179 Podcast Answer Man – Horribly Non-Navigable Site

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 1, 2010

I am very glad to get back to answering your questions in this episode of Podcast Answer Man. The following items are the topics that I cover in this week’s episode.

I start things off by answering two questions from Chef Tony. First off, he wanted to know my thoughts on whether or not podcast episodes should have a category of their own or if he should just include them in his normal blog posting process and send the entire feed to iTunes.

Next up, Tony asked if I recommended a third party hosting service for uploading the audio files to your web-server where your WordPress is hosted. In my answer to this question, I highly recommended that folks read my post at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/hosting.

Andrew McGivern called in to tell me how he is using the RSS Graffiti Facebook Application on his Bunker Project Page. I mention that I am using the application now. However, I’m having issues with the play button working. I believe it may have to do with an issue with the media enclosures on my site showing up as .txt instead of audio files. Anyone else having such issues with media enclosures?

John Wilkerson called in to ask me why I don’t have my websites optimized for mobile browsing. If I didn’t know him better, I would have been offended by the description of PodcastAnswerMan.com as a horribly non-navigable site. I had been using the WP Touch plugin for the longest time. However, I got to the point were I felt that mobile browsers did a better job of displaying my own branding and actually find the site to be better navigated and fuller featured without the WPTouch Mobile Theme. I invite your feedback in the comments on this topic.

An unnamed caller called in to ask how I was able to pull off the category headers found on the various categories at http://gspn.tv like the ones found at http://HelpIGotAMac.com and http://BusinessTechWeekly.com. I explained that this was a feature found in the category setting that I had never noticed until Thesis 1.8 came out and I have confirmed that it is not available in Thesis 1.6. It looks like PAM is going to get a theme upgrade before long.

If you are interested in my review of Podcamp Boston 5, I encourage you to check out the two blog posts I did at http://gspn.tv/pcb5 & http://gspn.tv/pcb52. I also recorded an amazing Sound Seeing Tour of the city of Boston that you can listen to on Pursuing A Balanced Life episode 481.

Finally, I shared that I’ve been shocked that more people have not already signed up for the Passive Income Strategy For Podcasters webinar that I am doing with Pat Flynn. Folks, I get excited by a lot of things that I offer as products and services to you guys. However, this is a special opportunity. I already know for a fact that I am personally going to profit greatly from the insights that I know that Pat Flynn is going to share. I personally can’t wait for my own benefit. Seriously, I’m going to try to find a way to better communicate potential of what this webinar has to offer. I know that if people knew what I am thinking in my head about this, the session would be sold out. I’m baffled that I’ve not done a very good job of selling the session. It’s not like me. Folks, in spite of me, I promise, if you have a podcast and have an audience and have any desire to monetize your efforts, you SHOULD REGISTER TODAY! (Note: If you sign up for the mailing list, you will get a discount code for $50 off)

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  • Cliff, on the subject of the webinar, I can’t speak for others, but for me, the price point is just too high. That’s NOT because I feel it’s not worth the amount you’re charging. It’s probably worth MORE than what you’re charging, in fact. You could probably charge $399 and it would be worth every penny.

    But I just don’t have $150 to spend on it right now. I won’t bore you with details (trying to sell a house and buy a new one) but I just can’t pull $150 to attend. $50, I might be able to convince the wife… but not more than that. (and I’m not being passive-agressive asking for a special rate, I feel that your limited space should be filled by people that can pay your fee!)

    I say all that to say this: I hope that the session will be available for purchase later on. When things settle down for me over the next couple of months, I’ll be the first in line to check it out.

  • Cliff, on the subject of the webinar, I can’t speak for others, but for me, the price point is just too high. That’s NOT because I feel it’s not worth the amount you’re charging. It’s probably worth MORE than what you’re charging, in fact. You could probably charge $399 and it would be worth every penny.

    But I just don’t have $150 to spend on it right now. I won’t bore you with details (trying to sell a house and buy a new one) but I just can’t pull $150 to attend. $50, I might be able to convince the wife… but not more than that. (and I’m not being passive-agressive asking for a special rate, I feel that your limited space should be filled by people that can pay your fee!)

    I say all that to say this: I hope that the session will be available for purchase later on. When things settle down for me over the next couple of months, I’ll be the first in line to check it out.

  • Cliff, on the subject of the webinar, I can’t speak for others, but for me, the price point is just too high. That’s NOT because I feel it’s not worth the amount you’re charging. It’s probably worth MORE than what you’re charging, in fact. You could probably charge $399 and it would be worth every penny.

    But I just don’t have $150 to spend on it right now. I won’t bore you with details (trying to sell a house and buy a new one) but I just can’t pull $150 to attend. $50, I might be able to convince the wife… but not more than that. (and I’m not being passive-agressive asking for a special rate, I feel that your limited space should be filled by people that can pay your fee!)

    I say all that to say this: I hope that the session will be available for purchase later on. When things settle down for me over the next couple of months, I’ll be the first in line to check it out.

  • Cliff, on the subject of the webinar, I can’t speak for others, but for me, the price point is just too high. That’s NOT because I feel it’s not worth the amount you’re charging. It’s probably worth MORE than what you’re charging, in fact. You could probably charge $399 and it would be worth every penny.

    But I just don’t have $150 to spend on it right now. I won’t bore you with details (trying to sell a house and buy a new one) but I just can’t pull $150 to attend. $50, I might be able to convince the wife… but not more than that. (and I’m not being passive-agressive asking for a special rate, I feel that your limited space should be filled by people that can pay your fee!)

