Welcome to the Cast of Pods. My name is Andy Petek. I’m the CEO of an online media production company called Daydreamer Media. In 2020, we launched our own network to empower unique voices from around the globe. This is a podcast all about the business of online storytelling. Each week we cover the latest news in the world of podcasting, tips and tricks for producing your own show, and we bring on podcasters of all sorts to introduce you to the most exciting new voices on the internet and give you a curated selection of the best content to add to your playlist.Thanks for joining us in the discussion of all things podcast!


March 11, 2021 17 min

Today Andy discusses six key ways to optimize your podcast to get the maximum number of streams and downloads.

These include:

1.) Have Discoverable Podcast Name
2.) Interview Guests Regularly and Engage On Social Media
3.) Create Helpful Titles People Will Search For
4.) Write Keyword Optimized Descriptions
5.) Maximize Distribution on All Podcasting Directories
6.) Create a Dedicated Website For Your Show

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Today Andy discusses the three core motivations to start and run a podcast.  He breaks down the ways to grow based on which is your primary objective.

1.) Supplement Your Business/Career
2.) Expand Your Network
3.) Grow Your Audience

Tune in Wednesday and Friday for the latest episodes of CAST OF PODS!

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This week's interview episode is with Anna Campion.  Her podcast is called "OH NO! with Anna Campion."  

Anna shares conversations with a broad assortment of guests on cringe-worthy topics of funny social situations that we can all identify with.   The show is an absolutely blast and a great way to have a laugh or feel-good break from your week.

New episodes every Thursday on all major podcasting platforms.

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February 16, 2021 18 min

In this episode, Andy discusses common "turn offs" that irritate and lose listeners from podcasts.

We'll dive into in-depth insights on :
1.) Audio Leveling
2.) Script Reading
3.) "Housekeeping"
4.) Inside Jokes
5.) Irrelevant Information
6.) Interrupting Guests
7.) "Garbage Words" know.
8.) Advertisements
9.) Friends Talk
10.) Rebroadcasts

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On today's episode, Andy sits down with Maryellen Dance, host of OKAY-ISH.  Maryellen is a licensed mental health therapist.  She owns a private therapy practice and teaches at a university in upstate New York.

OKAY-ISH is about de-stigmatizing therapy, making real human observations, doing work on relationships, self, love and everything that goes on in your head!  Maryellen share expert insights and practical tips for living a...

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In today's episode, Andy dives into startup tips for making your own podcast.  In Part 1 of this mini series, he talks about five decisions to be made before recording your first episode or considering equipment and technical production.

These include:
1.) Show Concept
2.) Naming of Your Show
3.) Format of Your Show
4.) Recording and Posting Schedule
4.) Cover Art

Andy talks about how to make a clear plan, optimize your preliminary as...

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In today's episode, Andy sits down with an online marketing expert named Derek Videll.  On his podcast, The Social Bamboo Podcast (same name as his business), he coaches listeners on everything there is to know in the ever-changing world of social media and online marketing.

Tune in for valuable insights and check out The Social Bamboo Podcast!

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On this episode, Andy described 10 different types of podcasts with all the variables from the number of hosts, type of content, target listener and more.  He explains all the different types of shows and who/what each work for.

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In this episode, Andy chats with Abby Rosenblum, host of the "GHOSTED" Podcast.  Abby is a professional matchmaker and her program introduces the world to dating and love professional from yoga teachers to dating coaches, astrologists to therapists.  Abby has dedicated her career to helping people find love and her podcast is a one-stop guide for taking the next step toward finding love yourself.  Or just the entertainment ...

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January 21, 2021 28 min

In this episode, Andy gives a macro overview of the different ways to monetize a podcast with descriptions of each and suggestions for when or how to do each one.

Covered in this episode:
- Advertising
- Sponsorships
- Patreon Communities
- Paid Premium Content
- Repurposing Content
- Video Syndication
- Merchandise + Products
- Public Speaking
- Development Groups
- Online Courses
- Informational Products
- Direct Coaching
- Affiliate Marke...

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In today's episode, Andy welcomes the co-hosts of lifestyle podcast "A Tale of Two Sam."

Sam Prete and Sam O'Connell met growing up on Staten Island in New York.  After college and embarking on exciting career paths in media, these best friends decided to start a podcast to share their experiences living in New York City, traveling the country working on sports and entertainment, dating, sex, friendships...and ALL TH...

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January 14, 2021 15 min

Today Andy discusses whether or not your podcast needs to have a stand-alone website.  

- He discusses the different uses for podcasts that intend to be revenue bearing and how utilizing a website to showcase each episode in a written form enhances the opportunity to capture traffic to the episode.

- He talks about affiliate and partner linking from a website page for an individual episode and the extra options that provides.

- Andy c...

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In this episode of THE CAST OF PODS, Andy sits down with Matison Card.  A multi-talented model, actress, singer and dancer, Matison set out for Los Angeles as a teenager to discover what show business has to offer.  Now years later, Matison decided to take her talents to the podcast airwaves with her show 'The House of Card.'

On the weekly podcast, she teaches newcomers all the ins and outs of booking work, being on sets, pe...

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In the first episode of THE CAST OF PODS, Andy dives into the four core pillars of the podcasting industry.


Andy walks through each of these areas with explanation and examples using Spotify's recent acquisitions and growth as an example for each.  He discusses future predictions and how the industry as a whole should grow in 2021.

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