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Partner, Pal and Product

This post was most recently updated on March 26th, 2014


David Merrill PartnerThis past year David Merrill  (my husband)  and I have been aggressively working on our new product and marketing funnel.  Now, for those of you who don’t know David, you can find him at DavidMerrill101.com.


So I want to take some time to let all of you know how we can be both partners and pals… true pals!



The first word that comes to mind is respect.  David and I respect each others’ expertise.


Now, if you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know me.


I’m passionate about helping folks use blogging strategies to craft their personal brands.  I regularly help new bloggers to fine tune their vision, their passion and their goals.  We then work on getting their blogs up and running and putting strategies in place that will help them become successful bloggers.


But you may not know what David does.  


He is not so outgoing as I am.   So while I’m building relationships on Social Media sites, David works on the marketing part of our business.  He understands things like marketing techniques and building sales funnels.  He’s not an IT guy, by any stretch of the imagination.  But, he is very technical compared to me!



With a M.A. in World Religions and Psychology, plus an M.Ed. in Communications from Columbia University, I think his greatest asset is that he really knows how to teach!  He’s especially good at making complex things seem perfectly simple.



You see, David’s very good at things I know only a little about, while I excel in areas where he is uneasy and has little experience.  So, in other words, we bounce off each other pretty nicely.  Where my abilities drop off, he picks me up.  Where he doesn’t know which way to turn, I light the way.


This is why I think we are perfect partners, not only in life, but in business, too.


We are a husband and wife team that work together CONSTANTLY.  



Partner, Pal and Product


Over the last few months, we created a product about blogging that is geared especially to those who are just coming into the blogging world for the first time.  It was a passion of mine to help those newbies to get their blogs up and running, fine tune the strategies they need to put into place, and to become successful bloggers.


Creating a product is a lot of work, of course.  But working as a team has been a lot of fun, and we both learned a lot from each other.


As of this writing, we are busy tweaking the final product and setting up our membership site.


Making a product is one thing.  But then comes all the rest….the sales funnel, the delivery mechanism, and the marketing approach.


I concentrated on the content portion of the product, while David concentrated on the publishing and marketing portion of the project.


So, I just wanted to give him a shout out because I never do!  But it is well deserved because if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know how I would ever get this all together.  Of course, he insists that without me, there never would have been a product to put together.


Now you see what I mean when I say we are perfect partners.



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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76 Responses to Partner, Pal and Product

  1. Monna Ellithorpe
    December 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    That is so cool that you and your husband work together. You both have your own strengths to make it work as a whole for you both.

    Have a great 2014. Monna
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    • Donna.Merrill December 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      Many thanks for your kind words. Yes we are unveiling in the beginning of 2014. We are all ready, but waiting for the holiday season to be over.

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  2. Leslie Denning
    December 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Donna. How wonderful that you and your husband mesh so well that you can work your business together! My husband and I don’t do that, but I feel very lucky that we are able to support each other in our separate endeavors. He never complains when I spend hours locked in my office, and I support him in his passion, which is his involvement as a volunteer with a local U.S. Naval Sea Cadet unit. He was just made commander of the unit, so it should be a wild ride for this next year.

    Keep on being such great role models!

    All the best,
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    • Donna.Merrill December 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Leslie,

      That is so wonderful that you and your husband have mutual respect for one another.

      What a wonderful service he is doing. I would back him up all the way!

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  3. Ryan Biddulph
    December 24, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Guys, you really are the perfect team! David keeps an eye on stuff in the background and you are more active on social network and through blog commenting. Sounds like a great match that will ensure the success of your product Donna. All the best with it!
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    • Donna.Merrill December 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I do believe that it will be a big smash because we can both use our unique talents to help others.

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  4. Susan Velez December 23, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Donna,

    That’s awesome that you and your husband are able to work together and your skills compliment each other.

    I think it’s great that you focus on building the relationships, while he focuses on the marketing.

