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The Cliff Ravenscraft Show | Take Your Message, Your Business and Your Life To The Next Level

Summary: Are you ready to take your message, your business and your life to the next level? Want to learn from someone with more than a decade of experience, training tens of thousands of people from all around the world? This podcast will help you change your belief about who you are and what you are able to achieve in this world. It will help you rediscover your ability to dream big dreams. It will help you discover and break free from the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living the life that you were created for. Cliff has personally helped thousands of people launch extremely successful podcasts and businesses built around those podcasts. Among his clients are Pat Flynn, Michael Hyatt, John Lee Dumas, Michael Stelzner, Amy Porterfield, Dan Miller, and so many more. #SubscribeToday

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 262 Making Podcasts Cool Again? Player.fm Playa Please! – Interview With Angelo Mandato, Creator of PowerPress – And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:10:27

Making Podcasts Cool Again? Playa Please! This past weekend, someone sent me a link to an article on Gigaom.com. The article was titled "Player FM makes podcasts look cool again." The first few works of the article stated... "Podcasts may have fallen a bit out of fashion lately, but the new cloud-based podcast playback and discovery platformPlayer FM hopes that you’ll give the medium another chance." It cracks me up up when people make statements like this about podcasting. In this episode, I share my full reaction to this article and also share my initial thoughts about the Player.fm service created by former Google employee, Michael Mahemoff. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the The Prospecting Minute Podcast by Steve Kloyda. If you check out his show and like it, please be sure to let him know you heard about the show from The Podcast Answer Man! Go ahead and judge me. I'm busy doing great work! In this episode, I institute a new segment that I hope to incorporate from time to time call "A Word of Wisdom." This week's Word of Wisdom is inspired by a recent Seth Godin blog post titled "You Will Be Judged, Or You Will Be Ignored." Has fear of being judged kept you from creating work that helps share your message with the world? Interview WIth Angelo Mandato I'm very delighted to share a recent interview that I did with Angelo Mandato, the creator of the PowerPress Podcasting Plugin. What's amazing is that I didn't even know that there was a video podcast devoted to the PowerPress plugin. One of my favorite things is that the PowerPress plugin was created with the best interests of the podcasting community in mind. Not only is it free, but it has an amazing support community behind it. I really hope that you enjoy the interview with Angelo. If you get a chance, head over to his blog at http://Angelo.Mandato.com and tell him thanks for all his hard work! Free Subscribe With iTunes Graphic Template I want to send out a special thanks to Dan Andrews from the Lifestyle Business Podcast. Dan created an amazing "Subscribe With iTunes" graphic for his side bar that looks ultra professional and just plain gorgeous. He's decided to make the template available to the podcasting community, free of charge, as a means of giving back! Feel free to click here to download the PSD file. Please be sure to swap out his podcast artwork with your own! See what I did with the template where I ask for iTunes Ratings & Reviews for Podcast Answer Man below. Podcast Artwork for $175 Most podcasters do not invest enough into the artwork for their podcast. The truth is that your podcast artwork is often what sets the 1st impression for your podcast. This is especially true when it comes to those who find your show in a podcast directory. I've been working with Jenny Hamson for several years and she does all my podcast artwork. I've also personally contracted her to do the artwork for all of my coaching and consulting clients. In all the years that I have worked with Jenny, she's never failed to provide artwork that not only meets expectations but delivers far more than could have been anticipated. If you are looking for artwork, please contact Jenny Hamson today and tell her that Cliff sent you! iTunes Ratings & Reviews I started Podcast Answer Man in December of 2006. Would you believe that until April 2012, I never spent much energy to ask anyone to provide a rating and/or review for this show in iTunes? If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer. If you find that the Podcast Answer Man podcast has been valuable to you, would you consider going to my iTunes Listing to both rate and review this show? If so, please click here. The Podcast Mastermind

 261 Michael Hyatt Talks About Building A Platform – How Many Downloads Is A Good Number? – And More… | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:23

