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Microsoft Word - How to Make Podcasts - Blogger Feedburn

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 Podcasting – Creating Audio Podcasts
HOW TO MAKE PODCASTS..........................................................................2
 
Delivering Your Podcasts....................................................................................................................2
 
Domain Names....................................................................................................................................2
 
Hosting Your Files...............................................................................................................................2
 
Show Note Hosting..............................................................................................................................3
 
FREE AND EASY BLOGGER & FEEDBURNER........................................3
 
Blogger Getting Started....................................................................................................................3
 
Posting a blog......................................................................................................................................6
 
Podcast Description.............................................................................................................................8
 
Need a Feed.........................................................................................................................................8
 
FeedBurner..........................................................................................................................................9
 
Validate your feed..............................................................................................................................14
 
Back to Blogger.................................................................................................................................15
 
Blogger Aside....................................................................................................................................15
 
BACK TO YOUR DOMAIN............................................................................15
 © Mark Morley 2007
 
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How to Make Podcasts
Delivering Your Podcasts
Once you have created your podcast file (mp3), you need to upload it onto theInternet, so you need a hosting service. You’ll also need a website or a blog to tellpeople about your podcast. And lastly, you’ll need to create the feed to tell yoursubscribers whenever there is a new podcast available for them.
Domain Names
The Domain Name is the distinct address (URL) of your presence on the web. Youneed a suitable Domain Name for your podcast. You may be happy with a less thanmemorable address assigned by one of the free hosting services; if not, you’ll need tothink up a memorable and unique name, and then register it with one of the companiesthat do this. Some examples are GoDaddy.com, 123-reg.co.uk, and 1and1.co.uk, but itis suggested that you do a search on Google for ‘Domain Name Registration’ andcompare the prices and services of a few companies.There is usually a text input box on the home page of these sites to type in the nameyou want and check to see if it is available. Chances are that it is already taken andyou will be offered other names that are less appealing and have ‘online’ or ‘official’tagged on. It is worth having a list of possible names you like and going down the listuntil you find one that isn’t taken. You will probably be offered a list of your namewith different domain name extensions, like .org, .net, .tv, which you can also registerto protect your name, but that is your choice and it will cost a lot more. Probably theones of most interest will be .co.uk or .org.uk (and you might be interested in .com).As an individual it is recommended that you should pay the bit extra and choose tohave your domain listed as
 private
in the WHOIS registry, otherwise all your contactdetails will be listed for all to see.
Hosting Your Files
Media files (audio and video) can be very big files. Most web hosting companiescharge for the bandwidth traffic you use per month, i.e. the amount people downloadfrom your site. So for example a 30 minute audio podcast is about 10 to 15MB in size;if 1000 people download it that is 15GB of bandwidth traffic per month. It is theneasy for you to exceed your bandwidth allowance per month, which can lead toadditional, expensive costs. Famously there was a case of a podcast about thetelevision programme ‘Lost’, produced by two individuals, which became so popularthat they had to shut it down due to bandwidth problems with their hosting company.They were victims of their own success.However, there are some companies that have a different business model for theirhosting charges, specifically for the podcast phenomenon. They charge a monthly feefor filespace and allow unlimited downloads. Probably the oldest of these is Liberated
 
3Syndication (www.libsyn.com), which hosts some well know podcasts. Othercompanies include PodBean (www.podbean.com), Switchpod (www.switchpod.com),Podcast FM (www.podcastfm.co.uk), and Cyber Ears (www.cyberears.com). Again, itis suggested that you do a search on Google for ‘podcast hosting’ and compare theprices and services of a few companies.Many of these services are designed to upload your files via the web, which is theeasiest way if you are not used to other methods of file transfer between computers.
Show Note Hosting
To provide information about your podcast, commonly called ‘show notes’, you’llneed either a web site or a blog. The majority of podcasters use a blog, and this isgenerally becoming the standard. You just need to decide which service to use.A blog hosting site is an easy way to create the web pages you’ll need to run alongwith your podcast files and to give links so people can directly download your fileswithout using podcatcher software if they wish.
Free and Easy – Blogger & Feedburner
Blogger – Getting Started
Blogger is generally recognised as a good point for starting your podcast productions.It’s free. It’s easy. It’s quick to get started. And you can always progress to a facilitywith greater functionality for your needs in the future.However, you’ll have to have somewhere else to host your mp3 audio files. Onceyou’ve do that you can get started.Go to Blogger -
http://www.blogger.com/start
 

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