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Got Business Swag?

Got Business Swag

How about it… you got business swag?

Do you strut your swag?

Do you do what you gotta do, to build it?

You see, we all have swag.

One of the slang definitions of “swag” from the Online Slang Dictionary (dot com) is this:

The appearance of being very cool, smooth, looking good, dressing nice and often having lots of money to flash which draws them the attention of others. A way of carrying yourself like a star.

If you operate any kind of online business or blog, it is important to find a way of carrying yourself like a star.

Be who you are, but do it with swag.

Know the purpose of your business.  Have some kind of plan for where you are going with it.  Then, grow it on the wings of your own special swag.

There are so many business models online.

Each of us will resonate mostly with one particular type.

That model will give impetus to the way we want to grow our business.

It’s what we determine will suit who we really are.

You may be a blogger, or your focus could be on selling affiliate products, or growing a network marketing team.

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You may have already started to make your own digital products for the online marketplace.

Whether you are new to online business, or have been here for a while, an important thing to consider is your business swag… the way you represent yourself to others online.

We are all unique and your business comes down to You Incorporated.

That means that you need to attract those who resonate with “you”… not so much with your product or opportunity… but with “you.”

The Swag Challenge

Now, you may be thinking, why am I telling you all this?

In my last blog post, I had many comments from people who agreed that growing your business starts with your mindset.

Oh so true!

Others, I found, were stuck behind the obstacle of fear… fear of going beyond their comfort zone and trying new things.

Hmmm… Indeed, that is a hurdle we all have to clear in order to be successful.

So, dear readers, I want to challenge you right here and now to look at your business to determine the exact nature of your swag.

Look at how you are presenting yourself online.  Who do you look like to others?

This challenge might be a difficult one, even if you’re doing very well with your business.

We all need to be in touch with our swag at all times, even as it morphs and twists to accommodate our growing business.

Sometimes it takes on the nature of a total redefinition of who we are, and what services, products, content and value we can offer our readers and customers.

See Your Swag

Take a peek in the mirror.

Are you confident in yourself and what you’re doing?

Do project that confidence to others?

Or… are you a bit timid, afraid to let people get to know you, or hiding behind your company’s image or the products you promote?

Do you feel great when you put out a blog post?

Are you enthused about answering your readers’ comments?

Do you offer your best possible tips, and engage with your readers from your heart?

When you are on social media, do you dare share a bit about yourself?

Will you share pictures of what you are doing, and post updates about things going on in your life?

Are you making videos so people can really see who you are, what you look and sound like?

Do you see yourself standing proudly in the center your business?

Do you shout it out, even, with leaps and bounds of enthusiasm?

Are you willing to try something new to enhance your business, like paid advertising, creating a product, maybe some innovative marketing techniques?

Got Business Swag?

If you said yes to all of the above, then you’ve got your business swag on.

You know it, and everyone watching you does, too.

If you said no to some of these things, maybe it’s time to get your swag on.

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So think of this.

If you are fearful of taking the next step with your business, what would be the worst thing that could happen?


You can try something, fail at it, do it over and over again until it works.


You can decide it’s not the approach you want to take, check it off your list and simply try something else.

You see, my friends, your journey never ends.

Your business is too important for the time and energy you put into it.

It doesn’t stagnate.

It grows.

It moves sideways and sometimes even turns upside down.

It’s forever shape shifting, when you do it right.

And it is up to you to change along with it.

A Case Study

So, how about this for a case in point?

If you didn’t know, I just opened up a second blog.

I call it Donna Merrill Buzz.

I just rolled out the grand opening with my Awesome Friend, Adrienne Smith. Now, she’s got swag!

I interviewed Adrienne for 15 minutes and even used the platform to affiliate her blogging course with a special “time limited” discount that she offered just for the occasion.

“The Buzz” is so much different than “The Tribe” (aka Donna Merrill Tribe, my main blog).

It developed from a decision I made to do a little shape shifting in my own business design.

You see, I simply love trying on new things! Shoes, hats and yes, even blogs. 