    Combining both of your skills will definitely help you get further than if you both had the same skills. The best part is that you both realize how much work internet marketing is and no one will nag you when you’re spending too much time online.

    I am sure that your new product will do well. I have no doubt that with both of you working together it will be a huge success.

    Have a great day.

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    • Donna.Merrill December 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks so much for your encouragement. I just read your post and I’m sure glad you are doing your product yourself.

      As for us, we are blessed that our strengths lie in different ways. Put them together and BOOM!

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  5. Willena Flewelling
    December 22, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    It’s awesome to see a couple who truly complement one another. Who says 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 3 ??!!

    I feel as if I know David better now, because you’ve introduced him to us in a way that he would never do, himself.

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    • Donna.Merrill December 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Hi Willena,

      You are so correct. David is pretty shy and I just had to introduce all the other parts of him that he is too shy to mention.

      Glad you know more about him now!

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  6. Sarupa Shah December 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Love the pic of your feet together…and yes when the partnership extends from home to work, there is something super special…and knowing each others strengths and being able to share and co-operate…sounds like heaven 😉 Can’t wait to hear about your launch…and merry christmas to you both!
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    • Donna.Merrill December 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Sarupa,

      I like that picture too! Because our energies are aligned at the same “zone” we do work well together.

      We have the same intent and that is to help others. Working together is a lot of fun for us. Some people go to a movie, we rather sit and brainstorm.

      Thanks for stopping by,

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  7. Rachel Lavern December 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    What a great example of a husband and wife teaming together in business! Where one is ‘weak’ in a certain area, the other is ‘strong’in that area.

    I don’t think that most people would really want to work closely with their spouse, family or close friends because they somehow have the opinion that the business and personal should always be kept separate.

    Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best on your upcoming product launch!
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    • Donna.Merrill December 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks so much! It is wonderful that David and I can reach a balance especially in business. We acknowledge one another’s strengths and bounce off each other.

      I am so grateful for this!

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  8. silviu December 19, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you for telling us about Mr. Merrill. M.A. in in World Religions and Psychology? This came as a great surprise. I always thought his expertise must be in the economy or something like that.

    You are not just complementary but also similar in many respects. This is rather unusual and probably the explanation for such a good team.

    Nice slippers … . 🙂 Never thought of this … . Maybe it is time for me to buy a nice pair of slippers and make a photo session with my wife.

    Do you think blue is ok for a man ? What about a woman? Maybe red or pink or orange. 🙂

    What can you tell us about the membership site you are working on? I know the product is in the blogging field. What about the membership site? What kind of education and teaching will you provide?

    Have a wonderful weekend
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    • Donna.Merrill December 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Silviu,

      David is so darn shy! I wanted to take this opportunity to let people know his background.

      Actually Silviu, they are not slippers but shoes lol! I am a shoe freak!

      As for our Membership Site, to put it in a nutshell, it will be more of a support site whereby people join in and they will be a a continual place to learn various techniques about blogging, social media and marketing.

      We will be doing weekly webinars and have a place where people can ask questions and we can answer them. That’s the nutshell of it!

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  9. Shalu Sharma
    December 18, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Absolutely right. My husband too helps me out when ever he can in all the aspects. So its a good thing to have your husband to help you out. Just visited his blog, looks good. Partners in life and partners in work.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Shalu,

      Partners in life and partners in work is a great thing to have. It is good to know that you too have a husband that supports what you are doing.

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  10. Sherman Smith December 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Thanks for introducing us to David!

    I do have to say that you two are lucky to have found each other and build a business together with this type of harmony. Well I don’t know if lucky is a good word… maybe I should say it was destiny. Well, either way it goes, you two found each other and work quite well.

    It’s great to see a married couple who can actually work together to build a business. You don’t hear this quite often. Usually you hear that one spouse is going for their dreams and building their home business, while the other one isn’t so supportive. I tell you, if this was a musical performance, you two would be the perfect dance partners!

