Interview with Spencer Haws (and A Free Copy of Long Tail Pro)

Today I’m excited to bring you an interview with Spencer Haws, someone who I’ve followed for a long time.

He’s an internet entrepreneur who quit his job early in 2011 and has amassed quite an impressive list of accomplishments: He has earned a six-figure income through his niche sites with Google AdSense, developed one of the top keyword research tools on the market today (Long Tail Pro), and has worked on a number of other projects that he documents on his blog, Niche Pursuits.

In this interview, I asked Spencer a wide array of questions that I thought people would be really interested to read about. Spoiler alert: At the end of the interview, I’ll explain how you can win a free copy of Long Tail Pro.

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My Passive Income Report [November 2012]

With November coming to an end, we’re officially into the holiday season.

It’s always an interesting time for online business because on the one hand, you’re in the busiest shopping time of the year (which is obviously great for business).  On the other hand, you’re spending a lot of time with friends and family, hopefully enjoying a break or two from work (which isn’t always great for productivity).

It just so happens that this past month was easily my best month ever, since I started trying to make money online a few years ago.

The only negative part of it all is that my income sources are not the ones I’d like them to be, but I’ll certainly still take income wherever I can get it. :)

Let’s take a look at the details…

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Another Easy Way to Get Free Backlinks & Traffic to Your Authority Site

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and were able to spend some quality time with family and/or friends.

Now, it’s time to get back to business. As you may remember, I recently wrote about how to get real backlinks for free, and I just wanted to share another strategy with you.

Like the strategy I linked to above, this isn’t some new and fancy link-building method that’s never been used before.  It’s a strategy that’s probably been around forever, and it still works.

The reason I’m writing about it today is because I’ve used it effectively for my authority site, and you can too. I’ll show you exactly how.

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How to Use This Free Tool to Intelligently Optimize Your Site

It’s no secret that I’ve had some trouble with my authority sites so far.  I’ve crafted an attractive design (in my opinion), I’ve written a lot of high quality, original content, and I’ve done a fair amount of work to attract real backlinks.

Nevertheless, Google doesn’t seem to like my site.  At least, not yet.

Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, with your site.  A lot of work, not a lot of results.  I think it’s the most common scenario, despite all the success stories you read online (simply because the people who fail usually don’t write about it).

Anyway, I’ve been playing around with this awesome tool lately that has given me a lot of great insight, and the good news is, you can use it almost to its full potential without ever paying anything.  I’ll explain…

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My Passive Income Report [October 2012]

October was a fun month, mainly because I was on vacation for over a week (more on that below) and tax season (the 10/15 deadline) ended.

As far as income goes, things were pretty stagnant – as I expected, my income level returned to where it was at prior to last month (when I made a decent amount from an e-mail I sent out).

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to make that last big push to make sure 2012 ends on a high note.

Anyway, let’s get into the specifics of October…

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Google AdSense Fails Me AGAIN – It’s Time to Move On

As you might recall, I wrote about when I was banned from AdSense nearly 8 months ago.  It’s been my most popular blog post in terms of comments (200+), and ranks #2 in Google for the commonly searched phrase “Adsense account disabled“, right below Google’s own page regarding the issue.

It was a hot topic then, for me and many others.  It ended the monetization of my niche sites, and combined with Panda/Penguin algorithm updates, basically set me back to ground zero.

The title of this blog post gives you a pretty good idea of what I’m going to discuss here today, but keep reading anyway.

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