One of the big questions that podcasters want to know is how to support their habit. How do I make money with my show? Making money can be a challenge. It is usually the biggest challenge podcasters face. How to make the ever elusive cash.
This is where some very smart people decided to take the crowdfunding craze and apply it to media creators and you have what was 4 sites that are down to 3 but these three sites
- Podfund – Very close to Kickstarter but… They are closed. This funding site opened their doors about the same time as Patreon
- Use WePay and very confusing as to how to set it up.
- Setups Donations or Goals
- Support page is broken
- at the end there were only 14 people that had used podfund
- After talking to the guys at podfund through twitter I found out that there is a new group that has taken over the site and are working on getting it back up and operational again
- Castbacker – new guy centered around only podcasting
- Uses Stripe – so you will need to set up that first
- For Podcasters
- Pretty straight forward for your fans to back your podcast.
- Patreon – currently the old guard for this field
- Most popular and has had the most success in helping fund podcasts.
- Tom Merritt brought most attention to the platform and is currently bringing in $14,444 dollars a month.
- You can set up Per episode or per month
- joyride – New Kid on the block
- Invite only
- they have some pretty big claims in being able to help bring money into your show.
You have blown through your 10 starter topics. You have a show due tomorrow. What are you going to talk about? There are ways you can search to conversation topics. You just have to get a little creative at times, while other options are very simple and can wield great results.
Brianstorm with Online community or groups
The idea for this very topic came from a Facebook groups. I I picked up last weeks topic up from a facebook group’s discussion about whether or not you need to have an RSS feed on your website. The topic captured the group so much there was lots of discussions on the topic and subtopics. Your topic is often talked about in some area of the internet. It is just a matter of finding these elusive people.
Don’t just target Facebook Groups, Google plus Communities, and LinkedIn Groups. Look to the different forums that are Centered around your topic, or if you are feeling really retro, you might check out different IRC channels. You will need an IRC client like mIRC or a web based client like KiwiIRC. There are times that you will find some great discussion on these early day chat rooms.
There are people gathered around the internet and they are talking about your area of expertise. If you spend a little time each day at a couple of these places you will be able glean some great information.
Brainstorm with Google Alerts
Want topics to be sent to your email on a daily basis? Or do you use and RSS reader and you would rather have that infomation appear there as it shows up? Then Google Alerts is a great tool to use. Google Alerts is a service that allows for you to get notifications of different search terms as they are found by Google. So, the moment Google indexes say “Microphones for podcasting” I will get an entry in my RSS reader Feedly and I can see if it is something that is worth looking in to. So, Start searching and turn it into an alert.
Brainstorm with your Guests
If you do interviews on your podcast then many times your guest will give you topic ideas. That you can either bring them back on and grow that relationship even more. Then again they may mention a person who might be of interest to interview. You can also ask your guest at the end of the show name three other people you should interview. Ask, it is quite possibly the most powerful tool when brainstorming. Ask your guest who you think should be interviewed, or what topic you think your audience would like to hear about?
Brainstorm with Your Audience
When it comes to wanting what your audience wants, there is no better source than your audience themselves. Your group has a rare insight into what they want to know and they are coming to your for that knowledge. So, they will tell you what they want many times in direct ways. Your podcast listeners will communicate their desires through email, comments, and phone calls. These may be low hanging fruit but then it may be a trend that you might start to notice and that is where the hidden gems and the power of your community comes into place.
Brainstorm with other people in your genre
Yep look to your competition. Listen to podcasts and read blogs of the same people in your field and topic of discussion. These people will many times bring up great topics just in passing without even thinking of how important it is for your followers. They could also talk about a great topic and you can then share that information with your audience. Or you can invite that person on to your show and forge a relationship with that thought leader.
What topics are your audience searching for? you might look to using a wordpress plugin like Swiftype. This plugin will actually give your search analytics to what people are searching for on your site along with a better indexing of your articles and show notes. Then there is Google’s analytics. This is the best analytics system available for the whole website. Now Google has turned off the keyword searching in whole but you can still pick out what people are after by seeing what you higher ranking pages happen to show up on your listings.
