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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!


libsyn kids video podcast hosted at the best podcast host libsyn

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!

adam carolla exclusively on mylibsyn

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.

By the way, if you want to do something like Adam is doing, why don't you check out mylibsyn.

   

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

YOGAmazing is hosted with the best libsyn


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

the jersey beat podcast

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.


   

Podcasting Luminaries: Bigg Success

bigg success hosts their amazing podcat on libsyn

Starting a podcast is a pretty simple. Staying committed, inspired and consistent in publishing your podcast is a whole other matter.

In our Podcasting Luminary Series, we share the voices of podcasters that have been podcasting for 5 or more years and have them impart some of their best podcasting wisdom grounded in experience.

This week’s Podcasting Luminaries are the lovely folks from Bigg Success. They are kind, honest and ready to inspire you to live your life on your own terms!


How long have you been podcasting?

Our first podcast aired November 12, 2007. In the last five-and-a-half years, we’ve done nearly 900 shows.

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

All of the above. We see them as a circle.

If it’s not fun, why do it? Life’s too short.

If you don’t achieve a certain level of fame, you won’t go anywhere no matter how good your show is. You have to become known by an audience who can become your customers.

That’s how the fame leads to profit. Profit is not a dirty word. It makes the fun work you do sustainable.

But podcasting wasn’t an option for us, it was a given. Mary-Lynn’s talk radio background and George’s experience teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois made it a natural fit.

How has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

george and mary-lynn from bigg success

We’ll focus on the one that’s most significant to us. Podcasting helped us get a syndicated radio show.

On BIGG Success in a Minute, we give tips & techniques to live life on your own terms. It airs daily on stations across the U.S.

Mary-Lynn reached out to a radio-executive-turned-consultant who referred us to our syndicator. It emphasizes the point to start with your network to build something significant.

One final note on this topic – When we cut our deal with our syndicator, the first question we asked was about content ownership. We made sure we maintained ownership of it.

Our content is mostly evergreen. We wanted the ability to repurpose and repackage it without any strings attached. The point is to always be thinking of new ways to utilize your existing content.

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

When we first started the show, we couldn’t find ourselves in iTunes. Now we’re featured in “What’s Hot” in the Business and Career categories.

So don’t get discouraged. Give it some time. You build your audience one member at a time, one show at a time. The key is to consistently put out that next show – whether it be daily, weekly or monthly.

If you charge for access to your podcasts or premium, how did your audience react when you started doing this? How did you handle this?

First, a little background – we recently launched the BIGG Success Entreprenurturing Center where we offer free and premium memberships. Among other things, Free Members can listen to our new podcast called Entreprenurturing™ Sessions biggsuccess.

These shows generally last around fifteen to twenty minutes. We interview podcasters, bloggers, entrepreneurs, authors and other experts or share more in-depth advice ourselves.

As we said earlier, we’re always thinking about repurposing and repackaging. So we air portions of these interviews on The BIGG Success Show. This allows us to give our guest publicity and direct our listeners to sign up free to hear the full interview.

So it’s a premium podcast only in the sense that you have to give us your e-mail address to hear it. Even so, we’ve had a little negative feedback. How did we handle it?

We remind ourselves that you can’t please everybody. If you try, it’s likely that you won’t please anybody.

You have to let your listeners know what you want them to do next. Figure out how your podcast fits into the flow of your overall plan.

We’ve learned this one the hard way. We think we’re getting closer to getting it right. But of course, there’s still more to learn!


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Low Elo

Low Elo about League of Legends on libsyn

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 Jeff from Low Elo


When did you start podcasting?

This is the first podcast for Dave and Christian (my co-hosts) but I started podcasting in 2009 with The Loading Screen, a video game culture podcast with my old roommate. Low Elo, our new show, was an idea in December and we recorded our first episode at the beginning of January.


Why did you start podcasting?

