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Libsyn Round-Up 2012

easy ways to monetize your podcast

We cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! As we took the time to look back at what we’ve accomplished this year we realize how far we’ve come.

This year we started on the path to take podcasting everywhere. The podcast audience is not only in one place. People don’t consume podcasts in one place.

For the podcast producer this is exciting and at the same time a little overwhelming because that means being in more places and getting your podcast out in a myriad of ways.

This year we provided a handful of tools to make this entire process a lot easier for producers, right from within the Libsyn dashboard through our OnPublish feature which easily cross-posts your content to Twitter, Facebook, Blogger and Wordpress as well as our fantastic Podcast Player App for Facebook.

Not only were we right in there with helping you be ubiquitous with your podcast through easy sharing, but have also continued to iterate our amazing Android and iOS smartphone apps and provide our producers with an even greater advantage to discovery via the estimated 786 million smartphone devices sold in 2012.

Take a look below at the awesome accomplishments from the Libsyn Team in 2012.

easy ways to monetize your podcast

MyLibsyn The Easy Way To Make Your Podcast Premium

even better stats for you podcast

Libsyn Stats are Changing For The Better

Libsyn OnPublish Now For Facebook Pages

onpublish to facebook via libsyn.com

Your Own Customized Podcast Player Right Within Facebook!

Publish Your Episodes Directly To Wordpress

new libsyn stats look

Libsyn Stats Got A Little Love

cross post your podcast episodes to blogger

Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight to Blogger

cross post to twitter from within your libsyn dashboard

Cross-post Your Podcast Episode To Twitter With A Custom Message

iCloud Support and 4 different ways to publish content on the app

eight years of supporting podcasters by providing the best hosting platform

Libsyn turns 8 years old!

new way to contact libsyn users via the dashboard

A New Way To Get Important Info: Announcements Widget

We are so excited for 2013!

Our team is chomping at the bit as we get ready for some more greatness coming up this year. We sense podcasting growing and becoming more embedded in the ever changing world of media consumption.

We look forward to another incredible of year in service of podcasting. Thank you so much to all of you for supporting us this year!


Podcaster Voices: 19 Podcasters Share Podcasting Lessons Learned in 2012

podcasters advice on podcasting for 2012

This is the second installment of an ongoing collaborative blog series featuring podcasters and their insights. We’ve found that the more we can connect and share our knowledge about podcasting, the more the medium shines and the more we can catapult podcasting into the spotlight.

Our first post all about the hardest podcasting related thing to overcome in 2012 was a big hit. You should definitely check it out.

The voices shared are not only from seasoned podcasters but also from those that just stepped into the medium.


Adapt, learn, and be willing to embrace change, that seems to be the way that podcasters will continue to succeed and inspire in the world of podcasting.

If you think once you know how to podcast you won’t ever need to change the way that you do what you do then you’re in for a world of frustration, and perhaps defeat.

Another fantastic perception about these lessons is that there is no one way to podcast and there is no one workflow. The more podcasters produce and the more open they stay to new technologies the clearer and more individual their workflow becomes. That’s gold.

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

  1. Using a proper digital recorder essential to get high quality sound - computer and garageband are not sufficient.
  2. Worth doing a course to get guidance on technical details.
  3. Lots to learn from the numerous podcasts on podcasting (!)
  4. Outsourcing the final production of the podcast (combining files, setting volume level etc) is fast and very inexpensive with odesk.com and saves me learning one more bit of complex software (eg Audition)

Rob Walch from Today in iOS

  1. First lesson is promoting out to social media - specifically setting up a facebook fan page - is one of the biggest lessons learned.  I kind of had my head in the sand when it comes to social media.  I am still learning this lesson.
  2. Second lesson is better management of listener feedback - I think going with evernote for my show notes has made it easier for me to better organize where I place listener feedback into the show and more importantly reorganize where the feedback goes in the show so that it makes more sense.
  3. Third lesson - Has to do with “mailing it in” I finished one episode back in the spring where I felt at the end of the episode that it was just not a good episode and that I had not put my heart into - that I kind of just “mailed it in” well the episode was done so I just posted it anyway.  And well the listeners let me know what I had felt - to the tune of a couple of dozen listeners emailing me asking what was up with that episode.  So next time I feel that way - I am just going to delay the episode and start over.  
  4. Fourth - With libsyn’s on-publish tools - there is no excuse for me not to get a better presence in Social media and at a min at least get word out to Facebook and Twitter as soon as a new episode goes out.  

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

  1. One lesson I have learned over the past year is that video does NOT necessarily make your show better (its still the same content). However if you’re recording the video LIVE it allows you a chance to connect with your community more easily.
  2. It pays to listen. Listen to other podcasts in your field/niche. I used to get upset or angry when people would start “rival” shows, but in reality I think its great to hear other peoples perspectives. You can become a better podcaster just by listening.
  3. Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Don’t try to be Johnny Radio Voice. People will see through this. Be genuine and you’ll find your community will grow.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

  1. Always try your best to engage your audience.  It’s important to make them feel that they’re part of your journey.
  2. Take the time to learn about the latest technology that will help your podcast.  I feel it’s important to stay up to date and not get left behind.  For example, Smartphones weren’t  big when I started podcasting.  Now almost everyone has one and can download a show from anywhere.  This has helped increase our downloads.
  3. Think outside of the box.  To get your name out there always start from your local area.  Then think about promoting worldwide.
  4. Think about longevity, instead of short term.  New listeners will search for your old content via Google and other search engines.  Always try your best to keep the content fresh and entertaining.  One episode can make it or break it for you.  Imagine people listening to your podcast 5-10 years from now.
  5. Take your time editing.  No one likes listening to episodes that sounds bad.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

  1. Audio quality counts. We went through three to four mic setups before we landed on Blue Yetis.
  2. Cool people help. Sometimes you want to pod and not do any work; having cool guests you can pull in to heft the load makes great episodes.
  3. Never be afraid to ask famous or semi-famous people on Twitter to guest. You’d be surprised who you can get.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

  1.  Audiences don’t necessarily come flocking to our podcast.  5 billion people on the planet, 4.6 million people in the United States alone involved in the horse industry.  Is it too much to ask that 1,000 of them download my podcast each week?
  2. To do it right, this shit costs money!  I initially thought it would be a fun way to connect with people about horses and horsemanship.  Because it was a hobby, I wanted to do it on the cheap.  Now, I am looking at totally revamping our podcast, getting an official website, and even changing the name of the podcast, all because I did not take a realistic, careful view, of where I wanted to go.  Now, I want to earn a little cash to buy more and better equipment and I am going to have to find ways to get my “hobby” to fund itself.
  3. Producing is hard work.  The longer the podcast the longer it takes to produce.  We are not good enough to just “roll tape” and send it out there.  Each podcast needs to be edited, then have some production elements added, and be preped for distribution.  That takes the most precious commodity – time.

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

I learned to never doubt yourself.  You can never predict what your audience will latch on to and what they won’t so it’s best to never pander or do what you think someone wants to hear.  As a podcaster it’s your duty to be honest.  The thing people love (and I love) about the podcast medium is there isn’t the normal bullsh*t associated with terrestrial radio.  The host doesn’t have a program director to think about or what this sponsor or that sponsor thinks about what they’re saying.  It’s pure, unfiltered honesty and it’s becoming a rare thing to find in our culture but it’s the best thing about podcasts.

David Jackson from The School of Podcasting Morning Announcements

  1. As fun as podcasting is, there are only 24 hours in a day. With this in mind, its probably best to stick with one podcast and fill it with great content instead of doing three podcasts that are mediocre.
  2. As much as we all want a flame thrower that we can switch on and increase our downloads by 100%, in the end building your audience is done one person at a time. It takes time, but every person is a seed that can grow and then tell others about your podcast.
  3. Quit obsessing over your audio quality. While bad quality is a sin, if you’ve spent at least $50 on a microphone you are probably in the “listenable” category. Complaining about your sound is not good content for the audience.

Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

  1. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be to produce a show.
  2. Keep them short (my original idea was a 20 to 30 minute show, but listeners really seem to like a shorter length, around 12 minutes).
  3. Building an audience for the podcast is tough. It’s happening very slowly, and I’m impatient.
  4. It’s incredibly rewarding when you get positive feedback from listeners. It makes all the (free) hard work seem worthwhile.

Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

  1. Prepare the script, and be comfortable with what you’re going to say.
  2. Eat before recording; tummy rumbles are LOUD.
  3. Write up the podcast and post it immediately after editing, because your enthusiasm for what you’ve just created produces a great write-up.
  4. Podcasts should be digestible, snappy, and have a tangible takeaway.
  5. When you have a cold or a sore throat but have no other time to record, your voice might sound rough to you, but digitised, and on a mic, it sounds pretty good.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

  1. Smart TV users are the new podcast users.
  2. People watch the latest video on mobile devices and don’t use podcast clients to download a series of video’s anymore.
  3. Podcasting isn’t production, shooting video, editing, publishing, updating website and promoting. You also have to take care of all the social media and make sure you label your YouTube video’s right. Podcasting is way more time consuming now.
  4. Step back and think “Why did I start podcasting?” Than take a look at your shows and you will see that you have to go back to the roots.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

  1. Back up. If you copy and paste a track from Garage Band, then delete the original, the copy also disappears. I stayed up a whole night trying to recover a day’s recording early on in my editing. Now I make multiple copies of a recording before starting editing.
  2. Tweet and retweet. We do a weekly show. I find it’s not enough to just promote the show at the beginning of the week. Re-tweeting the same message during the week helps.
  3. Lots of people still don’t know about podcasts. Here in New Zealand, many our podcast ‘If Only They’d Told Me’, is often a Mum’s very first podcast.

Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

  1. Consistency in getting shows uploaded on a regular basis. We do a weekly podcast and have been online since last February and have only missed two shows due to scheduling conflicts.
  2. We keep the show moving by creating an agenda and sticking with it and keep getting sidetracked at a minimum.
  3. Setting up each episode several weeks in advance and also recording a ‘backup’ show in the event we are unable to record a show.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

What lessons have I learned?

  1. Use social media.
  2. There will be road bumps – co-hosts / friends come and go, technical problems can ruin a recording session, life happens, you name it, it can and will happen.
  3. Take chances. Expand your horizons and listen to shows that wouldn’t normally be on your radar.

David Leedy from Notes in 9

  1. The first is to just relax and be yourself.  You want to have good production values but you want to stay approachable.  Don’t be afraid to say something unexpected or “less then polished” if that’s who you are.  Don’t let your show become so clean it’s sterile.
  2. Another lesson I learned is to engage your audience and even your peers.  Bring unexpected people on the show.  Go outside your community and try and pull others into it.  For example, I ran a 90 day “event” on my show called “DriveTo99”.  It was a big push to go from 72 episodes to 99 in 90 days. I invited contributors to come on and share content.  It was a huge success.  I met my goal and got a lot of content and new contributors that I would not have if I didn’t create the event.  It was a win/win/win.  I got more shows.  The contributors got exposure and the community got much more content.
  3. 3rd lesson is always check your sound ahead of time. On My Mac the audio input levels seems to randomly change when I first plug in my microphone.  Make a little checklist of the settings you like to have and verify it before you start recording.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

  1. Our listeners/viewers wait for us to publish material and when we get held up for whatever reason they get pissed, and that is very humbling. This causes us to put in the extra time needed to produce a decent product.
  2. Pre checking your equipment is imperative, especially if you produce a show while imbibing (Burghseyeview). It’s a bear trying to troubleshoot electronics after a few meisters.
  3. Audio quality or the lack thereof will drive people from your audience. Nobody wants crackling choppy, overdriven audio in their earbuds.

William J. Meyer from Fire on the Mound

  1. The biggest podcasting lesson that I learned would be that promoting and finding an audience for FIRE ON THE MOUND is more work than producing the podcast itself. As a serial narrative, our show is heavy on post-production, so I don’t have as much time as I would like to spread the word. But, once the series is complete, I’ll spend my weekly allotted time for editing on reaching out to an audience.
  2. Another lesson I learned is that the social media worlds do not necessarily cohabitate. Our followers on Twitter generally do not engage us on Facebook, and likewise those that have liked our Facebook page tend not to tweet about us. That was an eye-opener; engaging each of these audiences on their own terms is essential.
  3. And a third lesson learned is that our audience has wildly different preferences for episode length. Some think the weekly half-hour episodes are just right in duration, either for a commute in the morning, or a walk during their lunch hour. But we also receive a number of requests to compile several hours of the story into a single audio file, which we might do once the series is complete.

Elsie Escobar from Elsie’s Yoga Class

  1. Plan ahead. My production this year was in no way close to what my intentions of production were. I know in hindsght, if I would have crafted a production calendar and even batch produced episodes, I would have done much better.
  2. Let go of expectations. When I began podcasting I had a very open schedule and a lot of time to produce. I enjoyed improvising when I recorded and wanted to do it only when I was inspired. My life is completely different than it was 6 years ago. I don’t have that kind of time nor the luxury to record when I’m inspired to do so. I had to let go of expectations of the right time and just do it! Seems simple to do, but not very easy. I’m still fightng this mindset.
  3. Podcast listeners are loyal. Since I have been incredibly inconsistent in producing I thought that I lost a lot of my subscribers. Lo and behold, every time I finally posted an episode, they were right there with me. I’m in awe and very humbled by it. Now if I could get myself together and publish a little more consistently, that would be a great thank you to them.

What do you guys think?

Good stuff no?

We are really loving this amazing collaborative mind think.

How about you? What were some lessons you learned this year as a podcaster?

   

A New Way To Get Important Info: Announcements Widget

new announcement widget in the libsyn dashboard

We’ve been doing some upgrades under the hood, and will soon implement more refinements and upgrades and want to make sure that you get the information.

Currently we send emails, and post on our social media properties, such as our Facebook Page, Twitter and Google Plus, but we know that there are a lot of you that don’t use these services and are not connected to us.

Introducing Dashboard Alerts

Now whenever we have important information we have to get out to you, you’ll see an announcements widget right within your dashboard.

Once you have seen the message you will immediately be able to close out the message and it will disappear.

If you want to check out a prior announcement you can click onto past announcements right from within the same widget.

We hope this helps all of you stay up to date on our latest changes, support information and relevant account updates.

Let us know how it’s working for you!


Image credit via CC Megaphone man at the Metro 4 by Hazzat


Holiday Support 2012

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That lovely race to the end of the year is upon us!

We are sure you’ve got your share of last minute shopping, planning and of course podcast recording to do!

As do we!

We are looking forward to spending time with our families and delighting that we are so very lucky to hug and love them. This will be a much needed pause to reconnect with that which means the most to us.

Expectations of Libsyn Support in the last two weeks of December

We wanted to make sure that you are taken care of, as well as be informed of what you can expect from Libsyn Support in these last couple of weeks of the year!

Please take a moment to check out this Support Blog post about the Libsyn Holiday Hours for 2012.

Due to the Holidays both this weekend and next, our support staffing will be scaled back so that everyone may spend time with family and friends. So please be understanding if ticket response times are higher than normal. Members of our admin team will be on-call to handle any urgent system-wide issues.

We look forward to provide a stable and reliable platform for your work to abundantly grow in 2013!

Many blessings to you and yours, stay safe!


Podcaster Voices: What's the Hardest Podcasting Related Thing You've Overcome in 2012

what were the hardest podcasting related challenges in 2012

This is the first installment of an ongoing collaborative blog series featuring podcasters and their insights.

We’ve found that the more we can connect and share our knowledge about podcasting, the more the medium shines and the more we can catapult podcasting into the spotlight.

The voices shared are not only from seasoned podcasters but also from those that just stepped into the medium.


No matter what, as a podcaster, part of what helps us stay on our game and refine our offerings is to be willing to problem solve and adapt to both the industry and our every day podcasting workflow.

What worked then will not necessarily work now.

What wasn’t an issue might develop into a problem.

What you thought was a problem, might not be a problem at all.

We must be willing to step in, define and take action.

Although podcasting might seem intimidating and overwhelming, its in the doing that you reap the most rewards.

Check out what your fellow podcasters did in light of overcoming challenges and dealing with the hardest podcasting related things that popped up in 2012.

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

Understanding the intricacies of hosting and links.



Rob Walch from Today in iOS

Trying to keep my show notes pithy.  I went from using delicious which limited me to 1,000 characters to Evernote that lets you put in as many characters as you want.  In hindsite - as much as I wanted - was sometimes too much.  

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

The hardest part I’ve had to overcome over the last year in my podcasting is accepting the fact that just because people aren’t emailing you or leaving you feedback, doesn’t mean they don’t like your show or what you’re doing. Keep producing great content, and the feedback will eventually come.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

The hardest thing I’ve had to overcome happened during 2012.  I was fortunate enough to work on two shows at the same time.   One was for my personal podcast, Gamertag Radio, and the other was a new webisode series for Discovery Channel Latin America, Yo Soy Danny Pena. A lot of work went into setting up interviews, traveling and editing content for two shows.  It has been a really busy year but, definitely one of the most rewarding.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

Finding new software to record shows with. The awesome software package we had been using was not updated in time for our new OS and we had to find something new that we’d be comfortable with. We’re just now getting into the new groove.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

Sound quality.  It’s difficult trying to get good sound in a variety of situations and environments.  Our podcast has to do with horses and horsemanship and we like to “be out in the field”.  Sometimes our recordings were so bad we could not air them.  Thanks to online resources (and Libsyn) we found some answers on how to improve or recordings and equipment.

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

Doing my second episode.  I was really just jumping into the whole podcasting world without a life preserver but I felt like if I didn’t do it this way, I never would.  So after my first episode, I was left feeling really insecure about my abilities as a podcaster and if perhaps I had made a huge mistake but I told myself it would be silly to quit after just one episode so I plowed ahead and had a fantastic second episode experience and I’ve never looked back since.

Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

Just putting the podcast together was intimidating for me. I’m a radio reporter but I’d never mixed before. There was always a staff of engineers to do that. So for me simply putting a coherent show together and producing it myself was a huge challenge.

Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

The technical language! I’ve just spent three days fretting over what a nameserver and  DNS have to do with each other, and why a host is not actually a host. Should I get ‘Podcasting for Dummies’? The Helpdesk replies I received on my journey around the podcasting community’s providers and servers and whatnot were less than helpful, because all assumed I was a techie nerd like they were. But (I think) I made it to an answer, and a solution, in the end, by doggedly refusing to accept ignorance and to learn.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

People still don’t understand podcasting and moving away from it. Finding more and more time to make sure your well presented on social media. Losing the fun of podcasting. Running around to make shows.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

Getting started. The initial set up makes sense now after doing it a couple of times, but I was surprised at the number of steps involved before seeing my name in iTunes.

I did a bunch of research. Pat Flynn and Podcaster Answer Man were valuable resources to help me get started.

Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

Reducing the amount of time doing post-show editing. Obviously as we have become more comfortable doing the show, editing has been easier.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

The hardest aspect of podcasting I had to overcome was becoming comfortable with my own voice. It’s very easy to get discouraged and think “does my voice matter or why should I keep doing this?”, but being happy with the work I do at the end of the day is what’s important. Did I have fun recording, editing and building post-production materials and when I answer yes, than I’m happy.

David Leedy from Notes in 9

The most difficult part of podcasting to me is just the backend publishing and site management.  Uploading to Libsyn, then getting the show out to my Wordpress blog and feed.  The next big challenge is in indexing the shows. My Podcast is more educational rather then topical.  So the shows have a much longer “shelf life” and shows from 2 years ago are as relevant today as they were back then. Actually I’ve not really “Overcome” these issues but I have high hopes of doing so in 2013.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

Along with a few of the best co hosts in the business, I produce two audio/video podcasts. One is Steel City Resistance which is a conservative political podcast. During such an intense political year it was tough to do all of the behind the scenes topic gathering and refining for Burghseyeview my Pittsburgh centric nonsense podcast developed for Pittsburghers in exile. We manage to produce around monthly though and SCR is weekly.

Jason Conley from not given

I was doing a show for a nonprofit org (I volunteered for about 2.5 years by this point) and was about 26 monthly shows in when things had to change because I was moving house and the org, a tiny org with just a few souls working at it, incorporated a guy who had more ambition than ability. We probably gave him too many keys to the kingdom, too quickly.

Anyhow, he was remote in another state and not able to take part in local work. All the kinds of things he had to learn about our various digital publishing outlets (blog, social, podcast, YouTube) amounted to a growing mountain of email, Skype, and other tutorial effort on my part to basically explain what had usually been my work to do. And yet, either he wasn’t able to get it or was a bit strong willed in his own way, I had to do extensive work to fix his stuff in our established presentation. Ugh.

As far as the podcast goes, the matter of getting him a mic yielded no more than a Samson Go Mic and Hindenburg software to record what originally would have been thought of as his side of a double end recording done with me and the other host in my place on good gear. But after just one episode of moving into this house in a far noisier (and hotter) environment, trying to get this guy’s rig and abilities up to speed, it all started to unravel. I had to start making an escape plan not just from the show but from the entire org!

That completely ruined my summer. I mean, I’d done a lot to build this whole thing up for the benefit of the org, but it got harder to spend so much time and feel it was backtracking with his inattention to details or seeming stubbornness. So I had to throw in the towel and get out.

The task of properly handing off responsibility would have been even larger than maintaining the role I was in, so I’m sure there are some big gaps left behind. Since no one but me understood the entire nexus of how the various components fit together, with me gone, no one is likely to ever figure it out. But I got so sick of butting heads with this newcomer, and had to admit it might be time to quit volunteering and get on with a paying job if I could find one, or return to making music like I brushed aside for much of the time I was doing all this.

He and I had done a demo of a show that I spent time editing (Hindenburg and the double ended conversation model were both new to me so I used it as practice) but then when I pulled out from the project, he became the de facto replacement. He has some funny ways of using material. After I transferred things back to the org and announced I did not want that material going out with my name or voice on it, what did he do? He took his track in isolation and made other connecting talk and presented it as if he were talking to someone else at some conference or something. It was the oddest thing. Why he did not just simply make his list of points and speak it all in one live pass, I have no idea. His ideas for how to do the interview or co-hosting that would constitute normal work in that show has been odd too, but not quite so odd as this.

Because he does not have gear I told him to get and is a newb at Hindenburg and the Skype/audio clip playback, he has a hard time getting a guest in and making it sound like there is any single conversation going while talking with his co-host, the man who used to sit in the same room as I did, often with a local guest.

Hearing how it’s all changed is bewildering and annoying.

And you? What were your podcasting challenges?

If you didn’t have a chance to share your hardest challenges, share below in the comments!

Also, come on back next Friday for when podcasters share their 3-5 lessons they learned over the last year about podcasting!


Genealogy Gems Celebrates A Million Dowloads in Style!

Congratulations to Podcast Luminary Lisa Louise Cooke and Genealogy Gems Podcast for crossing the amazing mark of 1 million downloads!

In early 2007 when the first episode was published by Lisa Louise Cooke, podcasting was in its infancy, having just come into being in mid-2005. “It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology,” says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. “For the first time anyone with an interesting idea, a computer, and a willingness to work long hours could produce a worldwide ‘radio’ show. The day I listened to a podcast for the first time, I knew this medium was what I had been waiting for to reach genealogists.

lisa louise cooke amazing podcaster

Apparently a lot of other folks were also anxiously waiting for Cooke’s discovery. From long time genealogists to dabbling family history newbies, they flocked to the free podcast available through Apple’s iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website. Over the next five years they listened in to soak up genealogy research strategies, expert interviews, tips on harnessing the power of technology in their research, and creative ideas for sharing their findings.

“There’s a lot of noise out there online that can be overwhelming,” says Cooke. “My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information, and chiseling out the gems – the items that are really worthwhile – so that my listeners can have faster and greater success . Ultimately the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listener’s genealogy gems: their precious ancestors!”

From Press Release

We are proud to have Lisa as part of the Libsyn podcasting family, and look forward from so much more from her to come!

If you’re interested in why you should listen to Geneology Gems, Lisa has put together a fantastic image to help get the word out about podcasting!

Pretty creative :)

why listen to podcasts

   

Libsyn Podcasts iTunes Best of 2012 And Stitcher Award Winners

Huge congratulations to all the amazingly talented Libsyn podcasters getting some well deserved praise!

Take a look below!

libsyn podcasters are the best in itunes for 2012

Libsyn iTunes Best of 2012

adam carolla hosts his podcast on libsyn

Best Audio Podcast: Adam Carolla

minute physics podcast is hosted with libsyn

Best New Video Podcast: Minute Physics

joe rogan is hosted with libsynthe nerdist is hosted with libsyn

Best Comedy: Joe Rogan, Nerdist

Penn hosts his podcast with libsyn

Best New Comedy: Penn’s Sunday School

the podcast history of our world is hosted on libsyn

Best New Society & Culture: The Podcast history of our world

draft tracker podcast is hosted on libsyndavey mac sports is hosted on iTunes

Best New Sports & Recreation: Draft Tracker Podcast, Davey Mac Sports

DiveFilm HD Video is hosted on libsyn

Best Sports & Recreation: DiveFilm HD

The Truth is hosted on libsyn

Best New Arts: The Truth

the stitcher awards with a ton of libsyn podcasters

Libsyn Podcasters Winners of the Stitcher Awards 2012

WTF is hosted on Libsyn

Best Episode of the Year: WTF with Marc Maron Podcast 8/23/12

The Nerdist is hosted on libsyn

Best Comedy: The Nerdist

good job brain is hosted on libsyn

Best Album Art: Good Job, Brain!

go fork yourself is hosted on libsyn

Best Food & Cooking: Go Fork Yourself

Skeptoid is hosted on libsyn

Best Science: Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena

The dave dameshek show is hosted with libsyn

Best Sports Commentary: The Dave Dameshek Football Program

savage love is hosted on libsyn

Best Health & Lifestyle: Savage Love

mohr stories is hosted on libsyn

Best New Show: Mohr Stories

the smodcast is hosted on libsyn

Best Film and TV: Smodcast: Hollywood Bable-On

Smodcast is hosted on libsyn

Best Entertainment and Pop Culture: Smodcast: Tell ‘em Steve-Dave

How to do everything is hosted on libsyn

Most Original Show: How To Do Everything

Penn's Sunday School is hosted on libsyn

Best Social Commentary: Penn’s Sunday School

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unleash The Fanboy Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with the crew from Unleash The Fanboy


When did you start podcasting?

We started experimenting with podcasts in late June, and after 2 or 3 practice episodes, we dove straight in.

Why did you start podcasting?

