Mike Dell is a podcast coach, broadcaster, and customer support co-ordinator for Blubrry Podcasting.
As a podcaster, it's good to have an overview of the industry as a whole. Such as, how many podcasts are there? That's an easy answer, over 2 million as of spring 2021. However, once you start to look at the shows individually, can all of them really be counted? Thanks for joining us on this episode of Podcast Insider. Looking to be a guest on the show? Let us know. Recorded live from two well-separated and socially distanced podcast studios in northern and southern Michigan; here’s Podcast Insider. Live Facebook recording. News: Religion is no longer the largest category of podcasts (at Apple Podcasts) Numbers that make you think: 26% of all shows in Apple Podcasts have just one episode Are there really over 2 million podcasts? Yes, but maybe no. Wondery, recently purchased by Amazon, is looking to double its staff with nearly 75 job openings. Canadian Podcast award nominations are open until April 30th. Apple launched a new exclusive podcast, in a promotion strategy with the release of a new TV show. Spotify quietly removing more Joe Rogan episodes. Best Practice:  Send your listeners to your website. Do not focus on  sending listeners to one platform. You can list (and link) all of their options such as Google, Spotify, etc on your website. Blubrry News: PowerPress 8.5.5  is out! PowerPress 8.6 is currently in internal beta. New stats widget and some UI tweaks.  If you would like to beta test PowerPress 8.6, email mike@blubrry.com. RIAA takedowns for copyrighted music are on the upswing.  Be careful! Question(s) of the Week  Question: Craig on the Blubrry Facebook Group “If I post my podcast via WordPress and make the visibility "private" will it still post to my public RSS feed?” Answer: No. The post being published and public is required for the episode to get into the RSS feed. Using PowerPress, it creates a podcast feed from your blog posts. That being what it does, all posts that are public and have a podcast episode file attached as an enclosure, will be in the RSS feed. Blogging and podcasting are the same thing. If you make a blog post private, it does not show up in syndication feeds. If it’s public and published, it will go into the RSS feed. Question 2: “I recently switched website hosts and now my RSS feed is coming up with an error 404 Not Found. Any suggestions on how to fix this?” Answer 2: The problem is on the new host, your permalinks are set to default (plain) in WordPress settings. That causes your feed address to change to https://domain.com/?feed=podcast instead of https://domain.com/feed/podcast/. Set your permalinks to “post name” or anything other than “plain” and it will correct the feed address. ______________ If you have a question you would like us to answer on the show, drop an email to mike@blubrry.com  (Audio or text or even video if you want) and we may use it on the show. The best place for support with any Blubrry products/services is our ticket system (https://blubrry.com/support/)  Sending a ticket gives the whole team access to the question rather than direct emails or direct phone calls. ______________ Be sure to subscribe to the unofficial companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and techy side of podcasting.  This week, I plan to air my top 10 podcasting grievances https://www.podcasthelpdesk.com ______________ Promo code INSIDER for a free month at Blubrry.com Coming at you this week from Blubrry Studios in northern and southern Michigan. Produced by the Blubrry Pro-Production team. Schedule a one-on-one with Todd (hosting customers only). Email todd@blubrry.com Schedule a tech checkup with Mike (hosting customers only). Email mike@blubrry.com Send us your podcast sticker and a self-address stamped envelope (SASE) and we will send you a Blubrry care package. Our mailing address is: Blubrry – MacKenzie 150 E. Campus View Blvd.
I love it when people correct me! Andy Lehman tells me all about what I didn't get quite right about the Podcast Namespace.
Happy April Fools Day! We promise, we do enjoy helping our customers. One thing we don't joke about at Blubrry Podcasting is copyrighted music or material. It'll get podcasters into hot water fast (seriously, don't be a fool) and we highly recommend getting your intros, outros and any music played in your episodes, from a reputable source where you are most likely going to pay for it. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be legal. Thanks for joining us on this episode of Podcast Insider. Looking to be a guest on the show? Let us know. Recorded live from two well-separated and socially distanced podcast studios in northern and southern Michigan; here’s Podcast Insider. Live Facebook recording. News: Entercom, Owners of CBS Radio, Cadence13, Pineapple Street Studios and Podcorn changed its name to Audacy. Podcast Index now has over 2 million podcasts! The Ramsey Show has reached one billion downloads. Apple Podcasts Connect has a 'known issue’ with validating new RSS feeds. They are aware of it and are working on it. Serial Productions new 5 episode podcast launching soon.  The Improvement Association is about election fraud in small town South Carolina. James Cridland pulled off a great April Fools episode/issue of PodNews.net today. We highly recommend it. Podcaster Radio expands in the UK to Birmingham, England. Best Practice: Podcast Intros, Outros and Music  Do you need a music opener? Safe places to get that music. For instance... our partner Source Audio. Blubrry News: PowerPress 8.5.5 should be out soon fixing a LONG-STANDING bug  in Migrate Media.  Along with some other minor UI tweaks.  Collaborations Benefit Podcasters, from our blog. PowerPress 8.6 in internal beta.  New stats widget and some UI Tweaks.  