TPS 078: Moving Your RSS Feed and Formatting Descriptions

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The Podcasters' Studio What if you need to move your podcast RSS feed? I tell you how I accomplished this with one of the feeds we have at my work via a special RSS tag (see the links section below for the code).

Also discussed is the number of episodes you’ll see listed on your iTunes page. The answer is up to 300. If you have more than 300 episodes, congrats and don’t fret, all your episodes will be available to everyone once they subscribe.

Finally, I discuss the decision to include html tags in your RSS feed’s description tag. Some apps don’t display these tags and if they do they’re not clickable. However, more and more apps are starting to accept and honor code and links which could be a new way to get your audience to interact with your podcast.I recorded this episode slightly different. I used the ATR2100 directly into the computer via USB and recorded into audio editing software. The results sound fantastic and it goes to show you don’t need a lot of money to produce an awesome sounding show.

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About Ray Ortega

Host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable. Podcasting is my full time job, co-producing for a large non-profit network of podcasts. In my spare time I enjoy sharing my experience and helping others produce high quality podcasts.

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  1. This discussion about clickable links in your description made me laugh.

    I’ve been using Pocketcast on Android for a couple of years and I can’t remember links not being clickable. I always wondered why some podcasters didn’t take advantage of this.

    Now I know.

    Because they only use iOS and didn’t even bother to look at their feed on an Android device.

    I think that is like only ever looking at your website on Safari.

    • Hey Gary I see your point and it\’s a good one, that you should be checking your content on other devices, but if it\’s broke on one then you don\’t need to \”pass go\” so to speak.

      If you only look at iOS and the links don\’t work or the code is displayed a jumbled text, you don\’t need to go look at any other OS because you still don\’t want it to appear that way on iOS.

      So by your own admission, you violated your own rule;) You didn\’t know the iOS version was broken. But the main point in that part of the episode is making a decision about whether or not you want to include the code because truly you can\’t go and look at your show on every device.

      It\’s makes for a good conversation so I might have to dive into it deeper. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. I don't make podcasts, but do listen to hundreds each week as a retirement hobby, and put descriptions of many in a weekly blog. The only podcatcher or aggregator I've found that holds the feeds to many sites and download new additions for the previous seven days is FeedReader.com. It also exports a list of feeds that can be imported and avoid manually transfers one-by-one. However, it doesn't transfer the download conditions.

    I prefer listening to playback at faster speeds and have only found one program that will convert batches of podcasts to play faster with pitch correction. However, it will only boost the speed 50% before artifacts start appearing. Still, that increase combined with a mp3 player that can speed up playback but lacks pitch correction has worked well for me to listen at 2x speeds.

    One advantage of podcasts converted to faster playback is file size reduction by about 75%. This increases the number I can store in the cloud and also helps listeners with limited download speeds.

    The worst audio recording I've heard is almost always from such large organizations as Stanford, Harvard and conferences where groups are participating and an audience is present. The topics can be excellent, but it's surprising that sophisticated organizations can produce such poor results. One aide I've used to adjust some of the worst results is the Levalator, a free processor created by The Conversations Network.

    The number of podcasts seems to be increasing despite the small body of listeners. One reason I created a blog that collects and presents interesting podcasts in weekly episodes is to develop a large, organized collection in one place that anyone can use for education and entertainment. Recently I noticed that dyslexics might be a potential audience for such material, so would suggest reaching out to organizations devoted to this condition.

    I liked this podcast more for the comments about the recording process than the rss information, but appreciate the need.

    Thanks.

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