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The results are in!  Thank you for those that reported what you saw in your app of choice. I put different images in different places. I put a Green logo image in the ID3 tags (embedded in the mp3 file),  A Blue logo image in the RSS image ( Called "iTunes image" in the item level of the RSS feed) A  Green and blue imgage in the body of the post (Featured image) and the feed has the normal Orange logo image for the overall...
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In today's episode I am testing what episode artwork shows up in which apps and directories again.   Things are changing and I want to see what apps show which artowrk.   I have an RSS image for this episode with blue type, an ID3 tag image with Green Type and the normal orange type from my logo in the main show level artwork.   Let me know which one you see.  email Mike@mikedell.com I will report back what I have foun...
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February 12, 2020 6 min
I am going to leave PodcastHelpDesk active.  Just going on 'indefinite Hiatus"  or "once in a while" mode.    So no expectations of an episode every week or even every month, but I will put stuff in this feed once in a while.    Stay subscribed! Thank to everyone that contacted me and your thoughts and suggestions were appreciated! You will always be able to find me at MikeDell.com and PodcastInsider.com 
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February 4, 2020 5 min
Looking for some help here.  What do you think I should do with this podcast?   I am not consistent (as you can tell) and I want to pair down the number of shows I feel obligated to do. Should I leave it online and just let it podfade and exist?  Or should I kill it and erase it’s existence? Let me know, mike@mikedell.com I will continue to do Mike Dell’s World (mikedell.com) but as for the rest of the shows, I don’t think so...
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What is going to happen to podcasting in 2020? Who knows, but i make some predictions and ramble about podcast topics at random in this informal Podcast Help Desk episode. Catch me on Evo's Podcast Pontifications as the Guest-host. Use my promo code at Blubrry.com for a free month. Catch you next year!
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This is typed into the Post Content box in WordPress *** Please let me know what you see above this line in the "show notes", "Episode notes" or "Description" on your app and what app you are listening on.  mike@mikedell.com. This should be a live link  Today I talk about Anchor, Spotify and if they are "bad" or good, and if it's good to have one dominant platform that people listen on. ...
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Every part of my studio, other than the mic boom and cable is new.  The Rodecaster Pro has replaced a whole rack of stuff.  I gush about how much Love this thing.  It may not be perfect but man-o-man does it make things a bunch easier for most average podcasters. I also talk about the other podcasts I'm doing including the new (ish) one I'm doing for Blubrry Podcasting called "Podcast Insider" (www.podcastinsider.c...
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A quick update of what is going on with Podcast Help Desk and Blubrry. Will be at Podcast Movement with "Podcast Help Desk" office hours.  Stop by the booth if you need some help with your show's tech. Win a Rodecaster Pro by entering Blubrry's record a promo contest at the Blubrry booth. Podcast Help Desk News RIP.    I killed it.  It was fun while it lasted on Alexa.   Check out Blubrry's new official...
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Today I go through what I'm using currently for podcast production.   Here is the list: Mackie 1202VLZ4 Mixer Behringer Composter PRO XL 2 channel Compressor, Limiter, Gate Denon DN-300R Rack Mount Digital Recorder Heil PL-2T Boom Heil Shock Mount (normally for a PR40 Mic) Electrovoice RE-20 Mic  and/or Audio-techincia BPHS1 Headset Mic Zoom H5 Handi Recorder Behringer XM8500 Hand-held Mics for extras or portable   Software:...
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The single best way to make sure your Title is what you want it to be EVERYWHERE is to use it as the blog title (assuming you are using WordPress to publish your podcast) or the TITLE box in whatever podcast service you are using.   The Best way to make sure your "shownotes" are the same everywhere is to use it in the main post content box. There are, in Theory, ways to specify for different places different titles, post c...
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This is Wednesday's episode of my Alexa News Breif Podcast Help Desk news. In addition to killing off "iTunes" on the Mac Desktop, Apple is also changing up the categories.  (Later this summer) Also adding some search and photo settings. Your podcast companies did not know about this ahead of time and will (the good ones anyway) be up to speed by the time this gets implmented at Apple.  
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One of the questions I get a lot is how to change your podcast's title. In this short episode, I explain how to do it and why you might want to.  Also some of the things that won't change because you change your title. As some of you might remember, this podcast used to be called "Podcasting Tech Coach" Back in Episode 13, I changed it to Podcast Help Desk Here is a link to that episode PHD013 - Rebranding This ...
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For those that do not know me, I’ve been podcasting since 2005 and made every single mistake in the book. I’ve also worked in support for a podcast company for 10 years (as of next month).  I think I might know what I’m talking about, at least about these topics. Know that Podcasting is  PULL technology. All apps, subscribers, and directories PULL your RSS feed from wherever it lives. That means when you publish your podcast, th...
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Apple seems to have backed down on Episode Numbers in Episode Titles.  Here is a partial quote from the email they sent out... We’ve received a lot of questions about metadata best practices on Apple Podcasts. We want to provide more details and clarification as you think about improving your show’s metadata. Your Show Won’t Be Removed for Having Episode Numbers in Episode Titles Starting with iOS 11 in September 2017, we introdu...
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Apple sent a letter to podcasters today (It was a bulk email NOT just to you). The big takeaway is that you need to remove episode numbers from your titles. I have a way of doing that and keeping them in your blog titles (as you can see above) and Keep Apple happy. Here is what they sent: Dear Podcast Provider, To improve your experience with Apple Podcasts, we want to share the following information and updates. Optimize Your S...
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Is all Podcast advice applicable to your goals in podcasting?  Be careful about who you are getting your advice from. Do they have an agenda? (most do) Do they match YOUR goals in podcasting?    Not everyone wants advertisers.  A lot of advice given on the Facebook groups is not applicable to the person sitting next to the water heater in a basement studio. This is my little rant/brain dump on the subject of advice. Be sure to li...
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February 21, 2019 34 min
Paul Colligan is a Podcast Pioneer, Marketing guy, Podcaster, Author and Speaker who was around in the early days of Podcasting. Paul sat down with me and we talked about, you guessed it, Podcasting (duh!). Paul's Links: PaulColligan.com The Podcast Report Paul's Twitter Paul's Facebook Paul's books   Thanks for listening.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an Episode!
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What does this accusition mean to the average independent Podcaster? Not much is my guess. This is just me doing a bit of a brain-dump about the big news of yesterday. Is it good for Podcasting in General? Is it Good/Bad for Indy podcasters? Who knows? We will see how it shakes out. Also, I talk about a new App called Himalaya You can go over there and claim your show. I'm testing it out as a listening app. I will let you kno...
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January 19, 2019 32 min
Elise Escobar stopped by the Podcast Help Desk a while back and we had a great conversation about podcasting (what else?) and what she is doing in podcasting. Elsie is a Hall of Famer, Podcaster and Social Media at Libsyn - The Feed and She Podcasts.  I also talk about Podcast Help Desk News Alexa skill (and now REAL podcast).  
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December 14, 2018 12 min
Do you want to separate your blog posts from your podcast posts on your website?   It might be a bad idea. First - How to do it if you really really want to in WordPress Create a category for the podcast.  DO NOT USE "podcast" as a category. Enable Category Podcasting in PowerPress Settings (at the bottom of each setting page) In the Category Podcasting menu (found under PowerPress in the sidebar) tick the box that s...
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