Social media in general
Try looking and doing searches for different phrases for your topic on Twitter or Google plus. With these floodgates of information moving at a continuous flow there are show ideas always running and you just have to do a search for yoru shows topic. You will find people asking questions making comments sharing articles with show topics.
Google has many great services and one of the best to show ideas is Google News. You can save different search terms in News and go back and see what is current for that specific topics from day to day.
You can also pull up an old trick may bloggers and writers use. Free writing is the process of you just writing and typing for the sake of doing so. As you write you mind actually opens up and wierd thought will come to the surface and with those thoughts hints to different topics can be hidden or even fully exposed to the world.
Use your material as inspiration
Many times while writing I have come to the next topic of discussion by working on another blog post or my shownotes. When writing you will start writng something and realise that it is a bigger topic than you were thinking and instead of spending 30 minutes on this topic you might just use that topic for next week and flesh it out even more
If all else fails go for a walk. Get your blood flowing with more oxygen in your blood it is bound to go to your brain and with the increase of oxygenated blood the ideas will increase.
Podcast.place – If you are going to be a consultant please show people that you know what you are talking about.
Recently, there was a kerfuffle on a podcasters group over on Facebook. Basically it was a Podcast award announcement and a member of the group complained about having to have an RSS feed on their site to have a chance to win. That got the ball rolling and rolling it did. Lots of thoughts and opinions were tossed about, toes were stepped on, eyes gouged, at one time I think I saw Rick Flair body slamming someone. Got so bad that the original message was removed. Podcasters, yeah we are a little opinionated.
Yet, this is why looking to groups and online communities are great for finding topics for your particular show. Many times unexpected show ideas crop up much like this. The main topic of this discussion was why you should have a RSS feed on your front page of your site, or you even need a website for your podcast? Both of these tie into each other.
RSS feed in a nutshell is a special file created by your CMS that points news readers to the most current content on your site. This allows for your information to be syndicated to your readers of your blog and this same file format is what allows for podcatchers to see that you have put out a new show and retrieve the show and show notes. It looks like a mess if you try to look at an RSS feed in your browser, and that is because it wasn’t meant to be read by people.
Why Have The RSS Feed
If the file isn’t suppose to be seen by people then why do you want this on your site? Why not just give iTunes your feed and be done with it? This is the discussion. If you look at your statics. you see that the vast majority of your shows are downloaded by some type of Apple product. Be it an iPhone iPad or iPod there is some type of Apple Core Media or iTunes client grabbing your feed. That isn’t the largest mobile device out there. that belongs to Android operating system created and put out by Google. The Android devices out number iOS by a huge number, but only claim a quarter of the downloads of shows. I put a good portion of the blame for this on Google. Yes, they could make it easier for podcasts to be found, they are in the search business. Yet I also put some blame of the podcast producers who only think of iTunes.
There is more to the world than Apple products. I know. I am an Android user and I run into this very problems many times. I find a podcast I want to check out. I search Pocketcasts and pull up nothing. So I then do a search for the shows website. More often than not I find the site and then look for the RSS feed. If I am not able to find it then I go to the podcast page and look there for the RSS feed, and several times I still dont find it. This is where a critical decision is made, How badly do I want to hear this show? If I dont care that much , then my search ends there. If I want to listener to the show pretty badly then I will check to see if it is a WordPress site. When it is then I will try to get the feed by typing in domainname.com/feed/podcast or if that doesn’t work domainname.com/feed. If either of these paths dont work, then they do not want listeners that bad and I will just drop the search. I will go through a lot more work to get a show than your typical person. Most will stop if they can not find it on their Podcast manager search feature.
I have made it a mission that when I find a podcast I would like to listen too and there is no findable RSS feed to educate that person. I try to contact them. Let that show host know of us special cases. Many have responded some even didn’t realise there was a world outside of iTunes.
This isn’t the only reason either Window phone users their podcasts app actually uses BING and it will only pull up podcasts RSS feeds not the show. so you need to let Bing know how to find your RSS feeds too. RSS feeds are important, they may not look pleasing to you but there is a purpose to that file. In fact you don’t have a podcast unless you have an RSS Feed. So, have a link somewhere on your homepage the more prominent the better. IF for whatever reason you can’t have it there, then put it on your Podcast shows page.
