Do NOT read this or your trade thread will make you more money!!

September 17, 2008

COME ON!! I told you NOT to read this. Making money can become addicting, and if you continue along the road of actually reading this relatively long post, you might get the disease of the inflamed Paypal account.

Well, since you insist on continuing to read this, I will try to live up to the title of this post. What you are about to read applies if you are trying to get referrals in a forum such as the Free Lunch Room or Anything4free. Your trade thread plays a big part in sealing the deal. Take the advice listed here, and you will reap the benefits.

If you are logged into the Free Lunch Room forum, you can see my trade thread by clicking here

Your Trade Thread Title

I never realized how important my trade thread title was until my second sticky. I was prepared, sitting at my laptop, ready for a bunch of trades. A day had passed and I had only gotten a handful of inquires. Worry was beginning to set in. Was I really not going to make a good amount of money on my sticky days? I had hyped myself up so much in the preceding days, that this was an unexpected SHOCK. Maybe things were just slow for everyone. But then I looked at the other stickied trade threads, only to see that they were getting significantly more inquires than I was.

I then asked myself the following question: What were they doing that I wasn't? I looked at those that were getting a lot of hits and then it suddenly hit me. My trade thread TITLE was focused on my long term success, their's were focussed on immediate gratification.

I realized that although people wanted long term success, they were more enticed to click on your trade thread when you can let them know what you can do for them quickly. As disappointed as I was in my fellow trader, I decided to do a test.

Before, my trade thread said something like “I've made $12,000 in 2 months, let me teach you how”. I changed it to “Make $200 to start, I've made $12,000 in 2 months, let me teach you how”. As soon as I did that, I started getting hits left and right. I could not leave my computer for 10 minutes without getting a message from a trader. It was ridiculous. However, let me share some key points when it comes to your trade thread title.

  • People that want to make money online, want to know the quickest way to make money TODAY. Most people aren't as enticed by long term success – at least, that's not what gets MOST people to click on your trade thread title.
  • It is my job as a freebie trader (if I want to make money) to use that fact to entice someone to click on my Trade Thread title. HOWEVER, I think it is more important to not take advantage of new traders. We need to TEACH them that the quick way is not the way of success, and that if they do not take their time, they can do themselves more harm than good.
  • If your title says make $200 to start, make sure you have a definite outline that can show the trader HOW they can expect to make that $200. In my case, I outlined that by doing the 6 sites I suggested, they would make $200 to start method 2. I also had proof of other traders that have made that amount of money with me within a week or two.

What goes in your trade thread

Who are you?

Ok, so we have gotten past the title, with a good mix of immediate and long term benefits. Now lets get to your trade thread. I strongly believe that the FIRST thing someone wants to know about you is that you are a real person – someone that they can identify with. For this reason, I start my trade thread with a very BRIEF description of who I am. It is also good to have a full profile, with an avatar that is an actual picture of you.

What do you have to offer?

After the introductions, I like to focus their attention on the benefits they will get by working with me. In this industry, those who are to be successful are those that are in it to help others succeed. Show that you are ready, willing and ABLE to teach them how to be successful and you will have new traders knocking on your door. Well, at least sending you PMs. Once again, let me emphasize – TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL. People want to learn.

What sites are you working on?

After you've gone through why they should work with you, you need to let them know what sites you are currently working on. There are a varying perspectives where this is concerned. My opinion is as follows – Do not overwhelm traders with a bunch of sites. I like to focus my referrals on a few sites, because it eliminates confusion. It is good to have a lot of sites in your portfolio and to also mention that you have many others, in case someone already has the sites you list in your portfolio. I just think that less clutter is better.

I want to work with you. How do I do that?

It's always good to include in your trade thread, how they are supposed to contact you if they are interested in working with you. This, of course, is governed by the rules of the forum, so make sure you understand those rules. For example, at the Free Lunch Room, you should say that they should post a reply OR send you a Private Message (pm). You can not tell them to do both.

Trade Thread No-no's

Now that we've looked at what goes into a trade thread, lets look at things that you should NOT do (in my opinion).

  • Do NOT make your trade thread too long (kind of like this article). People do not want to read your entire life story, or to have to do a whole bunch of scrolling just to see the sites that you are offering. Actually, my trade thread might be bordering on the side of being a little too long. I'm considering shortening it a little.
  • Do NOT let the colors and design distract from the purpose of your trade thread. Make it easy to read.
  • Do not fill your trade thread with clutter.

So there you have it. Go out there and make your trade thread. And let me know how your results are. I'd be happy to hear.

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  • […] 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“. […]

    • Sarah says:

      Great info. This has pointed out a few things that I need to test out. Hopefully they will help me get more referrals. Thanks

  • Sarah says:

    Great info. This has pointed out a few things that I need to test out. Hopefully they will help me get more referrals. Thanks

  • Robin says:

    This is definitely a well-written article and has given me food for thought. I will definitely be implementing a few of these suggestions in my own trade thread as I have a sticky coming up and am hoping for huge success!
    Thanks so much.

