Podcasting News and Information

ESPN Is Expanding Its Podcast Catalog

April 17th, 2014

ESPN LogoSports media juggernaut ESPN is launching some new podcasts. And while the Disney-owned network isn’t veering too far away from its roots, these new offerings will be a little different than the typical coverage and commentary ESPN usually offers.

Three shows will be launched under the moniker “ESPN Perspectives:”

  • * Capital Games Podcast: This show will focus on the meeting point between sports and politics.
  • * Inside Out Podcast: This show will cover how sports affects athletes socially and psychologically.
  • * SportsBiz Podcast: The name says it all as this show will discuss the business of sports.


BBC Podcasting Documentary Not Available As A Podcast

April 15th, 2014

BBC LogoBBC Radio 4 has produced an audio documentary called Podcasting – The First 10 Years. The documentary looks back at the first decade of the medium we all know and love (or hate, depending on the day). The documentary spans two parts for a total of about 60 minutes worth of audio. And (for now, at least) those episodes are available for on-demand streaming from the BBC website. But the documentary is nowhere to be found in any of the podcast directories, and the BBC site itself points to no way to subscribe to the series via RSS.

It seems like an odd choice, as this is something that would obviously appeal not only to podcasters but also to fans of podcasting in general. In fact, the BBC already has a large collection of podcasts and other downloadable media. But for some reason they decided not to podcast their documentary about podcasting.

Beware Of Podcast Snake Oil Sellers Promising Riches

April 13th, 2014

Snake OilA revitalized interest in podcasting has been seen among the general public over the last few years. And that’s great as it means more people will be exposed to the medium for the first time. Most of these newcomers will likely listen to a few shows by subscribing thru an aggregator like iTunes or Stitcher. And some will go farther than that and decide to take on podcasting themselves. We should embrace those coming into the world of creating podcasts, offering help and advice when needed.

On that note, here’s some advice I’d like to impart to anyone who needs help starting a podcast of their own: Beware of supposed podcasting “experts” offering high-price training/consulting services unless you know for sure that their claims are valid. It’s one thing if a podcasting advisor offers to train you in the technical aspects of podcasting. It’s something entirely different if they promise you that you’ll get rich quickly thru podcasting. Be especially weary if someone promises you that following their steps will guarantee you a huge audience, tons of social network followers or “easy podcasting money.”

It’s absolutely true that anyone can make money thru podcasting. And there are people out there making everything from a little beer money all the way up to a six-figure income. In all of these cases, these podcasters would likely tell you that the money they’ve earned didn’t come easy, and that it took years of consistently producing a quality product and building an audience.

Podcast RSS Feed Survey Results

April 10th, 2014

Recently there has been mis-information being put out by a commercial podcast hosting company claiming that Podcast RSS feeds hosted on WordPress sites is a bad idea. So a week or more ago I asked podcasters a series of survey questions about their Podcast RSS feed to get podcasters to weigh in on the topic.

The recent shutdown of Mevio giving podcasters 10 days to move, will hit home here in the importance of controlling ones rss feed. I look forward to seeing your comments on the results of the survey.

Here are the survey results a total of 1180 podcaster participated.

1. Number of years you have been Podcasting

1 - 31.03%
2 - 12.07%
3 - 8.62%
4 - 6.90%
5 - 5.17%
6 - 5.17%
7 - 5.17%
8 - 8.62%
9 - 15.52%
10 - 1.72%

2. Do you have your own Website aka YourDomain.com

Yes – 98.28%
No – 1.72%

3. Where are you hosting your actual Podcast Media?

More than 95% where hosting at one of these 4 services (Amazon s3, Blubrry, Libsyn, Self Hosting)

4. Do you use WordPress?

Yes – 94.14%
No – 5.86

5. Do you use a Podcasting Plugin if so which one?

None – 5.51%
PodPress – 1.1%
PodLove – 0.7%
PowerPress – 92.39%
SoundCloud – 0.2% (Not a plugin)
Others – 0.1

6. What RSS Feed are you using to feed iTunes?

The RSS Feed from my own website – 77.57%
The RSS Feed from Feedburner – 18.21%
The RSS Feed from my Hosting Provider – 4.22%

7. if you answered my Hosting Provider or Feedburner do you have a plan to recover your RSS feed / Audience if they go out of business or stop the service?

Yes- 33.01%
No- 66.99% (I find this number simply Incredible)

Comments. (Currently moving to PowerPress | Newsletter – copies of all eps – social media – website announcement | Going to switch the feed soon to my own site | Redirect via iTunes| 301 redirect from Feedburner | I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.| Beg Apple to update my feed)

8. On a scale 1-10 with 10 being the highest how important is it that you control your own rss feed?

1 – 0.00%
2 – 0.01%
3 – 0.01%
4 – 0.01%
5 – 1.45%
6 – 1.57%
7 – 1.77%
8 – 5.34%
9 – 5.61%
10- 78.79%
A third party controls my RSS feed 5.17%

9.If you are a WordPress user have you ever had a problem with your Podcast RSS feed?

