Free Product In Exchange For Review – Scam Or Legit? Can you really get free products in exchange for an honest review?

Can you really get free products in exchange for an honest review? Or are all ‘free’ product reviews scams, and people just want you to buy their products? How do you get to be a reviewer and get free products?

It sounds too good to be true… it sounds like a scam… get a product for free, just for leaving an honest review, how is this possible? I was dubious, I was cautious. Especially when I spent what seemed like a whole day setting up an account with after the guy who runs it reached out to me personally when he saw I was an influencer from my channel, and asked me to sign up, and the only 3 campaigns I initially applied for was with Intellifluence itself, and they still haven’t responded since the 9th of March! It’s so poor! The reason being, as far as I can tell, but they haven’t told me this outright, is the fact they don’t include blogs like this as a real ‘blog’ and having as much influence as you don’t own it, like you would if you had, for example, a blog, or an equivalent on your own website. So you can’t add blogs like this as a ‘blog’ you have to add them as ‘other’ which then doesn’t seem to count on your influencer figures. It’s disgusting to be honest. So many people tell you, you should move your blog over to your own hosted site by exporting it, and leave the platform for the one, but… years ago I didn’t take that advice. I knew, that because of how early I started this blog (over 10 years ago) it was for sure going to be great for SEO because of the longevity of it. You only have to look at how many followers I have collectively, and how many likes some of my posts have gotten in the last several months especially, that it’s a very popular and influential blog. I get daily likes and subs without even thinking about it anymore, with posts I haven’t touched for months! In fact I haven’t done a blog post for some time on here because I have been busy working on my Asexual Guide To Sex book (which is taking me longer to write than I first thought) and right now I am working on a new monthly membership site for Asexuals and fans of my channel, and allies, with exclusive content not seen on my channel, live streams, person development training and coaching about asexuality, dating/relationships, mindset and motivation, coping skills for anxiety, depression, stress, life hacks to live your best life, writing and marketing advice, how to make spare cash, productivity, Q&A, and a monthly online meetup. More details on that to follow if you want to be part of it, for an excellent value for money monthly fee to join my Asexualise Academy Club. I’m super exited about this! Although it’s an asexual channel (for those whose sexual orientation is asexuality and who lack sexual attraction, so many don’t like sex, the club will be open to asexuals, fans of my channel (some of whom aren’t asexual but have partners who are, or who are respectful and find my content useful, helpful, inspiring) and allies – so those who support asexuals. I digress!

So if I didn’t get any response from Intellifluence, how did I get a product to review for free? Oh yes, in case you were wondering where this Quirky Books blog post is going, I did in fact get given a product for free to review! Well, I haven’t received it yet. It arrives on Monday 29th of March 2021 – it’s Friday 26th March 2021, when I’m currently writing this. And I am so, so, excited. In case you haven’t guessed what that product is yet, because you scrolled past the image at the top of this post without thinking, it is in fact, the 2020 Upgraded BFULL A3 Laminator, 6-in-1 – which includes a paper trimmer. I was contacted by Ashley, the Manager of BFULL by email, who said they watch my and like my videos, here is what they actually said:

I would highly recommend you check out this 6-in-1 Laminator on Amazon here Because before I have even got it, I am really super excited by how it looks already and how many different functions it has. Touch screen too. It looks so futuristic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and have a play around. It’s like wow! And especially as the manager is so nice too – that really helps and gives me confidence in the product.

So yes, other than signing up to product review sites and/or influencer sites such as Intellifluence (yes that is a referral link) if you want to get free products to review, then you need to become such an influencer in your industry, that people approach you to review products for them and offer them to you for free, to keep. Even though my Asexualise My Asexual Life channel has nothing to do with office products, (it’s to do with a sexual orientation and I do a lot of videos about asexuality, dating and relationships, as well as self-love and no sex movie reviews), that’s how they found me, because my email address is in the About section, so if you have a YouTube channel, be sure to include your email address in the “details” of the About section, so companies can potentially contact you. See screenshot below! (Check the view count!)

I found out through Intellifluence that the more influence you have, the more companies are likely to give you money to buy their product/s to review. Rather than you having to buy the product/s out of your own money first and potentially lose money if they don’t give you the money back, or they don’t give you the money back in full, or you have to pay PayPal fees or other fees, or you have to pay for shipping. So the fact this company offered me to have the product for free on my own terms, to keep, meant they see me as a high influencer. And with 178,404 views, as shown in the screenshot above, you can see why I’m an influencer and they approached me!

