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Update your Yoast plugin (if you use it).
iTunes down: Having Issues
Goes to prove that even the mighty Apple is run by humans and computers which are subject to “issues”.
From Todd Cochrane, of Geek News Central and the CEO of RawVoice Inc.
“Hey bit of a heads up!
I hope this is an isolated incident. Every podcaster should go over to YouTube and search for their show. It seems in at least one instance, someone went to the trouble and made a channel for a podcast, and then uploaded all the episodes. They used album art from the podcast and monetized the channel.
The podcast host did not authorize this, nor does he have access to the YouTube account. This looks as if a bot did it. Please spot check and make sure there is not some rogue element out their doing this.
Question from John Morgan: (Answered from the car)
Question: How did you post process the audio of you podcasting while driving and make it sound good?
Answer: I’m just that good (Listen for the REAL answer)
A voice comment from MR. Jim Farley from Musicalworld.us
I will be Guest Co-hosting and reading the news on Omlette and Friends on March 24th from 6-10am EDT on 97.5 FM / 98.9FM in Northern Michigan or on the web at WKLT.com (or Tunein Radio, search for WKLT)
Want to get in the Microsoft Podcasting App? (and whatever else they are doing?)
Thank you for your interest in podcasts. We are no longer supporting an active database of podcast feeds for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8.0 or Zune. Please see the instructions below for enabling podcast discovery in Bing.
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8.1 uses a Bing-enabled search mechanism to locate podcasts. To improve the search results of your podcast, add “feed:podcast” to your keywords tag within the RSS podcasts feed. Podcasts can also be located by entering the RSS feed directly into the podcast app search window.
Improve Bing-Enabled Podcast Search Results By using Webmaster Tools, you can tell Bing about your site. In return, Bing Webmaster Tools tells you how well your site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search and keeps you up to date about issues we see on your site.
To inform us about sitemaps or RSS feeds, including those containing podcasts, follow these steps:
1. If you haven’t done so already, sign up with Bing Webmaster Tools.
2. Add the site that hosts the Podcast RSS/feed and verify ownership of the site.
3. Use the Submit Sitemap tool and submit the full URL of the RSS feed containing the links to your podcasts.
Within a few hours, you’ll see whether Bing successfully downloaded your sitemap or feed so that it can be indexed.
Another reason to
A. Put an RSS link on your website
B. Not use feedburner feeds, libsyn feeds or any other feed that doesn’t have your domain name in it or is on a site you don’t own. Your podcast will likely not be in Bing/Microsoft’s platforms. To be fair, I think Libsyn does have an agreement with Microsoft to include it’s shows in the microsoft podcast app (whatever it’s called)
I get this question a lot.
Q: Why does my iTunes listing look this way? This goes for Stitcher, Windows Podcast App (Still not sure what it’s called), Downcast or any other directory. The truth is, there isn’t a way to control how someone uses your RSS feed in their app.
Think of your RSS feed like a baker looks at a bag of Flour
iTunes makes cookies, Stitcher makes bread (and we don’t even get to pick the kind of bread!) and the rest make whatever they want with your Flour. It’s your job to make sure all the sprinkles, seasonings and other things are in the flour, but what everyone bakes out of it, is up to them. That’s why I say use Powerpress with WordPress. It gives you the MOST control over the contents of your flour err.. RSS feed short of rolling your own.
To keep with the analogy up, hand coding your own RSS feed is like growing the wheat, harvesting and grinding the wheat into flour. I personally like going to the store (blubrry) and buying my flour all ready to bake with.
Blubrry tip of the week
Question from Kathy, from specialmouse.com
My problem is that I updated my blubrry plugin (powerpress) in on my WP site and my player disappeared! My episodes can still be downloaded or played in a new window, but I can’t figure out how to get my player back.
Answer: Most of the problems with the Powerpress players are Theme issues. In powerpress’ settings, in the media appearance tab (Advanced mode) there is a place where it asks “Having Issues?”. You can select No, Yes, please try to fix or Yes, alternative fix. Once you select one of the YES options, save your settings and RESET your cache both on your website (if you are using a caching plugin) and your browser to see if the player shows up.
If this doesn’t work, go through the troubleshooting to check for a plugin issue. (http://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/using-powerpress/diagnosing-feed-andor-player-issues-with-powerpress/ )
Podcast Starter – Thanks again to Daniel J. Lewis from the Noodle.mx network and the Audacity to Podcast for pointing out my mistake
http://podcaststarter.com/ is a site (that I don’t recommend). I mean, some of the info is good, some of it I wouldn’t agree with. I’m not going to say too much about it as I didn’t get too deep into it.
The Upshot of this is, I’m rebooting my “starter” series. First off, if you know me, I tend to be a ready… fire…. aim type guy. I launch things before totally figuring it out. That’s good sometimes and sometimes it’s not. In this case, i didn’t research enough for the name.
The new series is now called “Podcast Help Desk Beginner Series” and will re-start in the next few weeks. I want to make the the screencasts and the audio at the same time so I won’t be doing them every week, I will likely do 3 or 4 at a time and post them all at once. It’s an experiment and permanent resource for podcasters. Stay tuned to Podcast Help Desk for updates.
New PROMO code for Blubrry. helpdesk the Old code, nobs will also work, but I figured it would be best to better brand my promo code (you can also use mike if you want)
Also, you can support the show by going to PodcastHelpDesk.com and on the right sidebar (on a desktop/laptop browser) there are some banners there. Amazon is one. If you shop at Amazon, and everyone does, click on my banner first and then go do your shopping. It doesn’t cost you anything more and gives me a little kickback. Also, if you are going to start a podcast, you need web hosting. Click my Bluehost banner and get hosting there (very good hosting for WordPress sites). Let me know you did that and I will give you a free hour of consulting to help you setup your podcast website and RSS feed.
Speaking of Consulting, if you have a problem with your podcast and need some one-on-one help, I am available and my prices are less than most of the the other consultants out there. This doesn’t mean my advice is less valuable, it just means I have enough other jobs that pay the bills and can charge you less.