Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 27, 2015

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale

Our family just celebrated an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. One of the things that I am most thankful for is just how much I’ve been blessed to do the work I love. When I left my career in insurance back in January, 2008, I had no idea that I would have been responsible for helping tens of thousands of people launch successful podcasts.

Each year, I like to hold a Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale. This year, I am offering a 50% discount off of any of my digital products found at

To take advantage of this offer, please use the discount code “BlackCyber15” in the shopping cart!

Happy Holidays!





An Interview With Shane Whaley of Juicing Radio – 00:07:46
In this week’s episode, I am honored to feature a conversation that I had with my friend, Shane Whaley, from Shane is an alumni of my Podcasting A to Z Coaching Program and launched his podcast, Juicing Radio, on October 30th, 2014. Since the launch of the podcast he’s published a total of 156 episodes and has had some amazing experiences as the result of his podcasting journey.


While listening back to the conversation that I had with Shane, I took a total of two pages of notes with insights. Below are just a few things that we covered.

– Feeling socially awkward at conferences.
– Have you imagined anyone listening to your podcast while in the tub?
– The decision to add value to others from your own life experiences.
– Shane’s inspiring story of how he lost a total of 80 pounds.
– The results of Shane’s decision to make drastic lifestyle changes.
– Shane ran a blog about juicing for three years before launching a podcast.
– Why Shane emails his audience every single week day.
– Shane’s amazing logo created by Jenny Hamson.
– Impostor Syndrome.
– The mistake of immediately going after A-Listers.
– Why Shane turned away his first sponsorship opportunity.
– Shane’s decision of whether or not to pursue podcasting as a full-time career.
– Shane’s advice: Don’t chase the money!
– Shane’s advice: Let your guest talk!
– How podcasting led Shane to the Bond woman of his dreams.

One Year Update On Taking My Health To The Next Level – 00:00:58
I spent two minutes, at the open of this episode, to share an update on my focus to take my health and physical fitness to the next level. On November 14th, I celebrated the one year anniversary of my decision to drastically change my lifestyle. I’m going to keep my coverage of this topic, here in the show notes, brief as well. I’ll simply post the before and after photo below that shows how much progress I’ve made after my first full year into this journey. If you want to learn about what I’ve done and how I’ve achieved this, check out my blog post at

One Year Later

Consistent Weekly Episodes of Podcast Answer Man Moving Forward – 00:03:03
I’ve given a great deal of thought about the consistency of this podcast lately. We’re currently in our 48th week of 2015 and this episode is the 40th episode that I’ve produced so far this year. That means that there have been a total of eight weeks where I did not publish an episode of Podcast Answer Man. Yes, I do have my reasons and excuses for this. However, I know, first hand, just how important consistency is to maintain a loyal community of folks who will make you a part of their weekly listening routines. From this point forward, I will release an episode every week, publishing the episode to the feed on Friday mornings at 5am Eastern Time.

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424 Do You Want To Become A Paid Public Speaker?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 6, 2015



Webinar: How To Get Booked & Paid For Public Speaking
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I introduce you to my great friend, Grant Baldwin. Grant and I are hosting a very special webinar this Wednesday, November 11th at 3pm Eastern Time. The webinar is devoted to helping you get booked and a paid for public speaking.

The webinar will cover…
– A proven process for getting booked and paid to speak.
– 3 secrets that lead to massive confidence as a speaker.
– 3 myths about public speaking.
– How to avoid the biggest mistake when contacting potential event hosts.
– How to find speaking engagements that are the perfect fit for you.
– Plenty of Q & A.


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423 – Google Will Official Support Podcasting

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 30, 2015



It is official. Google is going to officially embrace the world of podcasting in a big way. Google recently announced the launch of their new Podcast Portal where podcast producers (initially only those from the United State) can submit their podcasts to the new Google Play Music Podcast Directory.

What is Google Play Music?
Google Play Music is a platform made of of several components. They have a free music streaming service, a paid music streaming service, a store where you can buy music, a locker service for you to store any .mp3 file you have in the cloud (Up to 50,000 .mp3 files for free!) and… coming soon… Podcasting.

Google Play Music is available across many platforms. It is available on Android. It is available on the Web. It is available on iOS. It is available on a number of other consumer electronic devices.

Once podcasts are fully integrated into Google Play Music, they too, will be available cross platform. Podcasts will be made available on their Android platform first and then rolled out to their iOS and web versions.

