Today I talk a lot about iTunes.
iTunes limiting listing to 20 episodes.
Also Happy Birthday MP3!
** Sorry for the lame shownotes this week **
Blubrry soft-launches a new site It’s another way to subscribe to podcasts via email. Similar to the feedburner email subscription in one way, but different in another way. This one is for your listeners. They can subscribe to as many podcasts as they want via email and they will get a daily digest email with all the episodes put out that day, sent to their inbox. If no episodes come out that day, then they don’t get an email. As a podcaster, you can hit the podcasters link on the site and make your own subscribe by email button for your site. If you use powerpress, it will be added to powerpress on the next release. There will be metrics and such added later for the podcaster. Hence the “soft-launch” Check it out at http://subscribebyemail.com/
I’ve had a rash of people come to me after getting very bad advice from so-called podcast Gurus. Some of the gurus are charging a TON of money for their advice. Sometime the old saying that “you get what you pay for” isn’t really true.
Examples: One such “guru” says you should ignore the Parental Rating setting in Powerpress and in Libsyn (they call it something else) This is just a bad idea. Yes, you CAN ignore it, but you should not ignore it. In the US, Canada and Brazil, there is a law called the Vchip law. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-chip). Basically, this allows parents to block shows by their rating for anything that goes on a TV… This includes smart TV’s (apps on the TV that play podcasts for instance) and set top boxes like Roku, Apple TV, FireTV, boxie and others. If your podcast goes on one of these devices, and it’s not rated, it could be blocked, or if it’s rated G and you drop an F-bomb, you could get in trouble. It’s best to set that field for the right rating.
Another “Guru”, who we have talked about in the past, is still telling people to use Feedburner.
One of the worst pieces of advice I’ve heard in a long time is to NOT have a link to your RSS feed on your website. (REALLY???) and the best one yet is Don’t bother to have a website at all, and send all your listeners to [insert podcast hosting company site here].
Audio-Technica BPHS1 Headset Mic
I’m testing out a new microphone. The Audio-technica BPHS1 Headset mic. It’s a dynamic mic and good headphones which is normally used for sports broadcasting or broadcasting in a noisy environment.
In fact, I did the last episode using it.. Did you notice any difference from the PR40? Likely there is a bit of difference, but I think it’s acceptable for what I’m doing. And it lets me podcast standing up… I am going to also test it in the car (with one ear open for safety). I will put that in the podcast at some point.
Blubrry tip of the week
Using the PowerPress subscribe buttons with a feed not hosted on your website.
Enable podcast channels in powerpress > general settings tab
go to channels under powerpress in the wordpress sidebar
Edit the “default” channel
click on the feeds tab and where it says “Feedburner feed” (with warning) put your off site feed address in there.
Save your settings and your subscribe buttons and links will now point to that off-site feed.
A client of mine is just now getting into podcasting and he is one interesting dude. His shows may not be everyone’s cup of tea and they are not family safe, work safe but if you are into his type of humor and commentary, I think you will enjoy his podcasts. http://markwhitney.com Whitneyland. He has the best way of telling people about subscribing to a podcast.
Mark’s other podcast Bring Your Show
This podcast is likely to be Bi-weekly for the summer. No set schedule and I will TRY to do it every week. Just letting you know!
Please use my promo code HELPDESK at blubrry.com for a free month of podcast hosting or Premium statistics.
Thanks for listening.
NEWS: Instacasts Dead
Finding, Listening and Subscribing to podcasts for listeners
First. Why subscribe?
When you subscribe to a podcast that you like, you will get every episode automatically delivered to you when it comes out. With all the smartphones and tablets out there these days and Wifi or Cellular connections everywhere, there isn’t really a reason not to subscribe.
Finding Podcasts to listen to
Google is your Friend – Even though they seem to hate RSS
iTunes / IOS Podcasts App (Duh!?!)
