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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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 231-421-4490 or the voicemail tab on the website.