  • Robin says:

    This is definitely a well-written article and has given me food for thought. I will definitely be implementing a few of these suggestions in my own trade thread as I have a sticky coming up and am hoping for huge success!
    Thanks so much.

  • Hi ladies. I’m glad you got something from this article. Your trade thread plays a HUGE role in your success as a freebie trader. I hope it helps you to make even more money. If you ever need me to take a look at your trade thread, just send me the link. I will check out out and give you any suggestions I might have.

    Robin, I hope your sticky goes well. They can be exciting things. Make sure to read my article entitled “How to Make Your Sticky Work for You”. It has some great tips on maximizing sticky success.

  • Leslie says:

    Hi ladies. I’m glad you got something from this article. Your trade thread plays a HUGE role in your success as a freebie trader. I hope it helps you to make even more money. If you ever need me to take a look at your trade thread, just send me the link. I will check out out and give you any suggestions I might have.

    Robin, I hope your sticky goes well. They can be exciting things. Make sure to read my article entitled “How to Make Your Sticky Work for You”. It has some great tips on maximizing sticky success.

    • Leslie says:

      Hi MissEdie. I’m glad you find value in the info I’m sharing. I hope it brings you much success. I will be posting even more tips and tricks as time goes on – even info on getting referrals outside of the forum. So keep checking back.

  • MissEdie says:

    Hi Leslie,
    Thank you for your help.
    I like your ideas,and your news letters.
    I will be putting them to some good use.

  • MissEdie says:

    Hi Leslie,
    Thank you for your help.
    I like your ideas,and your news letters.
    I will be putting them to some good use.

    • Linda says:

      Hey Leslie,

      Good advice. I did pretty much the same thing this past week with my sticky. It was my 3rd and I have set up 156 trades and within only a few days, have had close to 20 greens (I lost count..lol) This is the best sticky EVER!! I am so excited and your tips are excellent, I do believe that have less is more, even if it is just for your sticy days! And keep your PMs brief and simple.

      Good Luck to you ALL!

  • Hi MissEdie. I’m glad you find value in the info I’m sharing. I hope it brings you much success. I will be posting even more tips and tricks as time goes on – even info on getting referrals outside of the forum. So keep checking back.

  • Linda says:

    Hey Leslie,

    Good advice. I did pretty much the same thing this past week with my sticky. It was my 3rd and I have set up 156 trades and within only a few days, have had close to 20 greens (I lost count..lol) This is the best sticky EVER!! I am so excited and your tips are excellent, I do believe that have less is more, even if it is just for your sticy days! And keep your PMs brief and simple.

    Good Luck to you ALL!

  • […] Do NOT Read This Or Your Trade Thread Will Make You More Money! […]

  • Nicole says:

    Good tips! I’ve done ALL of these things and business has been slooowww…. I don’t seem to be making much money or getting very many referrals. I’m doing everything right I think, even offering super high payouts and all of that. I also have my own mentoring site that I had you build for me…. Any suggestion as to how to make people drawn more to me….??

  • Nicole says:

    Good tips! I’ve done ALL of these things and business has been slooowww…. I don’t seem to be making much money or getting very many referrals. I’m doing everything right I think, even offering super high payouts and all of that. I also have my own mentoring site that I had you build for me…. Any suggestion as to how to make people drawn more to me….??

  • Hi Nicole, following these steps is just the beginning if you are trading at a forum. Having a Trade thread that is set up for success closes the deal, but you still need to get the referrals to your trade thread, and to your Mentoring site. No Traffic = No referrals = No Money!

    In terms of how to get referrals at forums, I would recommend reading these articles: http://becomeablogger.com/567/articles-you-must-read-as-a-freebie-forum-trader/.

    They really give you the foundation you need to be successful at the forums. In terms of your mentoring site – don’t worry. I’m working on a training program to teach you HOW to get traffic to your site. It will show you in a step by step manner.

    Stay Tuned šŸ™‚

  • Leslie says:

    Hi Nicole, following these steps is just the beginning if you are trading at a forum. Having a Trade thread that is set up for success closes the deal, but you still need to get the referrals to your trade thread, and to your Mentoring site. No Traffic = No referrals = No Money!

    In terms of how to get referrals at forums, I would recommend reading these articles: http://becomeablogger.com/567/articles-you-must-read-as-a-freebie-forum-trader/.

    They really give you the foundation you need to be successful at the forums. In terms of your mentoring site – don’t worry. I’m working on a training program to teach you HOW to get traffic to your site. It will show you in a step by step manner.

    Stay Tuned šŸ™‚

  • […] Do NOT Read This Or Your Trade Thread Will Make You More Money! […]

  • Paulette Chafin says:

    You always give such great advice. I am going to change up my thread and I will let you know the results.
    Thanks again

  • Jynifer @ FLR says:

    Hi there Leslie,

    wanted to tell you this is great info for anyone trading witha thread. I need to put a little intro on mine of who I am. I did not have that. Thanks and you have some grat pointers. ~~

    Jyn

  • Paulette Chafin says:

    I just wanted to let you know that after reading this blog today I changed the heading on my trade thread to read “Make $120 Today… Then Finish Your Christmas Shopping” I also changed a few things on my thread and I changed my signature. I then bumped my thread and within minutes had 2 New Members wanting to do one of my Dec. Packages. Just wanted to let you know Your Awesome !! Thank You So Much For all the Advice you give us.

