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.
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.
If you’re not all that into reading and you just want the highlights, this is all you’ll need to read.
If you’re looking to learn affiliate marketing, SEO, eCommerce, dropshipping, or one of the more traditional internet marketing paths, you’d be best starting with our 100% free training (no strings attached), and springing for STM if you find that it doesn’t give you everything you need (I think you’ll be surprised, because it’s hands-down the most comprehensive free training anyone in this industry offers).
But 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 if you’re new to affiliate marketing, read on…
When it comes to just getting started, I’m not sure that Stack that Money is the best investment you can make at this stage of your affiliate marketing journey, especially for the fairly high price of $99/month. 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.
Take home message: If you’re very new to affiliate marketing (figuring out how to setup a website, learning how to create good content, going about the basics of email marketing, etc…) then I don’t think Stack That Money is for you. You’d be much better off signing up for one of my free advanced training courses or trying any other product with a good reputation that is more new affiliate marketer friendly.
If you’re semi-advanced and your sites are running (possibly even producing a little money), but 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you go in with the right expectations (which I believe I’ve set fairly well with this review) 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.
Overall, I would grade it a ‘C’ for new affiliate marketers and an A+ for experienced affiliate marketers.
Are you fairly new to affiliate marketing and decide that STM might be a little too much after reading this review? Don’t worry, there’s a terrific affiliate marketing training product for people that are just getting their feet wet too, and I’ve reviewed it over here.
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