Have you heard that Google might be shutting down Feedburner?
Lots of people have but is it true? I have some of my own ideas and great resources for getting a much better picture of what is really going on.
You’ll also hear about some resources for moving your feed away from Feedburner if you decide you want to migrate your podcast feed(s) away from the service. The good news is, as it stands, everything is OK. Don’t make a snap decision and worry that you have to move your feed any time soon.
Want a new way to make money from your podcast? How about the ability to sell your digital content as easily as you can share it (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc.).
Gumroad is a new service that allows you to upload your digital files, host them at their site for free and link to it via a short URL created by the service. Then you put that link out into your social world. Purchasing your content is as simple as clicking on the link and entering your payment info. Gumroad handles the entire process and their commision is only 5% + .25 for each transaction.
You could sell your back catalog, bonus content or even a photoshop file. Whatever you can create on your computer, you can sell…easily. Let your imagination go wild and make some money from your podcast.
Want an easy way to get into video podcasting? Have you heard of Google Plus Hangouts On-Air?
This is a very easy way to create video via Google and YouTube. Simply join your friends, co-hosts, interviewees, etc. on a live Hangout and it will be recorded and uploaded to your connected YouTube account automatically.
After that, if you want to turn it into a video podcast, you’ll get access to the .mp4 video file. Download the file and upload it to the host of your choice. Put that link in your RSS feed and you have a video podcast. All you need is a webcam, a microphone and Google Plus account.
Beyond getting you into video podcasting, this also gets you into live-streaming since you can invite infinite numbers of people to watch the live recording. You could rip the audio from the video and turn that into an audio only podcast as well. There are lots of options. Play around with a Hangout On-Air today and you’ll be ready to go if you decide you’d like to dip your toe into the video podcasting waters.
Perhaps that most exciting piece of gear to come to podcasting since it’s inception (is that a bold statement?), the Audio Technica ATR2100 is a dynamic, dual USB/XLR connected microphone. This could be the only mic you ever need to buy.
Perfect for the brand new podcaster or someone who has been recording since 2004. The ATR2100 sounds about as good as my Heil PR40 (you’ll hear this in this episode), a three hundred dollar mic. For only fifty dollars you get the benefits of a condensor mic (nice low end sound, bass) with the advantages of a dynamic (superior rejection of unwanted noise).
The mic allows you to plug directly into your computer via USB and start recording. The mic also grows with your studio and podcast. When you decide to upgrade to a mixer, you can plug this mic in via XLR and continue to use this mic in your podcast productions.
Check out the gear page located on this site and linked below for the ATR2100 as well as a complete list and guide of my personal podcasting gear.
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Links mentioned in this episode
- Podcasters Roundtable 004 – What’s Going on with FeedBurner?
- Ray’s Google Plus page – Circle me to join in on my new podcast about podcasting, Podcasters’ Roundtable.
- The Audacity to Podcast episode 97 – How to Leave FeedBurner.
- GumRoad.com – Sell your digital content as easily as you share it (make money from your podcast).
- ThePodcastersStudio.com/gear – hear the raw sound from the ATR2100 and get links to the mic.
Need helping starting your first podcast or improving the one you already have? Contact me to work one-on-one setting up or upgrading your show.
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