Category Archives: Your Podcast

Start Your Podcasting Job – Your Podcast 010



The new IAB Podcast Measurement document was released, episode level images have been updated for the Blubrry player and lots of podcasting job postings. Todd and Mike recap on these topics and more, including Mike starting up PowerPress webinars again. Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe at PowerPressPodcast.com.

News:

  • New guidelines have been set for podcast statistics. Blubrry is proud to be part of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and we want to make sure you review the measurement guidelines as well. – IAB Podcast Measurement Document
  • Episode level image for the Blubrry player – In the PowerPress update we made a slight change to the player. See the image for this episode at PowerPressPodcast.com.
  • Looking to make podcasting part of your resume? Lots of podcasting job announcements went out recently. – Take a look at some of them here.

Topics:

Blubrry Team Meeting July 2017. L-R Thomas, George, Mike, Todd, Barry, Lena, Brian, Winnie, MacKenzie, Angelo
  • We got together! Blubrry team meeting – This was the largest gathering of RawVoice / Blubrry team members ever! Looking forward to more of these in the future as well.
  • Blubrry webinars – Recently we’ve taken a bit of time off for these and are happy to share this next one with you. Tune in and register to attend the upcoming PowerPress webinar. Thursday, 7/27 4PM EDTSign up here!

Support:

  • Importing and migrating from Soundcloud (or anywhere else).
  • Canceling a subscription to hosting or statistics – Use the Billing section in the Podcaster Dashboard.
  • Once your show is listed in the Blubrry directory, do EVERYTHING from the Podcaster Dashboard. This will avoid multiple listings in the directory and your account.
  • “Upload to iTunes.” No, YOU DON’T EVER UPLOAD DIRECTLY TO ITUNES/APPLE. Loads of podcasters are under the impression that you RSS feed PUSHES to Apple Podcasts (iTunes). It does not. Apple Podcasts (when it sees fit) PULLS your feed. It asks for your feed when it gets around to it and PULLS your feed to update your listing. Your subscribers (even in Apple) subscribe to your feed and after that never really touch Apple Podcasts (the service) again. They are just subscribed to your feed directly in the iTunes software or the iOS Podcasts app. Subscribe to your own podcast, that way you can tell if everything is working correctly when you release a new episode. It works the same as every other directory and/or app.
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PowerPress 7.1 With all the iOS 11 features – Your Podcast 009



More evidence that Soundcloud is in trouble, how to submit your podcast to Spotify, Veronica Belmont is podcasting again, and PowerPress 7.1 with all the new iOS 11 features. All of that with Mike and Todd, covering a few tech topics as well. Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe at PowerPressPodcast.com.

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Eat some Blueberries and/or order professional statistics or media hosting from Blubrry.com (promo code Blubrry005 for a free month).

News:

Topics:

Tech:

  • File names – Best practices to make sure you are naming your media files correctly. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
    File names should only contain numbers, letters, dashes or underscores. No spaces, symbols, periods (other than the .mp3) or commas. This will insure that your files are compatible with all podcast apps and directories (including Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music and Stitcher).
  • PLEASE Contact us first instead of going on social media. We monitor email 7 days a week, have a phone number for support during business hours (9-5 US Eastern Time) and we are the best place to go for help with your show using Blubrry tools. Just call 1-877-729-8642 ext. 1 for support. Leave a voicemail if it’s after hours and we will get back to you. Or email support@blubrry.com.

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

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New Podcast Stats and Tags From Apple – Your Podcast 008



Soundclound may be in trouble, having a Plan B for your podcast if things go sideways, Apple’s new tags and stats and lastly, speeding up support if you’re a Blubrry customer. All of that with Mike and Todd, covering a whole plethora of topics. Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe on PowerPressPodcast.com.

News:

  • Soundcloud – Rumors they are deferring salary reviews indefinitely.

 

Topics:

  • Plan B – Have one, no matter who you’re hosting with.
  • Apple’s new RSS tags and stats – Coming in iOS 11’s Podcast app update: What is does and does not do (such as giving you stats for the rest of your listeners, like Android or 3rd part apps).
  • Global stats – Blubrry’s insight.
  • Blubrry Stats Refresh! – It’s finalllly working for our pro stats customers.

Tech Support:

  • Help us help you! – You can speed up your support time by telling us your feed address and Blubrry account email.
  • Linking! – Connect your PowerPress / WordPress site to Blubrry (including your PowerPress Site). This also helps us help you if there is a problem. Bonus – you’re included in the Blubrry directory, the largest in the world.
  • Replacing a file – On our CDN a file is propogated to data centers all over the world. If you replace a file on our hosting server, it can take time to get the new version everywhere. To speed this process up, when you replace a file email support@blubrry.com so we can refresh the cache. That helps the CDN get the file to everyone quicker.
  • Support hours – Our main hours are 9-5 ET. And remember our advice, provide the following: File name, feed, and Blubrry account email. We’ll find everything much faster.

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

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Ad Free Podcasting and MP3’s are Now Illegal? – Your Podcast 007



This episode of Your Podcast was recorded while Todd was on the road. Perfect time for Todd and Mike to talk about some road show tips for recording your show and making the best of it while traveling. There’s a lot of talk happening right now, and they clear up some rumors that are true and some that are not true about podcasting. Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show!

 

News

  • WWDC Podcast App Update
    *** We didn’t know about the RSS feed tags they added or the episode stats that will be provided in iOS11’s Podcasts app. Coverage on that to come.***
  • Rumor Control! Downloading MP3’s is now illegal (not true).
  • Ad Free Podcasting – Stitcher offering “ad free” podcast listening for a fee.

