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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Next Level One Day Mastermind Event
I’m very excited to announce my very first one day LIVE EVENT. I will be hosting the first Next Level One Day Mastermind event on Friday, August 15th in Dallas TX in the Galveston Room at the Westin Galleria. (pictured below)
Galveston

I describe this event in great detail starting at 52 minutes and 54 seconds into the episode. If you would like to be one of the ten people included in this intensive mastermind experience, please register now at http://NextLevelStudio.tv.

 
 
Topics Covered In This Episode:
- How can I create an introduction episode? (00:03:32)
- Have I considered going back to recording into software? (00:14:38)
- Why did Chad purchase a Samsung Washer & Dryer? (00:27:50)
- How do you incorporate video into an audio only production? (00:33:11)
- What do you do when you know that what is needed to take your podcast to the next level is just outside your financial reach? (00:40:10)
- How should I handle this potentially high risk interview request? (00:47:00)

 
 
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366 How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 17, 2014

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cashsnHow Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?
Some recently posted this question… “I’ve been approached by an ad agency about advertising in my podcast. They have a client that’s very targeted for my audience. So they’re asking me for rate information. I have no idea what to quote them, as I’ve yet to have a sponsor for my show. Any idea what’s fair based on downloads or other metrics? Thanks!”

I’ve devoted this episode to providing my thoughts on this topic. I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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blackmagic-intensity-extreme-2Working Out The Kinks With My Live Stream (00:04:14)
Some of you know that I have been broadcasting a live stream of the recording of my podcasts since 2006. Until recently, I never really talked about this a great deal. However, in the past few episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been looking to take my YouTube video content to the next level by uploading the recordings of my live stream broadcasts to my YouTube Channel.

Prior to publishing the videos to my YouTube channel, I was fully satisfied with a lower quality video stream, as long as it gave those in the chat room a peak into what was happening in my studio with a “behind the scenes” feel. However, now that I am looking to record and upload these videos to YouTube, I’ve decided to broadcast and record in HD. This has caused quite a few technical issues that I’ve had to work through. I spent the a good deal of this episode sharing my story about what I had to go through to get things to where they are today. I still have several technical details to work out, such as audio sync issues when I upload the Ustream Recording to YouTube. More on that in next week’s episode.

 
 
My Thoughts On Live Streaming & Video In General (00:34:25)
It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared my overall thoughts on the topic of live streaming your podcast. I typically warn all new podcasters to stay away from live streaming their podcast for the first six months, at least. In this episode, I share why I hold that position.

Also, I share my thoughts on video content, in general. If I didn’t make it perfectly clear, in this episode, I want to state that I do love great video content. However, when it comes to podcasting, I really only enjoy video podcasts that contain content that is really made for video. Even then, I have a very limited amount of time that I can devote to “screen time” for such content and, therefore, I am only subscribed to two video podcasts. If I have screen time, I’d almost rather be watching a movie, a tv show, or playing a video game.

 
 
Other Topics In This Episode
- Three Tips For Growing Your Mailing List (00:59:51)
- Should you play around with episode titles? (01:08:48)
- What recording gear would I take to a conference? (01:10:07)
- What is a low budget, yet portable, recording setup? (01:13:38)

 
 
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363 Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast And Much More!

June 26, 2014

Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast During my current session of Podcasting A to Z, I had shared the story how I once did a complete relaunch of my Help I Got A Mac podcast by deleting the first ten episodes that I had published and restarting the show with a brand new first episode. One […]

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362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

June 19, 2014

Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8? Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app […]

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361 The Next Level Studio

June 14, 2014

I’m In My New Studio! I know that I’ve been talking about getting ready to move into my new studio for a very long time. We started the building process, of our new home, a full year ago. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would actually have all this extra space for all […]

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360 Does Listening Via Stitcher Really Support Content Producers?

June 6, 2014

Why I Found Stitcher’s Last Email To Be Misleading! (00:34:32) Recently, the CEO of Sticher Radio, Noah Shanok, sent an email, to those who use their app, to apologize for “instances where their ad system performed in unexpected and sometimes suboptimal ways, for example by delivering ads at less than ideal times, serving repetitive ads, […]

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359 Should I Rebrand & Relaunch My Show To Take Advantage of New & Noteworthy?

May 29, 2014

Immediately after recording this episode, I announced to those who were watching live, in the chat room, that I would personally rate this episode about a 6 out of 10 on a quality scale. Going into the episode, I was pretty excited about the content that I had planned for the show. However, I ended […]

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358 Should I Use SoundCloud? Setting Boundaries With Your Audience? Co-Hosting Advice & More

May 22, 2014

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Become An Expert At Saying No! Recently, I received an email, from Gloria, that said… “I Just spent the day listening to your podcast! So valuable and I feel so blessed to have found it! In episode 321, you mentioned a talk you gave about four reasons entrepreneurs should say no. […]

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357 How Do I Get More Feedback From My Audience? And Much More!

May 15, 2014

    Catching Up On Voice Messages In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my latest thoughts as I continue to daydream about what life will be like when I am in my new studio space once our new home construction is complete. Also, in this episode, I answer six questions that […]

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356 The Response To Last Week’s Episode & An Interview With Dane Sanders

May 9, 2014

Response To Last Week’s Episode Last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man prompted a large amount of feedback related to three items. First, I had made a point to produce the entire episode without a single audio clip included. Second, episode 355 was the longest episode, of Podcast Answer Man, that I have ever published, […]

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355 Why You Should NOT Start A Podcast – My Thoughts Regarding Spencer Haw’s Blog Post On This Topic.

May 1, 2014

This week’s podcast episode is unique in several ways. First, I made the intentional decision to not use any audio clips within the podcast from beginning to end. I did this as a means of motivation for brand new podcasters who may be struggling to find the right music or audio branding for their podcast. […]

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354 The New New Twitter – Book Recommendations – And Much More

April 24, 2014

The New New Twitter Is Getting Close It’s been a few years since Twitter had a major overhaul of their web user interface. Twitter recently rolled out a redesign of their User Profiles. The change to the new design will eventually happen for all users. However, you can click here to get the new design […]

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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

April 17, 2014

Why 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 […]

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352 Twitter Photos – Photo Tagging – Skype TX – Patreon – Naming New Studio And More!

April 10, 2014

Twitter 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 […]

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

April 3, 2014

Remote 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 […]

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350 Ten Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make And What To Do If You’ve Made Them – & Much Much More

March 20, 2014

Ten 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 […]

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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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