Dave and I have these conversations sometimes about League of Legends, the emergence of eSports and the future of it all. We had all of these ideas and insights that could benefit not just the community but the entire industry if only they had a voice. One night, Dave suggests we do a podcast. We started on the details the next day.


What’s your show about?

Low Elo is the League of Legends podcast of the players, by the players and for the players. It’s an all-in-one weekly delivery of the latest League of Legends news, game changes, strategies and eSports updates with an emphasis on humor and class brought to you by three players you can relate to.


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

The three of us, Dave, Christian and myself, are in completely different states with very different setups. I do most of the editing and production and for that I use a USB interface coupled to an 8 input mixer and a dynamic mic.

Dave just upgraded and uses a small USB mixer to control his mic. Christian uses a Logitech USB desktop mic that you can get for fifteen bucks online (we’re looking to upgrade him).

Because of the distance between us, we record every episode with Skype call recording software. I do all of our mixing and editing in Audacity on my custom built Windows desktop.


How have you promoted your podcast?

We hit up League of Legends community forums and invited players to give us feedback. The single greatest ally for promotion has been Apple iTunes. We made a top slot on the iTunes Marketplace in February and nothing has been the same since.


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

I wish we had known how hungry the League of Legends community was for our content. It’s immensely rewarding to read listener feedback or to play a game with our fans and to realize how much players appreciate our show.

We get to share our love for the game with others and that heightens their own experience. We once met a guy in the game who claimed to be our biggest fan in New Zealand and it made our day.

If we had known how good it would feel to share our interests with such an enormous and diverse crowd of people, we would have started recording the show sooner.


You a fan of League of Legends? What are you waiting for, subscribe to Low Elo! If you are interested in contacting Jeff or offering them some feedback give it a go at jeff (at) lowelo (dot) com.

The best way to keep up with these guys in by following them @EatGamer and @LowEloDave. You won’t regret it!


   

Podcasting Luminary: Victor Cajiao

mac podcaster victor cajiao

Being a great teacher and having the ability to clearly explain anything in a digital format is not an easy thing to do. Through his high quality podcasts Typical Mac User, Typical Shutterbug and the new RangeFinder Moment Podcast, Victor Cajio shines as he dives deep into that which he his passionate about. He has the ability to break down and distill the most complex processes so that even the newbie listener can begin to understand and dive into the community.

You need not be a Mac lover or photography lover to get something from Victor’s podcasts. He is down to earth, articulate and can make things that you have no interested in pretty darn engaging.


the typical mac user podcast

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

During the six plus years I have been podcasting, it’s been a little of each one of these. These days mostly for fun and back to the passion of why started podcasting in the first place.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

Well, I don’t know if you consider this feedback, however I had a listener who started listening to my PC based show (Typical PC User) a very long time ago. She would write to me as she started learning about computers and wanted to become more and more educated.

She became a friend , a successful podcaster and now works at Libsyn. Elsie Escobar, was that listener, and I’m proud now when I see her tweet about information security and bit rates, to know that I made a difference in her ability to express her passion for Yoga and other things as well as build a career in podcasting. How cool is that?

What tools on libsyn have you found most helpful in building your brand/podcast?

typical shutterbug podcast I find the system to publish podcast a real gem. Libsyn is like an old trusted friend. Most of the time it just works. They have been supporting podcasters since the beginning and although they are not perfect, I find their service fills my needs.

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

Sure number matter for keeping score. However I’d rather have a smaller number of people listening who are engaged and build a community together (like I do in Typical Shutterbug) than a huge number of subscribers that might never listen.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

the rangefinder moment podcast I believe that I’ve gotten to be a respected member of the Apple podcast community as a result of my show(s). I have been able to speak at Blogworld, and Macwolrd Expo as well. Also thanks to the support of my sponsors, I’ve made enough money to buy all my gear, and I get to review wonderful and sometimes, not so wonderful products.

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

Run now while you can!! In all seriousness I think that if you think you are going to get rich in podcasting , then you are likely right. You social life will be richer, your ability to change one persons life will grow, your connection with the listeners will keep you going.