Tech Support

  • You have to publish an episode before you submit. To be published in a podcast directory, you have to have a podcast first. That means a podcast post in your RSS feed and all the other requirements. Your site (if you are using WordPress) can not be in “coming soon” mode. It has to be published and public. Just like in the phone book, you need to have a phone number before you will be in the phone book. If you want to be in the directories before you first real episode. Record an intro episode (episode zero) and publish. This will get your feed ready to go and get everything submitted before you go with episode 1 or your “launch.”
  • Waiting on iTunes – Changes and new episodes can take 24 hours or more to update in the Apple Podcasts directory (Formerly iTunes). This is the same for most podcast directories and apps.

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

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Is MP3 Dead? PowerPress Sites Deluxe Launched! – Your Podcast 006



In this episode of Your Podcast Todd and Mike talk about PowerPress Sites Deluxe – it’s finally here, clarify and explain how MP3’s are not actually dead. After a curious listener emailed them, they addressed some podcasting events, and finished up the episode discussing MP3 encoding tops to save you storage space and bandwidth. Thanks for listening and please subscribe to the show!

 

 

News:

Topics:

  • Is the MP3 dead? No!
  • Using your webhost server for your podcast hosting: Don’t do it! We have been migrating several people’s podcast files over to Blubrry due to their webhost cracking down on the amount of storage used, or the bandwidth used by the media. Often times, when you read the fine print for most web hosting companies, they mention something along the lines of “Large media files are not included or supported in this hosting plan…”

Email from a Listener:

Hi Todd & Mike,

I’m enjoying the new podcast and appreciate hearing your take on various things in the podcast world.

You two mentioned recently attending the NAB show which made me wonder, as I’m getting close to launching my first podcast, what podcast conferences are out there that you would recommend as a good place to learn and connect with others in the podcasting space for someone totally new?

I’m also curious if you have any suggestions for finding other podcasters to possibly connect with locally? Does blubrry have any sort of location based directory?

I look forward to the next episode. Thanks!

Blessings,
Bekah

To answer Bekah, here is a list of some podcast events that we know of:

Tech:

MP3 Encoding

  • Make sure you are saving with a 44.1khz (or 44100hz) sample rate.
  • 128kbps Stereo or 64kbps Mono Constant Bit Rate (CBR).
  • 128kbps Stereo will give you 1mb per minute file size.
  • 64kbps Mono will give you the same quality as 128 at half the size (½ mb per minute) which saves YOU on hosting and bandwidth and saves your listeners time and data on their cell plans.
  • AAC files are OK. MP3s are still the most compatible for now, but this could change in the future.
To ask questions or to comment on the show, contact Todd and Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com
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New Echo With Video and Blubrry Accounts Explained – Your Podcast 005



Todd and Mike talk about the new Echo Devices from Amazon, the Podcast Awards relaunch, Small Batch Audio Kickstarter, and about how Blubrry accounts are organized. Also, we answer the question “How many subscribers do I have?” Thanks for listening and please subscribe.

News:

Podcast Awards – Relaunched and with new rules
SmallBatch.Audio Kickstarter
Alexa Echo Show – Alexa exists in what looks like an “iPad” lookalike, including video and camera.
Alexa calling and messaging enabled

Topics:

PowerPress Sites Deluxe will include the following:
– A fully managed WordPress Website
– More theme options
– Domain mapping
– DNS control
– Email forwarding
– More plugin selections

Tech:

Accounts at Blubrry.com explained:
– Login account – What you use to sign into your overall Blubrry account.
– Show listing – Your show’s listing in Blubrry. You can add hosting, stats, PPS to each listing.
– Hosting or Stats subscriptions – These are hosting or stats for individual shows.

When you ask us to “delete” an account, this means your your login will no longer work and ALL of your serivces and listings will be turned off. We regularly received 2 or 3 deletion requests a week, that then wonder why they cannot login anymore.
We get this question all the time: “How many subscribers do I have?” The short answer is, there is no way to tell, listen to the show for a better explanation.

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To send us feedback or questions, yourpodcast@blubrry.com

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NAB Show Las Vegas Recap and Bill O’Reilly is Podcasting – Your Podcast 004



On today’s episode, Todd and Mike talk about the NAB Show in Vegas last week, a major broadcaster moving to podcasting and whether or not 22 minutes (or any particular time) is the perfect length for a podcast episode. Sorry for the blown out voices this episode, Vegas is loud!  🙂

 

 

Shownotes

News:

Topics:

Tech:

  • Changing RSS Feeds, show titles, email addresses, etc. on your Blubrry listing.
  1. Your Blubrry directory listing — all the information comes from the settings in your RSS feed. You can change the title, description, etc in your feed. This will be reflected in directories. (Apple, Google, Stitcher and everywhere else).
  2. You can change the feed that Blubrry’s directory is looking at in the “Listing Settings” menu in the Podcaster Dashboard. No need to delete your listing or account to change the feed – contact support!
  3. Same with email address. Contact support and we’ll help you out.
  • Blubrry hosting quotas reset on the 1st of every month. Not on your payment date. If you upgrade or downgrade, the uploads for that month still count against your new quota until the 1st of the month.

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To send us feedback or questions, yourpodcast@blubrry.com

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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.
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 002



 

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 – Your Podcast 001



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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