How to Make Your Sticky Work for You

By Leslie Samuel | Blogging

Sep 17

What is a Sticky?

Before I get into how to make a sticky work for you, allow me to explain what a sticky is. A sticky is when you trade thread gets placed to the top of a subforum. This maximizes your exposure, because most people look at the top of the forum to find individuals to pay them. A sticky at the Free Lunch Room Forum costs $25 per day and can be purchased for a maximum of 3 consecutive days.

Preparing for your Sticky

The days before your sticky are just as important as the actual day(s) of your sticky. It is a time of preparation – a time that determines how successful your sticky days will be in a very significant way. Here are some helpful tips for those preparation days:

  1. Know what order of sites you would recommend for a New Trader. Most new traders come to the forums looking for guidance. They are excited to get started and might not have a full understanding of what sites they should do to enhance their success. For more on choosing sites, read my article entitled How to Choose Freebie Sites.
  2. Put together a set of Message Templates. There are two ways to respond to a new trader's inquiry. You can type out a new message every time and give it the personal touch. This sounds like a nice way, but it can be EXTREMELY time-consuming, especially if you are going to be a successful trader with many inquires (which is hopefully the goal). The second involves taking the time to put together quality message templates that you can copy and paste. Many people thinks that this is not a good way because it isn't as personal. I would tend to DISAGREE. Start thinking like a successful trader – one that receives MANY inquires. This also helps you to test what works best and make your messages more efficient over time.
  3. Prepare your Trade Thread for Success. Getting someone to visit your trade thread is just Part 1 of the process. The second involves converting that traffic into a quality referral. Your trade thread accomplishes that. Try to make it as efficient as possible. Not too much information, but enough to impress. Show them that you are a real person – one that knows exactly what he/she is doing and one that can help them be successful. Remember, a new trader wants to know that you have what it takes to make them successful. Read more about setting up your trade thread in my article “Do NOT read this or your trade thread will make you more money“.
  4. Make sure to have enough money in your Paypal account. I usually recommend keeping $300 in your account at all times. I know this might not always be possible. Personally, I try to keep at least $500 at all times.

Your Sticky Days

Ok, so the days are finally here. If you put in the work before hand, you should be ready to go. Try to make yourself as available as possible. Responding to posts as quick as possible is very essential over these days. I try to respond to all inquires over my sticky days within a half hour (which doesn't always happen, but at least I try). I'm not going to say much about your actual sticky days, because if you prepared the days before, you are good to go.

After Your Sticky Days

The days following your sticky is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Your sticky should give you some serious momentum. You need to ride that momentum as much as possible. One important thing that you HAVE TO do is to make a trophy thread. As much as I don't like showing off my earnings, this is what works when it comes to making money online. People need proof. If you made $1000 in 1 week during your sticky, BROADCAST it to the World! Let the world know as soon as possible. This can be done in the Trophy Case at the Free Lunch Room, on your blog, website or profile on a social networking site. When people see your success, this will result in them wanting to work with you, which will result in more money, which will result in a bigger trophy thread, resulting in more people wanting to work with you . . . well, I think you get the point.

Have stickies worked for you? If so, share your experiences below.

  • I had my first sticky back in June 2008 and I was pleased with the results. I was very busy and had quite alot of new traders that signed up, but never did go green, but overall, I made a profit of probably $300+, so it was definitely worth it! Looking forward to my next one in October!

    Beth
    beth67 from FLR

  • I had my first sticky back in June 2008 and I was pleased with the results. I was very busy and had quite alot of new traders that signed up, but never did go green, but overall, I made a profit of probably $300+, so it was definitely worth it! Looking forward to my next one in October!

    Beth
    beth67 from FLR

  • Hi Beth, yes stickies can be awesome. A GREAT thing for getting referrals to continue working on a site is by having some good follow-up messages to send them encouraging them along the way. That extra support can sometimes give them the extra push the need.

    One important point to mention while considering how to do this is that you should try never to seem pushy. Your Job as an experienced trader is to be their for them. They are your priority. When they see that you are genuinely interested in them (in a non-forceful way), that gives them the confidence to continue working with you.

    Another excellent thing to do is to encourage them (once again in a non-forceful way) to do multiple sites with you. This is not just to make you more money, but it allows you to work more closely with them to provide them with good training.

    Those are all tips that can help make Stickies much more valuable.

  • Leslie says:

    Hi Beth, yes stickies can be awesome. A GREAT thing for getting referrals to continue working on a site is by having some good follow-up messages to send them encouraging them along the way. That extra support can sometimes give them the extra push the need.

    One important point to mention while considering how to do this is that you should try never to seem pushy. Your Job as an experienced trader is to be their for them. They are your priority. When they see that you are genuinely interested in them (in a non-forceful way), that gives them the confidence to continue working with you.

    Another excellent thing to do is to encourage them (once again in a non-forceful way) to do multiple sites with you. This is not just to make you more money, but it allows you to work more closely with them to provide them with good training.

    Those are all tips that can help make Stickies much more valuable.

  • Sarah says:

    This is great info. I have my first sticky coming up at the end of Oct, and hope to do very well with it. I have been working on my message templates and a few other things. This has given me a few things to add to my to do list. I’ll make sure to come back and let you all know how I did.

  • Sarah says:

    This is great info. I have my first sticky coming up at the end of Oct, and hope to do very well with it. I have been working on my message templates and a few other things. This has given me a few things to add to my to do list. I’ll make sure to come back and let you all know how I did.

  • I’m glad you find this information useful. The first sticky is always an exciting experience. I’ll be looking forward to hearing how that goes for you. Best of Luck!

  • Leslie says:

    I’m glad you find this information useful. The first sticky is always an exciting experience. I’ll be looking forward to hearing how that goes for you. Best of Luck!

  • Lori says:

    Leslie,
    I should have posted this much sooner. You were such a great help to me before my sticky in October on FLR. After a half hour discussion with you I reworked my thread and followed your advice. Im not exaggerating when I say I had over 60 people contact me in the first 4 hours! I had so many greens within my three days and many, many repeat traders. After it was all said and done I grossed $7475 for the month and won a referral contest with a prize of $1250! I can’t thank you enough for always being willing to share your wisdom with the rest of us!! You are the BEST!!

  • Lori says:

    Leslie,
    I should have posted this much sooner. You were such a great help to me before my sticky in October on FLR. After a half hour discussion with you I reworked my thread and followed your advice. Im not exaggerating when I say I had over 60 people contact me in the first 4 hours! I had so many greens within my three days and many, many repeat traders. After it was all said and done I grossed $7475 for the month and won a referral contest with a prize of $1250! I can’t thank you enough for always being willing to share your wisdom with the rest of us!! You are the BEST!!

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