Category Archives: PowerPress Podcast Episodes

2018 Podcasting Predictions with Guest Clay Conry



Podcasting is not slowing down in 2018, at least that’s what these pros and experts have to say. 2017 was a very successful year for many podcasters, networks, newbies, etc, and 2018 will be no exception, with quality content and delivery taking precedence this year, based on the predictions from experts in the media industry. Host of the show, Working Cows, Clay Conry discusses with MacKenzie what we’ll see later on and how he got started with his show this past fall.

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Show notes:

20+ Blogging, Video, and Podcasting Predictions for 2018 from the Pros: Posted on Jan 11, 2018. Read up on what the people in this industry think will be happening this year – get in early on some of these ideas.
Social Media Examiner, hosting the Social Media Marketing World conference: Learn social media marketing tips from some of the world’s most knowledgable.
Working Cows: From host Clay Conry. Thinking out of the box for the ranching industry, from someone whose been involved for countless years.
Working Cows social media: follow on these outlets for updates on the show and blog – Facebook, Twitter

Check out Clay’s baby goats!
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Starting a Show, Net Neutrality and Apple Stats



Starting a podcast can be simple, if podcasters follow a few guidelines. A Blubrry intern, Justin Mosley, recently started his own podcast called Pressing Clarification and used a PowerPress Site to get started. Net Neutrality was repealed in a vote by the FCC on December 14th. For those that oppose the repeal, there is some hope. Many Congress members have stated that they will be doing all they can to fight against this repeal.

Apple has released a beta of their podcast statistics, available for all Apple users in their Podcast Connect dashboard. Blubrry is getting these statistics at the same time as podcasters, so please bear with them as they analyze and scrutinize the new statistics. Apple mentioned an API, but did not make any promises or provide much detail, so that will come in time. Feel free to ask the team questions about the new Apple stats, but we’re learning as we go as well.

Happy Holidays! Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show. Want to be a guest on the show? Email MacKenzie why you think you’d be a good guest and a link to your website.

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Show notes:

Pressing Clarification: New podcast from Justin and Rebecca about science, philosophy and entertainment.
Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now. What will happen now that it has been repealed?
Apple’s New Podcast Analytics. Jacob’s Media analyzed what has been provided.
Email MacKenzie: mackenzie@blubrry.com
PowerPress webinar: Getting started with Mike Dell.

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Services Podcasters Need and Don’t Need



With all of the options out there for podcasters to choose from on what can be helpful to their show and their audience, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which services podcasters need and don’t need. There are some out there worth their salt that are important every day for podcasting, while others can easily be left behind.

Do podcasters need a search engine devoted to picking apart show notes? Is it critical to be in every directory? Listen Notes may be helpful to some, but it’s not a service that your podcast won’t work without. Directories are not necessarily going to drive traffic to your show, or grow your audience; solid show notes that work well with Google will. Spotify has relaxed listing consideration and is opening to more podcasters being on the platform. Apply below, but be patient as they review shows.

Net Neutrality on the other hand, that’s a concept that is incredibly important to the podcasting world. The FCC will be voting on December 14th, so get involved in the fight for Net Neutrality before it’s too late.

Quick update on Blubrry, we’ve begun a campaign called #BuildYourBlubrry, and we can’t wait for some of you to win some prizes. All month long we’ll be giving away podcasting prizes and goodies – so check out our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Hope to see some of you at PodCon this weekend, look out for Todd and MacKenzie at the Blubrry booth. Thanks for listening and please subscribe.

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Show Notes

#BuildYourBlubrry: Win prizes from our social media. Twitter and Facebook
PodCon: A conference for podcast who love podcasts.
Spotify: Submit your podcast here. Doesn’t have to be associated to a hosting company.
Net Neutrality: Call FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai (202) 418-1000.
PowerPress Webinar: Learn how to setup WordPress and PowerPress for your show – the simple way.

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Super Speed Listening



Almost every podcast app out there offers the ability to listen to the episode at a faster speed. Speeds range from 1.5x to 10x. Buzzfeed went the extra mile to find out just how often people do listen at rates faster than normal. Mike Dell and MacKenzie don’t seem too interested in listening this way, but read more in the show notes below.

Make sure to head to PodCon to see Todd and MacKenzie in Seattle in early December.

Podcasting requires quite a bit of different software at times and sometimes it’s nice to find a free version of something you need. They’re not too informed about these particular options, but it’s always nice to know what’s out there.