If you would like to beta test PowerPress 8.6, email mike@blubrry.com Tip of the Week: Do you sometimes wonder where a podcast is hosted or what RSS feed a podcast is using? Do you don’t know what yours is (you should know your own RSS feed). You can find an RSS feed of any show using CastFeedValidator.com. Just click on “Find Your Feed” in the upper right. Enter the title of the show as  listed in Apple Podcasts and the tool will find the RSS feed.  Just click on “View RSS” and it will take you to the RSS address of the show and you can see what the address is. If you have a question you would like us to answer on the show, drop an email to mike@blubrry.com  (Audio or text or even video if you want) and we may use it on the show. The best place for support with any Blubrry products/services is our ticket system (https://blubrry.com/support/)  Sending a ticket gives the whole team access to the question rather than direct emails or direct phone calls.  ______________ Be sure to subscribe to the companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and techy side of podcasting.  This week Mike talks with Andy Lehman (maker of the Podcast Namespace WordPress Plugin) about the Podcasting 2.0 and the “podcast” namespace.   https://www.podcasthelpdesk.com ______________ Promo code INSIDER for a free month at Blubrry.com Coming at you this week from Blubrry Studios in northern and southern Michigan. Produced by the Blubrry Pro-Production team. Schedule a one-on-one with Todd (hosting customers only). Email todd@blubrry.com Schedule a tech checkup with Mike (hosting customers only). Email mike@blubrry.com Send us your podcast sticker and a self-address stamped envelope (SASE) and we will send you a Blubrry care package. Our mailing address is: Blubrry – MacKenzie 150 E. Campus View Blvd. #180 Columbus, Ohio 43235
Special Announcement: Samsung Podcasts — Blubrry is a launch partner. Organizing your podcast production helps to make sure your audience is getting consistent episodes and makes it easier for you, the podcaster. Earlier this week in a blog post we shared some ways to make pre and post production simple, and Todd and Mike review some of those tactics in today's episode. Thanks for joining us on this episode of Podcast Insider. Looking to be a guest on the show? Let us know. Recorded live from two well-separated and socially distanced podcast studios in northern and southern Michigan; here’s Podcast Insider. Live Facebook recording. News: Google adds automatic subtitles in Chrome for web audio (and video) players. Over 2 million podcasts in Apple Podcasts, wow. Most listeners say they will not pay for a podcast. We're not surprised. Kangaroofern Inaugurates Australiasia’s First Podcast Summit – Podfiesta April 10th-12th. Podcasting is always the next big thing Podcast Prefix Analytics explained Best Practice: Organizing your production: How Podcast Insider does show-prep, records and publishes. Perfect your process: Prep, record, post-production, publish your episode Checklists are good (see blog article below) Double check your equipment and settings Don’t forget to hit RECORD :) Blubrry News: PowerPress 8.6 is in the works, will include new stats reporting in the WordPress dashboard Optimize Your Podcast Pre-Production with a Checklist, from our blog. Growing Your Audience Organically, with Todd Cochrane from Podcast Movement University! Today, PowerPress 8.5 and Podcast Index Tags webinar Question(s) of the Week:  Question: I bought a Blue Yeti microphone and I can’t get it to sound good at all. What can I do to make it sound better? Answer: The Blue Yeti is a condenser mic. Condenser mics require a quiet environment. So, if possible, record in a quiet place with lots of “soft” things around. A carpeted room with curtains over the windows, a closet perhaps. Also, you have to tweak the settings to help prevent extra sounds from getting into the mic. First thing, Yeti is a side-address microphone, which means you should speak into the side of the microphone with the Blue logo facing you. Get up close and personsal, (2-6 inches) from the microphone. Use a pop-filter in-between you and the mic. Turn the gain (volume) of the microphone down lower than you think it should be. Test the recording and turn the input to your source down until your levels are about ¾ of the way up (depending on what sort of meter you have in the software). Lower is better. Once you have finished recording, run the file though a leveling program like Auphonic. This will boost the volume back up to standard if you record low (like you should with a Yeti). Do some test recordings to get proper levels without too much background noise and remember where those settings are (or take a picture). The Yeti would not be my first choice for a podcasting mic. A dynamic USB mic like the ATR2100X, Samson Q2U or the Shure MV7 would be a better choice if you can swing it. Yeti’s are not necessarily bad, but do take a bit more care and planning to get them to sound good at first. ______________ Be sure to subscribe to the companion show to this one, Podcast Help Desk where Mike goes a little deeper into the geeky and tech side of podcasting.  This weekend, I will be explaining the podcast namespace tags and why you might want to start using them.  https://www.podcasthelpdesk.com ______________ Promo code INSIDER for a free month at Blubrry.com Coming at you this week from Blubrry Studios in northern and southern Michigan. Produced by the Blubrry Pro-Production team. Schedule a one-on-one with Todd (hosting customers only). Email todd@blubrry.com Schedule a tech checkup with Mike (hosting customers only).
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Birthdate
Jan 25th, 1966
Location
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Episode Count
684
Podcast Count
5
Total Airtime
1 week, 8 hours
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