Do it right the first time – Changing things later isn’t hard, but it’s not instant.
Replacing a file after publishing it is easy, but not instant or fool proof
Get EVERYTHING correct in your site and feed before you submit to iTunes, stitcher and other directories. Changing things later isn’t hard, but it’s not instant.
Take the time to make sure things are correct before publishing. Create a checklist. Download mine here (***Mine is complicated, yours doesn’t need to be.)
POSTS! Not pages!
Do not Post WAV files!
Podcast Help Desk – My Sample Workflow Checklist (with explanations)
1.Create an outline for the episode (beginning shownotes) –
2. Record – I start with the intro and just record this segment. then I go through each item I want to talk about in my outline and record that segment. Saving all the files (as .wav) in a folder I create for this. If you just do “live to the harddrive” then record your whole episode.
3. Edit – You can do a lot of editing or just a little
Add bumpers, intro and outro
4. Post Process
Run .wav file through auphonic. (I use the desktop version but the online version will work if you don’t mind waiting for the upload/download)
Spot listen to the file to make sure it came out the way you wanted it. (!! important !!)
5. Render to MP3 ( I do this in audition) You can do this in iTunes desktop program as well. I use 128kbps Stereo but you could do it compressed more if you want to save file size. Don’t go above 128kpbs
6. Tag mp3 file
7. Upload and Post Shownotes
8. After it’s published, download and listen to episode Make sure you are subscribed to your own podcast in at least 1 podcast app. (I use Apple’s Podcasts app on iphone) I also test the player on my page at this point. I listen on my computer speakers, my headphones in the studio, on earbuds from my iphone and in the car using bluetooth on the stereo (over the next day or so) just to make sure it sounds good in all those places. .
9. Verify it made it to all your distribution channels (24 hours after publish)
check iTunes listing
check blubrry.com listing
check Tech Podcast Network listing
Check Roku TPN channel
10. start next week’s “Shownotes”
For a 30-60 minute episode, from the time I record the first segment to publishing (or scheduling the post) takes about 2 hours but I’ve been doing it a while. You should figure about 4x recording time for the whole process.
Now for something GEEKY! – Post Type Podcasting
This is not for the Normal podcaster but the GEEK who wants to Tweak things.
I’m still learning, but here is what I know so far….
What is a post type? It’s not a post template. it’s not a display type in wordpress, it’s a second blog, so to speak. Like Pages is one “type” and “post” is another type. Custom Post Types are new types. With their own “loop” in wordpress.. It’s almost like a second wordpress install in wordpress Multi-user.
You have to use a plugin to add a post type
The best plugin for post types is “Types”. CPTUI isn’t as user friendly, but also works.
You have to make sure “Has Archive” is set to YES for it to work.
You have to use Permalinks in wordpress for it to work.
My new podcast series that I’m going to to produce is using a post type called “Starter” (podcasthelpdesk.com/starter/) more on that at the end of the episode.
I started another one on Mikedell.com which was for test and for my mental health called Mike Rants (http://mikedell.com/rant/) that one is using post types as well *** Not completely work safe!
Blubrry Tip of the week – MP3 Tagging
Here is something I wasn’t doing until recently. That is tagging my MP3 files using powerpress and blubrry hosting. (as far as I know it only works if you are uploading from WordPress to your blubrry hosting account)
Podcast Starter 1
Pick a Topic and secure the brand.
Pick a domain name – Buy the domain name
Make sure it’s something that you have a passion for and that lends itself to continued content.
Don’t pick something just because it will “make money”
Get a webhosting account (I recommend bluehost.com) and install wordpress from the control panel.
Next week we will talk about recording your first episode
This weeks Bumper music is by Bobby Yang as performed in my Studio while I was interviewing him on WNMC in Traverse City a couple of years ago. Bobby also played the National Anthem for Monday Night Football last October. (NFL – 49ers vs. Rams)
Podcast Help Desk, Your place for Strange music and some Podcast Advice