iPhone App Update: Almost Done! (Video)

By Spencer Haws |

I have been working on getting my iPhone App developed for the past few months.  I am happy to say that I have basically a completed version that I have been testing out for the past week or so!  As I’ve discussed previously, the app will allow users to check their Google Adsense earnings and has a cool little feature associated with that.

I am in the process of getting approved to the Apple Developer Program.  Since I am applying under my business entity (as opposed under my personal name), the process takes a little bit longer.  I expect to be approved in about a week or so, then I can submit my App for approval!

Anyway, I made a quick video to go over the latest and to give a LIVE DEMO of the app!  Well, kinda.  I open up the app and show it off briefly, but I don’t give a full demonstration – more just to show that it does exist 🙂 .

And of course, I threw in some music with the video to make it a bit more interesting.  And yes, I haven’t shaved for a few days.  Oh the life of an internet entrepreneur!

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Here’s the Video:

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  Thanks!

Update 5/28/2012 – My iPhone app “Ad Alert” is done!  You can check it out in the app store now:

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By Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws is the founder of After getting a degree in Business Finance from BYU (2002) and an MBA from ASU (2007) he worked for 8 years in Business Banking and Finance at both Merril Lynch and Wells Fargo Bank.

While consulting with other small business owners as a business banker, Spencer finally had the desire to start his own business. He successfully built a portfolio of niche sites using SEO and online marketing that allowed him to quit his job in 2011. Since then he's been involved in dozens of online business ventures including: creating and exiting Long Tail Pro, running an Amazon FBA business for over 3 years and selling that business, founding, and co-founding You can learn more about Spencer here.

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this app gonna be so useful … thank a lot… when we could download it from the appstore?


Still working on it, not sure when it will be available just yet, but hopefully in the next month.


There are dozens of this kind of app. I really want to know what’s the “unique” thing about this app; the cool little feature (:P).


Yes, there are dozens of apps that let you check your earnings; which is why the “unique” feature is AWESOME! I don’t know of any other Adsense apps that do this. Its really what makes the whole app cool. Its not just A feature, it is THE CORE feature of the app. More to come on that 🙂


App looks good Spencer! What about the android market? Any plans to make the app for android phones?


Thanks Rich! If the iPhone version does well (i.e. turns a profit), then I will very likely do an Android version soon after.


It looks good Spencer, hopefully this App will be a big hit for you. I know that it is something that I will probably end up getting and I can’t wait for it to be live.


Looking forward to the release, definitely gonna buy it! It’s been awhile since there was a working Adsense earning app. Also very curious about the unique feature you implemented!


Great, more blueness from Mr. Blue is the only color there is.


Hi Spencer

Any idea what your price point will be?

I have this gut feeling i can see you USP if its what i think it is? its what ive been looking for!

What i would like/have liked to see is the “Home screen” you showed having the actual figures on each “tab” and then select it for the details.

Following on from LongTailPro and the Adsense Theme lets hope this is just as awesome :-0

The very best of luck and im sure you’ll have at least one sale from the UK 🙂



Yes, having the figures on the “home” tab is a good idea – I see what you mean.

Thanks for the support Steve…you will like the USP – I can almost guarantee it.


What I would really love for an Adsense App is to see earnings, page views, and cost per click *by URL Channel*

Those would be killer features.


A week to get a business account approved?

You may know niche sites Spencer, but I don’t think you are ready for the circle jerk Apple is about to put you through. I’ve been in the approval process for about 4 weeks now, and spent hundreds of dollars to get documents sent to Apple and they still won’t approve my company.

I’ve read worse horror stories on Company Accounts where it can take over 4 months.

You should apply for a individual account on the side, NOW so it won’t slow you up when they start disapproving your business account.


Thanks for this comment. I’m currently creating an iPhone app (trying to port my android apps). I don’t have a business entity, so I’ll probably be registering as an individual. But if I do create an LLC, it’s nice to know what may be in store.


I can only go by what I have read online. Most state that it takes about 2 weeks for approval once you’ve submitted your business docs. However, perhaps I’m in for a roller coaster ride indeed! Why have you spent hundreds of dollars sending docs to Google? They accept faxed documents – and I’ve received verification that they received mine.

Anyway, great advice though about getting a personal account – if this does indeed take a long time; I understand a personal account is pretty quick.


Apple makes it very hard to get a developer account. I’ve been on the phone with them for hours, spent a ton of money getting certified documents from my State Dept of Corporations, and they still won’t accept that account.

What I ended up doing was making an individual account. Once you pay they approve you within 24 hours. Then I just added my company name in the “company” field, added my company as the organization name to be displayed in the app store, and used my company tax information and payment info. They are totally cool with this and a lot of people do it this way.

The only downside is that your developers cannot be added to your account. I just gave my developers my password, let them upload my app then changed my password. Easy fix.


I’m going to give it a week or 2 more…if I don’t hear anything, I may indeed just go with a personal account. Thanks for the tips!

Amir Najmi

Looks nice. I was very excited because looking up stats when I’m bored from my phone takes a while and isn’t too smooth from the browser…but then I realized it’s an iPhone app, not blackberry 🙁

I’m looking into building apps as well. Seems like a good model for passive income or even if you get a affordable developer you can earn profits rather quickly.

Good Luck with the app



Thanks Amir!

Konstantin & Julia

Hi Spencer,
That is a great idea to create such App!
It will have demand definitely.

I like the song Flobots – Handlebars! I`m not American, I`m Russian and I can tell that same is everywhere (according to music video on youtube).
And according to the words in song – everyone can do it, just DREAM is what makes us alive! 😉

Sorry for unrelated comment!


Hey Konstantin – yep I love the Flobots! Handlebars is a great song – glad you like it as well!

Andre Garde

Will it make a “cha-ching” sound every time I make a dollar from AdSense?

If so I’m so in!


Hey Andre – that would be a great feature indeed!

steve wyman

LOl i use to have that on my PC when a paypal payment came in from eBay 🙂 My friends use to say turn that off its annoying until i explained what it was then they were “wow thats money ok keep it on” 🙂

So thats a great dea Andrea 🙂 fun if nothing else! and might start a great conversation or two ..


I think I know what the feature is – there are lots of hints in the video. 🙂

And yes, it’s a great feature and something that all other Adsense apps lack. Best of luck with it Spencer and I can’t wait to download it!


Thanks Slava!

Tom Ewer

Suggestion – a guy who made $100,000 last year can afford a tripod for their camera 😉

Seriously though, the app looks good – excited to see how you get on with this project!


Lol, actually I do have a tripod…just going for the reality look 🙂


Hey Spencer,
I am also currently developing an iPhone app that should be done in a few weeks. I am starting to plan my launch and marketing plan. Any recommendations? I will be creating a website for the app as well as maybe doing some kind of press release and of course hitting the social media pretty hard.

Your app is lookin awesome man!


Hey Spencer,

I like the interface of your app. Looks really simple to get navigate around. Any reason why you decided to go with a paid rev model for this app vs a free model with an in-app purchase to upgrade to more features? Thinking you would get more distribution with the free model.


How much will this app cost? Is it better than the free ones like Adsense Dashboard?



Just wondered if you had any plans to release the app on any other platforms (im interested in Android)?

Spencer Haws

Yes, if the iPhone version does well, then I would indeed look to release it on Android.

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