    Thanks for sharing Donna!

    • Donna.Merrill December 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Yes it is usual that married couples are not harmonious when it comes to doing business on line.

      I’ve met so many people that have even left the business they were building because the other spouse had no understand of how this all works.

      Blessed, Destiny? I don’t know what to call it. But since we have been together we have been Entrepreneurs off line and now on line.

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  11. Chery Schmidt
    December 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi Donna! How Awesome it would be to have a partner to work with in the same house. I sure could use one LOL! congrats to the both of you on your new product I am sure it is going to be a HUGE HIT! You are both Rock Stars! Thanks for sharing..Chery :))
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  12. Gladys
    December 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Hello Ms. Donna

    Thank you for introducing us to your partner for life.
    I really enjoyed reading this post which shows us that couples can live together and work together. What an amazing way to demonstrate to others that this is possible. You and David are a great example of strengths and weakness combined to create a beautiful couple.

    I am thrilled about your new product. Please let me know when it’s available.
    Something about the pic you used about both of your feet. Feet speak of directions and it seems both of you are going in the same direction with light that lights your path.

    Hello Mr. David

    Thank you

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    • Donna.Merrill December 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Gladys,

      Oh thanks so much for this comment. It means so much to me. I like what you said about the picture of our feet.

      I know so many people that struggle with their other half when it comes to their on line business.

      It’s not for everyone, but those who pursue it know that it does take time. Sometimes their partners get impatient and don’t have the full understanding of how it all works.

      This causes an imbalance in their relationship. And even worse, some have to quit.

      I just hope this encourages people that there are some of us here that do work together.

      I will let you know when the product is live. Shooting for the first week of January when all the hustle bustle is over.

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  13. Kumar Gauraw
    December 16, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi Donna & David,

    First of all, congratulations on the new product launch! Working together as a team, is a great way to streamline what family needs with what business needs.

    Donna, I didn’t know about David’s blog yet. But now I know 🙂 Thank you for sharing how you both work together and march towards your mission. A great inspiration for a lot of people who find it hard to manage family and work.

    Kind Regards,
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    • Donna.Merrill December 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Hi Kumar,

      I’m sure you would like David’s blog. No fluff on that one lol. Because of our up coming product, I wanted to introduce David to all those who don’t know him.

      It is great to work with a spouse! The best thing is that we live our business!

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  14. Lesly Federici
    December 16, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Donna, Donna, Donna, I love this. What a wonderful, public tribute to your man! I got goose bumps because I feel the love and respect you have for him. Such a wonderful thing. There’s nothing you guys can’t do together when you balance each other out like this… such an honor to read.. I send you both a hug in celebration and deeply appreciate reading this. I don’t have this kind of relationship with my husband, so it’s inspirational to read you do .. love it 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Hey Girl!

      Yes we do balance each other very well. I’m glad you got goose bumps because I must have written this well. I like to know reaction from what I do write.

      You are not alone girl. Most people I talk to don’t have this kind of relationship with their husbands either.

      Especially in the business we are in. The husband will pull and tug and have not patience.

      Keep on going…you are doing a wonderful job out there.

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  15. Reginald December 16, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Thanks for sharing David (Hi David!) 🙂

    I am really jealous of this. During my younger days, I have pal like this. One pal to be exact. We are sooooo close that we talk about everything. Even our partners do not know everything we do!

    As time passes by, we tend to drift apart and what’s worst, we ended up on different states. Well, we are still close but just not that close as last time.

    Old times!

    Thanks for sharing and making me walk back memory lane 😀
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    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Reginald,

      That is so sad my friend. I know the pain. I had something like that happen to me years ago. I partnered before the internet days with a “pal” on a book I wrote.

      She took it to a major company and they just stole it from me. But I’m a great believer in Karma. Although it was a bit heart breaking, this person could never look me in the eye again.

