Feedburner is an RSS feed redirector, and rose to popularity as blogging starting becoming popular. Feedburner was a way for people with blogs to get stats on who was reading their posts through a new web service called RSS, or Rich Site Summary. Since with RSS, people were not actually going to the site they are just looking through a news reader or aggregator, Bloggers turned to a service like FeedBurner. Feed Burner would then let bloggers know how many people each day read their posts and get a rough idea as to how many people were subscribed to their blog’s RSS feed.
From There Google bought Feedburner in 2007 and added podcasting tags to the line up and the service started being used by podcasters to find out how many listeners the podcast hosts could possibly have and what countries was it most popular in. The service was good for podcasters because one they didn’t have to find a way to enter the needed iTunes tags into their RSS stream before Pod press and Power Press came onto the scene. Feedburner would do that automagicly and all you did was direct your RSS feed to Feedburner and it would give you a new RSS feed that you would share with the world.
What are uses for Feedburner
These days Feedburner is still used by bloggers and many podcasters. Not just new guys but good deal of the original podcasters use Feedburner for a clue as to how their shows fair and for the ability to change their feed url without loosing their audience. Which Feedburner is a good service to utilize if you are using a free service like WordPress.org, Blogger, tumblr, or some other blogging platform.
Feedburner is commonly used for blogging and podcasting subscription stats. A podcaster can find out from what countries people are listening. If you use a free platform Feedburner allows you to put in the iTunes RSS tags needed for your show to be in iTunes. What Rss Client your listeners are using allows you to customize the feed with some extra tags like geo tags or making your feed readable in a browser. You can edit the description of feed. There are lots of customizing options you can do inside of feedburner
That is all great so why is it not recommended that podcasters use Feedburner if it does all that and more? The answer to that is Google. Now, yes Google does provide great services and then they also use to provide great services but recently they have started closing many different popular services that were not making any money. With Google being a company that is their primary objective, but none the less Google has grabbed peoples attention by closing some very popular services. The big one that happened with in the year is Google reader. This was Google solution to the RSS aggregators. When Google started up the Reader service it killed, and some would argue all, the RSS reader programs that were available to download. Many adjusted by just tying onto Google reader and let Google do all the heavy lifting. Then in 2013 there was a shock through the Podcasting community because the main way most bloggers and podcasters got their news for their specific niche was through Google reader. This was very sudden and out of the blue.
This got people to look for why and the reason were also lining up with Feedburner. It hasn’t been updated in a while. many of the support services have been close Feedburner Japan lost its domain, and listening to a particular camp Google was going to shut Feedburner down in a couple of months . Well At the time of this release Feedburner is still up and running. Will it close? Possible it really is not making any money for Google, but I would argue a that close to half if not more of the blogging community still is tied to feedburner for subscription stats. Yet, Google did enable there to be permanent redirects for you feedburner feed. Which means they may be closing it soon. Maybe…
Should podcasters use FeedBurner?
That depends, are you going the free route?If so then yes because you might have to change your RSS feed a few times if you decide to invest in your show by purchasing a domain or you change platforms. If you have your own domain and you want maybe a little different view of your subscribers then ok know that there is an out if they do close the doors.
But personally I would not recommend it.because it is just to unknown why deal with the uncertainty of a service you really do not need. There are podcasting stats that will give you more information about your listeners, and a few are free or cost very little. For tagging your feed Blubrry’ s PowerPress has everything covered. The only thing Feedburner is really good for now a days is the RSS redirect, and if you have the other items you really don’t need the redirect.
What to do if you are using feedburner and you want to get out?
Close the Account and this will create a redirect to your real RSS feed. Yet, this will only work for those checking the site so iTunes should update their feed but what if you have listeners who use a different podcaster? This is the argument for having a mailing list. SO that if something happens then you can help your podcast listeners out by telling them that your feed address has changed and they need to update that feed.
