A Conversation With Shawn Thorpe – phd085

shawnI sat down and had a great conversation with Shawn Thorpe from HyperNonsense.com, PodcasterNews.com, Shawn.mx and GeekNewsCentral.com. On top of all that, Shawn is a colleague of mine over at blubrry support.

Follow Shawn on Twiter @shawno
We talked about all kinds of things.

-Web Hosting
-Podcasting (Duh!)
-and more podcasting 🙂


6 things to Uncomplicate your podcasting – PHD084


Radio Station Hijacked with Explicit Podcast Content
2016 Podcast Awards Rules


6 things to Uncomplicate your podcasting

1. Organize your episode show prep
2. Once you have your recording setup figured out check it off the list
3. Once you have your RSS feed / website set up, check it off the list
4. Don’t try to game the system. Just make sure you have great content and market it normally. No need to worry about things like N&N or review snapping.
5. Once you have a workflow that works for you, stick to it.
6. Have Fun. If it’s a struggle, you won’t want to stick to it.


Danny Stern (no relation to Howard) and the Art Dealer Show


Blubrry Tip

New player is here!

To use the new blubrry player, you have to be a blubrry hosting customer (my promo code is HELPDESK for a free month).

For the time being, to use the player you have to do it as an embed.
Post your episode as normal.

Let your blubrry listing update (normally a couple of hours or less)

Go into Podcaster Dashboard at blubrry.com and go to “manage episdoes”

In there you will see “get embed” by the episode you want the player for.
Copy that link

Paste that link into your site.

If you are using PowerPress, enable the media embed box in the basic settings. You will then have a box to paste the embed code in your podcast episode box in WordPress posts.


I will be hosting Geek News Central on Friday April 15th. Come check me out doing someone else’s show 🙂 Should be a good time!


New PHD Slack group

I’m starting a listener slack group. It’s going to be kind of a free (yes free) mastermind group. I’m going to limit the number of people in it to 10 (plus me) for now. If you would be interested in joining, email me PodcastHelpDesk@gmail.com and I will send you an invite. It will be a way to interact with me and fellow podcasters that listen to my show. Should be an interesting experiment.

Some of the Biggest Lies in Podcasting – PHD083


Academy of Podcasters, Hall of Fame 2016 inductees

New Media Europe in June

People’s Choice Podcast Awards needs your help


lierSome of the biggest lies in podcasting

– You must have a big launch.

– New & Noteworthy at iTunes will guarantee success in podcasting

– You only have 8 weeks to be in N&N

– Someone can be #1 in N&N – Daniel J. Lewis’ Article

– You must Pay BIG BUCKS to learn how to podcast

– You need a Heil PR40 Microphone to podcast (substitute any other Mic)

– You don’t need a Website to podcast. Just use XXXX Hosting service instead.

– WordPress feeds are unstable

– You need a different feed for each different directory


Testing a couple of new Blubrry products on PodcastHelpDesk.com

Blubrry is now the largest independent podcast directory in the world. 300k+

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Podcasts Connect at Apple – phd082

iTunes-Connect-login-300x194Apple introduced a new way to manage your Podcasts on iTunes. Access the site here: http://podcastsconnect.apple.com

I go over what you should use it for and what you should NOT use it for.

The Good:

– Submit your podcast to the iTunes podcasts directory via the web rather than the iTunes desktop app
– Ability to change the feed address that iTunes pulls to your LISTING (listing only, see below)
– Another vaildator for podcast feeds

The Bad:

– Ability to really mess up your listing
– Must have an Apple ID to use (including a credit card on file with Apple)
– The “mirror” feed URL is mostly useless and in my opinion, should not be used. Will cause confusion.

The Ugly:

– If someone else submitted your podcast, you can not move it to your Apple ID (yet)
– Changing the RSS feed has no effect on your subscribers. Still need to do a 301 redirect from your old feed to the new feed to get your subscribers to move to the new feed.

Just remember, iTunes is important, but it’s not “podcasting”. At most, it’s 50% of most podcaster’s audience (some more some less). Don’t just rely on iTunes. Be everywhere.

Colin Gray from Podcraft and The Podcast host – PHD080


I had a nice chat with Colin Gray from Podcraft and The Podcast Host. Another podcaster about podcasting.

