A disclaimer: when it comes to communicating science,
podcasting is my medium of choice. Though I have more recently
made forays into writing, editing and public demonstrating,
for me the draw of a live microphone and the prospect of a late
night editing session cannot be beaten.
and Podcast Sponsorship
Tips to find blog and podcast sponsorship:
If you are a blogger or podcaster wondering how in the world
others in your field have caught the attention of major sponsors,
you are not alone. Working with brands can take your content
monetization to the next level, but sponsors do not just materialize
out of thin air and offer you cash for your blog or podcast
– at least, not most of the time.
I get email questions about sponsorships at least once or
twice a week: How do I find brands who want to sponsor me? Should
I work with such-and-such a brand or will it make my fans angry?
What can I do to make more money working with sponsors?
It seems like podcasting has been around forever, but the
idea of people putting audio programs online for others to listen
to has really only been a big thing for a decade or less. In
fact, the term podcasting first appeared only eight years
ago in 2004. Now, just about anyone can make and upload their
own stuff - on any topic and in any format they choose. But,
as technology races ahead, podcasting is changing, particularly
as smartphones saturate the market.
Do They Listen?
Why do people listen to your podcast?
Take a moment and really think about your answer. What is the
true reason a person listens to any podcast or radio show or
audio of any kind?
Does she listen to your show because you have the best content?
Is he coming to your show because you have the most attractive
Is it because she is your mom?
What is that magic spell that brings listeners to your show?
Have we moved past the notion that podcasting should generate
no income? While there are certainly still many purists
who think that all media should be free and that it should never
generate income for the creator, it does seem that they are
increasingly in the minority. There are costs to being a podcaster
that climb ever higher as audiences grow and production scales.
While it is true that a podcaster can start off at square one
with a cheap USB headset and a free hosting account, that changes
when audio quality becomes a limiting factor to growth and video
enters the picture.
9-11 Never Forget
You Need to Know to Podcast
The first podcasts broadcast over the Internet more than
a decade ago, and since that time much has changed. Podcasting
has gone from a niche hobby for amateurs to a recording industry
that's helping many entertainers make a living.
The quality of the average podcast has improved by leaps and
bounds, too; just about every week sees a new crop of informative
and entertaining podcasts vying for attention.
The power of podcasting is enormous. Just think about it,
when somebody puts on their earphones and heads out the door
for their daily run or their long commute, you are the one accompanying
them. Your voice is in their ears and for a little while you
have their undivided attention. It goes without saying then
that you have the power to personally and massively impact the
life of someone you may not even know exists.
But with this awareness also comes a great question: How much
of my personal life should I share on a podcast? Or even further
than that: How much of my struggles, my victories or even my
insecurities am I allowed to share with my listeners?
The truth is that in order to build a successful podcast, you
have to create a bond with your readers.
Podcasting Apps for Android - Part II
Continuation of the Best
Podcasting Apps for Android - Part II
Best Podcasting Apps for Android
Now that Google Listen is slated to shut down, users have
to now rely on other podcasting apps in order to listen to podcasts.
There are tons of apps out there, and a lot of them offer better
services than what Google Listen used to offer, and folks from
the search engine giant have admitted this too. Lets take a
look some of the best
podcasting apps for Android.
to Promoting Podcasts
Podcasting is a great new medium, but creating a podcast is
only half of the work. Promoting a podcast is equally critical
to it is success.
to Promoting Podcast
Discovery for Podcast Feeds
Can Podcasts Be Auto-Discovered?
Yes, podcasts are RSS feeds with content (usually audio content)
in the enclosure field but it is still an RSS feed. You would
set up auto discovery the same way for a podcast as you would
for an RSS feed.
Free tool to automatically create Auto
1. An Ever Increasing Range of Podcasts To Choose
2. Podcasts In Your Car
3. Podcasters Are Influential, Too
4. Podcasts Can Nicely Augment Other Media
5. Create Your Own Schedule!
Google Surrender Podcasting?