So here’s what’s new…

“The Buzz” is where I’ll be showcasing all my video interviews with product creators and influencers in the online marketing world.

And there will always be pretty good deals there for you, when you see something that might help you grow your business.

But, hey, there’s a lot more to it than that.

It’s really about giving you a chance to meet some of the leaders in the online world, see who they are, and hear directly from them about what they’re up to.

These are all folks who, believe me, have got their business swag on.

You’re going to want to check it out for yourself.

Donna Merrill Buzz

Now tell me your story.

What’s your business swag looking like these days?


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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68 Responses to Got Business Swag?

  1. Marquita Herald
    April 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Terrific post and that image is SO YOU Donna! Congratulations on your new site and all of the things you have going on – how exciting!

    Well you know me well enough not to be surprised that I have to first make the point that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all swag because celebrating our uniqueness is what I’m all about. I definitely cultivate my own swag when it comes to the image I work to present – from my subscribers to the world at large, in fact I’m somewhat obsessive about it. That said, don’t expect to ever see my mug in videos and or anything but the occasional photos relating to my personal life.

    As an author and an Introvert in an Extroverted world (eg: ‘Do you shout it out, even, with leaps and bounds of enthusiasm?’) I’ve intentionally crafted my work around being an evangelist for emotional resilience in a way that allows me to enjoy the lifestyle that is best suited for me, and to my way of thinking that’s what being an Solopreneur is all about.

    Wishing you all the best with your new venture and thanks for the inspiration!
    Marquita Herald recently posted..What Does Self-Acceptance Mean to You?My Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      He He…yes that image is so me lol. Oh yes, I know you well enough that you have to make that point that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. You are always inspiring people to celebrate their uniqueness.

      We all have our own swag and as long as we know it..we have to run with it. You being an introvert, is your swag, but many people know you, love you and trust you. You are always providing us with great inspiration.

      I know you are an evangelist for emotional resilience and that is why I love coming to your blog. It always lifts my spirits or gives me something to think about and work on.

      Love your swag,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

    • Ben Murray
      April 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks for writing this.

      All I have to say is if you’re not confident and believe in what you’re doing, how are you subscriber, followers, and readers going to believe in it either?

      Didn’t realize you made a second blog, I’ll have to check that out as well!

      • Donna Merrill
        May 2, 2015 at 11:56 am #

        Hi Ben,

        Very true, If we don’t have confidence within ourselves and truly believe in what we are doing, no one would believe us either.

        We are all unique and have something to offer others.

        I just started that second blog so that people can meet people in a 15 minute interview. This will help them to decide if they want to purchase their products, follow them as influencers, and make a better connection.

        Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  2. Lillian De Jesus
    April 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Loving the blog title image! Yes! Let’s get that swag on. Ooh… I’m gonna have to check out the new blog – Donna Merrill Buzz. I can’t wait to see the interview with Adrienne! She is so awesome. Before I started blogging, I stumbled onto her blog and realized that was what blogging was all about.

    My swag is getting better by the minute! Love it.

    I’m going to head over to the “Buzz” now!

    Take care,
    Lillian De Jesus recently posted..The Biggest Reason You Need To Create A Blog Title ImageMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Lillian,

      That title just popped into my mind and then the image! I seen you over at the Buzzz and how much you enjoyed the interview with Adrienne Smith.

      She is awesome and one of my good friends. I am grateful that she is in my life.

      Good to know your Swag is getting better by the minute!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  3. Jenni Ryan
    April 26, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    wow Congrats Donna on your 2nd blog. That is a lot of working managing both but you do it so well.
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    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Jenni,

      I never thought in my wildest dreams I would open a new blog. But this particular one is quite different than this.

      Doing 15 minute interviews with product creators and influencers in the internet world is a good way to have people meet others.

