Welcome To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast!

Podcast Answer Man PodcastI (Cliff Ravenscraft) launched the Podcast Answer Man podcast back in December of 2006, one year after I started podcasting. I had been approached by several people, asking me to help them to launch a podcast. Technically, I was still podcasting as a hobby at that time and I had decided to start doing some paid consulting work on the side.

One thing led to another and less than a year, after launching the Podcast Answer Man podcast, I became convinced that I could actually make a living doing podcasting full-time as my career. In January of 2008, left my full-time career as an insurance agent, in a family run insurance agency, to do what I love for a living! If you want to hear the full story of how this happened, I would encourage you to see the video on my about page.

Podcast Answer Man is perfect for the brand new podcaster and seasoned podcasters alike. My goal is consistently encourage podcasters to dream big and to always think about how they can take their podcast to the next level.

If you like this podcast, you may also be interested to know that I produce an entire network of podcasts at the Generally Speaking Production Network..

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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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twitterTwitter Photos & Tag Spam
In this week’s social media segment, Erik Fisher joins me to discuss Twitter’s new ability to upload four pictures to a single tweet using their mobile application. We also talk about the ability to tag people in the photos you upload form the mobile Twitter app. This led us into a discussion about tag spam among other things.

Way of Life App for iOS
Last week, I shared my greatest pet peeve with the Lift App. Thanks to my great friend, Kim Landwehr, I have started to use the Way of Life App for iOS. Listen to this episode to learn what I like this application so much and what habits I am attempting to make a part of my daily life.

Patreon For #PABL?
In episode 573 of Pursuing A Balanced Life, I shared with my community that I’m considering the launch of a Patreon campaign to take my #PABL podcast to the next level.

Skype TX
Many of you have asked me to give my opinion on the announcement of Skype TX. My opinion on this is that it is too early to have an opinion on this. When they finally release pricing and hardware specs, we’ll have more to go on.

Congrats Troy & Wayne
A big congratulations to Troy Heinritz and Wayne Henderson for the shout out of their Resurrection Revealed podcast that they received from 104.5 FM in Wilmington North Carolina.

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351 On Air Signs – Shark Tank Podcast – And So Much More

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 3, 2014


wemoRemote Controlled On Air Sign
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. However, it recently occurred to me that I could use one of those WeMo switches by Belkin to operate a plugged in On Air Light/Sign that I could place just outside my studio. In fact, I may place a second remote controlled light on the main level of the house so that the rest of the family will know, upstairs, when I am actually recording something.

I haven’t chosen which Recording / On Air light that I am going to go with. However, I am looking for something that will look really nice. I’ve been looking at this and this.

For those who prefer to go super low budget, I found this DIY On Air Light tutorial that shows you how you could make an On Air Light for less than $20.

Podcast-SharkTank-4Shark Tank Fan Podcast
I am honored to have my great friend, Pierce Marrs, join me to talk about his experience with podcasting. I am a huge fan of the television show, Shark Tank and Pierce hosts a great Shark Tank Fan Podcast. I highly encourage you to listen to his interview with Barbara Corcoran, from the show.

Also In This Episode…
I also shared my thoughts after attending the second annual Social Media Marketing World conference, my first Uber Experience, a frustration with the Lift App and the amazing opportunity to be on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego news show.

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snqualitycontrolTen Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make
In this episode, of Podcast Answer Man, I share ten of the most common mistakes that I have seen thousands of brand new podcasters make.

I not only share my thoughts on why these are mistakes, I also give suggestions of what you can do if you have made any of these mistakes yourself.

  • A lot of knowledge but little passion for the topic
  • No clear purpose/reason for doing the show / No Specific Goals
  • Having the “Show Me The Money” attitude
  • Expecting massive success at the launch of the podcast
  • Focusing on stats instead of existing audience
  • Not having a mailing list from the beginning
  • Wanting to launch several shows at once
  • Really bad audio quality
  • Waiting to launch until everything is perfect!
  • Not releasing your podcast as a .mp3 file.
    Two Cool Web Apps For Podcasters
    I recently received an email from Regan STarr about a web app that he created that easily shows you the top 400 ranked podcasts in iTunes by Category and Subcategory. You can check that out by clicking here.