I have heard why do you need to have a website for your show? Well in truth you don’t you can use what is automatically generated by your media host, and it works great especially if you are using a service like Libsyn They create an RSS feed for you automatically. But what do you tell your listeners? How do new people searching for your topic find you? They will find you, but you are not making it easy for them. You are relying on nothing more than word of mouth and happenstance. Where do you want your fans to go so that they are able to get your information? You going to use a Subdomain? that works it is a little more for your to remember. Is that tumblr with or without an ‘E’? Is it Blogger or Blogspot? So, make it easier at least get an address and own a little bit of your brand. You might be surprised as to how many people are actually looking for you.
There are Android users who consume podcasts be mindful of us we are trying to tell the world.
There is one thing as a podcaster you will hear from other podcasters and that is,
I am going to be authentic and real
There are two reasons as to why a podcast host would even say this? They are not being authentic and that host is trying to cover up a feeling of guilt. If you are trying to cover up the fact that you are doing something that is not real. I hear that phrase and I wonder what that host is trying to hide. Why do they feel that they are not being authentic?
Then there to the context of I don’t want to edit. I just want to keep it real. Well, on this angle that needs to be addressed. There are three items that are important to being authentic.
When your show is being recorded most folks are not recording in a professional recording booth. Instead they are recording in their bedroom, livingroom, in a basement beside the water heater, or at best in a closet. When recording in one of these uncontrolled environments is you get weird noises, parts of conversations going on in the background. When recording in these conditions it is normal and almost expected in a podcast. Yet there are times that podcasters will go off and drop a book or knock over their microphone. Often heard after that is I am going to leave that in because I am going to be “authentic”.
OK that is fair that is a way to be authentic true but look at you blog post. or an email you are writing. Did you spell check? Did you grammar check? Did you look to see if you put the right email address? If and when you found mistakes did you not remove those mistakes? So, Are you not being real in your emails to your fans since you didn’t leave those real life moments in? Or are you just being professional and courteous to your reader for not making them have to figure out what you are talking about?
Authentic Courtesies to the listeners
The same courtesies go to the listeners. They don’t need to hear every “um” or “You know” that is being said, often those comments, start to get old and worn out. If it is doing too much there might be a drinking game created out of the repetitions and crutches and we dont want our listeners driving drunk. Listeners are hard enough to come by we don’t need them killed.
With all kidding aside, a podcaster is not being fake or non-authentic to himself or to their listeners because the show was edited to remove SOME of the verbal crutches used. At the same time do not, remove all the verbal crutches in your recording. That starts to sound fake and unnatural when all the “Umms” are removed.
Authentically care for the show
For this I want to use a little different example. There is a sub-group of American males that like to take a typical pick up, and modify it. They raise it up but huge tires on, and them find a large mud area and go, “Muddin”. It is great! Lots of fun you and the pickup get absolutely filthy covered in mud and goop and you laugh the whole time. Yet when it is done you can be authentic show the world that this pick up went muddin and leave all the mud on the pick up and try to see through a dirty windshield. Leaving the pick up muddy also allows the natural chemicals in the dirt eat at your paint job and cause other problems when left on. So, after all the fun most guys then go and wash the truck so that it looks good for the gals they are going to drive around town.
So, is that fun-loving red-blooded muddy american guy inauthentic for washing his truck? No, He is taking his girlfriend in mind by cleaning it up. That guy cares about his pickup. The same as you should care about your podcast. Editing is always needed, even if it is just to remove the silence from the coffee kicking in and running to the bathroom.
Be authentic in your thoughts opinions, and views. Yet, when it comes to editing there is no deviation from the image of being authentic. No one will call fake for editing the microphone stand falling over, in fact your audience wont even know.
NPR has their own directory
Sarah Koenig is giving closing keynote at Podcast Movement
There was an update to Powerpress 6 to 6.0.1 The changes made are mostly backend stuff. Like CSS and PHP scripting. I also noticed that there was a change in the iTunes link so instead of itpc it now directs to the itunes page. There is also a change to an Android podcast Manager, Podcast Republic that allows the RSS feed be easier to find. This way it is easier for android users to subscribe to shows.
