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Mike Gastin
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General Podcast Discussion  - 
 
So, I've got a guest who's asking if they can host a copy of their interview on my show on their website and related media channels—Youtube, Vimeo ...

They've agreed to no alter/modify and to make sure I get the proper credit. I'm a little uneasy about this. I am happy to provide them an embed link, but not too sure about handing a couple files off.

Of course, anyone who dl's the podcast from iTunes has files right on their HD, so maybe I'm just being too cautious. And, to put this in perspective, I've got five episodes each with about 150 dl's per episode. Not a big media property for sure and I'm not quitting my day job just yet.

What would you do? Let them have files? Say "no way"?
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The content features them. Let them have it. The only issue I've ever had has been when as a courtesy I let the interviewees have a copy early before broadcast and then they put it up online and shared it before my own podcast was released.
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I am currently using an Audio Technica M8000, which is a dynamic mic. I'm happy with the sound but want to take it to another level by using the Rode Broadcaster, a condenser mic.

My question is how much more sensitive will the Rode be to ambient noises than the AT? Both have a similar pick-up pattern and currently I'm not getting too much unwanted ambient noise from the AT when I record, even though there's traffic outside, etc.

Will the Rode set off a spiral of frantic soundproofing or will it be similar to the Audio Technica?

I really want the sound of the Rode, but don't want to get sidetracked into building a proper recording studio while I need to be building my audience. Also, I don't want to drop $400+ only to be unhappy with room noise.
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+Mike Gastin That's what I like about this community. We all learn from these types of discussion. So glad "this time it's for real"!! 
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So, I'm considering doing another couple podcasts since it's so satisfying doing the one I recently launched. How many folks here do more than one and what has been your experience moving from one to multiple?
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I have two podcasts. One is a weekly main show, and the other is a short format spin-off that goes out Tuesday - Friday with listener feedback.

We were getting more questions and feedback from listeners than we could handle in the main show, so we created the spin-off. It's a lot more work, but 70 episodes into the daily show, we're still going strong. 
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Anyone willing to share their approach to inviting/recruiting guests for their interview-style podcast? Also, what's your process once they agree, meaning what steps do you take them through before the interview? Pre-interview? Guidelines?
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Thanks! You know what they say. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
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Introduce yourself, your Podcast  - 
 
Published my first podcast, The Subject, last night. Got it to the host, submitted it to iTunes, etc. Felt like a champ to ship. Thanks to the folks here who helped make it happen.

Feel free to check it out here:

https://thekingdomtoday.com/2015/08/12/subject-episode-001-jim-harden-right-life

Please Note: It's a show about Christians that are living out their faith in very real ways. Just thought I should put that out there so no one's sensibilities are harmed. ;)
Can you believe it? Episode 001! That's right, it's our inaugural episode and who better to launch this ship of truth and love than long-time friend, Jim Harden? Join Jim and our publisher and editor-in-chief, (which is a lot like being the chief cook and bottle washer here at TKT) Mike Gastin, ...
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Thanks, +Rob Griffiths! It was a challenge for sure, but now I'm rolling and it feels great.
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I'm recording my first podcast interview tomorrow. Excited and honestly, a little worried. Worried that I'll be a poor interviewer. Worried that I'll screw up the tech. Worried that I won't be able to find more interviewees. The list goes on.

Of course, there's a first time for everything and worrying is part of the experience I'm sure.
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Great advice here. But seriously, listen! I was a newspaper editor and trained many green reporters, and that's always my main advice. I say don't even write a list of questions, except for maybe a couple important ones you know your listeners want to hear. I like to do a bullet list of topics I want to cover, in no particular order, and let the conversation go in whatever direction it wants to.

If you write a list of questions you may be tempted to stick to it, instead of going down a very interesting road your guest has laid out for you that you never could've known to ask about. If you don't listen, you'll miss all of those opportunities and gems. Good luck! 
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Post processing question: I am doing my audio post in Adobe Audition. No problem working with files in both waveform and multitrack, but when I'm outputting final files to convert to MP3 (which I do in iTunes) I can't get the loudness right. No matter what I do my files sound too low in iTunes in comparison to other podcasts and music files in my library.

