TPS 078: Moving Your RSS Feed and Formatting Descriptions

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. [Read more…]

TPS 077: RSS Feeds and FeedBurner

Have you run into the 512kb limit imposed on your feed via FeedBurner? This episode will give you some solutions about how to fix it or what to be on the lookout for so your feed doesn’t go down.

If you’re just weary of the FeedBurner’s future and want to move your feed away, Rob Walch from Libsyn and I will be discussing how you can do that as long as you have control over your RSS feed.

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If you’re using FeedBurner to serve your RSS feed to iTunes or any other podcasting app, you might run into a problem where your feed no longer updates. This happens because your feed gets too big. Your feed can exceed the 512kb FeedBurner limit several different ways.

  1. You’re including your blog posts in your feed.
  2. You’ve produced hundreds or thousands of episodes.
  3. Your shownotes are really long for each episode and you have hundreds of episodes which equals lots of text.

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TPS 075: Podcasting Hurdles – Getting Past Common Barries to Starting a Podcast

What were the largest hurdles you had to overcome when starting a podcast?

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Starting anything can be tough. The first sentence of a school paper, an about page on your blog, show notes for your podcast episode, these are all hard things to start but once you do you’re off and running.

A podcast is no different. Once you get past that initial barrier, whatever that happens to be in your case, then you gain momentum and the next thing you know you’re on episode twenty. [Read more…]

TPS 069 – WordPress for Podcasting with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer

Your website is your podcast’s central hub, its home on the web. It’s where you have an entire archive of all your episodes, links you mentioned in any given show, buttons to follow, share and continue the conversation on social media, profiles of your hosts and easy ways to allow your community to get in touch with you.

There are so many more things that your podcast’s website does for your show so how do you know where to start? What platform is best for building your podcast’s home on the web?Your Website Engineer

On this episode I talk with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer podcast and website about using WordPress for podcasting.

WordPress can be used to build your website and host your RSS feed, two critical steps in having a well made podcast. In fact there’s just about no limit to what you can do with WordPress, all without having to know HTML, CSS or any other type of code. [Read more…]

PQT – FeedBurner Status Update

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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TPS Ep. 051 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 2 of 2)

[See Part 1 First] Continuing where I left off in part one of this two part series, I wrap things up with a discussion about the remaining basic pieces you’ll need to start a successful podcast. I’m defining a successful podcast here as a podcast that starts off with all the core elements in place so that you don’t have to go back and fix the foundation of your show in the future. Often times, mistakes are made when setting up a podcast (understandably due to excitement and the rush to get started) that will often require an entire rework of the core elements of your podcast. [Read more…]

RSS Graffiti Says “By: Unavailable”

RSS Graffiti is an application for Facebook that allows you to auto-post your RSS feed content to your Facebook Wall. If you have a podcast and a Facebook Fan Page or you just want your podcast to be automatically  posted to your Facebook profilewhen a new episode is published in your RSS feed, then RSS Graffiti is the application you want to use. RSS Graffiti is able to do this because it takes the information in your RSS feed and post anything new to Facebook. You can control how often RSS Graffiti checks your feed for new content and how it displays the information in your RSS feed once it’s posted to Facebook.

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