Podcasts A Great Way to Save Money on Content

 Podcasts are a great way to enjoy informative and/or educational content and with great entertainment value. There is a great variety of content that is widely available all over the Internet, especially if you are willing to do just a little bit of searching.

There so many podcasts available now, you could possibly spend your whole life listening and or watching them. The best part of all, they are free.

Podcasts got their name due to the fact that the first podcasts were available through Apple's iTunes. Many Podcast producers now not only make their shows available on iTunes but also through other providers and directly from the producer's website in common formats such as MP3.

Due to this wider availability, many people prefer to call them "webcasts." But the term podcast has become the standard name for these shows, even if the show is not from iTunes.

The sheer number and varieties of podcasts that are available now is daunting. You have everything from sports, comedy and music to health, finance, technology and everything in between. Many people still get their podcast from iTunes, which is usually the easiest place to find them.

If they don't have it, I am sure you can find a podcast on the subject you are looking for with the help of Google. Some of the podcast are video as well as audio.  Depending on what you like, you might even be able to replace your cable service.

The best thing about podcasts is not only do they have quality content, they are free. They are defiantly a great entertainment value. In a world of $60-$100 cable television bill, radio that you have to pay for (referring to satellite radio), Internet subscription movie services, and the entertainment industry trying to squeeze every penny out of you that they can in general, podcasts really are a great way to save money and depending on the podcast, get an education in the process.

You don't need an expensive phone or other type of music player to get to take advantage of the quality and value of podcasts either. You can listen to iTunes podcasts through the iTunes program that is available for both Windows and Mac. Podcasts in other formats can be listened to through most of the popular media players that are available on the Internet. I hope you come to enjoy podcast the way many people have.

Podcasting Made Easy

 So you want to put on a podcast but you have no idea how to do it or even where to start? Afraid it might cost a lot to get started? Well, I will show you how to make a podcast for next to nothing. You might already have everything you need.

What You Need To Get Started...

  •      a computer
  •      a microphone
  •      recording/editing software
  •      a site to host it on
  •      something interesting/entertaining to talk about


Yep, that's it. Let's get started.

Most of us already have a computer. In fact, you are probably reading this article on a computer right now and don't even know it. If you are one of the chosen few that are lucky enough to have a Mac, you most likely have a microphone already built in. Two birds, one stone.

If you don't have a Mac you will need to purchase a microphone. How much you spend on a microphone is dependent on how great you want it to sound. If you are just having fun then I wouldn't spend more than $25 on a mic. If this is something you plan to take seriously then here are some pricier options for you. When you are starting out, I would recommend something inexpensive. As your podcast starts to grow you can always upgrade.

You will need software to record and edit your podcast. Lucky for you there is a free software called Audacity that does both. It's easy to use, and did I mention free? Oh, I did? This is a fantastic tool for new podcasters. I do recommend familiarizing yourself with the controls before diving in and recording your podcast.

Podcast is done, where do you post it? If you have a website I would just upload it and host it from there. However, if you don't have a website, there are many podcasting hosting sites available. The one I use is RSS

Other Tips

Try to have a co-host, or even make it a threesome. The more people you have the less "dead air" there is. But having too many people can cause people talking over each other and get annoying quickly. I would say 2-3 people are ideal. Also pick people you have chemistry with.

Make sure you put out regular content. If you say you are going to put out a podcast every Wednesday night, then you need to put out a podcast every Wednesday night. People sometimes plan their night around you. Don't disappoint them. Meet your self imposed deadlines.

Lastly, make sure you talk about something interesting. Try to do it in an informative or entertaining way. Humor is always king, but you don't always need to be hilarious. Being informative and interesting is just as good.

Find your niche and go for it!

Podcast An Advanced Learning Technology

 People around the globe, especially students, teachers and the corporate are reaping the maximum benefits of the technology called podcasting. The term is derived from iPod and broadcasting. There are several educational and informative programs available on the net using this tool.

This advanced method of broadcasting music, videos and presentation practically allows anyone and everyone with basic computer knowledge to become a DJ, an instructor or even a reporter. Though it were the computer wizards who found this technology, podcasting has grabbed everyone's attention and gained popularity amongst the masses.

Types Of Podcasts

There are mainly three types of podcasts - audio, video and enhanced. The most common and popular type is the audio podcasts that basically involves MP3 downloads. Lectures and music form a part of this audio podcasting.

Enhanced podcasts include images along with the audio technology. These have chapter markers enabled that helps the user to jump to different parts of the whole file. However, the output of this source is in AAC file formats and only a few devices support this technology. Simple learning and presentation fall under this category of podcasting.

Video podcasts are simply movies, moving visuals and audio. This form of podcasting is slowly gaining popularity and is available in different formats although MPEG-4 is the latest and widely used.

Podcasting In Education

With the growing popularity of podcasting there are many advantages of this advanced technology in education. Students as well as teachers can create projects and courses to show to a broad global Internet audience. iTunes is place where you can find loads of such podcasting from people of different walks of life. The advantage of reaching a huge crowd can inspire and motivate people to create unique products and presentations. Audio recording techniques can be exploited to the core to get the best out of the program.