If you have any interest whatsoever in fast food, don’t skimp out on a new podcast, Fast Food History. Hosted by Blubrry’s own Mike Dell, this weekly show will give you info on a variety of fast food chains.

Enjoy Thanksgiving and tell us on social media about any Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. Thanks for listening and please subscribe.

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Show notes:

Meet the People Who Listen to Podcasts at Super-Fast Speeds: Catch up on episodes quickly by, well, speeding them up a bit.

The best free audio editors of 2017: Free isn’t always bad – these options might be the one for you.

PodCon: The podcasting conference for people who love podcasts. December 9-10 in Seattle.

Fast Food History: First episode is out, tune in for episodes released every Friday.

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Podcasting Around the Holidays



Blubrry has been collecting podcasting data since day one when they started in 2005. Our statistics allows us to collect information on how people are listening – the trends, what they do, what they don’t do, etc. At the end of the day we regularly come to conclusions on this data and share it with the world. Recently, a blog post went out about some of this information, you can find it on PowerPressPodcast.com.

An RSS feed can be confusing or a hassle to some, which is why services such as feed validators are so important and utilized. Recently, Blubrry acquired widely used and highly recommeneded, Cast Feed Validator.

NaPodPoMo – Podcast for 30 days straight. This challenge is great for any podcaster, and MacKenzie has already failed at it. No worries, she has a different take on 30 days straight and will be working on a different type of podcasting initiative for the month of November.

Lastly, MacKenzie shares her podcasting chronicle – setting a second goal for herself before December. The holidays can feel like a burden for your podcast, but don’t let them get in the way – there are so many listeners out there that are utilizing their free time around the holidays to listen to new shows and catch up on old episodes.

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Show notes:

FinCon: In case you missed out, it’s a financial expo for media creators in the financial industry. Lots of potential podcasters attended.
Cast Feed Validator: Now in Blubrry’s hands, with no major changes coming to the service in the near future.
Podcasting Data: Information you didn’t know you wanted about the podcasting industry. Hint, more people are listening to podcasts.
NaPodPoMo: Will you be podcasting for almost everyday of the month of November? Become a better podcaster simply by podcasting more.

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Everyday Superhumans, a Podcast for the Passionate



Non-profit organizations – have you ever thought about how many there are just in your neighborhood? Kyle Smith of the podcast, Everyday Superhumans, shares his experience as co-host of the show and how it evolved into focusing solely on non-profit organizations, and highlighting those that are trying to bring a little more humanity to the world. Give it a listen to hear about passionate humans in the Austin area.

Government agencies and organizations are trying to improve their outreach via podcasts. Easier said that done to gets facts straight from the source nowadays, and this is a way to ensure that information is being shared with their desired audience. Are you listening to any podcasts hosted by a government source? Maybe one you’re interested in will start a show soon.

Advertising on a podcast, when you don’t have a traditional sponsor. It’s possible and prepares you for when the day an advertiser calls on your show. Advertisers are looking for a success story and they want reassurance beforehand that you’ll be able to provide a quality ad for them. Give them no doubt you’re ready for this by recording a sample. More tips are included in the episode, including leaving two seconds on air where it would be appropriate to slide an ad into the episode.

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Show notes:

Government Agencies Try Podcasting: Only seems fitting they give the audible medium a try, audiences are bound to show up soon.
Everyday Superhumans: Restoring your faith in humanity. One episode at a time. Hosted by Kyle Smith and Charlie Hilton, based out of Austin, Texas.
Advertising for the future: Learn why you should start advertising before an advertiser reaches out to you.

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NaPodPoMo – Podcasting for 30 Days Straight



National Podcast Post Month, better known as NaPodPoMo, begins on November 1st. Do podcasters have what it takes to podcast for 30 days straight? Here is the chance – no restrictions or rules – just a desire for podcasters to challenge themselves. This is the 10th anniversary of the challenge and if you’re a podcast alumni, you can schedule your interview to be part of the NaPodPoMo community with Jennifer Navarrete.

Learn about the Werk It Festival, a podcasting festival solely for women, not to mention the ONLY women podcasting festival out there. Hosted by the the WNYC team, Werk It is filled with keynotes, sessions and a podcasting bootcamp, women are able to network and learn from the best in the biz. Live podcast sessions were recorded, so be on the lookout for these online.

