How to create a podcast
Podcasting allows listeners to receive audio programs via a subscription
through the Internet and listen to them at their leisure on a portable
music player (MP3 player) or computer.
The term podcasting is a combination of “iPod” + “broadcasting;”
however, you don’t need an iPod specifically to listen to podcasts. Any MP3
player is convenient because they allow you to listen to audio content on
the go. Some people prefer listening to podcasts while working at their
computer. “Vodcasting” works the same way as podcasting, but also
The process of creating a podcast includes the following steps:
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1) Recording (or choosing) files for the podcast. Most often, it is audio files
recorded with a microphone or a special recording tool and saved in the
2) Creating an RSS feed where each item contains a link to its enclosure file.
3) Uploading the feed and enclosure files to the specific server and creating a
link to the RSS feed on website pages.
A usual podcast differs from an RSS feed because it has enclosures that
can be either audio or video files. If an RSS feed uses i Tunes extensions,
for example, the corresponding fields must be filled for every enclosure
(descriptions, keywords, duration). Of course, after you create a podcast,
the RSS feed and enclosure files should be uploaded to the web server for
podcast listeners to be able to access them.
To create such an RSS feed, you can use special software that will allow
you to create a podcast as quickly as possible and help you avoid errors.
Some of these are:
• Feed Editor ( www.extralabs.net/feed-editor.htm) — A program for creating,
editing, and publishing podcasts.
• Audacity ( www.audacity.sourceforge.net/) — Record your voice from a
• Podcast Wizard ( www.extralabs.net/podcast-wizard.htm) — Step-by-step
• LemonzDream ( www.lemonzdream.com/) — Podcast creator for Macs.
How to Promote a Podcast
Recording, editing, and uploading a podcast is simply not enough to
get it heard. Attracting listeners will take promotional techniques and a bit
of imagination, especially if you’d like your site ‘hit’ counter to increase
• Submit your content to specialized podcast directories.
• Send the URL of your podcast to major
• Seek out forums on subjects similar to
your podcast and join in on the conversation.
• Contact the webmasters of sites of your
subject matter and offer to exchange links.
Podcast From Wikipedia: A
podcast is a collection of digital
media files which is distributed
over the Internet, often using
syndication feeds, for playback
on portable media players and
personal computers. The term
podcast, like “radio,” can refer
either to the content itself or
to the method by which it is
syndicated; the latter is also
termed podcasting. The host or
author of a podcast is often
called a podcaster.
In the March ’07 issue of Nuts & Volts,
there’s a complete article on podcasting by
Ed Driscoll. Also, if you do an article search on
podcasting and MP3, there’s plenty of other
good info in previous issues. Just go to