Yes – 2.07%
No – 92.16%
N/A – 5.77%

Comments on Question 9 only received 4 from the 1180 respondents. (The feed got too large, over 512k.| Had to have it fixed by a developer! $$$. I think it was a bad plugin! | A plugin messed up the RSS feed on a client’s site.| My feed went invalid due to you tube videos | The last time it went invalid I gave up (it was a pluigin, and the show is almost dead) and changed my feed ti Libsyn.com as it worked.)

10. Have you ever used a third party service for your RSS feed and have had issues?

Yes – 10.34%
No – 89.66%

Comments: (Their site went down for an extended period | Feed burner stopped working -also stat reporting failed | Feedburner wouldn’t update – Also used Libsyn for a while and the feed quit a few times | I did have trouble when I controlled my own feed. This still bugs me! | Libsyn jacked my feed and their support was slow so I switched to my own feed)

11. For those that control their RSS feed on their own website have you ever regretted doing so?

Yes – 2.02%
No – 97.98%

12. What advice would you give a new podcaster that is starting out today when it comes to their RSS feed.
Note: We received over 900 responses to this question alone I have tried to cover all themes.

Control it, use your own. When submitting to iTunes and other podcast directories use a podcast only feed, not the main site feed.
Control your own so that you have the ability to seamlessly pull away and move at your leisure.
Generate your own feed via WordPress.
Use Powerpress, own your feed.
Control it yourself…..
Have your own and that it’s a podcast only RSS feed.
Use your own site!
If you’re using a “free” service that doesn’t give you control over your own feed make sure you run it through Feedburner so you can keep some control over it.
Get your own and keep it simple!
Control your feed it is your brand and audience.
Host your files on Libsyn and use your rss feed from your WordPress blog using Poweerpress
Trust the professionals
Understand how to control your own RSS feed or no how to redirect it should you need to before launching your podcast.
Keep it on your own server. Validate using FeedValidator.
use a third party
Just know what it is, where it is, and how you can access and modify it.
Use Libsyn
Always control your own RSS feed. It’s the lifeblood of your podcast.
Use Blubrry Hosting + WordPress and PowerPress

I want to thank the podcasters that took the time to answer this survey. We will be running more surveys in the future.

Mevio Pulls the Plug!

April 10th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.55.28 AMMevio has shutdown and given the remaining podcasters on the service 10 days to move.

The Mevio.com site is already offline, and podcasters are scrambling to get new media hosting services setup, and their RSS feeds back under control. Podcasters on the service though have been holding their breath for a couple of years as the hand writing has been on the wall.

Mevio raised an incredible 38.9 million dollars and pissed it away, with an ill thought out content strategy. With that kind of money they could dominated the new media space, but like many startups they spent money money like a drunken sailor. The media creators that put their heart and soul into a network are now on the street, the Mevio model locked many into multi-year contracts to only kick them to the floor later. Mevio’s relationship with podcasters was always one of contention, their where those that were in and those that were out.

The only smart one in that bunch was Adam Curry as he removed himself from the operation a number of years ago so much for their mevio motto and dream of quitting your day job.

In an email to podcasters, Mevio basically told them you have to the 18th to get your media, rss & meta data out. Several blog posts from podcasters express dismay on what has transpired and they are very angry. I am not surprised as this seems to be the attitude of a lot of content creators they react instead of having a plan its not like they did not know that the mevio bus was almost out of gas.

The author of this post has advocated strongly for the past 10 years, own your brand, control your rss feed, and “never” allow a third party to control ones show destiny. This is further evidence that podcasters should look closely at who they work with, where the company originates, and to the best of their ability determine the financial stability of the company. Because companies are not obligated to continue money losing services year after year.

Public companies have obligations to shareholders to make money and lot of it. Venture supported companies have obligations to those that fund them to build a big business and if that does not happen like Mevio they pull the plug. Way to many podcasters host their media and shows with companies they know nothing about! Mevio is the 3rd or 4th company to leave podcasters hanging, and likely will not be the last.

Podcasting Is Trending With Social Media Marketers

April 10th, 2014

Social Media Marketing World LogoPodcasters have known for years that podcasting is a great way to share your story and get your message out to a wider audience. And now it looks like the power of podcasting’s appeal is starting to catch on with social media marketers.

A report from Social Media Marketing World, a conference held last month in San Diego, shows podcasting was identified as a “trend you want to jump on NOW!” The report covers a total of five hot topics that marketers are paying attention to. It says this about podcasting:

“If you don’t know what a podcast is, it is a ‘multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player.’ Podcasts are important because they are a great way to capture your existing customer’s and prospect’s attention for an extended period of time by giving them something of value that is easy for them to digest. Only 5 percent of digital marketers are currently involved with podcasting but 24 percent say they plan to add this valuable tool in the next 12 months.”