All posts by Mike Dell

Google Indexing Podcasts on Desktop and Mobile Browser Search – YP57



The Podcast Help Desk show is now indexed on Google.

Todd and Mike are both a little under the weather, but that didn’t stop them covering a lot about Google indexing and searching of podcasts. There is also lots of conversations on what directories will display your show notes, we clear that up. We’re still looking to collect podcast promos that we can use on the show, so get recording. They wrap up the episode discussing podcast titles – some dos and dont’s.

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Topics:

  • Google indexing podcasts on desktop search? It appears it’s indexing from Apple’s new preview pages and not natively as reported in some news outlets. See: Google Search For “Your Podcast” Interesting that the episode links go to Google Podcasts!
  • A variety of apps and directories will display your show notes. How they do this is up to their discretion. This link from Podnews goes into the details of who does what. Thanks Podnews! What you put in the feed is all your control, again it’s totally up to them on what they do with it.
  • Podcast promos: Last episode we put out a call for listeners to send us their podcast promo. We’ve received a few so far, send yours! Send em to: YourPodcast@blubrry.com and we might play it here.
  • Today’s promo you’ve heard in the show is, Blubrry customer Brian Kilby, from Radio Free Cybertron – TFRadio.net.
  • What’s in a name? What should your podcast title be? Here are some suggestions from Inside Radio.

Unrelated… send in your suggestions for a new name for this show.  We have had a few responses but would like to hear from YOU! YourPodcast@blubrry.com

Support:

  • Change the password or email at blubrry.com? Then you need to relink your account in PowerPress (even if you are on a PowerPress site at Blubrry.net) Just log out and log back in with new password. Not linked, no PowerPress usage with your Blubrry account.
  • Give it a little time, changing titles, author tags, artwork or any other metadata in your feed, typically takes 24-72 hours before it updates in directories. Podcasting is PULL (directories pull your feed)…. NOT PUSH (you don’t push automatic updates)…

*** 2nd to the last with Todd in the Hawaii Studios. More in-person shows to come this summer from Michigan or Ohio.

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Renaming Your Podcast – YP56



Each podcast goes through changes, sometimes that includes a name change. We’re looking to change the name of Your Podcast and want your suggestions. You know what this show is about, and the team is certainly open to your thoughts. Luminary recently launched and caused quite a controversy, on day one. We have some pretty strong opinions about their directory and access to content. On a rare occasion Todd and Mike were together to record this episode, this time in the Columbus studio.

From the Blubrry Convo by Design Studio in Columbus Ohio, YP episode 56.

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News:

Topics:

  • Almost the entire Blubrry team has descended on Columbus.
  • Promoting and cross-promotion for podcasts: A lost art?
  • Send in a promo for your show. We might play it here. (Blubrry customers only)

Support:

  • Our new ticket system is LIVE! (You won’t notice much, but it should get you faster and more efficient help and service from the support team.)
  • Support on social media, again not the fastest way to get help. And in fact our least favorite way to assist.
  • It seems people are on the move. If you’re moving AWAY or TO Blubrry, contact us. We are the #1 experts in moving people TO Blubrry and we would be happy to give you advice if you are moving away (expect a bit of “why” questions though.) It’s a lot better if you plan the move rather than just do it and try to fix something later.

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Live from Las Vegas at NABShow 2019 – YP55



Blubrry’s Booth at NABShow 2019

You can easily podcast on the go, Mike and Todd did just that ‘live’ from Las Vegas at the NAB Show 2019.

Todd and Mike sit down in the booth and talk about some of the happenings at NABShow and in the podcasting world in this abbreviated version of Your Podcast.  MacKenzie from PowerPress Podcast joins us for a bit as well.

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Some of the topics covered:

  • NABShow recap, recorded on the last day.
  • Apple’s new show pages – with audio players! Take a look at ours here: Your Podcast on Apple Podcasts
  • Apple may be dumping “iTunes” in favor of individual apps for Podcasts, Music, Movies, etc on the desktop.
  • Will there ever be an Apple Podcasts for Android devices?
  • CHECK YOUR SPAM (We’re unfortunately still having some issues with Gmail.)
  • The Blubrry team has begun utilizing a new ticket system for support.
  • New update to PowerPress: 7.4.1. Mainly bug fixes, but still useful to update.
  • Partner: AudioBurst transcriptions and more for Blubrry customers.
  • Rubber Ducks and shipping containers.