      So I wrote another book and self published it. Made enough of money to open up my first store. There ya go!

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  16. Eldon Beard December 16, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Hi Donna, I’m happy to see that you and your husband complement each other so well. That means a LOT when you are striving together for success in a business!

    What is your target date for release of your blogging product?
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    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Hi Eldon,

      Our Target Date should be the first week of January. Everything is all up and ready to go…but….doing the testing process now and there are a few technical tweaks we need to fix in our membership site.

      Also our marketing coach has us re-writing our opt-in page. We must have done this one 10 times already. But that’s OK we do want it to work so that affiliates will have no problem at all.

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  17. Sue Price
    December 16, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Hi Donna

    Thanks for giving us some more information about David. It is funny I was a Facebook friend of David’s before I knew you. I am not sure how we met but we did somewhere. Now of course I know you well.

    I have worked with my hubby most of the time we have been together and we too have complimentary skills.

    I am so looking forward to seeing your new product and I am sure it will be awesome.

    Thanks for letting us know more about Donna and David.

    Have a wonderful week.


    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      I know that you and your hubby have been working together for a long time. It is so great when we can do this!

      I had to introduce David here because we did our product together. Just when I think it is time to roll out, another glitch happens. I just have to make sure everything is working properly.

      Hope to see you Thursday,

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  18. Shelley Alexander December 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Donna, It’s so wonderful that you and your husband can work closely together and that you both have strengths that compliment each other. Congrats on completing your new product! I’m sure it will be fantastic!
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    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Hi Shelley,

      I am very grateful that we can work together. And we do so with enthusiasm and side by side.

      From the moment we wake up we talk about the business.

      Thanks so much,

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  19. Jeevan Jacob John
    December 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Sounds like you guys make a perfect team!

    Psychology, huh? That sounds cool 😀 I am kind of interested in psychology (loved my psych class in High school).

    Anyway, good luck with your product, Donna 🙂 I know that it will help a lot of bloggers out there 😀

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Donna.Merrill December 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Jeevan!

      Yep Psychology. I went to school for it too but quit my third year and did my own thing. David however went to the Albert Ellis School too, and did internship with Le Bon (I don’t know if I spelled that correctly) Institute.

      That is working with people using movement. He has accomplished a lot and we share the same interests when it comes to this.

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  20. Adrienne
    December 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I think you two make the perfect couple and I so admire your relationship. How many people can say that they spend all day together while building a business and are still crazy about each other! Now that’s really something and we all wish we could find a partner like that. Okay, I would love to but that’s a whole other story.

    I’m excited about your upcoming product because I know it will really benefit all bloggers, especially the new ones.

    I’m glad you introduced your readers to David because I know he’s an awesome guy and so darn smart. You two just make the perfect couple! 😉

    To many more years ahead…

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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      Awww Thank you Adrienne!

      I just had to introduce David to many of my readers that don’t know him. He is so darn quiet and understated.

      I am grateful every day that we can not only work together but laugh a lot doing it too. Lots of couples don’t have that and I know it.

      I guess having two terrible marriages before him made me pay my Karmic dues!

      I am very excited about the product because I just keep meeting newbies that are being lead astray. Well I went through the pain at first and don’t want to see anyone else have to do that.

      That’s why we put this all together.

      Thanks so much,

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  21. Nile December 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    It’s awesome that you and David complement each other so well. Not everyone is as blessed to have someone supportive and can provide that knowledge. I’ve always had partners less tech savvy, or less business savvy… and sometimes both.

    I enjoy reading up on David’s posts and can see what you mean. 🙂
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

      Hi Nile,

      It is awesome and it took me two previous marriages to figure what a good partner can be like he he.

      I was always an entrepreneur and my other husbands made it difficult. Even though one of them had his own business, he wasn’t business savvy. When I would suggest something, his male ego got in the way.

      Since I met David it has been a great journey of living the life we want to live and having our own businesses.

