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 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…]

TPS Ep. 056 – SXSW, Archiving Your Podcast, and Powerpress 3.0

Fresh off my return from SXSW, I share my experiences from the conference and a couple panels I saw that led me to bigger ideas about my podcast, sharing and your show’s legacy.

One of the speakers I sat in on was Jason Scott from the Internet Archive. He talked about curating the culture of the web and capturing it for future generations. So what happens to your podcast when you’re gone? I discuss thisSXSW Interactive 2012 logo and suggest that you might want to backup your episodes to You’re creating great content that when viewed from a far in context with other shows produced during the same time, can lead to a bigger picture of what was happening in a particular time in our history. Save it.

I discuss a new episode of Podcast Quick Tips where I take a look at Skype’s new release which includes an option (for Mac users) to disable auto gain control. Windows users already have this in their version of Skype. Don’t let Skype control your microphone. Now you can easily disable this setting for times when you are using Skype to record a podcast.

Check out Yet another way I’m using the content I create here to generate small amounts of income. The site is a collection of mobile photography of podcasting gear that I come into contact with, connected to affiliate links. This might be another revenue stream for your podcast. Anytime you are creating content that promotes other’s products, try and incorporate affiliate links. It adds no extra cost to your audience and it could help you offset the costs of producing your show.

Custom title tags are a way to help you write blog posts for humans and robots. I discuss how you can create catchy titles while still maintaining good SEO for the likes of Google, Bing, etc.

Finally, I take a look at PowerPress 3.0, the podcasting plugin for WordPress created by Once again they have added some great features that you are likely able to add into your podcasting site’s backend to help improve how your show is delivered to your community. Don’t miss the great resources I list for helping you work your way through the newest version of the plugin.

Links mention in this episode:
Jonathan Stark – The guy who gave the Internet free coffee – for free podcast hosting or archiving
How to disable Skype’s AGC and EC with HTML code
All in one SEO pack – plugin for WordPress
The School of Podcasting’s Morning Announcements – Feedburner Vs PowerPress – An interview with Mike Dell, part of the PowerPress tech support team
The Audacity to Podcast Episode 72 – How to Setup PowerPress 3.0 with video walkthrough

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PQT – Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

With the recent update of the Powerpress plugin for WordPress, your podcast can now be HTML5 and Apple device friendly.

HTML5 player for non-flash devices

This is an important point because of the iPhone’s dominate spot in the mobile market and the rise of the iPad as the primary tablet device of choice (at the time of this post). This translates into many people viewing your podcast on idevices and in order for them to play your episode via a player on your site, it needs to be an HTML5 player.

Powerpress 2.0 now allows you to embed an HTML5 player along with many new features.

To see how I am currently setting up my Powerpress plugin, see the images I posted at the end of this blog post:

Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

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Powerpress 2.0 and HTML5

The Powerpress plugin for WordPress was updated a few days ago. This plugin does much more than you need it to and can be used in many different ways.

One of it’s most exciting new features is the ability to place an html5 player on your site, essentially making your podcast non-flash or Apple friendly. [Read more…]

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