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Thinking about creating your own podcast but don’t have a clue about tags like RSS, XML and iTunes? Then read on as this article will teach you how to use free online tools to create a podcast.
The Shows / Episodes / Media files
Okay, you probably should already be fantastic at this, but if you’re serious about doing a podcast show then you’ll need proper recording equipment such as a micro condenser, audio interface and pop shield. These will bring more professional sound quality to your show.
Hosting files using MP3.
MP3 file hosting is critical because you need to determine if your current web host is suitable for hosting large MP3’s. Because of an influx of bandwidth use will your web host ban you from hogging resources? Check with your web host and you need to look around for somewhere to host your files if they are going to block you.
If you run a podcast using free netlabel music then you can check out Archive.org as they allow open-source audio upload.
Creative a file with XML.
Once you’ve sorted where your MP3 will be hosting then it’s time to build the XML file you’ll use for your podcast. There are plenty of online XML generators or podcast generators out there but I prefer the RSS feed generator of podcastblaster.com.
Just go to the website and click the “RSS Feed Generator” button, and create an account. You can then “Edit Podcast Details” after logging in to the RSS feed generator. Type your podcast name in “Podcast Name,” fill out the rest of the form in “Website URL” with your website address and describe your podcast in “Profile.”
If you want it to display correctly in the iTunes software, the iTunes tags are a must, so fill in those details too. Note though, if you use the keywords tag for iTunes then make sure you don’t use phrases like “folk music” because they don’t work. Just hold it to keywords and remove the comma from each. Your iTunes overview will be similar to your explanation of the episode. Click on “Save” to fill in the information.
Now you need to create an episode, select “New episode added.” Like before, this page is really simple and self-explaining so put the title and description in your episode. Some podcasts have separate pages for each episode on their website, my advice is that you do the same and you can add your episode’s URL to “Episode URL” in this section after you have done so.
Date/time of the episode is when the podcast episode was written, it is a really good idea to include that for full compatibility with readers. To find out the size of the mp3 file (or any other file you can use) only right-click the copy on your hard drive and choose “Properties” Also, changing the iTunes tags is a must for iTunes to use. Now click the “Save” button.
When you’re pleased with the information you saved in your episode, you can now access the xml file by clicking on “Access Episode Guide” If this has been completed you can now add it to your website.
Sharing your Podcast.
Once the XML file is ready you now have a choice, get people to subscribe to the XML file themselves or use another service like Feedburner to do that. I use Feedburner personally because it offers me subscription info and it would have no bandwidth impact on my websites.
And if you want to use feedburner then go to the FeedBurner page for Google, sign in to use your Google account. Look where it says “Burn a feed right now,” type in your podcast feed ‘s URL and put a tick next to “I’m a podcaster.” Take the time to go around and get acquainted with all feed burners choices. When you’ve already placed iTunes tags in your XML file then there’s no need to use Feedburner’s iTunes tag choices. Feedburner will also provide you with a podcast URL, take care of that because you will need it later.
You may also want to add the RSS meta tag to your website’s source code, as this makes it easy to subscribe through the web browser. Google Meta call “RSS.”
Now all you need to do is make sure that everyone knows how to subscribe, so start putting on your website a link to your podcast. It’s a must also to get listed in Podcast directories.
Now maybe you will be a podcasting success in a period of years.