318 Five Blogging Tips For Podcasters & Flipboard Magazines

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 25, 2013


flipboardsnIn this week’s episode, I am delighted to have my friend, Leslie Samuel, return to Podcast Answer Man. Some of you will remmember that I had Leslie on episode 251 to share his story about how his online efforts helped him land his dream job.

In this episode, I’ve invited Leslie to share five tips for helping podcasters take their blogging efforts to the next level. This topic starts at the very beginning of the episode.

1. Creating a content calendar ahead of time.
2. Create posts that complement your audio content.
3. Marketing your blog posts with your mailing list.
4. Using video to add a new dimension to your content.
5. Make the use of compelling images within your posts.

I encourage you to check out Leslie’s BecomeABlogger.com website. He’s getting ready to take that site to the next level starting Thursday, August 1st. It will be a valuable resource for additional blogging strategies.

Also in this episode, starting at 32 minutes and 50 seconds in, Erik fisher and I discuss Flipboard magazines. Just recently, the service announced that it is brining FlipBoard content to the web browser. Previously, everything was locked inside the application. Erik and I discuss our thoughts on Flipboard and what possibilities might exist for using it more fully to aggregate and share content.

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Josh Bush
Josh Bush

This episode mentioned including a link to transcripts of the audio in the show notes.  I've been asked recently for transcripts of some of my audio as well, but I'm not sure where to host the file in away that I can track how many times it has been downloaded.  Is this something I just upload through Wordpress and then create a pretty link to count the number of clicks or is there a way to get more detailed with libsyn-like stats?

Ben Krueger
Ben Krueger

I've definitely found creating a content schedule to be insanely helpful for me as far as managing the workflow and keeping everything straight.  Some killer tips in here, thanks a bunch Cliff!


Wow. This is just what I needed right now. Seems like your last several shows have really hit home. Can't wait to give this one a listen.  And thanks too for the the announcements on your Facebook page as new speakers area added to NMX. I'm enjoying getting to know the community better. You make a swell ambassador.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@Josh Bush You could use the PrettyLinks Plugin and then forward the PrettyLink to anywhere you want.  It will give you an accurate count of the number of times the link has been clicked.  

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@JeffBrown Thanks Jeff.  I'm thrilled to have you as a member of the community and so glad you are enjoying the episodes.

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