      A live chat goes a long way when making a decision to purchase a product and that’s why I created this.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  4. Harleena Singh
    April 27, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    Hi Donna,

    That was a wonderful post indeed 🙂

    Let me start by congratulating you on your second blog, and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful interview with Adrienne – you sure made me laugh with both of you…lol…:)

    Coming to this post, I still need to get the swag on on some of the things, though you know I am getting there. No problems with the blog posts, the blog, and everything else – it’s all good and going well, even with the ABC now. But the video’s is one aspect I still need to time to get down with. Perhaps later this year.

    Thanks for sharing, and this wonderful reminder. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted..5 Daily Positive Affirmations For Happiness In LifeMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      I seen you on the Buzz and know that you laughed with us. Yep…when Adrienne and I get together there is a lot of laughter going on.

      I know how well ABC is going, and there is never a problem with such wonderful blog posts at your site.

      Videos do enhance a blog. I don’t do it ever time…sprinkle them in here and there.. but when I do, I get better results. A two minute video will go a long way.

      While blog hopping, people don’t have much time, so when I do a video in a post, I tell them the length of time, keeping it short so they will click on it.

      It does wonders for the KLT factor as well as raising the bar on Youtube.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  5. Don Purdum
    April 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I LOVE your swag! You keep it so real, genuine and truthful. You give people a reason to seek you out because you’re competent, friendly, and trustworthy.

    I love that you’re growing and trying new things. That’s what’s it all about. I once heard, but I don’t remember where, if you’re not growing then you’re dying. There isn’t such a thing as stagnation because being stagnate only leads to your business dying.

    I’m headed over in a bit to see your video with Adrienne. This was a working weekend in Maryland (I’ll put some pics up on social media later today) as I worked with a client on strategy building.

    It was so much fun and while some things change, some things I love stay the same!!!!

    I’m so excited for you and let me know if there is anything I can do out of my normal promotion for you to help out your endeavor.

    Well done Donna!!!

    Have a great week ahead.

    ~ Don Purdum
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  6. Donna Merrill
    April 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Don,

    You have been the busy bee lately haven’t you? I’m so happy for you my friend. I like what you mentioned that “if you are not growing, then you are dying” So True!

    When I look at my business I see the vision of a spider web. Me at the center and the many points of the web are different ways to promote business, but yet they are all connected. All leading to a central hub.

    As a solopreneur, that’s how I see the many extended ways to do business. If someone doesn’t respond one way, they may respond to another.

    I keep on going but all is connected!

    Thanks so much Don,

    Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

    • Don Purdum
      April 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Donna,

      Yep, I’ve been very busy… just the way I like it. But, I’m not busy being busy without a purpose! LOL…

      I like your illustration of the spider web, I actually use a bicycle wheel to show the relationships with the website/blog/podcast in the center that it all evolves around and ought to come back to.

      I’ll be over to the new blog soon to watch the video with you and Adrienne! It will be some good research!

      ~ Don Purdum
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      • Donna Merrill
        May 1, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

        Hi Don,

        Busy is a good thing. I have seen you on Facebook and following your adventures lol.

        Spider web…bicycle wheel I like the two. Yes it does show all the relationships with all we do coming back to the center.

        Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  7. Sylviane Nuccio
    April 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I love how you always come with very interesting new terms on your posts. Today it’s SWAG! Very interesting term, indeed. and I really like your swag, Donna.

    Wow, I’ve got to go see this interview you did with Adrienne. I’ve been a lot out of the loop in the blog sphere this past week,and certainly missed that.

    Well, as for me, I’m old enough and been in personal development long enough to say that I’m very sure of myself at this time in my life. I am very forthcoming and absolutely don’t care of what other people think. So that’s my swag I guess 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a beautiful week ahead!
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted..How To Write Attractive Posts Even If English Is Your Second LanguageMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      I love your Swag… Dedicated to people’s personal growth for sure. You know just how to do it and you do it well my friend. But most importantly, you know how to run your business…now that is swag!

      I’ll meet you over at the Buzz…

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  8. Adrienne
    April 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    One thing I resonated the most with you here is that we are all a work in progress. We never know if we’ll be comfortable presenting ourselves one way or the other. There is only one way to find out though right!

