All posts by Mike Dell

Emoji and Skip-To-Position In PowerPress – YP42



The latest version of PowerPress was released early October, which included the introduction of emoji and skip-to-position. Google is dipping further into podcasting by teaming up with PRX for a Podcasts Creator program. The episode wraps up with the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Podcast award winners.

Todd will be in the Columbus, OH area visiting the office; if you’d like to meet with him on Tuesday or Wednesday (16-17) let him know, the Blubrry team loves visitors. You can email him at todd@blubrry.com.

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“42, the meaning of Life, the universe and EVERYTHING!” – Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

News: 1:20

  • New PowerPress 7.4 with emoji! 🚒☎️☕️🎱🎧⁉️ (in these things, the show notes).
  • Also skip-to-position timestamp short-codes for show notes which allows you to jump to a point in the player.
  • Small changes in the PowerPress Podcasting SEO section due to Apple’s tag stuffing removals.
  • New: Google Podcasts Creator Program, with PRX. Growing the podcast community with diverse voices.
  • Haven’t thought about Deezer in a while? Don’t worry you’re not the only one. Regardless, they recently added podcasts to their platform and have seen significant growth.
  • Congrats to the 2018 winners of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Main Topics: 13:49

  • Spotify released a podcast portal: If you are already in Spotify with Blubrry, NO need to apply here as well.
  • Apple is always up to something. Lately they’ve been getting picky about what is in your tags. Remember, Title = TITLE, Author = NAME. No redundancy in episode titles.

Support: 23:19

LEARN to check your RSS feed!

  1. Get the Firefox browser.
  2. Load your RSS feed in Firefox.
  3. Check that the title, description/show notes and enclosure (mp3) are there.
  4. RELAX in the knowledge that your episode is posted correctly.
  • Also, check your feed at CastFeedValidator.com and Podba.se. (do not use feedvalidator.org or w3 feed validator. They are out of date and do not understand podcast feeds)

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd or Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com

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Podcast Best Practices and Mistakes from International Podcast Day 2018 – YP41



International Podcast Day Todd and Mike’s hour of the International Podcast Day 30 hour live stream celebration that happened yesterday ( 9-30-18 ). Check out their website HERE.

Todd and Mike talked about Podcast Best Practices and some beginner mistakes.

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600,000 Podcasts and Growing! – YP40



Blubrry Podcasting recently hit another milestone, 600,000 shows in their podcast directory, and always growing! For those interested in the Apple industry, which is all podcasters in some sense, they have some new toys coming out this week and the rest of fall. We’ve got RSS feeds on the mind so we’ve explained different ways to create your RSS feed (and what is an RSS feed) at Blubrry. Todd is back from travel and they’re talking about all things Blubrry and podcasting on this episode of Your Podcast.

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Topics:

  • New from Apple: As always Apple has something they’re releasing, this time it’s iOS12, among other things.
  • 600,000 shows: In the Blubrry Podcast Directory!
  • RSS Feeds: There are a few ways to create your podcast feed with Blubrry. Learn about them here.

1. PowerPress on your site (WordPress)
2. PowerPress on PowerPress Sites (included in hosting)
3. Blubrry Publisher (Will have Blubrry in the name)
4. Podcast Mirror (Free feed service via Blubrry)

    • Dynamic Advertising Insertion System: In beta testing.
    • Switching things up: We’ve got a new voice on the Blubrry blog.
    • Want to work for Blubrry? Columbus office is looking for an administrative assistant for it’s development team.
    • Who owns your podcast? Make sure it’s worked out with any co-host, employees/employers ahead of time. When things split up for whatever reason, it’s best to have a plan.

Support:

    • Welcome our new technical support rep: Helping out nights and weekends, John Haskins.
    • Player images on the Blubrry player: Turn on the option in the “activate and configure now” area. Then upload the episode image to the spot provided in the Podcast Episode box (only works on PowerPress)
    • Episodic images: Where they show up and where they do not. See PHD Episode 109.
    • Directory times: Apple doesn’t show your new episode in the directory listing right away.  Normally 24 hours or less, but sometimes longer. Subscribe to your own show to make sure it’s working properly.
    • Show notes: DO NOT USE A WORD PROCESSOR and copy/paste your shownotes. It causes a LOT of trouble. Hidden symbols and such.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd or Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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The FCC is Podcasting – YP39



The Federal Communications Commissions, better known as the FCC, has officially joined podcaster ranks with their own show, entitled More than Seven Dirty Words. A play on their role in communications, it focuses on the organization as a whole. Shawn Thorpe joined Mike on the episode today as Todd was out on travel. They discuss a new podcast event happening in Atlanta and podcast listener demographics.

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News:

  • They regulate TV, radio, cable and wire and satellite communications and now they have a podcast. The FCC just released an episode of their show, More Than Seven Dirty Words.
  • A Pod Connection: Podcasting conference happening in Atlanta Oct 5 – 7th.
  • No surprise here, Millennials and Gen Xer’s top the charts in podcasting listening. Check out the data from NextRadio.