…an open-source podcast manager for Android 2.3.3 and above. It offers all the basic features you expect from a podcatcher, like streaming and downloading episodes, refreshing all feeds automatically or adding them to a queue to listen to them later. Moreover, AntennaPod lets you flattr podcasts and episodes from within the app.
And that is just about all that it does. Looking at the app you have the basics. Download, playback, playback at variable speeds, streaming you can set your download options so that it will only download on Wifi, this is good so that people are not eating up their data plans. You can also set your max number of episodes you want to have on your device so that shows you don’t listen to very much are not taking up too much room
Big drawback for Power consumers is that there is not organization options on the app. That mean if you have a hundred different shows you will have to manually organise them so you hear what you want first. There are no list options. So, this does cause a problem for category or list makers who only like listening to certain shows first. For the people who only listen to one or two shows then this will not be too much of a problem.
AntennaPod does integrate with gPodder Podcast network so that you can find new shows, but the search is very basic and so if you are searching for a specific show then use the quotes or you will be digging through 2000 different pages. Yet in the same breath you can manage your subscriptions through gPodder or through your decvice. So the ease is great for everyone.
Speaking of ease the makers of AntennaPod also integrated Flattr in to the app so that you can throw shome shekels at your favorite podcast host and help them pay for their hosting or coffee.
This app is pretty balance needs some features like the ability to automatically notice podcast feeds and offer ability to subscribe. This would go a long ways in helping new podcast listeners into finding shows that they like. Yet, other than that the app is pretty good.
Integration with Gpodder directory
Flattr integration. So you can send your favorite podcast some cash.
You can set whether your shows download on any wifi or only on particular wifi’s. This is great so that you don’t have to worry about eating up some strangers data if they left their mobile hotspot open, or if your office has a slow connection and you don’t want to be inconsiderate and eat up the bandwidth while your shows are downloading.
Setting for number of episodes that can be downloaded, great for not using up data plans
No way of organizing your shows
To get variable speed playback you have to use Presto Sound Library or Prestissimo on your device. This doesn’t make it easy for users new or old who are using the app.
It is that time of the year. The glorious time where everyone is making goals and then swearing off of them a month into the adventure. This goes with podcasters too. I have done it many times. I didn’t accomplish a single podcast goal I had set. Which is evident in that the show podfaded for a little while.
why? well that is because I didn’t follow through, and that is a large reason as to why people fail. Remember what your old Basketball coach use to say,
Its all in the follow through
– Coach B. Ball
That wise pointer has never been more true than in goal setting. Everybody can make goals, but are those goals good goals? Are those goals realistic goals? Often the answer is no. Yet there are plenty of people who make great goals and still don’t achieve them. That amounts to how much they planned. Was all the steps thought about planned for? Yes there might be a giant pothole that was unexpected, show up but if you have enough determination to reach your goal you will find away around the Grand Canyon.
Goal Setting Steps
How are you suppose to set your goals up for success? This is actually easier said than done. Many goal setters will set objectives like Quitting smoking, and not have a plan as to how they will quit. So, First step is know what your goal is. Then get your steps lined out as to how you are wanting to reach your goal. When you set your goals remember to help make it easier to see if it is a good goal to reach you might want to use the SMART technique.
What is SMART Goal Setting?
Specific – What specifically do you want to achieve?
Measurable – Can you see that you are making progress?
Attainable – Is it a realistic goal or are trying the impossible?
Results Focused – How is this goal going to help you?
Time bound – Goals are nothing more than dreams with a deadline
Using this template you can see what certain details of your goal you need to work on so that you can reach and surpass that one objective you are wanting to meet.
What are some podcast specific goals to have.
The big one most podcasters use is Grow your audience. Just make sure you have how much you want your audience to grow, is it by 25 listeners or is it 2,500 listeners? Another one many people like to buy a new piece of equipment. Just know what piece of equipment you want and how you are going to attain that particular funding and set the deadline and you have a very good and reachable goal. Interviews are good to have. You might have a goal to interview three specific people by the 3rd of July. Specific and time limited is what you want to put the need get it done in your head.
