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Podfest 2018, Are You Going? Podfly Is!

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Podfest 2018, Are You Going? Podfly Is!

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Podfly is happy to announce that our Co-Founder Corey Coates will be a keynote speaker at Podfest 2018 in Orlando, Florida!

Podfest will be held on February 7-10th and hosted at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, which is right next to Universal Studios Orlando and Disney. This is its fourth year running and it has become a must-attend international event that brings over a thousand content creators together. Not only is it the perfect place to network with fellow podcasters, but the conference will have a lot of jam-packed resources for the up-and-coming as well as veteran podcasters. There will be keynote speakers, workshops, panels, schmoozing, and so much more!

Corey is scheduled to speak on Friday the 9th at 1:15pm to discuss the best way to record a remote guest. Did you know that using certain recording apps can actually diminish the call quality and audio sound? Do you have problems with dropped calls or simply your guest breaking in and out while you're interviewing them? Have you ever had an 'urgh! I wish I could fix that in post.' moment? Well, Corey has the solutions to these problems! As someone with over a decade of professional audio production, radio advertisement, and content programming experience, you can say Corey might know a thing or two about great sounding audio and guests.

 

There will be A TON of amazing speakers and we look forward to catching up with some of our favorite people at Podfest. Here's a list of speakers for the three-day event. We can't wait to see you there! If you see Corey while wandering around, don't be shy, go up to him and say hi.  

 


 

 

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How to Rebrand Your Podcast with Jessica Rhodes

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How to Rebrand Your Podcast with Jessica Rhodes

Last week was another reminder of how much I adore podcasting. I had the opportunity to visit the Interview Connections office and podcast studio in Warwick, RI. Jessica and her team were warm, gracious and welcoming. Taking advantage of the visit, I was invited to appear on the freshly, rebranded show Interview Connections (formerly Rhodes to Success), where Jessica and Margy help their listeners "rock both sides of the mic". 

Check it out!


Given their recent rebrand, they snagged me on mic for a quick, 30-minute show to discuss:

  • What’s the difference between a rebrand and a tune-up?

  • What does it mean to rebrand?

  • How do I rebrand my podcast?


You can find Jessica and her awesome team over at InverviewConnections.com

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See You At Podcast Movement!

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See You At Podcast Movement!

Podfly is happy to see everyone, new and old, at Podcast Movement this year. We've got some exciting things coming your way, but be sure to stop by our booth to say hi! Our two co-founders Corey and David will be at the booth along with team members Aty and Eric. 

By the way, Corey will be speaking at Podcast Movement this Friday the 8th at 9:15am in the Columbus GH hall. He will be discussing podcast editing from start to finish and will be giving you a walk through on how to take raw content and polish it into a professional sounding podcast - all under an hour. Sounds impossible? It isn't, but you won't learn the trade secrets unless you stop by his workshop this Friday! You can learn more about Corey on his Podcast Movement speaker page

See you guys there! 


About Podfly:

Podfly is a boutique podcast production company that turns amateur podcasters into professionals. We have a staff of highly skilled audio engineers and show note writers to craft the perfect podcast. If you're new to podcasting and don't know where to start, then Podfly has some great packages for newbies who want to get their podcast off the ground. Contact me personally at Ayn@Podfly.net or reach Podfly through the contact form for more information. 

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What’s the Scoop on Successful Podcast Networks?

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What’s the Scoop on Successful Podcast Networks?

This episode Jessica and Corey welcome veteran podcasters, Glenn the Geek of The Horse Radio Network & Helena from The Stable Scoop Radio Show. With 9 years of podcasting experience, over 5000 episodes in the can, and a sponsored radio network, these talented hosts share their invaluable experience on how to gain listeners, develop media partners, and monetize your passion with podcasting.


A special thank you to the exclusive sponsor of Season 2, Podcast Movement. Podcast Movement is the world's largest gathering of podcasters and people involved in the podcast industry, taking place this July in Chicago. With over 1,500 attendees from around the world, and over 80 talks, workshop sessions, and panel discussions. Featured speakers include Alex Blumberg from Startup & Gimlet, Anna Sale of WNYC's Death Sex & Money, Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment, Kevin Smith, Tracy & Heben from Another Round, and more announced every week.