Google Play Music’s goal is to help curate audio content for people to serve them just the right thing for them to listen based upon what they are doing or what mood they are in. They plan to bring podcasts to these recommendations.

How will podcasting be integrated into Google Play Music?
Podcasts will be built right into the Google Play Music service. You will be able to search the directory for a specific podcast. You will be able to browse podcasts by category. I’ve heard that they support the same main categories as iTunes, but I’ve also heard that they will not have sub categories. Also, podcasts can be suggested using their audio recommendation engine.

How do podcasters get their podcasts into the Google Play Music Podcast Directory?
Google has created a “Podcast Portal.” At this time, to add a new podcast on the Google Play Music Podcast Portal, you need to be located in the United States. The podcast portal can be found at or

It’s a pretty simple process:
1. You click “Add A Podcast”
2. Accept the Terms of Service
3. Paste your rss feed url and click submit
4. You’ll verify ownership of the feed.
5. You’ll click “Publish” to their system for review.
6. Your feed will show up as “Pending Review.”
7. You’ll get an email notifying you when you are approved.
8. You can now add additional podcast feeds if you have more than one.

Your artwork must be at least 600×600. You can use your 1400×1400 or 2048×2048 if that is what you already are using for iTunes.

When will podcasts be available in Google Play Music?
Podcasts aren’t available to Google Play Music listeners yet, but you can add a podcast to the Google Play Music Podcast Portal now. By adding a podcast before they’re available for listeners, your podcast can be one of the first podcasts available on Google Play Music once podcasts are available to listeners in the coming months. If you add a podcast on the Google Play Music Podcast Portal before podcasts are available to listeners, it will be reviewed and processed for publishing.

At this time, even if your podcast is labeled as “Published” on the Google Play Music Podcast Portal, it isn’t available or visible to users. You’ll be notified before your podcast becomes available on Google Play Music.

Will Google Play Deliver our original file?
No. Google will pull one copy of your file from your rss feed and then cache it on their servers for reliability reasons. They will not be splicing the file and not adding ads into the content. However, THEY WILL RE-ENCODE THE FILE just like Stitcher does.

How will I get stats?
Your stats with Google Play Music will be displayed within the Google Play Music Podcast Portal. I think I heard that those stats will also be forwarded to Libsyn like Stitcher is now.

Special thanks to Rob Walch & Elsie Escobar for sharing this valuable information with the podcast community through their Libsyn Podcast.

Special Thanks to my Patreon Supporters
I am so incredibly thankful for those who have decided to show their support the podcast content that I produce by becoming a Patreon supporter. Your support helps me in my mission to create content designed to help others take their message, their business and their life to the next level.


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422 – Creating A Resource Knowledge Base

October 16, 2015

In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share a recent idea that I to create a special notebook, in my Evernote account, to keep track of all the valuable insights that I gain from either my own experiences, the books I read, the podcasts I listen to, etc. The idea is that I […]

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421 – Changes To This Podcast, iTunes Ranking Algorithm & Copywriting Tips to Persuade and Profit from Ray Edwards

October 6, 2015

Changes To This Podcast I spent twenty minutes of this episode talking about changes that I had made to my production of Podcast Answer Man from episodes 409 through 418, the results of those changes and my content strategy for this podcast moving forward.     Check out my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast (00:20:06) […]

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420 Ten Podcasting Tips From Mike Wendland – A Podcaster Who Gernerated Over 1 Million Downloads Within Ten Months

September 23, 2015

I recently received an email from Mike Wendland that said… “I bought your equipment package, worked through many of your tutorials and have listened to most, if not all of the Podcast Answer Man episodes. I also follow the Pursuing a Balanced Life podcast. I wanted to write you and let you know that my […]

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419 – Four Questions That Will Help Grow Your Business

September 16, 2015

Four Questions That Will Help Grow Your Business (00:23:49) While I was in the UK for the New Media Europe Conference, I ran into several people who told me that they were working really hard to grow their business and with little results to show for it. When I asked them what they were doing […]

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418 – Sharing Your Archives In Social Media & Field Interviews With The Roland R-05 Recorder

September 7, 2015

Why Aren’t Podcasters Sharing Links To Old Episodes In Social Media? Mark DeJesus recently sent me an email saying… “I notice a lot of people, including myself, bring up old blog articles to put into their facebook feed; to recycle them and expose past material to new followers. But I have not seen anyone do […]