      Thanks so much,

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  22. Kyle Nelson
    December 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Hey Donna,
    This is truly inspiring. I recently got married last July and knowing that my significant other can not only be my pay but also a business partner opened my eyes to a whole new world haha!

    Thanks for sharing about David.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      Hi Kyle,

      It is so great working with the one’s we live with. As long as we get along, we are on the right track.

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  23. Ashton Dawson December 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    That is so awesome that y’all work so well together. I may need to ask you for advice on how to make my blog more known because I am a major newb when it comes to blogging. I have been blogging and syndicating for about 4 weeks now, but I am still not sure that my content is all that great. To me it seems like something great, but to others it may seem like a piddly little write. I don’t really use pictures, or any visual helps with my writing because I believe that the images I could produce wouldn’t be enough to suffice for what the human mind can create. I like to help people visualize what I mean with words and figures rather than with pictures. I used some pictures in my Thanksgiving article, but they weren’t necessarily my pictures.
    Thanks for the read.

    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Ashton,

      As a newbie, it does take some time to get into the “groove” I would have to say that

      1. Write content to people. Something that is relevant to your niche.

      2. I checked your blog and it is difficult to read with the black background and red lettering. Try to make it a white background and black lettering so it is easy to read.

      3. Pictures are a funny thing. Make sure you purchase them from a reputable company and read those terms of service otherwise you can be sued. I don’t want to be an alarmist but check out Kimberly’s blog because she writes about that often.

      Remember that we all have been there when we are new. It is confusing at first but you are taking the right steps, reaching out and asking questions.

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  24. Sylviane Nuccio
    December 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow, I’ve almost missed this one 🙂

    Well, I had the privilege of meeting your husband David a while back, and the first things that come out of him is that he’s very smart and sweet.

    I think that’s great that you two complement each other so well because that’s great for your online business. I think you’ve probably one of the best relationships around, because you’re not only partner in life but even at work.

    I’m sure that those who didn’t know David would be glad to get to know him.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      Yes, I remember when we all got together to do a guest post. Yes, David is a very sweet person and very intelligent. We never stop talking because that man is so interesting.

      My daughter used to call him the walking enciclopedia he he he

      Thank you so much,

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  25. Kathy from Bliss Habits December 15, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Donna, I love this post! It is so nice to hear that it is possible for spouses to work together and still have a great relationship. My hubby and I don’t currently do this but have been talking about doing so in the next phase of our life. We would love to live in Hawaii and create something together…

    Looking forward to seeing your product! Kudos to the both of you.

    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Kathy,

      David and I have been working together for decades. We had run a few businesses before we got on to the internet.

      Internet marketing is his specialty. We teach each other every day, usually in the morning while we are having our coffee.

      We do make a great team and we never run out of things to talk about. Strategies are our main point of conversation.

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  26. The Food Curator
    December 15, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Donna, Great partnership and great blog! Best of luck with your product, it deserves to do well 🙂
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  27. Sue Bride
    December 15, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    It sounds like a winning combination to me and I am sure that, with your joint knowledge and experience, your new product will be a success. I help new bloggers when I can but do not have time to train them completely. I look forward to being able to recommend that they can learn using your program.

    My hubby and I work together too at our side by side desks. Two geeks together 🙂 He has not wanted to venture online with business but we do have joint clients – he building and fixing their PC’s and me building their web sites, managing their social networking and blogs.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      Yes, I work with new bloggers all the time, so I just had to put together a product to round them all up. It will be followed by one on one consultations, and ongoing webinars.

      You and your husband seem like a great team! The best thing is we work when we want and have that freedom!

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  28. Allen Elkins
    December 15, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    It is great to see you and your husband work so well together.
    And to know each others weakness and use the others strength to compensate
    for it. Looks to me you have a great relationship and a bussiness that runs like a well oiled machine.