 

To see the full lineup, and to register, visit PodcastMovement.com , and use the code PRODUCERS to save $50 off the cost of registration


KEY TAKEAWAYS:

[00:10] Ooops! Where’s the whole interview?

[01:00]  - ADVERTISEMENT - Use the promo code: Producers to get $50 off registration at Podcast Movement

[01:30] Will The Podcast Producers stop at the end of Season 2, or just keep going all year?

[03:30] Learn about The Podcast Producers first MASTERMIND on July 5 in Chicago!

[06:15] Introduction to guests Glenn and Helena from The Horse Radio Network

[07:00] - ADVERTISEMENT - Use the promo code: Producers to get $50 off registration at Podcast Movement

[10:10] Interview: Glenn the Geek joins Corey and Jessica

[35:00] Helena joins the show!

[44:20] Show wrap up! Be sure to subscribe to the show and catch our upcoming interview with Jason and Karen from the Walking Dead ‘Cast!


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Podfly Academy - Lesson 8 of 10 - Controlling and Validating Your RSS Feed

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Podfly Academy - Lesson 8 of 10 - Controlling and Validating Your RSS Feed

Validating Your RSS Feed

Now that we've created our RSS feed, we need to validate that feed before we submit it to any directories. iTunes is very particular, as are other directories, so we want to make sure we don't have any odd characters or anything unusual in our feed before we begin the submission process. Let's take a look first at a free service in order to validate your new feed. No matter how we created our RSS feed, we're going to end up with a RSS feed address. This URL is similar to that which you will find on a website. Starting with: Http://thenameofyourshow.hostingcompany,com/rss.

 

Finding Your Feed in Libsyn

In this case, let's take a look at one of the shows that we manage here at Podfly. We manage this particular show in Libsyn. By visiting the destinations page on Libsyn, you can see some of the quick links that are available to you. One of these quick links is the RSS feed.

 

FeedValidator.org

This RSS feed will never change as long as you stay with the same hosting provider. In order to validate this feed, we simply need to highlight the feed, copy it, and paste it into a free service called FeedValidator.org. When I copy in my feed, I simply click validate. We're looking for the first word being 'Congratulations, this is a valid RSS feed'. This means that this feed is available to submit to directories, which we'll be looking at in the next tutorial.

Following that are great recommendations from Feed Validator to make sure we don't have something that might be incompatible with a directory. Though many of these recommendations may seem inscrutable to the average user, they are valuable for the advanced user who wants to really tweak their feed. This gives an opportunity to insure that you are 100% compatible with all the directories that are available. However, for the purpose of validating your feed, we're only really looking for 'Congratulations, this is a valid RSS feed'.

 

Working With Text

Within the blogging community it's been a well known rule of thumb to never use Microsoft Word. If you're copying and pasting text from Microsoft Word into a website, into a blog, or in our case, into an RSS feed, there tends to be an issue with something called 'special characters'. Microsoft Word uses special characters and these can break our feed. Let's take a look at some of those special characters and try and remember to use the same rule of thumb as bloggers do. Never Use Microsoft Word.

No matter what type of content we're putting on the internet. It is always advisable to be working in a plan text editor. Microsoft Word is a great, beautiful, powerful tool for doing office work and creating documents. However, it is not a good tool for creating text to be used on the web.

I point to a C-net article here on tips to make sure you do not break your podcast feed by using special characters that are often and involuntarily put into your document by Word. We can see here in this article a couple of special characters that are marked as bad and good. However, again, to avoid these issues, it's always advisable to simply use a plain text editor. These are provided by your operating system whether you're using Mac, Windows, or Linux.

 

Check Your Feed With Each New Release

We've learned now no matter how we created our RSS feed, whether it be using an online service, a program such as FeedForAll, or hand-coding our own, it's important to check and validate that feed. We also advise with each update and release of a new episode, you take a moment and check that feed as well. We sometimes forget within the show description itself, that feed can be broken. Using this free service is a great way to  make sure all of your content gets out to your audience trouble free.

 

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