    I know that the fear factor is huge for most, it was for me too. We have that little voice in the back of our heads saying are you crazy! You can’t do this, no one will listen to you or even take you seriously. I’m glad I quieted all those voices or I wouldn’t be where I am today.

    I think if you’re a marketer and aside from just doing consulting or freelance work that you should create your own product. Is it a scary thing to do? Heck yeah and there were many days I was in tears but I was bound and determined to accomplish this because we have to move through our fears in order to continue growing and expanding not only our business but ourselves.

    Love the new blog and am eager to see who else you’ll be sharing with us. So happy to be your first guest and I hope everyone enjoys our little chat. It sure was fun.

    Another awesome message here Donna and thank you so much for always just being true to yourself. That’s what we all need to do.

    Have a great week.

    Adrienne recently posted..Magical Monday: Snip.ly, How To, Bloggers, Cool Tools, InterviewMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      April 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, we are all a work in progress. Inside of us and on the business end as well. There will always be change in our lives…we can count on that, but it is how we deal with it is another story.

      We decide to take our business to a new level…oh boy is it scary, and then all those second guesses flood our minds. But as we put them “in the corner” and proceed truth be known, it is a risk. But who ever succeeded in anything without taking that risk.

      When I’m marketing, I take a risk of spending money…I do have a budget, but have to follow it all day long to see what is working and what is not. People say I’m crazy to do that, but hey, if we don’t act upon something, we will never get anywhere. Yes, I’ve had many losses and bumps and bruises along the way, but it only teaches me how to do things better and I continue.

      Even the new blog: David asked me if I could handle it all HA…It is a platform created to do business on. And somewhere I know doing that plus adding some ads to it will work out. I know I have to be prepared for tweaking, but I’m determined.

      Yes, Adrienne “To thine own self be true” a great quote that I’ve lived by since I was a kid.

      Thanks for being my guest on the Buzz

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  9. Mark
    April 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    First of all Donna, I totally love the image for your post!

    I saw it mentioned on Google Plus and said that is so you!LOL!

    And this post as usual, is another home run!

    And I can’t wait to hear your interview with Adrienne and the other influence rs
    going forward, on your new blog!

    Hopefully, your husband will get interviewed too!LOL!

    Anyway,thanks for sharing another terrific post! i totally enjoyed it!

    And without a doubt, you most definitely have “business Swag!” LOL!
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    • Donna Merrill
      April 28, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      I love that image! Yes it is me only years back lol

      Adrienne and I had a blast with the interview we did. I believe people need to meet the product creators. Those that don’t know her will get an up close and personal chance to see what she is all about and then we promote her product.

      HA…I should interview my husband. He is such a quiet man, but when he does webinars and trainings I cannot shut him up….it’s a running joke between us lol.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  10. Karen Peltier
    April 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Hello Donna.

    I absolutely loved this post. Your posts always make me think about developing myself and my business in ways that I’ve never thought of.

    How’s my business swag? Well, I think it’s a work in progress. 🙂

    I really loved the video you did with Adrienne. Her business swag and yours shines through! It definitely intrigued me to want to know more. Also, it’s amazing that she has so many comments on her posts.

    Keep your great posts and videos coming! I always enjoy them.

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    • Donna Merrill
      April 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much for the compliment. I love to share what I’m doing to help others to get some ideas for their own business.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the video I did with Adrienne. She sure has her swag going on!

      I think you got business Swag because the name of your site says it all. The images and especially the content you share makes you unique…You got Swag Girl.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  11. Aurelie Chazal
    April 28, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I love the new blog and I can’t wait to watch the interview with Adrienne (I’ll make sure to find some time for it tonight).
    You and Adrienne most definitely have swag and both of you managed to develop a unique brand. I’m alway impressed by how much you manage to get done. And now you opened a new blog! It’s inspiring me to do more and stop being afraid of experimenting with new content formats.