If you are using the Listen app, you will still be able
to listen to podcasts however after Novemeber 11, 2012 the search
function will no longer work.
Google says because of the proliferation of podcasting apps
available in their app store, Google Play, there is no need
for their own app and essentially surrenders the podcasting
market over to Apple, Zune and other large operating systems.
to Conduct a Podcast Interview
Conducting a successful podcast interview can be a tricky
proposition for a podcaster starting out. Once you have determined
individuals that will appeal to your target audience contact
potential interviewees and arrange a time to conduct the interview.
Following this guide will insure that the interview goes off
without a hitch.
1. Prepare Questions in Advance
Prepare a list of questions prior to the interview, contemplate
possible follow-up questions based on the expected responses.
Create a list of notes along with the questions that are accessible
during the interview and will help you direct the conversation.
to Conduct a Podcast Interview
@PodcastingTools on Twitter
In one of my classes I placed students in groups to do their
podcasts. In the other, I assigned the podcasts as
individual assignments. The evaluations came back
from these classes suggesting that students would be more comfortable
if we had progressed from producing a podcast as a class, to
small groups, and ended with individual podcasts. This
way, we could troubleshoot some of the problems together, but
still allow for a fair amount of autonomy in the end. This
sounds reasonable to me and I would most likely do something
like this in the future.
Photos to Podcasts
Add some character to your podcasts and feed by adding photos
and images. Podcasters can use royalty
free stock photos, they cover just about any topic!
Podcasts? Really? Who listens to podcasts anyway? Actually,
millions of people do. Podcasting is one of the most easily
obtainable forms of entertainment available today.
After leaving Mount Marty College a few years ago, a local
man has develop a passion for educational podcasts.
For many students and educators, new technology often shapes
the way they learn and teach. Podcasting is a fairly new technology
that allows educators to reach their students in ways that,
in years prior, would seem impossible.
A podcast is a digital audio recording, that may contain images,
and can be used by instructors to deliver content to students
in an easy-to-use format.
One local man even left his job at Mount Marty to produce his
own educational podcasts for everyone to use.
Mark Winegar, who taught at MMC for 12 years, has produced more
than 400 podcasts that are all available for free on YouTube.
Most of the podcasts are on computer science, which is his main
area of expertise, but others are on distance learning and other
He allows other educators to use his podcasts for their classroom
materials and they can embed the video on to the course website,
or simply send the students a link to the video to supplement
their work inside the classroom.
Businesses Should Podcast
In a world where the majority of business owners are obsessed
with getting to the top of Google, Mr Lyons says there is an
enormous opportunity for significant exposure with a podcast.
Like Twitter and YouTube, podcasting represents yet another
way todays comics can take charge of connecting directly with
their audiences. But as the podcast phenom makes stars of its
most popular practioners, the question remains: Where do they
go from here?
Increasing in Popularity in China
Podcasts are increasing in China and the rising young professionals
in China seem to be the perfect target users, writes Neo Zhang,
a start-up entrepreneur and tech writer based in Beijing.
Indie podcasts have gained mounting influence in China.
Sound Effects to Your Podcast
Need to spice up your podcast? Add
sound effects to add flavor to your podcast.
Why Bloggers Should Podcast
From the pros learn why
bloggers should podcast!
Podbay.fm is a web based pod catcher. Podbay.fm eliminates
the need to visit multiple websites or wait for a desktop client
Salad Misses the Boat
Salad is a video podcast about video podcasting. -
they however miss the boat when they mention the types of software
you need to make a podcast, they never mention software to create
the RSS feed.....
to NOT Start a Podcast
Here is What We Did Wrong:
1. We didn’t have a reliable source of content.
2. We started the podcast not based on our passon but based
on a dare, and the intention of making money.
3. We had a promotional plan that basically was spam. We
did not promote at all.
