Podcast 28: The Future of The Niche Pursuits Podcast and How Opinions Evolve

By Spencer Haws |

I recently wrote a blog post titled, “Why you Should NOT start a podcast“.  This was an opinion piece that I wrote based on some of the frustrations of my podcast.

However, after taking a look at the data and hearing some feedback from others, my opinion has evolved a bit in regards to podcasting.  Listen in to hear what the future of the Niche Pursuits Podcast will be…along with other interesting stats about my business.

This podcast is mostly a recap of my last 2 blog posts here and here.  However, I also share some additional thoughts and viewpoints that I didn't mention in those posts.

I also mention 2 books that I've recently read:

Now that I've re-started my podcast, I'll hope you'll check it out on iTunes, and leave me an honest rating here if you find any value!  (This really helps me know that people are still engaged with the content).

Thanks for tuning in!

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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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Josh Escusa

Glad you’re jumping back on the podcasts, Spencer. The drink break was really funny, haha! What’s up with that music? 🙂

Spencer Haws

Just trying to put smiles on people’s faces 🙂 You can expect more off the wall kinda music down the road…

Tung Tran

I always listen to your new episode Spencer and your idea of the solo show makes me love it even more.

I don’t want to listen to just another podcast that interviews the same people over and over again


Great job Spencer! Very happy the podcast lives on 🙂

Pratik Unadkat


Very happy that you’ve decided to continue the Podcasts. 🙂




Thank you for the new podcast episode Spencer!

It would be great if you could include direct mp3 download link in your podcast blog posts.

I am using the DownloadHelper plugin for FF, so I can download all embedded files easily, but downloading may be a challenge for some people.

Spencer Haws

Will update now.


That was an interesting post. Thank you for sharing your frustrations about your podcast. Over 7K downloads only 70 people visiting you link. Often, it is hard to take action when you listen to a podcast. I mostly workout or drive when I listen, so that makes it difficult to take action.
You mention that you are not the best interviewer, but that doesn’t mean your podcast is not valuable. Great podcasting is not about slick presentation, but valuable content.
Keep it up 🙂

Spencer Haws

Thanks George!


Nice one!


I look forward to listening to even more podcasts! I enjoy hearing other peoples success stories and I learn a lot from them.

Spencer Haws

Thanks Lea!


Thanks for the book suggestions.The Education of Millionaires is one of my fav financial related books along with rich dad, poor dad.


I just wanted to let you know that listen to about 5-10 hours of podcasts per week, but I do not read any blogs at all. Without your podcast, I would never have bought Long Tail Pro. The podcast made me read the Niche Site Project 2 on you blog (after you had done a podcast about that). It was the first time I visited your blog, and the posts in combination with the podcast made me by Long Tail Pro.

Now I’m back to only listening to you podcast (although I’m for this post) and look forward to new episodes!

Spencer Haws

Rasmus, thanks so much…these kind of comments mean alot to me. Helps me know the value of the podcast! If you (or anyone else) has a chance please stop by and leave a rating/review on itunes so that others know you find my podcast valuable:


Wow Spencer,

Great book recommendations bro,

Just thinking what do I read next,

What a coincidence lol

Spencer Haws

Awesome…thanks! I’ll keep sharing what I’m reading each episode

Lourdes Welhaven

Great episode. I’d rather listen to you than listen to interviews. I do my own interview podcast so I understand the frustration with the time commitment and hassle with that…but the reality is, I prefer solo shows.

And if you prefer analyzing spreadsheets…think of how you can talk about that in your podcast. Yes, there are geeks like me that would love to hear how you do that and analyze the data right along with you. Just be you…we want to hear you.

I’m so glad you’ll be continuing with your podcast.

Spencer Haws

Thanks for the encouragement and tips 🙂


Add me to the list of those grateful for the podcast, found niche pursuits on iTunes, and bought LongTail Pro after getting to know the show…on my way to give an ITunes review (should have done it earlier).

Spencer Haws


Jeffrey Dibble

Hi Spencer,

Thanks for bringing back the podcasts. Mixing interviews and your solo adventures are a good idea.

Trust you to give us better quality podcasts. Mybe, give us quality recommendations for books to read. Way to go.

Heading to itunes to leave you a good review.

Spencer Haws

Thanks Jeffrey!

Sara Dobson

Thanks for continuing with the podcast, and thank you for your latest podcast. It felt like you were sharing a lot of yourself with your listeners, I am glad you wrote the Why you shouldn’t podcast article and shared your frustrations. I think it shows you are a guy that is human like the rest of us. And the fact that you are frustrated but still successful gives us all hope. I have just been over to iTunes to give you a five star review.
You said in your podcast that you feel interviewing is not your forte. I just want to tell you about one of your earlier podcast interviews that I felt was amazingly helpful. and that was when you interviewed Elaine Heney about iPhone apps. You really got into details about where to find information and research about iPhone apps and how to get started. And it was immediately actionable. So to me that is excellent interviewing. and I still refer back to those show notes.

Spencer Haws

Thank you Sarah for the vote of confidence! I suppose I could get more comfortable with interviewing with practice; and perhaps that day will come. But for now, I’ll move forward with the solo show for the most part to keep getting out content for everyone.


Spencer … Nice podcast .. just finished it today … enjoyed it alot .. not sure i liked the drink breaks but …

1. could you perhaps put a podcast together of a perhaps what your typical work day is like for you … be as specific as possible .. times, tasks, breaks, planning… ect … love to know how your doing what your doing …

2. you seem a little nervous just talking and not interviewing … you got a great style and we listen because of you not in-spite of you !!

3. You might want to think about getting a partner for the podcast … Empire-flippers, Tropical guys, Internet business mastery … type of format… I am available if you need someone!! jk … (a little)

4. I will look forward to your new podcast schedule!! keep up the good work!!

5. Lastly — take a page from the Empire flipper guys and promote your 5 star reviews…. they really do that well!!

Spencer Haws

Thanks Bobdak for the suggestions. FYI, I will be doing more with Perrin as a co-host…but the corny musical breaks will likely continue 🙂


I was just listening to this episode while mowing my lawn and once the episode was over, I stopped, walked in and started writing this comment to show you my support. 🙂

I really like your podcast and don’t mind at all that it’s just every now and then. That keeps the quality up. I like EOFire, too, but I just can’t keep up with the amount of episodes John puts out there, so I hardly ever listen to his podcast anymore, unless there’s a guest that sounds familiar.
There are a lot of interesting podcasts out there (including yours) and I don’t want to be dedicated to just one of them, so I try to catch a few from many.

Long story short, please keep doing what you’re doing, maybe reduce the noise in the background, and have Perrin help out with the Podcast when you’re not feeling like podcasting. Family always comes first!

Thanks for all your great content!


P.S. I wish I could join your master mind group!

Spencer Haws

Thanks for the kind words Daniel!

Jason Writz

Glad you changed your mind about podcasting. I like the new direction you’ve taken. It was a little surreal to hear you read my comment. I’m glad my feedback was helpful. Your insight has certainly helped me.

Spencer Haws

Thanks Jason!

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