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Podcast Passion – PHD104

1/27/2018
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I've been having a few things on my mind so I figured rather than write it out and rant on Facebook, I would flip on the mic and just speak it. This is a somewhat different episode. It's me rambling on a bit about Passion for podcasting. Also about learning your craft. Even the techy parts. The main things I tried to get across is this: Learn how this stuff works. Not the super geeky bits, but the basics. Spend the little bit of time it takes to understand what is supposed to happen when...

Duration:00:22:41

Podcast Passion – PHD104

1/27/2018
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I've been having a few things on my mind so I figured rather than write it out and rant on Facebook, I would flip on the mic and just speak it. This is a somewhat different episode. It's me rambling on a bit about Passion for podcasting. Also about learning your craft. Even the techy parts. The main things I tried to get across is this: Learn how this stuff works. Not the super geeky bits, but the basics. Spend the little bit of time it takes to understand what is supposed to happen when...

Duration:00:22:41

Recording an Episode – PHD103

12/2/2017
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Today I talk about recording your episodes. It's an off the top of my head episode about how I record, some tips for recording. The main points are: 1. Find some quiet time in a quiet space. 2. Allow enough time for re-dos and editing (while it's fresh). 3. Don't overthink it. 4. Get comfortable with the tech and talking on the mic. 5. Don't be afraid to do 2 or 3 retakes if needed. I also tell you about how I started a new show (Fast Food History) and how it's a bit out of my comfort zone...

Duration:00:23:13

Recording Equipment for Your Podcast – PHD102

11/8/2017
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News: Blubrry/RawVoice has acquired Cast Feed Validator (castfeedvalidator.com) Recording Equipment You do not need anything a smartphone to start podcasting. Some people have good luck with just a smartphone and if done right, they can record a good show with just that. Microphones. I suggest NOT getting a USB Condenser mic Go for a dynamic mic. ATR2100 is a good starter mic if you have to use USB. You can go with a more expensive microphone and use a USB interface. Mixer - You don’t...

Duration:00:23:21

Planning Your Podcast – PHD101

10/21/2017
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Planning your Podcast 1. Pick a subject 2. Pick a title 3. Get a domain name 4. Figure out ahead of time how you are going to do the RSS feed a. WordPress/PowerPress b. No website but use RSS from Media host c. Roll your own XML (rss) feed d. Proprietary service (Soundcloud, Podbean, others) 5. Get ARTWORK - VERY SPECIFIC ARTWORK SEPCS 6. Show format This show is brought to you by Blubrry Podcasting - For a free Month of Podcast Hosting, Stats or Deluxe PowerPress Sites, use the promo code...

Duration:00:25:04

Season 2 Trailer – PHD

9/19/2017
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Being that IOS11 and the new Podcasts App is out today, I figured I would play with things and do a trailer for "Season 2" of the Podcast Help Desk. So, here it is. These will be the next 10 episodes. I will also include some news, views and the normal stuff in htere as well as the "lesson" of the episdoe. 101 - Planning your podcast 102 - Getting recording equipment 103 - Recording that first episode 104 - Myths about “Launching” a podcast 105 - Artwork and branding 106 - Setting up an...

Duration:00:04:08

What’s in an Email address? – PQH 9-8-17

9/8/2017
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Do you think less of someone because of their email address? say @hotmail.com, Outlook.com, Yahoo.com or AOL.com? (Gmail.com seems to be my exception) What say you? Be sure to go back and listen to PHD100 if you haven't heard it and go to PodcastHelpDesk.com (or press the button on the right if you are on the site) and get subscribed.

Duration:00:03:26

Episode 100 – My History in Podcasting – PHD100

9/3/2017
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News: Podcast Movement 2017 Shows I’ve started. (starting in April 2005) Benzoid Report / Mike Dell’s World (93 episodes of BR and the rest MDW) Your Podcast by Blubrry Traverse City Podcast Geek of the North What’s Up With That? Quick Hits 5 Min with Mike RetroTech Strange Today Today in Aviation History Aviation History This Week Ham Radio Podclass Guest on several shows. And a few more I forgot :) Best I can guess I’ve done somewhere around 2700 episodes Some of the cool things that...

Duration:00:57:17

Podcast Help Desk News Flash Briefing available on Alexa

8/4/2017
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Just a short note and announcement to let you know that a new Skill is available from the Podcast Help Desk (me). Just look for Podcast Help Desk News and add the skill. Then in your flash briefing on your Alexa device, you will hear a 1-2 min news clip from Podcast Help Desk News that will be either a short news story about podcasting, a podcasting tip or once in a while a small rant from Your's truly.

Duration:00:02:00

Why Does Real Podcast Hosting Cost So Much More Than Soundcloud? – PHD099

7/29/2017
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News: Messengers movie available for Pre-order at iTunes Soundcloud is dying. Run for your lives! (really, make other plans if you are on soundcloud). Audioboom makes deal with Deezer (or is it the other way around?) ------------- Q: Why is XXX (Blubrry, Libsyn, Spreaker) so much more expensive than Soundcloud? A: Because, businesses that host podcasts have to buy bandwidth. Bandwidth costs money. If you charge less than it costs you and don’t make a profit, the business won't stay in...

