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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.

Happy National Blueberry Day! (July 8th)!
Eat some Blueberries and/or order professional statistics or media hosting from Blubrry.com (promo code Blubrry005 for a free month).




  • 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 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.


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


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


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.


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

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Blubrry Launches Post to Social For Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

Your latest podcast episode is brilliant! Just like the ones before it. Now it’s time to push it out to your fan base and prospective new audiences. Everyone shares their new podcast episode on their social media accounts, right? If not, well, they should. That’s why we’re proud to introduce Post to Social, which enables Blubrry hosting podcasters to easily share their episodes on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook (with more options in the works).

Post to Social for Twitter, YouTube and Facebook makes it easy to publish two-minute podcast clips of episodes or episode teasers to your social media accounts. By automatically publishing your episodes with P2S you’re giving listeners a short sample of your episode with an outro that encourages listeners to check out the full episode.

The new feature provides you the capability to almost instantly post your entire show to Twitter because it enlists a Twitter audio card. And YouTube and Facebook will post the first two minutes of the episode: content creators can record an outro, driving listeners to the full episode on their own site.

Studies show that YouTube and Facebook users are more likely to listen to a short audio segment versus a full audio segment, which is why we’ve created the podcast teasers with your outro. Your outro can be something such as, “Head over to [your podcast location] to hear the rest of this episode, and be sure to subscribe while you’re there.” This is a great way to drive traffic to your website or whatever destination you want your listeners to visit.

Blubrry hosting users can use Post to Social now — instructions are posted on the Blubrry website. If you’re not yet hosting with us, sign up here to get the added benefit of Post to Social for your podcast.

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Podcamp Toronto 2010 Attendees, Win an iPad Contest!

If you attended PodCamp Toronto 2010 and did not get a chance to talk with Jeff or Angelo for details how to win an iPad, please contact us before this Wednesday, February 24th for details.

We will be drawing a winner Wednesday evening at about 7pm and will announce the winner both on our blog and on our twitter @blubrry stream.

We wanted to thank everyone who attended and helped make  PodCamp Toronto 2010 a success! Both Jeff and Angelo had a wonderful time connecting and learning from everyone this weekend.

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Catch up with Us at Podcamp Toronto 2010!

PodCamp Toronto is around the corner, eh! Blubrry.com is a proud sponsor of PodCamp Toronto, Feb. 20-21 in Toronto, Canada.  Blubrry’s Jeff Hinz and Angelo Mandato will be there, so stop by our table and say “Hello” and share some lively conversation and valuable podcasting information. Oh, yeah, and get some cool free stuff while you’re at it! Be sure and come to Angelo’s session, “WordPress and Podcasting Sitting in a Tree . . . ”

PodCamp Toronto is a great place to catch up with friends in the podcasting community and to meet and learn from other bloggers and podcasters. Can’t wait to see ya there!

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Be in Control of Your Show

At Blubrry.com, our team members are podcasters and we understand the importance of building your own brand on your own website. Far too many media creators start their shows on services that lock them in, with no ability to grow. Thursday, Feb. 11, I completed my 551st show at Geek News Central and, while I have been podcasting since 2004, I am always looking at ways to increase my number of listeners and viewers. The show could not have evolved into what it is today without the flexibility to use and adopt new tools.

At Blubrry.com, we integrated our free statistics and podcast hosting media uploader into PowerPress, our Podcast Plugin for WordPress, to save you time and allow you to focus on creating media — and build your brand — without being locked into a rigid hosting service. Sure, the attraction of free hosting is often too great for people to resist, especially in this economy. However, many of these folks are saving a small amount of money each month and essentially allowing the soul of their show to be locked into someone else’s vision.

Not us. Take Geek News Central for example: During the past five years I have had three new template designs; I added a variety of plugins to support the fast-changing social media scene; and I have been able to add new content channels at will. Many of the features we have added to PowerPress were driven by the podcast community at large and my own desire to grow my show and explore new horizons.

Five years ago, we  podcasters had it tough: nearly everything had to be done by hand. Heck, some content creators are still writing their RSS feeds by hand. I don’t have time for that and I’m pretty sure you don’t either. I love the ability to publish my show in three steps:

  • Write the Blog Post
  • Upload the Media from my Weblog
  • Push Publish

You can’t get any easier than that. Keep in mind that in addition to quick and easy publishing, you are controlling your site, your image, your content  . . . and you never have to worry that the company that hosts your website will go out of business.

It all adds up: WordPress + PowerPress + Blubrry Podcast Hosting + Blubrry Podcast Advertising Services + All of our Great Tools = One heck of a winning combination that no other new media company can offer!

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PowerPress 1.0.4 Released: Added ‘Find Replace’ Media Tool and Plugin Podcasting Support

Take a look at this! Blubrry PowerPress1.0.4 is now available. This latest version is packed with new and useful features and is completely compatible with the latest release of WordPress 2.9.

Support for Plugin ‘Podcasting’

After the announcement that plugin “Podcasting” was coming to a close we reached out to Spiral Web Consulting to see how we could help. They helped us help users ease the transition to PowerPress from plugin Podcasting.  Through their consultation we now include support for episodes created in Podcasting. If you are a Podcasting plugin user considering switching to PowerPress, check out our note near the bottom of this post for additional details.

Find and Replace for Episode URLs

Blubrry PowerPress now includes a tool found under the PowerPress menu “Tools” page titled “Find and Replace Episode URLs.” This lets you quickly find and replace portions of your episode media URLs.

