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Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts and PodcasterPro® by Adam Curry



In the third episode of Your Podcast Todd and Mike go over some breaking news — Apple has rebranded iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. They also talk about Adam Curry’s new device for podcast production, some topics around advertising, slow feeds, rebranding your show and even an listener question.
Thanks for listening and subscribe to the show to be the first to get new episodes every other Monday.

News:
Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts
– Adam Curry’s – PodcasterPro®
Podcast Movement – Anaheim CA  August 23-25th
For a discount on tickets, use promo code: “blubrry” for 10% off!

Topics:
– Advertising deals – Medical related, and military related.
– Slow, aka cheap hosting service and RSS feeds.
– Sequencing your show in a methodical way.

Listener Question:

from Michael Harren
“Hi gents!

I’m really loving what you’re doing with “Your Podcast ” I’m already a big fan.

Your last episode made start questioning something I have recently started doing in an effort to get my podcast to as many ears as possible.  My podcast lives at mikeypod.com which is a self-hosted WordPress site and I happily use powerpress. A couple months ago I decided to also upload each new episode to soundcloud and mixcloud thinking that if I am clever with my tagging on those site, I might get some new listeners who would then follow the link back to my site.

Now I am starting to wonder if that is not such a good idea after all — do you have any thoughts about this? Am I shooting myself in the foot by taking attention away from my own website?

Thanks and keep up the great work! I’m so grateful for everything y’all do at blubrry!”

Tech:
Rebranding or changing services? You must do it in a particular order to keep your subscribers.
1. Keep your old site/domain alive for a while (30 days is good for most situations).
2. Move your media — if needed (PowerPress has import and migration tools built in).
3. 301 redirect your old feed to your new feed.

If your current service will not 301 redirect your feed, then double post to the new and the old feed for 4 episodes (or 30 days) with an announcement in the old feed saying you are moving and where you are moving to. You must keep both services running for that time to be sure to get most of your subscribers to move.

See: Migrating to Blubrry

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

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Google SEO Announcement for Podcasters – Your Podcast



 

In the second episode of Your Podcast Todd and Mike go over some general podcasting tips – including a lesson learned from Mike — current news, and lastly tech topics. If you’re not using PowerPress yet but are interested in ensuring SEO for your show, read the Google announcement below and consider updating your website. Thanks for listening and subscribe to the show to be the first to get new episodes every other Monday.

Tips

  • Do not update or let your computer do any kind of update before a recording with someone else. (Mike was on his laptop with a USB headset this episode due to NOT taking this advice).
  • How recording your podcast live can help you become a better podcaster.
  • Editing pros and cons – how much do you edit? 
  • When should you update your show’s artwork?

News

To enable SEO in PowerPress: Feeds Tab — Check the box ‘Include podcast feed links in HTML headers’ — Save Settings. (Make sure you are in advanced mode in PowerPress to see the Feeds tab) 

This is another example of why it’s good to have your own website be where your RSS feed comes from.

Tech Topics

  • Subscribe links – how to populate them (PowerPress and Generator).
  • Why you should be asking people to subscribe to your podcast, rather than saying “Find us in iTunes.”

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

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Your Podcast: A New Podcast From Blubrry



What is “Your Podcast” All About?

It’s all about Your Brand, Your Ideas, Your Intellectual Property and Your Time — and how Blubrry services can help you keep all of these things. Your Podcast is going to feature company news & announcements, discussion about podcasting in general, tech topics that relate to your podcast and some inside information coming from a combined 24 years of experience in podcasting. This show will run every 2 weeks opposite of the PowerPress Podcast.

Host Todd Cochrane is the CEO of RawVoice Inc. (parent company of Blubrry Podcasting) and the host and producer of the Geek News Central Podcast and co-host of the New Media Show.

Host Mike Dell is the Customer Support Coordinator for RawVoice and Blubrry and is the host and producer of Mike Dell’s World and Podcast Help Desk (among others).

Company Philosophy – What Makes Blubrry Different?