    Your post really got me thinking about business swag. I’ve been following the Buffer blog closely lately and they have a really unique kind of swag. Not the shiny one. They ooze genuine kindness and that’s so rare in business. That’s also what I love about your blog. You always are genuinely interested in what readers think and comment.

    Thanks for the great post 😀

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    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Aurelie,

      I am so delighted to know this post got you thinking of business swag. Oozing genuine kindness is the best kind of Swag I know.

      We need to be here for people to educate, help, and especially serve them. When our mindset is on that and not on money, this is how we can connect so well with others.

      I have a strong belief that “money always follows good deeds done” I’ve seen it work with my offline business where people thought I was crazy lol. But I had attracted loyal customers to this day and they still are calling for sessions.

      I applied the same principle here online. We reap what we sow. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  12. Mi Muba
    April 28, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Hi Donna

    Business swag! Vow! Wonderful idea.

    It reminds me the famous proverb that says: Live Like A King and Die Like A Soldier.

    If someone says “I can do this” before doing a task it shows his attitude. If he says “only I can do this” so it shows his arrogance.

    But swag is entirely different than both the above terms. The way you are doing your business must be your best way and you must be fully confident in it and ultimately it will reflect from your every business chore be it production, manufacturing or customer care.

    Just visited your blog and found it awesome and also pointed a little problem for looking videos over there.

    Starting the second blog means one has either fully failed in first one or fully successful and obviously you are in latter category of first fully succeeding in your first venture and then starting the second one. You are so lucky.

    I have three blogs right now and all of them are moving consistently ahead and have not plan to start the fourth one but still in my plan to sell one of the three and then go for the fourth. It is not confirm but maybe in near future I may think about it.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful post that surely will help a lot more particularly to struggling entrepreneurs.
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    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Mi,

      I love that saying “live like a King, die like a soldier” I keep thinking about that and it is a wonderful one I thank you.

      Thank you for the compliment. Yes, this blog is successful, so I wanted to create another whereby I am doing things quite different there. I know It is a little more work for me, but like anything else we do in our business plan, I deemed this one an important part of it.

      I didn’t know you had 3 blogs. But knowing you, they are all part of your business productivity.

      Sorry that video didn’t work for you because it was a Youtube one. 🙁

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  13. Andrew M. Warner
    April 28, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Huge congrats on the second blog you have there. Checked it out and I like it — the design, everything. And after this comment, I’m going to listen to the interview you did with Adrienne.

    But you’re right. EVERYONE has business swag, whether they know it or not. They just have to be willing to show it and not be afraid.

    Thanks for sharing this post. You’re a machine lol.

    – Andrew

    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Andrew,

      Good to know you like that second blog of mine! My husband and I actually designed it ourselves. Ha..a big plunge for us lol.

      Yes, we all have our business Swag, but we must identify it an not be fearful to show it.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  14. Sarah Arrow
    April 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Hey Donna, Swag across the pond means something different, it’s something that a burglar would steal :). Authors here create “swag” for their book signings – keyrings, bookmarks etc and when I saw your post I thought “Genius! Donna has Swag for her blog, I bet she has really cool stuff” and you do, just not the kind of swag we have over here 😀

    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the meaning of swag across the pond! Slang is so funny isn’t it?

      I’m glad you find that I have cool stuff going on here and thanks so much for the compliment.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  15. James McAllister
    April 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    You must be a master at it because I can instantly recognize your writing / style without looking at the author. I’ve come across a few guest posts of yours in the past few months where I instantly think “That’s Donna!” which is pretty awesome.

    With Help Start My Site I really try to just be myself and brand myself. This is the easiest way to do it my opinion… why take the effort to try to hold yourself to some preconceived image? That’s just silly and the real you will eventually shine through anyway.

    Of course we’re not going to connect with everybody, so we’ve got to focus on connecting with the right people. The ones who aren’t meant to connect with us will leave on their own right?

    The problem is if we don’t brand ourselves or bring out our business swag than we probably won’t connect with many people at all. I know this firsthand because with my earlier sites the focus was more on the brand rather than the person behind the brand, me. But you know… people connect with people more easily than they connect with brands. The sites did well in terms of traffic but the engagement rates were horrible and that’s far more important in my eyes.