Unleash The Fanboy is quickly becoming one of the bigger sources for news regarding indie comics, super hero movies, and general fandom, and we wanted to expand how we interact with our audience. What better way than a podcast?

What’s your show about?

We’re a bunch of fanboys sitting by the proverbial fireplace, sipping our favorite swill, discussing the latest geek news from the week.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We promote our podcast through our social media accounts, but really, the best tactic we’ve ever employed is to embed the podcast player in our website’s header. It loads on every page, in a convenient place, and after long enough, even the most uninterested visitor will think “Hey, I wonder what they’re talking about”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew that we didn’t have to bend over backwards to edit the show. In the beginning, we spent about 6 hours an episode editing everyone’s individual recordings, removing all of the dead air and embarrassing guttural coughs, but that’s not really necessary. The advantage of podcasting is that it is NOT a massive corporate radio show. At its best, podcasts are a conversation between you and your listeners.


It’s time to keep up to date on your latest geek news of the week! subscribe! If you have any feedback for the UTF crew send it over to editor(at)unleashthefanboy(dot)com.

Do you want to share the latest news in your industry? Time to start podcasting!

   

What Podcasters Want For Christmas 2012: More Listeners and More

This past month, we asked podcasters what they wanted to Christmas. What you see below is what we got.

There were equal amount of requests for tangible and non-tangible goods.

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks to all of you that participated!!!

By the way, if you want to drop some hints to your audience about how to give you exactly what you want aka more listeners and feedback, share this post with them. We did it for you!

what podcasters want most for Christmas 2012

   

Where are all the women at? Part 2

statistics about women in podcasting

Below is an article I wrote for Blogger and Podcaster Magazine back in Sept 2007 called - Hey where are all the Women at? The article went over the lack of women in podcasting at that time.  

I thought it would be interesting to follow up on this article to see where women are percentage-wise in podcasting five years later. 


September 2007

Hey where are all the Women at?

Surely someone will get their nose out of joint by the title of this article.

“What does he mean by it?” 

Well, back in late 2004 I remember reading an article that talked about how 42% of bloggers were women and the author felt that statistic was more important to mainstream acceptance of blogs than the publicity blogs were getting from their coverage of the US presidential election. 

The author of the article, and for the life of me I can not remember who wrote it, made the point that passing that 40% mark was somehow a magical event and at that point there would be content available that all could enjoy, not just the techies and political pundits.

This author felt the content would reflect the image of the audience and this would be more inviting to the general population. Word of mouth outside of the internet would then help fuel blog growth even higher.

I have often thought about the message in that article, and as podcasting came into being in late 2004 and as we moved into 2005, I wondered what percentage females made up in the podcasting ranks.

How did Podcasting match up against Blogging? 

Then in late 2005 I did not have to wonder anymore. 

Monash University released a survey of podcasters in the Fall of 2005 that found only 14.2% of Podcasters were female.

I wish I could say I was shocked, but I figured we were in the early adopter stage and things would work themselves out over time and the number of females would start to rise.

Fast forward to early 2007 and Jacobs University along with the University of Technology Berlin conducted a survey of podcasters, this time with over four times the number surveyed back in 2005.

What they found was that females now represented 13.8% of the podcasting community

This time I was shocked, I was hoping for 25% and thought it might even be as lows as 20%.  But to see a decline (albeit a very small decline) was not even something I remotely thinking was an option. 

I have always made a conscious effort on Podcast411 to get more women on the show as guests. For the life of the Podcast411 - 22.8% of my guests have been female, with 34.3% of my guests in 2007 being female.

I hope someday to not have to make a conscious effort to interview more women and that simply by statistics my interviews will work out to close to 50/50 male to female guests.  But based on the most recent survey we are not just a long way off – there has been no improvement in the situation in the past two years.  

Please do not get the message wrong - there are some great individual women in the podcasting world that have been extremely influential and instrumental in helping grow this community, they include.  Mur Lafferty (Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing, and co-author of Tricks of the Podcasting Masters) Colette Vogel (Podcasting Legal Guide), Shelly Brisbin (Shelly’s Podcast, Editor Blogger and Podcaster Magazine)  Nicole Simon (Useful Sounds, and lots of other credits), Cali Lewis (GeekBrief.TV, iCali), Violet Blue (Open Source Sex, San Fran Chronicle), Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl, QDNow Network), Carmen Van Kerckhove (Addicted to Race), Gretchen and Paige (The MommyCast), Denise Howell (This Week in Law, Sound Policy) and many others I do not have the space to mention here.  

I think the key in the list of women above (beyond me leaving someone out you think I am an idiot for leaving out) is that they for the most part did not come from a media background or a hyper-marketing background.

They are all just everyday people, some have a blogging background, for others podcasting was their first foray into the internet world. In other words, they represent most of the women in the general population and they show that there is no real X chromosome barrier to entry in podcasting. 

So like I asked in the title - where are all the women at?  What is it about podcasting that makes it not so attractive or interesting if you are a female? 

Honestly I want to know. 

I would like to hear what your thoughts are on what I consider to be one of the biggest issues in podcasting.  


So where are we at today?  

On the blogging side in 2012 there are more women bloggers 50.9% vs Men 49.1%.  This according to Sysomos -

But for Podcasting - we just have not seen that increase that blogging has seen - actually we have seen a decrease from the numbers of 2005 and 2007.  

In 2012 just 12.5% of Podcasters are Women.  

This from info of podcasters using libsyn.com . The data comes from over 10,000 podcasters using our service - so it is more than statistically significant.  

Maybe the issue has been all the added tools you need to podcast?  

If that is the case - good news - I am doing a presentation at NMX titled - Audio Podcasting - Doing it all from your iPad.  Maybe by showing how easy it is to actually podcast and that you can do it all from your iPad this will help get more women interested in podcasting. 

Who knows with a little luck maybe in 2017 I will be able to put up an article titled - Hey were are all the Men at?

Rob Walch


Image credit via CC Women standing in a picket line reading the newspaper PM. by Kheel Center, Cornell University

   

If You Have A Favorite Podcast, Give Them This

what to give your favorite podcaster?

Free Gifts For Your Favorite Podcaster!

You know that favorite podcast that always gives you exactly what you need, information about something, how-tos of your latest passion, a ton of laughter, great conversation, or simply time to virtually be part of an online virtual community…why not give them a little something for the holidays.

Having been an avid podcast listener and podcast producer since 2006 and then having worked in podcasting for the past 5 years, I can say that all podcasters love two things the most: feedback and more listeners.

Here are the tried and true ways to rock your favorite podcaster’s world. (Click To Tweet)

The best thing about these gifts, they won’t cost you a thing!

Leave a positive review in iTunes

This is perhaps one of the most surefire ways to offer something of value to your favorite podcast. Of course to get a positive review always gives the ego a boost, but it’s not only the ego that it affects.

The more positive reviews a podcast has, the more visibility it get in iTunes, and if the podcast gets more visibility, it gets more listeners.

Bam.

Another wonderful bonus about leaving a review is that it also provides your podcaster with a nice testimonial for their work, which can lead not only grow their audience, but even landing sponsors and advertisers.

Leave an iTunes rating

Writing and iTunes review does take a bit of time, especially if you want to offer something of value to the podcast. If you don’t have the time nor the energy to do something like that a simple iTunes rating will do.

That only takes a few seconds.

Feedback!

The longer a podcast goes on, they more effective the producer gets at requesting and getting feedback.

  • Leave a voice feedback

Not only does the power of your voice have a profound effect on the podcaster, but it also affects the other listeners to the podcast.

It’s a direct connection uniting a virtual community.

What? You haven’t ever done it? Get a little wild, call the feedback line or send an MP3 attached to an email.

  • Leave a comment on their website

We are aware that most podcast listenters don’t go to the podcasts’ website very much, as most podcasts are consumed on the go, but, if there’s an episode that completely rocks your world, leave a comment.

  • Send them a thank you email

A simple thank-you email into the podcast is perhaps one of the best and often overlooked, easiest way to give back to the producer.

It fuels the fire.

Buy what they are selling

Some ways that podcasters generate revenue are to 1) have a sponsor 2) have an advertiser 3) sell affiliate products or 4) sell their own products or services.

How does a podcaster know that what they are doing is working? Through sales!

An easy way to support your favorite podcaster is to buy what they are selling.

It could be purchasing from the sponsor, advertiser or podcaster or even an easier thing, thanking the sponsor for supporting the show.

The more we can collectively show the power of podcasting to relevant sponsors, the more that the entire medium will benefit, including podcast audiences, as they’ll receive more relevant and more quality products forging relationships with their favorite show.

Share their podcast on social media

Here’s another really easy way to give back: share your podcast on twitter, facebook, G+ or any other relevant social network.

One of the key ways that we human beings choose is based on advice, or insight from our peers. You never know who you might be helping out by sharing a podcast.

So how about it?

Give to Podcasting this holiday season. (Click To Tweet)

Podcasting will be deeply thankful, as without you, we wouldn’t be here.

Elsie Escobar

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The SilverTowne Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Shawn Ozbun from The SilverTowne Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I actually started podcasting a little over 2 years ago. I have always spent a lot of time in my car and after listening to dozens of podcast I just fell in love with the idea of podcasting in general. So when I came over to SilverTowne it was only natural for me to create a podcast about precious metals.

Why did you start podcasting?

Podcasting is a great way to reach out to your audience and customers in order to build a relationship with them. Millions of podcast are consumed every month in the USA. People are busy, or commuting to work, or working out at the gym and a podcast allows them to get the information they want without taking time away from their already busy day.

What’s your show about?

The SilverTowne Vault Cast is about the precious metals market. I address the concerns about the inflating American dollar and how people can protect their wealth by owning precious metals like gold and silver. I cover news articles and share my thoughts on these issues.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

One of the great things about podcasting is you don’t need a fancy studio or thousands of dollars worth of equipment to create one. If you have a microphone and a computer then your on your way. I use a Yeti microphone and record directly into my macbook pro using Garageband.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We initially promoted our podcast via social media, on our website, with a press release and on iTunes. We continue to promote our podcast heavily through social media on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. We are present on all of these platforms because we believe in being everywhere our customers are.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

One mistake that people make when they begin is not writing up a script before they start recording their show. This is something I learned the hard way in my early days of podcasting. That’s a mistake I made sure to avoid when starting “The SilverTowne Vault Cast”. When you have a script it’s easy to stay focused and make sure you cover everything you wanted to include in the show. I write down everything that I need to say in advance. I often add more thoughts to the show then I write down but at least I’m not forgetting to tell the listeners where they can find the podcast or how they can contact SilverTowne. All the most important things are written down.


If you have any interest in the precious metals market this is the podcast for you! Subscribe! Do you have any feedback for Shawn and his show, send it over to vaultcast(at)silvertowne(dot)com.

If you are ready to start your own podcast addressing a particular niche, we are ready for you to start your own podcast!

   

We Will Miss You Zig Ziglar

zig ziglar's words of encouragement podcast

Zig Ziglar prolific speaker and motivator extraordinnaire, passed away almost a week ago. The world has lost a great man.

In case you didn’t know him, listen to him.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: RealSG Strongcast


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Anthony Accinelli from The RealSG Strongcast


When did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting in the beginning of July. Our first episode was July 3rd, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Voice is a very strong medium. While we do write articles for StrengthGamer.com, we really wanted our readers to be able to hear what we have to say. That and the fact that we love to hear ourselves talk haha.

What’s your show about?

Video games. Everything from news and reviews to the latest hot topic. We aren’t afraid to say how we feel so the hot topic can be very… controversial.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I record through Garageband on my iMac. We each have a set of Turtle Beach headsets we use to record our voices. That’s really it to be honest. Very simple, but we love the sound so far.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We honestly haven’t. Every week I place the latest episode on RealSG.com (StrengthGamer) and let our friends know about it. We of course use social networks to advertise the Strongcast but it’s nothing extraordinary. I suppose we just promote it by having legitimate, real conversations between ourselves regarding current topics.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish we would have known that recording on headsets worked so well. We spent a lot of time and money on different microphones only to realize the equipment we had worked better than anything.


We’re looking at you gamers! You ready to delve into another awesome gaming podcast? You should, and subscribe, it’s good for you ;) If you wanna do the feedback thing, follow @strengthgamer or email anthonyaccinelli(at)strengthgamer(dot)com

Time to start podcasting!

   

How to manually subscribe to a Podcast RSS feed in iTunes 11

And it’s out!

Just like that!

iTunes 11 is here!

Notable change for podcasters to make sure you know, as you will be asked by your potential audience, there is a new way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS feed.

The way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS pre iTunes 11

On navigation menu, go to Advanced => Subscribe to Podcast

old way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 10

New way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS feed in iTunes 11

On navigation menu, go to File => Subscribe to Podcast

new way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 11

As we discover new things related to podcast within iTunes 11 we’ll let y’all know!

Have you found anything new? We’d love to hear it from you :)


From Podcaster to Podcaster Collaborative Blog Series

share your podcasting insights for 2012 with other podcasters

Hello Podcasters!

We are always looking for innovative ways to share valuable podcasting information as well as help you grow your own audience.

Here’s our newest endeavor!

We’re doing a 3 part blog series to celebrate the end of this year called Podcaster Voices: Key Podcasting Insights of 2012 and we would LOVE to have you be a part of it!

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Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Before Dec. 16, 2012 – via the easy online form below – write 50-200 words for each topic below you want to be part of. You can fill out one, or you can fill out all three!
  2. Submissions will be compiled into three separate articles, going live Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, respectively.
  3. You’ll get an email from me before your article(s) go live on the blog. Share your article(s) with your community as your schedule allows.

EXTRA CREDIT: In addition to filling out the form below, you can also record your 50 to 200 words and share the link to your recording…we might just compile them into one awesome audio piece.

By participating you’ll share valuable content with podcasters and your own podcast will get some extra visibility over Christmas holidays and New Year!

(Click To Tweet)

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Share away with any podcaster you think would love to be a part of it! The more the merrier!

-Elsie

Share Your Insight and Expand Your Podcasting Reach


Find Libsyn At Booth 517 At The New Media Expo 2013

Libsyn will be at the New Media Expo on January 2012

We are getting ready for the New Media Expo!!!

Are you?

If you’re a Libsyn Podcaster please make sure you come on by and see us at Booth 517! We'd love to take your picture and promote your podcast :) 

We look forward to seeing you!

Here’s more info about NMX in case you want to come join us!


Libsyn Podcast hosting Deals on Cyber Monday!

We know you’ve been wanting to move your podcast over to libsyn! Here is your chance!

Get your first month FREE and start your podcast TODAY! Use coupon code cyberpod until November 28 when you sign up! 

NOTE: New users only


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tiny Odd Conversations


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Travis from Tiny Odd Conversations


When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode of Tiny Odd Conversations on June 12, 2011. We’d talked about doing a podcast for several months before that and recorded some test shows in May of that year – most of which got thrown out.

My opinion / advice: DO NOT JUST AUTOMATICALLY RELEASE THE FIRST THING YOU RECORD. The odds of you hitting it out of the park on your first try are stacked against you.

You could make an awesome show right out of the gate, but that’s pretty rare. It takes a while to figure out the flow and format. Heck, I’m married to and live with my co-host and we were still awkward together the first few times we recorded.

It’s best to work out as many kinks as you can ahead of time before you unleash your inaugural episode into the world.

Fun fact about my show: Episode 004 is really the first test show of ours that I didn’t hate. No one had really heard it so eventually I put it out. So technically that’s our “pilot episode.”

Why did you start podcasting?

I was recovering from a gnarly back surgery when I decided to do a podcast. I was literally in a brace, popping pain pills and unable to do much. Basically I couldn’t go out and perform any more as a comic or an actor but I still wanted an outlet. So I decided to build a show based on the assets I had around me.

I had a bunch of sound equipment left over from several failed bands. Gear: check.

Thanks to a life long curmudgeonly attitude I had strong opinions on pretty much everything I encountered. POV: check.

My wife is one of the most entertaining and naturally / unintentionally funny people I’ve ever met. Co-host: check.

The basics were covered so we put it all together and eventually Tiny Odd Conversations was born.

Another fun show fact: I was still on heavy pain medication for the first 4 months of the show so I will often listen back to the early episodes to try and remember what was happening back then.

What’s your show about?

This is always a tough question for me. I usually give a smart-ass answer like, “Our show is about an hour… give or take a few minutes.” Some people laugh, others will ask, “No seriously, what’s it about?” I’ve tried to come up a quick summation. Sometimes I say, “Imagine if Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington were a married couple.” I’ve heard others say we’re like a filthy George Burns and Gracie Allen for the 21st century.

That’s very high praise in my book.

Basically the show is a snap shot of those weird, funny, personal and of course odd conversations that you’ve had with friends or your significant other.

We try and tackle three different topics or conversations per episode. They can range from the seemingly mundane like bug problems at our new home to the surprisingly candid where I come to the realization that I might actually want to be a father.

In fact, those two subjects were part of one segment on a recent show. The topics we start off with are never where we end up and that’s part of the fun. That’s why our main tagline for the show is “Bridging The Gap From Inane To Insane.”

Although a new one I came up with recently is pretty accurate too… “It’s like eavesdropping on your crazy neighbors without having to get dangerously close to them.”

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use Heil PR-40 mics into a Mackie 1402 VLZ-Pro board into an Apogee Duet into an iMac. We record into GarageBand but we do each segment individually.

Then I mix each segment down into MP3’s and put them on an episode timeline that I created a template for. It took me a few episodes before I realize I could save a lot of time by creating the template.

That way all our tracks are always laid out the same for each episode. I try to do weekly recording sessions with our announcer (AKA Eric The Announcer) to record taglines that correspond with each segment. That doesn’t always happen so sometimes I reuse old ones that are just funny but not topic specific.

As far as other equipment goes we also use a Samson C Que 8 for a headphone amp. That way we (and our occasional guests) can all hear each other. I try to make our podcast sound as professional as possible, but if you saw the actual set up it’s just a bunch of stuff piled up on a kitchen table.

We look like audio equipment hoarders.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have emailed, tweeted and Facebooked just about anyone I have ever met to repeatedly tell them about my show.

Granted this has resulted in at least 90% of my friends and family blocking me on social media, but such is life.

I’ve also found ways to seamlessly mention the fact that I have a podcast into any conversation. “Oh I’m sorry your uncle has kidney stones. You know what’s a great way to relax while he’s passing them? Listening to my podcast!”

See? Seamless.

One of the best ways I’ve found to increase your “circle of influence” and get your show heard by different people is getting involved with other podcasters.

Towards the end of last year I joined an awesome Facebook group called the IPA (Independent Podcast Alliance) and it really has been a great resource.

It’s a very supportive group where other members will answer podcast related questions and we all do our best to help promote one another. And people who help me promote myself are my favorite kind of people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew not to get so stat obsessed. For over a year I would literally check the stats at least every half hour.

No joke. I’d take it personally if the show wasn’t being downloaded. I’d pout and drive myself crazy trying to figure out why some shows got a lot of listens and some didn’t.

But I’m much better now. Now I only check the stats every hour.

That’s progress, right?


With a killer interview like that why are you NOT wanting to go SUBSCRIBE to their show? You really should. If you want to engage in conversation with Travis…at your own risk, please reach out to tocpod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Any of you confined to your home in some way and are wanting to step into the podcasting world? You really should get your podcast going with us!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tom Barnard Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A About The Tom Barnard Podcast


libsyn hosts the Tom Barnard Podcast

When did Tom Barnard start podcasting?

8/15/12

Why did he start podcasting?

Tom Barnard has had the number one radio morning show compared to his nearest competitor for the last 27 years. He is a Marconi award winner for large market personality of the year, (2006). He wanted to do a podcast with his family and to do long-form interviews with radio guests and other guests.

What’s the show about?

Tom Barnard and his family, wife (Kathryn Brandt), daughter, (Alex Brandt-Barnard), son, (Andy Barnard), nephew, (Sean Barnard) and former producer and talent on the KQRS Morning Show, (Tony Lee). It is an interview-intensive show, with a high focus on laughter.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We have a Yamaha board with Sennheiser microphones, a telos audio interface for phone calls, etc.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Through Twitter, Facebook, and major events, (like the Chris Kluwe debate.)

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We went through three board changes before we found the Yamaha, we were also told that Skype works well for phone interviews, (NOT TRUE)


You want humor, interviews, discussion and current events? Then you must subscribe to the Tom Barnard Podcast! Wanna reach out to the show? show(at)tombarnardpodcast.com

Are you ready to get your own podcast going? Then you really should start podcasting now.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Shows of New Mommy Media

new mommy media hosts their great online radio programs on libsyn

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Sunny Gault from Preggie Pals and more


When did you start podcasting?

I produced my first podcast in 2005. My background was in creating and producing content, but I really had no idea what "podcasting" really was.

I literally went to the bookstore and bought a book about it. That's how I learned about RSS feeds and how to properly format and upload files. From there, I had to create the content.

I was once told you should always create shows based on something you're passionate about or an area where you're considered an expert.

preggie pals hosts their online radio program on libsyn

The one thing I'm really passionate about is telling people's stories. That's what I did previously as a television news anchor and reporter- I told stories and updated people on what was happening in their community.

Knowing there was little need for another boring newscast, I decided to spice things up a bit. My first podcast was a daily videoblog called "Anchor in PJs". I wore PJs, sat in my backyard and told funny news stories. I'm sure you can still find old episodes online.

Anchor in PJs caught the attention of executives at Veoh Networks, who hired me to produce a show called "Viral" that went behind the scenes of people creating online video series. Through that show, I eventually interviewed all the people I originally read about in the first book I bought about podcasting. I've been producing online content ever since.

Why did you start podcasting?

As I previously mentioned, my background is in journalism. I've worked at television news stations across the country. My experience working in smaller television markets taught me how to produce content from start to finish, including story selection, scheduling interviews, writing scripts, shooting videos, voiceovers, editing and presenting all the information to our viewers on-air.

The one thing I couldn't do was reach an audience outside my market. Local television is limited to specific markets, or cities. The ability to produce content online means anyone can benefit from it, regardless of location.

That was very exciting to me.

Not having these boundaries also means we have access to more information. Television has to appeal to a wide demographic, but podcasts can be very niche which allows you to create a more intimate relationship with your audience, so they feel more connected to your content.

It's also great for advertisers who want to focus their marketing efforts.

What are your shows about?

I took the same advice and created shows about something I'm passionate about; my children.

My company currently produces three online radio shows focused on new and expecting parents.   Our format is unique because each episode features a host, expert and panel of parents discussing issues relating to pregnancy, new parents and breastfeeding.

  • Preggie Pals- educating and entertaining expectant mothers
  • Parent Savers- providing new parents with practical information to help preserve their sanity.
  • The Boob Group- Supporting mothers who breastfeed their babies

So much of my life as been focused on my career and I really didn't know anything about parenting until I became pregnant with our first child. I created these shows for people, like me, who are passionate about becoming the best parent possible, even if they have to start from scratch.

boob group hosts their online radio program on libsyn

How are your shows set-up?

To be honest, it's a tough set-up and I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.

Even though my background is in video, I knew these shows needed to be audio because new parents don't have time to sit down for long periods of time and watch videos.

They need something they can listen to while they're cooking dinner, folding the laundry or pushing their stroller at the park.

We record our shows at The Birth Education Center of San Diego, which is important to mention because it's closely-related to the content we're producing, so there's some natural cross-promotion between our two businesses.

Our episodes feature between 5-7 people, and we record at least four episodes at a time. This saves time and money. We then release those episodes, once a week for the next month.

To encourage discussion, we have everyone sit at a large table. We have five microphones (AT2020) which work great in any studio environment. We also added metal pop filters to eliminate any unnecessary popping noises, which I highly recommend since this is something I learned the hard way.

Everyone has their own headphones (Yamaha RH3C Closed Circuit) which are connected through an amplifier (Alesis, 6 channels). Everything is then sent through to our mixer (FocusRite Sapphire Pro) and recorded through Soundtrack Pro.

Each microphone is recorded on a separate track so we can eliminate any unnecessary noise in post-production. Most of our experts and panelists travel to our studio for the tapings, however, we also interview special guests via skype. 

How have you promoted your shows?

Broadcasting from The Birth Education Center of San Diego has helped raise some awareness since our demographic is so similar. We’re also in the process of developing strong relationships with pregnancy and parenting organizations and attending relevant fairs, expos and conventions. 

Online, we’re starting to partner with popular websites and blogs who are attracting the same type of audience. Most of the time, these sites aren’t creating audio or video content, so it’s a great way to cross-promote because we’re adding value to their site.

Mommy and daddy bloggers are also a great resource for us. We give them a segment on our show in which they record their most popular blog posts and they promote the episode to their readers once it’s released. This gives them a new kind of voice and it introduces our shows to a whole new audience.

Facebook is also a huge part of our grassroots marketing efforts because so many new parents are using the site.

We always take behind-the-scene photos of our tapings. I add our show logos to the photos and upload them to facebook, tagging everyone in the photo so it appears on their timelines. I also use RSS Graffiti to automatically post all our new episodes and blog posts to our individual show pages. 

When a new episode is released, I post the episode link on the pages of everyone who participated in that episode. This creates some great buzz about each episode and it’s absolutely free! If I have an episode that’s extra special, I’ll pay $5 for a promoted post.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Nothing. I've made some big mistakes and I've been through some rough times, but that's how I learn. And through that process, I'm pretty much guaranteed to not make the same mistake again. 


So are you or your loved one an expectant mother, breastfeeding mom, or a new parent? Then you really must subscribe to any of the New Mommy Media shows. If you have any questions or feedback for Sunny, you can email sunny (at) newmommymedia (dot) com.


Start a podcast now!


Libsyn Turns Eight Years Old!

eight years of supporting podcasters by providing the best hosting platform

It’s Libsyn’s birthday today!!!!

Eight years serving the podcasting community.

We want to say thank you for all of your support. We are proud to be part of how you create and get your voice out!

If you want to know a bit more of our story, READ THIS


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Wedway NOW!

wedway now is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Nate Parrish from Wedway NOW!


When did you start podcasting?

I podcast with my brother, and we started in March of 2009.

Why did you start podcasting?

We host a Disney history and touring podcast and we just liked to talk about the subject whenever we got together. Our family had taken many trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland and it really became the main topic of conversation each time we talked.

After we discovered podcasts in 2007 we thought that we could probably put together a pretty good show based on our experience.

What’s your show about?

Most of our shows focus on news about the Disney company and feature a guest from the Disney online community: either a blogger, or podcaster or Twitter personality.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

For us, its real basic. We record over Skype as we live in different cities and it allows us to talk to guests easily. We use GarageBand to edit, Rogue Amoeba to record and we both use Blue Yeti USB microphones

How have you promoted your podcast?