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417 – Live Streaming Your Podcast With Periscope – First Impressions of – How To Link To A Specific Time Stamp Within Your Podcst

August 26, 2015

First Impression of A few weeks ago, I heard about a service called This service allows you to stream live video from your iPhone just like periscope. However, it also allows you to stream live video from a desktop browser as well. Better than that, this service also allows you to have up […]

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Periscope Tip: How to bring in audio from your mixer into your iPhone or iPad

August 22, 2015

I am so excited to announce that I have found a solution for bringing audio from my mixer into my iPhone or iPad so that that I can stream live on Periscope using my Heil microphones while also being able to include sound clips and jingles. To do this, I am using the iRig 2 […]

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416 – My New Favorite iPad App For Playing Sound Clips & Why I Advise Against Doing A Daily Format

August 18, 2015

iJingle Pro – Play All Your Audio Clips From Your IPad After many years of searching, I have finally found a solution for playing audio clips and jingles from my iPad. Actually, I have Fr. Roderick Vonhogen to thank for introducing me to the iJingle Pro App for the iPad. Yes, there have already been […]

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415 – The Places That Ten Years of Podcasting Can Take You – An Interview With Greg Willits

August 9, 2015

I have had the privilege of following the podcasting journey of my friends, Greg and Jennifer Willits over the past ten years. In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I invited Greg to come onto the show to share a few highlights of some of the amazing things that have happened for his family directly […]

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414 – How To Build A Deeper Relationship With Your Existing Audience

August 3, 2015

In this week’s episode, I share the recording of the talk that I gave at Podcast Movement 2015. In this talk, I share why it is so important to focus on building a relationship with those who are already listening to your podcast and then I give you ten tips on how to build those […]

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413 – Nine Tips For Better Online Security

July 26, 2015

Below are the Nine Tips that I shared in this episode that will help you achieve a greater level of online security. 1. Consider it your #1 Priority To Secure Your Email Account! 2. Don’t use the same password for more than one service on the internet. 3. I recommend the use of a secure […]

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412 – Advice To GIve Your Interview Guests Before The Call And So Much More

July 20, 2015

The questions that I address in this episode of Podcast Answer Man are as follows. 1) What is needed to hook up two sets of headphones to our mixer? If I plan to interview an in studio guest, do you recommend that I provide them with headphones as well? (00:05:15) In response to this question, […]

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411 – When Should I Start Promoting And Marketing My New Podcast? Plus Other Questions New Podcasters Ask

July 13, 2015

This week’s episode is part three in a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. I know you said […]

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410 – Three Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Podcasting – The Tools I Use For Show Preparation – My Favorite Podcast Management App – And Much More

July 6, 2015

This week’s episode is part two in a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. For many of your […]

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409 – The Podcasters That I Admire The Most – Should You Add The Stitcher HTML5 Player To Your Website? My Thoughts On The PocketCasts App – And More

June 29, 2015

This week’s episode begins a three part series called “Questions That New Podcasters Ask.” For this series, I have pulled actual questions that were asked by students in my Podcasting A to Z online training course. The questions that I address in this episode are as follows. 1. In the Welcome to Stitcher email I […]

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408 – A Lapel Mic for the Roland Recorder AND Marc Maron & The President of The United States Take Podcasting To A Whole New Level

June 23, 2015

The Sony ECM-CS3 Lapel Mic Works Great with the Roland R-05 Recorder In this episode, I demonstrate, from the field, just how well the Sony ECM-CS3 lapel mic works with the Roland R-05 Recorder. In fact, for this part of the episode, I’m actually riding my bicycle at relatively high speeds with little to no […]

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407 – Are You Ready To #TrainWithCliff? – Tips For Influencing Others With Your Content

June 4, 2015

Are you ready to change the world? In this episode, I talk about what has always been the most appealing aspect of podcasting, the ability to have a powerful, positive, impact on the lives of those who consume your content. I truly believe that you can change the world, one person a time, with your […]

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406 Twitter Wins! I’ve decided to use it as an information network and focus on Facebook for deeper engagement.

May 30, 2015

The title, posted above, really does say it all. I encourage you to listen to this episode if you would like to learn how I’ve completely changed the way that I am using Twitter and how I’ve managed to turn my experience with Facebook into the best social networking experience I’ve ever had.