Also you want to set up the iTunes redirect in Powerpress just as a Cover your Tail move Since most of your listeners come from the iTunes Directory. In the Admin section of your WordPress Site go to PowerPress and choose the Settings, and in Setting chose the iTunes Tab here you will see
“Set iTunes New Feed URL”
Here you will get a big scary warning. Now this warning should be heard and fully understood. cause if you do mess up you will basically loose all of your audience. After accepting the warning you will have a space you can enter your Feed URL which it should be
If you are not sure what your feed is then go to the feed tab and you will see your special podcast only feed and copy the url and paste it into the iTunes New Feed URL. Save and you are pretty much set after you let your listeners know and I would also as another level of cover the ol’ posterior by making a blog post too, that way if you have someone who doesn’t read emails wills till be able to get the information.
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If you are starting a podcast and you are wanting to know how many people are “listening” Use Blubrry if you are using a media host other than Libsyn you get your basic information for free and if you want deeper details then it is only $5 a month. If you have some type of aversion to BluBrry then you can also use Podtrac though I don’t feel their information is as detailed as Blubrry.
More celebrities getting into podcasting Ice T is starting a show called Ice-T: Final Level Ice T Is producing a bi-Monthly show with a friend of his. He will be doing what celebrities can do and talk in general formats, or not have a show about hip-hop it will be a show about News Stories, Video Games, Politics and other generalities.
Some people find shopping for a podcasters a little difficult. Do they need a new mic or mixer. What type do I get? Would they use a new set of cables, or what is a pop filter? The following list is a collection of different equipment needs going from inexpensive, it is the thought that counts; to high dollar, I really love ya, gifts. The podcaster in your life can and will use any of the following you purchase for him.
- Audio-Technica ATR2100 – $39.99 Great beginner podcasters microphone it has a USB interface for those who do not have a mixer to connect and a XLR connector for those who have a sound system. So this is easily the most versatile mic out of the lineup. It Many podcasters use both the USB and the XLR to record while using it with a Skype call. This inexpensive mic also has great sound rejection or not as much background noise is noticeable when being used.
- Dynamic microphone with USB and XLR analog output
- USB to your computer for digital recording, and the XLR connects with your sound system conventional microphone input
- Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use
- Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone output without audible delay
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear
- Built-In Headphone Jack With Volume Control
- Electro Voice RE320 Dynamic Microphone – $276.99 Bring this great professional studio quality dynamic microphone home to really add the desired warmth and depth to your podcasters recording.
- Designed for Broadcast booths, Concert venues, or podcast studio
- Variable-D pattern control
- proximity control minimizes positional and off-axis tonal shifts
- Integrated hum-bucking coil and built in pop filter helps get the best sound you can
- Neodymium magnet creates faster transient response and allows for a cleaner fuller sound
- Unique Dual Personality switch creates two mics in one Extremely durable build, fit and finish
- Heil Sound PR40 – $310.00 The Cadillac of the podcasters microphones. This is a great durable warm sounding microphone. This gem of a microphone helps bring the polishing touch to your sound.
- Copper-wound dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
- Body: Steel body with zinc die-cast bottom ring
- Frequency response: 28Hz to 18kHz
- Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
- Output level: -53.9dB @ 1,000 Hz
- Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone – $229.00 If you are needing a USB alternative to record with this microphone will help bring your sound to that desired level
- Broadcast sound quality
- 28mm dynamic capsule
- 18-Bit Resolution, 8 – 48 kHz sampling
- Windows and Mac compatible
- Tight Cardioid pattern for superior off axis sound rejection
- DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand – $12.95 This little desktop mic stand can do the job of holding your mic so that you will not have to worry about the handling sound.
- Pyle-Pro PMKS3 Tripod Microphone Stand W/ Extending Boom – $27.94 To keep the sound of your desktop at bay then you might want to have a mic stand that is free standing and away from the desk
- Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom – $120.00 Balanced to handle the Heil Pr40 This boom arm mic stand is designed to keep noise to a minimum
- Okeba shock mount and Pop filter $11.99 Dave Jackson of the School of Podcasting found this little gem. which will fit most stick style of mics
- Heil Sound PRSM Black Shockmount for Heil PR30 and PR40 Mics $105.00 This special shock mount will kill any sound that may still be traveling through your arm to keep it from entering your recording.
