A popular media host for podcasters is Libsyn. They can host your podcast, set you up with some mobile apps and give you stats on your show. Its a reliable system and can be automated in many different ways.
I personally like to control my own RSS feeds – especially those that are attached to iTunes, Stitcher and Zune subscribers. While the primary functionality of Libsyn is to control RSS feeds, you can set it up to port media over to your own RSS feed. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do that.
For this example, I will be using my Day in Tech History podcast. When done, I technically have 2 RSS feeds you can connect to – The primary feed at Dayintechhistory.com/category/dith/feed and the Libsyn secondary (used for the apps on Podcast Box, Android and Windows stores) at geekazine.libsyn.com/rss.
Also, keep in mind while I am using WordPress for my CMS, you can use any blogging system that accepts media or media enclosures.
Setup Your Post in WordPress or other CMS
This doesn’t have to be done first – it’s how my process works. My next post in DITH is August 15th, so I set that post up in my WordPress backend. I put together all the information I want to convey for the 15th – mainly the event in 1877 when Thomas Edison records the first sounds.
I put in the information, tags, photos and get it ready to schedule.
Setup the Post in Libsyn
For this process, you will need to get the media ready to be used on your Website. On the top-left corner, you will see a “Basic-Advanced” switch. Make sure it is on Advanced. This will bring up the screen you see above.
From there, you can choose to upload from the hard drive, another URL or grab from your FTP queue. Once you have that selected, choose “Description”
Add Your Description
This part is up to you. If you are not using the apps or don’t care about the Libsyn RSS feed, then you may just want to put in a simple title and leave blank. I put in basic information of my post with no pictures and no concern on the category. I need this for the apps, which is why I populate the post.
Its really up to you on this section. I would suggest you at least put in a link to point them back to your website.
Adding Destinations of Media
This is where the magic happens. You need to setup your media so it is unlocked and able to be found from your website. The only exception is if you are just using the enclosure Libsyn generates at the end. However, if you are like me and using the Blubrry PowerPress plugin, you will need to set release information.
- Set the release date (in this case, 8-15-13 at 12:30 am)
- Uncheck “Release to all destinations at the same time”
- Select the radio button “Media file URLs are always available”.
All other settings are whatever you want to configure.
Go Back to Your Website Post, Enter in Libsyn Media Information
With that out of the way, you can go and finish the post on your website with the media information. For my post, I enter the media into Powerpress and verify. That will populate the file size and duration.
When that is done, I finish up the post, set the schedule time and “Publish”!
All Done! View your Work!
Once done, close up everything and watch for the post.
That is all there is to setting up Libsyn to use on your own RSS feeds. Keep in mind different CMS programs do different things. Therefore, check with your platform support for any differences. You can also talk to Libsyn support to get more information on setting up your posts.