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October 8, 2019
After a nearly two-year hiatus, it’s time to bring back The Audacity to Podcast! The format and production will be a little different from before, but I will continue with what has always been my goal: to give you the guts and teach you the tools to start and grow your own podcast for passion or profit. My next few episodes will be about some great new and updated podcasting tools I think you should try, such as the much-hyped RØDECaster Pro, SecondLine Themes for WordPress, Captivate’s new podcast hosting, and more! So watch TheAudacitytoPodcast.com and your podcast app for new episodes of The Audacity to Podcast on Tuesday mornings! While you wait, please check out my videos from Podcast Movement 2019 where I interviewed 18 exhibitors to share new podcasting resources with you. And I hope you’ll join me, Daniel J. Lewis, for the return of The Audacity to Podcast on October 22! Thanks for listening, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the support and encouragement! Stay subscribed! Stay podcasting! And you’ll hear from me again soon!
June 29, 2019
Podcast media (whether audio or video) must live somewhere on the Internet so it can be downloaded via RSS feeds. This hosting needs to be powerful enough to deliver the media files quickly and handle the load of hundreds or thousands of simultaneous downloads when new episodes are released. Here are the performance results from the most popular podcast hosting companies. Does podcast hosting speed even matter? The short answer is yes, but only to a point. I started this project curious about feed-hosting performance between separate web hosting providers (shared, managed, and VPS), different caching options, and mirroring tools (FeedBurner and Podcast Mirror). Aside from two specific exceptions (more on that below), feed performance from numerous providers was acceptably fast. While one host might be faster than another, it was faster by less than a second on feeds that were already loading in under 1 second. So as long as a feed loads within 1 or 2 seconds, exact speeds become a moot point. If, however, a feed takes several seconds or longer to load, that increases the possibility of timeouts, which can result in a podcast app’s failure to refresh podcast RSS feeds to even see what new episodes are available to download. I’ve seen this happen before where one podcast app could download all the episode, but another app wouldn’t refresh the feed. And then, I realized my test could be easily adapted to measure and compare file-hosting speeds. So I turned my attention to media files, which were easier to compare and possibly more important to measure. But as with feeds, media hosting across most of the providers was fast enough that it wouldn’t cause any noticeable difference. A feed and media host is fast enough when someone can press a button and start listening with little to no delay. (Podcasters can make the mistake of attaching large images to ID3 tags, which can cause playback delays because the ID3 information must download before audio data.) It’s also important to remember most podcast apps will check feeds and download new episodes automatically in the background. So even if it took five minutes for an episode to download, most of the audience might not be affected because the episode will be there waiting for them when they open their podcast app. This audience-helping benefit is a big reason we need to keep downloading possible in podcasting, instead of catering to money-focused advertisers who want to kill the download and switch to streaming. But that’s a different discussion. Testing methodology You’re free to skip this part if you don’t want the technical details. I wrote a program in Node to measure the time it takes to download a feed or media file from a given URL. I included options to test feeds with Gzip compression or HTTP/2. You can view my Podcast Speed Test source code and try it on your own computer or server. Each feed or media URL was tested 10 consecutive times and then combined into average and median results. If there was a significantly different average from median, I would re-run the test, except in the case of Podiant. Every first one or two tests of Podiant resulted in very slow download times. I suspect Podiant doesn’t propagate a media file to local servers until it is first requested from that location, and thus the first download is slow. Because this was predictable and repeatable,
November 9, 2018
In the middle of 2018, Apple started cracking down on keyword-stuffing in podcast tags. My own show, The Audacity to Podcast, was even affected, and I've been tracking and testing other podcasts. Here's what I found!
November 28, 2017
A podcast failure doesn't mean you should quit podcasting. Here are 9 steps to help you recover and keep moving forward!
November 21, 2017
Many podcasting tools offer the ability to automatically crosspost your audio podcast to YouTube. Here are eleven reasons I think you shouldn't do that.
November 14, 2017
Working with other podcasters can be energizing, but it can also feed your inner troll. Here's how you can build friendships instead of enemies in podcasting.
November 7, 2017
Feed hits and monthly downloads are two podcast stats the may confuse or mislead podcasters. Here's why you should never rely on these meaningless numbers.
November 3, 2017
November is National Podcast Post Month (#NaPodPoMo) and I decided to participate by not only publishing a daily podcast episode, but launching a whole new show!
October 31, 2017
A podcast launch can be fun and jumpstart momentum for growth. Starting your podcasting with multiple episodes is often advised, but is it right for you?
