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

And it’s out!

Just like that!

iTunes 11 is here!

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

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

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

old way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 10

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

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

new way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 11

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

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


From Podcaster to Podcaster Collaborative Blog Series

share your podcasting insights for 2012 with other podcasters

Hello Podcasters!

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

Here’s our newest endeavor!

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

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Here’s how you can participate:

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

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

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

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We look forward to hearing from you! 

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

-Elsie

Share Your Insight and Expand Your Podcasting Reach


Find Libsyn At Booth 517 At The New Media Expo 2013

Libsyn will be at the New Media Expo on January 2012

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

Are you?

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

We look forward to seeing you!

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


Libsyn Podcast hosting Deals on Cyber Monday!

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

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

NOTE: New users only


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tiny Odd Conversations


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


Q & A with Travis from Tiny Odd Conversations


When did you start podcasting?

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

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

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

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

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your show about?

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

That’s very high praise in my book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look like audio equipment hoarders.

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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

See? Seamless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s progress, right?


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

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

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tom Barnard Podcast

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


Q & A About The Tom Barnard Podcast


libsyn hosts the Tom Barnard Podcast

When did Tom Barnard start podcasting?

8/15/12

Why did he start podcasting?

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

What’s the show about?

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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


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

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

   

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

new mommy media hosts their great online radio programs on libsyn

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


Q & A with Sunny Gault from Preggie Pals and more


When did you start podcasting?

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

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

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

preggie pals hosts their online radio program on libsyn

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

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

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

That was very exciting to me.

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

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

What are your shows about?

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

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

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

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

boob group hosts their online radio program on libsyn

How are your shows set-up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How have you promoted your shows?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Start a podcast now!


Libsyn Turns Eight Years Old!

eight years of supporting podcasters by providing the best hosting platform

It’s Libsyn’s birthday today!!!!

Eight years serving the podcasting community.

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

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


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Wedway NOW!

wedway now is hosted on libsyn

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


Q & A with Nate Parrish from Wedway NOW!


When did you start podcasting?

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

Why did you start podcasting?

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

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

What’s your show about?

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

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

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

How have you promoted your podcast?

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

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

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


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


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

   

Holiday App Makeover With iCloud Support and More!

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

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

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

Post Episodes to Your App in Four Different Formats

Text Posts

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

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

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

PDF Posts

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

Audio & Video Posts

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

Learn what the best formats are for Audio & Video.

iCloud Support, Sharing & More Customization Options

iCloud Support

Yeay for iCloud support!

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

Sharing Features

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

More Customization

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

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

Are you ready?