    While looking at Regan’s site, I noticed he also had a cool web app for easily finding the rss feed for any podcast in iTunes. Check it out by clicking here.

    Interview with Steve Lankford
    It was a huge honor to connect with Steve Lankford to talk about how things are going with his Health Quest Podcast. Steve was a student of my Podcasting A to Z course back in 2011 and he recently emailed me about reaching his 100th podcast episode milestone. I invited Steve to come and share some thoughts on his experience with podcasting over the past two years.

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    349 Dealing With Negative Feedback – How To Come Back From A Podfade – DropCam Pro Review

    March 13, 2014

    Dealing With Negative Feedback It’s been a long time since I last covered the topic of dealing with negative feedback. Earlier this week, I was listening to the Jillian Michaels Show and she had an episode titled Haters Are Gonna Hate. In this episode, I shared about seven and a half minutes from Jillian’s show […]

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    348 The Episode I Almost Deleted

    March 6, 2014

    It’s been a long time since I recorded an episode of Podcast Answer Man that I actually deleted. I have had a few episodes where I went back and re-recorded a section or two. There have even been a few episodes that I had to do some heavy editing on to turn them into something […]

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    347 Appear.In Free Peer to Peer Video Conferencing & The Podcast Movement Conference

    February 27, 2014

    Keynoting At The Podcast Movement In this episode, I talk with Jared Easley and Gary Leland who, together with Dan Franks and Mitch Todd, are putting together the new Podcast Movement National Podcasting Conference. During my conversation with Gary and Jared, I ask why they made the decision to start this conference. We also talked […]

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    346 Should We Stop Using The Term Podcast?

    February 20, 2014

    Why I Still Defend The Term PODCAST Matt Lovell is one of thirty students who are currnetly going through the 15th session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Matt started a conversation inspired by something that he heard on Dan Miller’s podcast. Dan had stated that, starting in 2014, he was no longer […]

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    345 Podcast Patent Update – A Talk With Michael Stelzner About Social Media Marketing World – Paper App by Facebook – The Whiteification of Twitter – Flappy Bird – And More!

    February 13, 2014

    Social Media Marketing World In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I talk with Michael Stelzner from Social Media Examiner. The main focus of our conversation is to discuss what the Social Media Marketing World Conference is about and who, specifically, should consider attending. (Starts at 00:38:57)     Podcasting Patent Update Special thanks to […]

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    344 Why I’m Shutting Down The Podcast Mastermind, Even Though It Generated Over $57,000 In 2013

    February 6, 2014

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share one of the top five most difficult decisions that I’ve had to make in my business. February 2014 marks the second anniversary of The Podcast Mastermind. In spite of the fact that it was responsible for generating over $57,000 in profit for my business in 2013, […]

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    343 Five Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises From Your Podcast

    January 30, 2014

    Reducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises Over the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of people on the launch of their podcast. On average, about one out of ten individuals have experienced a significant issue with mouth noises. In this episode, I invited Renee Chambliss, professional audio book narrator, to share […]

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    342 – Five Tips For A Relational Approach To Twitter & A Conversation With Scott Stratten

    January 23, 2014

    Five Tips For A Relational Approach To Twitter In several recent episodes of Podcast Answer Man, Erik Fisher and I have discussed our desire to get back to using Twitter the way that we did in the old days. The main problem, however, has been that it is increasingly difficult to use twitter in this […]

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    341 Music For Your Podcast – How Can I Play Licensed Music In My Podcast? – Royalty Free Music – Independent Music – Podsafe Music – Jingles – Custom Music & More

    January 16, 2014

    Can I Play Music In My Podcast? One of the top five things that I am most often asked about is whether or not you can play music in your podcast. I created this extended edition of Podcast Answer Man to serve as a resource that I can point folks to as questions related to […]

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    340 New Media Expo 2014 Review

    January 9, 2014

    New Media Expo 2014 Review I just returned from New Media Expo and the reality is that I should have taken this week off. I had such an amazing time at the event. However, the lack of sleep and the long days did wear me down quite a bit. With that, I originally recorded episode […]

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    339 The Value of Grind-It-Out, Slow & Steady Podcasting – You Don’t Have To Be Another Podcasting Rock Star!