I like to say that we ‘Built our podcast on Twitter.’ That is where we do the bulk of our promotions. We utilize as many social networks as we can but find that Twitter allows the easiest interaction

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I would have known that for listeners to feel like they are a part of a community that we needed a quality website for listeners to visit and leave feedback.


We know that there are a lot of Disney fans out there! Why don’t you give these guys a listen. If you have any feedback for Nate email podcast(at)wedwayradio(dot)com.


Are you ready to turn your interests and conversations into your own podcast?

   

Holiday App Makeover With iCloud Support and More!

We are working hard to update your app to the latest version in the next month so you can give your audience the best for the holidays!

Get excited, because these feature updates are sure to bring some holiday cheer!

Check out some of the awesome features you'll be getting in the next update.

Post Episodes to Your App in Four Different Formats

Text Posts

We know you have a podcast but there are those times when you want to offer an update, a special announcement or even a supersonic blog post you put together to your audience.

As you know It's a bit of a challenge to get your audience to go to your website sometimes, so now when you publish it to your app, your audience doesn't have to go anywhere else to get the info!

For those of you working with sponsors over the holidays, holding holiday contests or even asking for specific feedback this is the best way to do it!

PDF Posts

The simple way to post your show transcripts, extra notes, quizzes, coupons and even ebooks! You can do this right from within the app and users can download it to iBooks. Sweet.

Audio & Video Posts

Of course you continue to have the seamless publishing capability of all of your audio and/or video posts but with improved and more customized playback options!

Learn what the best formats are for Audio & Video.

iCloud Support, Sharing & More Customization Options

iCloud Support

Yeay for iCloud support!

Your app settings, Facebook login, MyLibsyn login, Continuous Playback, etc. will also be synced along devices, such as your Favorites! Great little feature particularly if you're traveling and have one of your devices stored away :)

Sharing Features

As always our sharing features support Twitter and Facebook, but now your audience can share your episode right from within the episode page! So much easier and we're sure you'll get more love.

More Customization

Users can now change what icons appear on the menu bar at the bottom of the app, customize even more playback options like playback quality.

If you want to be among the first to update your app, sign up HERE

Are you ready?


An Alternative to Premiumcast? Check out MyLibsyn

easy ways to monetize your podcast

It has come to our attention that PremiumCast.com is closing down.

Although we at this time do not have the full details of what is going on, it seems that PremiumCast might be going away, due to Nanacast “pulling the plug” as the amazing Dan Klass puts it.

If you were using PremiumCast you wanted to generate income from your content.

If you were using PremiumCast you had an audience that had chosen to pay you for your podcast.

And now you might just be stuck.

Or not…

Please consider an alternative MyLibsyn.

Mylibsyn is the power to offer your audience access to your Premium Content across all platforms in a totally simple way.

We know that you’ve had ideas to monetize your podcast. We know that you’ve been wanting to offer more value, deepen the relationships with your audience as well as make some money while you are at it.

Mylibsyn makes it easy for you and totally convenient for your audience.

Here’s the deal,

You control the premium content offering

  • You create whatever premium audio or video content you desire (no pre-approval required.)
  • You set the content subscription pricing
  • You get a premium webpage created just for you.

Your premium content can be offered across all platforms

Think of it this way, your content will be available across platforms the way that Netflix is available in multiple platforms, anytime, anywhere.

  • Premium web page
  • iOS devices via your own branded app
  • Android devices via your own branded app

Who’s Using Mylibsyn?

Here are just a few producers that are using Mylibsyn:

If you want to more crazy cool details about Mylibsyn and how you can take your podcast into the Premium realm come on by HERE and start the conversation!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unloading

The Unloading hosts their amazing podcast on libsyn the best podcast hosting

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Jim Ruffatto from The Unloading


When did you start podcasting?

We (Mary Sandberg, Stephanie Fallara, Pete Zimmerman and myself) started podcasting in June.

Why did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting because we all used to work together in commercial radio, and then podcasting.

Over the last year we all lost our jobs but since we were all friends for so long it was only natural that we do something together, hence our weekly podcast.

What is your show about?

The Unloading is really about whatever is going on in our lives. Whatever we’re up to socially, movies we’ve seen, TV shows we like. My wife just had a baby so there was a couple of weeks where we discussed all of that.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We broadcast on Shure microphones using a Mackie mixer. We record on an iPhone using Fire2 software and then edit in Audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We’ve mainly promoted our podcast on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We’re not just saying this because we’re being featured on the Libsyn blog, but going with Libsyn right off the bat would have been the wisest thing to do.

We had no idea how much bandwidth we’d actually be using so the other service we tried wasn’t cost prohibitive.


Take the time to check out The Unloading! If you have some feedback for these guys follow them on twitter or Facebook.


Do you have something to say? You need to start your podcast.

   

Check Out Our Sessions at Podcamp Pittsburgh 7

The Podcamp Pittsburgh kick-off party starts in just a few hours - we are super excited to get to spend the weekend talking shop with some of our favorite customers and folks who are new to podcasting. Rob and Elsie from our team have put together some great presentations for this weekend.  If you are going to be attending this weekend (you can get all of the details on Podcamp Pittsburgh 7 here) - make sure to check out these 3 great sessions!

Saturday 10 am - Podcasting – The Behind the Scenes Look

Saturday 11am - How to Audio Podcast 100% from an iPad

Sunday 10am - The ROI Of Podcasting: 9 Examples of Businesses Podcasting Successfully

Make sure to follow @Libsyn on Twitter and use the official Podcamp Pittsburgh 7 hashtag #pcpgh7 - we'll be tweeting out tips and treats all weekend long!


Some Halloween Podcast Episodes

Looking for some spooktacular things to listen to? Check out some of these goulish episodes that the Libsyn producers have put together for Halloween!


Join Us for Podcamp Pittsburgh This Weekend


This Saturday and Sunday is the 7th Annual Podcamp Pittsburgh!  Libsyn is pleased to be a sponsor and have both Rob Walch and Elsie Escobar from our team present.

What is Podcamp?

Podcamp is a low-cost (usually free) conference type event, where folks who love podcasting and social media gather to talk shop, share ideas and learn from each other. Podcamps are held in cities around the world, usually on an annual basis. Visit this website to see if there is a podcamp coming to your city.

Podcamp Pittbsurgh is This Weekend!

Podcamp Pittsburgh will be held at Point Park University on October 27 & 28, 2012. There is a Keynote speaker at 9 am each day followed by presentations and panels from 10am to 4pm. Registration is free, VIP registration is $25 which gets you a snazzy Podcamp Pittsburgh t-shirt and a swag bag.  Click here to register.

If you are planning to attend - be sure to say hello to the members of the Libsyn team who will be there - make sure to follow @Libsyn on Twitter and use the official hashtag #pcpgh7 - we'll be doing some giveaways and sharing tips all weekend long.

You can follow Podcamp Pittsburgh on Twitter @pcpgh and Facebook facebook.com/podcamppittsburgh

Let Us Know If You Are Going To Attend!

If you are planning to attend - please eave a comment below with a link to your podcast - so we can make sure to say hello to you this weekend.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Live. Love. Eat.

live. love. eat host at the best podcast host libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Stefani Ruper from Live. Love. Eat.


When did you start podcasting?

I recorded the first episode of Live. Love. Eat. In June 2012. 


Why did you start podcasting?

Live. Love. Eat. sprung up out of work that I do at the website Paleo for Women, at which I advocate holistic health and evolutionary nutrition for women’s health issues.

These issues include hormonal imbalances and fertility problems, but they also include disordered eating and body image concerns. This is what Live. Love. Eat. speaks to.

Live. Love. Eat. is not exclusive to a paleo diet or to paleo practitioners. It is simply a means by which I and my community can communicate about and share in the joys, struggles, and triumphs of each individual’s relationship with food. 


What’s your show about?


 Each episode of Live. Love. Eat. is an interview with someone who has stepped up to share the story of her (or his) relationships with food and with her body.

She may be a disordered eater, she may be a paleo dieter, she may be totally at peace with her body, or not. He may be overweight, or he may be underweight. Guests are volunteer clients of mine as well as popular writers and bloggers.

They come in the show in order to create a sense of camaraderie within the community, as well as to inspire others in their own strengths and journeys.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 


We are about as low-tech as it comes. I communicate on Skype, use a Logitech headset, and record with audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Via paleoforwomen.com, as well as on iTunes.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How to be silent and wait for words rather than saying “um” every four seconds.


If you’ve been wanting to take your health more seriously then SUBSCRIBE you must. If you have any feedback for Stephanie, you can email her at stefaniruper(at)paleoforwomen(dot)com.


It’s time to start podcasting!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast

hosted with libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Andy Prior from The Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast


When did you start podcasting?

We recorded our first podcast on the first of the year (2012). We kinda filled the week between the holidays with our first podcast experiment because the farm was slow and we were on “real job” vacations. But we were actually thinking about shows, segments and content for most of 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

We had been chronicling our pasture to plate journey on our farm for a few years via our blog but found that we were posting updates less and less (the polite way of saying we were getting tired of that form of media).

We seemed to find it harder to write about the conversations we were having with farmers and customers and easier to talk about it. We also found that most content out there is always on one end of the spectrum or the other which had been a challenge for us when we were early in the farming learning curve.

We finally decided to get it together and produce our own podcast that was as transparent as how we practice farming.

We had a lot of customers that told us we should “tell the story” via a podcast so after we looked at what was out there and struggled to find decent podcasts on farming that shared our values, thought process and situation we thought “it’s time to step up and start our own” because we knew our situation was not unique!

What’s your show about?

More than just chickens in a coop - that’s for sure! It’s our take on the farming, gardening, homesteading podcast with painful attempts to inject Andy’s brand of humor (it’s bad) into the conversation.

We try to keep our topics approachable by either the avid farmer or by people who are just curious about what goes on around a farm. We talk about starting, running and maintaining a small scale, sustainable and natural farmstead (with full time day jobs too).

Since we are committed to a weekly schedule our updates start to seem like a “farming soap opera” and we find listeners wanting more of the story.

We generally break each episode up into 3-4 different sections that try and have a common theme running through all of them. “Farming”, “gardening” and “homesteading” is a surprisingly competitive / congested space in the podcast-o-sphere with a spectrum of quality and content.

We hoped our quality and content would make us a compelling download… thankfully our growing number of terrific listeners agree!

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We started our podcasts on SquareSpace and learned the hardway that’s not the RIGHT way to host a podcast.

So we left our written content over there (it’s a great platform for other content and easier to manage than constant Wordpress updates) and moved the podcasting over to libsyn.

To record an episode we put together an agenda and then we use our studio (the dinning room on the farm), a pair of Blue Yeti USB microphones and GarageBand on a MacBook (hot tea to soothe the throats when talking too).

Part of being able to produce a solid episode every week when it’s the middle of the busy farming season is the simplicity of the setup. That said, we are obsessive about clean edits and clear sound. When we change something the listeners tell us if its working or not.

How have you promoted your podcast?

iTunes is a ROUGH world. It’s a black box of ratings wonderment… so of course we started there!
We got lucky on launch and ranked in the top 2-3 slots in New and Noteworthy in our category for the first month and that got us rolling. We use social media pretty heavily too (Facebook and Twitter) and have watched as show fans from all around the world have connected with us and shared their stores and inspiration.

We now have a very regular segment called the CoopCast Community where we talk about listener feedback and try our best to answer some of the questions we get each week. For us word of mouth is how we grew the farm and how we are growing the podcasting audience (so please go give us a rating on iTunes - see how we did that).

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

With farming or podcasting? Just about everything, is that a fair answer?

We wish we knew how awesome the listeners were going to be. We have had them send us books, design and send us tools to solve farming problems we share, email us with inspirations and their own questions and certainly challenge us and our convictions.

Blogging was fun but generally impersonal. Like our reviews on iTunes say, podcasting with us feels like a friendly conversation and that goes beyond our content but to the great relationships we have been growing in our listener community!


Is farming, gardening and homesteading your thing? Well you are in luck. Subscribe to the Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast and join their community! If you have any feedback for these guys please email andy(at)chickenthistlefarm(dot)com or follow @chickenthistle or like them on Facebook.


Start a podcast now!

   

A Round Up of the Last 3 Months of Rockin' New Libsyn Podcasts

Here is a round up of all of the new Libsyn podcasts we've featured on the Libsyn Blog in the past 3 months - lots of great new shows to check out.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The War of 1812 Podcast

podcast hosted at libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Hammond and Dylan Knight from Forgotten Wars: The War of 1812


When did you start podcasting?

June 18th. It was our mom’s birthday and the 200th anniversary of the declaration of war.

Why did you start podcasting?

Hammond: For me it was a great opportunity to continue to learn and share history after college. Also, I grew up in a household without a television (I know right?) so I grew up listening Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered and This American Life, so it has been a lot of fun to share something in a similar medium.

Dylan: I listened to history podcasts all the time. And I realized there are so many other subjects that weren’t covered. I took a class covering early American history and all the oddities surrounding the War of 1812 caught my attention.

What’s your show about?

The causes, courses, and consequences of the War of 1812. We’re hoping to expand it to other forgotten wars… But we’ve got our hands full with the War of 1812 right now.

What’s your podcasting set-up?

Ha ha a Macbook Pro, a Logitech Microphone, and a blanket fort.

Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Huh?

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook, Twitter, history blogs and forums.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The amount of time it would take and how to edit sound. Our first episode was really rough and we wish we had a stronger start. But it has been worth it. We have gotten great and helpful feedback, and it’s fun.


Raring to inhale all you can about the War of 1812, this is your podcast, so you need to subscribe.


Get your own podcast.

   

Podcasting Support on Windows 8?

request podcast support for windows 8

Is it happening?

Well, it can.

It’s up to you.

Speak up and let them now ASAP that you want to have built in podcast support on Windows 8.

Do it for podcasting. Go here and leave a comment…NOW.

C’mon podcasters, this is when it counts! 

Share the link on Twitter, post on Facebook, use the image and Pin it, mention it on your podcast. Use all your resources.

Let Microsoft know we want podcasting on Windows 8!

Comment HERE and let them know you want it.


Calling All Kansas Podcasters - Our Rob Walch Is the Keynote Speaker for Podcamp Topeka

Podcamp Topeka is next week - October 13, 2012! What is Podcamp? If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a podcamp yet you are probably asking that very question.  From the podcamp Topeka website:

PodCamp Topeka is a low cost unconference dedicated to emerging web media - social networks, podcasting & videoblogging, blogging, Twitter, Facebook, photography, and web design, for starters. Our goal? To learn about social media from social media experts, to network with fellow bloggers, podcasters & social media creators ... and to have a blast!

What is an unconference?

An "unconference" is a gathering where you call the shots. You won't find a traditional speaker and an audience at Podcamp Topeka! Instead, you'll find a facilitator that starts off the discussion ... and everyone else can chime in! It's a great way to learn from each other.

Our very own Rob Walch - who is our head of all things podcaster relations here at Libsyn - is the keynote speaker for Podcamp Topeka.  Read more about Rob and his pre  When Rob isn't talking about all things Libsyn, he is the host of the podcast Today in iOs (iPhone).  Read more about Rob and his podcast here.

If you are in the Kansasa City/Topeka area - sign up to attend Podcamp Topeka on October 13.

Podcamp Topeka
October 13, 2012 8:30am-4:30pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

http://podcamptopeka.org @podcamptopeka


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Hey, Get Off My Lawn

podcasting tips and advice

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Bryan Cox from Hey! Get Off My Lawn


When did you start podcasting?

Off and on I’ve been fooling around with podcasting for about 2 years. It was a natural progression from Radio.

Why did you start podcasting?

A few years ago, I noticed, it seemed that any kid with a “Barbie Microphone” was calling himself a podcaster. Recently major corporations and professionals from all walks of life were offering Podcasts.

This tweaked my interest because I have over 25 years in the radio business so, doing a podcast is almost identical to doing a radio show and it’s just as fun.

The only difference is that in “modern” radio you’ve got management breathing down your neck. Doing a podcast…it’s creative freedom! The way radio used to be.

What’s your show about?

Coming up with a show idea was tough. Someone once said…”talk about what you know and know about what you talk about”. As mentioned before I was in radio for a while and I also have over 15 years under my belt as a stand-up comic.

As I age I’m beginning to really understand that old guy that yells, “Hey Get Off My Lawn” thus the podcast was born and is being raised on The Sideshow Network.

Everyone has someone or something they want off their lawn, which is a metaphor for what pisses you off. Hey Get Off My Lawn was born and has been embraced by the entertainment world.

We get celebrities from all walks of entertainment venting about who they want off their lawn.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a home studio for my voice over business and it’s perfect for podcasting as well. It’s all Mac based and includes several Rode Mics…the NT1-A is my fav, M-Audio Studio Pro Speakers, M-Box as a Pre-Amp and I use Pro Tools or Logic Pro.

For my phone interviews theres a JK Audio phone patch and if all else fails…we’ll record off of skype…which is really pretty good. For remote interview recording I use iRig with Mic on the iPhone with great results.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I promote through Facebook and Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. FB has added a PAY feature where you can promote a post. I’ve had a lot of hits from that.

Sideshow Network also promotes it as well. The podcast is interview based so when an episode is up the person we interview gets a link and they promote it for us. And of course this interview is helping out…Thank You!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

It’s really hard to make money off of podcasting. You have to enter by realizing that this is going to be a labour of love and believe me, it takes a ton of time to put out a great product.

This is one reason we see a lot of podcasters dropping by the wayside.

I also wish someone answered the question…Now that you have a podcast recorded…what do you do with it now? For me I have to thank Levity Entertainment and The Sideshow Network. You’ll find the one that right for you!


You know you’ve gotten that “Get-off-my-lawn” feeling, why not join in and listen? Subscribe to Hey! Get off My Lawn! And if you are interested in giving Roddy some feedback send it on over contact (at) sideshow network (dot) tv


You really do need to get started podcasting

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: SDConCast

tips on podcasting

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Jeremy Rutz from SDConCast


When did you start podcasting?

I’ve tried to start up a podcast for years and dabbled in a few pilot episodes for other sites since 2006, but nothing ever stuck.

I’ve been writing for SDCCBlog.com since last year, and the Editor-in-chief let us record a pilot episode of the SDConCast this past June. We liked doing it, and thankfully people liked to listen to it!

Why did you start podcasting?

With the SDConCast, we had a great group of folks who were passionate about San Diego Comic-Con and willing to put in the time to record weekly.

It was really fun to connect with each other on a weekly basis and talk about our common interests, knowing that we were building an audience who appreciated the time and effort we put into producing the show.

What’s your show about?

The SDConCast is a podcast which covers all the news surrounding the San Diego Comic-Con, the annual geek pilgrimage that brings together 140,000 people from all over the world to celebrate comics, movies, film, videogames and toys.

As far as I can tell, we’re the only podcast dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, and we found there was a passionate audience just waiting for a podcast like this.

Our coverage of the 2012 event schedule was our most popular episode of the year, because there wasn’t a podcast out there that provided that kind of in-depth coverage.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Behringer XENYX 1002B Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer
  • Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Mix-Minus setup with Skype for remote guests
  • Zoom H2 digital recorder to record the mix
  • Post-Production with Audacity
  • Publish to Wordpress Blog

How have you promoted your podcast?

We use our blog, SDCCBlog.com, which already had an established and growing audience, as well as our Twitter account, @SD_Comic_Con, which has over 14,000 followers and growing.

Because our podcast is the only one dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, word of mouth spread quickly regarding what we were doing via Twitter.

We also picked up a nice bump in listeners when we created our iTunes feed. iTunes is the leading podcatcher, so having that feed was essential for listeners to subscribe and download our episodes.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

ID3 tags, mixing and leveling - all the tricks in post-production which makes a better sounding podcast! If you listen to our first and last episodes back-to-back you’ll hear a big difference in quality.

We were also a little edit-heavy in the early episodes, but learned to leave the conversations alone later on. So what if there are a few “um”s and pause? it’s more natural that way.

We learned a lot through the first nine episodes and can’t wait for con season to resume so we can start right back where we left off.


All you Comic Con fans need to subscribe and support a great podcast! Have any feedback for SDConCast send it to sdcomiccon.blog(at)gmail(dot)com.


You know you need to start podcasting right?

   

Podcaster Panic Fueled By Feedburner Broken Counting Code

avoid issues with feedburner and use libsyn RSS feed

It seems that the podcasting community has been all aflutter due to some weirdness going on with Feedburner that started this Friday September 21.

The problem as stated on their blog:

We have been encountering difficulties with our stats production pipeline for data representing Sept 19th and 20th, 2012. We are currently working to solve the issue.”

There are quite a substantial amount of podcasters that use Feedburner as the feed that they submit into iTunes, and given what seems to be an attention getting blog post by Feedburner’s competitor earlier this month, this technical issue caused quite a few podcasters to get panic attacks.

And what do podcasters (and bloggers for that matter) do when panic ensues? They take it to social media* and reach out to the podcasting experts for what should I do???

Here is a calm and well thought out response from one of the most well-known podcasting experts about the whole matter.

Very much worth a read if you are using Feedburner.

Now, you know, you could simply have avoided the anxiety and simply use the libsyn feed.

Just sayin’ ;)

Changing your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed

Now if you do want to change your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed follow these quick instructions.

  1. Go into your libsyn UI - and click on “Destinations”

  2. Click on “Libsyn Classic Feed” (or whatever you renamed it to) on the left.

  3. Click on “Advanced Options”

  4. Scroll down to “Extra RSS Tags” and add the following in the text box: <itunes:new-feed-url>http://ACCOUNTNAME.libsyn.com/rss</itunes:new-feed-url>

Where ACCOUNTNAME = your shows unique account name (slug) with libsyn.  

This should be the same URL as what you currently have feedburner pointing to.

By adding the above, anyone that is subscribed with iTunes or Apple Podcasts App - will automatically be switched over to your source feed.

It will also change the feed listed in iTunes to your libsyn source feed. 

This way you can at least rest assured if Feedburner does go down in the future you have at least saved all your iTunes subscribers.  

*NOTE: link above was to the twitter search #feedburner on Sept. 22, so if you are clicking through later, search results may not be relevant

   

Variety covering podcasts!

marc maron is leading the way for podcasters into mainstream media

It’s always nice when an industry publication recognizes that podcasts are moving into mainstream. Whether or not that’s a good thing or not can be debated, but regardless it’s happening.

What’s so great about this transition is that the voice of Marc Maron has maintained a great sense of groundedness and passion for the medium. This is good because whether he likes it or not he is representing podcasters.

The quote that you see above is just a little bit of the wisdom that Maron imparts in the interview.

You really should go ahead and read it. Great food for podcasting thought.

Elsie Escobar

   

Should You Upgrade To The iPhone 5? Let The Specs Lead The Way

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There is PLENTY of talk all over the blogosphere and the podosphere about the iPhone 5, and particularly whether or not you should:

  1. Get the iPhone 5
  2. Upgrade to the iPhone 5

A lot of what’s out there is good information but nothing breaks it down quite like our very own Rob Walch. He wrote a stellar post breaking down all the specs from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5.

You can see for yourself if that iPhone 5 is worth it or not.

He’s got some great charts. One of them is above.

Check out the full post. It’s so good.

Elsie Escobar

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Consequence

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Brian Thompson from Consequence


When did you start podcasting?

Consequence is a production of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which first began podcasting in January 2010 with the show For Good Reason, hosted by the JREF’s president D.J. Grothe.

Independent of the JREF, I began podcasting in 2007 by co-hosting and producing a comedy show called The Amateur Scientist Podcast, which eventually spun off into a small network of comedy podcasts I produce through AmateurScientist.org, including our current flagship show Quit It.

Why did you start podcasting?

As a kid I used to run around with a Fisher-Price tape recorder and make little comedy shows with my friends.

I’ve always enjoyed the intimacy of audio entertainment.

We watch TV or movies on a screen from a distance, but a radio show or a podcast is a voice right in our ears.

When we listen, we often create private spaces for ourselves between a pair of headphones or in the cocoons of our cars. I love making audio, and podcasting has nearly eliminated the barrier to entry for getting that kind of work to an audience.

People have to seek out podcasts, but that act of seeking builds a unique relationship between producers and consumers.

What’s your show about?

The tagline of Consequence is “true stories about false things.” Thousands and thousands of people all over the world have been harmed financially, emotionally, or even physically by believing in superstition, pseudoscience, or paranormal phenomena that turned out not to be true.

On Consequence, the James Randi Educational Foundation provides a forum for those people to share their stories.

What’s your podcasting setup?

Let’s go from the voice to the download, if you will.

I record with a Heil PR-40 microphone. In-studio guests use a Shure SM-58 with a hefty pop filter.

Both of these mics are sent through an M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB interface, which does a good job of providing enough power without breaking the bank.

It’s also very portable, which is important for field interviews. I also record guests over Skype using either Pamela (on PC) or Call Recorder (on Mac).

In-studio, I record and master in Sony Soundforge on a PC and do multi-track editing in Adobe Audition. Field recordings are done much the same way, though I use GarageBand on a MacBook Pro for the initial recording before sending the file over to Soundforge.

The finished .mp3 is sent through a freeware ID3 editing program to add all the track info and artwork, and then it’s uploaded to Libsyn. For Consequence, we use Libsyn’s standard RSS feed.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The JREF has a huge social networking and web presence, so promotion is thankfully simple. Consequence has a permanent page on our website, Randi.org, and is also recapped in blog posts there.

A link and a summary for each new episode are also posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages, which regularly reach tens of thousands of people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had known where best to spend my resources.

When making a podcast, there are a lot of choices to make about where to skimp or splurge, especially if you’re an independent producer whose budget is the contents of your own wallet.

If I could give my former self advice, I’d say to buy the best microphone you can afford, and just do what you can with the rest. You can make a great-sounding show with free editing software, but if the recording itself is sub-par, no amount of post-production can fix it.

Even if you don’t buy a very expensive mic, learn about recording technique. Use what you have as well as you can, and you can make something great. If you’re not at least trying to make something great, don’t bother.


You wanna get to know the truth about false things? You know where to go, subscribe. If you have any feedback for Brian, you can send along your feedback to consequence(at)randi(dot)org


Get your truth out onto the world and start podcasting

   

Podcasting Luminaries: Wayne Henderson

podcasting luminary wayne henderson host his podcasts at libsyn

Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Can we say prolific? This week’s podcast Luminary is just that. Wayne Henderson has been podcasting since August 2005.