- Peavey PV 10 10-channel Compact Mixer $229.99 Great little mixer with XLR inputs along with 1/4″ TRS connections the slider controls help with the percission of getting the sound just right.
- Built-in DSP effects processor
- 6 RQ (reference-quality) low noise microphone inputs with insert points
- Channels 7/8 and 9/10 w/ dual switchable stereo line inputs
- 3-band EQ on all channels
- LED clip, signal, mute indication
- Mackie 1402VLZ4, 14-channel Compact Mixer$399.99 Recommended by many podcasting enthusiasts
- 14-channel mixer featuring Mackie signature high-headroom/low-noise design
- 6 Onyx mic preamps
- RF rejection perfect for broadcasting
- Phantom power for Condenser Mics
- 14 line inputs with +4/-10 operation control
- Allen & Heath ZED-14 14-Channel Mixer $399.00 Perfect mixer for the beginning Podcaster that is looking to add a mixer to their audio chain. Contains a USB for the chance to send the recording to a computer if you choose.
- 14 inputs total, with 6 DuoPre mic inputs
- 4 auxiliary sends, 2 stereo returns
- 3-Band EQ with sweepable mids
- 12-100MM faders for a professional feel
- Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphone $89.95 Probably one of the clearest sounding headphones allows for you to hear the minute background noises.
- Audio-Technical ATH-M40FS $52.99 Low cost alternative to clearly hear the sound you have recorded, with these around ear cans.
- Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder $188.00 – You will want to have the Roland Recorder Power Adapter$43.65 This is a must have if you have a podcaster in your life and they are recording into a computer. Hep them out and get them this little personal digital recorder. The Built in condenser mics are incredible to record with but if you like you can also record in the mic input and ass an extra line input.
- Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder $215.00 Quite possibly the most versitile personal digital recorder you could use. With a wide pattern of recording you can use the built in mics or you can use any mic you like because the H4N has 2 XLR input jacks that provide phantom power.
Who doesn’t need adapters? We all need adapters. All are needed in one form fashion or another, Buy one of each or ones you have heard your podcaster talk about
GLS Audio Mic Windscreens – $9.99 These are your typical foam ball mic cover it helps with the plosives and mild wind noise.
Rode Dead Kitten Windscreen – $24.99 Designed for the Rode SVM but will fit any mic that is shaped like it. but dont worry no cats were harmed in the making of these windscreens
Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter/ Swivel Mount / Mask Shied For Speaking Recording – $7.59 to keep the noise of plosive and simblances at bay your podcaster needs to use a popfilter this will clamp on to just about any stand
Auphonix Pop Filter for Best Recording – $16.99 a double meshed pop filter for added filtering.
Like the adapters a podcaster can always use cables. normally they will just need either XLR male to XLR Female or XLR female to 1/4 Male TRS
6 Foot XLR Male / Female Microphone cable – $8.09 XLR male to Female
DBX 286s Microphone Pre-amp Processor – $187.89 many times you need just a little extra power and clean gain.
Fethead inline mic preamp – €69.95 great inline preamp, that does a incredible job of increasing the gain of a mic without the noise.
Macally Audio and Video Cable for iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G (White) – $9.95 This cable is great for tying an audio device to a mixer.
PNY High Performance 32GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Card (P-SDH32G10H-GE) -$21.99 if you have a personal digital recorder then you want to have an SD card
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Adapters, thes little things are a life saver!
There are a few key points you should know about the Podcast awards Nomination process. First, and biggest is the Nominations are a one time shot. That means if you nominate for two categories and then remember a candidate for another category then you will be out of luck you can only nominate once. So you want to make sure that your show list is set you have the name and the URL for each show you want to nominate.
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