Author: Dave Jackson

Horrible Podcast History Is Repeating Thanks To Castbox.fm

With podcasting getting hotter and hotter by the day, more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Yet many of them haven't done their homework and are making the same mistakes. For example, in June of 2018, it came to the attention of podcasters that Castbox.fm had been hijacking their feed. This is where you create a duplicate feed with altered information. Free podcast host Podshow.com did the same thing in 2006 the apologized, “After the release of PodShow+ on July 6, 2006, other podcasts‘s RSS feeds were copied and modified by PodShow, with PodShow copyrights overwriting original feeds. Instead of XML feeds linking...

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Boost Your Downloads With Better Podcast Titles

As podcasters want more downloads, they can easily get more by spending a little time on their podcast titles. I read an article that said 8 out of 10 people will actually read your headline, but only two out of 10 will read the article (this was about blogs), but it goes to show you how important your headlines are. In podcasting, the title of your blog post or your episode is your headline. Common Mistakes in Podcast Titles Time and time again I see the title that is ” name of show episode 16.” First off in Apple Podcasts,...

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Podtrac Discontinues Support For Some Soundcloud Options

A recent update to Podtrac's Terms of Service (TOS) went out via email. Here is the part that caught my eye. The first is a change to our Terms of Service (TOS) which is effective immediately. We’ve updated the Registration and Implementation of Services section of the TOS to explicitly state that behaviors which attempt to falsely manipulate the measurement results are not permitted when using the Podtrac redirect. Those prohibited behaviors are: Use of any automated tasks or scripts (bots) Engaging in purchase of bogus podcast traffic/downloads Pre-loading of media files in website players or apps Issuance of...

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Anchor is NOT The Second (or THIRD) Coming of Podcasting

Anchor.fm announced YET ANOTHER major update. Each time they do this, they get all sorts of press, people run over there, try it out and then leave. They are always close, but from what I see they still don't get podcasting. I didn't get a chance to talk to them like I did Spreaker, Podbean, Blubrry and Libsyn at the Podfest conference. Oh, that's right, they weren't there. I would say they couldn't afford it, but I do see where they are giving people $1000 just to get listeners. Full disclosure, I work for Libsyn, but you will see...

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The School of Podcasting is Now On Amazon Alexa Devices

My Amazon Alexa skill (courtesy of Libsyn.com ) has been approved. You can now listen to the School of Podcasting on your Amazon Echo, Dot, or other Alexa enabled devices. All you have to say is, “Alexa, enable School of Podcasting.” You can skip episodes, fast forward, rewind, and pause/resume. Here is a quick demo. Now when I publish an episode on Libsyn, I also publish that episode to my listeners on the Amazon Platform. Use the coupon code sopfree to get a free month of hosting at www.libsyn.com If you're new to Amazon Alexa, check out my podcast...

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