So what were my terms to ensure I was not out of pocket by even a penny, so you can duplicate my success should you have someone approach you to review a product for free, or should you want to approach someone else to review their product for them. Here they are:

  • Full payment to buy the BFULL laminator was to be paid to me via PayPal before I purchased the product.
  • All PayPal fees were to be paid to me in full along with the item cost, so I was not out of pocket by a penny.
  • Shipping must be free with no importation fees.
  • No other costs.

In exchange for this, I have agreed to their request, to leave a review on Amazon with a photo/or video. They have not asked me to leave any type of review or tried to influence that review whatsoever, and this is good, or it would break Amazon seller rules. You have to allow the person to leave an honest review and that’s what they are doing. By the looks of it, the quality of their product will speak for itself anyhow, so I can’t wait to test out the BFULL 6-in-1 laminator, super soon!

As you can see in this screenshot, they paid me the exact amount for their BFULL laminator (£45.99), to the penny, and also after paying the PayPal fees (£2.69), and that’s the money I used to buy their BFULL laminator from Amazon, which I can’t wait to to receive and try out.

So yes, you can really get products for free in exchange for an honest review! Truly, completely free, legit! But it’s even better when you develop such great influence in your niche, that companies approach you and are quite willing to give you free (high quality – by the look of the BFULL Laminator photos) products, on your own terms.

In order to be an influencer and have people reach out to you, start a blog (like this one), gain a good social media following, and in particular if you have a YouTube channel be sure you include your contact details in the About section so companies know how to find you. Always be your bold, brave, true, authentic self, and say what you really think and feel, don’t be a mouse, be a lion! If you are true, authentic, honest and real, and love to share your opinion, how do you think companies are going to view you? As someone who they can trust to give you their money upfront and get an honest review! Which is exactly what they want and are looking for! So be what they want, be what they are looking for, and you will stand out from the crowd as someone who they can trust to do a great job, and if they have other products, they are more likely to reach out to you again!

I hope you find this blog article useful, if you have please share it with a friend or someone you know who may benefit from reading it. Sharing is caring, after all. And if you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the comments below!

As always, until next time, write soon, and in case you didn’t already know, my publishing imprint is Quirky Books, and writing is my hugest passion of my life.

Write soon, stay quirky, always

Sanda xx

Think It’s Impossible For An Indie Author To Get Into Waterstones? Asexual Perspectives book is available to buy in Waterstones – A Quirky Books Dream Come True

Get Asexual Perspectives here

In 2010, when I started this blog, I knew one day I wanted Quirky Books to be my own publishing company, and in 2017, I achieved that dream, when I became a registered publisher is the UK under the name of Quirky Books.

In that same year, 2017, I published my first ever paperback book on Amazon; Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Diversity. And now I have this book available to buy from major books stores, including Waterstones, here

If you are a writer who struggles to get into major bookstores with your Indie book, then you know what a huge achievement this it. If you do a Google you will see extensive research for how to ‘try’ to get your books into major bookstores. For me, I did a ton of research of what to do to reach the maximum amount of readers and bookstores, before I even read those blog posts, and before I registered as a publisher in my own right. I wanted to set myself up for success from the start. That’s why a 35 year old publishing house said I ‘successfully’ published this book, and they owned up to being unlikely to meet my sales expectations, when they wanted to have the book for their own company, remove half of the stories in it, give them all my reviews, and said I would have to ask for their permission to quote from my own book! No thank you! That’s what I said. They told me my Asexual guide To Sex – the book I am currently working hard to finish, would sell, but they weren’t prepared to take it on because it’s too risky for them, as it’s uncensored, and basically it doesn’t just paint a pretty picture of sex. But tells the good, bad, and fugly (fuck ugly) truth about sex, that everyone wants to know but is afraid to ask. They want me to propose my next 2 asexual books to them, written in their style! Well I was considering it as my dream years ago, was to be a published Author by a major publishing house, but at 10%-12% net sales, when I can make more myself and have the freedom of not censoring my books and of growing my own publishing company and brand name, it seems like an unwise choice to now do that.