Here, the users don't have to tune in to channels but download them from many popular websites. The process of downloading is done with the help of an RSS feed, Really Simple Syndication that helps you transfer the file from the server to your local PC.

How to Podcast

Learning to podcast and finding the right place to podcast is a very simple process. The Internet is the best source to get detailed information on how-to podcasting. You may need a few tools to develop your own podcasts. The process of developing and hosting a podcast is very interesting and also highly beneficial in the long run.

Podcasting has four simple steps - plan, produce, publish and promote. Plan what has to be broadcasted and then the next step is to design and develop your plan in the form of music video, presentations, eLearning, etc., of your choice and don't forget to change it to the required file format that keeps your product compressed and easily downloadable. Publishing it online and promoting them through blogs or websites completes the process of podcasting.

Podcasting is an awesome way to express your ideas, projects, products, or to teach people. Podcasting is becoming more and more accessible and Internet users are becoming more accustomed to podcasting.

Marketing Your Podcast

 All the production value, time, and equipment in the world won't matter one bit for your podcast if you don't market it. You need to spread the word about your podcast, create a following, and basically get your podcast feed on as many sites as you can.

Marketing and promoting your podcast is easy to do. You don't need a marketing budget and you can pretty much market your podcast for free. Do the following things and you'll begin to grow an audience, create a buzz, and put your podcast on websites, and computers across the world.

Create a podcast blog - Most sites that host your podcast will also offer free podcast blogs for your latest podcasts. Make use of this blog, which is usually on or linked to your podcast's unique url. You can upload images and text along with each new podcast you post. Listeners can subscribe to your blog, leave comments about your podcast, and stay up to date on the latest.

Submit to podcast directories - In order for podcatchers to find and link to your podcast, you need to submit your podcast feeds to as many directories as possible. Many sites that host podcasts allow you to set up your link so that iTunes and other podcast sites can find and get the latest podcasts. Besides iTunes, there are thousands of podcast directories out there. It can take some time, but find the ones most relevant to your podcast and submit your feed links to as many as you can.

After initially submitting your podcast links (sometimes you'll need to submit the RSS feed link for your podcast), the directories will use their podcatchers to automatically get the latest podcasts as soon as you post them. You'll reach more listeners by putting your podcast all over the directories.

Get a website - If you have the time and ability, consider making a unique website for your podcast. Sure you can use your podcast host site's blog, but creating a unique presence on the web can help your podcast stand out and rise in the search engine results.

Consider creating a group or page on Facebook for your podcast. You can also create accounts on various other sites that match the content of your podcast.

Make it easy - Now that you have a web presence and podcatchers grabbing your shows and posting them on podcast directories and iTunes your job is done right? Not exactly. Your listeners may find you accidently or on purpose, but you want to make it as easy as possible to get them listening to your podcast.

All directories are not created equal and some may not work for certain users or may be complicated. The service you use to host your podcast should allow you to embed a simple audio player on your various web sites, do it.

Link up - Take it a step further and start talking with other podcasters and anyone involved or interested in the content on your podcast. You can trade links to post on each other's sites and blogs. The more links coming to and from your podcast means better search engine rankings and more potential listeners coming across your site. Word of mouth through trading links is a great promotional tool and before you know it people will be linking to your podcast on their own.

Consider all of these steps to take when marketing and promoting your podcast. You really don't have to spend a penny to promote your podcast and by using these ideas to promote your podcast you can grow your audience and get heard.

Making a Better Podcast

With the great number of podcasts available for listeners, you have a great amount of competition for listener's ears in the podcast world. You will want to do everything you can to increase the overall quality of your podcast in hopes that your overall listenership will keep growing and that your existing listeners keep coming back for more.

Having good audio quality in your podcast is really a requirement to have a successful professional podcast. Generally a microphone that came with your computer probably won't cut it. At the bare minimum you will want a decent headset from one of the major box stores.

If you want to step it up a bit, you might consider purchasing a semi-professional microphone, such as the Rode PodMic, which has been referred to as "the ultimate podcasting microphone," and can be purchased for about $100 online. As your podcast grows and you get more donations and co-hosts, you might consider getting some professional mixers and recording equipment, but the price of such grows quickly.

Having quality production in your podcast is equally important, you will want to be able to splice in an introduction and a closing clip, which is often musical in nature. It might be prudent to have some of your musically inclined friends to create a custom theme song for your podcast.

Generally it's a good idea at the beginning of your podcast to say the name and the date of the podcast for people with MP3 players so they know what they are listening to. Depending on your podcast, you might want to add additional sound effects for certain segments of your show as well. You can learn this overtime by playing with recording and editing software such as Audacity.

Of course having good overall production and audio quality won't do you a whole lot of good unless you have good content that people want to hear. A podcast about advanced differential equations would most likely not draw a huge audience, but a general math podcast might have some success with the technologically minded individuals.