Subscribe to the Typical Mac User Podcast, The Typical Shutterbug Podcast or Victor’s newest off the hook podcast, the Rangefinder Moment Podcast. This podcast appeals to all those of you with a passion for rangefinder cameras, so if that’s you, give it a listen. If you have any questions for Victor, please contact him at typicalmediagroup (at) gmail (dot) com.


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Using Mylibsyn To Offer Exclusive Content: Girl On Guy With Aisha Tyler

monetizing your podcast with mylibsyn As you’ve probably heard we have this nifty new offering called Mylibsyn. It’s the easiest way to create premium content and monetize your podcast.

Quick summary of Mylibsyn: As a podcast producer you have the ability to offer premium content subscriptions to your audience with one login across multiple platforms. You can check out THIS POST for more info

In the past couple of weeks we’ve looked at the way that Marc Maron was using Mylibsyn as well as Summer McStravick from Flow Dreaming. This week we’ll take a look at Aisha Tyler.


How to monetize your podcast? Check out Aisha Tyler’s Girl On Guy

The SUUUUUPER talented and multi-passionate artist Aisha Tyler in the midst of hosting for The Talk lending her voice for Archer and a ton of other things, continues to produce her very popular Girl on Guy podcast.

You can get all the Girl On Guy podcast episodes for free forever.

But she wanted to expand her work and is now using Mylibsyn to offer out super exclusive content, specifically produced for her premium users!

Aisha Tyler offers premium content via mylibsyn

You can see from her Mylibsyn page how it easy it is to get all the extra content.

If you choose to subscribe to Aisha’s premium content you get Subscriber only Premium episodes.

The content is yours. Bonus all day long.

premium content from girl on guy by aisha tyler

Aisha lets her audience know about the extra special something she has going on, on her website.

It’s a great way to let fans know that there is MORE to be had.

The level of engagement is up to your audience. They choose how much to step into you and your content!

Do you have a desire to produce really special bonus content for your audience and wish you could find a way to make money off of it?

How about checking out Mylibsyn as the turn-key solution? Come on and check it out!

   

Awesome New Podcaster Facebook Timeline Pages

What do you think of the new Timeline for Facebook Pages?

Some podcasters have done a great job getting their timeline pages updated.

We recently asked our podcasters via Twitter and Facebook to share their newly pimped out timeline pages with us and here is what we got! A little inspiration from some of the most eye-catching Timeline updates!

Check out your favorites by clicking on their image and LIKE them!


the podcast helper facebook page


the tokyo podcast facebook page



facebook page for window to the magic



facebook page to the nerdist podcast













They look very nice don’t they?

We should probably do this again soon….so get your Timeline all shined up and we may just do another post like this soon!

If we missed your fabulous updated Timeline and you’ve got an eye catching Timeline image all ready to go, share your FB Page link in the comments!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Recovery People

The kind of reach and impact podcasting can have is not exclusive to entertainment or creative self expression. It can also become a powerful tool for vital community support that serves very specific needs within society. Recovery People has built their podcast directly being of service to a community whose success and growth is incredibly reliant on support and inspiration from the community itself. This podcast is an essential weapon for empowering recovery.


Q & A with Jason Howell From The Recovery People Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

We launched the Recovery People podcast in February 2012. Although our co-creator, Heath Riddles, co-producer, Alex Sanchez, and myself, Jason Howell, have each worked on radio, television or film projects that were distributed through traditional channels, we all agreed that self-distributed podcasts are the wave of the future.

We were excited to explore the podcasting format and knew that a podcast was the right medium for this project.

Why did you start podcasting?

We view podcasting as the most cost effective and engaging medium to raise recovery awareness and to strengthen a grassroots recovery community.

Recovery from substance use and mental health issues rises out of hope and through the support of a community. Too often media exploits the drama of the disease rather than highlighting solutions or happier, healthier lives in recovery.