Because the feature verifies each URL and will stop the conversion if the new address URL is invalid, we recommend you back up your database before using this tool. The feature is perfect for users moving their media hosting to a new web site  or service such as Blubrry’s media hosting.

WordPress 2.6 Support

We only maintain support for the latest three major releases of WordPress, ensuring that our plugin remains innovative and up-to-date. Because of this, support for WordPress 2.6 will be dropped in the next release of PowerPress. If you are using PowerPress with WordPress 2.6, be sure to upgrade WordPress to support future releases of PowerPress.

Note to Plugin ‘Podcasting’ users

PowerPress and Podcasting have been for the most part interchangeable. Episodes created by both plugins are stored the same way. The only difference between the two plugins was how the iTunes duration (time in seconds) was stored. PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes this value from plugin Podcasting as well.

PowerPress 1.0.4 now includes an import plugin Podcasting settings option found under the Tools page. This option will import the key settings from plugin Podcasting to PowerPress.

For Podcasting users who are using the custom formats feature, PowerPress has a similar feature called “Podcast Channels” that will allow you to add multiple media files to one blog post.

The feeds for Podcast Channels in PowerPress are formatted differently than those found in plugin Podcasting. When you do make the conversion, you might need to notify your subscribers of the feed changes. If you need assistance re-mapping your old custom format feed to a PowerPress Channel Feed, feel free to contact us so we can assist you. Include the current feed URL and a link to your blog in your contact submission.

So there ya have it! Lots of new information and we know you’ll benefit from all our latest innovations!

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Blubrry Introduces 4 New Features!

1st: A long requested feature is the ability to add a show promo to the podcaster’s show profile. This will make it easier for listeners to get a quick introduction to a show and allow podcasters in the network to more easily promote each other. This feature will be added to the show profile page of all podcasters in the Blubrry community.

2nd: We have added an audio embed feature to the podcasters’ show pages. We know that our podcasters’ listeners want to share episodes with others and this feature will give our podcast community members added exposure beyond Blubrry and their own websites.

3rd: Podcasters that are part of our Blubrry community can now run a semi-customizable listener survey on their personal sites as well as on Blubrry.com. We preload the survey with a handful of common questions then allow the podcasters to add questions of their own. This free feature will help every member of the Blubrry podcast community by providing them with accurate listener demographics.

4th: Podcasters that have Podcast Publishing accounts now have access to their own newsletter service. Podcasters can encourage their audience members to sign up for their newsletters on their profile here at Blubrry or on their own blogs at their websites. When you publish a podcast you can opt to send all subscribers a copy of your show notes with links to your downloadable media. This keeps listeners informed of when new shows are available on your site. Studies have shown that podcasts that employ newsletters grow audiences at a much faster rate than those that do not.

These new features are a small part of the improvements and innovations we are bringing to our podcast community over the coming year.

Team Blubrry

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Blubrry PowerPress WordPress Plugin Version 0.7 Now Available

Blubrry PowerPressThe Blubrry PowerPress plugin for WordPress version 0.7.1 is now available. The latest version includes a large number of new features as well as bug fixes. The latest version may be downloaded here.

New Features Include:

  • Simple/Advanced Modes
    • Simple Mode is perfect for podcasters just starting out
    • Advanced Mode includes additional settings, tools and features.
  • Enhanced iTunes Summary option (learn more)
  • Create Unlimited Custom Podcast Feeds
    • Each Feed includes the same extensive feed settings as the default podcast feed.
    • Customize feed title, description and landing page
    • Specify number of episodes per feed
  • Hosted Feed Service Support (e.g. FeedBurner.com)
  • WordPress Nonces support
  • Added WordPress Roles and Capabilities support for User Role Management
  • Additional player settings, specify audio player width and video player width & height
  • PodPress Episode Import Tool
  • Simple Mode for Podcast Entry Box (just enter the media URL and you’re done)
  • A handful of bug fixes and improvements
    • Fixed duration detection bug
    • Improved player in-page loading time
    • Duration formatting improved for episodes that go over 1 hour.

There are many new features in this release of Blubrry PowerPress. Many of these features were the result from the support and suggestions from the the community. Thanks everyone for your contributions. 🙂

Some of the features in depth:

Custom Podcast Feeds
The new Custom Podcast Feeds feature allows podcasters to create additional podcast feeds for syndicating multiple media formats or versions of their podcast. No other WordPress podcasting plugin provides custom podcast feeds. The advantage of using PowerPress Custom Podcast Feeds is you can decide which media file is associated with which feed at the time you edit your blog post.

Enhanced iTunes Summary
The Enhanced iTunes Summary option is intended to save Podcasters time. Many podcasters have asked us to provide an additional text field so you can enter a special iTunes Summary for each podcast episode. When we analyzed what podcasters wanted, we discovered that they simply wantd to enter the same blog post content without the HTML markup. Enabling the Enhanced iTunes Summary option will automatically remove the HTML markup in a readable format for iTunes while including web links and links to embedded images. The web links and embedded images are clickable within iTunes and open in the default browser when clicked.

Simple/Advanced Modes
The addition of the Simple and Advanced modes for managing PowerPress settings was a direct result of the feedback we received from podcasters wanting an easy to configure podcasting plugin for WordPress. Simple mode is perfect for someone starting out who may not understand all of the options and settings available in Blubrry PowerPress. The Simple Mode displays only the essential settings required to get your podcast started.

We are committed to providing a well developed and mature podcasting plugin for WordPress. Please leave a comment below or contact us with your thoughts, comments or feature suggestions so we can continue to improve the plugin.

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