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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Plan X Network

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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 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. 

4. You will be able to tell the stats for those that consume your podcasts from the libsyn Facebook App from within your libsyn stats via the user agent.

Building Podcasting Consumption on Facebook

We feel that having your podcast accessible straight from Facebook has the potential to create a larger fanbase for your podcast.

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.

Please share the libsyn Facebook Page with your audience and ask them to like it!


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

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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

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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 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!