He has four podcasts: The Packers Fan Podcast - the show by, and for, fans of the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers NFL team. FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan - devoted to the Fox tv show FRiNGE. Christmas Memories Past and Present - a seasonal podcast, coincidentally focused on Christmas memories from the past and the present. Tuning In With Wayne Henderson - his first podcast, covers a variety of subjects, and was the launchpad for his other podcasts.

And that’s not all!

He’s also previously and/or periodically produced: LOSTcasting With Wayne And Dan - popular podcast devoted to the best show to ever appear on television, ABC’s LOST. The Voice-Over Journey - sharing advice found from his voice-over journey career, as well as the advice from other voice actors, in all different stages in their careers.


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I podcast, not only for fun, but also for the enjoyment in interacting with like-minded fans the the things I podcast about. At the same time, I do want to monetize my efforts.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has created all kinds of opportunities for me personally and professionally. Not only has it brought additional attention to my voice-over business, but I’ve received some mind-blowing feedback from listeners around the world.

In addition, some of my shows’ raving fans have sent me care-package gifts from Comic-Con, and one fan even gave me a free ticket to see a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field!

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Focus on your listeners, no matter how small the audience may seem at the time. Enjoy the interactions with your listener community by every means possible: Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How important is podcasting to the success of other revenue generating opportunities you currently have?

Podcasting has played a very important part in the promotion of my voice-over business. It has helped create some income generating opportunities for voice-over jobs, as well as some consulting and speaking engagements for me as well.

The speaking and consulting gigs were really fun for me, and made me get out of my “comfort zone” of being behind the mic. I hope to do more of those types of things in 2013!

Did you start off podcasting and that lead into a business or did you see podcasting as a necessary support for an existing business?

After being “on the air” in broadcast radio for a number of years, working for low pay, all while not having much of a creative outlet, I came across a newspaper article in early 2005 about a man in my area doing voice-overs and podcasts from his home studio.

I was instantly struck by the idea of podcasting, and have been hooked from that moment! After a few months of research, and a few paydays of equipment investments, I started bringing my dreams of providing entertaining shows from my home to life!

At the same time, I knew that I could record quality voice-overs for other businesses and podcasts from that same home studio set-up.

Right now, I am excited for the upcoming football season and how my Packers Fan Podcast will be following the Green Bay Packers this year! In addition, with this being the final season of FRiNGE on Fox tv, it will bring additional focus to my FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan podcast.


Wayne has so much amazing content + he’s a great guy, you should very much consider checking it out. If you have any feedback for him please send an email over to feedback(at)mediavoiceovers(dot)com or call (904) 469-7469


You know it’s time for you to start your own podcast!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Conversation Hub

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Marc Vaillancourt from The Conversation Hub


When did you start podcasting?

I posted my first episode in late May 2010. Save for a few weeks off here and there, I post every Tuesday morning at 7am. We just posted episode #116.

Why did you start podcasting?

I helped a former employer produce a podcast to help disseminate information to the staff and I was hooked!

I’m also a big fan of shows like This American Life and The Story with Dick Gordon – there’s just something about great stories and great conversation.

I’m also addicted to coffee and conversation – both of them go together so well and I wanted to have a platform to engage in and share great conversations with the world.

The only way I knew how to do that what to create The Conversation Hub podcast!

What’s your show about?

As you probably can tell by the name of the show and by what I shared as an answer to the previous question, I love great conversations!

I created The Conversation Hub podcast because I believe the following:

Through conversation … relationships are formed; Through conversation … knowledge is shared; and, Through conversation … life happens and finds meaning.

We engage and share meaningful conversations on topics ranging from business to life and everything in between.

I’ve stayed true to this vision and our guest list shows it. I’ve had the honor of interview New York Times best selling authors, a BNSF train conductor, a cage fighter, two contemporary Christian recording artists, National Public Radio personalities (Bob Edwards, Guy Raz, Dick Gordon & Roman Mars) and people with great stories. It’s been a ton of fun and I hope you’ll tune in next Tuesday and listen to another great conversation!

What’s your podcasting set-up?

My set up is a work in progress. I currently record using Audacity on my MacBook Pro. I’ll be up-grading to Adobe Audition soon. I use two Sure SM58 microphones (I’m also a musician and I love this mic) and an Alesis MultiMix4USB mixer.

Carrying all that stuff around is starting to be a burden and not conducive to impromptu conversations. For that reason, I be getting a field recording device – I’m debating between the Zoom H4n and a Marantz PMD661 – and getting a Rode shotgun mic.

And, it goes without saying that the folks at libsyn are awesome. Having recently joined the libsyn community all I can say is this – why did it take me so long!?!?!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I haven’t done any advertising for the show - I’m entirely dependent on word of mouth. We post episodes every Tuesday and push them out to various social networks. It’s a work in progress and every episode we get more tracking.

The fun part is that some of our episodes do have a ‘long tail’ and that’s been very exciting to see.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had a mentor to help me walk through my equipment set-up. My show quality is good but I know it can be better.

My biggest challenge – getting decent audio quality on interviews/conversations I record over the phone.

What I use currently is not really working and I need a better solution. I would love your advice!!!


Wanna get immersed into great conversation? Then you need to subscribe. If you have any feedback for Marc you can send it over to marc(at)marcvaillancourt(dot)com.


Start podcasting now.

   

Podcasting Luminaries: Hutch Jr. From Burghs Eye View

burghseyeview

Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

My name is Hutch Jr. and I’ve been producing BURGHSEYEVIEW since October of 2006.

The show started out chronicling the high school football career of Hutch III but morphed into a purely Pittsburgh show. I was chased out of town in the early 80’s due to the unemployment situation at the time and became part of Steeler Nation.

I was gone for 20 years and longed for anything Pittsburgh every one of them. The show is for folks like me who are living in Nebraska yearning for a chipped ham sammich.  Yinzers in exile.

We talk history, local news and straight banter. We’ll have a beer and sometimes don’t delete the expletives. A young lady named Shell is my regular cohost as Hutch III is training to become an Army Lieutenant.

Episodes 16 - 40 were recorded on the way to or on location in Iraq. Some segments include the Pat Bus Vocabulary Moment, Things that Piss Hutch Off and earlier shows feature the Bloomfield Update.

Come get your Burgh on.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

Some of the great voicemails and feedback we’ve received are from Holly who was listening and yearning from Zambia.

I actually got to meet her on a trip home (she brought Zambian beer!!), Alan from Ireland who is a great listener, but I missed him on a trip to Pittsburgh.

I always offer to send a Burghseyeview calendar to any listener who lives abroad and on his 3rd one he sent the show a picture with it mounted in his fathers office aboard an Irish Navy Vessel, pure awesome!

Getting feedback and meeting local podcasters is great too. Here’s a presentation we put on at Pittsburgh Podcamp 5 about the subject of keeping your show alive.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook  and Twitter @burghseyeview have definitely increased our social media footprint and generated a lot of conversation.

I particularly enjoy the way Libsyn has been innovative lately with these venues being populated when an episode is published. Keep on experimenting with this, it cuts down on my work time!

What is your podcasting workflow?

My workflow consists of writing down goofy or great things that I see everyday on my iPhone “Notes”, then when it’s showtime I’ll sit down for a couple hours and gather more material online and from written sources and author the shownotes.

Shell will do her research, we’ll fill up the beers and head to the studio. A Ustream livestream is initiated for video and we start recording.

Shell handles the chatroom and I manage the video. The main show is audio, the video has evolved in the last year or so. 

What has changed the most in your show since you started?

Up until 2008 I would share conservative political opinions on the show, but after some negative feedback on iTunes comments we had a meeting and decided to take all non Pittsburgh related politics off the show and we did.

This created an opportunity for me to create another show with a friend Ward that I had met at a previous Podcamp.

The show is in it’s second year and if your looking for a conservative viewpoint Steel City Resistance (video) is for you.


You read it folks! If you’re up you wanna get your Burgh on, then you must SUBSCRIBE! If you wanna get your conservatism on, then try THIS. If you have any feedback for Hutch Jr please call 412-567-1460 or email burghseyeview(at)gmail(dot)com.


Are you ready to start podcasting?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcast -Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Alonso Bodden from Who’s Paying Attention


When did you start podcasting?

I started recording podcasts in March. I know many comics already have a podcast, and when I realized I was late to the game I figured I better get going.

I hope someone is listening.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, my theme is ‘Who’s Paying Attention?’ and I rant about the press using stories from the media. I feel I have a lot to say, much of which is funny.

It was too late for me to enter the Republican primaries, so I figured a podcast was the next best thing for comical opinions.

What is your show about?

The show is mainly my take on the news. I cover all topics from politics to social issues. I love talking sports, but not the scores. I like the issues and the comedy of it. I take on social topics, like celebrities and trends, but only because they are so ridiculous.

For example, what the hell was Kim Kardashian doing at the White House press dinner? Doesn’t she know every brother there is married?

Michelle Obama is not going put up with a Kardashian creeping around.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use my iMac and a microphone. I then send what I record to Roddy and the guys at Sideshow Network.

Sideshow adds the background music, did I mention I do the podcast to jazz?

I think it enhances the cool-factor. Once it has been edited, they send it out to the masses.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter , Facebook, NPR, radio appearances, other podcasts including Adam Corolla’s, and of course I’m hoping your brilliant blog brings in a few million subscribers…

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

I wish I had known people were interested sooner. I guess there really are people paying attention. I have to get to work on this, and I regret not starting sooner.


Whaddaya says guys? Let’s let Alonzo know that we are very much paying attention! Subscribe and show Alonzo the power of the libsyn blog ;) If you want to contact Alonzo or have any feedback for him, you can send it on over to contact (at) sideshownetwork (dot) tv.


You know you’ve been wanting to start a podcast!

   

Podcasting Luminaries: Jim Harold

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more! In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Jim Harold created The Paranormal Podcast in 2005! In addition to his podcasting prowess, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology and is accredited as a Certified Digital Media Consultant by the Radio Advertising Bureau.

He is very proud to have bootstrapped Jim Harold Media, LLC and associated projects to make them his full time profession.

If you want to learn more about Jim, read more right here


How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

the top podcast for the paranormal hosted on libsyn

I began podcasting in 2005 out of frustration. I had gone to school for broadcasting but ended up working in media but on the business side, never in front of the mic…this always bothered me. At 35 years old, I felt that I had lost the opportunity to pursue my dream career but thought I’d try this podcast thing.

Seven years later, I am a published author and am producing content full time.

I have had the privilege to co-host podcast series with two nationally known TV personalities (Kate Botello and Clayton Morris).

No podcast, no book deal…no podcast, no second career.

Granted, I am no Leo Laporte and money is tight but this is an incredible opportunity to do what I love for a living and to explore a topic which utterly fascinates me.

The paranormal has been a lifelong interest for me going back to watching “In Search Of…” as a kid. It is ALL because of podcasting.

When I went to school in the late 80s & early 90s for broadcasting, you were at the mercy of station owners, program directors, etc., to get an opportunity.

If I had gone to a station pitching my show back in ‘05, they would have laughed at me or, at best, tried to have sold me block time for thousands of dollars to have the privilege to air my show at horrible hours reaching an audience limited to a small geographic area!

Now I produce some of the top rated paranormal-oriented podcasts in the world…podcasting has meant everything to me professionally. It saved me.

What advice would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Look at people like Cliff Ravenscraft, Marc Maron, me (to a much lesser extent), and others who have transformed their careers and lives via podcasting. If you produce good stuff then you will be found and grow.

Some people consider me an overnight success, in terms of going full time, but it took seven years! another great podcast from Jim Harold hosted on libsyn

Don’t podcast if it is just to make money, you could probably do a lot better selling cars or real estate BUT if you love doing it, love the topic, and think you could make a business of it…go for it.

Also, podcasting as a hobby (which it was essentially for me for the first few years) is a very honorable and rewarding pursuit as well!

Most shows won’t immediately “hit”, but if you super serve a niche you can make an impact.

Produce weekly, don’t worry about having the best equipment from day one BUT make sure that you make what you have to work with sound as good as it can.

I started with a USB headset, Audacity, and a Libsyn account (of course!)…with that I was able to build a following and upgrade my equipment as I went along.

Note, things did not start to fully “catch” for me until I started to get super consistent with weekly production which wasn’t until 2008.

My tips include: CARE ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE, produce every week, super serve a niche, produce great content, be yourself, maximize the sound quality through technique not by necessarily having thousands of dollars worth of equipment and educate yourself constantly.

Don’t be intimidated by the tech…basically other than my broadcast training everything I have learned technically to produce and distribute the shows, I taught myself. The information is all out there, most of it for free on the Net.

What is your workflow: include hardware, software, text editing, and services as necessary.

Hardware

Windows 7 Desktop (self built), Heil PR 40 with pop filter, shockmount and mic arm, Onyx Blackjack USB Interface

Software

Adobe Audition 5.5, Powergramo, WordPress, Levelator 2 (GREAT), Vodburner (to record video podcasts)

Services

Libsyn – I cannot overstate how great Libsyn has been. I continue to use them for all of my media serving needs for my free podcasts. You can’t go wrong with their plans and uptime is excellent.

I remember talking to the founders when the company first started and I really admire what they’ve done for podcasters.

Skype – I record directly to my computer using Powergramo. Some folks don’t care for recording directly into the computer but it has worked great for me for the last seven years.

podcasting great Jim Harold hosts with libsyn

Note, I am religious about backing up my interview in case a hard drive crashes. Each recording is set to auto backup as soon as I hang up. I’ve never lost an interview (fingers crossed).

My setup is not the most sophisticated, by far. In time I may upgrade to a full blown mixer and recording “live to tape” to reduce post production time.

When I started I had a really underpowered computer, a fairly slow DSL connection, a USB headset, Audacity (FREE), and a Libsyn account.

I started by taking what little equipment I had, making it sound the best it could and then using the proceeds from my efforts to fund my upgrades. So, slowly over time I upgraded my technique and my equipment.

If you have an internet connection, $15 a month for a Libsyn account, a computer and a passion for doing an audio podcast there is no reason not to get started today.


How about it guys? Are you interested in the paranormal? You REALLY need to check out Jim’s programs over at jimharold.com and weirdnewsradio.com.


You know you want to start podcasting.

   

Rockin' New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with Ken Ray (Part 2)

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

You heard from John Champion about The Mission Log Podcast in Part 1, now get ready to read up all about it from Ken Ray’s perspective.

Ken Ray has been podcasting since 2005, almost DAILY. Yes. Since 2005! That is A LOT of podcast episodes.

Although this series is about some of the relatively new podcasts out there, we feel Ken Ray also fits in our Podcast Luminaries series, being one of those few that have been able to podcast consistently AND offer so much to the world of podcasting in general.

We are very excited to offer you the wisdom of Ken Ray below!


Q & A with Ken Ray from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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I started podcasting in 2005, doing Apple news for “Inside Mac.” Our association ended at the end of 2005, and “Mac OS Ken” started in January of 2006.

Why did you start podcasting?

Initially, because “Inside Mac” wanted a daily news show and I wanted to do something on mic.

I’d been behind the scenes on a number of audio projects and done some production for a few, but didn’t have an outlet of my own.

I first heard about podcasting in late 2004 and thought it would be awesome to have a podcast. So awesome that I kind of got “blank-canvas” syndrome.

There were so many possibilities that I didn’t know/couldn’t decide what to do. But I had done tech news a few years earlier for TechTV Radio, so when the opportunity hit with “Inside Mac,” it seemed like a good one.

When that ended, I took a couple of weeks and started under my own banner.

“Mission Log” is a whole other thing. Rod Roddenberry has been a listener to “Mac OS Ken” for a few years, which still weirds me out from time to time.

He’s a giant Apple and Mac fan and has come to the last two Macworlds in San Francisco.

At Macworld|iWorld 2012 he started talking to me about the idea for “Mission Log,” and I said “I wanna do it” almost immediately. A few months later, we were underway.

What’s your show about?

As geeky as Star Trek can be, it’s important to Rod that people take the philosophies and messages of Star Trek from the show, not just the phasers and teleporters.

One of the things I’ve always loved about Star Trek is the idea that we can get from here (1966 through 2012 “here”) to there (exploring the galaxy in the 23rd and 24th centuries) without blowing ourselves up first. It means we get to put famine, disease, sectarian violence… everything that slows humanity’s progress behind us.

John and I have been tasked with taking each episode apart and pulling out the messages, morals and themes and determining (as best we can) whether they’re still relevant today.

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I’d say fun and profit.

It’s definitely fun. I now have a job that REQUIRES me to watch Star Trek and talk about it.

I used to do that for no reason at all, so that’s a win.

At the same time, aiming towards monetization was important to me and to Rod, I think.

No one expects “Mission Log” to make us rich, but it is important that it be self-sustaining at the very least. And if it can be more than that, that’d be swell.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Currently using a Blue Yeti USB mic into a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011). Capture the audio with eCamm’s Call Recorder for Skype, then edit in Adobe Audition CS 5.5 for Mac.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have a daily podcast, already, so mentioning it there has been my biggest promotional vehicle, personally.

We timed the launch of “Mission Log” to coincide with the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Both Rod and John had panels there, so they mentioned it from a couple of stages in some pretty big rooms.

And we handed out postcards like mad men. And we just talked to people about the show.

Roddenberry Entertainment has its own promotional avenues, of course, and our association with Nerdist is amazingly huge from a promotional standpoint.

It’s very different than doing your own show. There are two established organizations behind this, plus John’s show, plus my show all working to promote a show for which Star Trek fans seems to be receptive in some cases and hungry in others.

It’s really been thrilling.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

If you hope to make a dime, have a business plan in place before you start or work with people who do.

I did a sort of “if you build it, they will come thing” when I started Mac OS Ken, figuring advertising dollars would find their way to my show.

Have I been able to make it? Yes, though I think if I’d had a clearer idea of how I wanted to do that at the start, things would have gone more smoothly.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

For “Mission Log” it’ll be audience engagement for me. Download numbers are a business thing on this one, and other people are handling the business end.

I haven’t asked about our numbers yet because, once I do, I’ll never stop asking. And now I’ll probably start asking tomorrow.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Simply put, “Mac OS Ken” led to “Mission Log.” More than that though, I’ve made friends in parts of the world I may never see.

So many people tell me their day does not start without me, which - six-and-a-half-years later - is still weird sometimes, but amazing as well.

What advice would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Make sure you love what you’re talking about, or at the very least love talking about it. If it goes well, you’ll be doing it for a long time.

It can be a job, which is good news, but if you don’t like what you’re doing, it can end up a job you hate. And who wants that?

I’d also suggest trying a decent run before you ever publish.

Think you want to do a weekly show? Do it for a month first. Four weeks that you may never publish, just to make sure it’s something you can handle and enjoy.

And if you think you want to do a daily show, have your head examined.


There you have it. It’s time for you guys to step into the world of Star Trek and enjoy diving into all those things beyond the ordinary, guided by two amazing guys.

Subscribe to The Mission Log Podcast.

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


What are you waiting for? Start your podcast!

   

Cross-post Your Podcast Episode To Twitter With A Custom Message

You asked for it. cross post to twitter from within your libsyn dashboard

It’s done.

Directly from your libsyn Dashboard, now you can customize your Twitter update as it cross-posts to whatever Twitter account you have configured with your podcast.

You can get the exact instructions on how to set this up right from this awesome tutorial.

Why use OnPublish for Twitter?

There are a ton of services out there that you can use to schedule posts to various social media channels including of course Twitter.

You are already using Buffer, or Hootsuite, or whatever other service floats your boat, why would you want to use this feature?

It’s not either or.

Just use both!

Why?

Not everyone will see your ONE twitter post.

People are not on twitter 24/7. The stream of twitter updates that comes at you at any time of the day is pretty strong.

One tweet could get lost in that stream very fast. Why not make it easier for your audience and beyond, to get your content?

You can schedule a few updates using a couple of different services if you so choose.

You can share multiple links

When you do share your latest episode there are a ton of ways to do it to spread the word.

  • You can link to your episode’s shownotes.
  • You can link to your website (with of course your latest episode front and center.)
  • You can link to your media file.

Cross-posting your podcast workflow

Here is what I do to get the word out about my show.

  1. Within the libsyn dashboard I craft a personalized update for OnPublish to my Facebook Page as well as to Twitter. I schedule only the Twitter update to cross-post 2 days after I publish the episode.

  2. I publish my episode, which immediately cross-posts to my Facebook Page. The Facebook Page immediately cross-posts to Twitter.

  3. I schedule the permalink to my latest episode’s show notes to post on my Facebook Page using Buffer, for one day after publishing. That post will immediately cross-post to twitter.

  4. I schedule my newsletter to go out the morning after I publish my episode.

  5. The twitter update that I scheduled initially using Libsyn OnPublish goes out 2 days later, sharing the link to my media file.

NOTE: All the updates above are crafted differently. I don’t just say the same thing over and over and over in every update. I craft each post, sharing different aspects about the episode.

cross post your podcast directly to twitter

After that initial promotion, I just lay low and respond to anyone that’s engaged with my posts and follow up with them.

It’s an asset to be able to schedule a good portion of my workflow from right within the dashboard.

It offers me the opportunity to get the most number of eyes on my newly released content in the first few days giving me a better chance to build momentum and downloads (and sometimes even affects my iTunes ranking.)

All of this goes on automagically.

That is good.

How about it?

Wanna give the OnPublish to Twitter customized update a go?

Also, are you up for sharing your social media follow up workflow? Share and empower the community!

Elsie Escobar

   

Rockin New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with John Champion (Part 1)

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

“Illogical." Not really. In fact it makes perfect sense. This latest Rockin'New Libsyn Podcast is all about delving into the world of Star Trek and it’s so full of life, excitement, intelligent conversation and humor with a couple of fabulous hosts, we had to split this feature into two!

You’ll get the first co-host John Champion on this post and tomorrow you’ll get the mighty Ken Ray, so y'all come back now ya hear?


Q & A John Champion from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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About 3 years ago. I started doing (and still do!) a podcast called “DVD Geeks” which is all about new/recently released DVDs and Blu-rays and all the special features that come with them.

Rod Roddenberry and I started discussing the idea for “Mission Log” in late 2011. By February of 2012 we had brought in Ken Ray and started playing around with sample episodes to see if the show would even work.

Why did you start podcasting?

“DVD Geeks” was created as a TV show, and we had a blast doing that for a few years. Eventually, it was so expensive to carry on as a TV show not to mention having to answer to many masters and get bounced around through all the business and bureaucracy of TV when you’re a small, independent show.

Podcasting seemed like a great alternative where we could do whatever we wanted, maintain control of the show and not have the huge overhead of TV.

There’s much less pressure, and the gratification is immediate. We can post an episode and then get feedback from the audience right away.

We feel much more connected to our listeners by doing a podcast than we ever did on TV.

What’s your show about?

Mission Log” is about “Star Trek,” but more specifically it’s about the ethics, morals and messages within the “Star Trek” universe.

We figured the best structure for the show was to cover every episode - of all the various “Star Trek” series - in order, but rather than just review them, seriously investigate what the shows are about.

Every “Star Trek” fan rightfully praises the shows for being about more than just action/adventure in space, but we wanted to see if there are consistent themes and messages that are still relevant to our lives in the 21st century.

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

First and foremost, it’s fun. Even if I think it won’t be fun, as soon as we start recording each episode I’m reminded instantly that I love doing this show.

If there’s any level of fame to come along with this show (and having the Roddenberry and Nerdist names behind us doesn’t hurt), that will only serve to make it more fun.

Again, having an audience that’s actually engaged in what you do makes the work that much more satisfying.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use a 2011 15" MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion, Yeti Pro microphone and Bowers + Wilkins P5 headphones.

Ken is in New York, and I’m in California which means we record the show as a Skype call. Ken does the editing, and we upload all the show elements to Dropbox when it’s ready for Nerdist to distribute.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We set up the basic social media - Facebook and Twitter - a couple of weeks before we launched. More importantly, we wanted to make sure we went straight to the fans.

We all attended the most recent “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas where we handed out 2,000 postcards and even participated in some panel discussions to get the word out.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Going back 3 or 4 years ago, I wish I had the technical confidence that I do now. I would have launched my other show as an independent podcast much sooner.

As for “Mission Log,” I don’t think it would have made any difference, but I wish I had known how much work this was truly going to take.

Ken and I will watch each episode 3 or 4 times before recording and spend a lot of time taking notes and formulating our ideas.

I wish I had sat down months ago and read books like “The Ethics of Star Trek” and started taking my notes then.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

I’m much more concerned about audience engagement. “Star Trek” fans love to talk about “Star Trek” more than anything else.

If they are talking to us or about us, then we’ve done at least half the job. If they are challenging themselves with the ideas we present or seeing new elements in the shows because of something we’ve discussed, then I’ll know we’ve done a great job.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has gotten me in front of some audiences I never thought I’d be addressing, like leading a session on ethics and humanism at Star Trek Las Vegas.

I’ve also been able to interview some really creative people and, because of my other show, I’ve been exposed to some great movies I may have otherwise missed!

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

First of all, bring something different. There is no subject that hasn’t already been discussed in a podcast.

We never wanted to be “just another Star Trek podcast,” and we wanted to find a specific, new angle. Know your subject, and plan to go an inch wide and a mile deep.

Your job as a podcaster is to not just record the show and publish it but also put yourself out there to the world as someone who listens to your audience and interacts with them. The audience doesn’t just find you - you have to go find them.

Did you start off podcasting and that lead into a business or did you see podcasting as a necessary support for an existing business?

When we started “DVD Geeks,” I saw that as an extension of something than already existed. Now it’s a part of my regular routine and one of my primary focuses.

“Mission Log” launched as part of a bigger, existing brand, but I would certainly say the podcast is a necessary element of staying fresh and relevant.

What piece of advice would give others looking to generate revenue from podcasting whether directly or indirectly?

Don’t be afraid to team up and cross promote. No show exists in a vacuum.

Also, take your show directly to where your fans and potential audience already is. Find conventions, trade-shows and other places where your potential audience has already gathered.


These guys are ready to take you deep into the Star Trek universe, farther than you’ve ever gone before! If you aren’t interested in Star Trek, this show will still appeal to you as the discussions are all about the depths of the human condition…and we are all human no? ;) SUBSCRIBE

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


What are you waiting for? Start your podcast!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Make Shift Happen

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Dean Dwyer from Make Shift Happen


When did you start podcasting?

In my head I started about 6 months ago, but to be honest, I found it very hard to find the information needed to get up and started. I eventually bit the bullet and spent the better part of day getting all my podcast ducks in a row and finally got my first podcast out there May 18th, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, why I started and why I plan to continue are very different.