Your App’s directory – Most Apps have a directory associated with them. Likely pulled from Apple’s API or in some cases their own (Like Stitcher)
Other independent directories / networks
Ways to subscribe (Apps/devices)
Back in the day there was an iPod… Now we have MANY devices. Every smartphone and some not-so-smart phones support podcast listening. (even blackberry).
IOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)
Podcasts (by apple) The default app
Pocketcasts (my new favorite)
Windows Phone 8 / Tablet / Desktop (I assume Windows 10 will be the same)
Podcasts (Default Windows Podcasts app)
Podcasts! (note the exclamation point)
Pocketcasts Now available
Blackberry (They are still around??)
Podcasts (I’m sensing a theme here) https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/2857/?countrycode=US&lang=en
Most podcasters (at least the ones that listen to me) have a player right on the website.
Pocketcasts has a web Podcast player that will let you subscribe and it syncs with all your devices so if you listen on your iphone and pause the show. Then pick it back up on your computer in the web browser right where you left off.
Blubrry Tip of the week
Listeners, this one is for you!
Blubrry has a great directory to find and subscribe to podcasts.
Using “MyCast”. You can also “watch” podcasts (both audio and video) on the Blubrry Roku App, Boxee app, Google TV (or whatever they call it these days) and some Samsung Smart TV’s.
Rant / Bonus content
When you are just starting out in podcasting, it’s easy to get over enthusiastic about podcasting and do what my friend Dave has called “Casterbating”.
There is also a good chance that you will want to start 5 podcasts. Resist that urge! Do one podcast. Don’t go too many times a week. 1 time a week is harder than you think. Put all your eggs in that one basket for the time being and get good at it. Work all the bugs out before going on to a second, third or 15th show.
You can get caught up in the excitement of a new thing (podcasting) and either over-think things (casterbating) or scatter-brain everything by trying to do too much too quickly. All the successful podcasts and podcasters I know started with one show (or learned this lesson) and stuck with that one until they got all the bugs worked out. Those people tend to stick with it for a while. The ones that scatter-brain it, tend to burn out and go away, or Pod Fade some or all of their shows.
David Auge asks a question
Question: I have a Berhinger Q802USB to a Heil PR40. A friend of mine wants to sell me his PreSonus FireStudio audio interface…should I get it? Would it make any sort of changes? Do you discuss this in a previous episode?
Answer: The PreSonus looks nice, but it would be kind of a lateral move for you. The Berhinger mixer is also a very good piece of gear. I would say unless there is some feature you just have to have with the PreSonus, there is no reason to change. If you are getting good audio you are best to leave well enough alone.
10 Reasons to use a platform you OWN
Deb Ng (Ange) over at the Blogworld Blog (the people behind NMX) has a great article about owning your own brand in podcasting.
Blubrry Tip of the week – Show Listings
Among all the things that blubrry does, it is also a podcast directory. With the changes coming to the blubrry directory (see: http://www.streetinsider.com/Press+Releases/Blubrry+to+Expand+Directory+with+Easy+Access+to+Hundreds+of+Thousands+Shows/10450085.html) it’s important to update and maintain your listing at blubrry.
To do this, login to blubrry.com. Go to manage account > settings and look for program listing settings. Make sure you have all the blanks filled out.
Go to service settings and make sure you have “Publish from your own WordPress blog with PowerPress plugin (Recommended)” if you are using powerpress.
To check to see what your listing looks like, go to the link in the program listing settings on blubrry.com. If something doesn’t look right, make sure your info is setup correctly in the Feeds, iTunes and Artwork tabs of powerpress. Then go to blubrry.com > manage account > settings and click on “Refresh Program Listing”
Your blubrry listing address will be http://blubrry.com/YourProgramKeyword in my case it’s blubrry.com/phd
I have had lots of trouble lately with people using words when asking for help about podcasting that are not really what they mean. I want to go over some of those.