    See you over on Donna Merrill Buzz pretty soon!
    – James
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    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi James,

      Thank you for that wonderful feedback. Now I can say I got Swag because you have noticed “that’s Donna”

      I do like blogs that brand themselves as people. It is easier to know who they are. Some bloggers brand themselves with some brand name and I forget who the heck I’m talking to lol.

      Yes, people buy people at the end of the day so why not brand You.Inc? It is so much easier for people to connect with other people than brands.

      We want to brand ourselves and have good engagement rates. It is easier with a person’s name than with a brand.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  16. Ikechi
    April 29, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    Hi Adrienne

    This is great and what I needed.

    I love this post as you were just talking to me. I am about to make some changes in my life that will make venture into online business. So I am trying to project my business swag.

    Congratulatiin on your second blog. I saw the interview on my email but will check it out today.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,

      I’m sure you will love to see me and Adrienne up close and personal on this first interview I did.

      Wow….making changes? That’s always a lot of fun, although it does take work and I’m sure you will do it well. You do have Swag because each time I visit you, there is something great I feel through your writing.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Growing Your Online BusinessMy Profile

  17. Susan cooper
    April 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Congratulations on your be blog and interview with Adrienne. What a great way to knock it out of the park so to speak right from the start. For most of your swag questions I can answer with a quite confident yes. Those couple things where I waver I guess are areas of improvement where I need to build up some confidence. So I too am a work in progress, but I’m getting there. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you and yes starting with Adrienne was a great way to knock it out of the park lol.

      I just read your recent post and seen your conundrum. Maybe the areas you need improvement on is that confidence level.

      But remember this: In life nothing is guaranteed. All we can do is keep on trying until something sticks. I would go with creating your own product because you are a wonderful teacher.

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  18. DK
    April 29, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    What a post? Its been about 10 minutes that I completed reading the post and there is one thing that is still ringing in my ears – “Swag”.

    It is absolutely true that the success of a business starts with your mindset. Till the time you don’t get into the entrepreneurial mindset, you cannot be running a business. I still remember, one guy from the audience in one of the sessions that I was speaking at asking a question – “Why do businessmen always appear in suits? Ask anyone to picture a business and his attire will be a suit. Why so?”.. The rest of the audience laughed.

    But the question had a lot in it. It was about the mindset. One of my co-speaker to who the question was asked said, “Businessmen appear in suits, because that gives them a professional mindset and the people seeing them, the feeling of seeing a businessman”.

    It is that plain and simple. Your mindset not only impacts your success but also impacts the way other approach you.

    Thanks for the informative post. Looks like I need to find my “Swag”…

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    • Donna Merrill
      April 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi DK,

      Welcome to my blog. I like the way you shared the story of a businessman in a suit. It does give the notion that they are serious.

      Indeed, success all starts with our mindset. We have to be clear and focused. We need to believe in what we do and have the confidence to get out there and just do it.

      If, however we are second guessing ourselves, or are not confident, we need to work on those issues. Many great people have them, but as soon as they work on that, and gain the confidence they need, they get their Swag on!

      I’ve seen your blog and you sure do have Swag!

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  19. Dylann Andre April 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    I really appreciate article like this. It’s very informative and I learned something from here. Thanks for sharing and I will definitely share this to my friends.
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  20. Donna Merrill
    May 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    Hey Dylann,

    Thanks for stopping by. So glad you have enjoyed this one! So get your Swag on lol.

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  21. Lawrence Bousquet
    May 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    I love your concept of business swag it really hammers home some. Putting out my meditation track was my first piece of swag and I am happy to see the positive response. I have just made notes to an introduction of what to expect on my meditation page. I know I have said videos are coming in the past but I feel from your article I really really have to get it done.
    Plan Do Check Repeat.
    And now I add swag to that,
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 2, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Lawrence,

      It is so great to know you will be doing more meditation videos on your meditation page. As a blogger, we blog hop around many times per day. When coming to your meditation page, one can take a break…go along with the meditation and be refreshed.

