353 Can I Make Money If My Podcast Is Not A Business? How Long Can I Still Answer Every Email? Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? And How To Avoid Interrupting Your Co-Host

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 17, 2014

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IsThereAMarketWhy Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed?
Several people have been emailing me, recently, telling me that they have been getting a lot of conflicting advice regarding which rss feed they should use. Specifically, there have been many folks that have been told that the best option for new podcasters, who are hosting with Libsyn, is to allow Libsyn to not only host their media files, but to also allow them to host the website and their rss feed for their podcast.

I have been a supporter of Libsyn since 2006 and I am personally responsible for sending hundreds, if not thousands, of clients to their service. However, I have always, and still do, suggest that podcasters only use Libsyn for media hosting and stats alone. In this episode, I share exactly why I feel so strongly about this.

 
 
How To Avoid Interrupting Your Co-Host
Gina wants to do a podcast with a co-host that is in a different location, via Skype. She wanted to know if I had any thoughts on how they can do this without constantly interrupting each other since they will not have the normal visual queues to go off of. I share my thoughts in this episode.

 
 
Can I Make Money If My Podcast Is Not A Business?
Jeff called in and asked… “How can a sports talk podcast and website, which isn’t a business, actually dive into the entrepreneurial aspects that you consistently talk about? IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE?” I certainly had a few thoughts to share, on this topic, in the episode.

 
 
How Long Can I Still Answer Every Email?
Finally, my good friend, Butch Gibson, called in on the voice mail feedback hotline and left a 3 minute and 18 second voice message. His main point was how much he appreciated the fact that, even with the success that I have achieved, I still manage time to read the emails he sends to me and to send back a cordial response to each.

Butch even made a point to say that I’m a “good guy” and that he’s noticed that some other folks out there seem to go out of their way to be rude in response to some of the correspondence that he sends their way.

The thoughts that I shared, in response to Butch’s feedback, may shock some of my listeners. Listen to this episode to hear the thoughts that I shared.


 
 
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If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, this is the course for you. Just head over to http://PodcastingAtoZ.com for full details. I look forward to potentially working with you.

 
 
Upcoming Event Schedule
220calOne of my favorite things about traveling to, and speaking at conferences, is meeting members of my community. I always make it a point to host a community meetup wherever I travel.

Below is a list of events that you might be interested in. If you can make it to any of these events, I’d love to have the opportunity to meet you. If you are not able to attend the event, but are in that area, I’d still love for you to come to the personal community meetup that I will host in that town.

Podcast Movement Conference
August 16-17, 2014 – Dallas, TX
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Platform Conference
November 9-11, 2014 – Colorado Springs, CO
Conference Link – Click Here
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Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn!
Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affiliate program only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I’m delighted that I am now able to offer your ONE MONTH FREE when you sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! For my complete thoughts on podcast hosting, click here.

 
 
Podcast Video Tutorials:
I have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based upon the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here.

 
 
I Appreciate Your iTunes Reviews!
If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer.

I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five star rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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7 comments
ButchGibson
ButchGibson

Cliff you are indeed a gentleman and a scholar and THE Podcast Answer Man! I've been struggling and juggling during the time since this episode aired but you will indeed find something in your inbox from me. Thanks!

BernardAnderson
BernardAnderson

I believe he should look at ESPN's Insider format. You pay small monthly or yearly subscription fee and you extra content including more blog post and what not.

CoreyFineran
CoreyFineran

When I looked at the show notes before I listened to this episode, as a sports podcasters, I was a little worried what your answer would be to Jeff's question about sports podcasts.  I completely agreed with your comments, Cliff.  Thanks for weighing in.  

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