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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-14926-3
456 pages
December 2007
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If you once dreamed of a broadcasting career, or if you’re passionate about a cause you want to share with the world, podcasting may be just what you’re looking for. But it’s not as simple as picking up a microphone—at least, not if you want great results. So pick up Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies instead, and discover the secrets of producing professional podcasts!

This plain-English guide shows you how to record like a pro, build an audience, and maybe even generate some revenue from your podcasting passion. If you're ready to go live with what you have to say, here's how to create podcasts that appeal to a large audience, sound top-notch, and communicate a message. Find out what equipment you need, how to promote your podcast, and how to:

  • Choose a topic and decide whether to narrow or expand your focus
  • Sort and filter information about your subject matter
  • Set up a recording studio
  • Record with pro-level software and hardware
  • Produce your show with sound effects, music, and appropriate sound balance
  • Create a video podcast
  • Craft a targeted distribution, marketing, and promotional plan
  • Promote your business or a nonprofit group
  • Turn your podcasting hobby into a moneymaking venture by selling ads or products on your podcasts, or by using them to promote your own skills

There’s a lot to think about if you’re considering creating podcasts that will stand out and get noticed. With this guide by your side, your star status is much closer.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Planning Out a Podcast.

Practice 1: Selecting the Right Topic for Your Podcast.

Practice 2: Keeping Up with the Joneses.

Practice 3: Staffing Your Podcast for Success.

Practice 4: Podcast Studio Considerations.

Practice 5: Stick to the Script!

Practice 6: Transitions, Timing, and Cues.

Practice 7: Reviewing Your Podcast with a Critical Eye.

Practice 8: T-Minus Five Episodes . . . .

Part II: Going for a Professional Sound.

Practice 9: Upgrading Your Headphones.

Practice 10: Selecting the Right Microphone.

Practice 11: Upgrading Your Software.

Practice 12: Creating a Quiet, Happy Place.

Practice 13: Eliminating Ambient Noise.

Practice 14: One-Take Wonders.

Practice 15: Multiplicity: Recording Multiple Takes.

Practice 16: Podcasting from the Road.

Part III: Post-Production Approaches.

Practice 17: Interviews from the Road.

Practice 18: Setting Acceptable Sound Levels.

Practice 19: Adding Special Effects.

Practice 20: Adding Music.

Practice 21: Editing Audio after Editing the Session.

Practice 22: Taking Your Audio File into the Home Stretch.

Practice 23: Creating a Perfect mp3 File.

Practice 24: Enhanced Podcasting.

Part IV: The Final Steps Before Episode #0.

Practice 25: Creating and Editing ID3 Tags.

Practice 26: Adding a Blog to Your Podcast.

Practice 27: Validating Your RSS Feed.

Practice 28: Submitting to Podcast Directories.

Part V: Building Your Audience.

Practice 29: Creating a Promotional Plan.

Practice 30: Tell Me About It: Recording Promos and Quickcasts.

Practice 31: Advertising to Attract Listeners.

Practice 32: Networking with Other Podcasters and Bloggers.

Practice 33: Spreading the Word with Social Media.

Practice 234: Soliciting and Incorporating Listener Feedback.

Practice 35: Getting Featured on Podcast Directories.

Practice 36: Joining a Podcast Network.

Practice 37: Connecting with the Media.

Practice 38: Talk to Me: Interviews.

Part VI: Creating a Video Podcast.

Practice 39: Video Podcasting.

Practice 40: Editing Your Video Podcast with Adobe Premiere.

Practice 41: Editing Your Video Podcast with Apple Final Cut Pro.

Practice 42: Posting and Distributing Your Video.

Part VII: Podcasting as a Business.

Practice 43: Deriving Revenue from Your Podcast.

Practice 44: Corporate Podcasting.

Practice 45: Podcasting for Government and Not-for-Profit Agencies.

Practice 46: Promotional Podcasting.

Practice 47: Adding Advertising to Your Podcast.

Part VIII: Reengineering Your Podcast.

Practice 48: Podfade Prevention.

Practice 49: New Hosts, New Podcast?

Practice 50: Change of Passion, Change of Podcast?

Practice 51: The Hard Podfade.

Appendix: Bonus Content on the DVD.

Index.

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Author Information

Tee Morris and Evo Terra are podcasting pioneers who turned podcasting into their careers. Tee hosts the Podcasting For Dummies podcast. Evo is a professional podcast producer and host. Ryan Williams is an audio tech guru who produces a weekly music podcast.

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Downloads

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Season 2: Episode 32: Podcasting with a Co-host

If you're not into the podcasting scene, you can listen to the latest podcast episode by clicking on the following episode links, or by right-clicking and using the "Save Target As" option to save the file to your hard drive.

Season Two: Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris returns for a second season of the Podcasting For Dummies companion podcast. In these episodes, Tee goes more in-depth into the tricks of making a top notch podcast. This season also features Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and strangerthing.tv's Earl Newton offering their insight about podcasting.

