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Jan 12, 2014
ID3 artwork is your podcast’s logo (see mine on the right) that gets inserted into every episode( mp3) file you create (see below for the differences between show level artwork and episode level (i.e. ID3)). When designing your show’s artwork there are special specifications to be aware of. 1. Image size should be square (300 […]
Aug 14, 2013
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 […]
Jun 11, 2013
When you compress/export your final edited version of your podcast into an .mp3 audio file you have a couple decisions to make. How big or small do you want the file to be versus how good do you want it to sound? There are many factors that can lead to a final decision regarding your […]
Apr 23, 2013
Naming your podcast is kind of a big deal. Yet some people might just jump into it without ever asking anyone if the name is any good or more importantly, makes any sense? I know I did, oops. Yes, some podcasters will start a podcast with a name that tells you nothing about the content […]
Mar 3, 2013
If you have a podcast where you have on guests/interviewees, you should include those names in the title of your episode(s) for better search results in iTunes. I’ve noticed that when I search for someone’s name on iTunes I get results not only for their own podcast, assuming they have set up their feed correctly, […]
Feb 6, 2013
Most podcasts are a hobby endeavor which usually means budgets for gear, websites, software and everything else involved in making a podcast is limited. When deciding where to put your money first, focus on the elements of your podcast that are most likely to affect the overall quality of your show. The best place to […]
Jan 16, 2013
Learn how you can earn money when someone uses your iTunes subscription link to subscribe to your podcast. Every podcaster should have a link to their podcast in the iTunes store on their website. You can see mine in the upper right hand corner widget area of this site. It’s important to make it easy […]
Dec 23, 2012
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 […]
Dec 6, 2012
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, […]
Aug 11, 2012
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 […]
Jul 6, 2012
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 […]
May 11, 2012
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 […]
Mar 20, 2012
If you weren’t already aware, Skype is likely controlling your audio levels. As podcasters, we want to make sure we are in control of all our settings all of the time. This is how you can make sure Skype isn’t changing your audio quality. Skype just released (03/06/12) a new version of it’s software for […]
Oct 1, 2011
Sean Allen sent in a guest Quick Tip detailing how he increases the credibility of his podcast by using voice overs. Subscribe to Podcast Quick Tips
Sep 7, 2011
When you insert a link to a hosted audio file into Facebook’s link section above the status box, Facebook will automatically create an audio player. Below this audio player is a couple areas of information about any particular audio file you link to. They don’t make it obvious that you can actually edit the information […]
Jul 27, 2011
There are any number of reasons why you might need to convert a video from one format to another. In the case of video podcasting perhaps you need to make your file compatible to work on Apple devices or you need to take your original file created specifically for iTunes and make it more compatible […]
Jul 19, 2011
An introduction to mixlr.com, a new live streaming dedicated to the audio only podcaster. With mixlr’s easy to use app, available for both Windows and Mac, you can easily stream your show live to the web while you record it in your studio. The advantages to live streaming audio only are many in the case […]
Jul 1, 2011
If you use WordPress to create your podcasting RSS feed then you may have noticed that only ten or less of your most recent episodes are showing up in podcatchers such as iTunes. There’s a simple fix. Simply adjust the default syndication setting (10) in the Reading section of your WordPress settings. Click here to […]
Jun 8, 2011
When you create your album artwork the graphic that represents your podcast (also referred to as show art or ID3 image), make sure you use a high enough resolution so that it displays well on large screens. I recommend making your show logo 600 x 600 pixels. This is a square image that will display […]
Mar 27, 2011
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 […]
Mar 17, 2011
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 […]
Feb 8, 2011
Learn what options you have when choosing a microphone for your video podcast productions. In most cases audio is as important or even more important than the quality of your video. Find out the different types of microphones that you can use together with whatever video camera you have to get the best quality audio […]
Dec 23, 2010
Promote your podcast by contacting the people and or companies you mention in your show. Many times those people will respond by passing on your content to their community. Whether it’s through a simple tweet or facebook post, your content gets exposed to infinite amounts of new listeners when it’s passed on by someone else. […]
Dec 16, 2010
When you’re deciding on what kind of mixer to get for your podcast there are several things to consider before making your purchase. I run through the most important things I think you should be looking for in a mixer that will be used for producing podcasts. Some of the things I like to have […]
Dec 6, 2010
[UPDATE] I no longer recommend this method unless you have some compelling reason to do so. The approval process is usually complete within 24 hours now and you will benefit more by having at least three episodes ready to do publish when you submit your podcast. When creating a podcast, before you even publish it […]
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