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…] about PQT – iTunes Affiliate Program
Podcast Quick Tips
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 but 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.
Creating a free Gravatar account for your podcast, will allow you to automatically insert your branded logo or personal image alongside comments you make on the internet.
For example, if you leave a comment below this post and you have a Gravatar account, when you type your email into the email section of the submission, a Gravatar logo (one that you’ve chosen) will also appear with your comment. [Read more…] about PQT – Gravatar
Listening to your podcast while you edit with headphones on might lead you to think your audio is just right. That everything sounds perfect. But what about the most important listener…your audience?
Make sure the audio you’re publishing sounds as good to your audience as it does to you. Take your podcast for a trial run on as many speakers you can find. Play your podcast in your car where a large number of people are listening on their commute. Can you hear it clearly over the traffic and other sounds inherent to driving?
Try your podcast on cheap earbuds that came with your mp3 player as well as the speakers on your computer, TV, and phone.
Testing your audio in as many places as possible will give you a good gauge of how your audience hears your podcast. Make sure what you’re publishing can actually be heard most places it might be played and you’ll keep your listeners coming back for more.
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Once you’ve edited your video you need to export it, add some metadata and then upload it to YouTube.
But before you do that, make sure that the name of your actual video file is something relevant to the information contained in the video itself. This is because YouTube indexes the file name as well as all the other metadata you include.
Doing so will help increase your visibility in YouTube search and is just another bit of insight into YouTube’s algorithm for choosing which videos rise to the top.
Links mentioned in this episode
SEO Your YouTube Videos in 10 Steps (blog post)
Looking around my studio, I counted almost ten different ways to record a podcast. Over the next few episode of Podcast Quick Tips, I’m going to be using each of these methods to demonstrate how you can produce a quality sounding podcast many different ways.
First up is the Zoom H4n. This digital audio recorder is an amazing little piece of technology and really the only thing you need to record a podcast. You’ll hear how I use the on-board condenser microphones of the H4n to record this episode.
Coupled together with some post production, you can create some fantastic sounding audio. A little compression, a limiter, some EQ and a touch of noise removal can really improve the audio that comes off the Zoom. However, this device is powerful enough to produce a show without using any post production. It can even compress your raw audio file into the mp3 format for you.
I also talk about BlogWorld NYC 2012. I’ll be speaking on two different panels and co-teaching a two part class titled “Podcasting 101” along with Daniel from The Audacity to Podcast, Dave from The School of Podcasting’s Morning Announcements and Dan from Podcast Like a Radio DJ.
If you’re considering attending this year’s BlogWorld, which will have an incredible podcasting track, make sure to use my promo code: PodRay10 on checkout to save 10% off the price of your ticket. And, if you purchase by May 15, 2012 you’ll save an additional $100 off the price of a ticket.
If you’re going, make sure you let me know so we can meet in person!