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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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And The Winner Is… – Your Podcast 015



Congratulations to all of the Podcast Awards winners, awarded live on International Podcast Day. Media companies are always changing and recently Vimeo, known for recorded video acquired Livestream giving them access to live streaming capabilities as well. Todd tried out Apple’s AirPods and was pleasantly surprised. Given the current political climate, there has been an influx of podcasts on politics – Joe Biden is the most recent to come out with one. Lastly, Todd and Mike suggest that podcasts insert ads in their podcast so prospective advertisers can hear what your ad reads sound like, like a trial run.

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News:

Congratulations to all the People’s Choice Podcast Award winners!

Topic:

  • Why podcasters should consider doing a demo for their podcast. The benefits of being advertiser ready.

Tech Support:

“I posted an episode and it’s not in Apple Podcasts yet. What did I do wrong? PLEASE HELP.”

We get this question A LOT!

The iTunes/Apple store listing and what appears in your feed are two different things. People that subscribe to your feed in iTunes will get the new episodes as you post them but the listing at iTunes can lag by a day or so behind your feed. This is normal. Again, remember to tell people to subscribe.

People get the wrong impression that your RSS feed PUSHES to iTunes: it does not. iTunes (when it sees fit) PULLS your feed. It asks for your feed when it gets around to it and PULLS your feed to update the listing. Your subscribers (even in iTunes) subscribe to your feed and after that never really touch iTunes (the service) again. They are just subscribed to your feed directly in the iTunes software. Subscribe to your own show, so that you can be reassured when you publish new episodes that all is well. It works the same as every other directory or app.

There is nothing we or you can do to make that faster. It takes whatever time it takes and if you want it to go faster you have to go to iTunes and refresh your feed manually.

Here is a checklist of things we do to make sure all is working fine.

  • Know what your feed address is.
  • Check your feed whenever you post. One way to check is a simple check in the Firefox browser. Load your RSS feed and check that the title is correct, the media file is indeed attached and that the feed loads without errors.
  • Check your feed in a validator. Podba.se or castfeedvalidator.com are up to date. Feedvalidator.org or W3 Validator are seriously out of date for podcast feeds.
  • Subscribe to your own podcast in your podcast app of choice. You should get the episode within a few minutes of publishing. Regardless if it’s in the store for that app, you will get it and your subscribers will too.

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

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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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Building Your Show – Your Podcast 012



Podcast Movement is this week, the importance of building YOUR show, the Blubrry Affiliate Program, Sound Devices’ MixPre-6, and migrating to Blubrry. Todd and Mike cover all these topics and more on today’s, Your Podcast.

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News:

  • Podcast Movement – Starting on Wednesday, if you can make it, use the promo code BLUBRRY at checkout for a 10% discount. There are still tickets left, join us there!

Topics:

  1. Blogging and shownotes – Write a blog post (shownotes) for each episode and write posts that are similar to your topic in-between episodes of your podcast. Doing so builds SEO for Google and other search engines. It also gives your listeners something form you on the off times.
  2. Get local – Offer to speak at groups in your area community about your topic. There are a lot of groups out there that need guest speakers. It’s way to get your name our there out in your community. It’s also a great way to get your name out there as a subject matter expert.
  3. TV and Radio in your area – Reach out to the local broadcasters. Offer to appear in their newscasts or shows to talk about your subject. It could lead to bigger media contacts in the national or international media on your topic.
  4. Writing – Consider writing a book or e-book. Being published in your field can be a great way to earn the title of subject matter expert.
  5. Keep listening – Lots more small tips in the episode.

Support:

  • Migrating to Blubrry – PowerPress Sites (Free or Deluxe) is the easiest way. ‘Import Podcast’ and ‘Migrate Media’ will move your posts and content to Blubrry in a few easy steps.
  • Stats at Blubrry – How they work. We explain the delay between when an episode is posted, and when it shows up in the stats dashboard.
  • Email address changes – Why we have to do it for you. Just contact us at support@blubrry.com to change your login email at Blubrry.com.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com. Note: This week might be a little slow on support. Most of our support team will be at Podcast Movement in California and will have limited access to email and phone.

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Columbus Podcast Festival and Blubrry Updates



If you’re interested to know what Blubrry has been to up, this is a great time to catch up on the PowerPress Podcast. MacKenzie doesn’t have a guest but talks about what the Blubrry team has been doing, such as attending the Columbus Podcast Festival and working on PowerPress Sites Deluxe. If you haven’t heard, Twitter is also up to something new concerning live streaming, with an unknown launch date. Shawn Thorpe graciously shares another PowerPress tip at the end of the episode as well. Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show!