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405 – Crossing The Finish Line

May 20, 2015

The only official show notes for this episode is the following image. It will make perfect sense once you listen to the full episode.

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404 Audio Journal Format & Five Insights I’ve Gained Over Six Months of Putting My Health & Fitness First

May 15, 2015

The Audio Journal Format Alain recently asked a few questions about the audio journal format for my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. He said that he found it fascinating that I managed to record over 600 episodes in light of the fact that he never considered such an audio format to be one that would […]

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The Past Six Months Are Just The Beginning!

May 14, 2015

It has been exactly six months since I announced to the world that I was going to make a few lifelong commitments that would change my life forever. If you haven’t been following my journey, you can hear that announcement in episode 583 of my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. The images below show only […]

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403 – Podcast Patent Victory – Picking Up Where Serial Left Off – And Much More

May 6, 2015

Podcast Patent Victory? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), reported that they had successfully convinced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent.” You can read more about this on their site by clicking here.     Picking Up Where Serial Left Off I recently subscribed to the Undisclosed-Podcast. […]

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402 – Apple Watch Review From A Fitness Tracking Perspective

April 29, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I give my full review of the Apple Watch after having it for nearly one full week. Find out what I am absolutely in love with this device. Keep in mind, I purchased the Apple watch as a fitness tracking device first and foremost. I used to be […]

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401 – Custom Podcast Theme Songs with Todd & Emily from Gifty Song

April 23, 2015

In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share an amazing new resource for securing a custom theme song made just for your podcast. I first heard of Todd & Emily Marriott, from Gifty Song, after they had created a custom theme song for my friend Dan Miller. After hearing it a few times, I […]

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400 – Advice For Creating Your Own Mastermind Group

April 16, 2015

I always love celebrating big milestones. I am excited to present this 400th episode of Podcast Answer Man. For this special occasion, I wanted to share the one thing that I believe can bring about the greatest potential for taking your business and/or your life to the next level. I’ve talked, many times, in the […]

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Las Vegas – Podcast Answer Man Community Meetup

April 12, 2015

I’m hosting a private, meetup for members of the Podcast Answer Man community who will be attending New Media Expo 2015. Who is invited to attend this event? Those who have listened to any of the podcasts that I have produced over the years. Those who have gone through any of the free tutorials on my […]

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399 – A New Shift In Priorities

April 9, 2015

For the past several years, I’ve made it a practice to always keep a list, available in plain site, of the top five to ten priorities of my business pursuits. This list is always ranked with the highest priority at the top. When committing things to my calendar, I always attempt to find a way […]

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398 – Meerkat Vs Periscope

April 4, 2015

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the new update to Meerkat as well as my thoughts on Twitter’s new Periscope app for live streaming to your audience. I also share my thoughts on the new “Becoming Steve Jobs” biography, my experience at Social Media Marketing World 2015 and the fact that Twitter now […]

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397 – The Return of the Double Ender – Skype Everywhere – YouTube Cards – And Much More!

March 23, 2015

A Future Where Skype Is Everywhere? The Verge recently reported on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Skype, saying.. “Microsoft only just launched a preview of Skype for Business, but it’s already preparing for the future. In a new vision video released today, the software maker’s message is a clear one: it’s just the beginning. […]

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396 – Live Streaming With Meerkat & Nine Income Streams To Consider For Your Online Business

March 12, 2015

Live Streaming With Meerkat I start this week’s episode talking about the new Meerkat Live Streaming application that is available for iPhone users. The ability to stream live video from your phone is not new. In fact, it’s been possible with Ustream for many years. However, this new app does make it easier than any […]

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395 Snoop Dogg Taking Podcasting Further Into The Mainstream

March 7, 2015

Snoop Doggs’ Double G News Podcast I open this week’s podcast sharing my thoughts on why Snoop Dogg’s recently launched podcast will be great for podcasting, overall. I also share success tips that can be pulled from the most recent two episodes that he published.     Facebook Page owners may see a drop in […]

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394 How Ijeoma Eleazu Found Her Voice In The World of Podcasting

February 28, 2015

The Inspiring Podcast Journey of Ijeoma Eleazu In this week’s episode, I share the story of how Ijeoma Eleazu came to find her voice in the podcasting world. Ijeoma is a clinical pharmacist who had gone through the May 2013 session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Like many students, Ijeoma was not […]

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