My vision for Quirky Books is to continue to write high quality, predominantly non-fiction books, that change people’s lives. And to be raw, real, fresh, uncensored – Quirky – different! If I have the opportunity to write other books – such as kids books – I have already written one of these and finished it years ago, and it’s something I was to do, then I will. I haven’t published it yet as I need to pay for an illustrator and I am not well known in the kid’s market. But I will likely test the popularity of this book out as an audio book later this year. As it’s a book that rhymes, for 3-5 years old, it will sound great as an audio book, and I already have a single image for the front cover from years ago. Whoop! Whoop!

I now have people coming to me asking me how I got my book into major book stores. And contemplating shall I tell them all my secrets or not! Maybe some, all! Or maybe I will write a book about it! After all, the proof is in the pudding! If this is something you would be interesting to learn more about and you want a step-by-step guide on how to do this – let me know in the comments below and if there is enough demand for it, I might write a book about how you can do this too.

I’m so proud this book is now available to buy from Waterstones. Especially as it’s very difficult for Indie Authors to get in this store. If you read their section about Indie Authors, you will know they only take on a small percentage of Indie Author’s published work. It’s a great achievement for me personally, as a Writer, Author and Publisher, and for asexuality, as it’s a minority sexual orientation that is still barely unheard of, and deeply misunderstood.

Buy a copy of this book now to discover the high quality your book has to be in order for it to be accepted at major bookstores, and be ready for an extremely fascinating insight into the world of sex as you haven’t see it before

You can of course by this book on Amazon too here:



(If you live UK go here) 💜

As always, stay Quirky, write soon, and if nothing else, I hope this post has inspired you to achieve your dreams, even if it does take 7-10 years later to do it, never, ever, give up on our dreams.

5 Ways To Succeed in 2021

5 Ways To Succeed In 2021

I just learnt that 2021 is the year of reset. Here are 5 Ways to succeed in 2021: 

1) Let go of old energies by decluttering and removing things from your life that no longer help you, or feel good. Could be a job, a person, old items of clothing, and anything you no longer use.
2) Focus on creating change for yourself.
3) Be solution focused. To every problem, ask what is the solution. Rather than focusing on the problem.
4) Follow your heart’s desire and pursue what you’ve always wanted to do.
5) Keep your mind as clear as possible in this chaos. With clarity comes power to move forward in your life.

These are the things I just learnt from an expert in personal and professional development, who is also a spiritual master that I have been following for some time. He knows his stuff, so I thought I would pass this information onto you, in the hope it will help you too.

I am going to be working on these 5 things from now onwards. Start 2021 with intention to do these 5 things, and your life will be better, I truly believe that. Although I have heard of these things before at different times in my life, it’s good to be reminded of them, and now I have an action plan to move forward with my life and career for this year, 2021.

How many of these 5 ways to succeed in 2021, will you be putting into place, so you can have a happy 2021? I would love to read your plans in the comments below.

In the meantime, don’t forget to say positive things to yourself and about yourself, and write soon.

Sandra xx

How To Make Money With Twitter | 4 Keys To Crushing Make Money Make Cash Using Twitter | A Case Study

Do you struggle to know how to make money using social media? Do you want to know the secrets to making money using Twitter for FREE?

If so, then you need to watch this video, now!

If you have no ad budget and no money to spend on any sort of advertising, or you want to know how to make money with zero ad spend, then you need to watch this video. This woman is crushing it so much on Twitter, that she’s running out of stock!

In this video you will discover the 4 key ingredients you need to succeed at make money make cash on Twitter. With zero ad spend and from the comfort of your own home.

Subscribe here now, so you don’t miss out on more valuable videos, about how to make money make cash, for FREE!

Remember, true entrepreneurship is about the person you become in the process!

As always, write soon.

Sandra xx

10 Year Blogging Anniversary Quirky Books

Wow! 10 years today I started this Quirky Books blog. I just took this screenshot on my phone to celebrate.

It took me over 6.5 years for Quirky Books to be registered as my own Publishing Imprint, which was and still is, a dream come true. My first book I published in print under Quirky Books, was my Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexual Diversity book, in June 2017. I am currently working hard to get my second book for asexuals finished. This one is called Asexual Guide To Sex.