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Show notes:

Columbus Podcast Festival
PowerPress Sites Deluxe
Twitter – Live Streaming

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Blubrry Presence at NAB and A PowerPress Import Tip



Thanks to Blubrry team member, Shawn Thorpe, for being on the show today. Last episode he provided a PowerPress tip and we talk about another important PowerPress clarification this week. Todd and Mike will be going to NAB, the National Association of Broadcasters, this week April 24-28. Todd will be on a panel about podcasting and radio, and Mike will be enjoying the show. This means he’ll also be unavailable for phone support, but email will still be up and running. We also briefly discuss the changes from iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts. Thanks for listening and subscribe to the show!

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Show Notes:
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Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts to Apple Podcasts and PodcasterPro® by Adam Curry – Your Podcast 003



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.
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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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Start Making Your 2017 Podcast Event Plans Now!



It’s hard to believe, but 2017 is just a little over a week away. By now, you’ve probably checked off most of the names on your holiday gift list – so why not give yourself the gift of knowledge, networking, and a more successful podcast by taking advantage of 2016 pricing on next year’s podcast events? Here are 5 events to consider as you’re planning your calendar for the new year:

  • Podfest Multimedia Expo: The first event on our list, PME is just around the corner from Feb 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, FL. The event includes a jam-packed schedule including hands-on workshops, keynotes, breakout sessions and a tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony. Tickets start at $319. We’ll see you there in February!
  • Mid-Atlantic Podcast Conference: Slated for September 8-9, 2017 in Philadelphia, MAPCON serves podcasters in the Northeast. It’s a more intimate event that offers plenty of opportunity for one-to-one networking as well as goodies like free professional head shots. Tickets aren’t on sale for the 2017 event yet, but to experience last year’s content, order a virtual ticket to the 2016 conference for just $100.
  • Los Angeles Podcast Festival: The mission of this grassroots podcaster’s event? “…to shove podcasters and fans together in a small enclosed space. To meet. To mingle. To love.” The event was launched on Kickstarter over 5 years ago and has amassed a loyal following since, featuring names like Wil Wheaton, TJ Miller, and Bill Hader among its 2016 guests. 2017 dates have not yet been formally announced, but watch the website for more details.
  • International Podcast Day: The only international holiday dedicated to the art and craft of podcasting! IPM is completely virtual, and it’s free to participate. Follow IPM on Twitter for information on the 2017 event.
  • Podcast Movement: To our collective mind, if you have to choose just one Podcast Movement is THE event to attend in 2017. Why? “Podcast Movement brings in the big names, but also focuses on being helpful to podcasters and companies with lower profiles,” says MacKenzie Bennett, Services and Affiliates Coordinator at Blubrry. “You’re going to find all kinds of people to share ideas with and learn from.” Podcast Movement 2017 will be held August 23 – 25 in Anaheim, CA. Currently, registration is as low as $289, but this is as low as it’s going to get and prices will certainly go up sometime in the new year. So why wait? Lock in your price now, and help yourself get off to a great start podcasting in 2017!

 

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Ways to Stream an Event and International Podcast Day



PPPiTunesAlbumArt300International Podcast Day is coming up quickly and MacKenzie and Steve Lee talk about how you can celebrate and just what this day is about on the latest PowerPress Podcast. First off, for an event such as Podcast Day, streaming services are very important, and we discuss the value of a service, Voice Republic based out of Europe. For those of you that are looking to live stream your seminar or speaking session, particularly with a piece of hardware, this may be your answer. We dig into why International Podcast Day was started, who works on it, how people celebrate – such as conversations from 14+ countries all over the world, and most importantly bringing the podcasting community together. Steve has also started a podcast network, Modern Life Network, so in the discussion about creating a network from your podcast, he had some personal insight on the matter. Thanks for listening and subscribe to the show, and please leave a review for PowerPress! Happy podcasting.

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Show notes:

Voice Republic

International Podcast Day

International Podcast Day Twitter feed

Email the Podcast Day team

How to Turn Your Podcast Into A Media Network

Email MacKenzie

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Podcast Mid-Atlantic and Transcribe Services



PPPiTunesAlbumArt300MacKenzie is happy to have Joe Pardo back on the PowerPress Podcast, this time to talk about his event, Podcast Mid-Atlantic. Before they discuss the event, MacKenzie and Joe have some pretty strong opinions on transcribing your podcast – did you know that Auphonic has put out a beta for this? Those of you that are interested in making transcribing or speech recognition services better, get involved with this private beta. September 9-10 in South Philly, podcasters will gather for a podcasting event meant for fostering creativity and community. Listen to get all the details about the event and why you should attend. Blubrry is happy to be sponsoring this event and hope that everyone involved has a great time. At Blubrry we’re always happy to encourage growth in the community. Lastly, Tascam recently released two new soundboards, made specifically with podcasters in mind! It’s not everyday that a podcast specific product is debuted, and from a largely known company such as Tascam. Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show.

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Show notes:

Auphonic Speech Recognition Service – Private Beta

Podcast Mid-Atlantic

Use the promo code ‘Mapcon25’ for 10% off

Tascam Podcasting Soundboards

Email MacKenzie

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