The reason I started was because of Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, who also hosts his podcast with Libsyn. He did a podcast (of which I am subscribed) on the effectiveness of his podcast. One of the things he mentioned was that it had become the largest driver of traffic to his site.

From a platform building standpoint, I was stunned by his statement. I was clearly missing out on an opportunity to build my platform.

I realized that a blog in and of itself is too uni-dimensional. To have the greatest impact possible on people I needed to be everywhere that people consume information and podcasts are a massive way that people do just that.

So that is the reason I started, but that is not the reason I plan to continue.

A funny thing happened after I did my first podcast.

I LOVED IT! As I thought more about it, I realized something rather profound.

Podcasting is essentially a speaking gig, and I have always wanted to be a speaker. The problem was I never knew how to launch my career.

I now consider each and every podcast I do my own little TEDX talk knowing that one day that will propel me into the world of speaking of which I am hugely passionate about.

What’s your show about?

My show is an extension of my book of the same name (Make Shift Happen).

The book teaches people who to change how they look (lose weight) by changing how they think.

But the show looks at all aspects of our life because the truth is weight gain is a symptom of how we lead our life NOT simply a result of the foods we stuff into our mouths (contrary to what conventional wisdom may tell us).

In the show I talk about shift in general and how all play a role in changing how we look, BUT more importantly, how we LIVE.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a pretty simple system at this point with the idea that as I learn more I will slowly build my own kick ass studio.

Right now I use a MacBook and record using Garage Band. The only major investment I made last year was to buy an awesome microphone.

I use the Yeti Blue Microphone. The price was steep ($200,) but aside from content the second most important thing I am delivering is sound quality so I want to produce something that is as crisp and clear as possible.

I post each of my podcasts on my blog which is hosted on Wordpress and of course, I host each podcast on Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now I have an email list of about 5000 people and that is primarily how I promote it. I also use my Facebook fanpage and twitter to provide some social proof that the podcast has some traction.

For instance, early on I was fortunate to discover that my podcast was appearing on iTunes top 10 charts in their major category of Health in a few different countries.

I now check that chart everyday and when there is something significant I share it with my peeps. As an example, last week I was ranked number 2 behind Jillian Michaels in the US.

So I post that to let people know the podcast has substance and is providing value to people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The biggest thing is something I eluded to above. Podcasting is a POWERFUL medium. I had no clue just how powerful it was when I launched.

But more importantly, I now realize it is training for the speaking career that has been trying to get out for the past 20 years.

The other thing I have discovered is that it is easy to put this off because it takes a bit of work to figure everything out.

What I should have done is found someone who had a podcast up and running and pick their brain about everything needed to get started and then set a deadline for myself as to when I would have my first podcast launched.

The final thing I just learned is how to set up my notes so I can remain organized and yet not come off like I am reading a script.

My first few podcasts were done using queue cards, but I did not find that strategy allowed my podcast to flow.

I want to have a conversational tone to my podcasts and the cards would block that at times. Ironically, I discovered this when I made my biggest boo boo.

During my third podcast, I spoke for 65 minutes using my cards. When I finished I discovered to my horror that I forgot to hit the record button on Garage Band (I clicked near it but not ON it!)

While I was kicking myself for that, I realized it was a blessing in disguise because that particular podcast really lacked flow with my card system.

It was through that mishap that I discovered Free Mind, which is a free mind-mapping software. I used that instead to map out my ideas and my podcasts have been 100 times better as a result.

Advice for future podcasters?

For those who are still not sure what kind of podcast they want to produce I would suggest the following.

First, decide on the major category you will fall into on iTunes. Mine was health. That clearly defines the type of message you will be delivering. To see a list of their major categories head here and scroll through the drop-down menu on the right.

Then decide on your sub-category. While I initially started in Fitness and Nutrition I did not feel I could compete there because their were A LOT of people who knew far more about both then I did.

But I felt there was an opportunity to combine that with the mindset aspect of weight loss because NO ONE else was doing that.

I chose self-help (although I prefer the term self-empowerment) and discovered that no one was combining my ideas in that particular niche.

I knew I could dominant if I did things correctly.

My final piece of advice is to study podcasts in your niche to see what they are doing and look for ways to distinguish yourself. I would also recommend that you study other podcasts you like and see what they do that you might be able to “steal” and what you would improve on in yours.

For instance, I noticed most podcasters DO NOT give any kind of specific call to action to their listeners. I stress a few times during my podcast that change does not happen by listening alone. I also make a point of give them a few shifts to act on.

What could you do in your space to really engage your audience?


So how about it people? What could you do in your space to help your audience? Let him know in the comments below.

If you want more inspiration and great advice to make shift happen in your life go on and Subscribe, and if you have any questions or feedback for Dean, you can reach him at dean (at) makeshift happen (dot) com.


And with that, it’s time for you to start podcasting

   

Podcasting Luminary: Terry Fallis

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more! In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Terry Fallis has been navigating the world of podcasting since 2006, starting off delving into the world of Public Relations and continuing by voicing his award winning and highly successful novels. He is currently in the midst of podcasting his latest novel, Up and Downwhich McClelland & Stewart will publish next month.

Terry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, and The High Road, satirical novels of Canadian politics. His debut novel (TBLP) was originally self-published in 2007 and won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Then McClelland & Stewartpublished TBLP in September 2008.

He also won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Regional Fiction – Canada East category. In 2010, the Waterloo Region chose The Best Laid Plans as the One Book, One Communityselection.

In February, 2011, The Best Laid Plans was crowned the winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” In November 2011,CBC-Television announced that The Best Laid Plans is indevelopment as a six-part TV miniseries.


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

My first podcast, Inside PR, was really for fun and to explore the emerging world of podcasting and social media. My podcast novels were and are intended to build an audience for my writing in the hopes that satisfied listeners might actually remove their ear buds and buy the novels in their printed form.

When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting in April 2006 when a colleague and I created the public relations podcast known as Inside PR. It was and remains a weekly podcast. I gave up the microphone in the spring of 2010 after four years and over 200 episodes, though the show continues.

In January 2007, prior to publication, I podcast my first novel, The Best Laid Plans, chapter by chapter. In the summer of 2010, I podcast my second novel, The High Road, in the same fashion. Currently, I’m in the middle of podcasting my third novel, Up and Down, chapter by chapter even though it won’t hit bookstore shelves until later in September.

Why did you start podcasting?

Initially, we started the Inside PR podcast as a way to explore the emerging world of social media while giving back to our profession.

Podcasting my novels has always been about building and sustaining an audience for my writing. I truly believe that by giving away the audio version of my novels for free and building a following behind them, I have actually sold more copies of the printed book.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

It was a thrilled to receive an email sent from a listener stuck in a massive traffic jam in Shanghai who had just listened to and enjoyed Chapter 9 of my first novel podcast a mere 90 minutes after I uploaded from my Toronto home.

What’s your podcasting setup? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I record using an Apex radio-style condenser mic through a Samsung Zoom H4 digital recorder. I then edit and produce each chapter in Audacity before exporting as an mp3 for uploading to Libsyn and my blog

What has changed the most in your recording setup since you started?

At the very beginning back in 2006, we used to record through a four track board right into our computer. But eventually we discovered we get the best sound quality recording through condenser mics into a good quality digital recorder (in my case, a Samsung H4 Zoom) and then editing/producing in Audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I use various social media platforms to promote the Up and Down podcast, including Facebook, Twitter, and my blog at www.terryfallis.com.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I’m glad I figured out that when I make a mistake when recording a chapter, I should just keep the same recording going rather than stopping and then starting again, thereby ensuring that I am left with only one track to edit rather than many to piece together.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

The positive listener feedback to my first podcast novel gave me the resolve to self publish which led to winning one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary award, the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and then the CBC’s Canada Reads competition. So I think podcasting really helped to change my life as a writer.


What are you waiting for? Go subscribe to Terry’s UNRELEASED novel (at the time of this writing) Up and Down! If you want to reach out to Terry you can do so at tfallis(at)gmail(dot)com.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Story Worthy

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Christine Blackburn from Story Worthy


When did you start podcasting?

I began the Story Worthy Podcast in April of 2010. The first showed aired a few months later, July 19th, with guest comedian Sharon Houston.

Why did you start podcasting?

I used to perform a lot of stand-up comedy, but it turns out, I’m not funny. However, I do have a lot of stories. I am a former flight attendant, Peace Corps Volunteer, cancer survivor, and television host.

I got my best friend Hannes Phinney to join me in starting Story Worthy. Hannes and I have been friends for years. He’s actually the second person I ever met in Los Angeles. Hannes is very low key and that seems to counter my high energy.

Also, I have to say, the MOTH, which features true stories, had a huge impact on me.

I have performed at many shows here in LA. And I must give Adam Carolla a huge amount of credit. The first time I heard his podcast, which is so much better than his old radio show, I knew I loved podcasting.

His show remains at the top of the pack and is well-deserved.

So to answer the question, I would say I started podcasting to reach and entertain the largest number of people possible, with the art of Storytelling, Comedy, and in Stephen Colbert’s word, Truthiness.

What’s your show about?

Story Worthy features true 5 minute stories from Hollywood’s most creative talents; mostly comedians, writers, musicians, and actors. Co-hosts Christine Blackburn and Hannes Phinney discuss the topic of the week

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use a sound engineer, Jorge Reyes. Jorge costs money, but this is an area that I would rather have an expert handle. I’ll ask him!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I perform the podcast LIVE here in Los Angeles, Facebook, Twitter, Independence Podcast Alliance and Podcast Fandom.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Like Shakespeare said “Brevity is the soul of wit!”


Are you up for the bit of truthiness? Well then you must subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you wanna reach out to Christine or Hannes you can do it by emailing info (at) storyworthypodcast (dot) com!


We know you wanna start podcasting.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Awl- The 90 Second Morning Blast


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Choire Sicha From The Awl: The 90-Second Morning Blast


When did you start podcasting?

I JUST returned to doing it a couple weeks ago. I’d tried podcasting years and years ago, but it was one of those projects that just didn’t make sense with my life and it was hard to sustain.

What you learn when you guest on other people’s podcasts–I just did Julie Klausner’s a couple weeks ago–or do your own is just how much work it is and how amazing it is that people make us these things for our pleasure.

People like Julie do an AMAZING job and it’s a lot of work!

Why did you start podcasting?  What’s your show about?

I really thought there was an opening in the “giving people who take the subway to work in the late morning something to listen to” market.

That might not be true! But I really wanted someone to tell me everything in the morning that I wanted to know, and no one was, so I had to do it myself.

Well we’ll see how it changes over time (if I can sustain it!), but right now, I want it to be “fun, cool, weird things for New Yorkers to know about and do.”

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Oh it’s pretty, uh… pitiful. I keep Garageband or Logic open on my computer at all times, so in the mornings I just have some coffee, talk at my laptop for two minutes, and upload it to you guys.

True confession: I don’t even listen to it before I upload it. If I make a big production out of this, then I’ll never actually get it done.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now we run it as the first post of the day on The Awl, at 9 a.m., so it kills two early birds with one stone. Other than that I’m not sure I really want to promote it too much, as it’s pretty… DIY lo-fi. At best.

But I can definitely say there’d be no way I’d be able to do this without Libsyn. That you guys make uploading, hosting, syndication and embedding so easy is the only way this happens at all.


You know where you need to go for your 90 second bit of DIY greatness, subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you want to contact the show email notes (at) theawl (dot) com


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Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight To Blogger

cross post your podcast episodes to blogger

Blogger OnPublish is Out!

We’ve been asking for your feedback on Twitter and on our Facebook Page. We note everything you guys say…and you wanted Blogger support.

So here it is!

The process is the same as when you publish for Wordpress, Twitter and Facebook through OnPublish, everything is done within your libsyn Dashboard.

Those of you using Blogger, check it out and let us know how it works out! Especially since we just released our sleek new HTML5 Player!

Here is the full TUTORIAL of how to go about cross-posting your podcast directly to Blogger.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!


Want your requests to be heard? Engage with us on Twitter and Facebook! We are always asking your opinion so we can help serve you, awesome podcaster, better.

   

Libsyn's New HTML5 Player is Here!

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Sleek, Simple, Fast

  • Easy Re-start
  • Accessible Info
  • Seamless Episode Discovery
  • Effortless Sharing

Give it a go!

We are ready for you to test it out and let us know what you think!

We’ve got a great HelpDesk Article to get you going with our new HTML5 Player. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Don’t be shy, leave us a comment ;)

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Spilled Milk


This series is all about newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Matthew Amster-Burton From The Spilled Milk Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

The show debuted in January 2010, but it took several months of planning, false starts, terrible deleted episodes, and the like before we actually published episode one.

Why did you start podcasting?

I had been a writer for Gourmet magazine until it abruptly shut down in October 2009, so I desperately needed a new project, and I wanted to do something collaborative, which writing usually isn’t.

I’d been listening to a lot of podcasts, especially You Look Nice Today, that consisted mostly of friends trading one-liners, and I had a hunch Molly Wizenberg and I could do that pretty successfully.

What’s your show about?

It’s about the foods Molly and I like to eat, and occasionally (see our Scary Food episode) about the foods we hate. We tend to do an equal number of junk food and real food episodes.

Each episode is about 15 minutes long and covers a single food topic, like spinach, French toast, apples, or energy drinks.

The whole point of the show is to make people laugh; food just happens to be what Molly and I do professionally and therefore like to talk about.

We’ve recorded episodes that were informative but not funny, and they never aired. But it’s hard to know in advance what’s going to be funny. I mean, apples aren’t funny, right? Yet our apple episode is our best ever.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use dynamic microphones, the smallest Mackie mixer, and a Tascam digital recorder.

I encourage everyone who is remotely serious about podcasting to avoid recording directly into your computer, which is asking for trouble.

Computers crash; dedicated recorders almost never do, and you can get a great one for under $100. The only time we’ve lost a recording, it was because we ignored this advice.

For editing and publishing, we use Rogue Amoeba Fission, GarageBand, Wordpress, and Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

These days, mostly Facebook. Shortly after our debut, we were featured on the front page of the podcast section of the iTunes store, which drew thousands of listeners, some of whom even stuck around.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

That podcasting is a skill like any other, and it takes practice.

If you like to talk, that doesn’t automatically make you a good broadcaster. Listen back to our early episodes and you will hear terrible microphone technique, missed joke opportunities, dead air, and every other rookie mistake.

Unless you’re a former NPR employee like our friends at The Sporkful, your first episode is not going to be perfect, but that’s no reason to give up.


So how about it? Are you ready to delve into the world of Spilled Milk? Subscribe or listen on Facebook! If you want to reach out to the Spilled Milk podcast you can email contact(at)spilledmilkpodcast(dot)com.


Are you ready to start podcasting? We are ready for you!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Take The Red Pill

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with David and Donald From Take The Red Pill


When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode on May 23, 2010. This is the first podcasting project for both of us.

Why did you start podcasting?

David: I can’t speak for Donald, but I had an instant interest in one day starting up a podcast ever since I first started listening to them back in 2006.

I knew I didn’t want to do it solo, but I didn’t find a suitable fit for a cohost until I met Donald at a meetup called Belief in the Unknown. After a couple of conversations with him I began my recruitment process…

Donald: I started podcasting because David suggested we do it. I was originally a bit apprehensive about it. I didn’t see why anyone would want to sit around for an hour, listening to two guys just talk. After doing about 3 minutes of research online, I quickly realized how popular podcasting was.

Beyond that initial hesitation on my part, I had been looking for a way to best share my accumulated spiritual/metaphysical knowledge. Teaming up and podcasting with David has proven to be a better format than I could have ever hoped for.

What’s your show about?

David: We talk about all that stuff that pushes the envelope of what we think of as reality as we know it. UFOs, time travel, reincarnation, energy healing, Atlantis… stuff that would furrow James Randi’s already furrowed brow.

Donald: We “Explore The Realities Within Our Reality”.

What that basically means is we can cover any topic that might be considered on the “fringe” of science and/or metaphysics. Or smack dab in the middle.

We’ve discussed the nature of reality and time, the afterlife, reincarnation, free will and destiny, good and evil, and conspiracy theories.

At any time during a show, David and I can find ourselves talking about the mysteries of the universe, or how that movie we saw that one time about that guy that did that thing completely changed our lives.

We really give ourselves the freedom to follow where the topic wants to take us.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

With David in Washington State and Donald in Virginia we conduct our conversation through a Skype session.

David: I record my audio through a Sennheiser e835 mic into my MacBook through a PreSonus FireBox interface into GarageBand. From the GarageBand file I extract the .aiff file, downsample and rip it into an .mp3 then send it off to Donald via TransferBigFiles for editing.

Donald: Freetalk Everyman USB headphones and mic, laptop running Audacity (audio editing), a podcast partner with exceptional metaphysical insight.

How have you promoted your podcast?

When we first started we registered with a bunch of podcast directories… Podcast Pickle, podcastdirectory.com, podbean, etc.

Nowadays we pretty much stick to iTunes, Facebook, and Twitter (thanks to Libsyn… you guys rock!). Throughout the week we frequently post links to webpages that are relevant to the latest topic.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

David: I wish we had a better idea how to manage our schedule out of the gate. When we first started we were recording every week, but it was tough balancing our personal schedules with the time it takes to record and produce the show.

At one point we got so backlogged on episodes we would end up publishing the show months after it was recorded. We finally have a comfortable biweekly schedule that is much more manageable.

Donald: How much fun it would be. I was originally a bit hesitant about doing a podcast. I saw it as just a lot of work with little payoff. After recording that first episode, I was hooked.

The payoff was being able to converse with someone who had a similar metaphysical life experience and taking the opportunity to “compare notes”. It is our similar but slightly different perspectives that makes Take The Red Pill so engaging for us to record, and for our listeners.


You know Take The Red Pill is the best way to get into the world of the fringes of reality! No one ever has to know ;) Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook!. If you have anything to ask Donald and David you can reach them at feedback (at) taketheredpillpodcast (dot) com


Are you up for starting your own podcast? Start HERE.

   

Rockin New libsyn Podcast: Gadget Grrl

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This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Diana Stoneberg Gadget Grrl


When did you start podcasting

I was doing stand up in LA and saw someone on the Today Show doing a product segment. I thought, "I can do that funny".

So, in 1996 I created the Gadget Grrl character to talk about tech in a fun and entertaining way. I mean, shouldn't tech be fun? It's not a root canal, right?

I trademarked the character and was the first, ever Gadget Grrl on the planet.

Started podcasting for Lexy and then jumped over to Libsyn with the Gadget Grrl Minute.

Why did you start podcasting?

I was appearing on a number of TV talk and news shows and was approached about doing a podcast.

What's your show about?

Short, reviews of new products, APPS, services. I like to add why this might be something worth taking a look at, or how it might be of use in your daily life. Most people don't care about the specs, they just want to know if it would work for them.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Squeeze for editing
  • Blue Mic Yeti Pro
  • Wavepad for recording
  • iMac, iPad or iPhone hardware

How have you promoted your podcast?

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How much fun it would be.

I recorded the Gadget Grrl theme song in 30 minutes at a local recording studio. I brought in a basic track and then sang 3 tracks to one music track to create :30, :15 and a :10 sec versions.

Doing the podcast is a great way to reach out to listeners who like to send me interesting new gadgets, electronics, APPS etc.

Back in 1996, the digital dinosaur days, when the Rio MP3 player first came out the software was so glitchy it took an hour to load one song.

Now, with all the great audio hardware/software it's super simple to create and maintain a podcast.


Now you know where to go to catch up with your gadgets and keep it real! Subscribe to Gadget Grrl ™. If you have any feedback for Gadget Grrl go ahead and send her some feedback at info (at) gadgetgrrl (dot) com


You know, you should start podcasting now

   

Podcasters At Comic Con!

Comic Con is here!!!

And podcasters are representing!

Not only are podcasters covering Comic Con, but they are also in a bunch of killer panels.

Here's a just a few of the podcasters taking over Comic Con.

Aisha Tyler

5:00-6:00 Archer: Screening and Q&A Thursday, July 12

You can find Aisha HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

Chris Hardwick  - Nerdist

5:00-6:00 Legendary Comics Thursday, July 12

1:25-2:25 AMC's The Walking Dead Friday, July 13

12:00-1:00 Nerdist Channel— Chris Hardwick Saturday, July 14

12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who Sunday, July 15

You can find the Nerdist HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

The 7th Annual Comics Podcasting All-Stars!

Thursday July 12 @6pm

In this killer panel there are quite a few libsyn podcasters:

FYI Folks, Cameron Hathaway will be giving some insight straight from Comic Con! check it out!

Are you going to Comic Con and podcasting about it? Are YOU in a panel and we missed it, please let us know in the comments!

   

Simple Tips To Find Out Where Your Audience Is So You Stop Wasting Your Time


This is the beginning of a series of posts aimed to demystify social media for podcasters, beginning with Facebook.


Do you often feel like Facebook is being shoved down your throat?

Seriously.

It’s everywhere, all the time…Facebook, Facebook, FACEBOOK!

And although at times it might get annoying, it really is a place that we as podcasters, as independent media creators must pay attention to, whether we like it or not.

Our job as new media pioneers is to inform ourselves and make educated choices as to how we engage with our audience, as well as refine the ways that we share our content with the world for optimal engagement and results.

We need to do it. No one else will do it for us…unless you are willing to fork out some serious cash for a killer PR person :)

The promotional lines get blurry with podcasts and podcasters

Part of the beauty of podcasting is that we are not mainstream media. We are “rebels” if you will about the way that we offer our content to the world.

We do things in a much more personal way with our audience, which includes promoting our content in the way that we want to.

I venture to say that most podcasters are not fond of hearing ads in podcasts, although at the same time we long to get some sort of sponsor…Oh the wonderful paradox!

Why I’m bringing this up is because our indie nature sometimes gets in our way of the best practices to reach our audience.

Facebook Needs To Align with Your Audience

Or any social platform for that matter.

When was the last time that you asked yourself where your audience was hanging out?

In fact, who is your audience? Have you broken it down yet?

  • male or female?
  • how old?
  • married or single?

Those are just some very easy questions to start to ask to get to know your audience better. Instead of getting caught up with To Facebook or not To Facebook, get back to your audience.

Where are they? Are they hanging out on Facebook? or maybe Twitter? or not active in social media at all.

You can create some pretty easy free surveys using Survey Monkey.

Are YOU your audience?

There are many times that as producers we feel that we know exactly what our audience is thinking.

A lot of the time this can be the case, since our audience generally is interested in the stuff that we are podcasting about.

But…

we also have to be open to the fact that this might not be the case.

Just because you personally really hate Facebook and everything that it stands for, does not mean that your audience hates it.

Just because you find Twitter so easy and accessible does not mean that your audience does as well.

As new media pioneers it is part of our job to test what works best to create some sort of results, whether it be growing your listener base, getting more comments from your audience, or even something as simple as requesting ratings or reviews in iTunes.

Test your Calls To Action

It’s rare that you, podcasting genius, do not ask your audience to do something, such as: listen to my show, review me in iTunes, subscribe to my show, or send me feedback.

Have you ever tested what works?

Try the following basic tips for a while to see where you get the most bang for your buck in social media.

  1. Use bit.ly and create different bit.ly links for each of your episodes that you are posting on social media, depending on the platform you are using ie. bit.ly/yourpodcastepisodenumber-fb, bit.ly/yourpodcastepisodenumber-twitter
  2. Create a bit.ly link for your about section in social media accounts.

In the website section in your twitter account paste a bit.ly link specific for twitter. This would mean that you create a bit.ly link for your podcast website, customize it (bit.ly.com/yourpodcastfromtwitter). You can do the same from your about page in your Facebook Page or Profile or other places like Google+ or YouTube.

Give it a go for a month and then check out the data. See how many people clicked through, and where they were coming from most consistently. This can also help you see if your social media updates are actually converting folks.

Once you see the data, it will help you clarify or completely shift your game plan, then you can begin to concentrate on the things that are working for you and letting go of all those that suck all of your time and yield no results.

Ways to gather data via your self hosted podcast website

There are quite a bit of you that have your own Wordpress installation for your podcast website. There are some really great tools you can use to check out where your audience is that are totally free!

Pretty Link (wordpress plugin): This is such a fantastic plugin to track where people are coming from, just like bit.ly but more branded for your site. You can create unique url links for almost any url that you desire that will start with your domain name.

EXAMPLES: Put in your latest episode url and create a simpler link such as http://yourgreatpodcast.com/96 or get your iTunes Podcast url and create a pretty link like http://yourgreatpodcast.com/itunes

Pretty link has great analytics which you can check from right within your WP dashboard.

Google Analytics: A great way to gather data. Totally free. Please refer to my data from Google analytics to see where my traffic comes from. It’s kinda obvious where my peeps are hanging out!

ADVANCED TIP: Create a landing page within your podcast website that is specific for people coming from social media. (You would also add this specific link to your profile in any of your social media sites)

On this page you can say things like “Hello Facebook friend! so great to have you come check out the site! Here are a few great things to do while you are here: Get to know what my podcast is about (link to your about page,) listen to my latest episode which is about xxxxxxx (link to episode) and/or subscribe to my email list where you’ll get updated whenever I publish a new episode! Thanks for coming by! “

Keep an open mind and do your podcasting marketing homework!

Are you ready to give some of this a try?

Let us know in the comments!

If you already have data, why don’t you leave us a comment and share what trends you’ve seen for your podcast.

Coming up we’ll be posting a series focusing primarily on diving deeply into Facebook promotion and offering totally simple ways to grow your audience and drive engagement…that is if your audience is hanging out there :)

Elsie Escobar


Image credit via CC The Calm After The Show by Thomas Hawk

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Weird Medicine

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Dr. Steve from Weird Medicine


When did you start podcasting?

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PA John and I did our first "Weird Medicine" in the summer of 2007. We got picked up by SiriusXM soon thereafter and started doing exclusive content for the Opie and Anthony show and the internet-only content came out only sporadically, if at all.

SiriusXM is "serious" (yeccch) about their content, so we can't post the shows we do for them on the internet. Recently, Riotcast.com asked us to join their internet radio network; this gave us an outlet for a weekly show and we've never turned back.

Our podcasts are internet-only and exclusive to RiotCast.com.

Why did you start podcasting?

Originally the show was a service for the fans, friends, and staff of what was then XM202, "The Virus" (now XM105 and Sirius206, "The Opie and Anthony Channel"). I do a lot of work in hospice and my job can be very demanding and stressful.