I guest hosted The PowerPress Podcast this week. Lots of info about the new Apple Podcasts connect and the new version of PowerPress (Please update!) Also, if you love PowerPress, Please rate and review PowerPress here: https://wordpress.org/support/view/plugin-reviews/powerpress?rate=5#postform

I also co-hosted The New Media Show #120 with Todd Cochrane this morning. The show should be out by the time you listen to this or it will be soon thereafter.


If you want to check out how podcasting was “Back in the day” check out my latest Mike Dell’s world where i kicked it old school. Podcasting Live to the Hard Drive like back in 2005 🙂

Podcast Statistics News and Views – PHD079


phd300_2016blackHappy Birthday Dave Jackson and Happy Show 500 for the School of Podcasting! http://schoolofpodcasting.com School Of Podcasting 500 – A launch story/

Public Radio Podcast Measurement Guidelines

RawVoice Inc. Responds

Deep Dive on Blubrry Podcast Statistics

Google Play Podcasts this month?

Soundcloud may have to close soon

Blubrry ads another conduit to getting your show on Spotify music service
1.Login to your blubrry.com account, or create one
2. If you have a show listed at blubrry.com that you put there just click go here: https://publish.blubrry.com/connect/spotify.php
3. If you didn’t list your show on blubrry.com search for it in the blubrry directory and claim your show. Do this by clicking on the more info link at the bottom of the artwork and then click on claim your show.
4.Then go to the link above.

More About Podcast Workflow with Jim Collison – PHD078



Apple TV update now includes the podcast app

Amazon is gearing up to add podcast content to Audible. They are hiring comedians

Nick Quah, Creator of Hot Pod Newsletter (http://hot-pod.squarespace.com/) is leaving Panoply to do Hot Pod full time

From the newsletter “Quick announcement: I’m leaving Panoply, which has so far been referred to in this newsletter as my “day job employer.” This is my last week as the company’s Audience Development person, broadly speaking, which has been a strange, amorphous, confusing, and sometimes thoroughly enjoyable job, and I’m glad to be the first person I know who has such a position in a podcasting company.”


More on Workflow

There are many ways to do podcasting. Jim Collison

You can find Jim Collison at http://averageguy.tv and on Ask The Podcast Coach on Saturday’s at 10:30 Eastern US time.

My Latest Podcast Workflow – PHD077

phd300_2016blackToday I go into my Workflow for making a  podcast episode.

Here is my checklist:

1. Shownotes – Everyone has trouble with shownotes but I my system, I get them done first. Using Google Docs I make a new document with the number of the show and save it to my bookmarks bar in my browser. That way, when I have an idea for my next show, I open that doc and write it down or drop a link or whatever in there.
2. Show prep – I take that document and organize it and open any links in my browser. Normally just an outline or highlights of what I want to talk about and in the correct order I want to do.
3. Get my recording software and equipment turned on and test. I record several test recordings making sure nothing changed in my setup. I try to get the recording levels at -12 to -3 on the meter.
4. Record the intro segment
5. Record the other segments for the podcast. I do it this way, but there is no reason you can’t do all the segments, or the whole thing “live to the hard drive” as we used to say.
6. I open a multi-track session that has my intro and outro (not the one I recorded, but the one with the real announcer voice and music)
7. I place the intro I recorded and the segments in place and line them up the way I want.
8. I drop in the bumper music (if I use bumper music for that episode) in between the segments.
9. I check the transitions making sure everything sounds good.
10. I render it out into a Wav File. In the case of this episode that wav file is called “phd077_mixdown.wav”
11. I run that wav file though Auphonic making sure it stays as a wav. That file is called “phd077_mixdown_auphonic.wav”
12. I open the auphonic wave file in Audition and check listen to bits and pieces to make sure nothing went wrong.
13. I save that file from audition as an mp3 file. 44.1khz , 128kbps stereo.
14. I upload to blubrry hosting using the uploader in PowerPress which writes my ID3 tags to the mp3 file for me.
15. Paste the show notes from the doc into the WordPress post.
16. Title the post and publish

That’s it.

Next week I will talk about what to check to make sure your feed is working correctly and your audio is sounding the way you want it.