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

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Archive an Inactive Podcast – YP54



Podcast shows aren’t necessarily meant to last forever with new episodes. That’s where archiving an inactive podcast comes in. We explain how to do just that for your show, among other things. Such as, BBC recently removed podcasts from Google. On our side, Blubrry now offers AudioBurst to hosting customers. Mike got his first experience at the Proclaim event last week and is headed to NAB next week. Enjoy this somewhat abbreviated episode of Your Podcast.

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News:

  • In a somewhat disappointing move, BBC removes podcasts from Google.
  • Always expanding, we’ve got a new partner, Audioburst. We could not be more excited to help podcasters get transcriptions and ‘bursts’ of their episodes to post on social media and elsewhere. Plus, it’s free!

Topic:

  • Mike attended Proclaim19! last week for the first time.
  • NABshow is happening next week in Vegas. Blubrry team will be there and Todd will be on a panel, learn more about it here. You can find us at the Podcast Pavilion in Central Hall. (booth C3033)

 

 

 

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  • Archiving an inactive show and keeping it online.
    1. To keep it on Blubrry, downgrade to the lowest plan ($12).
    2. Otherwise, and this is ONLY for a show that is not ongoing, use Archive.org (which is what it’s for).
    3. OR, a folder on your website.
      *****Again, not for an ongoing show. Just for inactive shows.*****

Support:

  • CHECK YOUR SPAM Our email is still being marked as spam to a lot of Google email accounts (Gmail and G Suite). If you expected a reply, check your spam.
  • New ticket system coming soon!

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

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Back from Podfest Multimedia Expo – YP53



Podfest 2019

The Blubrry team traveled to Orlando for the 5th annual Podfest Expo. We enjoyed meeting new podcasters and catching up with others, we’ll be back next year. In the extended podcasting world, Spotify and Apple seem to be in a tiff, not because of podcasts but the freedom to act as a fully fledged music and media company, without Apple acting as big brother. This is a quicker episode, but still packed with great insight.

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News:

Topics:

  • How was Podfest? Todd and Mike give their impressions of the show this year.
  • Mike will be atNRB Proclaim19! March 26-29th in Anaheim, CA
  • Blubrry at NAB show April 7-11th in Las Vegas

Support:

  • Email issues at Blubrry/RawVoice: Check your spam if you are on Gmail!
  • 301 redirects are important if you change platforms. It preserves your connection to your current subscribers.

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

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Apple Podcasts & Episode Numbers in Titles – YP52



Apple Podcasts Logo We celebrate 2 years of Your Podcast. Todd is back! Thank you to Jeff, John and Grant for Co-hosting with Mike over the last few episodes. Today Todd and Mike talk about Apple’s emails about meta data and what it all means, Blubrry will be at the RAIN Summit in NYC and Podfest in Orlando this week.  We also did a fair amount of Geeking out on file formats and sample rates.

 

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News:

  • Apple’s email

 

Dear Podcast Provider,

To improve your experience with Apple Podcasts, we want to share the following information and updates.

Optimize Your Show’s Metadata

The metadata of your show is your product packaging. It includes all of the details about your show — such as title, author name, description — that potential listeners will see on Apple Podcasts. High-quality metadata can help your show be discovered and grow your audience, as it ultimately determines whether it appears in relevant user searches.

Conversely, poor-quality podcast metadata may affect new submissions as well as active shows to ensure our platform meets Apple’s quality standards.

Here are some things to avoid:

Including placeholder text from your hosting provider. For example, descriptions such as “Podcast by [author name],” “New podcast weblog,” “Cover art photo provided by [name],” or “Description goes here.”
Verbatim repetition of the title or author name in the description. For example, “The Very Hungry Tourists by Dr. María Sánchez and John Appleseed.”
Incorporating irrelevant content or spam. For example, show titles like “The Very Hungry Tourists | Travel | Explore | Learn” or author names like “Dr. María Sánchez, coach and travel enthusiast.”
Adding episode numbers in titles. For example, show titles like “The Very Hungry Tourists Episode 01” or episode titles like “01 Broken Heirloom.”
These practices could result in your show being rejected or removed from Apple Podcasts.

