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Navraj Singh June 7, 2015

Very honest review of STM thanks

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    Ian June 8, 2015

    No problem at all, Navraj! Glad I could help.

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Dragos August 7, 2015

Ian nice article. Short question: If I want to start an affiliate business where do I need to begin? I mean what forum / blogs etc. The idea is the following: I’ve been in the online business since 2006, I’ve build websites and the main monetization was advertising (AdSense, Tribal Fusion, Value Click etc.) Due the volatility of SEO I needed something more stable for me and my family so now I work as a freelancer offering PPC services (mainly AdWords) and it’s OK but I want to build some passive incomes as well. Since I know how to work (I don’t want to brag about just to highlight the facts..) with AdWords, Bing, Facebook Ads, Analytics etc. also I have a dedicated server etc and I know how to handle WordPress and how to build a website … All I need is a starting point (the hardest part if you ask me) so this is why I need some guidance. I’ve created an account on CJ but I know affiliate marketing is not as easy as it was, so before I make some mistakes (mistakes are good) I want to cut down some looses with some education first … Thank you.

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    Ian August 8, 2015

    Hey Dragos, thanks for the comment. Of course this is subjective, because it’s only my opinion, but knowing everything I know about affiliate/internet marketing these days and possessing the skill set you possess (very similar to mine, actually), I’d start a local SEO business like Stephen Floyd teaches in Bulletproof SEO (overview and review of the product here). There’s also a free email course that I’ve put together teaching a “lite” version of the same concept here, which is enough to get anyone started. Like anything, there’s some work required on the front end, but I know many marketers now making a very substantial, passive income using this model. You could also use your PPC experience to build your income and “open doors” that many people competing in that space aren’t capable of.

    As I started off reading your message, I thought to myself, “Great! I can refer him to SmartPassiveIncome, Backlinko, Source Wave, etc…” but as I continued reading the comment, it’s clear that you’ve taken a lot of those paths and are looking for something more passive than most of those teach. Besides that, given your experience, you’ve probably heard or visited most of them over the past several years. I think the local SEO route is what you’re most looking for. If you’re anything like me, when you hear that you think, “That doesn’t sound passive at all.” Which is what I thought going into it as well. But as long as you study the right materials and approach it with passivity in mind, it can be an incredibly lucrative and passive income in a relatively short amount of time, especially compared to other affiliate marketing/internet marketing ventures.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any follow-up questions.

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Rupak October 15, 2016

Looks like it’s worth joining the stm forum. Been looking out for honest review and your review looks great. Thanks Ian!

Hope you’re heading to AWA Bkk this December anyway!

Thanks and regards, Rupak.

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Jay February 22, 2017

Hi Ian, fellow WA Member here. Great review. I stumbled onto Stack that Money during my review research and as you mentioned, wondered if it would be that “extra edge”.

I’m in that intermediate boat I suppose, just starting to see some commissions but still need to really focus on content and SEO. From what I’ve been reading, Stack That Money is focused primarily on paid advertising.

As a WA Member and having gone through the stage I’m currently in, do you think there’s anything there (even if I just joined for a month) for someone in my position? My guess is it will just be a bug time suck when I could hammer out a bunch of reviews instead.

Anyway, thanks for the review. It was enlightening and confirms what I’ve been telling others… that you can lose your shirt in paid advertising really fast.

No matter how many products I review, Wealthy Affiliate is by far the most comprehensive, down to earth and professional program out there.

Cheers,
Jay

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Well Said July 28, 2017

Honestly, I would be willing to go out on a limb and say that this more or less applies to every major internet marketing resource out there. It’s ironic because they are marketed to newbies but it’s really only the intermediate to advanced segment that benefits the most from the information. I’ve seen this a lot in Trey Lewellen’s target market. Obviously they are all looking to make as much money as possible so they throw a broad net targeting those who have no idea what they are doing (but willing to pay) – unfortunately they end up not benefiting much.

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Luis December 30, 2017

I really want to join stack that money.
I have heard good things about them. I follow two well known guru’s but only one of them reach out to me and told me that stm.com is best private forum hands down. I’ve have join some of most exclusive cpa networks but I really need help in generating free traffic to my offers. I see alot of video’s in youtube how some affiliates are earning 2 or 3 hundred daily by generating free traffic in craigslists and etc. Upon reveiwing a video in youtube I have notice in the broswer there was a tab partial open having the letters in it “stm” So I’m assuming.
Will I be able aquire that information by joining stm.com?

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    Ian December 30, 2017

    I’m honestly not sure — that’s not training I saw there personally when I was a member, but I suppose it could be in there now.

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Jerry Huang January 11, 2018

Hey Ian,
Thanks for this very in-depth review. I believe forums like this is really not a good place for newbies to start their affiliate marketing education from. There are no clear step-by-step instructions on how to get started and build your websites, etc.

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