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Wow, thanks for actually checking out my “about me” page! My name is Spencer Haws and I’m a family man (4 kids!), but also a love for niche business ideas.
I created this blog originally as a way to discuss the various business ideas I was trying out. Over the years, I’ve tried out all kinds of different online business ideas like: creating niche websites (in lots of different niches), buying and selling websites, running a software company, and selling physical products through Amazon FBA.
I share what I’m learning along the way in regards to SEO, creating valuable businesses online, and of course the tips and tricks I may discover for business in general. Hopefully you will see me make a few bucks along the way and potentially you will find a business idea that you can be passionate about too.
I’ve been a full-time online entrepreneur since 2011. I own dozens of niche websites primarily monetized by display ads and Amazon Associates and I continue to build or buy new websites.
As a result of building so many websites, I also decided to create a better keyword research tool (because I wasn’t happy with the other software out there), which I did in 2011. That tool is called Long Tail Pro, and became a big part of my business. (I exited Long Tail Pro in early 2016, but still own a minority stake in the business).
Anyway, here’s a quick run down on me. I grew up in sunny Mesa, Arizona and love to get back and visit family and friends when I can. I now live in Richland, WA (where my wife grew up).
My dad started his own company when I was about 21, and this had a huge influence on me deciding to finally graduate in Business Management from BYU in 2002.
I was in college during some of the dot com boom/bust years and this also had an impact on me. A couple of years after I graduated – probably 2005 – I started dabbling around with creating websites.
I was pretty bad at it.
But after a few years I finally figured out how search engine optimization worked. I also discovered that I could rank my websites in Google much easier for low competition keywords than high competition (pretty amazing stuff huh?) and this directly led to my success.
However, it didn’t come all at once. From about 2005 to the middle of 2009 I basically made no money, but just learned a lot about websites and SEO. During that time I worked as a Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank and also got my MBA from Arizona State University in 2007 (my back up plan).
Then towards the end of 2009 I really started to find some success building niche websites. In 2010 I went a little nuts with it and built almost 200 websites that year targeting low competition keywords (most of the process was outsourced).
Well, I had some lows, but I also had some highs. I learned how to build better quality sites and prevent future problems with Google. All in all by the end of 2010, I was ready to quit my job and pursue my business full-time.
However, being the over cautious person financially that I am (okay my wife had something to do with it too); I decided to wait until March 11th, 2011 to quit my job. Since that day, I have been working full-time from home!
My income has been well above what my day job income was and I’m enjoying building my online business. Now its time to go out and try some more “niche pursuits”!
Other than that, I have always loved the outdoors and sports. I love racquetball and softball when I get a chance, and I have run a few marathons. I enjoy running, and perhaps enjoy competing with myself to set better and better personal bests in different running distances.
I’ve been married since 2002 and have 4 awesome children.
So, that’s my quick background…enjoy my Niche Pursuits!
If you would like to contact me, you can do so here.
– Last Updated: Feb. 2016