I was at about.com and looking at their articles about podcasting. Their expert is radio veteran Corey Deitz. I have respect for radio guys who can be entertaining and creative while having their hands tied behind their backs by program directors who force them to hit time markers. Radio is not easy. However, “radio personality” does not equal podcast guru. Heck this guy graduated from Kent State which is in my back yard. Corey you are killing me dude. Corey with his Radio Partner Jay are a successful morning radio show in Arkansas (voted “Best Morning Show in Little Rock” in 2001 – 11 years ago). They have audio on their website where you can “listen to their podcast.” By that they mean you can click and listen, but THERE IS NO RSS feed. When I searched for them in iTunes, I see where all their segments have their own podcast in iTunes and NONE of them have album art (Corey watch my Skank video). You know why? Because this guy may know morning radio in Arkansas, but his advice about podcasting is just crap.
He doesn't even understand what makes a podcast a podcast.
Here is what he put in an article (I added the boldness).
Podcasts are easy to do whether you DIY with an audio editor and your own website or use a third-party to create it and host it. A Podcast allows you to create a “chunk” of audio programming which can be accessed on-demand. The original idea of subscribing to Podcasts has become diluted. Sure, thousands of podcasts can still be “subscribed” to and the audio is automatically delivered to your computer.
But, now, just placing an audio file online at your website and informing users to “click to listen” to your “Podcast on-demand” is sufficient. Most browsers know how to handle and stream an audio file that is clicked on.
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck – it's a duck.
WTF? OK then if this “duck” rule is true: Because I drive on the expressway every day – I'm a Nascar Guru. I drive. I can turn left. I drink Mountain Dew. Therefore I am a nascar driver.
You can buy a B.B. King Guitar, and dress up in a suit to play it. It doesn't make you B.B. King.
Let us consult the book of Knowledge (Wikipedia).
“A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of files (either audio or video) subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication. ”
When you put audio on a website for people to click and listen to, you have AUDIO ON A WEBSITE. To tell someone, “audio on a website is a podcast” is just wrong. You say, “the original idea of subscribing to Podcasts has become diluted.” If this is true it's because douche bags like you are telling people lies. I have players on my site that you can click and stream like a radio station. Do you know why I can create those? Because I have a syndication feed that makes it easy! If you want to make a streaming radio station with advertising, listen to my “More Podcast Money” Podcast. How about this: The original idea of one plus one equals two has been diluted, and I know say it's four.
Some poor soul is going to put a link to an mp3 file on their website and then wonder why their “podcast” isn't in iTunes.
He later goes on to recommend Blog Talk Radio, Podbean, and Podmatic. Three services that I've made a fair amount of money helping people leave.
Telling someone, “Placing audio on a website is the same as a podcast” is like giving them the Amazing Chef basket and having them only use it as a pasta strainer when it can be used as a deep fryer, and vegetable steamer and more!
I followed the website link that is listed in iTunes for them, and it took me to a page that DIDN'T HAVE A LINK TO ITUNES. BUt wait there is more! He is paying myrsscreator.com a monthly fee to create an RSS feed when he could be using WordPress for free. Talk about Head Up Your Ass. myrsscreator.com seems like a fine site. When I clicked on their affiliate link it brought up a bunch of SQL errors. Classy.
All of his episodes have the same name. I understand that its a bit, but why not give me a clue as to which episode has what topic. After all I'm sure tons of people are searching Google for “Head Up Your Ass Headlines Tuesday 5/16.”
When you get done following Corey's advice please contact me for some coaching sessions and I will help undo all the crap that has been poured into your ears.
If it looks like a douche and quacks like a douche – it's a douche.