Podcast Help Desk™
Companion show to Podcast Insider by Blubrry, Weekly Podcasting tips, opinions, gear, technology and news from a Veteran podcaster of over 16 years. Have a podcasting question? Ask here at the Podcast Help Desk.
Why Show Zero? – PTC 000
Jul 21 2012
When is it time to kill a show? – PHD167
When do you know it's time to call it quits on a podcast?
Oct 1 2021
Live or Not? – PHD166
Should you do live video? If so, where? Facebook, YouTube, Others. Riverside.fm, streamyard or direct. Podcast Movement Review Website caching. Getting a bit geeky. This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com. Go there and subscribe!
Sep 7 2021
On Hiatus Until September
I will be back in September 2021.
Aug 16 2021
PodPing (and other stuff) with Dave Jones from Podcast Index and Podcasting 2.0 – PHD165
I had the opportunity to talk to Dave Jones from Podcast Index and the Podcasting 2.0 show about PodPing and other podcasting stuff.
Jun 13 2021
Episode Notes - Tag Experiment Part one - PHD164
itunes:subtitle, itunes:summary, or description tags - Today I talk about Episode Notes tags (Show Notes). This is part 1 of an experiment. Please email me and let me know what app or apps you see this in and what tags (at the top of this text) you see and where. This is a LINK to something cool. https://mikedell.com
May 9 2021
The Podcast Landscape is Changing
One thing you can always say about how podcasting works, it's always changing. The last couple of weeks it seems that there is a sort of shift in how it works on basic levels. Or, does it work the same and only some apps are changing? Apple changed Subscribe to Follow for free podcasts. Apple added "Subscribe" for premium podcasting. Spotify say "Me too!" and adds Premium Podcasting for a very limited number of people. Apple may have changed how their app works when it comes to "followed" (ie. subscribed) podcasts work. *still not sure about that Apple really hid the "Add show by URL" function in Apple Podcasts. What do we indie podcasters have to do to insure our shows remain free of gatekeepers and the cancel culture? This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com. Go there and subscribe (or Follow)!
May 1 2021
Apple Paid Subscription Podcasts – PHD162
Apple announced "Subscriptions" after changing the name of subscribing to a free podcast to "Follow". We have more details about that system. Today I will attempt to tell you, technically, how this is going to work and what it will not do.
Apr 24 2021
Airing My Top 10 Podcasting Grievances – PHD161
100% my opinion. I air my podcasting grievances.
Apr 15 2021
More Podcast Namespace Talk with Andy Lehman – PHD160
I love it when people correct me! Andy Lehman tells me all about what I didn't get quite right about the Podcast Namespace.
Apr 5 2021
Podcast Namespaces in RSS – Explained – PHD159
In the history of podcasting, there have been a few Namespaces added to RSS to make podcasting work. Apple added the namespace, Google added the namespace and even Blubrry added the namespace. Now there is a new one done by independent podcasters, app developers, companies and other interested people called the namespace. It's done by the Podcast Index people at https://podcastindex.org. I explain what a namespace is and go over the new tags being added by the "podcast" namespace.
Mar 21 2021
How Podcasting Works – Back to Basics – PHD158
Today I want to go back to the REAL basics of how podcasting works. So, without going into a history lesson, podcasting has worked the same way since it started 16 years ago. (some say longer).
Jan 31 2021
Build Your Own Podcasting Platform – PHD157
Why would build your podcast on someone else's platform when you can build your own?
Jan 10 2021
Review of 2020 in Podcasting – PHD156
In 2020, the podcast industry added over 1 million shows. Out of 1.7 million shows listed on Apple, 60% (ish) are inactive.
Jan 6 2021
Podcaster’s Block – What do you do when you don’t feel like podcasting? – PHD155
Here is what I do. I do more show prep. It seems I get more motivated to podcast if I do show prep on a show I'm about to record.
Dec 28 2020
My top 6 Podcast Listening Apps – PHD154
There are lots of apps you can use to play podcasts. As a podcaster I'm sure you are also a podcast listener. Here is my top 6 (in reverse order of use).
Dec 23 2020
What is RSS? Why should you care?
RSS is what powers podcasting. In fact, this is why podcasting even exists. The enclosure tag in RSS2 allows you to “attach” a media file. Mainly an MP3 but you can also attach just about any media like a video file, a PDF or ebook file. “Podcasting” is mostly audio but there are some that do video via RSS.
Dec 19 2020
Why is Podcast Index so important to podcasting? – PHD152
Podcast Index: "Lets preserve podcasting as a platform for free speech!"
Dec 16 2020
Podcast Help Desk going 2 times weekly starting December 16th – PHD151
I failed miserably at completing the NaPodPoMo 30 episodes in 30 days this year. OH well, Such is life getting in the way. The Good News and part of the "big" announcement I teased is this show is going 2 times weekly starting on Dec. 16, 2020.
Nov 30 2020
My 8 Favorite Podcasts – PHD150
I'm not only a podcaster, but an avid podcast listener. I have something like 30 shows that I subscribe to plus I listen to a lot of one-off shows that I don't subscribe to. Here is my top 8 (as of late November 2020) Also, not in Rank order.
Nov 21 2020
The beauty of Simple (Part 2) – PHD149
Keeping it simple makes it easy for you to produce your podcast and not worry about waisting a lot of time if you don't have a lot of time.
Nov 17 2020