Podcast Help Desk™

Podcast Help Desk™

Companion show to Podcast Insider by Blubrry, Weekly Podcasting tips, opinions, gear, technology and news from a Veteran podcaster of over 16 years. Have a podcasting question? Ask here at the Podcast Help Desk.


October 1, 2021 15 min

When do you know it’s time to call it quits on a podcast?

  • When you don’t have time to do a quality show.
  • When you don’t have the motivation to do a quality show.
  • When it’s just no fun anymore.
  • When it’s not profitable anymore (if you podcast for profit).
  • When you have run out of things to say on your subject of choice.
  • When your topic is no longer relevant
  • What do you do after killing the show?

  • Start a new show.
  • GO fiishing 🙂
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  • Should you do live video? 
  • If so, where?
  • Facebook, YouTube, Others.
  • Riverside.fm, streamyard or direct. 
  • Podcast Movement Review 

    Website caching.  Getting a bit geeky. 

    This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com.  Go there and subscribe!

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    August 16, 2021 1 min

    I will be back in September 2021.  Be sure to check out PodcastInsider.com for weekly podcasting content.

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    I had the opportunity to talk to Dave Jones from Podcast Index and the Podcasting 2.0 show about PodPing and other podcasting stuff.

    We talked about the comments we made about PodPing on the Podcast Insider show with Angelo Mandato, CIO of RawVoice Inc. / Blubrry Podcasting. Also a lot of other podcast related things. It was a fun conversation for sure!

    Also, be sure to check out NewPodcastApps.com for all the Podcasting 2.0 powere...

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    Today I talk about Episode Notes tags  (Show Notes).  This is part 1 of an experiment.  Please email me mike@mikedell.com and let me know what app or apps you see this in and what tags (at the top of this text) you see and where.

    This is a LINK to something cool.


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    May 1, 2021 18 min

    One thing you can always say about how podcasting works, it’s always changing.  The last couple of weeks it seems that there is a sort of shift in how it works on basic levels.  Or, does it work the same and only some apps are changing?

  • Apple changed Subscribe to Follow for free podcasts.
  • Apple added “Subscribe” for premium podcasting.
  • Spotify say “Me too!” and adds Premium Podcasting for a very limited number of people.
  • Apple may hav...
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    Apple announced “Subscriptions” after changing the name of subscribing to a free podcast to “Follow”.  We have more details about that system.  Today I will attempt to tell you, technically, how this is going to work and what it will not do.

    What it is…
  • Apple Podcasts will allow you to create a show that is a paid subscription only available on Apple Podcasts.
  • You can do free episodes and paid episodes in the freemium model.
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    I put on my Grumpy Old Man hat on today.  Here are the top 10 things that bug me about podcasting and podcasters these days…

    10. WordPress.com is NOT the same as WordPress.org.

    9. People that use “POD” to mean Podcast.

    8. Companies that want to change the word “Subscribe” to Follow.

    7. No Tech Support for some podcast directories and apps.  They blame the podcast hosting companies for any issues.

    6. So-called Podcast Consultants.


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    I love it when people correct me! Andy Lehman tells me all about what I didn’t get quite right about the Podcast Namespace.

    Andy is the guy that does the Podcast Namespace WordPress Plugin, an Add-on to PowerPress to add more namespace tags to your RSS feed.   –  https://github.com/Lehmancreations/Podcast-Namespace-Wordpress-Plugin 

    Andy also does a podcast called Dudes and Dads Podcast – https://dudesanddadspodcast.com/ 

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    In the history of podcasting, there have been a few Namespaces added to RSS to make podcasting work.  Apple added the <itunes: > namespace, Google added the <googleplay:> namespace and even Blubrry added the <rawvoice:> namespace.  Now there is a new one done by independent podcasters, app developers, companies and other interested people called the <podcast:> namespace.   It’s done by the Podcast Index peop...

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    Today I want to go back to the REAL basics of how podcasting works.  

