Category: Podcast-Madness

Change the Name of Your Podcast 0

Day 17: Should You Change the Name of Your Podcast

It happens – you run with a podcast name and after ideas change which make you realize the name doesn’t work anymore. Just recently, Todd Cochrane of GeekNewsCentral.com renamed his morning show to “The New Media Show”.  It fit the new format of the show and made sense. I have renamed podcasts – including my flagship show to Geek Smack! Why Change a Podcast Name? There are many reasons to change a name. Maybe your show has changed. Maybe the name is not catching people’s eye. Changing the name gives a show new life. Add in new artwork and new...

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Day 16: Podcast Improv Games

When I was in High School drama club working on the semester’s play, we would warm up by doing improvisation exercises. They helped us loosen up our mouths, minds and even bodies. We would also play incognito games – little games you continued to play as you went. Just like in Carol Burnett Show – every time she pulled her ear she was saying hi to her mom. Playing games before and during a podcast can keep you on guard. It prepares you for your next move and it keeps you moving as you podcast. You can have a lot of fun before a...

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Day 15: Adding YouTube to Your Podcast

Have you been resisting the YouTube factor? Your podcast is audio – why should it be on YouTube? Well, your podcast doesn’t exactly need to be on YouTube – but YOU should be. We’ll talk about how your traffic can increase if you utilize and promote a Youtube channel with your podcast. YouTube is a Top Search Engine I have to preface this section by saying there seems to be a strategic change happening . Google+ and YouTube may become synonymous in the months or years to come. I believe that with the two, they will take 2 spots in the top...

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Day 14: Swearing – What Your Podcast Audience will Tollerate

A couple weeks ago I had a fellow podcaster say they did an interview in which the interviewee said “Sh*t”. It was only once and in passing. He asked if he should bleep out the profanity. His podcast was geared toward adults so I didn’t see any reason to bleep it out. Ultimately, the podcaster did bleep out the word. I come across this on my own show, too. Just recently I went to SXSW to get interviews and had 2 that contained profanity. One was a cuss-fest back and forth so I am most likely to leave as-is with...

Words and phrases to avoid while podcasting 0

Day 13: 10 Words and Phrases to Avoid in Podcasting

Carlin had the seven deadly words. Words that most podcasters do avoid to keep a G rating. But did you know there are other words you should be avoiding – words that are worse than using the 7 deadly words? This is not about swear words – each podcast has their own stylesheet on profanity and some podcasts excel with the use of salty language.  These are words and phrases that can help you keep your audience. These are words that by avoiding them can make you sound better versed in your field. Literally Literally, I don’t like this word....

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Day 12: 9 Tips to Keep your Podcast Legal

Day 12 is a guest post by Gordon Firemark. Questions? Let him know – @gfiremark. Also check out his book – The Podcast, Blog & New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide As an entertainment and media lawyer, I’m regularly approached by bloggers, podcasters, and new media producers with questions about “how to do it legally”. Fortunately, the rules are pretty clear, and they’ve been around since “new” media meant radio and then television. Here are a few guidelines to help keep you on the straight and narrow. 1. Start with the premise that media is media. Communications media may change,...

Podcasting Giving you Eye Strain? 0

Day 11: Lighting – Your Podcast (and Eyes) May Need It

A few months ago I was talking with someone who was complaining about being overly-tired after every podcast. They didn’t know why – other tasks didn’t drain them like podcasting did. After a few questions I found out this person podcasted in the dark – only light being from the computer monitors. That is not good for the eyes or the podcast. If you have to focus on a monitor for a couple hours in a darker environment then you can really get tired eyes. I have made many steps to bring in enough light to reduce my eye strain...

Sell something on your podcast 0

Day 10: Make and Sell a Book or Product for Your Podcast

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. – Frank Zappa Before we go any further, I am letting you know this post is for the serious podcaster. If you are a weekend warrior that does not want to make profit on your shows, then you might want to come back tomorrow. With that said… Why Will Selling Something Bring You Audience? According to State of the News Media (1), only one quarter listens to podcasts – 9% are active in the podcasting area (they will interact and listen to multiple shows). That means 3/4ths of Americans alone do not even...

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Day 9: Do Something Unique in Your Podcast

“Rosebud” – Citizen Kane Have you ever watched another show, heard something or saw the host do something that you said “That was cool”? One step further, have you ever been in a store or gas station and heard something or saw a person do something that connected you back to the show and that host? Our brains work in weird ways. A sound, smell or touch can re-ignite a memory. Since a podcast has no scent or feel, we have to rely on the other senses. Creating some uniqueness in your podcast is not difficult to do and really...

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Day 8: 7 Website Tips to Make it Podcast Friendly

Its important for a podcaster to make people subscribe or consume the content they create. Whether audio or video you want the focus of the website to be your content. So let’s take a look at some things you can do to tweak your website to focus on the podcast. 1. Is Your Podcast Before or After Your Post? Where is that enclosure for your podcast? Is it on the top of the post or the bottom? Why the bottom? If you want people to read the content first, then put your podcast on the bottom of the post. If...