Category Archives: PowerPress

Podcast Equipment and Marketing with David Pollock



If you haven’t discovered David Pollock’s podcast, The 10 Minute Marketer, now is a great time to start listening. He’s this week’s guest on the PowerPress Podcast and had lots to say about Blubrry, PowerPress and some best practices for new podcasters. MacKenzie and David discuss what type of equipment a new podcaster should get – and what you shouldn’t do when buying any. After working in radio David transitioned into podcasting and realized what he was missing out on by taking control of his brand. They end the show talking about reviewing podcasts and sharing your favorite episodes with others. Thanks for listening and please subscribe!

PowerPress SEO Tip:
For example, you can make your blog post title optimized for web SEO by excluding your episode number, but on the new feed episode title allows you to expand on keywords that help with iTunes search. One thing to keep in mind is that iTunes only indexes (their search) your episode and program titles, not show notes.
In the PowerPress menu, select ‘Podcasting SEO’
Select the first option, under section ‘Episode Titles,’ select the first option, ‘Feed episode title replaces post title.’

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Show notes:

How Much Should I Spend on Podcast Equipment?
Rolls Pro Switch – Couch Machine
Blues Brothers – Sold it for a microphone
The 10 Minute Marketer – David Pollock
The Pod People – Paste Magazine
10 Podcasts from the Pod People: Peace, Love, and Understanding in Our Post-Inaugural Times

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Getting Wise About Podcasting



PPPiTunesAlbumArt300Ken Wise recently celebrated his 1 year podcasting anniversary and is the guest on episode 31 of the PowerPress Podcast. MacKenzie and Ken talk about his show, Wise About Texas, that focuses on all kinds of history that pertains to the great state of Texas. As for recent news, well, there’s another podcasting studio available to the public. If you’re in the St. Louis area and looking for an easy podcast recording solution, check this out. Check out the link below for more details. And for those of you out there that are interested in transcripts for your show, there’s another tool coming your way! It’s in beta now, but autoEdit will be available in the future. Those of you looking to test, be aware, it’s open source. MacKenzie caught up on her podcast chronicle – check out the picture below of the new studio setup. Thanks for listening and hit one of the many subscribe buttons to the show!

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newblubrrystudio

Show notes:

Wise About Texas
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

2GuysTalking Podcast Studio

autoEdit – Open source tool for transcripts

Email MacKenzie
Blubrry Twitter

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Immortal Podcasts and Creating Networks in PowerPress



PPPiTunesAlbumArt-385Creating a podcast network doesn’t have to be difficult. Mike and MacKenzie talk about how to get one setup in PowerPress on this episode of the PowerPress Podcast. Categories, channels, taxonomies and a whole lot of other decisions are discussed to help you get a better idea of how to start a network easily with the help of PowerPress. Early in the show Mike brings up an article he read that mentioned a podcast host passing away – which got them thinking, what happens to your show after you’re no longer around? For a rather sad topic, they keep it fairly upbeat. They wrapped up the show talking about ending a show when it becomes to much work. Recently Gimlet Media decided to end one of their shows which sparked lots of conversation. Thanks for listening and go subscribe to the show!

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Show notes:

Look for: Category Podcasting, Podcast Channels, Post Type Podcasting and Taxonomy Podcasting

Multi-site

Gimlet Media

Contact MacKenzie

Blubrry Twitter

Blubrry Facebook

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Money in Podcasting and PowerPress Sites



PPPiTunesAlbumArt-385In this episode of the PowerPress Podcast MacKenzie talks about who has been invested in, who has been bought and more in the podcast world. She even gives you an update on the release of PowerPress Sites and ponders on recording timing in her podcasting chronicle.Some podcasters may be taking a break or cutting back during the summer, but that does not mean media companies, including Blubrry are slowing down anytime soon. While there is no guest that doesn’t mean there isn’t quality news and information packed in this episode. Next episode will be July 1st and we’ll definitely have lots to talk about concerning Podcast Movement and releases happening around that time for all different kinds of companies.

