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An Alternative to Premiumcast? Check out MyLibsyn

easy ways to monetize your podcast

It has come to our attention that 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

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.

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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 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, 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

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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 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

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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 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.


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 @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