Topic:

  • Just who is Shawn Thorpe and how long has he been involved with Blubrry?

Support:

  • Moving your podcast: When you are running your podcast from a website, do not change the domain until you have redirected to the new website/domain. Rebranding needs to be done in a particular order to work correctly and to not lose subscribers/listeners. Follow the steps below.
  1. Set up your new domain/website.
  2. Import podcast to your new site.
  3. Check PowerPress settings.
  4. Copy/Paste all settings from Destinations (that you’re able to).
  5. Redirect old RSS feed to new RSS (no not do a whole site redirect yet).
  6. Put your new RSS feed address in the “iTunes New Feed URL” tag or setting on both the new and the old RSS feeds.
  7. Wait 30 days, perform site redirect then.
    ***Post new content only on the new site.
  • Spotify: If your Spotify link doesn’t work, please check with us first (if you are hosting with us) and we will check it. If we find nothing wrong, you will have to contact @spotifycares on Twitter (it’s their only support for podcasters). Check with us first, before heading over to social media.
  • For those using Generator: (Blubrry.com RSS feeds) Do not put ANYTHING in the Alternative Feed URL box. That will cause a loop that will duplicate every episode over and over and over in the feed (which is really annoying to clean out).
  • Import Podcast from within PowerPress: This is NOT a workflow. It’s meant to be a one-time only use to move a feed to WordPress from any other feed.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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Help Wanted at Blubrry Podcasting



Help WantedBlubrry Podcasting is looking to add an amazing technical support independent contractor to their roster. Podcasters, or those familiar with the industry looking for a night and weekend gig, we want you. Expect 10 hours or so a week after 5PM EST and anytime on the weekends. Best of all, you get to work remotely from the comfort of your couch for a long-standing podcasting leader.

 

Requirements:

  • Master troubleshooter.
  • Great written communication skills.
  • WordPress Ins and outs, including plugins and themes.
  • Our plugin, PowerPress. Comfortable and knowledgeable about getting started, Categories, Channels, and how other themes and plugins integrate.

Most interaction will be via email or our internal ticket system, so comfortable writing and explaining tech details.

Overall:

We’re looking for a person that can interact well and regularly in a remote working environment. We use Slack, Google Suite, and phone, Skype, Hangouts, Gotomeetings and other voice apps. Many podcasters work on the weekends, in their free time, and our goal is to provide excellent customer service 24/7.

Pay dependent on experience. Looking to fill ASAP. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Contact:

Mike Dell
mike@blubrry.com
Customer Support Manager
o: 877-729-8642 ext. 1
m: 231-715-1366
www.blubrry.com

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The Power of RSS – YP38



RSS FeedThere is always something happening in the podcasting world and the tail end of summer 2018 has been no different. Apple has been cracking down on stuffing multiple keywords into RSS tags, listen in to learn how to deal with the issue a bit, and that they have fixed the Podcasts Connect issue. Even though Alex Jones is not listed in most podcast directories or apps, his show is still online due to the power of RSS.  Lots of traveling for the team; Mike is back from vacation and Todd is heading out on a road trip.

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News:

  • According to Apple, they’ve fixed the issues with Podcast Connect logins with Apple IDs. This is yet another example of the importance of owning your RSS feed.
  • More on Apple, they’re dealing with an issue concerning Title and Author RSS tags. They’re currently cracking down on keyword stuffing, and have even been de-listing shows for replacing GUID tags.

Topic:

  • The infamous Alex Jones and his content is still online, because he owns his domain and RSS feed. Learn more about the Power of RSS here.
  • Submitting your podcast to Apple: Why we do not submit shows for customers (Apple, Google, etc).

Support:

  • As a podcast company, putting podcast hosting on hold: Why Blubrry can’t do that.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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Google Podcasts Adds Landing Pages – YP37



Your Podcast is back in action after Todd and Mike returned from Podcast Movement 2018 in Philadelphia. With much to talk about concerning announcements at the conference, they dive right in to some topics of discussion concerning Google, events, team members and a new giveaway. Google’s new landing pages for podcasts are a new addition for non Android devices and browsers, they explain why this is important. Not to leave other events out in the dust, they talk about OzPod in October happening in Australia. Last but not least, Blubrry has a new team member, Aaron. Don’t forget to participate in #PlantYourBlubrry, a month long giveaway of equipment.

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News:

Topic:

  • Podcast Movement recap: Todd and Mike give you their personal opinions on how the event went this year.