      What a wonderful way to have that in your day. So…Just Do It lol.

      That’s your Swag!

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  22. Chery Schmidt
    May 2, 2015 at 1:25 am #

    Hello Donna, When I read your title, I thought HUM?? Got Business Swag? What the heck does that even mean? HEHE Well I just knew you were going to fill me in and I you know what?

    Well you did just that! It did take me a long time but YES I do now Have Got My Business Swag?

    Sounds so Funny to say this?? HEHE I am so Blessed t have finally found my Niche and Happy to be ME!!

    I also love what you are doing with your new blog, I can see you too have Got Your Business Swag!

    Loved this post,, Thanks for sharing… Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 2, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Hey Chery,

      You got Swag! I like the way you have pictures of yourself holding a sign. It is “Branding Swag” when I see you on your blog and also on social media.

      That’s Chery! You sure have been doing a great job…you have branded yourself so well with those photos of you, no matter where you go on your journey, people immediately know who you are.

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  23. Jens-Petter Berget
    May 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great post and a very interesting topic. No wonder why you’ve been working with Adrienne, she is awesome.

    One of the hardest things for me is to be confident. Many times when I am either speaking or in a meeting, I know that the people I’m talking to know more about the topic than me, and it makes it really hard to be confident. I try to tell myself every single day that I’m good enough, and I don’t think that I’ll ever stop 🙂

    • Donna Merrill
      May 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

      Hi Jens

      Oh my, not having confidence is one thing to work on. Long ago and far away I too had no confidence. I knew it would interfere with my life and business. I tried self help books, coaches, hypnotism, etc.

      Finally I went for EMDR Rapid Eye Movement therapy. It reaches the subconscious very quickly and replaces the negative with positive. Bingo! I’m cured!

      Confidence is so important and don’t ever think to yourself that the lack of it will never stop. Keep on trying!

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  24. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    May 2, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Donna ,
    now I know what swag is ,never heard this word before 🙂
    I am all in my swag ,the whole day ,but did not come to bring it out yet 🙂
    Maybe its for a reason ,will get there when the time is right .
    Thank you for explaining and Yes you have swag 🙂
    Keep inspiring us
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  25. Willena Flewelling
    May 3, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I see I’m not the only introvert on here. 😉 I’m glad you said, “Look for a way to…”, because everything you’re saying is true, and we just need to find a way to act on the principle in a way that works best for us.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Willena,

      It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert. As long as you know who you are and be that person, you have your Swag.

      You are a wonderful writer. And that my friend is your swag.

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  26. Merle Gibbins
    May 3, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    This was a great post Donna and I have learnt a lot from this. Looks like I have got some changes to make after looking in the mirror LOL but it is very true what you say if you don’t like what you see after looking in the mirror then what are others going to see in you. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      Hi Merle,

      I am so glad you liked this post. It is always great to look in that mirror from time to time. This way we don’t get into a rut.. We kind of push ourselves to the next level.

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  27. Andy Lockhart
    May 3, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    This is great stuff, and yes you are right that image is all important as that is what people associated with. They don’t associated with words on websites but what you stand for. Do you strike a cord with them.

    As we all know video’s are great as it breaks down that who are you really. You get an insight into the real person.

    Thanks for sharing.


    PS. Where I come from Swag has another meaning….
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Andy,

      Videos are such a wonderful way to beef up the Know, Like and trust factor. When we see someone behind their words, we tend to get a very sharp impression of who they really are.

      This is why I just had to set up my second blog, so people can see what others are doing, not only by reading about it, but by meeting them up close and personal!

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  28. Jacs Henderson
    May 3, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Loving ‘The Swag’ Donna!

    Mine’s on the up as I am taking steps forward… It’s hard making the push, and sometimes I think I am too conscientious, but I’m learning to let my wild side out and inject more of me into my business personality… which I now call SWAG!

