Wed, 28 May 2014
Episode 3 of Libsyn Live covers two major topics.
The MLB and Copyright/Trademark Infringement
There was a ruckus caused across the podcasting community as show after show was taken down or warned for running a podcast based on the MLB or one of the MLB's clubs. The reason? Copyright and trademark infringements.
Moral of the story, don't use anyone elses content, images, or copyright material, including material in the likeness of. If you are hosting a show specific to a club (this is true whether it is Baseball, or any other topic), make sure to say 'Unofficial' in your titles, descriptions, and even when you speak during your show.
Everything You Want to Know about RSS Feeds
Question #1: What, exactly, is an RSS feed?
Question #2: What does it mean to have a 'valid' feed?
Question #3: Do I have to code a feed myself, or are there services available that will do this for me?
Question #4: What about the Google Service, Feedburner? How does it work and why should or shouldn't I use it?
Question #5: I run a CMS such as Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal. My CMS automatically generates my RSS feeds from my posts. Can I just use that?
Question #6: If I use a podcast host, they probably generate a feed for me. Should I use that feed? Are there questions I should ask before determining if I should use them as a host or to handle my feed as well?
Question #7: I heard some producers say they host their files with Libsyn, but recommend not using Libsyn's feed. Why is that?
Question #8: I've heard there are some really popular Wordpress plugins that will handle my feed and podcasting needs for me. Is there any reason why I shouldn't just use that?
Question #9: If I am using a plugin in Wordpress, how do I switch to using my Libsyn feed?
Question #10: Are you then recommending that the only true way to have a great podcast is to only use LIbsyn for every service (Feed, hosting, stats, blog, player)?
Thu, 24 April 2014
Episode 2 of Libsyn live covered a range of topics. Quick notes and topic links are below.
Krystal Walks Through Libsyn v.4.1.1
Libsyn released an update to the interface, version 4.1.1. With this version some updates to publishing, a new stats exporter, and other awesome features were pushed live. Krystal walks through the major portions of the release.
Will Libsyn stats provide a count of how many subscribers my feed has?
Is there an update on the new and upcoming Wordpress plugin?
Why do my show notes always appear pretty and formatted in some podcatcher apps?
Are there plans to allow publishing to more than one Twitter account?
Is it possible to change what image Facebook pulls when publishing using Facebook OnPublish?
I'm going to be starting a podcast soon, "Laughing with cancer". I'm not very tech smart. Is Libsyn easy enough to not make my brain explode?
Krystal and Elsie both talked about how easy it can be to get started and published out to iTunes. Krystal has a getting started guide that walks through all the nuts and bolts:
I received an email recently regarding new features coming to Libsyn. It mentioned something about upload from Dropbox or Google Drive. Can you give us any details regarding that?
How do I work with or modify my blog page to suit my needs?
Krystal and Elsie also discussed the importance of e-mailing support with techy questions.
Wed, 12 March 2014
Episode 1 of Libsyn Live covered a range of topics. Quick notes and topic links are below.
Question #1 came from the audience asking how to generate a Google Plus Hangout on Air to host a podcast live on the internet. Krystal walked through the steps needed to schedule and start a hangout.
There was also a comparison between a regular hangout (a private conversation between one or multiple participants, similar to a Skype call) and a hangout on air (a public viewing of the broadcast, allowing for participants, Q&A, chat, and so on).
Question #2 came from the audience, requesting details on how to switch away from using Feedburner for the RSS feed in order to start using the Libsyn generated RSS feed instead. Krystal walked through how to change who Feedburner pulls from first, then how to update the Libsyn feed so that Feedburner will redirect to Libsyn. This allows iTunes, other directories, and subscribers to automatically update so the move becomes seemless.
Associated KB Article:
Question #3 came from the audience, wondering if Libsyn had a Wordpress plugin. Krystal walked through how to setup Wordpress OnPublish so that episodes posted in Libsyn would automatically post to Wordpress.
Breaking News! Krystal was alerted during the show by the Libsyn development team that a plugin using OEMBED is in the works (of course, no ETA yet on when this will be available for beta testing).
Question #4 was a question Krystal wanted to cover which went over the three different images a producer typically deals with when configuring and pushing out episodes for a show. These include the show artwork, the artwork attached to a file ID3 tag, and the episode thumbnail.
Associated KB Article:
About Libsyn Live
Krystal (Libsyn support) and Elsie (Libsyn's social media happiness expert) have come together to bring you a new live web series we are calling Libsyn Live. Episodes run on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm EST. Send questions via Google+, on Facebook, or on Twitter (@libsyn).