PQT – ID3 Artwork File Size

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ID3 artwork is your podcast’s logo (see mine on the right) that gets inserted into every episode( mp3) file you create (see below for the differences between show level artwork and episode level (i.e. ID3)).

When designing your show’s artwork there are special specifications to be aware of. [Read more…]

PQT – YouTube Subscribe Button

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YouTube took a page out of the podcasting playbook and released a one-click subscription button that you can place on your website (see mine in the sidebar on the right).

While YouTube is not podcasting because you cannot host and place your hosted files into an RSS feed, I do recommend that those podcasters who have the time, attempt to leverage YouTube as a platform for your audio podcast. [Read more…]

PQT – Audio File Size vs Quality

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When you compress/export your final edited version of your podcast into an .mp3TPS Podcast Quick Tips ID3_300x300 audio file you have a couple decisions to make. How big or small do you want the file to be versus how good do you want it to sound?

There are many factors that can lead to a final decision regarding your podcast file. Here are a few factors that I take into consideration when compressing my .mp3 for release into the RSS feed. [Read more…]

PQT – Naming Your Podcast with Dave Jackson

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Naming your podcast is kind of a big deal. Yet some people might just jump into it without ever asking anyone if the name is any good or more importantly, makes any sense? I know I did, oops.

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Yes, some podcasters will start a podcast with a name that tells you nothing about the content and do quite well but wouldn’t you rather have a show with a name that told everyone who heard it, in just a few words, exactly what that podcast was all about? Hint: your answer should beyes;) [Read more…]

PQT – Names in Titles

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Podcast Quick TipsIf you have a podcast where you have on guests/interviewees, you should include those names in the title of your episode(s) for better search results in iTunes.

I’ve noticed that when I search for someone’s name on iTunes I get results not only for their own podcast, assuming they have set up their feed correctly, but also for other podcasts on which they were interviewed and the show put their name in the title. [Read more…]

PQT – Focus Your Podcast’s Budget

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Podcast Quick Tips Most podcasts are a hobby endeavor which usually means budgets for gear, websites, software and everything else involved in making a podcast is limited. When deciding where to put your money first, focus on the elements of your podcast that are most likely to affect the overall quality of your show.

The best place to start is your microphone. This is likely the single largest factor in getting a good sounding podcast. The best budget microphone on the market, as of the date of this post (02/15/13), is the ATR2100 from Audio Technica.

For less than $50 U.S., you get a dynamic mic (best for the typical podcast studio) that produces excellent audio quality (on par with the infamous HEiL PR40) and plugs directly into your computer via USB. [Read more…]

PQT – iTunes Affiliate Program

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Podcast Quick TipsLearn how you can earn money when someone uses your iTunes subscription link to subscribe to your podcast.

Every podcaster should have a link to their podcast in the iTunes store on their website. You can see mine in the upper right hand corner widget area of this site.

It’s important to make it easy for people to find and subscribe to your podcast when they arrive on your website. Often times when people visit your site, if they can’t find what they’re looking for in the first few seconds, they’re gone. Likely you’ve just lost your chance at getting a new listener/viewer for your show. [Read more…]

PQT – FeedBurner Status Update

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Is FeedBurner shutting down? I cover this topic, the fear going around the Internet and the truth about what is really happening.

The key takeaway here is not to worry. Don’t panic and scramble to move your podcast RSS feed(s) away from FeedBurner. If you are currently using it, there has been no official announcements that the service is going away. Some things have changed TPS Podcast Quick Tips ID3 sml 125x125but the core functionality that it provides for your podcast is intact and stable. If Google was to close down the service, I’m sure you would have adequate options and time for leaving and/or moving your feed. But at this time, no such plans have been announced.

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