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Season 2: Episode 31: Creating a Master Feed 11.96 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 30: Audio Terms 12.65 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 29: Where Do I Learn More? 9.25 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 28: Lighting A Video Podcast 13.75 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 27: Noise Reduction 12.64 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 26: Making a Good Interview Sound Great 10.26 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 25: Reviewing the G-Track (with Phil Rossi) 10.46 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 24: The Mystery of Microphones (with Phil Rossi) 10.04 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 23: An Intro to Video Podcasting with Earl Newton 6.29 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 22: Launching a New Podcast 5.50 MB Click to Download
Season 2: Episode 21: Welcome Back! (with Lani Tupu) 13.78 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 20: Farewell, But Not Goodbye

Season One: Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris offers his expert insight on the basics of podcasting technology as well as how to put together a quality podcast. Episodes posted from December 2005 to February 2007.

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Season 1: Episode 19: Listener Feedback 17.12 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 18: Music in Podcasting 7.47 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 17: Gadgets and Tools for Your Podcasting Studio 6.15 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 16: Adding Celebrity Bumpers 5.57 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 15: Your First Episode 4.25 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 14: Podfading 4.42 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 13: Listener Appreciation Part Two 13.57 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 12: Listener Appreciation Part One 8.00 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 11: Relocating A Podcast 4.26 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 10: Podcast Content 5.27 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 9: The Anatomy of a Podcast Interview 9.28 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 8: Promoting Your Podcast 5.35 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 7: Troubleshooting Your Podcast 5.03 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 6: Setting Audio Levels 5.03 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 5: Fun with Audio Filters 4.79 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 4: ID3 Tags 4.44 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 3: Podcasting On the Go 5.50 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 2: The Podcasting Investment 4.92 MB Click to Download
Season 1: Episode 1: Podcasting on a Budget 3.68 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E12: Podcasting with a Co-host

If you're not into the podcasting scene, you can listen to the latest podcast episode by right-clicking and using the "Save Target As" option to save the file to your hard drive.

Season Two (Enhanced*): Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting For Dummies co-author Tee Morris returns for a second season of the Podcasting For Dummies companion podcast. In these episodes, Tee goes more in-depth into the tricks of making a top notch podcast. This season also features Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and strangerthing.tv's Earl Newton offering their insight about podcasting.

* An enhanced podcast is a podcast that can also include images that appear in your audio player corresponding to the audio, chapter markers that allow you to page through the podcast like you would move from track to track on an audio CD, or Web and e-mail links that let you click through to other sites while the enhanced podcast is playing. Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies author Tee Morris has teamed with his Podcasting For Dummies, 2nd Edition co-author Chuck Tomasi and stragerthings.tv's Earl Newton to create enhanced versions of the season two episodes of the companion podcast for Podcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies. This feed will also feature exclusive video episodes of the podcast.

The enhanced features of these episodes are fully viewable in Apple's iTunes media player or on generation 4 or newer iPods (iPods with photo/video capability purchased after June 2005). You can download a copy of iTunes for free at http://www.apple.com/itunes/.

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Enchanced Episode E11: Creating a Master Feed 7.13 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E10: Audio Terms 13.71 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E9: Where Do I Learn More? 5.61 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E8: Lighting A Video Podcast 36.07 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E7: Noise Reduction 7.09 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E6: Making a Good Interview Sound Great 11.08 MB Click to Download
Enchanced Episode E5: Reviewing the G-Track (with Phil Rossi) 5.80 MB Click to Download
Enhanced Episode E4: The Mystery of Microphones (with Phil Rossi 5.69 MB Click to Download
Enhanced Episode E3: An Intro to Video Podcasting with Earl Newton 24.58 MB Click to Download
Enhanced Episode E2: Launching a New Podcast 5.96 MB Click to Download
Enhanced Episode E1: Welcome Back! (with Lani Tupu) 7.27 MB Click to Download
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Notes

Author links
Each of the authors has provided a list of interesting podcasting links for you to browse.

From Ryan Williams:

Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net
BackBeat Media http://backbeatmedia.com
Blue Microphones - http://www.bluemic.com/
Feedburner - http://www.feedburner.com
Odeo - http://odeo.com
PodShow - http://podshow.com
Podcast Alley - http://podcastalley.com
Podcast Pickle - http://podcastpickle.com
Yahoo Podcasts - http://podcasts.yahoo.com

From Tee Morris:

Podcasts
Adam Christensen's MacCast - http://maccast.com
Aliens You Will Meet - http://aliensyouwillmeet.libsyn.com/
ArtsEdge - http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org
Ask a Ninja - http://askaninja.com
Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword - http://www.podiobooks.com/podiobooks/book.php?ID=131
Crescent - http://crescentstation.net
DJ Steveboy - http://www.djsteveboy.com
Dan Klass - http://thebitterestpill.com
Dancing Cat Studios - http://www.dancingcatstudios.com
Escape Pod - http://www.escapepod.org
GearCast - http://gearcast.blogspot.com
GeekLabel - http://www.geeklabelcom
George Hrab - http://geologicrecords.net
Give Us a Minute - http://joemurphymemorialfund.org
I Should Be Writing - http://ishouldbewriting.com
Ink 'n Doodles Creative Workshop - http://inkndoodles.com
Inside Home Recording - http://insidehomerecording.com
Jack Mangan's Deadpan - http://www.jackmangan.com
K9cast with Tara and Walter - http://www.k9cast.com
Kyoto Podcast - http://homepage.mac.com/japanpodguides/
LoveHouse Radio - http://www.lovehouseradio.com
Martial Arts Explorer - http://martialartsexplorer.thepodcastnetwork.com
Missing Pages - http://speaking-pictures..com/missingPages.html
Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana - http://www.podiobooks.com/podiobooks/book.php?ID=23
Mur Lafferty - http://murlafferty.com
Nicole Simon - http://usefulsounds.com
Nina Kimberly the Merciless - http://www.ninakimberly.com
Podholes - http://www.podholes.com
Right Stuf - http://www.rightstuf.com
Scott Sigler - http://www.scottsigler.net
Seasons of Passion - http://podcasts.marywinter.com
Skepticality - http://www.skepticality.com
Speaking of Beer - http://www.speakingofbeer.com
Stranger Things - http://strangerthings.tv
Stranger Things - http://strangerthings.tv
Technorama - http://www.chuckchat.com/technorama/
The 501c3Cast - Http://www.501c3cast.com
The ADD Cast - http://www.addcast.net
The Balticon Podcast - http://balticonpodcast.org
The Command-Line Podcast - http://www.commandline.net
The Daily Source Code - http://www.dailysourcecode.com
The Dragon Page: Cover-to-Cover - http://www.dragonpage.com
The Eureka Podcast - http://scifi.com/eureka/downloads/podcast/
The GeoLogic Podcast - http://geologicpodcast.com
The International Spy Museum - http://www.spymuseum.org
The Myth Minute - http://www.mythminute.com/
The Onion News Network - http://theonion.com
The RevUp Review - http://www.rev-up-review.co.uk
The ScapeCast - http://www.scapecast.org
The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy - http://www.teemorris.com/blog/
Tiki Bar TV - http://tikibartv.com
Truth Seekers - http://audioaddict.libsyn.com
Two Girls and a Podcast - http://twogirlsandapodcast.libsyn.com
Typical Mac User - http://www.typicalmacuser.com
Whispers at the Edge - http://whispers.libsyn.com

Blog Sites
Blogger - http://www.blogger.com
WordPress - http://www.wordpress.com

Podcasting Resources
Creative Commons License -http://www.creativecommons.org
Current TV - http://www.current.tv/make/resources
Dreamhost - http://dreamhost.net
Farpoint Media - http://farpointmedia.net
Feedburner - http://www.feedburner.com
Jake Ludington's MediaBlab - http://www.jakeludington.com/project_studio/20051004_windows_media_enhanced_podcast.html
Liberated Syndication - http://libsyn.com
Magnatune - http://www.magnatune.com
Podcamp - http://podcamp.pbwiki.com
Podcast Alley - http://podcastalley.com
Podcast Pickle - http://podcastpickle.com
Podcast Promos - http://podcastpromos.com
Podcast and New Media Expo - http://newmediaexpo.com
Podsafe Music Network - http://music.podshow.com
SoundSnap - http://soundsnap.com
The Freesound Project - http://freesound.iua.upf.edu
The Levelator - http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator
Yahoo! Podcasters - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/podcasters/

Online Video Sites
Free Stock Video Footage (http://www.freestockfootage.com
Google Video - http://video.google.com
Lulu TV - http://lulu.tv
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com

Audio Vendors
BSW - http://www.bswusa.com
Digital Juice - http://www.digitaljuice.com
Giant Squid Labs - http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com
Guitar Center - http://www.guitarcenter.com
M-Audio - http://www.m-audio.com
Musician's Friend - http://www.musiciansfriend.com
Samson Technologies - http://www.samsontech.com
SoundDogs - http://www.sounddogs.com
iRiver - http://iriveramerica.com/

Software
Adobe Audition - http://adobe.com/audition
Adobe Soundbooth - http://adobe.com/soundbooth
Apple Soundtrack Pro - http://apple.com/soundtrackpro
Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Bias Peak - http://bias-inc.com/
ECamm's Call Recorder - http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/
GarageBand - http://apple.com/ilife/garageband
HotRecorder - http://hotrecorder.com
Podcast Maker - http://www.lemonzdream.com/podcastmaker/
QuickTime Pro - http://www.quicktime.com
Skype - http://www.skype.com

Miscellaneous
Etherean Music label - http://www.ethereanmusic.com
Federal Express - http://www.fedex.com
Kiki Anika - http://www.kikianika.com
The Kennedy Center - http://www.kennedy-center.org
The Transmission - http://hawaiiup.com/lost
UPS - http://www.ups.com
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