The O&A channel brought me a lot of joy at a time when I really needed it. Doing "Weird Medicine" was a way to "give back" to my new friends, the listeners of the channel, many of whom had medical issues and weren't seeking (or couldn't seek) medical attention.

One day, Gregg "Opie" Hughes put the word out that he would consider putting a fan-produced show on his channel if anyone had any ideas. I pitched the idea of running our show and we got the greenlight soon thereafter. We started doing one show every 3 months, then a monthly show, then every 2 weeks, and we've been weekly for 2-3 years.

We've been looking for a way to reach even more listeners, beyond the satellite audience. We just couldn't seem to find the energy to do a regular podcast, though. The shows we did were well received, especially on Stitcher, but we just didn't have a reason to do them regularly and eventually we just stopped.

Then Rob Sprance and Robert Kelly from RiotCast called and we joined their network of comedy podcasts. The structure of the network agreement gave us the impetus we needed to do a weekly show. We're having more fun now than we've ever had doing radio.

What's your show about?

We're a serious medicine and science show that masquerades as light comedy. XM105 is an "uncensored" channel, so we took the opportunity to become the "first and still-only uncensored medical show in the history of radio."

Because we're on an "extreme language" channel, we realized we could allow the listeners to speak freely about questions they might be embarrassed to take to their regular medical providers. It soon became a show for people who would NEVER listen to a medical show on the radio.

We enjoyed the freedom, as well, as we became more comfortable in our roles. We will discuss ANY medical topic, and try to present critical reasoning in a sound but entertaining fashion. The language used on the show is "explicit", so our show is for mature audiences only.

As a matter of fact, some "mature" audiences may be offended as well, so we recommend everyone choose their podcasts wisely.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Alesis Multimix 8 USB Mixer, CAD e100 microphones and a small room treated with ATSAcoustics.com panels.

We use callinstudio.com to take live questions from our listeners. For people who are not familiar with callinstudio, it's professional-grade call screening software.

I've used the software in the SiriusXM studios, and callinstudio as nearly as functional (and a LOT less expensive). Brian from RadioFreaks.TV is our "celebrity" call screener.

RiotCast.com simulcasts our Ustream channel, too, for that "live" experience. The vast majority of our listeners hear us by streaming from RiotCast or iTunes.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Thankfully, RiotCast does that for us, but we also take the time to mention our podcast on our SiriusXM show (and vice versa!) I plug the heck out of our show any time I'm on any other show, too, including Opie and Anthony, Ron and Fez, and the Bob Rivers Show.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Ha, when we started, PA John and I figured within a year we'd be buying a condo in Midtown Manhattan.

If I'd known that 5 years later I still wouldn't have recouped my original investment, I would have still done it, but I wouldn't have been so optimistic about quitting my day job. :-)

I do believe that internet radio is "the future"...as soon as autos roll out of the factory with the ability to play internet 3G and 4G radio, it'll be a whole new ballgame (it has already started in the high-end car market).

The winners will be the groups with the best content, and SiriusXM is poised to be a major player in that Brave New Future. I'm hoping smaller concerns like RiotCast will have a real impact as well. RiotCast has an amazing lineup and the RiotCast iPod and Android app will be a game-changer.

I'm pretty sure we'll all be using libsyn to present our content to the world, as well.


Now you know if you've been too embarrassed to address some funky weird health issue with your Doctor, you can do it via Weird Science, so subscribe in iTunes, or listen straight from Facebook!


Wanna get going with your own podcast? Start HERE

   

An Ecclectic Mix of Great Podcasts For The Summer

great podcasts for summer listening

Summer time, such a fantastic time to discover new podcasts

We asked on our Facebook Page to get some suggestions of great podcast listening for the summer. Here is a great little list for you to discover some great content, described by the podcasters themselves :)

Hope you enjoy :)

Podcast Suggestions for the Summer

Paladin Corps Book One K. Gainor

A brand new author, who’s first novel is completed and released in it’s entirety as a Podcast. It’s a fun mix of light science fiction, action and intrigue, and all available for free.

It debut’s August 1st on podiobooks, but it was out there first on Libsyn. People can check it out, and learn more about the author at kgainor.com. Subscribe RSS, iTunes

Take The Red Pill Podcast

Summer heat weighing you down, keeping you immobile? Does the heavy humid air prevent you from wanting to move?

Listen to Take The Red Pill Podcast, leave your body behind and let your mind wander to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Beat the heat, let your consciousness retreat, subscribe to Take The Red Pill. RSS, iTunes, Facebook.

Bigg Success

These podcast episodes about living life on your own terms are short and sweet. Perfect listening during a morning walk in the sun, a rest in the shade, a swing on the hammock, or a drive to the lake.

Here’s to summertime and your BIGG Success. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook

Shoddy Radio

Shoddy Radio is funny. It is not a comedy podcast “about” comedy, every episode will make you laugh. Honestly. If you listen to two full episodes and don’t laugh once… then you’re doing it wrong! Listen some more, until you get it right.

There’s an awesome group of guests lined up for this summer so now is the perfect time to hop on board. Subscribe iTunes

The Recovery Room

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to… 
The Recovery Room 
Join LIVE at 7pm (EST) This podcast is about everyday life. Roast Master, American Muslim with lots of opinions. Why not? Subscribe RSS, Facebook

Young PR Pros

The podcast helps students prepare themselves for a career in public relations. What better summer listening than getting tips to land a summer job or a full time career in September. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners is perfect summer listening. What better way to spend a lazy summer evening than on the back of your horse?

Picture this - moseying down the trail on your horse while listening to them share their horse experience. It would be like having two extra riders along. Heck, that’s almost a posse! Come on. Ride! And, with the new podcast app from Apple, our podcast is even easier to find. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

Do you have other podcasts to share for the best summertime listening? Share in the comments below!


Image credit via CC MIAMI SUMMER 07 #16 by [le]doo (francis)

   

libsyn Stats Got a Little Love

You may now behold your beloved stats via your iOS devices

As you can see from the twitter updates above, folks think they look purty :)

And they do look quite lovely, all those charts and pretty colors…that is if you’re into stuff like that.

Now you can obsessively check your stats from your iOS device every single moment of the day.

The nasty flash has been eradicated.

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Summary of downloads added

Now you can get more granular in looking at your stats for Daily Totals, Weekly Totals and Monthly Totals.

Yipeeee!!!

Great way to check if any particular marketing strategy that you used helped you get more downloads!

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So what do you guys think?

Leave us a comment and let the devs know your thoughts! Give them some love! If you have feedback, even better!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: DIS Unplugged Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Pete Werner From DIS Unplugged


When did you start podcasting?

We started our show in July, 2006

Why did you start podcasting?

I was inspired by watching what Leo Laporte was doing. I loved the way he provided a wide variety of honest information about technology, and I wanted to do the same thing about Disney and Disney vacations.

What's your show about?

Our show is an unbiased resource for anyone planning a Disney vacation. We cover the gamut of Disney offerings, from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We record a roundtable format show, with 5 members of our team each week. We use Sennheiser mics, a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 board with two Mac Mini's for Skype guests and a Mac Pro running Adobe Audition for recording.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I'm the owner of a large Disney fan community, DISBoards.com and WDWinfo.com and we promote the show on our site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Be yourself! We were nervous about being on a podcast in the beginning and made a lot of mistakes. Your audience can tell when you're being genuine and sincere, and when you're not. Respect them by being sincere and they'll respect you with their support.


Are you getting ready to do some vacation into the Disney vacation world? Well then, you're gonna have to subscribe to this podcast :)


Are you ready to start podcasting? Come JOIN the libsyn family!

   

Publish Your Episodes Directly To Wordpress!

Wordpress OnPublish Is Out!

We know a ton of you use Wordpress for your podcast website. We wanted to make your publishing process a little bit easier by allowing you to cross-post directly to your self hosted Wordpress site from within your libsyn dashboard!

This is the first step in providing better support for you guys that use Wordpress.

The process works exactly like the cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook provided by OnPublish.

Everything is done directly from within your libsyn Dashboard. When you choose to publish your latest episode to Wordpress an audio or video player will appear as your latest post within your Wordpress site!

Here is the full TUTORIAL.

From within the libsyn dashboard you can also mark the post to be in draft mode, so that you can add all of your show notes information when you log into your Wordpress site.

*NOTE: To be absolutely clear, this feature works only for those of you that are using a self hosted Wordpress website. 

One stop for publishing

From within your libsyn account you can now publish directly to:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook (Page or Profile)
  • Wordpress
  • Smartphone app (if you happen to have one)

What’s great about this as well is that you can schedule each individual location to post at a different time if you so choose!

This can help you keep the momentum going in terms of promoting your work across the different social media sites.

Feedback Please!

The devs are working so very hard to offer up better functionality for you guys, and we need you to let us know what you think.

Does this Wordpress functionality work for you? Does it make your workflow easier? Does this not help you out at all?

Let us know in the comments! Help us help you keep podcasting!

   

Break Through Roadblocks To Increase Your Listeners

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What are the hardest roadblocks toward getting new listeners for your podcast?

The potential listeners that I’m referring to here, are not those that are familiar with podcasts. I’m talking about those people that you know would love your content but are not techy, nor do they include iTunes in their every day life.

They may not even own an iOS device

< silent gasp goes here >

Or if they do own an iOS device, they don’t quite know how to get the most out of it…including easily downloading the latest free podcast app from Apple.

In fact let’s move away from the Apple ecosystem altogether…just for fun ;)

The Biggest Roadblocks Toward Getting New Subscribers

Roadblock 1: Podcatchers

If you mention Podcatcher to the general population they would have no idea what you are talking about. If you defined podcatcher,

A podcatcher, or podcast client, is a computer program used to download various media via an RSS or XML feed- from Wikipidia.

they would look at you like you were crazy.

Then you would have to define RSS or XML and when was the last time you eloquently explained that to someone lately?

Of course there is iTunes. If they are familiar with iTunes, awesome! But if they are not, you are right back to where you started.

Roadblock 2: How to consume the content.

“You can download the episode through iTunes or subscribe in whatever Podcatcher or RSS reader you want, you can also stream it directly from my website, or even download it from there!”

The above statement makes perfect sense to us. We’ve heard it before, done it before and have said that same thing many times before.

When was the last time you said that to an entirely new person, that isn’t familiar with podcasts?

When was the last time you said the above statement and the person actually understood what you were saying AND went and did it?

Roadblock 3: Getting Too Comfortable Being in the In-crowd

I love podcasters and I love to podcast. I love to talk about podcasting. I work with podcasters. I know what podcasting is. I subscribe to a ton of podcasts. Podcasts are a very big part of my life.

But that’s not the case for a lot of people.

When I mention my podcast to people that engage with me in my ‘real life’ I inevitably get:

“I don’t have an iPod”

“Do you have a CD or a DVD?”

“Oh, that’s nice.”

And I feel completely at a loss as to how to share with them, how much amazing content there is out there FOR FREEEEEEEEE!

Where do you begin?

How do explain to someone how to subscribe to your podcast?

Can you do it without iTunes?

Is there somewhere else that you can send people so that they have the experience of having the content come to them, instead of them coming to you…

Meet your new prospects where they are

We are creatures of habit and it take a whole lot to get us to see beyond where we are.

At this moment in time, the place that the majority of people are engaging, connecting and participating is on Facebook.

How many times have you logged onto Facebook and clicked through to read something incredibly interesting, or discovered a new piece of music or new product because you saw it in your News Feed or Ticker?

I don’t think one can go into Facebook with a precise task to perform and only perform that task without in some way or another getting pulled into the newsfeed, even if it’s just liking a picture!

What if your podcast episodes appeared in your friends or friends of friends activity AND they could consume your content right there?

What if potential listeners were able to share, comment, like AND listen/watch your episodes easily, without having to click to another website and continue doing their stuff on Facebook?

Have you given the libsyn Facebook App a try?

You should because that is exactly what it does: makes consuming, sharing, liking and commenting on your podcasts and your episodes a breeze, directly from Facebook.

People don’t have to go anywhere else. The content is coming to them, especially when people start liking, sharing and commenting.

Once people start to consume your content, they will begin to be exposed to you, your website, ways to connect deeper with you, and of course participate.

The more they they listen/watch, they more they will learn about the medium.

And they will subscribe.

Get the libsyn Facebook App and customize it now.

How do you explain to people how to get your content?

What are the biggest excuses you get?

Share them below, so we can help each other grow this thing!

Elsie Escobar


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Can Facebook Help Podcasters Grow Our Audience?

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Have you guys heard of what SocialCam has been able to do in a short period of time?

According to Business Insider it looks like Facebook helped them explode to 75 million users in 15 months!

In my humble opinion, I don’t think Facebook did it.

I think Facebook helped an awful lot, but there were other very important factors that helped propel SocialCam to that huge level of growth.

Now, why am I bring this up?

Because for us as podcasters, whether we want to admit it or not, Facebook already does or will play a very big part in our ability to get our shows discovered beyond iTunes.

That’s the key phrase beyond iTunes.

Yes, we absolutely want to have presence in iTunes, but we also need to see the bigger picture.

Facebook is a must place to be for taking podcasting to whole new level

One way to reach out beyond iTunes is to have a presence on Facebook, even if it’s at minimum sharing your podcast on your profile wall.

Optimally, getting your own Podcast Facebook Page and adding a way to easily play your podcast from that Page is the way to go.

Let’s go back to SocialCam. Here is a key bit of insight from the All Things D article as to how SocialCam grew so much:

“Facebook timeline and Open Graph integration have helped make Socialcam explode. Whenever a user watches or creates a video on Socialcam, the activity appears on their Facebook feeds”.

It’s that whole Open Graph integration that makes things so sticky over there in Facebook land.

Use Facebook To Your Advantage

We are doing our best to provide tools for you guys to make it that sticky.

In our latest article giving you the down low about our Customized Tab Facebook Player, we explain that if someone happens to play any of your episode using that player they will show up on that users Activity.

Just that little posting will offer up an opportunity for your podcast to be seen in larger circles. Also, the more users authorize the Libsyn Player App, the more potential for discovery, simply because more people are using it, and more people are apt to search and browse for more content within the app.

How to get more people to authorize the app and consume more podcasts

  • Share the URL of your customized player tab.
  • Share the URL of your specific episodes from your individual podcast page within the App

It’s so nice to tell someone to listen to your podcast straight from Facebook. There’ s more of an opportunity for them to hit play than if you sent them somewhere else.

Looking for your feedback

We are continuing to refine and iterate the libsyn Player.

We will be making it more and more awesome as time goes by and are actively seeking your input and feedback to help us on this journey.

So how about it podcasters? What are your thoughts? Feedback on the Libsyn Player App?

Let us know in the comments below!

Elsie Escobar

   

Ready, Set, Boom! There it is Apple's Standalone Podcast App

Did you see it yet?

Holy bjeezus Apple just released it’s own new standalone app for Podcasts.

Key Features:

  • It’s FREE
  • Subscribe, stream or download
  • Browse and discover
  • tweet, message and email podcasts with direct link
  • The usual: Catalogue, Categories, Featured and Search
  • Manages your subscriptions
  • Streaming Radio

What do you think?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcast: DUH Podcast for Horse Owners

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with John from The DUH Podcast For Horse Owners


When did you start podcasting?

Jan 3rd, 2012 was our first podcast.

Why did you start podcasting?

We have horses and have learned a lot through videos and dvd’s, but doing a search for horse podcasts one day, I did not see anything in the way of an audio podcast.

I had been a part-timer at a radio station in the 1980’s and love radio and broadcasting. I listen to a lot of Adam Carolla and he urges people to follow their instincts and just do it. I followed the tutorials on podcasting 411 and we were up and running in about a month.

What's your show about?

There are a lot of professional horse trainers out there. We learn from as many as we can, but our foundation is the Downunder Horsemanship Method of Clinton Anderson. (While not affiliated with Downunder Horsemanship, they know about our podcast.)

The use of Natural Horsemanship has helped millions of people have a safer, stronger relationship with their horses. But, it’s not a perfect education. As a student we would hit hurdles we didn’t understand. And, there were a lot of questions on horse health and nutrition and we couldn’t get hard answers.

We wanted to host a podcast that appealed to people in our situation: horse folks who have full-time jobs, family commitments, and limited budgets and have to negotiate them all in order to spend time with their horses.

What's your podcasting set-up? Podcasting hardware, software, CMS, etc

We’re still fiddling with our equipment. Currently we are using Behringer Dynamic Cardiod XM1800S microphones through an Alesis 4 Channel USB Mixer. We record to an Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM recorder and edit through Audacity.

We are experimenting with recording directly to Audacity, but we like the portability of recording directly to the digital recorder. We have recorded podcasts on the trail (a little too noisy, but it was our first try), outside with the farrier (horseshoer), and in the tack room of our horse trailer after a horse show.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We have a blogger site http://duhpodcast.blogspot.com, Facebook, and Twitter page. We also have a YouTube channel and belong to the Downunder Horsemanship No Worries Club, which is a paid club of horse owners who practice the Method. We use the club members for interviews, ideas, and even cowboy poetry. We have also signed up on most of the podcast directories.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How easy it was to set up, but how long it takes to produce one podcast. We definitely could have used a little more long-range planning and layout. Our podcast logo needs work, but with trying to line up guests and editing podcasts, time is at a premium.


If you are horse lover looking for a community subscribe to the DUH Podcast for Horse Owners! You can also reach out to them over at DUHPodcast (at) pacbell (dot) net or leave a voice feedback at 206 426 6484


Found a niche that is sorely lacking in representation? Start a podcast with us!

   

Top Comedy Podcasts Host On Libsyn and LibsynPRO!

We browse around iTunes periodically, you know, checking things out…

Scanning through the categories…

Checking out the featured and new and notables….

And guess what we found…

We are currently hosting 95% of the top Audio Comedy Podcasts!

That’s the coolest thing ever!

We are beyond honored to be able to help these phenomenal artists get their work out into the world. We are crazy proud that they’ve trusted us to provide them the tools to take over the world ;)

And to spread the love, we also want say thank you to all of the rest of you that have trusted us get your work out there. You guys are all so awesome :)

Look for more upcoming ‘Who’s on Libsyn’ highlights with our Podcast Luminaries, Rockin’ New Podcasts and Facebook – we are featuring and showcases our producers on our Facebook App!

Check it out and support your fellow podcast producers!

Keep creating!

Keep podcasting!

Podcasters rock!

PS

If you want to listen to some of those top comedy podcasts, you can easily check them out here.


Wanna be a part of the libsyn family? Start HERE

   

Welcome George Lopez to libsynPRO!

Libsyn and George Lopez!

Tell Me Your Story plus the Sideshow Network of Comedy Podcasts are now with libsynPRO!

We are honored that George Lopez and the Sideshow Network chose libsynPRO to host their podcasts!

George has been doing such great work in mainstream media with one of the top 5 syndicated shows The George Lopez Show as well as his brand spanking new game show called Take Me Out and now he’s taking the world of podcasting by storm!

George has a new audio podcast (yippee for audio podcasting!) called Tell Me Your Story, where he “features intimate conversations between him and real (or extraordinary) people with extraordinary life stories”.

Check out his podcast on the libsyn directory! :)

It’s so inspiring to see such a well known name choose podcasting as another medium to express himself and engage with his community.

George has taken social media by storm corrently having over a million followers (holy cow!) and a very active Facebook Page with over 7 million likes! Wowza!

Guess how he’s sharing his new podcast?

He’s using our awesome Facebook Customized Tab and using the Libsyn Player! Pretty cool!

What? You want your own customized tab to play your podcast on Facebook using the libsyn Player? Go for it. Go HERE to learn how :)

Let’s welcome George to the Wizzard Media / libsyn family by giving him some Like love and sharing listening to his podcast via the libsyn app on Facebook!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: We've Been Great You Gotta Go

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Jamie, Mike and Trevor from You've Been Great, We Gotta Go Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

We recorded our first podcast on February 26th, 2012. We did it to coincide with Oscar night.

We decided to start doing a podcast earlier that month after seeing Kevin Smith do his 200th episode live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mike suggested we do our own podcast, and within a couple weeks we started doing our own.

Why did you start podcasting?

Jamie - I've been listening to podcasts for almost 5 years now. I listen to 50 different podcasts. I've always been interested in radio and wanted to start a podcast since I started listening to them, but never really had anyone else interested in doing one until I met up with these fine gents. Now I get to share my skewed view with the world, or whoever might be listening at least.

Mike - I got into podcasting for a few reasons. The 3 of us would have some really funny conversations at our place of work and we would get some laughs so I thought that what we talk about, no matter how irrelevant, would at least be entertaining. Also it was a way to get together once a week and hang out and chat and vent about my week to other people. It has become a very inexpensive way to be entertained as well.

Trevor - I got into podcasting for a few reasons as well. I went to school for film and was always interested in radio and done some in university, I love the idea of telling a story regardless of the method. Podcasting, while not the most well crafted stories, are fun and effortless. I get to hang out with friends, laugh and talk about whatever I feel like and if someone likes or listens to it, that's an added bonus! Also, we're hilarious.

What's your show about?

It's mostly about the 3 of us chatting about movies, tv, and music. Also because we've all worked retail we discuss crazy customer experiences we've had. And if something big happens news wise (i.e. Kony 2012, potential zombie outbreak in Florida) we dissect it as well. At it's core our podcast is us trying to accurately talk about trivial and non-trivial things while trying to keep things light-hearted.

We're just trying to vent and make each other laugh. And hopefully we're taking the audience along with us.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We podcast from Mike's living room. We set up on his couch where he has a Yeti mic. The software we use is garage band on a mac mini.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel that we promote all of our episodes from. We then re-post from our own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

At first we were just putting it up on any website we could. But we knew if we wanted to reach an actual audience, we'd have to get it up on iTunes and in a consistent place for listeners to find it each week. If you take podcasting seriously, you have to be willing to kick out a few bucks a month.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Mike - Have a name figured first, instead of starting the show in the middle of a conversation.

Jamie - Also the name of our podcast. When recording our first episode we didn't know what we were gonna call it. It probably would have given us a better frame work when recording that episode.

Trevor - That people were actually going to listen to what we had to say.


Just for the tittle alone you should go subscribe to this podcast! If you have any questions or feedback send it on over to yougottago (at) hotmail (dot) com. And while you're at it, why not 'Like' them in Facebook?


If you want to start your own impromptu podcast right in the middle of a conversation, come on and start HERE

   

Podcast Specific Thumbnail Graphics for your Facebook Page!

OMG! Is our awesome web/graphic superhero the coolest or what?

Here’s the deal: our FABULOSO Chuck, the one we all go pounce on whenever we need anything graphic/web related over at libsyn, just created a gazillion little Facebook Page tab thumbnail images for YOU!!!

Those in the above graphic are only some….

Gazillion = 38 ;)

We have seen some really awesome customization from a lot of our producers BUT…

We know some of you guys aren’t necessarily graphic design wizards, and if you are, maybe you don’t want to deal with creating little personalized thumbnails to rock out your killer new customized libsyn podcast player app on your Facebook page right?

Free Podcast Facebook Thumbnail Tab Images

These thumbnails are png files that are the exact dimensions that you need in order to customize the Tab image of the libsyn Facebook Player

All you have to do is CLICK HERE and the zip file will automatically download and you’ll have access to all those “listen to my show” and “watch my show” graphics!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

If you like this and find it helpful, say thank you to Chuck in the comments!

   

Your Own Customized Podcast Player Right Within Facebook!

Have you guys had a chance to add the libsyn Podcast Player to your Page on Facebook?

What in the world are you waiting for?

We’ve been working very hard to provide you and your audience much easier ways of listening to your content, without a podcatcher and even having to wait to download anything.

Just click and play.

Straight from Facebook!

You get a chance to add your own branding to the whole thing as well through personalizing your thumbnail tabs on your Page and having the libsyn Podcast Player go straight to your own podcast!

You can learn all about how to do it from this tutorial.

Check out the pics below of some of your fellow podcasters doing just that.

facebook podcast player

If you like those, check out this thread in our libsyn Page in Facebook where we had a bunch of player users share their personalized tabs!

Neat Features for Sharing Your Podcast in Facebook

We know that you guys often share your file url in social media, including on Facebook (that would be the traffic.libsyn.com link.) We’d like to show you of another way to share your episode, PLUS offer some bonus functionality.

Within the libsyn Podcast player you have the option of linking straight to one individual file and share that for easy consumption. You simply have to click on the Description of the episode.

Doing that will take you to a unique page for your episode with a unique URL that you can share anywhere you want!

the libsyn podcast player

When they get click over to the episode page your audience can simply consume your content and/or:

  • Recommend the episode
  • Share in a private message to an individual or post to a Group wall.
  • Click back to all of your own podcast page within the Player

onpublish to facebook via libsyn.com

Pretty sweet!

You can also see the stats for those that listen from Facebook from within the stats in your libsyn account Dashboard!

Waddaya Think?

We are wanting some feedback from you guys! Most especially about the libsyn podcast player experience!

Is it working for you?

What are some features that you’d like to have for the libsyn Podcast Player?

Let us have it in the comments!

If you want to get into more of the day to day conversation, go ahead and Like us on Facebook! We’ve been having some pretty awesome conversations over there!

   

Libsyn OnPublish Now For Facebook Pages!

Remember the cool functionality to easily cross-post your favorite episodes over to twitter and Facebook via our sweet OnPublish feature?

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about check it out here)

New Facebook OnPublish Features

One of the BIGGEST features that you requested was being able to cross-post to your Facebook Page!

And now you can!

We know some of you have been working hard to build your Facebook Pages and didn’t want to have your post show up on your personal profile page ONLY. Now you have the option to automatically send an update to your Page and/or your Profile whenever you publish a new episode!

PLUS

Another BIG request that we got from you guys regarding this cross-posting feature was that you wanted to be able to be able to customize the message that came along with the cross-post.

Now you can customize away!

How Do I Do This?

Everything that you need to do to implement the seamless cross posting is done via your libsyn dashboard!

You can check out our nifty HelpDesk Tutorial on how to authorize your Facebook Page as well as where you add the customized copy.

Why Should I Do This?

Using as many social media channels to provide your audience with the best way that THEY want to listen to your content is really the key to growing your listener base.

Although we find that the majority of people still subscribe and listen to podcasts using iTunes, the potential to reach a whole other audience through other channels is still up for grabs.

One of these other channels is Facebook. As of this posting Facebook has 500 million active users.

Pause.

Yes. That’s 500 MILLION active users.

The potential for someone to stumble onto your episode in Facebook is pretty darn good.

A Little Secret Sauce….

