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How To Move Your Existing Podcast Website From Wordpress.com To A Self Hosted Wordpress Site


When I started podcasting in 2006 I had no idea that I would still be doing it 5 years later, nor that I would gain so much knowledge about media production, marketing, software, hardware and social media.

Now days when I work with newbie podcasters especially if they have any aspirations of one day growing their own online businesses I strongly suggest that they own their own domain and host their own website before they begin, simply because I didn't do this FOR YEARS.

I hosted my podcast site on wordpress.com. I loved it. I saw nothing wrong with it. I didn't get into this to make money. In fact I viewed paying for a website as wasted money, especially if I could get it for free!

Well, as my podcast took off, I realized that I had very little control over what I could do to my website to grow my audience, add more functionality and implement other forms of possible revenue generation. I was so embedded in the wordpress.com world and truly ignorant and scared of how to get out of it, that it literally FROZE me from taking action for almost three years.

When I finally took the plunge IT WAS SO EASY!

In lieu of you taking as long as I did to transfer to your own hosted wordpress site from wordpress.com, following are some of the tutorials that I used to transfer my blog. I'm also adding the newest service from Wordpress.com which is going to help out so many people!

Transferring from Wordpress.com To Your Hosted Site- Wordpress Style!

Are you an existing Wordpress.com user? Well, Wordpress.com has just offered a new service for Wordpress.com users (that means YOU) that helps them through the entire process of changing from their Wordpress.com blog to their own hosted site! According to the blog post this is what they will help you do:

  • Install the WordPress software at the recommended host of your choice.
  • Transfer over your entire WordPress.com site.
  • Install and configure Jetpack and a few other plugins to provide features that you have been using on WordPress.com.
  • Configure and test permissions so that you’ll be able to have one-click installs and upgrades.
  • Switch your domain(s) over.
  • Provide full support for you on your new WordPress installation for a two week period.

Is that not amazing? This service is yours for $99. Yes, you can do this for free, but for some of us that had no idea how to even begin the process, avoiding the research, time, stress and worry $99 is worth it.

Tutorials For Transferring Your Wordpress.com Blog To Your Own Site For Free

This is the tutorial that I used to transfer my blog over to a self hosted site:

  • Blogwell: Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org Even though the blog post itself is not very long at all, there's great stuff in the over 100 comments this post has received plus they have a downloadable PDF of the whole process! Very cool. I read and re-read that PDF until I made sure I got all the info that I needed embedded in my brain!

These two posts I used to supplement the information that I learned from Blogwell:

Although I had already moved my blog over to a self hosted site, about month ago Mashable published this post with a corresponding 8 minute video. Very very very well done. You should definitely bookmark this one.

There you have it!

You have no excuse now to do the deed! You can either delve into it on your own or you can pay to have it done for you :) Once it's done, it's gonna feel so good!

For those of you that have done this transition, what tutorials did you use? Did you hire someone to do it for you? Leave your experience in the comments! We'd love to hear from you.

-Elsie Escobar


How To Put An Audio File On A Wordpress Site


We've already covered how to embed your audio files onto a wordpress.com blog, and doing the same on your self-hosted site is just as easy.

Given the fact that you are now self-hosted you have more choices of what audio player to use to embed your audio onto your site. The first step would be to choose what audio player you would like to use on your site. Since you are hosted at libsyn you have 2 choices:

  1. A Wordpress audio player plug-in.
  2. The Wizzard player Although initially built as a video player, it can absolutely be used for audio files

Choosing a wordpress audio player plugin

Although audio players abound, generally speaking here are the most popular WP audio player plugins:

  1. audio player
  2. Bluburry Powerpress Podcasting plugin
  3. Degradable HTML5 audio and video Plugin

Each of these players offer varying degrees of configuration and personalization. Take your time checking them out, as well as seeing what kind of support they offer, so if you get in any trouble, you'll have help.

