Sell What You USE!

by on January 4, 2012

I know! Sounds crazy, right?

I mean, most of the time, this goddess advocates getting rid of clutter, and selling what you DON’T use.

But it occurred to me recently, that most of us could also make quite a tidy little sum if we would also Sell What We Use!

Case in point, when my go-to-goddess of all things techie, it just so happened that the utterly brilliant Kimberly Castleberry was shopping round for a new ‘skin’ for her blog.

(Uncross your eyes, dahling,  that simply means a colour scheme/layout template ~ sort of like decorating for blogs)

She suggested (she’s like that – doesn’t tell you to do stuff, just suggests!) that IF I had an affiliate link, she’d buy her new design through me.

Now I already use a 10 hours at my retail job, simply by telling visitors about the resources I use.

Do you see the lesson here?

Every day we recommend stuff to friends, family and people in the line at Starbucks.

“I just bought these amazingly comfortable shoes …”

“Saw the most incredible video on YouTube ….”

“Went to that new restaurant downtown …”

“I’m losing weight like crazy with this new product I’m on.”

“Glad you asked about my virtual postcards …”

You get the idea.

We’re so used to recommending stuff for free, that we forget that we could get paid for it too.

Network marketers fall into this trap all the time.

We’re are so focused on getting people to look at the product from our mlm,
we forget that we could also make money recommending our autoresponder, our absolutely brilliant new hosting service, the guy that makes our business cards, and the latest training to knock our socks off.

Bloggers do the same.

Just because you have a blog in a certain niche, doesn’t mean you can’t put a link in for all the other services and tools you use to make life easier in other areas.

You are multi-dimensional, goddess.

And, sweetie, so is your audience.





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Chris@best sulfate free shampoo drugstore January 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

You are absolutely right. The main source of revenue for most people online is recommending things to other people. Those products can either be your own or from merchants you are affiliated with. But while recommending those products, we should also recommend other products which may not be related to what we are advertising, but can also be of benefit to them.


Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Absolutely, Chris.


Raj January 5, 2012 at 4:38 am

If we are already using something, its good to give it a fair review and put our affiliate links along with the review. Now people wanting to buy it also have a fair appraisal of the product in question.
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David @ ghostwriters blog January 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Our readers expect us to sell what we use. If we don’t use a certain host or a certain blog theme or a certain credit card, why on earth would we recommend it to our readers?
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Wes January 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Absolutely – Ask and you shall receive – You are absolutely right Jacqui – People buy on a friends recommendation all the time – Have you see a good movie lately?


Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’ve missed you oodles.
Thanks so much for visiting ~ go see Tintin!!


branded items January 6, 2012 at 5:26 am

I agree with your post.I think the main source of revenue for most people online is recommending things to other people.


Nancy Shields January 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

Yes Goddess Friend of Mine – multi-dimensional is what we are but so many don’t like to go there – we put on our blinders and don’t take the opportunity to smell the roses.

Great post my friend,


Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

No blinders for us this year, right, Nancy??



Pete Goumas January 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

This is very true, Jacqueline. I mean, who else better knows a product than the consumer? Thanks for sharing.


Annie@Interactive Agency January 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Sometimes people get offended by affiliate links–which I don’t understand at all. I say, “Why not?” If you know a blogger well enough, you know whether or not they’re recommending something honestly. If they have any credibility they won’t be an affiliate for something if they don’t actually like it.


Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Precisely, Annie.
We don’t get offended when a friend recommends something.
We’re usually pleased not to have to do the legwork ourselves lol


Mae@clip in hair extensions January 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hi, Jacqui 🙂 Happy 2012! This is a sweet post. Sharing is indeed one great way to build partnerships and earn more online. It’s always good to share the products and services that you use online because people love first-hand experiences and testimonials.

Multi-dimensional…I strive to be one. Thanks Goddess!


Kellie Hosaka@home business residual income January 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

Aloha Goddess!

I love that …multi-dimensional! And you bring up a very good point. Thank you for pointing out what may seem obvious. Now you’ve given me a lot to think about too! LOL!

Thank you for your awesome tips!

Much love,
Kellie 🙂
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

It’s fun, isn’t it?
There’s so much more to most of us than we are currently showing.

Love that you come to visit, goddess Kellie.


personalised items January 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Very true! You can always recommend to people products that you like and products you use. It would a lot easier to do reviews and give your testimony if you believe in the product itself. Thank you Jaqui!


Chris Bernardo January 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Goddess ,

I am a firm believer of being a product of the product, I know that one of the systems I use The Empower Network, in order to receive commissions, you have to be an owner of the product. Use it and share the benefits with others 🙂 Love your blog posts as always!

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Jay @ Authority Hybrid January 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

Hey there Goddess,
I absolutely hate marketers sites that “review” products when it is obvious that the reviewer has never used the item in question in his/her life! Much better to do an honest review of something that you personally endorse

Thanks – Jay
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Oh those so-called ‘review sites’ drive me nuts too!
Hopefully we can get it through their heads that that’s not marketing,
that’s just stoopid.


Shelly Allen January 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I couldn’t agree more…

“Sell what you use”

And good for you getting the word out to other network marketers because so many don’t realize they are leaving money on the table.

See you around Goddess…

Sheriff Shelly (giggle)
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Howdy, Sheriff Shelly, and yes, between the two of us, we’re going to make sure that all those marketers are getting every dime they deserve!


