Category Archives: Your Podcast

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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IAB Certification at Blubrry – yp47



Todd and Mike talk about Blubrry being the first Podcast Company with IAB Certification for the podcast stats and what this means for you and the industry.  Also, get in on our 30 day giveaway #buildyourblubrry. They talk about Apple Reviews and Ratings, RAD and lots more!

We hope you and yours have a great Holiday season!

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!

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News:

Topic:

Support:

  • When to use Category Podcasting and when NOT to use it in PowerPress. If you only have 1 podcast on your site, you DO NOT need to use Category Podcasting. Categories on your site work with the standard RSS feeds.
  • Apple Podcasts removal: What to do if this happens to you.
  • What to do if your Spotify listing doesn’t show up. Passthrough coming soon?
  • Changing the title of your show.

Special guest host next time on Your PodcastSee ya next year!

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

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New Blubrry Pro Stats Features – YP46



The Blubrry team wanted to get one last feature out to you before the end of the year, and it’s an update to our podcast statistics. Free and Pro stats users now have details for Mexico and Germany, hourly reporting and more. M*A*S*H fans rejoice – Alan Alda is having a reunion on his podcast. Swedish podcast business, Acast recently acquired additional funding, a tactic becoming more and more popular for hosting companies in this industry. WordPress users, are you enjoying the the Gutenberg update? Obviously we’re on the WordPress wagon, so we’re curious to know your thoughts.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!

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News:

Topic:

  • Daniel J. Lewis, devoted podcaster, among other things in this industry, took it upon himself to look into RSS feeds from multiple podcast hosting companies. His results are rather interesting, and focus on podcasting growth as a whole. You can also check out the Podcasters News article.

Support:

  • Update: WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg Editor ( Classic Editor Plugin). PowerPress works just fine with Gutenberg.
  • Blubrry Directory: Many Blubrry hosting and PowerPress users forget this step. You just set the Hosting Settings to WordPress and put your RSS feed in the Listing settings at Blubrry.
    • It puts your podcast in the directory at Blubrry.com (not automatic if you are using PowerPress.
    • It allows the Blubrry player to have YOUR podcast image in it.
    • It helps the support team to understand your RSS feed – where it’s based – if you have a question for us, inevitably saving us loads of back and forth emails.

Keep in mind of holiday delays. The week of Christmas all the way to New Years Day will likely be a bit slower for support requests as the team spends some time with family and friends. We thank you for your patience!

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

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Podcast Business Journal Launched – YP45



Newly launches, the Podcast Business Journal is the latest podcast newsletter and website to emerge, featuring a familiar name, Todd Cochrane. Why do you podcast? Not everyone is in the podcasting game for the same reason and we discuss some of those scenarios. We tell you why you might not want to take a holiday break, we give some reasons on why you should stick around when everyone else is taking off. Last but not least, help us help you, on this week’s post-Thanksgiving episode of Your Podcast.

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News:

Topics:

  • Why do you podcast? Is it a hobby, to market your own products, because it’s part of your job? Let us know the WHY behind your podcasting.
  • Taking a break for the holidays? We know it’s tempting. Why this may not be a great idea, and we have reasons to back it up.

Support:

  • Podcasting terms 101:  Feed, “show”, episode, post, media file, listing, upload,  download, PUSH, PULL and many more. We could do a whole episode about terms that get mangled when someone talks about podcasting. Shawn, John, Dave and I will post a question that has mixed terms in it and all try to figure out what the person really meant. It’s really interesting what we get sometimes.
  • Blubrry terms 101: Account, listing, hosting/stats subscrition, etc. Can be a bit confusing as well.
  • Help us help you below!
  1. READ the response you get from support all the way through. In most cases, we have covered your next question. Answer any questions support has, if you can. If you don’t know the answer, let us know that you at least read the question so we can clarify.
  2. DON’T PANIC, it’s important but it’s just a podcast. Yes, it’s critical but the worst thing you can do is get in a hurry. 99% of issues can be fixed even if not right away.
  3. We love to talk to you, BUT…..  please, do not put in a ticket, an email, a post on social AND call. Pick one (other than social media) and give us time to get to your question. This can cut down the time as we don’t have to sort through contacts that we have already taken care of.
  4. Social media. It’s great for general questions and comments to the community but direct support is best done DIRECTLY. We can not discuss account specific questions on social. (Plus, we in support don’t have time to surf for questions on Facebook and the like 99% of the time).
  5. As we said last episode. Be nice 😎 We will be nice to you.

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

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Google Share Button and Apple On Holiday – YP44



We’re getting closer and closer to holiday season and some might be surprised to hear it effects podcasting. Apple recently released it’s holiday schedule, so those of you looking to start a new show, make a change, etc. please take note of the days they’ll be off and when things will be slower in general. Remember, poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on theirs. Everyone deserves a break for the holidays. On the other side of things, Google Podcasts has added a share button to their app. Blubrry is moving some RSS feeds – if you’re effected you received an email about it, so no worries for anyone. We’ve also been working hard on our IAB statistics certification, among other things happening here at Blubrry.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!

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A belated Happy Veterans day! Thanks to all that have served!

News:

  • Google Podcasts has added a Share button on their app: Helping with growing audiences.
  • Google Podcasts Link Generator: Create a link specifically for your show on Google Podcasts that you can share with listeners, social media, website, etc.
  • Apple Podcasts Holiday Schedule, see the details below.