You can still talk about advanced differential equations in your math podcast, but you want to have as big of a topic area as you can while still having a genre. You will definitely want talk about the latest news in the area you have chosen soon after the news comes out, usually within a day or two, or it is old news. Having an expert guest on will also add to the credibility and content of your podcast, and with modern technology you do not need to fly them into your studio, rather you can have a discussion over something like Skype where you can essentially have a free phone interview on your podcast.

Finally to improve your listernship, you will really want to do as much promotion of your podcast as you can. You will definitely want to list your podcast on all of the major podcast directories so that people can find you.

You also might consider cross promotion with another podcast of a similar genre. You and the other podcaster could make an agreement to link to each other on your websites, or mention the other podcast on your podcast. This is a great way to spread the word about your podcast.

How To Make A Podcast

 While written content is still the leader when it comes to getting traffic to a blog, some small businesses find success with their own online radio shows.

A busy entrepreneur can talk up a storm, but freezes up when it comes to blogging. Another small business owner finds that his writing style is stilted and unfriendly, but people compliment him on his friendly personality. Both of these people have one big thing in common. They are the perfect online radio show candidates. While the thought of creating a podcast may seem a bit overwhelming at first, there are many services that make creating radio shows downright simple.

Use Internet Radio Services to Create Podcasts

For people who aren't very technologically adept, one of the many online Internet radio services can make creating a weekly or even daily podcast a breeze. These services enable ordinary people to become radio show producers, complete with guest callers and online chat options. Some of these services charge a fee, but many actually pay the radio show hosts for the content they produce through a revenue share model.

Two of the most popular Internet radio services are Blog Talk Radio and Talk Shoe. Both of these services allow the user to schedule radio show episodes ahead of time or to create an episode series. Both also make importing the podcast to a blog fairly simple.

Learn to Create Podcasts From Scratch

Do it yourself podcasts can be a bit more challenging than the easy to use Internet radio options, but they can provide more flexibility. To make a DIY podcast, a small business owner will need to think about finding the right editing software so that he or she can add intro music, closing music, ads, etc. to the podcasts. He or she will also need to check into options that make it simple to put each episode of the finished radio show on the webpage or blog.

Tips for Setting Up a Radio Show

Regardless of how he or she decides to produce an online radio show, there are a few things that every small business owner needs before he or she begins to make the first episode.

    A good headset that has silencing capability so that he or she can drown out background noises.
    A script. Although reading word for word can create a very awkward broadcast, dead air, a technical term for silence, is not a good thing on a radio show. Having a rough script, or at least an outline, allows the radio show host to quickly jog his or her memory and to move on to the next section of the show.
    Callers. While callers are not strictly necessary, they do help keep the show moving and take some of the pressure off the radio show host. Inviting callers to appear on the show is also a great way to network.



A Guide to Podcasting

 

These days many bloggers want to get in on the podcasting craze. What is a podcast? A podcast is the distribution of multimedia content via RSS 2.0 protocol which means you can share the contents of your blog to an even broader audience of subscribers by sending your content in audio format directly to their computer or MP3 player without the use of transmitters or receivers. This allows your fans to listen to your new content at their leisure without even stopping by your site.

Q: What is PodCasting?

A: Podcasting is being able to listen to audio content from Websites that can be downloaded on your phone or any other audio player that supports MP3. Podcasting also is a shortened derivative of the words Ipod and broadcasting.

Q: What types of formats does podcasting use?

A: Podcasting uses an XML (Extensive Markup Language)-based technology in the form of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. Using enclosures is the key to making podcasting work with RSS feeds. This is a feature supported by RSS2.0.

Q: What exactly is Extensive Markup Language?

A: XML’s primary purpose is to share structured text and information on the internet. You can learn more about XML at Wikipedia

Q: What is RSS feed?

A: RSS feeds subscribers the latest updates that have occurred on the Website.

Q: What should my RSS feed include?

A: Your RSS feed is the published content of your Podcast. The RSS file should include the title, descriptions, and links to the MP3 files.

Q: How can podcasting help me in my business and marketing?

A: Using podcasting allows you to publish radio shows that interested people can subscribe to. By recording a show and adding it to your site, your visitors can download it from your site instead of going to specific sites looking for your show. This will also allow increased interaction of your visitors while they visit your site.

Q: Where can I tape a radio show?

A: The following sites tell you how to tape your own show:

Live365: gives you the tools to start your own radio station to share your talents globally.

Shoutcast: is a freeware streaming audio content site that allows you to internet radio server.

Q: Is there any other type of audio software that I will need to have in order to use the sites mentioned above?

A: Yes, you will need some sort of audio playback software that can read HTTP data streams to be able to listen to MP3 streaming audio. I would also suggest that you have the software that is needed for your visitors to listen to your broadcasts listed (with links) on your site so they can get it easily if they don’t already have it.

Also note that you will need an aggregator if you wish to download other podcasts to listen to. You can find instructions on how to add a podcast Podcast Alley to an aggregator and Podcast Alley for your listening pleasure.

Q: What are some of the most popular MP3 players available?

A: The list below includes some of the most popular MP3 players available that are PC and Mac compatible:

 Winamp (Also know as Windows Media Player) for Windows
 iTunes for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows
 XMMS on UNIX/Linux