    Your new blog sounds an amazing compliment to this one, (I’ll be heading there later) and just from seeing the pic of you and Adrienne, the sparkle shines out and I can tell what fun it will be!

    I adore this post (saving to Pinterest) and that image, (which must be you!) is priceless 🙂

    Thank you for deep meaning and fun!

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Hi Jacs,

      Ever since I’ve known you I always had the impression that you had that wild woman side. And wild women don’t get the blues lol. Well…a tad wild is great.

      You do have swag girl!

      I too like this image…actually I fooled around with my own hair and did up the same hairstyle, but didn’t have the nerve to take a picture of it he he he

      I’m sure you will love the upcoming guests on this new blog. I plan to make it as interesting as possible.

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  29. Sherman Smith May 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    My mentality has been “it’s good and I know I can do better”!

    I don’t know if you call this swag, but I see myself as always improving whether others believe it or not. And the only way I see myself improving is because I’m putting out more content that my blog audience wants, appreciate, and can instantly apply for themselves.

    But that’s what it’s all about right? Trading value for value. It always comes full circle when you do business like this. But I can tell you this, when I hear that what I wrote was helpful to my audience, I definitely pop my collar and not ashamed to admit it 😉 Now that’s swag!

    Great post Donna! Have a good one!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 4, 2015 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Sherman,

      First I want to tell you that you always put out such valuable information on your blog. Plus, I see how great it is growing…..I know you for a long time and you sure are doing a wonderful job.

      Indeed, when you get feedback that what you wrote was helpful to your audience…pop your collar and strut your stuff….You got SWAG!

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  30. Monisha Kapur
    May 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Fabulous post, as usual 🙂 Yes, it’s so important to “put out” confidence have swag in all that you do. It may be terrifying but in the end what do you have to loose? (BTW, Thank you for your nudging all these years, I wouldn’t have taken the leap to start my own business had it not been for you guidance :)).

    Congratulations on your new blog and new adventure!!! I am so happy for David and you and I wish you all the best with “the Buzz”!!

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    • Donna Merrill
      May 4, 2015 at 11:37 am #

      Hi Monisha,

      We sure need to build our confidence to have swag. Many struggle at this post, but as I always say “Where there’s a will there’s a way”

      Awww… I am so glad I kept nudging you during the years. I remember when I met you at your job.lol Now you have your own business. It did take courage to make that leap, but you did it!

      Thanks so much for your well wishes.

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  31. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    May 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm #


    I love the word “Swag” and the definition. There really is something to it. People have to believe in you, be drawn to you and feel they will gain a lot by joining you in your business ventures. We are creating our selves all the time, so it is best to consciously create the swag that we want to be known and recognized for.

    Great post. Makes me feel like dancing and swaying through my business.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi Dr. Erika,

      Swag makes you feel like dancing? Great then I’ve done my job here lol.

      We all need our unique swag for those who are attracted to us. As long as we are true to ourselves we got Swag.

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  32. Atish Ranjan May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm #


    You always amaze me by coming with new and creative topics. Great write-up again.

    You have defined the word “Swag” well and loved reading its definition and everything you have written.

    Have a great week ahead!
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    • Donna Merrill
      May 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      The word Swag is a term I found interesting. The definition says it all. When we know our particular swag, then we can relate to others.

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  33. Monna Ellithorpe
    June 14, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Awesome post. You know, I don’t think I knew I even had a “swag” to put out there but I guess I’m doing it. LOL

    I love your new blog; Donna Merrill Buzz – Suits you perfect and we get to meet many new and different people we may not have heard of otherwise.

    Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication.
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    • Donna Merrill
      June 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      Yes my friend you do have swag – you are a wonderful writer and you are doing well.

      Glad you like my new blog. I search out some good products, either review or purchase them (usually I purchase them first) and then can bring to the table some things out there that can make our lives easier from marketing to blogging and then some.

      So far, it has been so much fun to talk to other product creators from guru’s to the “little guy” and get to have others meet them with that virtual handshake of a 15 minute video.

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