Originally Posted by AlphaDogHosting
What i'd be interested in hearing, is if you would have to be a paying advertiser with a sticky post to get the most benefit.
In my honest opinion, you can do either well or bad with either a sticky or a free post. A lot depends on the deal, the presentation, the product itself. You can run a paid ad all you want, but if the message isn't tailored or if the offer is not aligned with the market demand, then you probably will not convert. On the other hand, if you have found what makes you better and capitalizing on that, come to the forum regularly, participate and post ads every single week (sticky helps you void that part, saving you time), then people will notice.
Before anything, you need to know why you are doing what you are doing and what you are good at, then you'll be able to capture the attention and find your customers.