Podcasts on iTunes
I’m a self-admitted podcast addict. When I wrote Ode to My Podcasts in September of this year I had over 800 podcasts in my iTunes library. Today I have over 1,000. Watching podcasts can often be very entertaining but most of the episodes I subscribe to are tutorials and how-to videos created by those that are highly knowledgeable in their given field of expertise.
This video short pays homage to my favorites.
Blog Promotion With Podcasting
Here’s how Apple describes iTunes.
iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It organizes and plays your digital music and video on your computer. It syncs all your media with your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it’s a store on your computer, iPod touch, iPhone, and Apple TV that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.
We all know the powerful and lasting impact that videos can have, but unlike YouTube, podcasts are downloaded and stored by subscribers, who will most likely watch them over and over again. I encourage you to create videos and include them as a podcast on iTunes. Podcasting can extend your social network and expose your blog to new audiences that otherwise may never find your blog.
Create a Video For Your Blog
It was a great feeling to see my own podcast listed in my iTunes library, I almost feel like a celebrity.
I must give credit and a huge “Thank you” to my friend @T3CK9 who helped me get started with creating screencasts. He has a fantastic blog called Teck~Line Lounge which gave me the inspiration to start screencasting. He recommended an inexpensive USB mic and free online software from Screen Toaster and Screencast-o-matic.
I added screencasts for Twitter Meets Buzzom and Introduction: The Blog Engage Community to YouTube, Vimeo and in posts here on this blog. As a result, I saw a significant increase in traffic and more importantly, others (including Brian the owner of Blog Engage) were inspired to create their own blog promotion videos.
Btw – if you’re blogging and you’re not a member of Blog Engage, I urge you to join today!
Add Your Video To iTunes
I sent out a Tweet asking for additional help with the transition to podcasting on iTunes. @PodcastHelper came to the rescue. (Twitter is amazing, isn’t it?) He offered to chat with me on his site and helped me resolve the issue with my RSS feed. His website is T.P.S. The Podcasters Studio and if you are going to start podcasting, he can answer all of your questions. ProducePicker.com is another site he created.
The answer for me was Blip.tv. Creating an account and uploading videos to Blip.tv sends an RSS feed directly to iTunes and several other outlets including Flickr, Yahoo! and Facebook, just to name a few. Blip.tv also provides options for Creative Commons Attribution. Here’s something else you’ll like, you can earn revenue by posting your videos on Blip.tv.
I hope that you are inspired to start creating videos and podcasts now that you see how easy and inexpensive it is. Download the free iTunes player today so you can get started on your podcast. Here is the link to subscribe to the podcast for Ms. Ileane Speaks.
Feel free to share any other free resources you’re using to create videos, in the comments below.
UPDATE – ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
- Cliff Ravenscraft is the Podcast Answer Man and he promises to respond to any of your podcasting questions.
- There is a directory that includes a list of 161 audio and video podcasting sites at http://podcast411.com
- Lynda.com Podcast + Videocast Essential Training with Garrick Chow (6 free introductory episodes)
- From Screencast to Podcast (basicblogtips.com)
- The Top 5 Free Apple Products & Why They Are The Best [Mac] (makeuseof.com)
- Video Podcast Tutorials – Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast (msileanesblog.blogspot.com)