FEED = RSS feed. this is the RSS link someone would use to subscribe to your podcast.
iTunes Feed = NO SUCH THING! Stop it!
iTunes subscription URL = The URL that apple sent you when your podcast was first were approved in the iTunes store. It will look like this: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/title-of-podcast/id000000000
Podcast = The overall show. Or series of Episodes. Example: Podcast Help Desk is my Podcast
Episode or Podcast Episode = One entry in your series of podcasts. Example: Episode 52 (this episode of the Podcast Help Desk)
iTunes Podcast = Again, no such thing. it’s a podcast AVAILABLE via iTunes, but not an iTunes podcast. Stop it!
Welcome to Podcast Help Desk now part of the Modern Life Network Check out more great shows over at modernlifepodcastnetwork.com
Also, part of the Tech Podcasts Network – If it’s tech, it’s here. Check out more family freindly shows at techpodcasts.com
Even though this show is now part of a network, you can always find the full shownotes at podcasthelpdesk.com
Now, on with the show…
“The Trolls have won – TWIT Network stops live streaming and Chatroom. The shows will be streamed after they are edited instead of live. TWIT will still do live specials. The behind the scenes at the TWIT Brickhouse Studio will no longer be streamed or shown at all.
Apple shuts down email@example.com for iTunes podcast support. They are now directing you to http://support.itunespodcasts.com/ for support.
“Dear Podcast Provider,
The email firstname.lastname@example.org is now closed.
Please direct all inquiries to http://support.itunespodcasts.com for
questions and concerns about your podcasts on the iTunes Store.
The iTunes Podcast Team”
The link goes to a Zendesk page. Zendesk is a support ticketing system. Hopefully they will be more responsive.
USB Mic Question from Andrew from Creative Writer’s Toolbelt at http://ajc-cwt-001.podomatic.com/
Q: Here’ a problem I’ve been having for months, and I suspect others do too. I have a PC, and I use this with a Rode Podcaster mic and Audacity to record my podcasts. I connect the mic via USB on my new Dell – so I think it’s a USB3 connection.
Most of the time my mic works really well, and the PC always shows that it’s connected. Then suddenly the mic seems to stop picking up sound, or it will pick it up faintly. Everything is still showing as connected, and if I wait a while / disconnect and reconnect everything it all starts working again – for no apparent reason. When my Rode mic stops working, other mics like the one on my $10 gaming headset and mic are still working fine.
I had the same problem with a Samson mic I bought, and thought the Rode would solve it but I’m guessing it’s a connectivity or sound card issue.
A: I’m not a windows expert by any stretch. What I would do is see if there is a specific driver for your device. Or make sure your USB drivers are up to date.
This might sound funny, but I’ve also heard that if you change which port you have it plugged into, it may help.
Sorry I’m not much more help than that. Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer of your device (Rode).
From Todd Cochrane, CEO of RawVoice Inc, Parent company of Blubrry.com
“If you do not think the Android platform is important, and those corresponding listeners are not important. Here are three takeaways from the Google I/O conference this morning.
“Eight out of 10 phones that were shipped” last year “were based on Android”
There are over 4,000 distinct devices you see in Android.
Over a billion users each for Android, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, search, Chrome.
Now how are you adding Android listeners? Are you supporting One Click Subscribe on Android? Are you making it easy for Android users to subscribe to your show? If you are scope locked on iTunes I suggest you think about the 8-10 devices sold last year running Android.”
2014 1.2 Billion phones sold Likely 2.5 Billion phones out there in use. Not counting Tablets or Old phones not activated but in use via Wifi.
That means there are nearly 2 billion Android phones! Compare that to IOS phones (iphones) 500 million or so (Numbers not exact)
Mobile Podcast Downloads in May from a pool of 63,152,570
1. iPhone 33.5%
2. Podcast for iOS 31.5%
3. Android Mobile 8.7%
4. iPad 7.0%
5. Stitcher for iOS 4.3%
6. Downcast for iOS 3.1%
7. Beyondpod for Android 2.5%
8. CFNetwork (iOS Apps) 2.0% (individual apps)
9. Stitcher for Android 1.7%
10. Chrome (Mobile) 1.4%
11. Other 4.3%
Mobile Phone sales: Q1 2015
IOS (iPhone) 18.3%
Blubrry Tip of the week
iTunes Listing Settings in PowerPress
I get a lot of questions about episode images and episode descriptions in iTunes.