    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Allen,

      Yes we do work well together. That’s why our business can work. I can help a client with one thing, and he the other. So it is like getting a two for one coaching session!

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  29. Marty Diamond
    December 15, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Congratulations on your partnership and product – it’s not easy to work as a husband/wife team – there are lots of marriages that couldn’t handle that much “togetherness” Sound like you two have really worked out the kinks and have come up with something where 1+1 =3 because of your synergy .
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Marty,

      Actually since I met David we both had that entrepreneurial spirit! He was doing writing at the time I met him. I was doing my coaching business. Over the years, we bought and sold real estate, dabbled in antiques, and then came the internet.

      We always worked well together. We get excited about a project, he does his part and I do mine because we recognize our strengths and weaknesses. You know Mary, we never had a fight in our lives. So far lol.

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  30. Ron Killian
    December 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Great that you two can work together so well.

    I started on the net back in 1998 and my wife has helped a great deal, she does to this day. The whole internet marketing business is not really her thing, so she’s happy to do the mundane tasks. I am lucky to have her assistance.

    Many people are surprised we can be home together 24/7 and get along so well. As others have mentioned, it’s not for every one and doesn’t work for every one. It’s not happy every day, we have our days, but for the most part, it works for us.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Hi Ron and welcome to my blog.

      It is so great to meet someone that works from home together with their spouse.

      I’ve been doing work with David since I met him. Actually that is how we met. I was transcribing a book that he was publishing. I was furious because he was taking all the best things out of the book and made it look too cheesy.

      When I met him I asked him why. He then explained to me the miracle of marketing. Back then it was all mail order and now here we are together doing what we love to do best…..

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  31. Rick Lelchuk December 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    It’s a wonderful thing, Donna, when two lovers can work elbow to elbow to move in the same direction. Some people wonder how that can happen. It does and it’s a glorious thing to observe.

    Wishing you both great success with your new product. You might consider your next product to teach husbands and wives to work together.


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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Rick,

      What a great idea! There a many husband and wife teams that do work together. But in my experience with clients of mine one spouse gets impatient when the other is building their own business.

      It does cause stress and conflict. I just made a note of that because this is all about not giving up.


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  32. marquita herald
    December 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Sounds like a great partnership Donna, but then since I’m familiar with both of your blogs I’m not at all surprised. I’ve learned so much from both of you! I know the service and programs you are providing are certainly needed – far too many new bloggers dive in not realizing all that it takes to succeed and end up getting discouraged.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Marty,

      Yes, that is our “why” because too many people get discouraged thinking that blogging is a get rich quick idea.

      As you and I well know it is a means to an end and it does take time. For those who have a passion for their own business and patience to build it up, this will be for them.

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  33. Susan Bachelder December 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I very much enjoyed this post. When ever I learn of couple that are able to work together, feed off of and respect each others strengths it makes me incredibly happy to know about.
    The product you have created is a great idea, wish you much success with it.
    I have a handful of mastermind partnerships that work well in a similar manner. The amount of work that can be done is so awesome.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      Welcome to my blog! I feel the same way when I engage with other couples that work together. Not all people can, but I am very grateful of our relationship.

      Thank you so much for your kind words,

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  34. Michael Belk December 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Donna, it must be nice to have someone with the goals of completing a project in mind.

    You do not find many people who can recognize their weakness and invite your strengths.

    When someone is willing to do that; a winning combination has to emerge.

    I am glad you are mentioning your husband because he is I am sure responsible for so many things.
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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Yes he is responsible for so much of what we put together. Not only the product itself, but all those thechie things I don’t have patience for.

      I’m the social media blabber mouth, while he is very quiet out there. We bounce off one another well.

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  35. William Butler
    December 14, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for introducing us to David. I put in the short URL and it worked.

    I love it when a plan comes together. I also love to hear when people are committed to one another, as you have described “perfect partners.” Believing in and supporting each other makes magic manifest.