Thank you for joining me on the journey into print. One heck of a ride of a writing ride it’s been so far, and many more writing thrills are to come. I love writing books that change lives. It’s my life purpose, a part of my soul, and who I am. Writing makes my soul at peace, when nothing else can touch it in that way. It’s quite profound.

This beautiful Angel I got to see for the first time this week, (Wed, the day before the 2nd UK Lockdown), in 7.5 months. My daughter furry kid guinea pig Angel guine pig, lives with my parents as she is diabetic and I can’t inject her, as I have a genuine fear of needles and blood, and I had a panic attack in the vets, trying to inject her, when she was first diagnosed.

I cannot tell you how happy I was to see my baby girl after all this time. My heart had been pounding for her and missing her so much. I felt a lot of pain. But my mum is high risk category in at least 3 ways, and has a low immune system, so she has had to self isolate for months and I can’t go over to my parents home to see her. So I got her a new day trip cage that she loves, and she came to visit me for 8 hours. The time just flew by.

Angel in her new day trip cage.

Angel loved to see me as much as I adored seeing her, and we had so much fun together. She is being taken by me and my dad next week, for a checkup at the vets. Dad will collect me. She hasn’t had her blood levels tested for a while and needs a few things checking, but otherwise she is a happy and healthy, beautiful girl.

I haven’t blogged here much lately, because I have been so busy with a new Store Sales Manager job I started on October 2nd. So after almost 3 years of working from home, I now have a day job again. It’s taken some time to get used to, but at least I am fortunate enough to have a day job, when thousands of people are redundant in the UK. I am currently furloughed from that job, for the 4 weeks of this UK lockdown.

So I am overjoyed at being a 10 year old blogger, it feels amazing. I want to thank you all for being here, watching my journey and supporting me. I love you all dearly. XxxxxxxX

As always, stay quirky and write soon. Much love Sandra xx

Asexuality Know Better _ Asexual Perspectives Asexual Author Interview

There is nothing more exciting and rewarding for a writer/published Author, than changing people’s lives through your own written words. But being interviewed about your non-fiction author journey and book, is just the icing on the cake.

I am so proud to be featured in Loud and Out magazine, about my Asexual Perspectives book, and Author/asexual journey. Check out the article here

Stay quirky and write soon xx

Sandra xx

Do You Want More Passion, Sensuality And Satisfaction, In Your Dating And Relationships?

Do You Want More Passion, Sensuality And Satisfaction, In Your Dating And Relationships? If yes, then Erogenousity is for you! Watch the video above to discover the 3 needs you must know, for more passion, sensuality and satisfaction, in your dating and relationships! And subscribe for more practical dating and relationship advice!

Are you fed up of being dateless? Are you confused by today’s technology and how to successfully date in today’s online world? Is your relationship stale and passionless?

If you are struggling with dating in today’s modern times, if you are fed up of feeling alone – even if you are in a relationship, or getting people who are just mismatched and no good for you, Erogenousity is for you!

Erogenousity, is all about being erogenously generous with your partner or date. It takes a holistic and practical approach to dating and relationships, and takes into account, body, mind, soul, and the senses, for ultimate match success.

Erogenousity is my new YouTube show for men and women who want more passion, sensuality and satisfaction, in their dating and relationships. Who are fed up with all the mind games and manipulation techniques being shoved down their throat by other dating and relationship coaches, and who are looking for guidance from a modern 21st century dating and relationship coach, that can show you how to have loving, healthy, happy, dating and relationships.

Many of you know that I help asexuals, those who lack sexual attraction, on my reality TV chat show for asexuals and as you know, I am asexual myself. After 5 years of coaching asexuals in how to have loving, healthy, and happy, dating and relationships on that channel, and being approached by more and more sexuals for dating and relationship advice, I decided I need to help more people. I also discovered through my own asexual life journey, that although I don’t experience any sexual attraction, I still have a hugely erogenous side to my nature, especially with a guy’s upper body, and I have had sex in the past, so can help a lot more people than I’m currently helping.

So if you are struggling with dating or your current relationship, or a relationship or date, is non-existent for you, be sure to subscribe to Erogenousity here 

I would love to know what you think of the new channel and this video? Please leave your comments either here, or below the video on YouTube!

I am so happy Erogenousity is now live and officially launched. Website to follow.

Until next time, stay quirky and write soon,

Sandra xx