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…]

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

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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…]

TPS Ep. 060 – Starting Your First Podcast: A First Time Podcaster’s Experience

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From blogger to podcaster, Jeff Yin shares his experience of starting his very first podcast.

Jeff attended Blogworld NYC 2012 as a blogger and quickly learned he’d make a great podcaster after attending several of the podcasting track sessions including Podcasting 101 which I was a part of. One month later, Jeff had taken some basic gear he already owned and started his first podcast, Entrepreneurs with Day Jobs.

Find out the process he took to starting his new show and how a small budget, a little advice and some informed choices led to the start of a great sounding podcast. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 050 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn the basics of podcasting from how to decide on a topic to choosing gear, software and hosting for your website and media.

You’ve decided you want to start your own podcast and now you need to know how to proceed. In this episode we go back to the beginning and walk you through the basic elements needed to create a podcast.Shure SM58 microphone

Your first step is to decide on a topic. Pick something you know well and love to talk about to no end. This will help to keep you motivated over the period of many episodes.

Are you going to produce an audio only show or a video podcast? In both cases you’ll need gear that allows you to capture, edit and compress your digital media into a podcast friendly format. The basic gear for an audio podcast is a microphone (I recommend a dynamic mic), a mixer and some headphones. I’ve made the basic assumption that you already have a computer.

For video, at a minimum, you’ll need a video camera and some editing software. However I highly recommend including an external microphone that plugs into your camera. Good audio, even in video podcasting, is as or more important than the image you are capturing.

Finally you’ll want to purchase some basic hosting for a website and your media files.

Make sure to listen to part two of the basics of podcasting (episode 52) where you’ll learn about creating a graphic identity that represent your show, creating a future proofed RSS feed for submitting across the web, and how to get your podcast listed in podcast directories such as iTunes.

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PQT – Statistics and Analytics for Your Podcast and Website

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Resources for tracking statistics for your podcast and website.

By using some simple resources, you can get a clear picture regarding how many people are listening to your podcast as well visiting your website.

File hosts such as Libsyn, Blubrry, and Blip.tv all keep statistics about the number of people downloading your show as well as the applications they are using to do it (iTunes, Web, apps, etc) and where they are coming from (geo-location).

Other sites such as Facebook, give you deep “insights” into the demographics of your audience within Facebook. And installing Google Analytics on your webpage will further your understanding about how people are using your website.

Finally, Woopra allows you to see visitors to your website in real-time. When can watch the activity taking place on your website at any given time, tracking things like how some navigates your site and how they got there in the first place.

Consider integrating some of these tools into your podcast. Knowing more about your audience is not only fun and rewarding (we all love to know someone is listening) but very useful for growing your show.

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Google Analytics (track statistics for your website)
Woopra (watch visitors to your site in real-time)

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PQT – Set Hyperlinks on Your Website to Open in a New Window or Tab

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When you create a new hyperlink on your website it’s always good to set the link to open in a new window or tab so that the person visiting your site is not taken away from your page prematurely.
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Here’s some bonus video that I’ve placed on this post just as a test for the ipad. This is placed here using html5 code and appears to be working, playing a video on the page when viewed on an ipad.

TPS Ep. 028 – The Technical Pieces to Making Your Show a Success

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If your podcast was up for an award, would it be a winner? On this episode you’ll find out which elements of a podcast are judged for The Podcast Awards. Get an inside look at the voting process and use it to make your show stronger.

Whether or not you are seeking an award winning show, this episode will inform you about all the factors that go into a strong podcast and podcast website. Following the tips here will make your podcast more relevant in search engines such as google and as a result you will receive more listeners to your show.

I also talk about the new spin-off podcast I’ve launched, Podcast Quick Tips and I answer a listener question about itunes and blip.tv.

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Links from this show:
State of the Podcast Sphere (report by Todd Cochrane and company from GeekNewsCentral.com)

Some of the elements that Todd Cochrane listed as voting criteria for his annual podcast awards:

  • good Content
  • sound Quality
  • content matches you about page
  • nominations (count for 40 points max towards deciding score)
  • show notes
  • branding
  • download link
  • media player
  • visible RSS feed
  • valid RSS feed
  • itunes feed link
  • contact email
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