Support:

  • Email addresses: Be sure to give tech support the email address you use to log in to Blubrry when you contact us. Many people use a different email address than the account email they use at Blubrry, but the account email is how we find your show on our system. If we have to ask you for that, it delays us in helping you.
  • Spotify, Spotify, Spotify! 4 out of 10 contacts this week so far have been Spotify related.
    To get on or stay on Spotify via Blubrry you must:
    1. Have your Apple Category selected (the first one).
    2. Have a description for the overall show and for each episode (show notes/blog post).
    3. Be hosted on Blubrry.com for EVERY media file.
    4. Be in mp3 format (no m4a or mp4).
  • Adding the Spotify link to your PowerPress subscribe links (2 steps).
    1. Enable the Spotify link in the Website Tab of PowerPress.
    2. Copy the Spotify link from the blubrry dashboard and paste it into the Spotify listing box in Destinations in PowerPress.
  • Phone support may be offline or slow next week (August 9th – 16th). For fastest service, use the contact form at blubrry.com/contact/

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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Podcast Movement 2018 is on! – YP36



Todd, Mike and MacKenzie are in Philly this week for Podcast Movement 2018. If you are in Philly, drop by the booth, say hi, tell them about your show and grab some swag while you’re at it! Meantime, in this episode of the PowerPress Podcast, they talk about NPR’s Smart Audio Report with Edison Research, the makers of S-Town being sued by the estate of John McLemore, the relaunch of TalkShoe and lots about Podcast Movement — why you want to be there and what we’d love to show you. Of course, we beat some dead horses in the support section.

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News:

Topics:

Support:

  • The speed of updates for various apps and directories. When you publish your new episode. People (mostly new podcasters) think it should be instantly visible in every platform. That is not how RSS works. These places/apps/directories PULL your RSS feed when they want, not when you want (in most cases). Best thing you can do is subscribe in a podcast only app (not Stitcher, Google Play or Spotify) and you should get your new episode right away (few minutes normally). Also, check to make sure the episode made it in your RSS feed. The RSS feed is the key. Look at in https://CastFeedValidator.com or the Firefox Browser.
  • Phone support is going to be slow this week (or non-existent). If you call, leave a message and the team will do its best to get back to you, otherwise, the quickest way to get help this week will be the contact form at blubrry.com/contact/.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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Moving On and Taking Ownership – YP35



There comes a point that every podcaster must ask themselves: am I doing the best things possible I can for my audience and the growth of my show? Sometimes it is appropriate to move on to a different network, platform, format, etc. It’s important to consider the factors and amount of work necessary for a quality show. Todd and Mike discuss some shows moving on and why podcasters should take be seriously considering taking ownership of their podcast and shows.

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News:

Topics:

  • Hijacking feeds: Castbox.fm has been fielding this dilemma for a while, here is their statement.
  • Google Podcasts: Todd’s take since he was gone when the news came out.
  • SSL Certificates: We now recommend that you think about moving your site to HTTPS if you are using PowerPress on your own WordPress site. We will have some helpful articles on Blubrry soon (It’s a work in progress, so please be patient).
  • PowerPress 7.3: We’ve replaced the Google Play subscribe link with Google Podcasts and added a Spotify subscribe link.
  • Our Subscribe on Android feature now includes Google Podcasts.
  • Multiple podcasts: Do you really need to do more than one show right off the bat? When you are new at podcasting in general, we suggest you start one, get used to the workload and it functions, and most importantly how much work it is, and then decide if you really want to do another one. As Mike always says, “1 is X amount of work and 2 or more is 4X.”

Support:

  • “My show isn’t updating on (insert directory here)”
    1. Include the account email, especially if you are contacting us from a different email address.
    2. Your website link.
    3. Episode (which one?): Episode name, because numbers don’t always make sense.
    4. Give direct links so we can see exactly where the problem is.
    5. Screenshots, please don’t send them. Links are much more helpful, send those instead (unless we ask for a screenshot). Also, videos generally will not help.
    6. Please, specify WHERE they are not showing up / updating. It’s not always iTunes/Apple Podcasts App.
    7. Remember 24 hours is NOT abnormal for update times on directories.
  • Apple Podcasts is no longer iTunes, make note of this. Apple’s team is getting very serious about rebranding “iTunes”. When it comes to podcasting, it’s Apple Podcasts, not iTunes.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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Google Podcasts App is here! – YP34



The awaited Google podcast app is here and available in the Google Play store for download. Mike Dell and special guest host Dave Clements, from the Blubrry Support team, and host of the GeekThis Podcast, talk about the new Google Podcasts app for Android. There are some upcoming updates to PowerPress, so be on the lookout for an update in the future. Dave and Mike discuss how it is working for the Blubrry technical support team and some other support issues.

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News/Topics:

Support:

  • What is it like working at Blubrry in technical support?
  • Spotify Update – They have “started” on the backlog of submissions. It’s still going to be a while before shows are accepted and added to the platform. The Blubrry team has no way to speed up the process, sorry!
  • Blubrry Player: How to get the images to show on your site. Give Blubrry your RSS feed for the directory.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Dave here: dave@blubrry.com and contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.

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