4. Our goal was to get people to sign up for dating sites,
but out content scared them away
If you have only produced your show for a few months, or
even nine months, there will only be so much content out there
for people to stumble across. Podcasting is a lot like blogging
in that your potential for growth builds as you continue to
add content. If someone is searching for a specific topic you
covered in an episode, there is a chance that they may come
across your show and give it a look. With enough time and content,
more and more people are likely to stumble across your podcast
and check it out. It takes only a few key individuals enjoying
what they find enough to share it with their friends through
social networks and blogs to trigger a chain reaction.
Schedules Free Podcasting Class
As part of a new program allowing residents and business
owners to produce instructional videos for other people to use,
the Escondido Library has scheduled free computer classes at
6 p.m. on July 23 and July 31. Advanced sign-up is required.
Each class will explore the basics of sound recording, editing
and podcasting. Students will learn about using portable recorders,
microphones and sound
If you are a podcaster in Portland, Oregon or surrounding
vicinity you are cordially invited to participate in the new
Talk, comedy, sports, or music — whatever you are podcasting,
we want to help you get more listeners.
No charge, no obligation.
pdx.fm is all about you, expanding your audience, and introducing
new ears to the interesting things you're already talking about
or listening to – you continue to podcast as you
always have, we take care of the rest.
Podlove Podcasting Plugin for WordPress is a full-features
podcast publishing system — well,
it will be at some point. It is still in early development.
If you are looking for a Podcasting Publisher an alternative
Shoutbox for Fans
Chatwing chat box is now available for fans that are into
podcasting. Now, podcast listeners can chat while listening
to their favorite music. Adding to that, Chatwing is also free
and promises ease of access for everyone.
Mini Fact or Fiction
Ever since Bloomberg first reported rumors of a new, smaller
Apple iPad, the Internet has been ablaze with rumors over the
expected announcement of the so-called iPad Mini. While Apple
has not yet made an announcement about the device, manufacturer
reports suggest the rumors might be accurate.
Now, the Japanese blog Macotakara is claiming it has some new
insight into the production details and specifications for the
iPad Mini. The blog said the new iPad Mini will be produced
in Brazil and available to consumers late this year.
There are lots of ways you can use podcasts in education
and to bring learning to life. Use them as lesson planning aids,
parent bulletins, class activities and more. Record the sounds
of nature from the playground, a song, or a story and share
them online – the possibilities are endless!
Want to see your podcast traffic grow exponentially? Of
course you do. Who does not? It can feel like an uphill battle
sometimes, especially if you are new. When I used to be part
of a video game podcast with some friends, we were happy to
have any listeners and we talked about growth by the person,
not by the hundreds or even the thousands.
But on certain episodes, we did something different, and this
one technique always blew other traffic-driving techniques out
of the water.
If you are wondering how to podcast, or how podcasting works,
you will want to read on because today I am sharing some tips
and tools to get you started with your own podcast.
Of the people who use social networks, half log on first
thing in the morning to their preferred site, whether it be
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Instagram, LinkedIn or
another social media website, according to The Social Skinny.
Apple has decided to launch a new app that gives users instant
and seamless access to this content. The Podcasts app pulls
it all out of iTunes and gives users direct, seamless access
to everything from guys recording weekly diatribes in their
basement to the official podcasts from big names like ESPN and
If you are a podcast news junkie then you have probably
heard the speculation in the last week that Apple is supporting
premium podcasts in the next iteration of the iOS 6 Podcasting
I started using podcasting with children who were lacking
confidence in their writing. I would ask them to record their
ideas and then play it back to themselves so that they could
sound out slowly and replay their ideas to make sure they got
all their ideas on paper before the nerves of the blank page
New Podcast Implementation on the Way?