I'm using the "Match Volume" setting and setting the target to -16 LUFS for all the clips in the multiracial session. I then mix down to a WAV, which I pull into iTunes and use to convert to the MP3.

Can anyone share how they get their volume and loudness right?

I'm certain I'm not giving you enough info, but if you could share your process id be grateful.
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+Mike Gastin You're welcome.
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How do you approach show domains? Do you like to have a discrete show site: www.myawesomepod.com or do you like to append it to another site: www.mikegastin.com/myawesomepod?

I've been asking myself this question for a few weeks. I've launched my pod and currently it's a stand-alone site (http://thesubject.fm) but as I've been thinking about the podcast and how I'd like to use it to develop and maintain an audience that is part of a larger conversation, meaning the pod is part of a larger publishing effort that could include blog, books, vid, etc., I'm questioning having a stand-alone domain, as the stand-alone would not be the same as the publishing brand.

Of course, I can just include a link with some info about the show on my publishing site's upper-level navigation, so it's clear that The Subject is part of a larger ecosystem, so I don't think I have a problem. That said, I'm not convinced I know the best way to do this and I'd like to get other's experiences and opinions here. What do you think?
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Thanks everyone. Very helpful. I think for now I'll keep the dedicated site,Mobutu will provide very clear navigation and info between the two sites. That should tie them together while still giving me Google juice.
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So, this might be more of a WordPress question, but it's related to podcasting.

I've set up a WordPress.org site for my podcast, The Subject. (http://thesubject.fm.) I'd like to add an iTunes bug—see image—at the end of each post for visitors to click through to the show's iTunes page. I'm having trouble getting WP to accept the code to embed the bug.

Anyone else have this issue and if so, is there a work around?
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Thanks, +Wish We Were Here!
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A question before I jump off the cliff.

I've recorded my first episode and have finished post-production. I'm feeling jazzed and am getting ready to push it to Libsyn. Question on website best practice.

Do you folks typically post a copy of the file to your site and play it from your sever (strictly for web visitors, not to syndicate) or do you embed it in your site and the related podcast post from the Libsyn server? I'm guessing an embedded file is the way to go, but figured I'd ask before I waste a day trying to figure it out myself. BTW, I'm running a Drupal 7.X site for what it's worth.
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Most podcasters show notes are not short bits they are paragraph or two of content with links, of the same exact text aka dual post.

I have owned my brand in totality for 10 years and do not have to worry about this. This is also why my inbound Google traffic exceeds 40,000 hits a day.

All one has to do is look at there per episode page rank to see if they are being impacted and the number of inbound search results. 
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So, was thinking of getting set up on Libsyn until I hit this part of their terms and agreements:

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VIII.  MONETIZATION

Any attempt to directly monetize Your Content via third-party ad networks or other outside business agreements at the expense of Libsyn without written approval from Libsyn is prohibited.  If you choose to monetize, Your Content, you agree to utilize Libsyn Service to enable monetization including but not limited to in-content advertising, iPhone applications or sale of Your Content which may include additional requirements for revenue sharing or fees for use depending on the Service..  To request permission to monetize Your Content via third-party ad networks or other outside business agreements at the expense of Libsyn, please email contact@libsyn.com

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Am I correct in understanding that if I host my pod with Libsyn they control my ability to monetize? That's unacceptable. Anyone here using Libsyn (or work for them) that can shed more light on this?
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I have been using Libsyn for both shows, and have had a great experience. If I build an audience big enough to monetize in a big way, Libsyn's service will be part of that success. I have no problem talking to +Rob Walch  about anything.

I am new enough to podcasting that I haven't used any Blubrry services yet, but am a fan of +Todd Cochrane and +Angelo Mandato and company for their honesty and how they look out for the little guy podcaster. I am subscribed and listen to +Todd Cochrane 's shows.
If I ever get "fancy" enough and my shows explode I can totally see using Blubrry in expansion plans.

Blubrry and Libsyn have different philosophies but are providing valuable services, and we would be totally screwed if they didn't exist for us.

Bottom line. With both services you can jump ship if you can't see eye to eye in some future scenario. I am comfortable and happy with my choice to use Libsyn, but would be just as happy if Blubrry fit my current model and may someday add that model to my plans. I trust both. Onward and upward!
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