My Goals for Podcast Dojo?
- Have four products designed and ready to go by 12:00 pm June 15 2015
- Make Podcast Dojo a weekly show again (so far so good)
- Make $20,000 off of product sales by 11:59PM December 31, 2015 – This is reachable. But it is my big challenge.
- Grow the Twitter followers for Circlecast to 3,996 followers and Podcast Dojo by 500 by 11:59 pm December 31, 2015 that would be 2,000 new followers
Podcasting Awards Nominations open up on January 19th – Yep time to put your raving hoards to work on promoting your show. It is also time to have the bellyachers and spoiled sports to complain that the awards are unfair.
Voice mail from John Morgan Lets Talk Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting
He asked what my mic setup was since I dropped my mixer. The set up is very linear it goes from XLR to 1/4″ TRS cable into an adapter down to 1/8″ TRS into the Roland R-05 Digital recorder. This is the easy setup and though I will be adding a new mixer one day at the moment this clean simple setup is great! I have the headphones plugged in for monitoring my sound and If you need help contact me.
This month I have found that I had a problem, an issue, a thing, that I needed to conquer to be able to keep going with my podcast. I was busy coming up with different excuses as to why my ability to podcast was not happening. I was using every excuse available. Then it hit me as to why my podcasting had stopped.
I knew it was not because I had lost interest in podcasting. In fact, I was always looking at podcasting equipment and listening to podcast about podcasts. My problem was I had become afraid. Most people get right up to the line when it comes to podcasting, but they do not jump out of fear.
Now the reason for that fear can be as different as each podcaster and aspiring podcaster out there, but the failure to launch in 9 times outta 10 the result of fear. That is what my problem was. I was afraid of what you my audience would say. What were they thinking? I knew many people wanted me to go on with the show because I have received emails from people listening and asking questions. Yet I would still throw work in as the blame or get sidetracked on the recording day and not get the recording done.
Well, I finally did it I jumped, AGAIN and I am going to keep pushing myself to get this show going on a regular basis again. Dont give up quite yet. If I do stop for good I will let you know. But the fear in podcasting that I was experiencing is not over, I have to rebuild an atrophied podcasting muscle and that can be daunting enough, but I know that I have already let many audience members downa and that is the scariest of them all.
I let my audience members down they were / are still, coming to the show for answers and I was not there. but that fear in my self perceived shame will be the determination to keep going. So, Hello world! The show is Going on.
Come along I have some neat ideas for the streaming potion of the PS4 and so we will have fun especially after I get a Plus account.
There are good podcast managers there are not so good and then there are those that just knock it out of the park. Hows that for not hiding the lead. Yep, I am a fan of this podcatcher. I have used it for a couple of years and I did run into a problem with the app once. Found that problem was not the app fault but some dalvik cache residue from the previous version of android. So needless to say I am a fan of this nifty app. So, with that little disclaimer lets look at the app Pocket Casts
There is a company with the creatively humorous name of Shifty Jelly. They make an innovative podcast manager called Pocket Casts. What? Innovative? Yep, this app was the introduction to the standards I use for these podcast manager reviews. Which is the auto-delete after playing a file, it also allows you to create a play list that is automatically filled with new episodes. A built in podcast discovery mechanism. Then the ease of use and how intuitive it is to use.
The first time I used Pocket Casts I was thinking wow 4 dollars for this app? It had better be good. Well, they kept their money because it was easy to use and organized my podcast shows into an easy to find format. It didn’t take long after getting my shows lined up, that I found out that I was going to like this app. There was not that much in Pocket Casts that is confusing. If you find something that is not straightforward just look around a bit and you will find the solution or you can get a hold of support and they will do everything they can to help you. There are times that the response time is a little slow but that is very rare. That or you asked a very challenging question and their research is taking a while.
Pocket Casts has some unique features that a few other podcatchers are now carrying. One that I find to be a big feature that I love to use is the Chromecast integration. This is a wonderful but underused feature. There are times that I like to listen to the shows through my television because the ear buds are a little cumbersome or the wife is wanting to talk to me at random times, or both factors come into play.