When you choose to share your content via the OnPublish feature, you get a choice of Publishing Options.

onpublish to facebook via libsyn.com

Looking at the picture above you see that you get an option of choosing “Link your episodes using the libsyn Directory.” YOU REALLY GOTTA DO THIS!

When you choose to use the libsyn directory, when anyone clicks onto that link, they automatically are taken to the libsyn Podcast Player within Facebook.

the libsyn podcast player in Facebook is for listening to podcasts from Facebook

Within the Podcast Player, they can listen to your latest episode, recommend it and send the episode to a friend.

Listeners can also very easily click through and listen to your entire catalogue of episodes! Right on Facebook!

great discovery features via the libsyn podcast player within facebook

The cool thing about this is that as your audience listens to your podcast via the libsyn Podcast Player, it will show up on their Timeline (just like Pandora and Spotify).

As that activity is published, their friends will be exposed to your content.

Huge potential for discovery no?

Feedback Please?

We really need you guys.

We added these last two features because of your suggestions. We want more of them! We are looking forward to developing more killer functionality for OnPublish, but need you guys to let us know what you need or want.

Let us have it in the comments!


Image credit via CC “Sharing” by Toban Black

   

Celebrating Podcaster Pets

ashli a podcasting pet

Perhaps one of the most important and meaningful members of your family is your pet.

I remember when I went to grad school and moved to a different state, one of the key reasons why I didn’t completely loose myself was that I got my first pair of kittens.

A boy and girl.

Their names were Ashli and Floyd.

Sadly both of them passed away last month at the grand old age of 17.5 years old.

They lived a GREAT life and were taken care of with tons of love.

I kinda wish I had video of them.

I realized that in all those years I never once video taped them. I have plenty of pictures, but no video.

Now I regret it.

Preserve and Share Your Pets!

Why in the world am I sharing this in our podcasting blog?

Because we at libsyn have our own Pet podcast called Danger Dog.

In this podcast we feature our pets and animals PLUS are including pet videos from our very own podcasters!

We are doing this so we can get to know each other better as well as in a very simple manner honor those very important members of our family :)

Do you have a video of your beloved pet to share with us? Go ahead and submit it for the Danger Dog podcast We’d love to get it!

How To Submit:

  1. You can email me at elsie(at)libsyn(dot)com
  2. You can message the video as an attachment to our Facebook Player Page.
  3. You can upload your video to YouTube and send us a link.

Podcaster’s Pets

We’ve already started getting some of your videos! Check them out below, to get some inspiration :)

Ninety Seconds With Sparky from the DUH Podcast For Horse Owners

Rise of the Paleo Puppy from Fat Burning Man

I’m happy to say that I have more cats now, three of them to be exact! Two brothers and one sister.

You can get a chance to meet them tomorrow, in the next episode of Danger Dog! Keep an eye out!

Elsie Escobar


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Nerdology UK

Nerdology UK hosted with libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Mark Cockram from Nerdology UK Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting at the beginning of this year, the first episode went out on 13th of January (unlucky for some!).

Why did you start podcasting?

I have been blogging for just over a year, and have enjoyed the creative process. I was inspired to start up a podcast after listening to fellow Libsyn podcasts Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway & The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast, I enjoyed the presenting styles of these shows and the sense of community created by the feedback from the listeners.

What’s your show about?

Nerdology UK covers pop culture, including books, movies, TV and theatre. So far we’ve covered Doctor Who, I, Claudius, Shaun Of The Dead, Vertigo & Rear Window and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a Mac and use GarageBand for recording and editing the podcast episodes, I also use a program called Call Recorder when using Skype so that I have a back up of the conversation in case there are any problems with the main recording. I decided to get a Blue Snowball USB microphone for better recording quality compared to that of the in built mic on the Mac. I also have a Panasonic RRXS400 portable digital recorder for when I’m away from my computer.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I am a big fan of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and have used these in order to get the message out there. I recently added the Libsyn Facebook App so that anyone visiting the page can instantly listen to an episode.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Recording using Skype is fun and allows you greater flexibility when it comes to inviting guests on to your show, however, initially I found it a little disorientating using headphones when speaking over Skype, as I could hear my guest but I could barely hear my own voice! so I opted to listen with one headphone on and the other off.

What I hadn’t counted on was my microphone picking up on the sound coming from my headphones, which meant that I spent nearly twice as long as usual editing the episode in order to manually remove the echo that my mic had recorded. I have had a vastly improved experience when recording using Skype by opting for “ear bud” style earphones which I can use at a sensible volume without getting any nasty feedback on the microphone.


So how about it peeps? Ready to dive into the Nerdology world? Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook. If you have any questions or feedback for Mark, send it on over nerdologyuk (at) gmail (dot) com


Are you ready to start your own podcast? Start HERE!

   

Podcasting Wisdom From The Very Best

top podcasters share insight into podcasting

Keeping up with this podcasting thing is not easy.

We’ve been in the podcasting game since 2004 and have seen a gazillion podcasts (and that’s a total fact) come through libsyn. We’ve observed the longevity of podcasts for almost a decade.

Here is just one very important piece of data:

Sustaining your podcast is the hardest thing to do.

We have a constant amount of new podcasts being created daily.

We have a core group of long running producers that have been creating content consistently since 2004–2006.

There is another large group of podcasters that seem to struggle staying in production beyond a year or two and understandably so. Its no easy task!

We can deduce from that data, that we get all fired up about creating content and letting our voice ring out for all to hear. We are fueled purely by passion….and then reality hits.

This podcasting thing takes time, commitment, consistency, organization, persistence and tons of patience.

It becomes a lot harder to sustain, especially when our passion perhaps begins to dwindle a little (kinda like when you fall in love and start to come out of that whole honeymoon stage of a relationship…)

Now it’s work.

And perhaps, no one is listening?

Perhaps no one is commenting?

Perhaps stats aren’t as high as you’d want them to be?

And where’s the moolah?

Learn the Secrets of Podcasting from the Best

Our Podcasting Luminaries Series has been designed to share the wisdom of those long running podcasters that have been consistently producing content for 6–8 years so we all get a chance to glean some of their secrets of longevity.

Each one of the Luminaries shares killer key insight into podcasting, all of it coming from a very unique perspective.

Up to this moment we’ve featured 31 Podcasting Luminaries. Keep an eye out because more Luminaries are coming soon!

In case you missed them, following are a list of those podcasters that have already shared their wisdom:

Phedippidations with Steve Runner

Polymer Clay

Genealogy Gems Podcast

ESLpod

Gamertag Radio

Dan Carlin

Grammar Girl

Keith and The Girl

Skepticality

Never Not Funny

Fastpitch Softball TV with Gary Leland

Duct Tape Marketing

Steve Stanger

A Window To The Magic

Cliff Ravenscraft

Internet Business Mastery

The Saintcast

Marketing Over Coffee

Evo Terra

Mur Lafferty

CC Chapman

Israelisms

Scott Sigler

Don McAllister from ScreencastsOnline

The Manic Mommies

Victor Cajiao

The Jersey Beat Podcast

Chaz Rough From YOGAmazing

Dave’s Lounge

Wayne Brekke

My Take Radio

So what is the hardest thing about sustaining your podcast? Be honest and let us know in the comments!


Image credit via CC Luminaries by Andy.Schultz


   

Join Us Podcasting With Your Pet Videos!

join us by submitting your pet videos and help us create a community podcast!

We had this crazy idea to engage with podcasters and podcast listeners. We wanted to create a very simple way to gather you/us in some way and share it.

Since we dig animals, we thought, what a great way to play with some cute content + plus play a bit with the community!

We’ve been gathering our own animal/pet videos and we’d love for you to submit yours as well! We’ll be publishing these videos throughout the week via our fancy new Facebook Podcast Player.

Here is a little introductory episode of within our infamous Danger Dog podcast:

And our random Pet of the Day video some seals for you…just ‘cause:

How about sending us your pet video?

It would ROCK!


16 Amazing Rockin' New Podcasts

amazing new podcasts hosted by libsyn

We’ve got a really awesome series dedicated to featuring and promoting podcasts that are new to us. These podcasts are absolute new podcasts or established podcasts that have recently started hosting with us.

Although the questions that we ask are the same, each feature highlights the wonderful diversity and insight all podcasters have.

We guarantee that checking out these guys will inspire you and give you fuel to continue doing the podcasting thing!

Here are our first 16 Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts!

  1. Apps For Kids
  2. The AmpHour
  3. Satellite Dish with Justin and Sydnee
  4. Social Triggers Insider
  5. Davey Mac Sports Program
  6. Man vs Debt
  7. Communication Diva
  8. The Construction Industry Podcast
  9. Recovery People
  10. Low Elo
  11. It’s Called Life
  12. FUHcast
  13. Our Fifteen Minutes
  14. Fat Burning Man
  15. Good Job, Brain!
  16. Plan X Network

Do you want to be a Rockin’ New libsyn Podcast?

  • Are you producing consistently?
  • Have been with libsyn for up to a year?
  • Have show artwork and a show description?

If so email me: elsie(at)libsyn(dot)com :)

   

Libsyn Has Gone To The Dogs...

danger dog podcast libsyn pets

Yep, we’ve gone to the dogs….literally, and we are looking for other animals too.

And why are we looking for animals?

Animal Appreciation Week of course!

  • Animals bring people together.
  • Pets brings us joy and laughter.
  • Pets entertain us and love us.
  • Animals teach us a thing or two…

Kinda like podcasts!

We thought that animal appreciation week would be the perfect way to honor our beloved animals as well as offer another way of bringing the libsyn community together, podcasters and their audience!

In addition to giving us an opportunity to develop, expand and create some content ourselves using all the killer platforms that libsyn has to offer.

Everyone can podcast and libsyn makes it easy!

We’ll be sharing videos of our own pets. gulp.

We would love for you to submit your own pet videos as well.

We’ll be creating a podcast and sharing it with you guys through all our different existing channels!

Are you guys ready? We totally want to be the Boo of podcasting via Facebook ;)

How to submit your pet video

  1. Record your 15 to 60 second video or audio! Use your smartphone!

  2. Edit or not. It’s up to you. There are some pretty easy to use mobile apps for editing your video or audio out there :)

  3. Like us and message the video to our Libsyn Player Facebook Page OR email your short media file to elsie(at)libsyn(dot)com. Make sure you give it a TITLE and a DESCRIPTION. We’ll be using the information for the podcast! Check out this video on how to message us your video via Facebook.

  4. Make sure you add our Facebook Podcast Player!

We look forward to sharing our animals with you, as well as getting to know yours better!

**By the way, Your pet may be messy but keep your submissions clean. We reserve the right to bury any submission that doesn’t meed our G (Good for all pets) rating!

Stay tuned to seeing your content and ours via the libsyn Facebook Player, The Danger Dog Podcast, and the Danger Dog App.

Please submit your videos starting today all the way until June 10th, and get ready for our big Danger Dog launch!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Plan X Network

planx network hosted on the best host for your podcast libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with John Taylor from Planx Network


When did you start podcasting?

We started recording June 28th, 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started the show just to document all of the awesome conversations that I was having with my best friend and I thought, if I enjoy listening to this, others might as well.

Judging by the response that we get, people relate to us and instantly feel like they know us, which is something I never thought would happen,but I am so glad that it did!

What’s your show about?

It is a weekly dose of current events, movie reviews, personal stories and a slice of real life. No topic is too taboo and we are never afraid to go there.

Carrie tries to make me laugh, I try to make her laugh, and if it makes our listeners laugh, that is just frosting on the cake. I have made it my personal goal to entertain you. Even if you laugh at me, as long as you are laughing, it counts in my book.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc

Our set up is an Audiobox USB,Shure SM57 microphones,and the best pop filters money can buy. We use Studio One Artist to record the show, and I have converted my bedroom into our studio. It may sound slightly complicated, but it wasn’t difficult to set up, and if anyone needs help, I am always ready to give any advice I can.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The only thing that I wish I had known when I started this, was how amazing Libsyn is for our podcast feed. I know nothing about code, and very little about meta data, but with the Libsyn service, I can remain blissfully unaware, as Libsyn does all of my “heavy lifting” Also, the free app is a nice option to have as well.

How have you promoted your podcast? 

As far as promotion goes, we have an ad going out on Regretsy.com that will reach MILLIONS of people for our anniversary next month, which will give us around 400,000 downloads for the month of June.

That will put our show in the top twenty or top ten(!) on iTunes. Kevin Smith and Adam Corolla will be our peers,and that terrifies me daily. I believe in our show, and I think it will stand up nicely with the best that iTunes has to offer. Plus,my mom thinks I am funny…. Not really.


Have any feedback for John and Planx Network? You can get a hold of him at john (at) planxnetwork (dot) com. And how about a little subscribe action?


Now are you ready to start your own podcast yet? Go HERE and start!

   

The Libsyn Facebook App is a Hit!

We recently released our libsyn App for Facebook as well as some awesome customization to have your own podcast player app within your Facebook page.

It seems like you guys are liking it!

We love your feedback

We've been asking you for feedback and we will continue to do so, for in order to continue to develop this app we need your help!

Below are the answers to some questions/comments that we have received regarding the app. We hope to offer some insight as well as inspire you to share your experiences as well.

1. The libsyn Facebook App can only be installed on Facebook Pages- no profile pages, nor groups.

2. The libsyn Facebook App supports only those podcasts that publish episodes to the Libsyn Feed destination.

For most accounts to see what content you currently have on this feed you can go to: http://ACCOUNTSLUG.libsyn.com/rss - for example - http://wtfpod.libsyn.com/rss

If you are just using libsyn as a media host - but would like to use the libsyn Facebook app - you will need to publish your media files along with a title (mandatory) and description (recommended) to your feed destination.

Please let us know if you have any questions on how to get your content into the libsyn Facebook App.

3. For some the Edit Page Tab Settings option has disappeared once the App has been installed. This fails if third party cookies are disabled in your browser. 

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Building Podcasting Consumption on Facebook

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We are actively building the libsyn Podcast App Page to promote podcasts and producers and our aim is to create a page full of raving podcast fans. It will be the place to discover new podcast as well as build community around podcasting.

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Rockin' New libsyn Podcast: Good Job, Brain!

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Karen Chu from Good Job, Brain


Why did you start podcasting? 

We four nerds here at Good Job, Brain! have been playing pub trivia for the past three years and we really are so passionate about learning weird facts and stories. We love finding random facts and share them with each other.

"Did you know Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were in Red Dawn together before Dirty Dancing?! And Red Dawn was the first ever PG-13 rated movie!" "Did you know Shellac is made of residue from the shell of a lac beetle? Woah!"

We used to once work together at a game company. One of our coworkers would always bring a sack lunch that his wife packed for him, and she always included a Trivial Pursuit card in his lunch pack. We would end up eating lunch together and try to answer Trivial Pursuit questions together. As silly as it may sound, this soon caught on and more and more people joined us, and this tradition of a lunch quiz was born.

And it occurred to me then that trivia can bring people together!

What's your show about? 

Our show is part quiz show and part offbeat trivia. Our show is structured to feature different segments. We host quizzes, share our tricks of memorizing interesting facts (how to memorize all the Canadian provinces in geographical order), and every week, we share stories and findings about a specific topic. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

Currently, like many others, we rely on Twitter and Facebook. Initially, we started as a Kickstarter initiative and not only did that help us get some funding, it also served as a pretty awesome promotional tool and created a lot of awareness outside our own immediate social circle. And as a fun little thing, I made us "business cards" which really are Trivial Pursuit cards affixed with a sticker label with our website address.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The really sobering fact I've learned from podcasting is just how much we say "um," "like," and "you know." I cannot believe how much of those filler words have woven into our spoken vocabulary!

Sometimes when I listen back to our episodes, I want to punch myself every time I mutter "uh...." Most of my time is spent editing out all of those words! But as we're getting into the groove of things, we are getting a lot better, and practice makes, you know, perfect. :)


How about working your brain? Do it up by subscribing to Good Job, Brain!. If you have any questions or feedback you can reach out to gjb.podcast (at) gmail (dot) com. We're sure they'll be happy to hear from you!


Are you up for starting a podcast? You can start HERE

   

TGIF - Thank Goodness Its Facebook Friday

Celebrate By Making Your Podcast Playable From Facebook!
Everyone's talking about the Facebook IPO and we're talking about our new Facebook app that lets you link directly to a player for your show right within Facebook.  That is right, your audience doesn't have to leave Facebook to listen or watch your show.
 
Get Your Custom Facebook tab!
Check out how to add the customizable tab to your FB page that links directly to your show HERE.
 
Why add a Custom Facebook tab?
Its another great way to grow your audience through Facebook's more than 900 million users.
Plus it is super easy, there is no searching or syncing iTunes, media downloading or device synching required! Your audience just clicks on the tab from your page and is instantly taken to your show. 


Get started on your custom Facebook tab this weekend and be sure to check out the Libsyn Facebook App


Podcasting Luminary: My Take Radio

My Take Radio podcast hosted with libsyn the best podcast host


Want a little mature discussion about MMA, Gaming, Movies, Wrestling and Tech? Well, this week’s Podcast Luminary will fill that need completely. Podcasting since 2006, with a bit of a hiatus in between, My Take Radio is still going strong!


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I started this show for fun much like any podcaster/internet broadcaster but when you realize that people actually tune in droves to hear your words you realize that fame and possibly profit can be attained. For me it has been a gradual progression in goals to where I still enjoy it but definitely want to make some money. There is a future in this medium and I want to be a part of that in a big way.

What has changed the most in your recording setup since you started?

When I started way back in 2006 it was just a USB headset and audacity. I had no idea what I was doing but managed to crank out quite a few episodes. My set up has evolved considerably with a mixer, XLR mic and noise gate to make the audio crisp.

Have you found that social media has expanded your listener base/reach? (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, etc)

Social media has been tremendous for our growth. Not only is the engagement with listeners more direct but it allows us to meet broadcasters with similar motivations that can share feedback and advice. Social media has also been instrumental in booking certain guests.

What is your workflow: include hardware, software, text editing, and services as necessary

I chose to answer this question because we have a very different work flow than most. We broadcast live every Thursday via two live services. For the live broadcast we do our show prep over the course of the week using Microsoft OneNote which allows us to prep remotely should we need to.

In terms of audio I broadcast using an Alesis 8 channel USB mixer and an AudioTechnica USB/XLR mic. I maintain a quiet environment using a Behringer compressor/noise gate which keeps my audio level and eliminates most ambient noise.

I record the show to a Zoom H2 which is then edited with Audacity for use on Libsyn. The WAV file is finalized to a 96k mp3 and tagged with artwork prior to upload. Any clips or sound effects are handled either with my iPad using a sound board app or via my PC with Pod Producer or other soundboard software.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

Download numbers matter to a degree but you can’t make them your priority. If you intend to seek out advertisers then you definitely need to monitor them. Audience engagement comes first though.

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

I advise any podcaster that is new or existing to press on and do it for enjoyment and not for profit. If you expect to get rich then you need a new hobby. Speak to members of the community and get as much feedback on your product as possible. While you think your product is good the fact is that there is always room for improvement.

For newbies I recommend getting 10-20 shows under your belt before making huge investments and purchases. Nothing is worse then finding out that something is not for you after you’ve spent a decent amount of money. Most important though is ensuring you have a site or blog where people can learn about you. Once your home is ready then you start increasing your social media presence.


Ready to support the show? Go ahead and subscribe to My Take Radio!


Ready to start your own podcast? Why not start right here

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Fat Burning Man

fat burning man is hosted at libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Abel James Bascom from Fat-Burning Man


When did you start podcasting?

I started interviewing folks with inspiring weight loss stories just after the New Year of 2012. I didn’t really grasp the concept of a “podcast” at first – I was just streaming the interviews from my blog at FatBurningMan.com.

I started getting great feedback and set up all of the gizmos and doohickeys to launch an official podcast in February, I believe, and backdated the episodes that had already been released.

Then some crazy stuff happened… I was featured on iTunes and Stitcher and the podcast exploded and hit #2 in health in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and it’s still hanging out up there. The Fat-Burning Man Show even beats out commercial behemoths like Jillian Michaels.

Just a dude and his mic!

The ability to reach hundreds of thousands of people was very recently reserved for celebrities, politicians, and corporations with deep pockets. We live in an extremely exciting time: Today, anyone can build an audience and change the world. All you need is a message and a mic.  


Why did you start podcasting? 

I want to spread the message of health and wellness to as many people as possible, but that’s difficult to do if you don’t have an audience. After launching my blog in the fall of 2011, I realized quickly that in a sea of scammy diet and fitness websites and infomercials, no one is paying attention to the new health blogs regardless of their quality or message. And we all know Google hates new websites, so I tried other things. People always told me I had a “radio voice,” so I figured I’d give an online radio show a shot. 


What’s your show about? 

A few years ago, I started seriously focusing on my health and made some alarming discoveries. I learned that almost everything that I thought I knew about health, nutrition, and fitness was completely wrong.

After years of frustration and flab, I stopped listening to the “experts” and “gurus.” I buried my nose in the research and experimented on myself like a lab rat until I found the truth. And man, it was a doozy. I wrote a book, The LeanBody Lifestyle, about everything I learned to help others make informed decisions about their health.

Skip ahead a few years, as host of the Fat-Burning Man Show, I help folks to improve their relationship with food, activity, and life by circumventing marketing myths, misinformation, and corporate scheming by eating real foods that make you lean, healthy, and energetic.

With the collective health of the country (and beyond) falling off a cliff, it is more important than ever the help reverse the obesity epidemic and health crisis. As such, I share the principles and system that enabled me to dramatically optimize my life with folks who want to shed unwanted fat and improve their health in a way that is completely honest, fun, and lifelong.

I feature people with inspiring weight loss stories, prominent bloggers, best-selling authors, celebrities, and medical professionals to help spread the message of health and wellness. 


What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

From my lips to the listeners’ ears, I have a pop filter, a Heil PR40 (same mic as Rush Limbaugh, for better or worse),  a cheap ART TubeMP Studio preamp, and my old(ish) iMac. I use Skype to record my interviews and Audacity and Garageband for editing and production.

In another life, I’m also a musician so my years of experience gigging and recording allow me to wiggle the knobs to make the production sound better than it probably should.

I used Amazon S3 for hosting at first because it’s supposed to be cheap. But after my podcast blew up after a few weeks, it was incredibly expensive. Hello Libsyn. 


How have you promoted your podcast? 

Aside from my blog, I really haven’t… Mostly because I don’t really know how. But I try to share the love as much as possible by sending other bloggers/podcasters shout outs and featuring them on the show. I am very active in Paleo / Ancestral Health which has very strong online communities and many leaders in my field have been kind enough to mention the show to their audiences.

I noticed that many podcasts have commercials and/or filler in their shows – I figured I could differentiate by having none of that. Instead, on nearly every show I ask that listeners take a moment to write a review on iTunes. I’m sure the flood of positive reviews in a short time is the main reason my show skyrocketed in the iTunes charts. 


What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The hosting issue  - Libsyn rocks. You guys make it super easy and it’s very cost effective when you have a large audience pulling tons of data every week. Also, the stats are useful and insightful.

I also started without a solid plan for how to record my interviews. It was an unmitigated disaster. I was holding a Zoom H4 between my mouth and an iPhone while my puppy bit at my legs and barked in my ears.  Now I have a mic attached to a boom on my desk and record directly through Skype so it’s a piece of cake.  And the puppy stays outside.


If you have any questions or feedback, go ahead and email abel (at) fat burningman (dot) com. So are you up for getting your health in gear and start to get serious about fitness? Then you really must SUBSCRIBE.


Follow Abel’s advice and start things of right hosting your podcast with us. You won’t regret it! Start here.

   


Podcasting Advice From Mom

Podcasting Advice From Mom

Female podcasters that are also podcasting mothers offer advice on podcasting

One of the most powerful qualities about motherhood is our voice. Our voice will be heard by our children, long past the time they’ve left home.

I know that I still hear my Mother’s voice somewhere deep inside me, sometimes it’s great, and other times, not so much ;)

As more and more mother’s offer their voices through the medium of podcasting, we all get the benefit of listening to the intelligent, driven, grounded, creative and nurturing voices of mothers.

We asked just a few female podcasters, that happen to be mothers to share some of their voices with us and offer some motherly advice and insight into the podcasting world.

Below you’ll get a chance to read their thoughts as well as how to apply their advice to podcasting in general.

Stephanie Ravenscraft from Family From The Heart and Authentic Life Radio

"I have two favorite things about being a podcasting mom. First, all of my podcast relate to my personal life, so I have so many stories forever recorded. I love knowing that my kids whole childhood is archived in those episodes. And if I ever need to remember “the good ole days” they are there for my listening.

Second, I love to get my kids involved in the podcasting. Teaching them to share their stories and interests with others. This has several different parts that make me so happy as a mom. It gives them a healthy outlet to share their view of the world. It gives me a little deeper glimpse into their world. What are they willing to share with others that they may not be ready to share with me? This is especially true for my oldest daughter who is 12.

And lastly, and probably most special, is that their voices are archived as well. I LOVE to go back and hear Meagan’s five year old voice. Or Matthew at three. Life speeds by so fast and I have a small time capsule to take be back to those precious times as my oldest two move on into the teen years."

Podcasting is remembering and sharing- The moments when we captured our audio/video now live in their own special magical time that is beyond the time and space continuum. ;)

May we as podcasters respect the power that our media has to inspire, educate and entertain others far beyond the moment we created and released it.

Jen Swanson from Communication Diva

“My kids are aged 10, 12, 18 and 20yrs, and think it’s ”cool" that I have a podcast. They are often offering topic suggestions and ideas about who I could interview. I spent yesterday morning teaching a Leadership class at the high-school my son graduated from last year…and the topic was all about my blog, podcast and my e-book. The class was wonderful…they were engaged, they asked questions, they wanted to know more, and they stayed with me for the whole hour and 15 mins!

I have involved my kids in one episode of the podcast where I asked them about communication from their perspective. It was a fun experience and I think they were pretty pleased to be involved.

My advice for moms, particularly of older kids, would be to be sure that if you are going to tell stories about your kids and their escapades in your show, that you first ask their permission. Once published, a podcast is out there forever. I would not want to tell any stories that might be funny or amusing or cute to me, but potentially embarrassing to my kids, unless they were in agreement.

I think it’s good communication, it’s respectful, and it’s really important to be conscious of their feelings, given that people all over the world will be listening."

Podcasting is communication and permission- Although it may be your podcast, if you involve anyone else, particularly when doing interviews, be mindful of communicating clearly with your guest your show’s intention.

As a podcaster mindfully communicating what podcasting is with your guest ie. how it’s distributed, the possible world wide reach as well as the myriad of ways in which it can be consumed goes a long way to educate not only your guest about podcasting, but also all those that your guest shares your work with.