Duration:00:33:46

New Site Hosting at Blubrry.com! – PQH15

5/17/2017
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This is the first post on the new PowerPress Sites Deluxe powered Podcast Help Desk. I've changed a few things on the transition over to PPS from Godaddy hosting (Nothing wrong with godaddy and I still have MikeDell.com over there). First change is the main feed now includes both PHD and PHDQH. For those that don't want the full episodes, and only the Quickhits, there is a feed for that here. Otherwise, stay subscribed to the main feed and you will get everything I put out. Trying to...

Duration:00:06:53

What You Shouldn’t Worry About – PHD098

4/10/2017
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Here are the things I DO NOT worry so much about in my Podcasting: 1. My Statistics / Numbers 2. My Reviews, Ratings and Rankings 3. iTunes 4. Audio Perfection 5. Being Absolutely Everywhere 6. MP3 File Names Things I do worry about: 1. Audience - Give them a reason to listen 2. Knowing my listeners 3. My RSS feed address 4. Being everywhere that matters 5. Ease of use for my listeners and web visitors You will have to listen to the show to find out more :)

Duration:00:43:25

New Beginner Series – Getting Started – PHD097

3/29/2017
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He's Baaaaackkkk! :) Today I give a bit of an overview of what you need to do BEFORE you put out your first episode of your podcast. 1. Pick a Topic 2. Pick a Title (for the show) 3. Pick and get your domain name 4. Figure out how you are going to do your RSS feed 5. Setup your site and feed 6. Figure out how and what you are going to use to record your podcast 7. Test record to make sure you know how to use your mic, software, devices and whatever else you use to record and edit your...

Duration:00:28:06

I’m Still here – PHD096

3/9/2017
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Just a short note to let everyone know I'm still here and will be producing podcasts again VERY SOON! Thanks for staying subscribed!

Duration:00:01:17

How Wrong Was Mike? – Podcast Predictions From Last Year – PHD095

12/31/2016
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My Predictions from 2015 in podcasting for the Year 2016 I Made some guesses on what was going to happen in 2016 back in Episode 71. Now we find out just how wrong I was. Soundcloud will no longer be a podcast media host (Wrong, they are still here) Soundcloud is still here and still nobody has bought them and they haven’t gone out of business (yet) There will be at least one new podcast media hostt (Right) Dan Benjamin's Fireside along with a BUNCH of others that didn’t really make a...

Duration:00:12:47

The 12 Things you should NOT do in 2017 – PHD094

12/22/2016
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1. DO NOT Host your mp3 files on your own webserver Hosting your files on a webserver is the single quickest way to get kicked off of your web hosting server. Plus, if you get popular at all, your mp3 downloads will compete with your website and your RSS feed. It’s simply not a good idea. 2. DO NOT Use Feedburner (or feedblitz or any other 3rd party RSS feed service) We have beaten this dead horse but I get calls every week from someone who is on feedburner and something goes wrong....

Duration:00:38:17

What is a Podcaster? – What is a Podcast? – PHD093

12/15/2016
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News: Spotify NOT buying soundcloud after all Was your show canceled by the Podcast Authority? --------------------- Listener Question Q: Is a Blue Yeti a good microphone to start out with? A: NO Now, to be fair, the Blue Yeti is a nice microphone and would be a great mic for someone that has a very quiet recording environment and/or is willing to put in the time to learn how to use it properly. Is it the best? No, is it the worst? Sometimes. -------------------- What is a podcast? noun a...

Duration:00:29:40

MacKenzie Bennet from the PowerPress Podcast and Feedburner Again – PHD092

11/7/2016
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Today I talk to MacKenzie Bennett from The PowerPress Podcast about her journey in podcasting as a beginner. MacKenzie is the Affiliate and Services Coordinator at RawVoice Inc. and Blubrry Podcasting. You can contact MacKenzie at mackenzie@blubrry.com or on twitter @MacKenzieB6 I also went on another rant about Feedburner and the few podcast "gurus" out there that still say you should use feedburner. If you would like a free month of Hosting or Stats at Blubrry.com, use the promo code...

Duration:00:33:10

Gary Leland and Podcasting For Business (and other fun stuff) – PHD091

10/7/2016
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I got to chat with Gary Leland from, originally, Podcast Pickle and a bunch of other sites, podcasts and businesses in the Dallas / Fort Worth area of Texas. We also got into a lot of the "back in the day" about podcasting and generally have a great conversation. You can find out about all that Gary does here: Gary Leland dot com Also here: https://fastpitch.tv/, Fast Pitch Radio Network and a few other places found on GaryLeland.com. It was a fun conversation. ------- Check out my other...

Duration:00:48:28

Dangerous Web Players – PHD090 – PHDQH4

9/30/2016
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Subscribe in Pocket Casts Happy International Podcast Day! For IPD, I thought I would put out a Quick Hit on the regular PHD feed. If you would like to continue to get these short 1 topic episodes from time to time, subscribe here. They are normally 5 minutes or less and a single topic of interest to podcasters. I only put them out when I have some news or a topic that is getting on my nerves. Could be a lot some weeks and maybe not so much other weeks. This quick hit is about dangerous...

Duration:00:05:21

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