Category Archives: Episode

8 Things YOU Need To Know (or learn) About YOUR Podcast – PHD146



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There are many things about a podcast that a podcaster needs to know even if you don’t do everything for your show.  A lot of indie podcasters do everything.  Prep, Talent, Recording, Editing, Producing, Publishing, Booking guests and ALL of it.  Some only do the parts of it.  Sometimes it’s a whole team.  BUT, YOU as the owner of your show, need to know some things no matter if you do them or not.

Here is my checklist of things I suggest you Know or Learn about your show so that you are able to take care of what needs to be taken care of if something goes wrong.

  1. RSS feed address. The WHOLE address.
  2. The Title of your show as it appears in the directories.  This may seem silly, but sometimes people call a show by a shortened name or a ‘nickname’ of sorts. It’s always good to KNOW the title.
  3. The email address for the feed.
  4. Apple Podcasts listing URL (mainly the ID# at the end)
  5. Where is the website hosted.  (and address)
  6. Where is the Podcast Media hosted.
  7. Logins to Website, Media Host, Web Host, Apple Podcasts and any other logins to manage listings on directories and apps,
  8. Media Encoding (This is a little geeky but it will help if you need to hire an editor)

What is an RSS feed anyway? – PHD145



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From WikipediaRSS (RDF Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardized, computer-readable format. These feeds can, for example, allow a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. The news aggregator will automatically check the RSS feed for new content, allowing the list to be automatically passed from website to website or from website to user. This passing of content is called web syndication. Websites usually use RSS feeds to publish frequently updated information, such as blog entries, news headlines, or episodes of audio and video series. RSS is also used to distribute podcasts. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.

What it really is, is your connection to the world for your podcast.  The transmitter for your “Radio Station”.  Your RSS feed address is just like a “Frequency” Like “101.9 FM”.


ID3 Tags – PHD144



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ID3 tags are data put inside of your MP3 file before you upload it.

They are NOT needed anymore in the podcasting world due to how the RSS feeds and apps have evolved to use data from the RSS feed over the years.  But if you want to use them you can.

Overcast uses the image from the ID3 tag if it’s present, but will use the main image for your show if not.

Do not worry about setting the ID3 tags if you haven’t before.  It will work just fine without!


Numbering your Episodes in the Title – Yes or No? – PHD143



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There are reasons you might want to number your episodes in the title of your post.

  1. It’s kind of cool to keep track.
  2. It makes it easier to make sure you are working on the right episode.
  3. It helps with file naming.

Reasons you might NOT want to put the episode number in the title.

  1. Apple doesn’t like (but they won’t kick you out for it)
  2. People will see how many episodes you have made (which can be good or bad)
  3. Listeners really don’t care too much about it.

Tip:  DO not put the number at the beginning of your title.  Some apps are limited in the number of letters they will show before cutting it off.   It’s not useful to see “Episode 421 of my great… ” in an app.


My Top 6 Web Hosting Platforms For Your Podcast Website – PHD142



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We talked yesterday about why you need a website.  Here are my top 6 web hosting platforms and why (Plus a few I don’t recommend).

  1. A2 hosting – EASY importing into their platform. Great support and so far (knock on wood) NO Issues with downtime or page speed. Price is great
  2. Blubrry PowerPress Sites – Easy, no updates to deal with.  Rocket ship fast.  (use Promo code HELPDESK at checkout for a free month)
  3. WP-Engine – Same as A2 (in fact A2 is owned by WP-engine).  Their prices are a bit higher but they are VERY good.
  4. SiteGround – Also, very easy setup and good support. Price is good.
  5. Godaddy – Not my favorite anymore, but they are OK.  Their support is “good” but they do try to upsell the heck out of you. but if you already know what you are doing, it’s an OK choice.
  6. Bluehost – Also not my favorite anymore, but they have improved at LOT in recent years and their prices are very good.

A few to stay away from:

  1. Squarespace – The pages look great and are “easy” to setup.  The downside is their podcast support is very minimal.  They barely have a feed that is useable and their support for the podcasting part is very limited.
  2. HostGator – This is a WordPress host but they charge you for “visits”.  This can be bad if you are successful and get a lot of subscribers to your podcast.
  3. Godaddy – Yes, I know it’s on my other list, but here is some reasons you might NOT want to use them.

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5 Reasons You Need A Website For Your Podcast – PHD141



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Do you need a website for your podcast?  YES!

Here is why….

  1. Building your brand is best done on your OWN website with your own domain name.  Not on someone else’s domain.
  2. Give your listeners a place to ALWAYS find you.  No matter what the directories and apps do, your site will always be there.
  3. Gives Google a place to find you. Google search is the #1 way people find a podcast.
  4. It will give you a place to post text only posts or videos that go along with your subject.
  5. It makes it so you can not be completely de-platformed.

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Be Everywhere with your Podcast – phd139



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Colorful graphic that says "Be Everywhere At Once"

Being everywhere with your podcast is a good thing. I don’t care how you listen to Podcast Help Desk.  I just want you to listen.

Being everywhere is not too difficult. You have an RSS feed and that is (mostly) all that is required. There are ways to submit to any of the directories with an RSS feed.  For the most part, if your show can be on Apple Podcasts, it can be in most other directories, apps and indexes without changes.

 

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The perfect length of a Podcast episode – phd138



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Cloth tape measure spooled out to 12 inchesHow long should your Podcast Episode be?

Short answer:  A podcast should be only as long as it needs to be to say what you want to say.  Don’t put 15 minutes worth of content in a 30 minute show.  Also, don’t try to stuff 30 minutes into a 20 minute show.

There is no perfect length for a podcast.

There are people out there that will tell you the perfect length of a podcast is 20 minutes or 40 minutes because “The average commute is … ”   Well they are wrong.

I know people that do 3 hour shows.  I know people that do 5 minute shows and every thing in between.  Look at Dan Carlin and his Hardcore History podcast.  He does shows that are sometimes 6 hours long.   There is no right answer for everyone.  Just a right answer for you and your subject for the episode.

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