Podcasting is way of giving a voice to people recovery and a lifeline of hope those in need.

What's your show about?

Recovery People celebrates the culture of recovery from addiction and/or other mental health issues. Through the power of new media, peers share the gritty joy, the epic hope and soulful sounds of people in recovery.

Recovery People are highly creative, exceptionally intuitive and filled with a cultural wisdom from the road less traveled. Recovery People are real in every sense of the word.

So, tune in, turn on and check us out because we, the Recovery People, have a lot to say.

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

For us, it is all about right sizing our set-up with our budget and goals. So far, we have primarily used Audacity as our editing software because it is free and easy to learn.

We want to empower people in recovery to podcast, so we did not want to create a production process that would intimidate people away from getting involved. Audacity can be used on either a Mac or PC, so anyone with a computer and a mic can capture an interview.

That being said, Audacity frustrates Alex and I. We are both accustomed to editing with more robust software, but along with that functionality comes a higher learning curve and price.

We have played with Apple’s Garage Band, another great free option. Garage Band beautifully interfaces with iTunes which allows for easier file management and some quick drag and drop post production, but Audacity has it beat in some other areas.

We started out with a Snowball mic because Heath happened to have one, but we quickly invested in a USB M-Audio mic to get a much richer sound. USB is less expensive, but it limits the number of mics you can use and thus, tracks you can tweak.

When funds become available, we will likely purchase multiple XLR mics and an external mixing board. We are a nonprofit, so anyone who would like to underwrite these costs can donate at RecoveryPeople.org or contact jason.howell@recoverypeople.org

Capturing the best audio possible is key, so we built a “sound studio” in my garage. That sounds grander than what it actually looks. We use two bookshelves and acoustic tiles to create a sound absorption alcove in the corner of the garage.

We lined the floor with old blankets and snuggly stuck a breakfast table and chairs that we picked up at a garage sale in the alcove. We look forward to the day when we can offer our guest nicer accommodations.

Not all interviews can be done live. We currently are using FreeConferenceCall.com to record phone interviews because it is free and easy. We continue explore other options, like Skype, and are keeping our eye on the evolution of Google Hangout.

How have you promoted your podcast?

First, I stalked some of the New Media gurus here in Austin, Texas asking their advice. They uniformly said our initial audience would come from social media, and then eventually, we would gain Organic SEO growth.

To prepare for that success, we built RecoveryPeople.org using WordPress and created facebook.com/recoverypeople and twitter.com/recoverypeeps. Because I have connections with a number professionals in the recovery industry, we also created a RecoveryPeople group in LinkedIn and a Google page.

All together, this provides us with a cost effective infrastructure to build an online community . Each show and topic gives us an opportunity to network with other communities and encourage them to promote or co-promote.

Once we upload a show to libsyn.com/recoverypeople we have it set up to automatically syndicate to iTunes. Then we embed links and/or code into our sites and social media accounts.

We also send out an e-newsletter and eblasts to individuals who would be particularly interested in the content of that week’s show asking them to share it with others.

We encourage our audience to subscribe via iTunes, so they don’t have to remember (we don’t have to remind them) to download the show each week. To extend this strategy, we plan to  upgrade our Libsyn account, so audiences can subscribe and listen to the show via Smart Phone apps.

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

We’ve taken a bootstrap strategy meaning that the most important thing for us was to launch the podcast knowing that we will be learning a lot along the way.

We don’t spend much time thinking about the things we wish we knew when there was no way of knowing what we did not know.

RecoveryPeople is a relatively young project, so we will have much more to report in a year, but our biggest learning opportunities have been and continue to be around social media marketing.

As we empower more people in recovery into this project, I suspect we will need to focus more on volunteer management and “how-to” training.


SUBSCRIBE to Recovery People or consider donating to the cause! If you have any questions or feedback about Recovery People send an email over to jason.howell (at) recoverypeople (dot) org


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