    December 26, 2013

    Tom Adams Shares The Value of A Small Narrow Niche Audience Podcasting to a small, niche audience is an often overlooked opportunity by many potential podcasters. Tom Adams has discovered just how valuable they can be. Tom is a consultant, executive coach and author, as well as the President of a boutique web marketing agency […]

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    338 Evergreen Content & Thoughts Behind A New Opening Script

    December 19, 2013

    Creating Evergreen Content (00:38:45) In this episode, I talk about the value in intentionally creating evergreen content. In my weekly podcast, I may discuss topics that are extremely relevant today but may not be applicable months or years down the road. However, I will often create a segment of an episode or even full episodes […]

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    337 Wired Lavalier Recommendation For Speakers & Much More!

    December 12, 2013

    Wired Lavalier Recommendation for Speakers and Presenters I’ve often been asked what type of lavalier mic I would recommend for a professor who wanted to record their classroom lectures or for speakers who wanted to have an audio recording of their own presentation. In this episode, I give my full endorsement of the Rhode SmartLav […]

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    336 Can You Automate Your Way To Relationships? Information Overload & Other Social Media Annoyances

    December 5, 2013

    In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I asked Erik Fisher to join me for the whole show to discuss more thoughts related to what we started to discuss in episode 335, related to how Twitter seemed to be losing losing sight of what originally made it so useful in building relationships. This topic […]

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    335 Choosing Your Brand Name – YouTube Comments Changes & Twitter Losing Its Human Feel

    November 21, 2013

    Choosing A Name For Your Brand When creating a brand new podcast, I’ve noticed a large number of people who seem to get stuck when it comes to choosing the name of their brand and/or podcast. I am a huge fan of choosing a name that can clearly communicate the essence of what your podcast […]

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    334 Five Tips For Getting Your Spouse On The Same Page With Your Entrepreneurial Journey & Skype Desktop API Update

    November 14, 2013

    Behind Every Great Man, You Will Find A Great Woman! In this week’s episode I am honored to have my wife, Stephanie, as a guest with me in the studio. I shared, previously, that we were shocked to learn just how many folks in the Podcast Answer Man community who had no idea that Stephanie […]

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    333 Checking Your Guns At The Door – Review of Platform Conference Dallas 2013

    November 7, 2013

    I Checked My Guns At The Door! In this week’s episode, I share my thoughts as I return from the Platform Conference. I talk about the conference itself, I share my favorite thing about the past week and I share a great deal of information about the talk that I gave and how I took […]

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    332 Upgrading To Mavericks – Keynote 6.0 Vs Keynote 09 (5.3) – New Media Expo Podcasting Track – Multiple Displays & More

    October 31, 2013

    Why I Downgraded To Keynote 09 This week, I made the decision to go ahead and upgrade a few of my computers to the latest version of Apple’s Mac OSX operating system, Mavericks. In the episode, I share my experiences with the upgrade and how much I love the multiple display support. During the upgrade […]

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    331 Facebook Page or Personal Profile? And Much More!

    October 24, 2013

    Facebook Page or Personal Profile (00:24:41) In this week’s social media segment, Erik Fisher and I respond to someone who asked our thoughts on promoting our brand with a Facebook Page vs. a Facebook Personal Profile.     Call Recorder May Continue To Work! (00:01:12) In last week’s episode, I shared that Pamela, a software […]

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    330 Skype Is Shutting Off Access To Pamela And Call Reorder (UPDATE), Stats Addiction And More

    October 17, 2013

    Skype Cutting Access To Software Recorders I’ve recently been informed that Skype is shutting down it’s desktop API in December 2013. This will affect podcasters who rely on software plugins like Pamela or Call Recorder to record Skype conversations for their podcasts. Skype has a brief note about this on their support website. The developers […]

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    329 Seven Ways To Market Affiliate Products

    October 10, 2013

    7 Ways To Market Affiliate Products In this week’s episode I am joined by my great friend, Mark Mason, from the Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast. In our conversation, we discuss seven things that podcasters can do to market affiliate products. (This Topic Starts at 00:21:36) 1. Do An Honest Review of a Product you […]