  • Apple Clarifies the previous email

Dear Podcast Provider,

We’ve received a lot of questions about metadata best practices on Apple Podcasts. We want to provide more details and clarification as you think about improving your show’s metadata.

Your Show Won’t Be Removed for Having Episode Numbers in Episode Titles

Starting with iOS 11 in September 2017, we introduced modern RSS tags to improve podcast metadata. These tags include support for seasons, trailers, and episode numbers. The new tags help us present your show to your listeners on Apple Podcasts and present listening data to you in Podcast Analytics.

We encourage you to use the tag to send us your episode numbers. If you decide to include episode numbers in your episode titles.

Topic:

  • Apple’s tags and why they are important now more than ever.
  • The Geeks are at it: 44.1k vs 48k sample rate?  Does it matter anymore?
  • While we are at it, AAC vs. MP3.

Support:

  • Enabling Apples tags at Blubrry Generator and in PowerPress
    • . In the Episodes tab of PowerPress settings, enable “iTunes Episode Title Field” and “iTunes Episode Number, Season” fields.  (pull down to “show field” on both)
    • Edit each post and click “modify” in the podcast episode area
    • Type in the new title for Apple Podcasts in the ‘iTunes title’ box and put the episode number in the number box.  You can ignore the season and type fields if you want.
    • Update the post.
    • Repeat for any posts that are in your feed
    • Go to “Manage Episodes” and click the “edit” icon next to the episode you want to edit.
  • In the editor you will see advanced iTunes settings.  Open that section and you will see “iTunes Title” and “Episode Number”.  Put that info in and save. Repeat as needed.
  • Media file names – Spaces in file names or other weird symbols do weird things to stats.   ONLY numbers, letters, underscores or dashes in mp3 file names.

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

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The Role of Household Names in Podcasts – YP51



Household names have become persistent in podcasting, and Sunday evening’s episode of the Simpson’s and a new show called Newt’s World are no exception. Longtime podcaster Marc Maron was a guest on the Simpson’s recently and his character interviewed Krusty. Well-known politician, Newt Gingrich, has a new podcast on society. Many would argue that well-known names like Marc and Newt flood the podcasting space, but they certainly do bring some more popularity to the medium. This week Mike was joined by a relatively new intern, Grant Coleman. He’s working with the team in Columbus as a developer.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!  

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News:

  • Marc Maron interviews Krusty on a podcast for The Simpsons!

  • Newt Gingrich has launched a new podcast with Westwood One called, Newt’s World Podcast. Honing in on all aspects of society, and his background in politics, history, and teaching, he’ll focus on a variety of topics.
  • Not a ton of information we can provide, but Apple has changed the Terms of Service for podcast statistics.

Topics:

  • About Grant: College student from Ohio.
  • Development/software internship at Blubrry
  • Do you need a website for your podcast? This topics keeps coming up. Our take on it; the answer is yes, you do want a website.

Support:

  • Email Address changes: Based on our system, they have to be made by Blubrry support staff.
  • Requirements for Spotify via Blubrry: What are the reasons shows do not get approved for Spotify?
  • PowerPress tip: UNLESS you know why you are doing it, do not use Category Podcasting, Custom Podcast Channels, taxonomy Podcasting or Post-Type podcasting in PowerPress. There are specific reasons you might want to do it, but please, PLEASE ask support first. We may have a better way to do what you want to accomplish.

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

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Spotify In Talks To Acquire Gimlet Media? – YP50



Mike is joined by Jeff Hinz, Chief Growth Officer for RawVoice / Blubrry. Taking podcasting mainstream once again, they talked about the rumor that Spotify may be looking to acquire Gimlet Media and what that can mean. A popular podcast Nerd On! scored a great interview with a Star Trek actor/director, and they talk about the new RODECaster Pro.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!  

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News:

Topic:

  • Get to know Jeff Hinz, long time hidden team member.
  • RODECaster Pro: Mini review, and remember they added multi-channel recording.
  • PodFest: Todd and Mike will be speaking separately in Orlando this March 6-9.