October 24, 2017
Regardless of who you use to host your podcast media and generate your podcast RSS feed, check these eight things to own your platform.
October 17, 2017
Podcasting is a time-shifted media. Some fans will binge on all your content, which can reveal some areas to improve your podcast. Here are 12 lessons.
October 4, 2017
Podcasting is unlike any other media. This is why its year-over-year growth has been more gradual than anything else. We may never see a “hockey-stick” spike, but you, as a fan or a creator, are the most powerful influence to bring more people to podcasts.
October 3, 2017
Apple gets a lot of attention in podcasting, but Android is actually more popular than iOS. Here's how to not forget your Android podcast fans!
September 26, 2017
Apple released iOS 11 on September 19 for iPhones and iPads. It brings many new features to support podcasting and improve podcast consumption! Here's what I think you should love.
September 19, 2017
Should you podcast alone, or get a cohost? Cohosts can make some things easier, some things harder. Here's help you to pick what's right for your podcasting.
September 12, 2017
Effective follow-up can make a huge difference to the growth and success of your podcast. Here are some tips to help you!
September 5, 2017
Attending events relevant or beneficial to your podcast can hold exciting opportunities—unless you make these mistakes.
August 29, 2017
To "profit" from your podcast means money to many people. But I think "PROFIT" stands for something more, and every podcast needs it!
August 22, 2017
Recording audio or video podcasts at an event can present many challenges. Here's the onsite podcasting equipment I recommend to make your production great!
August 15, 2017
A stagnating podcast can hurt your show's growth and your potential. Here's what you need to improve!
August 8, 2017
You may not need to spend thousands on multiple pieces of audio equipment to get a good-sounding podcast. Here are modern solutions.
August 1, 2017
With the release of iOS 11, Apple supports new podcasting tags for your podcast RSS feed. Here's how you can start using them today.
July 25, 2017
Word of mouth is the best way to grow your podcast. Here's how you can inspire and equip your audience to share your podcast.
July 18, 2017
You are influenced by the people around you. So here is who you should have in your circle to help your podcast succeed.
July 11, 2017
Press access can get you sneak peeks, free trials, and more value for your audience. Here are 11 tips to help your podcast get these special media privileges.
July 4, 2017
While Americans celebrate their independence on July 4, we podcasters can celebrate our independence with every episode! Here's what makes the independence of podcasting so powerful.
June 27, 2017
You may sometimes fall into a podcasting rut and you've lost your passion. Here are 9 tips to help you get out of the funk and back to your podcast!
June 20, 2017
At the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple announced several big changes that will help podcasters and podcast-consumers. Here's what you need to know.
June 13, 2017
Podcast episodes about current events (including fan shows) may not have a long life, but you can still use them to promote and grow your podcast! A current-events podcast might cover news, politics, sports, TV shows, movies, books, music, and such. Essentially, anything that has a schedule and isn't as popular after it has passed.
June 6, 2017
"Long tail" is when a podcast has a long life of relevance and consumption. Learn how to keep your old episodes alive and use them to grow your audience.
May 30, 2017
Loudness normalization conforms audio to a perceived loudness level. Learn why that's important in podcasting and how to make your podcast meet the standard.
May 16, 2017
Episode length is sometimes a heated discussion in podcasting. There's helpful data from different sources. But what's right for your podcast? I'll help you decide!
May 9, 2017
Interviewing non-podcasters presents many challenges, so here's my advice to ensure you get the best sound quality possible from your podcast guests.
May 2, 2017
When you have more podcast episodes than your RSS feed holds, it can affect your audience, marketing, and more. Here are eight options to fix it.
April 25, 2017
After podcasting for a while and you may see old episodes disappear from podcast directories and your RSS feed. Here are seven things you should know. Come back for my next episode where I'll share, "What to Do When You Have Too Many Podcast Episodes in Your RSS Feed."
April 4, 2017
To celebrate 300 episodes of The Audacity to Podcast, I'm drawing lessons from this show's first episode to help you launch your podcast better, or learn how you can improve.
March 21, 2017
People can be wonderful parts of your podcasting team by relieving some of your burdens. I include people as an "automation tool" because they can be so skilled that all you need to do is assign a task and they return amazing results. So please never underestimate the value of others!
March 14, 2017
WordPress is powerful for running your podcast website and it can be the base for automating your podcasting workflow!
March 7, 2017
Web services can automate parts of your podcasting workflow, even when you're not online! Here are my favorite web-based automation tools.