Events:
New Media Europe! June 18th-19th London, England. If you’re there, be sure to enter to win a prize from Blubrry.
Podcast Movement! July 6th – 8th Chicago, Il. Buy your ticket today using the code ‘Blubrry’ and save $40.
Elite Man Conference! August 6th-7th Plymouth, MA. Save 10% on your ticket using the code ‘Blubrry10’.
Show notes:
Twitter and SoundCloud

E.W. Scripps and Stitcher

iTunes Listing – Don’t Panic

Attend Podcast Movement Blubrry Workshop


Email MacKenzie
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Blubrry Stats Is Now Tracking Over A Dozen New Apps (Including Google Play Music Podcasts)



If you have Blubrry stats, you may have noticed we now list several new clients in your statistics dashboard. We’re pleased to report as of April 19 over a dozen new apps have been added to our ever-growing list of podcast clients. We now track nearly 200 unique podcast applications, devices, and platforms.

client stats

Here’s a list of some of the apps we’re now tracking individually in your stats menu:

  • Google Play Music Podcasts – This much-awaited app is tracked by Blubrry, but it’s important to note that as of now, Google Play Music Podcasts is not making individual download numbers available to outside services. Instead, each episode that Google Play Music Podcasts makes available to its users will only show as one download, no matter how many people listen in the app. For now, you’ll need to log in to Google Play Music Podcasts to see your total download number.
  • Player FM for Android
  • CastBox.FM Mobile App for iOS and Android
  • AntennaPod for Android
  • Kodi – open source home theater software
  • Clementine – music player and library organizer for MAC and Windows

To see how many downloads each individual app is delivering your podcast, click “clients” in the statistics section of the Blubrry dashboard.
client screen shot

Curious how to list your podcast with Google Play Music Podcasts? Check out our latest episode of the PowerPress Podcast!  

 

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Blubrry and PowerPress Player



PPPiTunesAlbumArt-385On this episode of the PowerPress Podcast MacKenzie and Angelo Mandato talk about the new Blubrry and PowerPress player. They also discuss, 6 reasons why podcasts are the future of storytelling. The new player is available exclusively to Blubrry hosting customers, and will be available in PowerPress next week. Listen to find out where to get the embed in Blubrry and PowerPress. Thanks for listening, and please leave a review on iTunes! And if you haven’t yet, subscribe using iTunes, Android, Email – however you want in the player below.

Thinking about attending Podcast Movement? Use promo code ‘Blubrry‘ for $40 off your ticket!

From the Blubrry Podcaster Dashboard.
Manage Episodes
Find the embed option in ‘Manage Episodes’ in the podcast dashboard.
Use the link to post the embed anywhere.
Use the link to post the embed anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

Show notes:

6 Reasons Why Podcasting is the Future of Storytelling

New York Times Podcast Network Starting

Blubrry Player information

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New iTunes Podcast Directory Recommendations: What Podcasters Need To Know Now



The higher your podcast ranks in iTunes, the easier it is to grow your audience – so it’s crucial to keep up on and follow their recommendations.

This month, iTunes made a number of changes to the iTunes Store podcast directory that could have a direct impact on the success of your podcast.

Here’s what you need to know (and do) to comply with the new iTunes Podcast
Directory Recommendations:

iTunes Podcast Image Recommendation Change

Apple now recommends using a 3000 x 3000 pixel JPG or PNG in the RGB color space in a compressed format. Saving your image as a JPG with your favorite image editing software should automatically compress your image to optimize for mobile devices.

If you are saving your image as a PNG, please be aware that your image must be saved in the RGB color space. If the image is saved as a CMYK color space (used for printing), it will not be accepted by iTunes. (See our guide to logos, branding and theme for more information on color spaces and other crucial things to keep in mind while designing your cover art.)

The minimum size of 1400 x 1400 may continue to be used and will look acceptable on a tablet or phone – but while it’s not an urgent change, the larger 3000 x 3000 size will look best when viewed in the Apple TV podcasts app.New iTunes Podcast Directory Recommendations February 2016

iTunes Podcast Explicit Setting Change

Apple has changed the iTunes explicit setting. You must now select “clean” or “explicit” – the ‘no’ option is no longer available.