    So, without going into a history lesson,  podcasting has worked the same way since it started  16 years ago.  (some say longer). 

    So.  Back to the basics: 

    Podcasting is just Blogging with Audio.   To create a podcast post, you create a blog post (no matter where you are publishing, the basics are you are making a post) and you attach a link to an audio (or video...

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    Why would build your podcast on someone else’s platform when you can build your own?

    Building a podcast platform is a little harder than doing it on a Podcast Hosting company site, but it’s so worth it.

    At Blubrry, we call it the Blubrry Way.  Have your own domain. Put a WordPress on it and use the PowerPress plugin to generate your feed and let you publish from your own website. It will future-proof your show, your brand and give ...

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    January 6, 2021 16 min

    In 2020, the podcast industry added over 1 million shows (data from My Podcast Reviews).  Out of 1.7 million shows listed on Apple, 60% (ish) are inactive.

    Also in 2020…

  • Joe Rogan went Spotify Exclusive.
  • Spreaker/Voxnest got bought by iHeart Radio.
  • Stitcher got bought by Sirius/XM.
  • Wondery got bought by Amazon.
  • Podcast Index started by Adam Curry and Dave Jones.
  • Podcasting grew slow and steady.
  • Google Podcasts turned into a real Podcasti...
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    What are some things you can do when you just don’t feel like podcasting?

    Here is what I do. I do more show prep.  It seems I get more motivated to podcast if I do show prep on a show I’m about to record.

    Here are some other options:

  • Delay the episode a day or two until you do feel like podcasting.
  • Run a re-run.  If you have been at this a while and have some evergreen content, this isn’t a bad option.
  • Never force a show.  If you don...
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    December 23, 2020 17 min

    There are lots of apps you can use to play podcasts.   As a podcaster I’m sure you are also a podcast listener.  Here is my top 6 (in reverse order of use).

    #6  Podcast Addict  (Android) – I don’t use Android every day, but when I do, I use either Podcast Addict or Google Podcasts.  Being that I have to test in a lot of apps, I have just about every app for podcast listening on Android.  This one is the best and as a bonus, they ge...

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    December 19, 2020 27 min

    RSS is what powers podcasting.  In fact, this is why podcasting even exists. The enclosure tag in RSS2 allows you to “attach” a media file. Mainly an MP3 but you can also attach just about any media like a video file, a PDF or ebook file.  “Podcasting” is mostly audio but there are some that do video via RSS.

    RSS (RDF Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed that allows users and applications to access updates to we...

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    PodcastIndex.org is a project by Adam Curry and Dave Jones (and a whole bunch of devs and podcasters) that is meant to “preserve podcasting as a platform for free speech” as their tagline says on the site.  This is very important to us indie podcasters.  This can help prevent one company from owning podcasting.

    They are also working on the Podcast Namespace for RSS and how to spread a little money around.

    Check them out at PodcastI...

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    I failed miserably at completing the NaPodPoMo 30 episodes in 30 days this year.  OH well,  Such is life getting in the way.

    The Good News and part of the “big” announcement I teased is this show is going 2 times weekly starting on Dec. 16, 2020.

    As the unofficial companion show to Podcast Insider – Blubry’s Official Podcast and Blog, I will be putting out short 10-15 minute (most of the time) episodes of Podcast Help Desk on Wedn...

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    November 21, 2020 19 min

    I’m not only a podcaster, but an avid podcast listener.  I have something like 30 shows that I subscribe to plus I listen to a lot of one-off shows that I don’t subscribe to.   Here is my top 8 (as of late November 2020) Also, not in Rank order.   Just that these 8 are listened to nearly as soon as they come in.

    Lehto’s Law

    Steve Lehto is a Lawyer in Michigan and an author. He specializes in Lemon Law cases.  He has been doing a Yo...

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    November 17, 2020 5 min

    Keeping it simple makes it easy for you to produce your podcast and not worry about waisting a lot of time if you don’t have a lot of time.

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