Pocket casts was the first app I used that had auto refresh and download. Which for people who are new to using and consuming podcasts it helps when they are running late and needing to get out the door. The less the new listener has to worry about the better it is for the podcast community at large. Pocket Casts goes through your shows and downloads all the new ones. You can set the auto-downloads to happen when your phone is on wi-fi or anytime. Not recommended if you are on a tiered data plan, but you can do so if you choose.
There is also the ease of finding new podcasts. Pocket Casts are tied into the iTunes directory so any podcasts you might want to hear are easily found in the app search. Make it simple and the Shifty Jelly crew does that. There is one feature I have yet to see in any other app on the market that is actually needed. The reason it is needed is because everybody at one time or another has to do the dreaded resetting of the phone. That was not a disturbance in the force. It was all those people who are hearing reset the phone to factory defaults. Meaning they are loosing everything on their phone. All the pictures, all their music, all of their podcasts. If you have ever listen to a large catalog of podcasts and then had to reset your phone I feel your pain. If for any other reason you should have Pocket Casts, the feature of Auto-backup or “Sync” is a God send. This feature backs up all of your subscriptions and what the last episode you have listened. After you have logged back in your subscriptions will start downloading you are set. No more going three weeks and realizing you forgot a show. No more deleting tons of already listened to shows. It is pretty close to set it and forget it as you can be.
There are still many reviews to be made on the topic of podcatchers but now you know what I am comparing my experience against.
Oh did I mention they are easy to use?
Things Pocket Casts Does Right
- auto-delete of played episodes
- Backup of your shows
- Auto downloads
Things Pocket Casts Does wrong
- support can be a little slow to respond (Hey they can’t be perfect)
Talk about an app that has matured and improved with advancement. BeyondPod is a nice surprise. I used BeyondPod a few years ago. Not really liking it and was a little turned off with the fremium model. I wasn’t sure what I was going to lose, when the app turned off the premium features. Yet, it was free and I could listen to free just fine.
Remembering back to the cumbersome days of the earlier BeyondPod, I remember getting lost and having problems finding the podcast I was wanting to listen it. This has all been cleared up with the pull out menu that shows all of your podcasts and then they have Smart Play lists. This is a great way for people to have their play lists built every time a new episode is downloaded. This is one of the big draw backs from may of the earlier players. If you want to listen to a list you have to build it yourself each time you get a new episode. DoggCatcher does auto play lists and that is just about it, for the apps that I have reviewed at the point of this post being published.
Yet Now, The layout has been cleaned up and is fresher looking. A new user would be able to easily navigate the different categories and the fairly intuitive design will help people to not get lost and understand how to get from the album art episode page back to the homepage.
It would be nice if at the end of an episode BeyondPod would delete the file before playing next instead of just playing next. This would keep the new users from having to deal with a full device because the old episodes were still on the listening device. Many very new listeners wouldn’t think to look in the settings to change the Playlist Preference to delete and play next.
Auto-updates isn’t a deal breaker so to speak and is a gentle bit of pressure to get people to buy the upgrade. Yet this will be a listeners big grumble. They will be running behind and their shows are not updated and URGH! Screams of frustrations so If you do have a lot of shows you will want to update daily or Weekly. You want to work a download schedule into your routine.
Good things about BeyondPod
- A prefilled suggestion list – Several good podcasts and I added a new show to my lineup. (Thanks BeyondPod)
- Chromecast – great if you have the Chromecast dongle and you listen through your television.
- Easy categories to choose from and you can also create your own
- Settings-o-plenty but not overwhelming
- play Video’s as audio
- Car Mode – big buttons for using while driving.
- Set as a favorite – You will find those episodes you want to listen to again and you will be able to easily find those episodes.
Bad things about BeyondPod
- Mystery meat icons took me a while to find out that the play list icon is just that. I guess the number is what threw me.
- BeyondPod is set to automatically delete the listened too files. You will have to change the setting in ‘Playlist Preferences’
- No automatic updates
- Chromecast is Pay
- Faster speeds
- Automatic updates