Support:

  • 301 Redirects: Why you need them when you change from one feed to another. Do things in the correct order to avoid losing subscribers.
  • How RSS works: Publish a post and WAIT for the directories to PULL your episode. Subscribers will get the episode quite quickly EVEN if the episode is not listed on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc. We hate to keep saying this, but new people are unaware it’s a PUSH and it’s really a PULL. 24 hours is not uncommon for new episodes to appear.
  • PowerPress settings series: Website and Destinations tabs explained a bit more.

Todd should be back next episode.

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

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Your PowerPress Podcast – ppp81 and yp49



While the cat is away, the mice will play. MacKenzie is at PodCon and Todd is out at an undisclosed location so Mike and (guest host) John Hankins, from the the Blubrry support team, do a combined episode of Your Podcast and PowerPress Podcast.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!  

AND PowerPress Podcast!

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News:
  • Android Auto: Finally getting Google Podcasts added to your car.
  • Mobituaries: CBS’s latest podcast, hosted by Mo Rocca.
Topics:
  • Learn about John: a new member of our support team.
  • Independent podcasting: There is no rule that you have to make money, have ads, interview people or anything. Do your own thing.
  • Shawn’s PowerPress tip: Caching
Support:
  • Media file names: Keep it simple and keep it routine.
  • PowerPress settings: Focusing on the Apple Tab.
  • Relax, as long as your episode is in your feed, it will go everywhere you have it syndicated.

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Promote Yourself Over Other Platforms – yp48



Welcome to 2019! Happy New Year from Blubrry podcasting! Diving into the year Todd and Mike discuss Todd’s recent guest appearance on a podcast discussing something he’s very familiar with, podcast statistics. If you’re someone that likes to podcast on the go or just doesn’t have an extensive studio, BackPack Studio might be for you. It replaced the longstanding BossJock app. In a world where more and more celebrities are getting involved, Kanye West will be a guest on a prominent podcast sometime soon. They end the show with a case study and what NOT to do when promoting your podcast. Also, Mike starts a new segment on PowerPress in-depth settings starting with the Feeds tab.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!

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News

Topics

  • What’s coming to Blubrry in 2019? Get an idea of some of the things we are working on.
  • NEVER promote something you don’t own. Create your corner of the internet that encompasses other platforms such as Apple, Twitter, etc. Now on to a case study we did ourselves.
    Case Study
    Popular podcaster interviews a well-known person. Said interviewee promotes the episode on several websites, social media and publications. So far so good. Right? BUT, interviewee promoted the Apple link and not the podcaster’s website (with RSS feeds and such on it). Meanwhile, this podcaster wasn’t following best practices, ie author keyword stuffing. With the new found popularity of this podcast, it popped up into the top 200 at Apple… you guessed it, POOF. The podcasters link was shut down at Apple (the listing was down for 2 weeks). The trouble is all the publicity he got is worthless (or nearly so) because any link in any story was from Apple and it no longer works. Moral of the story: promote yourself, not someone or something else. Stay in control, 100%.

Support

Lots of new people are immersing themselves in podcasting. This is great, but not always a great, but not always easy when it comes to support.

  • Tweaking the tech in PowerPress.
    The Feeds tab settings that are important to set.

    • Enhance feeds: Really doesn’t matter which of these options you check if you are using the main podcast-only feed.
    • Podcast feeds: Check both boxes, “Do not allow other plugins to modify podcast feeds” and “Accelerate feed.”
    • Feed discovery: Check the box “Include podcast feed links in HTML headers.”
    • RSS2 image: Check that box.
    • Emoji: New feature from 2018, but use as desired.
    • Feed title (Show Title): hint, this is where you change the title of your show. 
    • Feed Description.
    • Podcast Mirror feed URL: Set only if you use Podcast mirror or some other RSS service.
    • Show most recent: Set this to more than 10.
    • Feed Episode Maximizer: Turn this on if you set the above to more than 10.
    • Basic Show Information: Optional, but recommended.
    • TV Rating: Due to the V-chip rule in the U.S., you should really check this for set-top boxes, aka Roku, Apple TV, etc.

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