TPS 070 – Show intros, Zoom H4n and the Top Podcast Directories

I recently spoke on the topic of podcasting at Social Media Week D.C. (#SMWDC) and it presented some great opportunities to use gear that I don’t always use and speak to people face to face instead of from behind the mic. This of course led to some insights that are perfect for podcasters.

Public speaking introduces an added element of excitement, nervousness and adrenaline that you might also experience the first few times you sit down to a microphone to record your podcast. In each scenario it’s a good idea to remind yourself to slow down. Even after recording hundreds of podcasts episodes, I still find myself having to slow down when speaking in public. [Read more…]

Best Podcasting Directories – Where to Submit Your Podcast

Whether you just started a new podcast or are looking to grow your audience, being in the best podcasting directories will make your show more visible to potential viewers.

Where to Submit Your Podcast [Infographic]

Ranked in the order of where my shows are seeing the largest audiences, below is a list of the best podcast directories (a.k.a. podcatchers) to submit your RSS feed. itunes

iTunes – Still the number one place podcasts are found. iTunes is the first place you should submit your podcast. Watch this video on how to submit your show to the iTunes store.

Stitcher – A mobile podcast app, Stitcher is on the rise with lots of podcasts being consumed by its users. They’re also leading the charge to get podcasts into the car (their app now works natively inside some BMW’s).

Google Play Music – While not currently available to podcast listeners, podcast producers can submit their RSS feeds now. With native support for Android devices and hopefully some strong marketing by Google, this directory is likely to become the most popular place to find podcasts behind iTunes.

Miro – The open-source podcatcher. Available for users on most major operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux).

TuneIn – A blend of terrestrial radio, music and podcasts, TuneIn Radio provides users with a wealth of audio content.

Submitting here will also make your podcast available on the Amazon Echo.

Submitting your show to all of these directories will grow your podcast by making it available to more people searching for content they enjoy at the place they are already consuming podcasts.

Get more details on how to submit your podcast to the above directories.

TPS Ep. 043 – Royalty Free Music and Using Your Basic Web Hosting Plan to Deliver Your Podcast

On this episode I debut my new show intro and talk about how my new podcast music can affect your show’s production value.

I also introduce a few new elements to the show’s introduction including an episode number and a tag-line. Learn how you can improve on your show intro and opening from a great post by Daniel over at The Audacity to Podcast.

I was recently interviewed on Ryan’s Top Shelf about my podcasting story and experience. You can listen to the his new show where he interviews other podcasters and asks them ten core questions related to their own podcasting experience. Check out episode 004 to listen to the questions that Ryan asked during my interview.

In an ever increasing attempt to keep your show evolving and improving, I introduce you to the idea of purchasing your own show music. There are many ways to get music for your podcast including Creative Commons, Garageband, having original music produced for you, etc. I talk about how purchasing affordable Royalty Free music can take your show to the next level.

Finally I talk about whether or not it’s a good idea to use your basic web hosting (typically what you use to host your website) service to host and deliver your podcast. I wrote up an entire blog post including conversations I had with two separate hosts in an attempt answer this question once and for all.

Links mentioned in this episode:
TAP30 – Show Introductions and Openings
Ryan’s Top Shelf Interview with Ray
Shockwave-sound.com (Royalty Free Music)
Neosounds.com (Royalty Free Music)
Bluehost Web Hosting
Lunarpages Web Hosting
Ray’s Blog Post Regarding Podcast Hosting on Basic Web Hosting Plans
Libsyn (Podcast hosting) Get your first month free using promo code: PodcastHelper

Additional resources
Danosongs.com (Royalty free music)

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PQT – Don’t Let Them Leave Your Site Without Knowing You Have A Podcast

Visitors to your podcast’s website may leave within the first few seconds of arriving if they don’t see that you have a podcast that can be played easily. Make sure you place a podcast player on your website and at the top of each individual podcast episode post so that there is no confusion about where they can listen to your show.

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