  • We strongly believe in podcasters controlling and owning their own brand.
  • Our team – we’re all podcasters.
  • We provide the tools and service to make podcasting as easy as possible and get out of the way.

Just Two Examples:

  • PowerPress – our open-source plugin helps over 65,000 content creators power their podcast and build their brands.
  • Our unbranded podcast players. We don’t advertise on YOUR site (unless of course you’d like to join our Affiliate Program).

Company News

  • Todd and Mike talk about our Professional Hosting and our integration with the Triton Digital advertising platform.
  • Our WordPress plugin, PowerPress, reached 1 million downloads last week!

Customer Question

  • Why do you just post two minutes to Facebook and YouTube with Post to Social?
  • Some strange support questions.

Be sure to click Play or Subscribe so you don’t miss any new episodes of Your Podcast!

If you have any comments, questions or topics you would like us to cover on the show, email us at yourpodcast@blubrry.com. We’re excited to get started!

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Proclaim16, Apple changes and the New PowerPress



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In this episode Mike Dell, Lead Support Tech for Blubrry & RawVoice fills in for MacKenzie who is on assignment. Actually, she’s in Nashville at the Proclaim16 conference along with our CIO Angelo Mandato who reports LIVE from Nashville.

 

Proclaim16

News:
Blubrry Community Newsletter is out on the street, so to speak.

Political Podcasts – There is now a plethora of political podcasts for “political junkies” to enjoy. Jen Thorpe over at PodcasterNews has a list of some of the best political podcasts out there.

Proclaim 2016 – Nashville, TN

Angelo and MacKenzie reporting “live” from Nashville.

PowerPress Update:

The current version of PowerPress is 6.3.2.

It includes some updates for required iTunes items such as Explicit tags and quite a few others. Here is the change log:

    • Added import podcast from Squarespace option (thanks Steve for bringing to our attention that importing from Squarespace requires added logic)
    • The itunes:summary tag values can now use CDATA encapsulation. Note updated that may not contain HTML, except for hyperlinks. (Thanks Apple iTunes team!)
    • Added checkbox to enable wrapping iTunes summary values with
    • Added new define option POWERPRESS_FEED_TEMPLATE. (Thanks Ron for the suggestion!)
    • Added new define option POWERPRESS_PREMIUM_GROUPS_PLUGIN, for premium podcasting with Groups plugin commonly paired with WooCommerce.
    • Removed iTunes explicit ‘no’ value from tag. (iTunes change – February, 2016)
    • Updated iTunes recommended image size to 3000 x 3000 saved in a compressed format such as JPG. (iTunes change – February, 2016)
  • Fixed notice message from appearing when using the playlist player (Thanks chefjoef for bringing to our attention).
  • Added width and height attributes to img tag for the HTML5 audio player image. (Thanks Eduard for the patch and information about the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project!)
  • Fixed tab control styling when other themes or plugins use newer versions of jquery-ui.
  • Added dismissable notification message to alert PowerPress users of the latest iTunes changes.


Apple Podcasts Connect:
 Apple changed the way you submit a feed to them to a website based system. We have updated the Podcast Manual with the new information: http://create.blubrry.com/manual/podcast-promotion/submit-podcast-to-itunes/

Blubrry Tip of the Week: (A feature I do at Podcast Help Desk)

Populate your RSS feed setting at blubrry.com if you are not using the blubrry.com feed for your podcast. This gives your listing in the Blubrry directory a way to stay up to date. It also makes it easier for us tech support types to help you troubleshoot any problems you might have.

If you are using blubrry.com for your podcast website, this is not needed and can cause your listing to have duplicates.
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Setting up Podcast Stats On blubrry.com and PowerPress



This is a screencast of me setting up podcast statistics on the Blubrry.com website using powerpress on my own wordpress site.

Follow these steps (in order) and you will have no problem getting the best podcasting stats in the business!

-Mike Dell

Tech Support

Rawvoice Inc / blubrry.com

 

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