After you've chosen, installed, activated and configured your Wordpress audio plug-in, the next steps are pretty simple:

  1. Write your blog post
  2. Head on over to your libsyn account, and assuming that you have already uploaded your file to libsyn, copy the url for that file.
  3. Input the MP3 url where it's called for within your audio player plugin of choice.
  4. Save your post and/or publish.

Using The Wizzard Player

Assuming that you have already uploaded your file to your libsyn account, here's what you have to do to get the Wizzard Player from within the Previous Post section of your libsyn account:

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1. Click on edit for the MP3 file that you would like to go into the Wizzard player.

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2. Go to Destinations

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3. Click on the checkbox next to Wizzard Player.

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4. Publish

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5. After you publish and get to the confirmation page, simply scroll down the page and find your embed code and copy it.

6. Paste that embed code onto your page/post on your self-hosted Wordpress site!

Please let us know if this tutorial was helpful in the comments as well as other tutorials you would like to see between Wordpress and libsyn.


The libsyn platform isn't solely for podcasting. Yes, that's what we do, but media as we all know can be served in so many different ways, and perhaps you don't want to do just a podcast. Check out this blog post to find out how libsyn can help support you with a ton a different ways to publish your content.


How To Put An Audio File On A Wordpress.com Blog


Wordpress.com has a sweet little flash audio player that is easily usable for embedding your audio files hosted at libsyn on your wordpress blog.

How to do it

  1. Write out your blog post or page
  2. Wherever you want to embed the audio player simply put this code: [audio ] (Make sure you switch to the html editor when you add the code)
  3. Head on over to your libsyn account, and assuming that you have already uploaded your file to libsyn, copy the url for your audio file.
  4. Go back to your blog post and add the MP3 url to the audio player code. It would look something like this [audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/scy/87Ep87_25minLevel2-3YogaClass-ImmunityasReceptiveGratitude.mp3.] note: There should be a space between audio and http
  5. Save your changes
  6. Preview your blog post and publish when ready.

Done!

You should be able to see an audio flash player where were you added the corresponding code.

Pretty easy don't you think?

Do you have any other questions regarding integration of libsyn and your wordpress.com blog? Please leave us a comment. We'd love to help out!


The libsyn platform isn't solely for podcasting. Yes, that's what we do, but media as we all know can be served in so many different ways, and perhaps you don't want to do just a podcast.

Check out this blog post to find out how libsyn can help support you with a ton a different ways to publish your content and reach an even larger audience :)


Podcast Podcasting Starter Kit For Absolute Newbies

You've been hearing about it for a while and you're finally up for jumping in. Where do you begin if you want to podcast? Especially if you are not too familiar with what exactly podcasting really is.

In order to offer the best advice I decided to put on my newbie hat and start where I would have, had I no knowledge of the subject: googling “how to podcast.” I believe that I did this exact same thing when I decided I wanted to podcast, although at that time, there weren’t so many results!

I got a headache just skimming through all the information that came up. Holy cow!

I gotta say that if I would have found what I found today, I would have given up. It would take so long to sift through all the sites out there that are simply focusing on keywords, making money on adwords and those that actually have helpful easy to digest information that will in fact help you start podcasting.

So, I decided to make it as simple as possible and give you a place to start and avoid the pain of sifting through all the clutter.

If you are serious about podcasting and want to do it either for your own personal self expression or as a business move, your first step is to listen.

Part of learning anything is aligning yourself with those that are doing it, and doing it well. Podcasting is about giving voice, personal expression and freedom. All of these are nothing if not fueled by passion- passion for your work, your relationship, your hobby, or whatever has meaning to you. What better way to attune yourself to those that can lead the way than to listen to their voices?

The following are specific episodes from podcasts about podcasting whose subject matter will both provide information and inspiration about podcasting. I'll provide download links for each episode as well as the specific podcast website and iTunes podcast page.

After listening to these podcasts I hope that you gather optimal information and support to embark on your journey as a podcaster. Consider downloading the files and making yourself a little podcast starter kit playlist to get you all fired up!