The Podfather Adam Curry did not write the article discussed at the end of the episode, focusing on the deadly sins of podcasting, but we do talk about him. There are some things about podcasts that seem to bother everyone, but what should podcasters do to actually change these things? Get creative with your advertisements, your format, and most definitely your logo.

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Show notes:

Werk It Festival: October 3-5, 2017
Hosted by WYNC Studios
NaPodPoMo: Created by Jennifer Navarrete
Learn more about NaPodPoMo: here and here
The Deadly Sins of Podcasting: Change some things up

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The America Out Loud Network and International Podcast Day



america out loud network international podcast dayMalcolm Out Loud, host and owner of the America Out Loud network sees the potential of podcasting and creating a network that provides something for everyone. Malcolm started his network a few years ago and has continuously added shows with about a dozen active at the moment. Recently the network wrapped season one of the podcast Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pleasure; season 2 starts in November. He’s currently looking for new hosts for the show, check out his site if you’re interested.

Malcolm has found that by providing a network with content for all types of people that he is gaining a large audience and success. The entire network is run on PowerPress and has been vital to the expansion of the site and network of podcasts.

Dave Lee, co-founder of International Podcast Day explained not only what International Podcast Day is, but how it started and how it has evolved. On September 30th podcasters and podcast listeners from all around the world will celebrate the power of podcasts and their appreciation for the medium. This day of celebration is not just for podcasters, but for anyone that is fan of podcasts, interested in them, etc. Tune in for 30 hours of live streaming of people involved in podcasting all over the world. In it’s 3rd official year they will be representing 14 different countries with hopes for more next year. If you’re not available to watch live, all footage will be available on YouTube afterwards.

Blubrry is a sponsor of the event and will be involved in two segments: Podcast Problems: What To Do When Things Go Wrong and Proven Social Media Strategies. Get listening and start the conversation!

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Show notes:

America Out Loud Network
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pleasure
What is International Podcast Day?
How to Get Involved and Benefits of Joining the Event
Full Schedule
Speakers Spotlight
Social Events and Meetups
Promotional Material and Twitter Cards
Merchandise

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Celebrating Two Years of the PowerPress Podcast



Back in September of 2015 MacKenzie was tasked with restarting Blubrry’s show, the PowerPress Podcast. With consistent bi-weekly episodes, it’s finally the two year anniversary of the show. The official date, birthday, whatever one wants to call it, is September 10th, 2015. Podcasting comes with highs and lows, regardless of how much support a podcaster has surrounding them. To help MacKenzie celebrate, she brought on Jane Ellen, a past guest to talk about what they’ve learned, experienced and changed over their time podcasting. Thanks everyone for listening and subscribing to the show for the past two years. Many good things to come!

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Show notes:

Glistening Particles – Take a listen to Jane Ellen’s show about conversations with random acquaintances and more.
Old PowerPress episode with Jane – From October of 2016.
She Podcasts – For any female podcasts our there, join this group. It’s full of great advise, conversations and ideas.
Editing – I was told Lynda.com is great for learning Audition.
Podcasters’ Hangout, Podcast Community – There are more Facebook groups as well, search for them!
Columbus Podcaster’s Meetup – We meet at the end of every month – in September we’ll be talking about monetization.
16 Personalities – MacKenzie started to take the test again after this podcast, still didn’t finish it.

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Podcast Movement 2017 Recap



Podcast Movement 2017 has officially come and gone, and thanks to everyone that Blubrry was able to meet, catch up with and discuss anything to do with podcasting last week. We were so happy to once again be able to head out to Anaheim and sponsor and participate in one of the largest gatherings of podcasters that happens every year. Shawn Thorpe was attending for the first time this year and MacKenzie got his opinion on how the entire event felt day by day. She has been to multiple events for podcasting over the years and they had lots to compare.

Blubrry Podcasting booth at Podcast Movement 2017 before the event started.

Little bit on Shawn Thorpe: He’s been part-time tech support for Blubrry since March of 2015 (the same time MacKenzie started). He has been podcasting for 12 years now, and yet this was the first event that he has attended concerning podcasting.

Don’t expect any news articles or a PowerPress tip this episode, those will be back next episode of the PowerPress Podcast. Thanks for listening and please subscribe!

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Show notes:

Podcast Movement 2017
Blubrry Services – Use the code PM17 for THREE FREE months of service! Don’t miss out on this opportunity new customers!
Hyper Nonsense – Shawn’s podcast.

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