Podcasting

How can I publish my podcast through Wordpress?

Episode 1091

Audi from Great Britain

Audi is into podcasting and he says it's very frustrating to get podcasts on all the available sites. He found a cool plugin called "PowerPress." He says it lets him control cover art and print tags in iTunes. It gives full control over a podcast feed. Leo says it's a great plugin, but it doesn't really work inside WordPress.com. He'll have to run his own, hosted version of Wordpress. But it works great. Another alternative is LibSyn.

Where can I host my podcast?

Episode 1090

Raymond from Thousand Oaks, CA

Raymond's boss wants him to do podcasts for work. Where can he host it? Leo says that LibSyn is great because it's cheap and they don't charge for bandwidth, only the storage for the podcast. At $5 a month, it can't be beat. It'll even submit the podcast to iTunes. Soundcloud is a great free storage option that will support podcasting. But it doesn't have as many features.

How can I get my podcast on the first page of Google?

Episode 1089

Andre from Newhall, CA

Andre has a podcast based on DragonBall Z, but his podcast doesn't appear in the first few pages of the Google search results. Leo says that's because Andre's podcast is so new with only two episodes, and doesn't have the page rankings yet. That takes time and effort to get others to link to it. Andre will get ranked higher as higher ranked sites link to him. Andre shouldn't make inorganic links or artificial links, though. Google hates that and are very sensitive to people trying to game the system.

How can I build a podcast audience?

Episode 1082

Dillon from Apple Dorn, Netherlands

Dillon wants to start a podcast, but doesn't know how to build his audience. Leo says that's the wrong way to think about it. An "audience" expects to be amused and entertained. For podcasting, that's just not enough. He'll want to build a community who will stay engaged with him and his show. He'll want to have discussions, chats, etc. The realm of media has really changed.

How can I start a podcast?

Episode 1060

Josh from Cincinnati, OH

Between Leo and Kevin Smith, Josh is now inspired to start his own podcast. Leo says that Kevin has his own empire much like Leo does with multiple shows that the world can enjoy without having to invest heavily in radio transmitters. Leo says he needs to be realistic because he really won't make much money from it, and that shouldn't be his focus. He should focus on what his passion is. Do it for fun, and he can build an audience bit by bit. Leo also says he can partner with people who need his skills that he shares a passion with. Then he can expand his reach.

How can I create an App for the iPhone?

Episode 1045

Dave from Binghamton, NY

Dave has started his own radio station online via Radionomy. He has a TuneIn station and is trying to create an iPhone app, but he doesn't have a Mac new enough to make use of the Apple Developer kit. Leo says that a 2007 version Mac will work, and he can use XCode if he doesn't want to pay for it. The $99 Developer Program fee gives him access to the Software Developer Kit.

How can I route audio back to guests in Skype?

Episode 1036

Michael from Florence, AL

Michael is a podcaster and wants to be able to provide audio back to his callers. Leo says this is called a "Mix minus," which would let the caller hear everything but themselves. He'll need a mixing board to route the audio back through Skype. There is a software solution for Mac called Audio Hijack Pro by Rogue Amoeba, but it's not that easy to set up. SoundFlower is another way to route audio.