  • Paulette Chafin says:

    I just wanted to let you know that after reading this blog today I changed the heading on my trade thread to read “Make $120 Today… Then Finish Your Christmas Shopping” I also changed a few things on my thread and I changed my signature. I then bumped my thread and within minutes had 2 New Members wanting to do one of my Dec. Packages. Just wanted to let you know Your Awesome !! Thank You So Much For all the Advice you give us.

  • Jynifer @ FLR says:

    Hi there Leslie,

    wanted to tell you this is great info for anyone trading witha thread. I need to put a little intro on mine of who I am. I did not have that. Thanks and you have some grat pointers. ~~

    Jyn

  • Jynifer @ FLR says:

    Thanks for all your tips here, I plan to do some updates on my thread today with your suggestions. Thanks bunches. Long live Leslie.. Have a great one everybody.. happy trading.. Jyn

  • Jynifer @ FLR says:

    Thanks for all your tips here, I plan to do some updates on my thread today with your suggestions. Thanks bunches. Long live Leslie.. Have a great one everybody.. happy trading.. Jyn

  • wendy says:

    Thanks for this post. I just had a sticky and it was a bit slower than I’d hoped. It was slow for others in my group too, though a few did seem to do pretty well. Ii will take some of these suggestions before ordering in the next round! Thanks!!!

  • wendy says:

    Thanks for this post. I just had a sticky and it was a bit slower than I’d hoped. It was slow for others in my group too, though a few did seem to do pretty well. Ii will take some of these suggestions before ordering in the next round! Thanks!!!

  • Paulette says:

    Just a little up date and a Hugh Thank You!
    Last month I didn’t get my 1st Referral until the month was half over. This month in the 1st 3 days, I have set up 15 trades! I don’t know if everyone is doing better this month or not but I like to think that it was because of the changes I made to my thread. Just wanted to say your Awesome, thanks for all the help.
    Paulette

  • Paulette says:

    Just a little up date and a Hugh Thank You!
    Last month I didn’t get my 1st Referral until the month was half over. This month in the 1st 3 days, I have set up 15 trades! I don’t know if everyone is doing better this month or not but I like to think that it was because of the changes I made to my thread. Just wanted to say your Awesome, thanks for all the help.
    Paulette

  • Jeremy says:

    Great advice, Leslie. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I can’t wait to work this information into my thread.

  • Jeremy says:

    Great advice, Leslie. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I can’t wait to work this information into my thread.

    • Leslie says:

      We ALL have a lot to learn still. Let me know how the changes work for you. You’d be surprised at what a well-designed trade thread can do.

  • Lonnie says:

    Hello Leslie,

    I really enjoy reading and putting in place the suggestion you line out for traders. I haven’t been doing this for a terrible long time but do feel I’ve learned more than most with the experience compatible to mine. One thing I realized as a Method 2 Mentor is that it is very important that a Mentor have good solid answers to the questions asked by new members, no matter how big or small the question maybe. So I would suggest to all new Method 2 trader that they need to read read read so that when that new member ask a question you can give them more than just a bunch of mumble jumble because the new referral will feel uncomfortable and will catch on to it right away realizing you don’t know anymore than him/her. You advice about the thread name is more important than one could imagine. I’ve seen trader offering 90 to 100% of the site value but still they aren’t getting very many referrals. And then I checked out their thread title and right away I could see why. Anyway, have a great day and keep the advice coming.

    • Excellent points Lonnie. Your trade thread is essential for your success at a Freebie Forum, just like your website is important for you to get conversions. You can tell a lot just by looking at someone’s Trade Thread. Wishing you much success!

  • Lonnie says:

    Hello Leslie,

    I really enjoy reading and putting in place the suggestion you line out for traders. I haven’t been doing this for a terrible long time but do feel I’ve learned more than most with the experience compatible to mine. One thing I realized as a Method 2 Mentor is that it is very important that a Mentor have good solid answers to the questions asked by new members, no matter how big or small the question maybe. So I would suggest to all new Method 2 trader that they need to read read read so that when that new member ask a question you can give them more than just a bunch of mumble jumble because the new referral will feel uncomfortable and will catch on to it right away realizing you don’t know anymore than him/her. You advice about the thread name is more important than one could imagine. I’ve seen trader offering 90 to 100% of the site value but still they aren’t getting very many referrals. And then I checked out their thread title and right away I could see why. Anyway, have a great day and keep the advice coming.

    • Leslie says:

      Excellent points Lonnie. Your trade thread is essential for your success at a Freebie Forum, just like your website is important for you to get conversions. You can tell a lot just by looking at someone’s Trade Thread. Wishing you much success!

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