    As John Maxwell says, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

    I wish you and David every success!
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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Bill.

      I like that “teamwork makes the dream work” Thanks, I have to use that phrase!

      I wanted to introduce David to my readers that don’t know him. You won’t find him on the social sites, but can always find him on his computer lol.

      He even dragged me down to Washington D.C. when he had a 4 day intensive training with Daegan Smith. I stood in the hotel while he spent many hours per day working with him. I just wish it wasn’t so hot when we were down there.

      However, I used that time for catching up on tons of writing.

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  36. Mayura
    December 14, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Hey Donna,

    First off, congratulations on your product dear 🙂 You mentioned how busy you were with doing videos and all that. But when you see the final product, it’s just exhilarating. Isn’t it?

    Eventhough I haven’t been to David’s blog much, I’m huge fan of the videos of you both done together 😉 Hope more will come in future too.

    I know when you say you both are perfect partners Donna. I don’t know too much about your personal lives, but what I’ve seen and read about you two always drew the image of perfect partners. Indeed wonderful example for everyone!

    It reminds me of the last guest post that David did here. He knows his stuff very well and how to lay things out properly too. He’s a man with few words as I know, but expert in his stuff.

    You both have a lovely weekend there! I know, it’s gonna busy though 😀 lol…

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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Mayura,

      Yes David is a man of few words. I’m the big mouth of the two. But we do work well together. I am blessed that we can live our lives as entrepreneurs and be together all the time.

      Working on this project has been exciting! We had hired a production coach for the product itself and it was done, re-done, and done again until all flowed. There were schedules to meet that I thought were impossible, but just like anything else, when you focus and put your mind on it, somehow it becomes easier.

      Then came the marketing one-to-one coaching. Again, tear this down, re-do that. Again, again Phew. But the final part now is to make sure the server holds up everything. Plus everything connects properly.

      All and all it has been a fantastic time.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  37. nick catricala
    December 14, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    Donna and David,
    the more I get to know about both of you, the more I get the idea why I divorced many years a go… me and my ex there was nothing that we compliment with, except arguing haha:-)

    So happy to read what you wrote.. and the image of both of you relaxing sitting side by side, it made it so more romantic.. You both found a treasured measured only in love and it has proven to be also on the financial side by partnering to build a great business together, working from home that will smoother many corners along the way of happiness (if there is any) Your words here “So, in other words, we bounce off each other pretty nicely. Where my abilities drop off, he picks me up. Where he doesn’t know which way to turn, I light the way.”

    It is wonderful to know both of you Virtually… always learning more in so many different topics…

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Nick!

      Yes, working together is a blessing for me. There are lots of people in this industry that have a spouse that doesn’t understand what they are doing.

      This business does take time and the other spouse gets impatient. I’m a pretty lucky gal!

      Also, because we are doing this product together, I wanted my readers to get to know David.

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  38. Harleena Singh
    December 14, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Hi Donna,

    It’s indeed wonderful to know about David 🙂

    Yes, you both are true partners, pals, and true life partners too if I may add. Your hubby sure is doing so well for himself and why not, with a person like you by his side.

    He’s a lot like my hubby who also manages to much of my admin and the tech aspect of the blog, and whenever there is any problem, I always head to him and he has a solution. So, we are forever working on things together too and how we can better the blog. It’s always a combined effort I would say and always a team partnership that works well. I’m trying to get him more into my blog, perhaps he just might do that too one fine day.

    Thanks for sharing more of David with us Donna, and I wish both of you every success for your new blogging product. Can’t wait to hear more about it. Happy weekend (Love the picture with your feet up!)
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    • Donna.Merrill December 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      It is so nice to hear that you work with your husband too. It is wonderful when our partners in life can also be partners in business.

      For me, I don’t know how we would ever get things done without bouncing off one another.

      I wanted to introduce David to my readers so when the product comes out shortly, people would know who he is and how much we work together.

      Happy Weekend to you too!

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