February 28, 2017
PCs (Windows or macOS) are powerful podcasting tools and ideal for automation. Here are 9 tools for automating many computer-based podcasting workflows.
February 21, 2017
Regularly evaluating and critiquing your own your podcast, especially from your audience's perspective, will help you improve and grow the podcast. Here are four steps to get you started.
February 14, 2017
Life can get crazy and unpredictable. It can be joyous moments like a birth or marriage. It can be sad moments like a death or job loss. It can be trying moments like a move or transition of any kind.
December 6, 2016
Whether you're planning a holiday break, a seasonal hiatus, or need some time off, here are ways to stay connected with your audience so they will anticipate your show's return.
November 29, 2016
Christmas, New Year's Day, and many more holidays affect people differently. Learn whether you should keep podcasting or take a break during a holiday.
November 22, 2016
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about podcast SEO. I have this information in my SEO for Podcasters course, and I want you to have these core understanding for what SEO stuff actually does and doesn't matter in podcasting.
November 15, 2016
Reference or habit? These two approaches to your podcast could make a huge difference in engaging with your community and growing your audience.
November 8, 2016
Internet security and privacy are deeply connected and important to your safety. Here are 17 tips to help you stay safe and secure in podcasting.
November 1, 2016
Your privacy is important and you could be compromising it with your podcast! Here are eight ways to protect your personal and professional privacy.
October 25, 2016
Here are several ways to accomplish the flexibility of multitrack recording with different podcasting hardware and software.
October 18, 2016
Multitrack recording keeps audio source separate. Here are some reason why you may and may not want to record your podcast in multiple tracks.
October 11, 2016
Whether you're podcasting for business or pleasure, promoting affiliate products and services can be a great way to monetize your podcast. Here are 10 tips to help you use affiliate marketing effectively.
October 4, 2016
Hanging out with other podcasters can be inspiring and profitable! Here are five tips to help you find and connect with other podcasters in your area.
September 27, 2016
Podcasters tend to ask too much of their audience and often too soon. Here's why that could be hurting your podcast and how to overcome it.
September 20, 2016
International Podcast Day is September 30. Here's how to celebrate podcasting, whether you're a podcaster or a podcast fan! Learn more at http://InternationalPodcastDay.com
September 13, 2016
Podcasters are often guilty of obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). It's okay to intently focus on important things, but here are ten podcasting things not worth the obsession.
September 6, 2016
Learn about 301 and 307 redirects: what they are, which ones to use, how to make them, and how to use them effectively.
August 30, 2016
Podcasting connects with people in more personal—even more intimate—way than blogging, radio, video, and more. Here are 8 things that make podcasts different.
August 23, 2016
Concluding the series on fixing common podcasting problems, here are ways others have creatively solved problems they faced with their podcasts.
August 16, 2016
Interviews can create good content and share powerful stories across all media. Podcasting is full of interviews with problems, here's how to fix them.
August 9, 2016
WordPress is the best platform for blogging and podcasting, but it can break sometimes. Here is how to fix the most common problems you may face with WordPress.
July 12, 2016
Podcasting encouragement and tips about taking breaks, refocusing, saying "no" so you can say "yes," and Podcast Movement 2016.
June 14, 2016
Recording problems can result in noisy, corrupted, or missing audio. Test before anything important! Here are solutions to these common podcasting problems.
June 7, 2016
iTunes is the largest podcast directory and it powers many podcast apps. Here's how to fix the most common podcasting problems you may face with iTunes.
May 31, 2016
If your RSS feed breaks, your podcast breaks. So here are the most common RSS problems you may face in podcasting and how to fix them.
May 24, 2016
Because your RSS feed is the life of your podcast, where you host it is crucial for ownership and control. Here are some things to consider for whether you should host your feed yourself. Feed ownership and hosting are hotly debated among podcast-hosting companies. Each side has some valid arguments, and I'll address more of those shortly. It often comes down to two things: ownership and reliability. Ultimately, the choice is yours to make, and here are some things to consider.
May 17, 2016
RSS is the core to distributing your podcast. Here's why the RSS size matters, what affects the feed size, and how to reduce the size of your podcast RSS feed.
May 10, 2016
When changing directions in podcasting, should you rebrand your existing podcast and keep your audience, or launch a new podcast and start over from nothing?
May 3, 2016
Feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with your podcasting tasks? You may need to delegate in order to improve!
April 26, 2016
Effective podcasting can be hard work. When hard things come, you may feel like giving up. Here are the hardest things you may face, and some tips for overcoming them.