The Art of Podcasting Through Podcaster Voices:

These 3 interviews come directly from the Podcast411 Podcast (direct link to iTunes). SOOO worth your time.

  • Leo LaPorte: Leo talks about podcasting, gear, and geeks out remembering the old while creating his current massive domination. He’s very candid and courteous about a lot of information. direct link to episode MP3

  • Tiki Bar: It’s so fascinating to see how artists are able to transform mediums. Jeff Macpherson is one of those folks. I dare you to listen to his creative process and work flow and not wanna grab a video camera and go at it :) He shares all about how Apple contacted him regarding featuring Tiki Bar in one of the keynotes, awesome. direct link to episode MP3

  • Grammar Girl: So inspiring to see what podcasting can become. Mignon is down to earth and accessible, incredibly talented and organized. It’s such a treat to hear her explain the creation of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. Hearing her tell the story of how she ended up on Oprah is awesome! direct link to episode MP3

There are so many more interviews to listen to. Subscribe in iTunes or go to podcast411.com

Can You Make A Living Podcasting

  • Cliff Ravenscraft: This interview is from the Smart Passive Income Podcast (direct link to iTunes). It has an incredible amount of important and powerful information about podcasting and making money, plus it’s a great introduction to the Podcast Answer Man. After listening to this one, you will be chomping at the bit to get started. Cliff and Pat are both amazing sources of information. direct link to episode MP3

Subscribe to the Podcast Answer Man(direct iTunes link). Cliff has HOURS UPON HOURS of insight and commentary on and about podcasting.

The Smart Passive Income Podcast is not about podcasting but offers a wealth of information about exactly what the title states ;).

Ready To Get Started Podcasting?

There are other podcasting tutorials out there. There are tons of books out there. I found that Alison Sheridan’s series Podcasting on Podcasting (direct iTunes link) gets right to it and does it in the most accessible way that I have come across.

Here are links to the MP3s of the first two episodes of the series (click and the file will automatically download:

There are only 11 succinct and easy to digest episodes. By no means is this the be all and end all of how-to podcast, and some things are a bit outdated, but Allison is such an amazing teacher that you will absolutely have a clear understanding of how to begin and most importantly what questions to ask to get better at it!

Find Podcasting on Podcasting in iTunes.

If you can’t get enough of Allison, you can get much more of her on the Nosillacast Podcast hosted at podfeet.com

Listening to all these episodes will take you about 3 hours, that’s almost no time at all! Especially if you listen in your car, or when you're working out or even playing Cut The Rope ;)

I hope you are inspired and choose to take the plunge into the world of podcasting.

When you are done, why not come on back and share your thoughts? If you are a seasoned podcaster, what podcasts or specific podcast episodes have inspired you?

Share the love!

- Elsie Escobar


Video from Podcamp Pittsburgh - Podcasting 101 and 201


Since we know that many of you don't live anywhere near Pittsburgh - we thought you might want to check out the video footage from the podcasting 101 and 201 sessions at Podcamp Pittsburgh. 

Podcasting 101 with Michael Sorg and Hutch Bailie

Michael Sorg produces the Wrestling Mayhem Show and Hutch Bailie is the guy behind Burghseyeview.  Both shows are hosted a Libsyn and have apps too.

Podcasting 201 with Michael Sorg and Douglas Derda

For the 201 session Michael is joined by Douglas Derda from Should I Drink That - Doug has been podcasting about beer since we met at the first Podcamp Pittsburgh back in 2006. 


How To Add Your Podcast to a Blogger Blog

This little tutorial is assuming that you are hosting your files with libsyn and would like to use your existing Blogger blog instead of the blog that's offered as part of your libsyn account. Before we begin, let's quickly address your podcast's RSS feed. You have 3 choices:
  • You can use the libsyn generated RSS feed, which is automatically created when you open a libsyn account.
  • You can use your Blogger RSS feed.
  • You can burn your own Feedburner RSS feed.
For the purpose of this tutorial we are going to assume that you are choosing to use your Blogger RSS feed as your podcast RSS feed. Configure Your Settings
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Here is your Blogger dashboard. You begin here, and you will begin here every time that you publish a new podcast episode. The first thing that you have to do before you publish any episodes is to configure your Blogger blog to allow for enclosure links. In order to do this you have to go to the Settings tab.
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Once you are in the Settings page you need to click the Formatting tab.
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Once you are in the Formatting page, scroll down the page, about 2/3 of the way down you will come across Show Link fields. Click on the drop down menu and choose YES.
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Keep scrolling down that page and SAVE your settings.