Images – There is a new setting in powerpress that allows Episode Images per episode. In the General settings, the checkbox next to “iTunes Episode Image Field new! (Leave unchecked to use the image embedded into your media files.)” Check that box and it will give you a new field in your podcast episode box for the episode image. At that point you can either put in a URL to a an image you uploaded, or upload a new one to your wordpress media library. BUT, if you are doing your iD3 tags and putting an image in your file, this setting is unnecessary.
This image will show when you search in the iTunes Desktop application on Mac or Windows for individual episodes. The main “Channel” image will show for the overall podcast.
Things work differently in the IOS Podcasts App. The individual images won’t show anywhere. Sorry, that’s how it currently works. Also in other podcatchers, it will act however the developer of that app wants it to work. They don’t all work the same.
iTunes Summary – Same as the Episode image, you can check a box in powerpress that puts a summary field for each episode. If you put something in there, iTunes desktop will use that instead of your blog post for the episode summary. The IOS Podcasts App will still use your blog post. No way around that until Apple changes the app.
As is always the case, other apps will use different parts and tags in your feed to populate it’s fields. The best advice is to put what you want to be shown everywhere. Make your blog post good for a summary and don’t worry about the extra tags. Always put your image in your iD3 tags and fill out your iD3 tags fully. Of course, if you are using blubrry hosting, you can have powerpress write your iD3 tags (as I do with PHD).
My advice is always, keep it simple. This is no different.
Spotify adding podcasts
Podcatchers (iTunes, Podcasts App, Downcast and so on) all use different parts of the feed or the ID3 tags for different things.
What the apps do with it once they get the rss feed is totally up to them.
Think of your RSS feed as your transmitter for your radio station. You can have your transmitter to broadcast stereo in hi fi. BUT, if your listener decides to listen to your broadcast on a pocket radio with a 2 inch speaker, they are not going to hear it in hi fi. You have no control over that. You just have to make sure your feed (Transmitter) is tuned up the way you want it to be, with all the artwork, tags and such and what the podcatchers (Radios) do with it is really out of your control.
I’ve had a rush of clients with feedburner issues.
Pros and Cons of Joining a Podcast Network
A group of podcasters coming together for a common cause
Cross Promotion opportunity
A group of content creators to bounce ideas off of
Another point of presence
Possible Add deals
Website and Hosting provided by the network
Creative control (Rules)
Podcast Help Desk is joining the Modern Life Podcast Network – modernlifepodcastnetwork.com
My friends Steve and Dave Lee, formerly of Netcast Studio, have re-branded their network and invited me to join them at the all new Modern Life Podcast Network.
See the Show listing at MLN here: http://podcasthelpdesk.com/mln
Recorded Live to the Hard Drive PHD049
Podcasting as a Business
Abner from Boston asks about making a business for your podcast (legally)
I’m setup here as a DBA (Assumed name) and a sole proprietor. (Boonadello Marketing). TWIT uses an LLC. I know of lots that use a C corp or an S corp. I’m not a lawyer or a tax adviser, and I don’t play one on the interwebs
MasterMind Groups (WARNING, Opinion coming)
Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of talk about Mastermind groups. I have strong thoughts about this.
If you are in a group (formal or informal) make sure you contribute to it. Don’t just take but give freely.
Soundcloud – Should you use it?
Thats just one of the reasons I don’t recommend soundcloud as your primary host. There are others (listen to hear those)
Blubrry tip of the week
Because blubrry has so many ways to use it’s services, it can be a bit more complicated (but not really hard) to set things up. You have to do things in order to get everything to work the way you want.