    I say all that to say this: I hope that the session will be available for purchase later on. When things settle down for me over the next couple of months, I’ll be the first in line to check it out.

  • Cliff, on the subject of the webinar, I can’t speak for others, but for me, the price point is just too high. That’s NOT because I feel it’s not worth the amount you’re charging. It’s probably worth MORE than what you’re charging, in fact. You could probably charge $399 and it would be worth every penny.

    But I just don’t have $150 to spend on it right now. I won’t bore you with details (trying to sell a house and buy a new one) but I just can’t pull $150 to attend. $50, I might be able to convince the wife… but not more than that. (and I’m not being passive-agressive asking for a special rate, I feel that your limited space should be filled by people that can pay your fee!)

    I say all that to say this: I hope that the session will be available for purchase later on. When things settle down for me over the next couple of months, I’ll be the first in line to check it out.

  • Daniel, thanks for your thoughts on the pricing of the webinar. I’m pretty confident on the pricing compared to value and with the limited seating, I have no doubt that this should be sold out by now. However, I’ve missed something on my communication of the value. This is something that I will certainly work on over the next few days/weeks.

    I really do value where you are and I encourage you to keep pursuing your passion. I admire you for not spending money that doesn’t fit into the budget. I would have never been able to do what I do today if I didn’t work my butt off to become debt free minus my mortgage.

  • Daniel, thanks for your thoughts on the pricing of the webinar. I’m pretty confident on the pricing compared to value and with the limited seating, I have no doubt that this should be sold out by now. However, I’ve missed something on my communication of the value. This is something that I will certainly work on over the next few days/weeks.

    I really do value where you are and I encourage you to keep pursuing your passion. I admire you for not spending money that doesn’t fit into the budget. I would have never been able to do what I do today if I didn’t work my butt off to become debt free minus my mortgage.

  • Daniel, thanks for your thoughts on the pricing of the webinar. I’m pretty confident on the pricing compared to value and with the limited seating, I have no doubt that this should be sold out by now. However, I’ve missed something on my communication of the value. This is something that I will certainly work on over the next few days/weeks.

    I really do value where you are and I encourage you to keep pursuing your passion. I admire you for not spending money that doesn’t fit into the budget. I would have never been able to do what I do today if I didn’t work my butt off to become debt free minus my mortgage.

  • Daniel, thanks for your thoughts on the pricing of the webinar. I’m pretty confident on the pricing compared to value and with the limited seating, I have no doubt that this should be sold out by now. However, I’ve missed something on my communication of the value. This is something that I will certainly work on over the next few days/weeks.

    I really do value where you are and I encourage you to keep pursuing your passion. I admire you for not spending money that doesn’t fit into the budget. I would have never been able to do what I do today if I didn’t work my butt off to become debt free minus my mortgage.

  • Daniel, thanks for your thoughts on the pricing of the webinar. I’m pretty confident on the pricing compared to value and with the limited seating, I have no doubt that this should be sold out by now. However, I’ve missed something on my communication of the value. This is something that I will certainly work on over the next few days/weeks.

    I really do value where you are and I encourage you to keep pursuing your passion. I admire you for not spending money that doesn’t fit into the budget. I would have never been able to do what I do today if I didn’t work my butt off to become debt free minus my mortgage.

  • Cliff, I use a My Touch Android cell phone and do not really like the mobile version of WordPress.

  • Cool. Thanks for the feedback. I’ve gone ahead and turned the WP Touch theme on, but it should not be there by default. Those who want it can turn it on in the footer if I have it configured properly.

  • See, I’m not alone on this… Thanks Jorge for the feedback!

  • Thanks, Cliff! We’re working hard on it, we might be closing on the house as soon as tomorrow if all goes well, so that’ll be a weight off the shoulders. Then, it’s just a matter of finding a new one and settling in!

    It’s possible you haven’t sold the webinar as well as you could have, but you hooked me, and I’m not easy to hook. With nearly three weeks left, I’m sure you’ll sell out – and those folks will be thankful for it afterward.

  • Thanks Daniel. I am certain that it is that I’ve not communicated this sessions value properly and the fact that there are still a few weeks left could be playing into it as well.

  • I am in the same boat as you. Used to use MobilePress on my websites and have now turned it off for the same reasons. Most platforms are capable of showing the full content, and the reduced content from MobilePress just really doesn’t convey what I want it to.

  • Sweet, even more confirmation that I’m not alone. Thanks so much for the comment here on site Michael!

  • Cliff, I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts regarding the use of mobile themes. I don’t see this as an issue of a mobile platform’s ability to display the site. Rather, it is about speed and page size. Mobile users are not always in the best of coverage, and if a user is spending tens of seconds waiting for graphics to download, rather than consuming your content, then you’ve shot yourself in the foot (unless you are an artist and images ARE your content).

    Giving the user a choice is the best alternative, but I’d rather give them a speedy mobile site first, and let the savvy user switch. It’s far easier to see the mobile “on|off” button on a mobile site than buried on the bottom of a regular site. Look for yourself and see if you don’t agree.

    Personally, I’m more concerned that mobile users can actually play my podcast and understand how to if they are on a non-flash device, than how it actually looks at 3 inches! But that’s just the podcaster in me speaking 😀

    Keep spreading the good word!

  • Thanks for your thoughts on the matter Mitchell. I’ve decided to add the plugin back on all my sites but make the display of the full site the default. There should be an option in the footer to turn the mobile version on. I’m so glad that option is there. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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