Publishing Your First Episode

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Now you are ready to publish your first podcast episode! Go back to your Blogger Dashboard and title your episode. You will see right below the Link: field there is a link to Add enclosure link. Please click that.
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You will then see another box pop up under the heading Enclosures.
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It is here that you need to add the url for your mp3 file. Mp3 file links here at libsyn always start with http://traffic.libsyn.com/youraccountid/yourfilename. Go ahead and finish adding your shownotes, ie. composing your post and Publish Post!
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Here is what your podcast episode post will look like. As you can see from this screenshot, the link to the mp3 is nowhere to be seen, but it is in your feed. If you want to add an audio player to your post so that your podcast listeners can listen to your podcast straight from your site, you will have to add that separately. Please be asured that your podcast episode has in fact been published. If you would like to check to see if it's the case, you can use any RSS reader, get your RSS feed and add it to the reader. Your Blogger RSS feed is http://yourblogspotblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.
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The picture above is a shot of our first podcast episode as seen in Google Reader. That's it! Hope that was helpful! If you publish your podcast on Blogger and are hosted at libsyn, we'd love to hear from you. Why not share your experience with the rest of the community? Do you have anything to add to this tutorial?

Tutorial - How to Add Episode Links to Your Podcast App for iOS

Here's a good hint for our Podcast App producers out there.  

For each episode you have the ability to offer links to related websites in the episode extras section. This is a great ways to share a link that you have reference in the episode or other links that might be helpful for your audience.
 

 Add Episode Links in the Episode Description

Including links with each episode is as simple as adding a link in the episode description. These links will automatically be included as an "episode link" in the "Extras" section of your app.

 

Edit the Episode Description

 

 

Add a Link - select the text that you would like to be the name for the link, and click the link button.  Then,type the entire url for the link in the pop-up box 



 

Publish Your Episode - click publish to save your changes and make them live.  If you click save draft - your episode will be saved under drafts and changes will not be made to your app until you click publish.

 

Any links in your episode description will be added as an episode link in your app.  You can add as many links as you would like to each episode.

 

That's all. Once you have published your app - your episode links will be live.  

If you have an iOS device and would like to check out our Podcast App download the free demo Danger Dog.  You can see the links in action on the episode entitle "Zen Time".


What's new in libsyn3?


We have been doing alot of work to overhaul our documentation and tutorials.  For both new users and those migrating into libsyn3, there will be thorough inline help when and where you need it along with written and video tutorials to explain some of the basic and advanced features of the new system

For the thousands of users which will be migrated over the course of the summer, we have put together the complete A:B comparison of the two publishing systems.  
http://docs.libsynpro.com/tutorials/new_in_libsyn3

Please feel free to engage with fellow podcasters on the libsyn forums (
http://forum.libsyn.com), in the comments here, on twitter, etc.  We want to make this transition as smooth and  non-interruptive as possible.

Tutorial 1: The Quick Post

This is a 3-step tutorial on how to quickly post a file to libsyn3.  This is only really appropriate for those times when you just need to get a file up and able to be downloaded- but not published to any destination (rss feed, webpage, app, player, etc).

Step 1.
Click the Publish icon at the top of the screen.  Make sure the mode is set to basic.

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Step 2.
Scroll to the bottom of the view and click the harddrive icon to select a file.

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Step 3.
Without touching any other field in the form, simply click the green publish button and viola you are done!

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Your file is now available for download at http://traffic.libsyn.com/showslug/filename