April 19, 2016
Don't wait for your friends, family, and people you meet to discover podcasts on their own! Here are six tips to get more people listening to podcasts.
April 12, 2016
These WordPress themes will help your podcast branding, engagement, and growth. Plus, these best themes could make your podcasting easier!
April 5, 2016
Podcasters often ask for ratings and reviews, and I created My Podcast Reviews to get all your reviews and more. But do ratings and reviews actually matter? Here are 7 ways ratings and reviews are important for your podcast's growth and success.
March 29, 2016
If you hate podcast-editing, then invest the time to avoid making mistakes while podcasting. Here are 5 tips to help you podcast with fewer mistakes.
March 22, 2016
Nearly every podcaster wants a bigger audience. Simply promoting your podcast isn't good enough, you need to actually grow your audience. These five methods will give you the best podcasting growth!
March 15, 2016
Podcasters often focus on increasing downloads for better stats. These tongue-in-cheek ways will boost your podcast download but not grow your audience.
March 8, 2016
Batching can be an effective way to improve your podcasting workflow. But is it right for your podcast? Consider these benefits and disadvantages.
March 1, 2016
In February, 2016, Apple launched Podcasts Connect. This new portal gives podcasters the ability to manager their shows in iTunes and Apple's Podcasts apps. Here's what you need to know about these podcasting updates.
February 23, 2016
Does your podcast website accomplish what it needs to? Here are five ways to optimize your podcast's site for goals, mobile, SEO, speed, and accessibility.
February 16, 2016
How your website functions is highly influenced by the features you add with plugins and coding. Here are my general recommendations for podcast websites.
February 9, 2016
Ensure your podcast website is designed with these six things to help grow your audience, engage better, and build your authority. These will help you whether you're hiring a designer, choosing a WordPress theme, or using a website-builder.
February 2, 2016
Your podcast needs its own website in order to be successful. Here's how to choose the right Internet home for your podcasting needs.
January 26, 2016
Keep your podcast growing and up to date with these ten things you may want to update at least every year.
January 19, 2016
How to Plan a Full Year of Your Podcast
January 12, 2016
2015 was a huge year for The Audacity to Podcast! Here are my plans for what I'll be doing to help podcasters in 2016.
January 5, 2016
Several podcasters share expectations, concerns, and anticipations for podcasting in 2016.
December 29, 2015
It's the new year and this is a time for many New Year's resolutions. Here are five podcasting resolutions I suggest for your podcast in the coming 365 days (even if it's not New Year's Day).
December 22, 2015
There are givers, takers, and wasters all around us. Which one are you and your podcast?
December 15, 2015
Discovery may not be the biggest problem you face in growing your podcast. It could be that your podcast isn't easy! Here are 8 podcasting tips to help.
December 8, 2015
There are controversial issues in every industry, including those covered by podcasting. Remember "LAURA" when you need to discuss controversy in your podcast.
November 24, 2015
Next to podcast-editing, show-notes writing is one of the most dreaded parts of podcasting. Here are several suggestions for speeding up the process!
November 10, 2015
Podcast editing is one of the most tedious and hated parts of podcasting. Here are several tips for faster audio- and video-editing.
November 3, 2015
Video podcasting requires a lot of different gear from audio podcasting. Consider the following 7 categories of podcasting equipment for a video podcast.
October 27, 2015
Before you buy all kinds of podcasting gear that you may not need, consider the following 7 categories of equipment for an audio podcast. (I'll discuss video equipment in the next episode.)
October 20, 2015
Recording video (for podcasting, YouTube, or anything else) adds several layers of complexity over standard audio. Here are 6 tips for getting better video from your "studio."
October 13, 2015
Whatever space you use for podcasting might need a little work on the acoustics to help your podcasts sound better. Here are 6 tips to get you started improving your "studio" for audio.
October 6, 2015
Podcasting costs money. Before you spend more money on podcasting gear, audio or video equipment, and other podcast resources, learn how to create a podcasting budget and stay within it.
September 29, 2015
This is not a debate between scientific theories and interpretations of evidence; it's about your approach toward expectations and efforts in growing your podcast.
September 22, 2015
Periscope and Blab have brought fresh attention to live-streaming. These tips will help you host a better live show regardless of what technology you use.
September 15, 2015
Everything ends, so here are some tips for deciding when to retire your podcast and how to do it without "podfading."
September 1, 2015
International Podcast Day is September 30. Here's how to start the conversation and celebrate podcasting!
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