The “explicit” setting previously allowed for a 3rd option referred to as “no” (also referred to as “none” by some services). Nothing was displayed next to your podcast on iTunes if neither “clean” or “explicit” were set. With this change, there is no longer a neutral option.

If you don’t set your podcast as either “clean” or “explicit,” it appears that Apple will now make that determination for you. To guarantee that your content is marked correctly, please update your explicit setting as soon as possible.

The explicit setting is available both at the program/show level as well as the episode level. If all of your episodes are explicit or clean, you will only need to set this attribute at the program/show level.

We are still waiting on a response from Apple staff how to handle the situation with mixed explicit and clean episodes. We assume the previous behavior still applies:

  • If your program is marked “explicit,” then all episodes within that show are also considered explicit. A “clean” episode for an explicit show/program is not applicable.
  • If your program is marked “clean,” then all episodes are considered clean unless otherwise marked explicit.

The explicit setting is very important to maximize your distribution on iTunes. Some territories and countries such as India do not allow explicit content.

iTunes does enforce its explicit settings. Do not assume you can mark content as clean even though it includes explicit content – many podcasters have learned the hard way that mis-labeling your show will lead to being removed from the iTunes podcast directory.

Managing Podcast Submissions to iTunes has Changed

Podcast submissions to the iTunes podcast directory are now managed by the new Podcast Connect website. The new website allows you to submit new podcasts, as well as refresh, hide and delete your current podcast listings.

iTunes Podcast Connect

In February, 2011 Apple dropped the update listing protocol, leaving podcasters with no way to refresh their podcast listings on iTunes. The new Podcast Connect website includes a Refresh Feed option, we applaud and appreciate the addition.

Check back here at the PowerPress Podcast blog weekly for important updates and information that can help you improve your podcast’s chances for success!

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PowerPress bug fix, update out now!



On Wednesday, December 9th PowerPress was updated because of a bug based on a WordPress update. WordPress update 4.4 caused an issue, blank feed titles.

It affects iTunes listings, effectively erasing the title from your listing. If you have already updated WordPress 4.4 then you need to update to PowerPress 6.2.2 as well to fix the issue.

Your listings will then update on iTunes within 24 hours.

The update is a simple one and due to fixing this recent bug. We do not anticipate any other issues or updates before the end of the year. If you haven’t updated in a few months now is the time. The Blubrry team has made several upgrades to features this year that provide great advances for your podcast.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and value your continued support. Please look to the support forum and contact us if you still experience issues after updating.

Thanks,
The Blubrry Team

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Blubrry Partners with Triton Digital to create an Audio platform Plugin for PowerPress



Blubrry has collaborated with Triton Digital to create a private WordPress plugin that integrates the PowerPress Podcasting Plugin with Tap, Triton’s customizable advertising platform designed to help publishers monetize audio content. The plugin, designed for Blubrry Professional Podcast Hosting clients, allows our customers to leverage Triton’s Advertising Platform to seamlessly streamline operations and monetize audio content while using PowerPress’ powerful publishing tools.

“Our Professional Hosting clients are provided with this private plugin as soon as they create an account within Triton’s Tap,” explains RawVoice / Blubrry CEO Todd Cochrane. “The Plugin integrates with PowerPress and allows our customers to post, upload and publish audio content, while seamlessly monetizing it through Triton Digital’s Tap platform.”

“We are pleased to partner with Blubrry to offer podcast producers and publishers with the tools they need to scale their audience and increase revenue,” said Hugo Martel, Product Manager at Triton Digital.

Broadcasters, podcasters and digital music services of all sizes are encouraged to reach out to RawVoice / Blubrry or Triton Digital to learn more and request a demo. Blubrry remains committed in providing all our clients with tools that allow them to grow their shows and build sustainable business.

Todd Cochrane
CEO RawVoice / Blubrry

For more information about Triton Digital, please visit www.tritondigital.com

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