Holiday Submission Schedule

If you plan to release new shows on Apple Podcasts in November or December, be aware of the following periods of delayed submission activity:
– November 16, 2018, to November 26, 2018
– December 21, 2018, to January 2, 2019
Shows submitted during these windows may not be available within our regular time frame of five business days. Plan accordingly and submit any new shows with this in mind.

Topics:

  • RSS feed move for Blubrry.COM based feeds (not PowerPress feeds). If you’re using WordPress you don’t need to worry about this at all. For those effected, you don’t have to do anything.
  • IAB Stats certification for Blubrry: An update for you on our progress.

Support:

  • Spotify: Important stuff for you to be able to have your show in Spotify.
    1. Feed title
    2. Apple Category
    3. Author
  • Please give us as much info as you can when you contact support. It saves a lot of back and forth.
  • We have noticed the level of rudeness when asking for help is on the increase. Just remember, we didn’t do anything to your podcast. This stuff can be confusing and we are happy to help, but being rude is, well just rude, and as much as we try, we are human. If someone is rude to us in support, it’s really hard not to be rude back. Bottom Line: There are humans behind all this online stuff. Cut us some slack!

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

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Top 5 Directories to Submit Your Podcast – YP43



In the nonstop blur of podcasting advice, Blubrry longtime podcasters have recommend the top 5 directories to submit your podcast to. Each directory serves it’s own purpose and some are more valuable than others. The changes never stop in podcasting and Todd and Mike discuss a new conference, a B2B purchase, and the consistent concerns with Apple’s directory.

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News:

Topic:

  • Top 5 places to make sure your podcast is listed (in order of importance)
    1. Apple Podcasts – Yes, still #1.
    2. Google Podcasts – Because, come on, it’s Google.
    3. TuneIn Radio – Gets you on Alexa, Google Home, Cortana and whatever that Facebook thing is.
    4. Stitcher – A significant number of people continue to use this platform.
    5. Spotify – Yes, we still think it deserves to be last.
    Other places are: Blubrry directory and iHeartRadio (if you can get in). Apply here.

Most iOS and Android Podcast apps use Apple’s API so if you are in Apple, you’ll be in most apps.

Support:

  • Changing the title of your show in PowerPress: With Apple’s silliness going on concerning Titles and Author tags, we get a lot of people wanting to change their titles. The setting is called “Feed Title” and it’s in the Feeds tab of PowerPress settings.
  • When you cancel your hosting account (At Blubrry and everywhere else), your files will go offline.
  • Yes, it’s true! More than one podcast needs more than one hosting account at Blubrry.
  • Advice to podcast owners: IF you have a team taking care of your podcast for you, make sure you retain the logins and passwords to EVERYTHING. Apple Podcasts Connect, Feedburner (if you use it), your media host, WordPress site, your web-host. Everything. Even if you never log in, have that info and make sure it works every once in a while. It can save you a TON of trouble later.
Happy Halloween! 🎃 👻

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

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Emoji and Skip-To-Position In PowerPress – YP42



The latest version of PowerPress was released early October, which included the introduction of emoji and skip-to-position. Google is dipping further into podcasting by teaming up with PRX for a Podcasts Creator program. The episode wraps up with the winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Podcast award winners.

Todd will be in the Columbus, OH area visiting the office; if you’d like to meet with him on Tuesday or Wednesday (16-17) let him know, the Blubrry team loves visitors. You can email him at todd@blubrry.com.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE Official Blubrry Podcast!

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“42, the meaning of Life, the universe and EVERYTHING!” – Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

News: 1:20

  • New PowerPress 7.4 with emoji! 🚒☎️☕️🎱🎧⁉️ (in these things, the show notes).
  • Also skip-to-position timestamp short-codes for show notes which allows you to jump to a point in the player.
  • Small changes in the PowerPress Podcasting SEO section due to Apple’s tag stuffing removals.
  • New: Google Podcasts Creator Program, with PRX. Growing the podcast community with diverse voices.
  • Haven’t thought about Deezer in a while? Don’t worry you’re not the only one. Regardless, they recently added podcasts to their platform and have seen significant growth.
  • Congrats to the 2018 winners of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Main Topics: 13:49

  • Spotify released a podcast portal: If you are already in Spotify with Blubrry, NO need to apply here as well.
  • Apple is always up to something. Lately they’ve been getting picky about what is in your tags. Remember, Title = TITLE, Author = NAME. No redundancy in episode titles.

Support: 23:19

LEARN to check your RSS feed!

  1. Get the Firefox browser.
  2. Load your RSS feed in Firefox.
  3. Check that the title, description/show notes and enclosure (mp3) are there.
  4. RELAX in the knowledge that your episode is posted correctly.
  • Also, check your feed at CastFeedValidator.com and Podba.se. (do not use feedvalidator.org or w3 feed validator. They are out of date and do not understand podcast feeds)

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Podcast Best Practices and Mistakes from International Podcast Day 2018 – YP41



International Podcast Day Todd and Mike’s hour of the International Podcast Day 30 hour live stream celebration that happened yesterday ( 9-30-18 ). Check out their website HERE.

Todd and Mike talked about Podcast Best Practices and some beginner mistakes.

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