Trade Agreements and Tips:
It is okay to put time limits on trades; however this must be expressed to your trading partner and should not be merely implied. If you need a green in three days, say so.
All trade agreements should be made via PM or posts, if someone instant messages you for a trade, have them contact you via PM so there is a record of the trade agreement in case a dispute arises.
Always keep their referral ID, this way if a trade were to fail you can report them to their respective site.
When signing up for someone's site, always use their direct referral link
and not something masked like, Click here to sign up
If dealing with PayPal make sure the trader is PayPal verified, specify this in your trades.
Make the lower TR person go first, or have them wait for approval to get paid if you are truely worried. If a trader cannot wait until verification of their green there may be something amiss.
Sometimes putting your ref link in your signature seems like a great idea, but sometimes a random new user will sign up and expect money although an agreement was never made. Put a clause in your signature that states something along the lines of "PM me for trade" so your case cannot be disputed.
If a friend is going to do a site, you must tell the other party that this is going to happen. You cannot spring on the other party that a friend will be completing the trade halfway through and expect the other person to be completely satisfied. Using friends usually causes nothing but trouble.