To host your media with blubrry and run your RSS feed from your own website, you need to do it in this order…
Setup your wordpress site and install powerpress
Configure powerpress settings (switch to advanced mode recommended)
Go to http://create.blubrry.com/resources/podcast-media-hosting/ and order your hosting. (use promo code HELPDESK for a free month) When setting up your show at blubrry.com be sure to use your Podcast Only feed (found in the feeds tab of powerpress settings) DO NOT USE CATEGORY FEEDS.
In powerpress settings in the services and stats tab, configure blubrry hosting (big blue button).
Upload and post your first episode.
Once that is done, look at your feed in FIREFOX (no, other browsers won’t work for this step) and make sure the artwork shows up. Make sure the post title is correct and that there is a media file attached.
Then you are free to submit the feed address to the directories (iTunes, Stitcher and others)
Subscribe on Android now implemented in powerpress
So far, these are the apps on android that will work with Subscribe on Android or will soon.
Podcast Addict Ver 3.0 – Released
Beyond Pod – Implementing
Podcast Republic – Released
Simple Podcatcher – Released
Podkicker Pro – Implementing
Podcatcher Deluxe – Released
PlayerFM – Implementing
Spreaker – Implementing
Pocketcasts – Implementing
First, beating a herd of dead horses
Today, I want to beat some dead horses. In case you are a new listener (and I’ve had a good blast of new listeners lately, welcome) I want to go over some of the things that should be common knowledge by now.
But first…. A disclaimer:
*** Even though I am part of the Blubrry and RawVoice support team, the advice given here is MY educated opinion based on 10 years of podcasting and is given freely and without regard to my relationship to any podcasting host or service and would be the same if I didn’t have that relationship. ***
Now some news
Soundcloud Podcasting is
out of beta (open to everyone)
Sarah Koenig makes Time’s Top 100 influential people.
Podbean now allows 301 redirects of feeds! (from Daniel J. Lewis from the Audacity to Podcast)
“Just wanted to let you know we’ve already updated the 301 redirect feature, so it is now available for Podbean users wishing to easily redirect their feeds when moving to a new service.”
Feedburner is the best of 2006 technology. While it does still work, it causes more problems than it solves. I think the word is getting out there that you don’t need feedburner to podcast, some “gurus” still say to use it.
It used to be the #1 support question but now it’s down to maybe #10. Not that Google has fixed anything, just podcasters are getting smarter about it. (I will take *some* credit for that). Along with my Colleagues Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting, Daniel J. Lewis of Audacity to Podcast and Todd Cochrane of The New Media Show, Geek News Central and the CEO Of Rawvoice Inc. (parent company of Blubrry)
We had another “Free” podcast hosting outfit pop up last week. Podcasts.com (Great domain). Just remember, if the service is worth money and you pay nothing, you are the product.
Podcasts.com is owned by http://www.emergemedia.com/ which also has the great domains Translate.com, brands.com and a bunch of other high profile domains. My guess is there are only into it for the money and will figure out that free is a lousy business model. Other companies have tried this and failed. Mevio.com (Podshow), Podango.com and a few more.
RELAX – iTunes listings are what they are, you should worry about keeping your RSS feed healthy. The rest will follow.
I had an episode of QuickHits about this and I’ve talked about it here, but Unless you have a need for it, don’t use it. Use channels or post types instead.
Top 6 things to keep your wordpress podcast healthy
1, Make sure you are on a good webhost. Godaddy LINUX, BlueHost (use my link), dreamhost and many others. Just make sure you can install wordpress from the control panel.
2. Keep everything updated as soon as an update is available. There was a WordPress problem lately, so if you haven’t updated, do it.
3. Don’t get too fancy. Make sure your podcast works before you worry about how the website looks. If you HAVE to have a complicated website, maybe you should install a second wordpress install to power your podcast. This also includes keeping the number of plugins low. The more plugins the more stress you are going to put on your webserver.
4. Test everything when you add a plugin, update a plugin or update wordpress. Here is my checklist for double checking things are working:
Do the episodes still play
Look at your RSS feed in FIREFOX (other browsers won’t work as well) and see that the title and artwork are correct. Also make sure each post has a media file.
