5 Reasons You Need A Website For Your Podcast – PHD141


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


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


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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How important are Shownotes? – PHD137


Note Pad with Yellow top bar and blue lines tilted 30 degrees leftShownotes, or Blog Post Content can really help you episodes (and your website) be found in Google.

You need to create some text that the search engines can index so you come up in Google and others. Google is the #1 way people find podcasts and episodes about the subject they are searching for. Most of the time, when potential listeners go to their podcast app of choice, they don’t just accidentally find a show. They already know what they are looking for.  A lot of times, they know because they did a web search.  If you don’t write shownotes and publish them with your podcast, you won’t be found.

In most podcast apps, the shownotes, episode notes, description or post content (all the same) is not searched.  No really…  Apple only searches on Names and titles.  Nothing you write will help INSIDE the Apple Podcasts app.  BUT, it will help on the web searches.

So to answer the question,  YES, Shownotes are very important. Not so much for listeners because you should put everything in the audio.  Do you your show for your audience, and do your shownotes for Google.

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The Beauty of Keeping It Simple – PHD136


Extra colorful (Green blue and black) Podcast Help Desk ArtworkToday I talk about keeping your podcast simple.  Simple to use, simple to subscribe, simple to produce, simple to post and keeping the website easy to manage.  Complicated always turns out to be harder than simple.

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NaPodPoMo 2020 – PHD134


I I will be joining with a bunch of other podcasters this year doing National Podcast Post Month in November. That is 30 episodes in 30 days for the entire month of November.

This will be the 4th or 5th time trying it for me.  I’ve succeeded once a couple of years ago on Mike Dell’s World.

On November 30th I will tell you some exciting news (To me anyway) about Podcast Help Desk going forward.

Check out NaPodPoMo.org for what it’s about.  You may want to do it too!

See ya on the 1st!


Freedom of Speech in Podcasting – PHD133


I talk more about Spotify and why I am not there anymore. Also, what is a REAL podcast app?

My definition is if you can take the RSS feed address and subscribe to a podcast feed that is NOT included in the Apple or whatever other directory and still subscribe and listen to the podcast.  Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Podcast Addict and Pocketcasts are examples.   If you can not, then it’s not a true RSS based podcast app.   Apps like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Sticher and a few others are apps you can use to listen to podcasts, but only if those apps ALLOW you to see the podcast in their directories.


Freedom of Speech is important as well.  PodcastIndex.org is trying to make an insurance policy for the freedom of Podcasting.   They have a podcast that is NOT on the directories.   It’s Podcast 2.0 with Adam Curry and Dave Jones.   You can subscribe using their RSS feed here: http://mp3s.nashownotes.com/pc20rss.xml  Just paste it in on your REAL podcast app to subscribe.

Show Notes Experiment and Why I Pulled My Show From the Spotify Platform – PHD132


I’m doing an experement with the 4 possible places you can put Show Notes into your podcast episode.

The 4 tags are:

  • content:encoded
  • description
  • iTunes summary
  • id3 tag lyrics

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