The implementation of podcasts in iOS has traditionally
seemed like an afterthought. In order to find a podcast, you
had to jump over to iTunes, find the episode you wanted, download
it, and then hop back over to the music app to play it, in the
same fashion as you would a playlist. Apple provided no options
to automatically download episodes, subscribe to certain shows,
or sync podcasts across devices. With iOS 6, this could all
If the rumors turn out to be true, Apple will soon be launching
a dedicated podcast app along with iOS 6, which is expected
to be released in fall. Unfortunately, it appears that OS X
users will still have to interact with iTunes in order to manage
to Get Into Listening to Podcasts
One thing I love to do more than most is listen to and
watch podcasts, because I am strange when it comes to pumping
sounds into my eardrums as music is not something I am interested
in. I listen to other things instead - things like people --
people speaking. This phenomenon is called podcasting.
MAKE DISTINCTIVE CONTENT THAT SUSTAINS A PERSONAL CONNECTION
There is something that feels direct and personal about listening
to someone talk--perhaps because we associate it with telephone
conversations. Radio is a very personal medium, and podcasts
are even more so because people are choosing them in a way that
they do not choose things on the radio. With talk radio, you
have about five or so choices at any given time; with podcasts,
you have literally tens of thousands, so it is something the
listener made an affirmative choice to listen to, rather than
just something that happened to be on the radio. A podcast has
to be something that can sustain that level of connection.
If you are a podcaster and American, I am sure you have
never considered launching a podcast in a different language.
Am I right?
Why on earth would you do that?
Why make a decision to bring yourself out of your comfort zone
of speaking your mother tongue?
Why would you speak a language in your podcast that your own
fellow countrymen are not familiar with?
to Use Video to Grow Your Business
PreneurCast Podcast Shows You How to Use Video to Grow Your
Videos are able to achieve what written words cannot. They are
oftentimes more effective in capturing the attention of a viewer
since all that the latter has to do is sit back and watch a
story unfold. Unfortunately, not many business owners are aware
of the capacity of the video to reach an even greater number
of audiences. This is exactly what the marketing podcast, PreneurCast,
addresses in their latest episode, Be
a Video Boss.
On Tuesday Stitcher Radio announced the Stitcher List which
is something like the Billboard Hot 100 for podcasts. Stitcher
is a smartphone app that lets you listen to podcasts and other
online radio on demand, with the stitch part of the name
coming from the ability to create custom stations by stitching
together different shows into a single channel.
The Stitcher List joins the iTunes podcast charts as one of
the few sources for news and information about podcasts.
For you iPhone farm podcasters, here is a new tool to check
out. It’s the iRig
MIC Cast which is the, ultra-compact, portable voice
recording microphone designed specifically for recording podcasts,
interviews, lectures, voice memos, speeches and more.
Tips to a Great Podcast Sound
What defines a good podcast? Make no mistake -- there is
a difference between a good podcast and a not-so-good podcast.
A high-caliber podcast is much more than just decent content.
The sound quality, and the way a podcast is recorded, will impact
the value of the podcast as well. Podcast structure and pre-planning
are also important; do not skimp on the production, as it too
can make or break a podcast.
Podcast production takes effort, but anything worth doing is
worth doing right. Use these tips to help produce a quality
podcast that will be distinguished above other related podcasts...
1. Invest In A Good Microphone
A gritty sounding podcast is tantamount to a radio station that
can not be tuned in completely. Poor quality podcasts are not
going to be tolerated, and listeners will simply unsubscribe
rather than being subjected to a poor quality recording. There
are a variety of microphones available, and different types
are designed for different situations. Find a microphone that
suits your recording environment. Sound quality really does
Tips to a Great Sound
Intelligence for Webmasters
Some companies compete by getting into the minds of their
competitors. Competitive Intelligence is the process of collecting
information about competitors in a competitive environment.
These tips and tricks will help marketers better understand
competitive intelligence, and how to effectively compete in
Individuals and companies use a variety of methods to gain information
about their competitors. Some methods are controversial, and
may even be considered unethical, but it is important that you
are aware of them. Even if you don't want to use the questionable
tactics yourself, it is important that you and your staff understand
them, so you can be prepared and protected if your competitors
decide to use them to learn your company strategies or secrets.