Alex@friv January 9, 2012 at 4:23 am

very good idea, why we dont make money by recomending the other use what we are using, it’s good for you so it can be good for other, too, and that’s we are taking part in MLM. Thank you for the great post, Jacqueline.


Anita Richard January 9, 2012 at 8:19 am

Even I agree that is a fair strategy for making money online. Reviewing things we have used and attaching links. Our opinions matter a lot to other users. So why not cash on it!
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Michael January 10, 2012 at 4:05 am

People listen to expereince not to desires.
so if you used what you sell – people will buy it too.
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

You got it, Michael. Thanks for visiting 🙂


Nathalie Villeneuve January 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

Great post Jacqui! Welcome back…I can tell you had this one on your mind for a while! It just flows and offers a great approach to what seems to be lacking in our marketing… Yes! Offering what we use is without question a winner addition to creating multiple income streams!Love it!
P.S. Hey come and post in Women of facebook Syndicate! You have such great content… come and share with more awesome women!
Huggs! ~ Nathalie
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

It’s good to be back, Nathalie, and I’ll definitely see you over on the FB syndicate 🙂


Melissa McCloud@herbalife January 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

ok you’ve really got me thinking, esp. after our chat last week on skype. i’m definitely not interested in being perceived as a peddler of many goods. i hate the emails from other networkers that are promoting one tools after another…
but you have made a valid point, esp. about how our readers have many interests. thank you goddess. you are so utterly fabulous!

btw, meant to tell you how cool your pic on FB timeline is. your office is EXACTLY how i pictured it! <3
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Jacqueline Gates January 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Yes, I think most marketers with integrity (goddessy ones, in other words!) are worried about being ‘a peddler’, but at the same time, if we can help someone by recommending something we actually use, well then, I think we should!

Glad that you liked the FB cover pic … my happy place!


Ellie January 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

Hi Jacqueline. I agree that it just make good sense to sell what we use, for obvious reasons. We are familiar with it and obviously like it or we wouldn’t use it to begin with. So we are able to give a good ‘sales pitch’ on the benefits it has to offer. Thanks for the great tip!

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Julieanne Case January 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I need to get cracking on this and set up the links. I have affilidate links and don’t have them on my blogs! And you are so right! Thank you for proverbial kick!

Julieanne Case
Always from the heart!

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Beth@Relationship Stories January 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

It makes a lot of sense Jacqueline, if you have experience of a product or service why not make some extra cash from your recommendation. I’ve been raving about my new bread maker to friends and others, maybe I should set up an affiliate page and direct friends who ask about it to the page.
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Jacqueline Gates January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

You absolutely should, Beth!
Just write a little about your experiences with it, show a few photos of your masterpieces, and add your affiliate link.
I bet you’ll be amazed at the results!


Hp customer service January 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

I think that most marketers with integrity (goddessy, in other words!) are worried about being a Peddler, but at the same time, if we can help someone with a recommendation that we actually use, and then, I think we should!


james January 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

very interesting
lots of hugs getting handed out there…wheres mine?
lol, i like your guide here,and your manner of communication 😀
thanks heaps 🙂



Carlos Edward January 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

Nice post, I agree that it just make good sense to sell what we use, for obvious reasons. We are familiar with it and obviously like it or we wouldn’t use it to begin with. So we are able to give a good ‘sales pitch’ on the benefits it has to offer, thanks for sharing.
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Juliana@Pivot Doors January 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I agree, this is really a great idea to earn more money by selling what you use through recommendation it is nice to earn extra cash in other way. By the way this is a good one and I learn a lot, thanks!
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Miriam Buhr January 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

Multi-dimensional indeed!

The word that a great deal of people get stuck on and think of as DIRTY is “selling.”

And if you really think about it, we continuously “sell” stuff.

We sell our position, ideas, creative stance, who we are, etc…

So, then when it comes to promoting something that will financially benefit you, you tend to shy away from it because of the “what if” or “what will they think of me?”

It’s like you mentioned in your post, we have no problems sharing our likes of shoes, movies, restaurant and the like because there is no evident “kickback.”

The reality is that if you see your recommendations as a service, or a gift that will benefit others’ lives then these negative feelings may slowly subside…

Ultimately it’s a habit that you either accept as good or bad and if you see relationships in a win-win stance then it would translate to a GOOD Habit! I believe that it takes practice.

Very lively discussion Jacqui. Thanks for shining a light on this subject.
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Jennifer Bourn January 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Very true – your readers are looking to you as the expert and it’s a gift to share with them the things you use and love.
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Danica Green@Shopping Bags April 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

We always look for the best and we tend to ask opinion or suggestion from other people. But let us not forget that we can also decide what’s good for us. Just what Jacqueline reviewed here, pitch for what we use to sell and sell what we use to use.


Elaine Salt@Rental Property Management November 1, 2012 at 3:34 am

This is a great idea. Introducing what you use and see the potential for possible marketing source. We also need to remember that what applicable to me may not be applicable to you as you try to use it. Introducing it to people that you personally use it, makes an advantage and trust to the product.


Nina Corales@Driving Lessons November 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

Using what you use for marketing is a good asset. Introducing it to people and letting them know that you use it gives trust and attracts them avail or use what you use. This is a good idea for marketing.


Mei Mayore@Canada Life Insurance Quotes December 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

I think using what you sell is a great advantage as it allows you to get to know the product even more. Having a personal account with the product helps you market or advertise it appropriately and allows you to flaunt its positive features that will benefit the consumers.


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