I`m JUST now working on getting into that. I discovered a FANTASTIC resource - www.studio.odeo.com. I don`t yet understand all that can be done, but I have recorded my first "sound bite" for my blog and one for my members. It`s pathetically easy to record something there.
I consider podcasting to be the next "blog".
Try the following to increase accessibility to your podcast:
1) While most people know to podcast in .mp3, you can make a lower-quality or edited version for those using dialup. Be sure to put in a .zip if you`re podcasting mainly to overseas audiences, where broadband is in less proliferation
2) Many of your more paranoid customers and listeners may not like downloading a .mp3 file. This is where "embedding" a .mp3 file can really help you out. Almost all of CNN`s videos are embedded. This link shows you how to embed with Quicktime and this is for Windows Media Player. (Macromedia Flash experts can also embed .mp3s with Flash.)
3) No matter how much money your friends bet you, never ever attempt to podcast while drunk.
4) Want more exposure? Add your podcast to top directories such as Podfeed, PodcastAlley, or Podcast.Net. The more traditional blog directories such as Technorati and del.icio.us will also provide a boost in readership.
5) The largest boost however, will be linking and networking with other bloggers. Don`t be intimidated by blogs or podcasts that get millions of hits a day. Most of them are everyday people doing it as a hobby too and may be more than glad to give you a traffic-driving link or even a blog entry about you.
6) While the search engines will usually pick up your podcast/blog sooner or later, there are ways to boost your ranking. First off, archive your older content and make sure it`s accessible to both bots and humans. Finally, submit your blog to human-run search directories such as The Open Directory. Google and Yahoo both give any link there major credibility and it`s free!
7) Have fun! Stay true to your message, don`t digress off topic, and never change your opinions for anyone else.
Kim - good luck and keep us posted.
David - great info - thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and more specifically the links. Appreciated!
David - ditto - thanks for the links and information.
Podcasting has been incorporated into my marketing plan and I have written a few scripts and recorded some tests - but I haven`t been brave enough to go public yet! My tests sound `amateurish` and I think I need some better equipment. I have the standard headset and mic - but it isn`t getting the job done.
Any equipment recommendations (hardware or software) would be appreciated as well!
You don`t really need an overpriced setup. If you`re worried about sound quality, keep a glass of water near you and make sure your improvised sound studio has some soundproofing. Nothing fancy, just making sure the doors are closed and outside sound isn`t seeping in. Also try keeping your speakers plugged in while you`re speaking on the mic to hear what you sound en vivo. It may be distracting, however.
As for equipment, don`t spend anything over $100. I recommend using Sennheiser headphones and a Creative or Plantronics mike. (Plantronics also makes 2-in-1 headsets with microphone.) You can also use sound editing programs like Goldwave (Has a free version with about 75 percent functionality) to filter out any grainy sounds or feedback on the recording before you publish it.
Please advise on a site on information for a straight beginner in the aspect of Podcasting. I`m savvy in audio and creating the bit.
Where do I go to format the audio file into Podcast and how can I submit it to iTunes or what have you?