When is it time to kill a show? – PHD167


When do you know it’s time to call it quits on a podcast?

  1. When you don’t have time to do a quality show.
  2. When you don’t have the motivation to do a quality show.
  3. When it’s just no fun anymore.
  4. When it’s not profitable anymore (if you podcast for profit).
  5. When you have run out of things to say on your subject of choice.
  6. When your topic is no longer relevant

What do you do after killing the show?

  1. Start a new show.
  2. GO fiishing 🙂

I have really enjoyed bringing your Podcast Help Desk over the years.  This is the last show. I will leave it up and make sure all the episodes are available for a while. Some of them are what we call “Long tail” but a lot of them are going to be outdated quickly. The podcast “space” is moving quickly. Keep up with what is going on with my other show.  Podcast Insider! (podcastinsider.com).

Also, still podcasitng at MikeDell.com  🙂  See you there!


PodPing (and other stuff) with Dave Jones from Podcast Index and Podcasting 2.0 – PHD165

I had the opportunity to talk to Dave Jones from Podcast Index and the Podcasting 2.0 show about PodPing and other podcasting stuff.

We talked about the comments we made about PodPing on the Podcast Insider show with Angelo Mandato, CIO of RawVoice Inc. / Blubrry Podcasting. Also a lot of other podcast related things. It was a fun conversation for sure!

Also, be sure to check out NewPodcastApps.com for all the Podcasting 2.0 powered apps and things out there.

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Episode Notes – Tag Experiment Part 1 – PHD164

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Today I talk about Episode Notes tags  (Show Notes).  This is part 1 of an experiment.  Please email me mike@mikedell.com and let me know what app or apps you see this in and what tags (at the top of this text) you see and where.

This is a LINK to something cool.


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The Podcast Landscape is Changing – PHD163

One thing you can always say about how podcasting works, it’s always changing.  The last couple of weeks it seems that there is a sort of shift in how it works on basic levels.  Or, does it work the same and only some apps are changing?

  • Apple changed Subscribe to Follow for free podcasts.
  • Apple added “Subscribe” for premium podcasting.
  • Spotify say “Me too!” and adds Premium Podcasting for a very limited number of people.
  • Apple may have changed how their app works when it comes to “followed” (ie. subscribed) podcasts work. *still not sure about that
  • Apple really hid the “Add show by URL” function in Apple Podcasts.

What do we indie podcasters have to do to insure our shows remain free of gatekeepers and the cancel culture?

This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com.  Go there and subscribe (or Follow)!

Apple Paid Subscription Podcasts – PHD162

Apple announced “Subscriptions” after changing the name of subscribing to a free podcast to “Follow”.  We have more details about that system.  Today I will attempt to tell you, technically, how this is going to work and what it will not do.

What it is…

  • Apple Podcasts will allow you to create a show that is a paid subscription only available on Apple Podcasts.
  • You can do free episodes and paid episodes in the freemium model.
  • You can do a Paid Subscription only (with or without a free trial)
  • Apple will take 30% (the same as Apps and Books)
  • Costs $17 a year (as far as I know at this time) to participate.

What it is not…

  • It is NOT a replacement for your RSS based free podcast
  • It will not distribute anywhere outside of Apple Podcasts
  • It is not free podcast hosting (you still need a place to put your mp3 files for a totally free RSS based show)

What does it mean for your current podcast?

  • Nothing really.
  • You could use an Apple-only show to give paid subscriber bonus content that they must pay for.


Apple announced a lot of other things in both the Tim Cook public announcement and in the Briefing that podcast hosting companies go to go to after that announcement.

This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com.  Go there and subscribe and/or Follow!

Airing My Top 10 Podcasting Grievances – PHD161

I put on my Grumpy Old Man hat on today.  Here are the top 10 things that bug me about podcasting and podcasters these days…

10. WordPress.com is NOT the same as WordPress.org.

9. People that use “POD” to mean Podcast.

8. Companies that want to change the word “Subscribe” to Follow.

7. No Tech Support for some podcast directories and apps.  They blame the podcast hosting companies for any issues.

6. So-called Podcast Consultants.

5. Podcasters that focus too much on one platform.

4. People who think Apple and others can do no wrong.

3. People that say they know how many Subscribers (or followers) they have total.  It’s an unknowable stat for the most part.

2. BAD ad insertion in podcasts.

1. YouTubers saying they have a PODCAST on YouTube.

Bonus: Of course, Spotify.

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More Podcast Namespace Talk with Andy Lehman – PHD160

I love it when people correct me! Andy Lehman tells me all about what I didn’t get quite right about the Podcast Namespace.

Andy is the guy that does the Podcast Namespace WordPress Plugin, an Add-on to PowerPress to add more namespace tags to your RSS feed.   –  https://github.com/Lehmancreations/Podcast-Namespace-Wordpress-Plugin 

Andy also does a podcast called Dudes and Dads Podcast – https://dudesanddadspodcast.com/ 

We had  a great chat.

** The Podcast Namespace is a project of podcastindex.org


Andy’s plugin adds (or improves) the following tags:

Channel Tags

  • Locked
  • Funding
  • Contact (Currently only Feedback and Abuse)
  • Location

Item Tags

  • Transcript (only json format, to use set a custom field on your post of “transcript” and a value of the url)
  • Chapters (only json format, to use set a custom field on your post of “chapters” and a value of the url)
  • Person (use the custom form in the post to set the people)
  • Soundbite (use the custom form in the post to set the soundbites)
  • Location
  • Season
  • Episode

If you get value from this plugin and want to toss a few dollars my way you can support the podcast I produce and Host, via paypal Support me

To install this Plugin, you have to download the zip file here: https://github.com/Lehmancreations/Podcast-Namespace-Wordpress-Plugin/releases/tag/v1.3 and side-load it by following these steps.

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New
  2. click ‘Upload Plugin’
  3. Click “select file” and select the zip file you downloaded.
  4. Click install now.
  5. Click Activate

You will find the channel level tags in the WordPress settings > Podcast namespace menu.

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Podcast Namespaces in RSS – Explained – PHD159

In the history of podcasting, there have been a few Namespaces added to RSS to make podcasting work.  Apple added the <itunes: > namespace, Google added the <googleplay:> namespace and even Blubrry added the <rawvoice:> namespace.  Now there is a new one done by independent podcasters, app developers, companies and other interested people called the <podcast:> namespace.   It’s done by the Podcast Index people at  https://podcastindex.org.

I explain what a namespace is and go over the new tags being added by the “podcast” namespace.

Below are some of the new podcast namespace tags that have been adopted or suggested.  See an updated list and other info here: https://github.com/Podcastindex-org/podcast-namespace


Phase 1 and 2 Adopted:

  • <podcast:locked>
  • <podcast:transcript>
  • <podcast:funding>
  • <podcast:chapters>
  • <podcast:soundbite>
  • <podcast:person>
  • <podcast:location>
  • <podcast:season>
  • <podcast:episode>

Phase 3 Proposed: (still open)

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