Promote Your Blog With a Podcast

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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.

Podcast from Ms. Ileane Speaks

Subscribe to Ms. Ileane Speaks on iTunes

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.

Smooches!

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49 responses to “Promote Your Blog With a Podcast

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  3. That’s really interesting, I’m considering making my own video as well! Thanks for the tips Ileane!

  4. Tech Guia,

    Podcasts would be a perfect vehicle to promote the topics you cover on your blog. I can’t wait until you get started to see what you come up with.

    Thanks.

    • I love new ideas and new ways to interact.
      Thanks for sharing this Ileane. You’ve just given me a reason to start using my itunes account again. Sounds like there’s a lot of good stuff on there.

      • Thanks John,

        Nice to see you here. Please give my podcast a rating if you get a chance. Let me know when you start podcasting too!

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  6. Wow, you’ve built quite a collection Ileane. Seeing your entry on iTunes must have been a thrill. 🙂

  7. Yeah, I’m pretty psyched. I’m testing a new mic as we speak. lol!

    I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out.

    Thanks for your support.

  8. I watch them while I run on the treadmill. Learn lots of stuff and the time passes much more quickly!

  9. well, miss… thx for sharing this posting. frankly, im still blind of itune. 😦

  10. Alison, I gotta get back on the treadmill myself!! You end up exercising your mind and your body at the same time. No wonder you’re so smart.

    Thanks for visiting.

  11. This is awesome…I have wanted to take the next step and become more vocal and implement video etc. You have made it seem easier than I thought possible. I am going to check out the resources you provided and hopefully before years end I’ll feel like a celebrity as well.

    You are such a creative individual! 🙂

  12. Ms. Freeman, you are too kind.

    I’m anxious for you to get started now so that I can see what you come up with. When you create a podcast I will certainly subscribe on iTunes.

    Please let me know if you need anything, I’d be glad to give you a hand.

    Thanks!

  13. Oh yeah! I don’t think this will be a road I’ll take any time soon. But when the time comes, I know just where to go for tips and insight. You always do the groundwork for us, it’s highly appreciated.

    I admire your passion, there are those who CAN and others who TEACH. You do both….what an example!

    I’m excited about where you are going. You’ve brought so many of us together. You could be selfish with your information but you are living up to your purpose….learning, teaching, and connecting.

    Continue to sow good seeds, the return will blow you away.

    God’s blessings and peace upon you.

  14. Wow, what a fantastic comment. I have to get you a prize somehow…working on it. Love you more!

  15. This is something new. Need to give it a try. Thanks

  16. I never even considered doing a podcast, but I’m not really sure what I would put on one from my blog, but I’m going to look into it

  17. Hi Karen,

    I think it might work out great if you used Skype to conduct interviews, or play some snipets of your music. I’ll post some additional resources soon.

    Thanks for your feedback!

  18. Good info on podcasting, thanks. It DOES have major advantages to make use of, for sure.

    Marvin D Wilson

  19. Hey Old Silly,

    Your “Owen Fiddler Book Trailer” Video blew me away when I watched it.

    http://theoldsilly.com/owen-fiddler-book-trailer/

    That’s a great example of the power of video. Thanks so much for your comment!

  20. You have encouraged me try this out. I have uploaded some of my own videos on YouTube but did not seem to get the exposure I was looking for. PodCasting was really some sort of a myth to me before, well not anymore. Thanks and definitely echo bound……..

  21. Hi DiTesco,

    You just made my day! Keep me posted. If you add your podcast to iTunes, I’ll subscribe.

    Thanks for the support.

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  23. Hello ileaneb, thanks for the mention glad to hear you we’re inspired to start making podcast best of luck to you and your new hobby. 🙂

    • Hi T3CK, Nice to hear from you. I’ve learned a lot from you and your blog is one that we should all follow.
      Thanks!

  24. I’m a big podcaster as well. I also just started getting into the how to video market. I did not know that I could place my video feed into iTunes. I have my podcast in, but had no idea I could list my videos. thanks for the tip .:-)

    • Hey cybersmartweb,

      Great, I’m glad I could enlighten you. As you can see from my post I just found out 2 weeks ago myself! Make sure to follow my podcast by clicking the feed link found in the sidebar on the right. I have more tips to help you with video distribution. I’ll check out your podcast too.

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Glad to have found you. I was on Lisa’s site and followed the comment link. Good to find other podcasters. Peace

        • Cool, now I see you there commenting after me on her post Are You Absent From Your Site? http://blog.2createawebsite.com/2009/12/14/are-you-absent-from-your-site/

          Lisa is a great mentor and I joined her Website Babble forum too. She’s good for bringing like-minded people together.

          Thanks for following me on Twitter and checking me out on YouTube. I’ll sure we will talk again soon.

          • Are you using Audacity? How about Camstudio? That Camstudio was giving me fits…so I broke down and paid foe Camtasia. Man, well worth every cent. You can even do podcasting as well as video. It’s $300.00 but if I am going to be making videos and podcasts with Camstudio and other tools that work… so-so, the time I am going to save by not having to cry will pay for itself.

            You can use it free for 30 days for free. Give it a test drive, I think you will like it. 🙂

          • I like using the “free” software, so I’ve tried ScreenToaster (too slow), Screencast-o-matic, and next I’m going to try Screenr (works well with Twitter and it’s very fast). I’ll upgrade to Camtasia sometime after the new year. I also need to get a nice webcam. I don’t think there is anything out there better than Camtasia, Lisa Irby uses it also.

  25. I have thought about podcasting and video blogs, but the thing I can’t get over is the sound of my own voice on recordings… if I could get over that, I think I’d be set.

    ~ Kristi

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  27. “I’m a self-admitted podcast addict.”

    Me too! It’s fun. You got the bug.. Hee, hee.

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  29. Great post! Must think twice about pod-casting… cause of limited time i have! 😀

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