PJ Jonas from Busy Mom’s Survival Guide

“Make your podcast something that your children can listen to and wouldn’t be embarrassed to have their friends hear. While your podcast probably isn’t focused toward them as listeners, you never know when they’ll tune in and you want them to be proud of your efforts.”

Podcast your best…always- You never know who is going to listen to your podcast. You never know if the one person that needs to hear what you are sharing will be listening.

When those files are out in the wild and downloaded into someone’s device, there’s nothing you can do. There’s no fixing, no editing, no apologies. That file is a gift you have offered out and there’s no taking it back. Might as well take the time to offer your best.

Make sure you consciously do the optimal job you can given your current situation and circumstances.

I suppose that a good litmus test could be, would you be ok listening to your podcast with your mother? ;)

Mur Lafferty from I Should Be Writing and more…

"When my kid shows interest in my podcasting, I let her sit with me in the room. Sometimes she ends up making noise or giggling or jumping on the bed behind me, which I worry about ruining my professional illusion, but the listeners love it. So let the kids see you create things, and maybe it will get them interested as well."

Podcasting is empowering- Creativity is empowering. Self expression is empowering. Play is empowering. Individuality is empowering. Innovation is empowering. Podcasting is all that.

libsyn Loves Podcasting Mamas!

Our very own new Mommy Sarah Morio states it best: “I have found more inspiring mommies in new media and podcasting while at libsyn then most anywhere else. Kudos to all moms out there somehow finding enough energy to fuel the passion required for both parenthood and podcasting!”

Happy Mother’s Day to all creative and empowering Moms! Keep on letting your voice be heard!

Elsie Escobar


Image credit via CC hug me mom! by Sorgul



Podcasting Luminary: Wayne Brekke

libsyn podcast the necronomicast

Six years, five podcasts later and still going strong. Wayne Brekke is the embodiment of the best in a podcaster: passionate, multi-faceted, with a wide array of interests plus a microphone :)

Currently producing three widely different podcasts: The Necronomicast, 5 O’clock Lifestyle and World’s of Wayne, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be interested in something that he’s producing.

But, let him tell you a little bit about himself…


Q & A with Wayne Brekke


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting about 6 years ago with my first show Worlds of Wayne. Since, I have produced 5 podcasts and now have 3 active ones.

I host Worlds of Wayne and co-host/produce The Necronomicast as well as 5 O’clock Lifestyle.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

I started podcasting because of my love/hate relationship for radio. I had some radio experience, but hated the industry.

I had a friend of a friend who had a successful podcast and I thought it was a great thing. I was also (and still am) a freelance writer and would get interviews with all sorts of national acts coming through town.

I figured since I was recording the interviews anyway, I could use them for a show. Sure enough, my first podcast ever was an interview with Blues Traveler. Since then I have enjoyed creating podcasts, developing shows, and being a part of the podcast community.

What’s your show about?

Currently my newest show is called The Necronomicast. It is a horror based podcast hosted by myself and co-host Tim Welch. Tim is also a makeup artist and the state representative for the charity Scares That Care. We both have helped organize the local Omaha Zombie Walk as well.

We interview a variety of actors, stuntmen, and industry professionals as well as provide commentary on movies and television in the horror/sci-fi genres.

We have been lucky enough to have actors from movies such as Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, My Bloody Valentine, as well as cast members from The Walking Dead and SyFy’s Face Off.   I initially created the show because I loved horror and couldn’t find a show I really liked. We have taken care to create a great quality show and do interviews that make the guests seem comfortable.

We hope to be able to hold online auctions to help raise money for Scares That Care as many of our guests have sent us autographs for donations. We have lots of great interviews happening and have even added a west coast correspondent to broaden our reach.

Worlds of Wayne is a variety show with guests that range from musicians, psychics, authors, comedians, and whoever else I can get.

5 O’clock Lifestyle is a show I host with my wife Laurie about entertaining, cocktails, appetizers, food, travel, and the general commentary we have at happy hour.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

  Currently I use 4 Nady SCM 900 condenser microphones, a 4-channel Mackie board, Powerplay Pro 4-channel headphone mixer, BlueMax compressor, and Audacity for my recording. Our blog page is a modified version of a Libsyn template.

How have you promoted your podcast? 

I do everything I can to promote my shows including social networking, merchandise, promo swapping with other podcasters, getting involved with the community (ie. Presented at an awards ceremony as host of Worlds of Wayne), reaching out to local publications, asking our interviewees to repost and share, staying in touch with my listeners, and anything else I can think of. Even doing interviews like this one!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

That’s a hard question as I have enjoyed the process and progression that I have made in tandem with how podcasting has grown.

I have a few things I wish I knew now and am always learning. Always. I continually research and listen to podcasts about podcasting.

Of course now I am getting sponsors and donations so the next level seems to be coming quickly. I do it for fun and I think that is what I wanted initially.


Wayne would love to hear from you! necronomicast (at) gmail (dot) com, and make sure that you check out and subscribe to his shows, The Necronomicast, World’s of Wayne and 5 O’clock Lifestyle. You know, you could always offer some voice feedback at 347.762.5750.      

   

Updated iTunes Podcast Artwork Specs Are Now 1400 x 1400

itunes podcast artwork is 1400 x 1400

Here we go again!

So we had just posted about the recent change of iTunes artwork to 1200 x 1200.

We have another change.

Suggested iTunes Podcast Artwork is now 1400 x 1400

It seems that the artwork will only keep getting larger! It has recently come to our attention that:

“iTunes prefers square .jpg images that are at least 1400 x 1400 pixels, which is different than what is specified for the standard RSS image tag. In order for a podcast to be eligible for an iTunes Store feature, the accompanying image must be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels.”

Source: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html#metadata

Get yourself back to updating!

   

Podcasting Luminary: Dave's Lounge

The best music podcast Dave's Lounge is hosted with libsyn

If you’ve been a long time fan of podcasting and music, you’ve bound to have found Dave’s Lounge. Dave’s Lounge is perhaps the most versatile and accessible music podcast out there.

By versatile I mean that it can be played almost anywhere. You can listen while you work, when you want to relax, you can play it during a party, it can be played in the office, or while you’re stuck in traffic and it will always serve you in different ways.

If you love down-tempo and trip-hop, it really is a no brainer.

This podcast is a must subscribe. It’s guaranteed that at some point it will be the perfect podcast to play.

Bonus: Dave Warner, the host of Dave’s Lounge, has a deep resonant voice, he is incredibly passionate about what he does, and has awesome insights about life and music in general. He is celebrating his 7th Anniversary episode. Help him celebrate by subscribing!


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

When I started Dave’s Lounge, I just did it to share some indie music I had found and really liked. The feedback I got was enough to keep me going, not to mention the free music and the contacts I’ve made over the years. As time went on, I started exploring ways for the show to make a few bucks, mostly through affiliate advertising at first, then finally opening it up to listener donations. Most of my listeners seem to prefer the ad-free, listener-supported model.

It only took a year or so for Dave’s Lounge to become a profitable hobby, but even seven years in, it’s still just a hobby. I’m hoping this will change soon with the launch of the Dave’s Lounge Premium Podcast this month. Still, it’s always been fun to find good new music and share it with people. Sometimes just the fact that I can do that legally keeps me going.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

Most people just thank me for helping them get through their work day or their commute. I had one listener, though, thank me for helping him keep a level head while he was going through chemotherapy. He sent me a very nice photograph he took in Italy as a gift. I’m still surprised by how big an impact this little show can have on some people. I chalk it up to the power of the music more than anything.

I also had one artist that I play semi-regularly on the show tell me a few years ago that I was responsible for about 25% of her sales. That was quite an eye-opener.

Do download numbers matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

I’m finding more and more that engagement is much more crucial than raw numbers, because engaged listeners will help you spread the word about your show.

Download numbers don’t tell me how people listen to Dave’s Lounge, how they found it, or what songs they like the most.

Keeping a good dialog with your audience will do much more for growing your podcast in the long run – especially when you’re like me and you’re doing a show on a budget too small to afford advertising!

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Back when I started the show in 2005, I contacted other podcasters about doing bumpers for my show. One of them was Jamie Mottram, who at the time was doing the Sports Bloggers Live podcast for AOL.

I mentioned to Jamie that I was also doing a football blog at the time, and that led me to being a semi-regular guest on that show and, eventually, a writer for two years at FanHouse, AOL’s sports blog.

That gig paid off my credit card bills and paid for my trip to the New Media Expo in Las Vegas in 2008.

The biggest benefit of the show itself, though, has been all the great music I’ve gotten over the years. People recognize this show has a dedicated listener base that loves trip hop and downtempo music, and they want their music to be part of that – and if it’s good, it will be.

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

First off, whether you’re starting a podcast, a blog, a YouTube channel, or even a Tumblr, keep your focus on a topic that excites you personally. If you’re passionate about something, that will come through in your show, and it will keep you engaged in doing your show regularly.

Second, keep as regular a schedule as possible. Consistency is important with any media, and it’s doubly important in an age where there’s so many media options out there for people to choose from. If they can rely on you to put on a good show every week or every other week, they’ll keep coming back.

Third, always look for ways to keep your listeners engaged with you, because your listeners will ultimately be the ones who sing your show’s praises to their friends. That’s how your audience grows.

Finally, if you’re looking to get rich right away from podcasting,llb you’re doing it wrong. Podcasting is a long game. It took Leo Laporte years to get where he is now, and he was a seasoned professional with a keen understanding of how media works.

I’ve been doing this for seven years, and honestly, I still haven’t figured it out. Still, I do Dave’s Lounge because I want to do it and because artists and listeners alike enjoy it, not because it makes me money.

This doesn’t mean I’ll stop looking for ways to make the show even more profitable, of course, but if you’re doing something just for the money, you’ll get tired of it in a hurry – especially if it’s not successful right away. If you love what you do and do it well, though, the money will come soon enough.


Get your day going by listening to the Dave’s Lounge 7th Anniversary Mix! And of course then promptly SUBSCRIBE.

Dave has just launched a Premium edition of his podcast, higher-quality version of the show that includes chapter markers, album art, embedded links to songs, and no voiceovers in the mix. Good stuff! Check it out


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A Podcaster Gets His Own Show on The Discovery Channel!

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I had the awesome opportunity to interview Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio and now host of his own show for Discovery Channel in Latin America called Yo Soy Danny Pena.

I asked him all about how he’s been able to continue podcasting consistently since 2005.

We chatted about how he landed his gig with Discovery Channel Latin America.

Plus, he shared some killer ideas about some of the best ways to promote your podcast and get your listener base going!

Following are some key take-aways from the video, so you can get cracking on implementing these for your own podcast!

Passion, Commitment, Promotion and Engagement For Successful Podcasting

  • Balance- Life is going to get crazy, it’s a matter of priority. Where do you focus your time?
  • Be consistent.
  • Engage with your audience: respond to them via email, forums, social media, etc.
  • Have fun.

How To Promote Your Podcast Tips

  1. Start local
  2. Use social media in relationship: promote, converse, support and network
  3. Attend live events for your niche.
  4. Reach out to the local news media.

Check out the video, we go in depth about the points above! You don’t want to miss it.

Y’all should definitely go check out Yo Soy Danny Pena! It’s a really great show. My favorite episode so far has been the show that featured Jo Garcia de Gamer Next Door! Good stuff!

Let us know what you thought about the interview in the comments, as well as any other questions you might have for Danny. I’m sure he’d be more than happy to answer them for you!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Our Fifteen Minutes

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Tracy Ryerson from Our Fifteen Minutes


the amazing Tracy Ryerson and Stamie K host with the best podcast host libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

It’s been on our mind for a while, however our first official podcast was up and running on March 14th, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

After a successful stint on Showtime’s hit show, THE REAL L WORD, we wanted to keep a dialogue going between our friends and fans around the world. It’s a great way to stay connected no matter where you are. Also, as a stand up comedian, it’s also a great outlet for Stamie to share her humor and Tracy to put her in her place!

What’s your show about?

The bi-weekly show is both a female and humor-oriented look at LIFE and how you navigate all of it’s curveballs. Stamie is a real estate agent by day, stand up comedian by night, and mother of 3. Tracy is a model, host, producer, and “InstaMom”! Together we form one big, happy, gay family!

We have a conversational approach to the podcast and discuss all-things pop culture, parenting, and relationships. Each episode ties in a new celebrity interview or specialist each week as well.

The podcast, Our Fifteen Minutes, is a continuation of our brand. The title comes from the famous quote by Andy Warhol where in 1968 he said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The thought of having a period of time where we can stand on a soapbox and do something positive with “our fifteen minutes” is both a challenge and exciting for both of us.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use space in a recording studio to shoot the podcast. Our team consists of a producer (Sophie Nicolaou) and sound engineer (Rafa Gonzales).

We use re20 Microphones and a Mackie Onyx Mixing board. As for the audio recording and mixing software, we use Audacity and Sony sound forge. Eventually we will have a video element added as well.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Since it’s new, we’re using a lot of word-of-mouth as we get our footing and rhythm down in the studio. Besides our website, www.OurFifteenMinutes.com, the use of social media has also helped tremendously.

We’ve used our following on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to help spread the word and direct traffic to the podcast. Not only are listeners able to access, subscribe, and download the podcast from iTunes, but they can also get links directly from our website. We’re also always open to cross-promotion with other podcasts / blogs, etc.!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Organization is key! Just like in life, its a good idea to put the work in up front, and the rest will run smoothly. Instead of having an “on the fly” attitude and coming up with topics while in the studio, we’ve made more of an effort to produce content before we go live.

We like to have options. The smoother a studio session runs, the better for everyone involved. It’s especially hard with co-hosts, as we have two different approaches, let alone opinions, to everything….But executed right, it makes for the perfect “Odd Couple” situation!


Wanna keep up with Our Fifteen Minutes? Go ahead and subscribe. It’s so worth it! Got some feedback for Tracy or Stamie you can catch them here: tracy(at)ourfifteenminutes(dot)com & stamie2(at)aol(dot)com.


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The Libsyn Kids Podcast Is In The House!


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So there’s this Take Your Daughter and Take Your Son To Work Day…. It happens every 3rd Thursday in April.

Which was yesterday.

So yesterday the Libsyn kids came to work.

And of course they created a video podcast all on their own, with 10 EPISODES!!!

Now that’s some efficient production!

Seriously. It’s such fun stuff. They did it all on iOS devices and fun apps!!!!

The Libsyn Kids Video Podcast

We thought we’d share it with you guys!

Here are the ways to check it out:

Please leave us a comment, the kids would LOVE it :)


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: FUHcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Bill Harris from FUHcast


When did you start podcasting?

FileUnderHorrible.com and it’s podcast, FUHcast, launched in April of 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

Thankfully, it was a very organic process.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was surrounded by some great talk radio. My father was always listening to Steve Dahl, Kevin Matthews, Johnny B., and other syndicated mic jockeys. So some sort of broadcasting was always a dream of mine. Jim, my fellow co-host, also had a love of radio. He fell in love with a college radio station long ago and desperately wanted to be on it. Like me, life had different plans and pointed him in a different direction.

Jim and I have been close friends for over 15 years. We both wrote regularly in various online journal communities. Once podcasts became a thing, it just made sense. Jim is a great writer and is also able to hold a good conversation. I bring the quick wit and the ability to snuff out dead air with (sometimes) nonsense. Within a few months, we came up with the concept and branding for File Under Horrible and the FUHcast.

What’s your show about?

Jim and I are geeks at heart. Jim is into comic books, books, table top games and geek culture. I’m a retro nut and tech/gadget geek. Both of us are into movies, video games, and pop culture. We are also extremely fond of the fractured human condition and the strange, wonderful and scary news stories that it populates. So our show is all of that, but with an adult orientated comedy base. That’s probably more complicated than it actually is. We’ve just released episode 50 which is a “best of” clip show that will no doubt better summarize our show. As with most podcasts, hearing is believing.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Two large diaphragm condenser mics going into a phantom powered 12 bus mixer. We also use an ASUS Transformer (an Android tablet) as a digital cart machine for sound bites and drops. The tablet also outputs into the mixer. The main out from the mixer goes into the line input of a Samson Zoom H2 recorder. The audio is digitally recorded in mono (WAV) on a SD card.

The audio is then ripped from the SD card onto a Windows PC desktop computer. I use The Conversations Network’s Levelator 2 on the WAV file for episodes that don’t have a lot of music. I then edit out dead air, add intro and outro music, and add additional sound effects in post with Audacity. I use Mp3tag to tag the MP3 file with metadata. We’ve been Libsyn powered since day one.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We started by listing the show on every directory and subscription service known to man and the internet. Social media plays a huge part, namely Facebook. We use Facebook to communicate directly with our audience; inviting them into the discussion. At times, our listeners provide us with topics to discuss on the show.

We’ve also dabbled in cross promotion with other comedy podcasts. Being nominated for The People’s Choice Podcast Award for the Comedy category last fall helped increase our exposure. But word of mouth from our fans is really what we’ve been depending on. And they haven’t let us down.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Stop looking at the numbers. If you obsess over your downloads, you’ll get self conscience and want to quit. Or you’ll start doing stupid stuff on your show because you THINK people want “this thing” instead. Have fun with it and make it a show that you wouldn’t mind dedicating some time out of your day to listen to.


If you’d like to listen to that all encompassing episode number 50 you need to subscribe to the FUHcast do it up! Catch up with Jim and Bill via twitter or Facebook Feedback for FUHcast? (478) 227-8384 and podcast (at) fileunderhorrible (dot) com

   

Over 500 episodes of Adam Carolla's Fabulous Show is on Mylibsyn!

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The 2 million downloads per week man and guinness book of world records holder is using Mylibsyn exclusively for his back catalogue!

Yeah baby!

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Adam has a TON of amazing content in his back catalogue. The kind of stuff that would keep you happily entertained for quite a long time.

From the beginning, Adam has offered all his podcasts for free, and will continue to offer his latest 50 episodes for free, but once those episodes are archived, they will be offered through paid subscription via mylibsyn.

Have you had a chance to check out Adam Carolla's podcast? You should.

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Have Your Audience Listen To Your Podcast Straight From Facebook!

The Libsyn Facebook App Is Here!

We are crazy excited to share with you our new Libsyn Facebook App!

Check out the short video above to see the Libsyn Facebook App in action :D

At it’s essence the app is a podcast directory where we people can browse through the libsyn podcasts and play them straight from Facebook.

How cool is that?

Libsyn Facebook App = Greater Podcast Discovery

Whenever you or anyone plays one of your episodes from the app, what they play will show up on your/their timeline. You can comment or like the post as well.

This is an excellent opportunity for your episode and podcast to have greater exposure, and be discovered by folks that may not know about it.

As a bonus of all of you sharing and listening is that as a community we get to guide people to discover new podcasts and new content that they may not have been exposed to before, without having to leave Facebook to do it!

So…

  1. LIKE the Libsyn App Page on Facebook
  2. Add the Libsyn App
  3. Leave us comments and feedback on the Page!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

   

Podcasting Luminary: Chaz Rough From YOGAmazing

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Chaz Rough has been podcasting constantly for over 6 years. He has been, from the get go, committed to his audience. He was, if not THE first yoga podcaster, one of the first. He was also a pioneer podcaster in the entire health genre.

At this time the health genre in iTunes has multiplied by thousands, but Chaz’s YOGAmazing STILL remains one of the featured podcasts every week, outranking some of the better known yoga and health/wellness brands such as Yoga Journal and Oprah! You can check out below the key to his success.


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I began the podcast at the recommendation of one of my yoga students. Actually, I didn’t want to do a yoga podcast in the beginning, I just didn’t think it was the right thing for me, but at the continued urging of my friend I began the YOGAmazing Video Podcast.

No budget, no camera and no experience with video editing.

I used a Kodak digital camera that shot bad video, 15 frames per second and iMovie.

Slowly as I learned the basic fundamentals of filming and editing, I stumbled upon how my show was to be formatted and I still use the same format today.

In time I bought better cameras, I now use the canon xa10 and the canon 7D with Final Cut Pro.

I eventually developed a marketing strategy for YOGAmazing that enabled me to have sponsors such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Zone  Perfect health bars and Saturn cars.

In the six years since I started the podcast, I’ve had millions of downloads and I now offer my video/marketing services to companies that want to get their product noticed online in social media and video channels.

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What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

15 years ago I got into yoga after I was laid off from my job. I was also a musician. I saw that Sting practiced, so I began practicing yoga.

Fast forward fifteen years later and one day I was on my twitter account and Sting, yes, Sting, the man himself subscribed to my YOGAmazing twitter feed with his personal twitter account.

I about had a cow, I was speechless, but I thought it was cool that the man who got me into yoga was now following me on twitter. Now that’s going full circle.

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going?

If I could offer any advice to a new Podcaster I would recommend one important thing…. Consistency of product.

Over the past six years I have never missed a weekend class, not once. My audience knows that I deliver every week and for a podcast producer that is the ticket.

Create content that you’re passionate about and deliver it on a consistent basis. It’s not about the camera or the gear, it’s about your passion and if people see that they will subscribe.

Just be yourself and do what you do and all will come in time.


Wanna get your yoga on? SUBSCRIBE to YOGAmazing today :)


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: It's Called Life

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters, whether ‘newbies’ or simply new to our service. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Brad Robertson from It’s Called Life


It's Called Life a podcast hosted at libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

We are a newer show, our very first episode was published on February 1st 2012. Myself and my co host and lifelong friend Jeremy agreed we will do two episodes a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have numerous guests stop by whenever we wish to listen to another opinion.

Why did you start podcasting?

I listen to music for 8 hours a day 5 days a week at my place of employment. After a year or two, it started to get old, so I started listening to stand up comedy, I worked my way through all of the great stand up comedians, educating myself in the history of comedy, until I ran out of hour long comedy specials.

That’s when I remembered something called “podcasts”, I knew nothing about them, only that they were free. So I went on iTunes and went right to the comedy section, and downloaded some shows that looked appealing.

Since then, I have been listening to comedy podcasts religiously at my place of work for the last 2 years. I was a devoted and active listener, and I enjoyed contacting the hosts of shows, purchasing merchandise, and telling friends and family about the shows.

After listening to hundreds and hundreds of episodes, I started thinking that I could do a show myself, and that it would be a good hobby and an outlet to be on the recording side of a comedy podcast.

What’s your show about?

It’s Called Life covers just about anything, we discuss humorous news articles, studies, relationships, music, movies, and things we personally go through in everyday life, once in awhile we will share stories from our past as well.

We have had 4 different guests so far and plan to have many more, the guests have fun, and we have fun, so that’s all that matters right? We have had 2 female guests and 2 male guests, and we are extremely happy with all of them so far.

It’s Called Life is still a very new show, and we have no merchandise at the moment and we have not asked for any donations of any kind, all of that will come with time, for now we are just having fun and entertaining our listeners.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Right now, we are using 2 (or sometimes 3) Shure Dynamic microphones, a 4x4 PreSonus audio interface, and my Toshiba laptop with Audacity to add intro and outro music.

We have tall mic stands and shock mounts for our mics as well. I am not using a mixer right now, our set-up is very basic, the more dynamic/additional equipment can all come in time.

How have you promoted your podcast?

As of now, we have cross promoted with 2 different comedy podcasts (The Green Light Show and FUHcast) and I have submitted our show to as many podcasting directories that I could find including iTunes, we have also promoted the show on our personal Facebook accounts, as have our guests.

We broadcast every show LIVE on Ustream, and announce on the It’s Called Life Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday before we go live.


There you have it peeps! You up for some fun and entertainment for the love of it? Subscribe to It’s Called Life! Do you have some feedback for Brad? You can catch him here: brad123xxx (at) hotmail (dot) com. Enjoy!


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Podcasting Luminary: The Jersey Beat Podcast

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Want new music from New Jersey and beyond? Then you must check out Jim Testa’s The Jersey Beat Podcast. He’s been producing his podcast for 6 years this month! Let’s celebrate his 6 year anniversary by subscribing or leaving a comment below :)


Fun, fame, or profit?

The first Jersey Beat podcast went online in April, 2006. We recently posted our 91st episode. The podcast was a natural outgrowth of Jersey Beat, which I started publishing as a print fanzine in April, 1982, when there were no personal computers or Internet (my first issue was created with a manual typewriter, some rubber cement, and press-on letters for headlines.)

About the time I started the podcast, it became financially impossible to continue publishing the print zine so I converted to a web zine/music blog called JerseyBeat.com, which I also still do. The podcast has always been an extension of the fanzine, in that I play mostly local (NJ/NYC) music with the occasional interview or commentary.

I’ve always done this for fun, although I suppose I have achieved a small measure of fame out of it. And my visibility as a music writer in the zine has led to opportunities as a freelance writer, so I’ve indirectly earned some money out of it too. We sold ads in the print zine but always just enough to barely break even and cover the costs of printing and mailing.

I’ve never sold advertising on the Jersey Beat website or solicited commercials for the podcast. Podcasting has changed enough that if a sponsor I approved of came along at this point, I would welcome the financial support. But I still wouldn’t take, say, cigarette or hard liquor advertising.

What has changed most in your recording setup since you started?

I had always been a PC person. We used PC’s at work and I basically taught myself personal computing, from the first monochrome early DOS computers through the introduction of Windows and all the other advances as they occurred. So when I started my own podcast in 1987, I naturally used a PC.

A friend recommended a program called Cast Blaster that I bought for $50, and I jerry-rigged a microphone through a small pre-amp that plugged into the soundboard of my PC.

Cast Blaster discontinued the software and replaced it with something called Studio Rack, which I didn’t like at all. So I went on eBay and bought a used iBook-series laptop for $250.

A friend of mine installed the latest OS and Garageband for me and I taught myself how to use it. I’ve had a couple different Mac laptops since then but I wouldn’t consider using anything today but Garageband.

I use the laptop’s built-in mic at home but I have a USB “Snowball” mic that I bring with me if I record live music or do the podcast from a remote location.

Have you found that social media has expanded your listener base/reach? (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google , etc)

Yes, very much so. I created a Blogspot page for the podcast when I started it and use that to post my playlists. That also has a download link to my libsyn page and a button that lets you subscribe to the podcast from the iTunes store.

But I’ve found that using Twitter and Facebook to announce new episodes greatly increases the number of downloads and subscribers I get. It also lets me interact with the musicians I’m playing or whose music I would like to play.

Also obviously sites like Bandcamp, where bands give away their music for free, have pretty much completely replaced the old Podsafe Music Network, which I relied on heavily back in 1987.