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    328 Finding Your Voice – Knowing What You Want To Share With The World

    October 3, 2013

    Three Ideas For Finding Your Voice In this episode, I invite Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei Kang back to Podcast Answer Man. Joel and Pei were featured as guests back on episode 226 where we discussed how you can make yourself newsworthy. Joel is coming out with a new book titled “Finding Your voice – […]

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    327 Connecting With Successful People, Self Confidence & Why I Prefer Going More Niche With Your Podcast

    September 26, 2013

    Inspiring Personal Plug of The Week (00:02:30) This week’s personal plug of the week is the High-Income Business Writing Podcast with Ed Gandia. In fact, episode 22 of Ed’s podcast caused me to think of a number of valuable topics that I decided to share in this episode, while I was recording on the fly. […]

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    326 iTunes 11.1 Now Syncs Podcasts With iOS – TimeTrade For Scheduling – PressGram – And Adding Contributors To Your Facebook Photo Album

    September 19, 2013

    iTunes 11.1 Now Syncs Podcasts With iOS Yesterday, it seemed as though everyone was focused on the fact that Apple released iOS7. However, Apple also snuck out an update for iTunes bringing us version 11.1. One of the most interesting features, to me, was that you can now sync your podcast subscriptions, via iCloud, with […]

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    325 Seven Things Podcasters Need To Know About Affiliate Marketing

    September 12, 2013

    Let’s Talk Affiiliate Marketing In this week’s episode I am joined by my great friend, Mark Mason, from the Late Night Internet Marketing Podcast. A majority of this week’s show is focused on things that podcasters should know when it comes to affiliate marketing. (This Topic Starts at 00:12:34) The seven things we cover in […]

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    324 Podcasting As An Occupation? How Long Before My Podcast Will Start Generating Income? My Thoughts On This And More!

    September 6, 2013

    Show Me The Money! (Topic starts at 00:03:44) There are times when I feel like Jerry Maguire in this scene from the movie (WARNING: Strong language in clip). Okay, so this is a bit of an exaggeration. The fact is that I have made it a point to not yet enter into a relationship where […]

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    323 Invest In Conferences And Yourself – And So Much More!

    August 30, 2013

    Invest In Conferences (Starts At 00:25:03) I have been interviewed hundreds of times and I am often asked if I would change anything if I had the chance to go back and do things differently. My response to this has often been “nothing.” I’ve stated that I am who I am today because of all […]

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    322 USA Today Says Podcasting Is Booming – Evernote Love – Internet Everywhere

    August 22, 2013

    Falling In Love With Evernote? (Starts at 00:46:52) In this week’s episode, I invite Erik Fisher to be a sounding board while I go on and on about why I have made the decision to dive, head first, into Evernote. Are you an Evernote fanatic? If so, please share what you love about Evernote and […]

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    321 Six Steps To Communicating More Effectively With Your Next Public Speaking Opportunity.

    August 15, 2013

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I talk with Ken Davis from Dynamic Communicators International. Ken is one of the country’s most sought after motivational and inspirational speakers. He’s also the business partner of my great friend, Michael Hyatt. (Interview starts at 00:11:20) I know that many of you have a desire to do […]

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    320 How Teaching With A Podcast Led To A Full-Time Career – An Interview With Mark Pentleton of Radio Lingua

    August 8, 2013

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am very delighted to share a conversation with Mark Pentleton from RadioLingua.com. I first learned about Mark through his Coffee Break Spanish podcast back in the Summer of 2007 when my wife and I were going on vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico. I was looking for a […]

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    319 Turning A Dream For A Podcast Network Into A Reality & Embedding Facebook Posts

    August 1, 2013

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am delighted to share an interview with my great friend, Stuart Crane. I’ve talked about stuart in Podcast Answer Man on many occasions, though I may have only mentioned him by name a handful of times. I first met Stuart back in July 2011. My first introduction […]

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    318 Five Blogging Tips For Podcasters & Flipboard Magazines

    July 25, 2013

    In 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 […]

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