Every so often, go to your blubrry listing, itunes listing, stitcher listing and any other directories you are in and make sure everything looks good and is up to date. *** Give all of them a day or two to get the latest episode***
Make sure things come up quickly. If not, maybe you need to upgrade your web hosting (see #1)
5. Whenever possible, use the default feed The less complicated, the better. As I discussed over and over again, category feeds are not as bulletproof as channels, default or even post type feeds.
6. Keep your media files OFF your webserver – USE A MEDIA HOST Blubrry (of course use my promo code HELPDESK), Libsyn, Now even podbean or soundcloud (which is better than nothing)
Blubrry tip of the week
I had a user ask me this week about posting the same episode to multiple channels in powerpress. The problem he was having is that when he did this, he ended up with 2 players.
To fix this, go to your powerpress settings and in the basic settings tab, there are a bunch of checkboxes under “Podcast Entry Box”. Click the one that says “Display Player and Links Options” and then click the one that says “No Player & Links Option (Disable media player and links on a per episode basis)”
This will put a new checkbox under the media URL box in your podcast episode area of your post that says “disable players” When you post to 2 channels, check that box on one of the channels and you will only have 1 player.
Other podcasting/blogging/video activities
I’m gearing up to launch a local podcast. Since I live in Traverse City Michigan, a very touristy town, I decided that maybe a local podcast giving some of the activities and events in the area might be popular for people that visit here, used to live here or do live here. Kind of like the Las Vegas podcasts. I will be launching that sometime in May 2015 over at TraverseCityPodcast.com. I even have a local sponsor already! Should be interesting.
I’m also continuing to podcast at MikeDell.com with Mike Dell’s World. A podcast about nothing. Well, it’s more than nothing, it’s just whatever I want to talk about. Also, over there, I have a personal blog (blog.mikedell.com) and a ranting podcast where I just bitch about something or another. mikedell.com/rants.
I do have a youtube channel for both Podcast Help Desk and Mike Dell’s World. I haven’t used the PHD one much yet, but I still have plans on screencasting some instructional videos there soon. Of course, I will have links here (podcasthelpdesk.com) when I do.
Finally, my podcast beginner series… I’m still in the planning / reboot stage of that. It will likely be end of summer before I get that going full steam. (I know me and my summer projects!)
Thats it for this week.
If you have questions or comments, please let me know. email@example.com, 231-421-4490 or the voicemail tab on the website.
A quick hit talking about the #1 tech support issue I have. Category podcasting.
One line can sum it up…. Don’t use it unless you have a REAL good reason for it. Use channels or the default feed from powerpress. It’s much more bullet proof and channels have all the features included whereas, category podcasting feeds do not include everything powerpress can do for you.
That is all!
Podcast Patent Troll Beat by EFF
NAB / NMX Wrap Up
Congrats to the Podcast Award winners! Brian Ibit, Brian Brushwood and Tom Merritt.
The end of FM Radio?? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/norway-first-country-end-fm-790131
Audacity Website move.
Something is happening with Sourceforge.net I guess. Not sure what the story is, but if you are looking for Audacity – The Free audio editor, go to http://web.audacityteam.org/ instead of the old site at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Is your podcast website mobile friendly ? https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
Blubrry Tip – New stuff from Blubrry
Expanded directory BB
Q: I updated my wordpress and my media players have disappeared. HELP!
A: WordPress sometimes tweaks how it does things and surprises Plugin developers. Powerpress has you covered! Login to your wordpress dashboard and go to powerpress settings > media appearance and where it asks “Having issues?” Select one of the 3 “Yes” answers. Save your settings.
I’m going to have Angelo Mandato (The Blubrry CIO) on the podcast soon to explain the geeky reason for this, and more. That should be in the next few weeks.
Tired and glad to be back home after a week in Vegas!
Please use my Promo code HELPDESK at blubrry.com for 1 month free service for media hosting or premium podcast statistics.