Michael Hyatt Talks About Building A Platform In this week's episode, I am super excited about talking with Michael Hyatt. Michael is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. He has over 200,000 subscribers to his personal blog that is focused leadership, productivity, publishing, social media, and the valuable resources that he discovers. In this episode, I talked with Michael about his new book titled Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In the book, he shares his story about how he built the platform that he has today in the online world. What I learned in this episode is that for the first four years that Michael published his personal blog, he never had over 1,000 subscribers to his blog. Michael shares a little insight into how he went about getting noticed in his niche market. I highly encourage you to pick up the PHYSICAL COPY of Michael's book between Monday, May 21st and Friday, May 24th from one of the retailers listed at http://MichaelHyatt.com/platform. If you do, and you forward your paid receipt to gifts@MichaelHyatt.com, you'll receive all the digital versions of the book as well as over $300 worth of other bonuses. Michael and I also spoke briefly about his This Is Your Life podcast that he launched back in February of this year. After episode 008, this podcast became one of the top 5 podcasts that I have every subscribed to with my favorite episode being episode 10 titled HOW TO SHAVE 10 HOURS OFF YOUR WORK WEEK. I highly recommend that you subscribe to Michael's podcast in iTunes today. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the The MasonWorld Late-Night Internet Marketing Podcast by Mark Mason. If you check out his show and like it, please be sure to let him know you heard about the show from The Podcast Answer Man! iTunes Changed Their Mind! iTunes changed their mind. They now want 1400x1400 artwork! Back on April 5th, I published episode 256 of Podcast Answer Man where I reported that iTunes updated it's specs to suggest 1200x1200 artwork. Without any rhyme or reason, they now have updated their specs, again, to state that they now prefer 1400x1400 artwork! Podcast Artwork for $175 Most podcasters do not invest enough into the artwork for their podcast. The truth is that your podcast artwork is often what sets the 1st impression for your podcast. This is especially true when it comes to those who find your show in a podcast directory. I've been working with Jenny Hamson for several years and she does all my podcast artwork. I've also personally contracted her to do the artwork for all of my coaching and consulting clients. In all the years that I have worked with Jenny, she's never failed to provide artwork that not only meets expectations but delivers far more than could have been anticipated. If you are looking for artwork, please contact Jenny Hamson today and tell her that Cliff sent you! Two Quick Questions In this episode, I answer two questions from Tommy Kendrick of the Actor's Talk Podcast. The first question that Tommy asked was "How many downloads is a good number for a podcast." He also asked about whether or not he should break down this podcast into a shorter version and a longer version for his podcast. I provide my thoughts on both of these questions in the episode. iTunes Ratings & Reviews I started Podcast Answer Man in December of 2006. Would you believe that until April 2012, I never spent much energy to ask anyone to provide a rating and/or review for this show in iTunes? If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer. If you find that the Podcast Answer Man podcast has been valuable to you,

 260 Will Google Plus Be An Option For Live Streaming? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:08

Will Google Take Live Streaming To The Next Level? A recent post on the Google Blog announced that Google Plus Hangouts On Air feature is going to be rolled out to all members of the Google Plus Community. The post said that you will be able to bro...

 259 A Case of Stolen Network Identity – The BlogWorld Virtual Ticket Option – PJ Jonas Tells Us About Using A Publicist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:55

A Case of Stolen Network Identity In this week's episode, I share how upset I was to learn that someone had gone and copied everything that I had spent seven years building at gspn.tv. Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. To so...

 258 How Andrew Zarian Went From Hobby To Building The Profitable GFQ Network | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:06

From Hobby To Profitable Podcast Network In this episode, I interview Andrew Zarian of the Guys From Queens Network. Andrew shares how he started out with a hobby of streaming video via Ustream.tv after being laid off in 2008 and how he turned that hobby into the profitable podcast network that he runs today. I hope that you are inspired by the humble beginnings and how Andrew's passion for creating content became his full-time career. Their is a great deal of valuable insights for those who might be considering the creation of their own podcast network. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Shark Tank Fan Podcast with Pierce Marrs and Steve Hayes. If you check out their show and like it, please be sure to let them know you heard about the show from The Podcast Answer Man! Podcamp Nashville Review I spoke at Podcamp Nashville this past weekend. I want to thank you Pierce Marrs and Stu Gray for joining me for my panel session. In this episode, I share a review of this year's Nashville Podcamp event. Overall, it seemed, to me, that it was the least attended podcamp that I've attended up to this point. In spite of that, I share why I still considered my trip to Nashville and Podcamp Nashville a total success. Sutton Parks I had the privilege of meeting Sutton Parks at Podcamp Nashville. He had lead a session titled "Why You Should Write A Book And How To Do It." In the episode, I tell you about his book, "You Can Sleep In Your Car, But You Can't Drive Your House To Work." iTunes Ratings & Reviews I started Podcast Answer Man in December of 2006. Until April 2012, I really never asked anyone to provide a rating and/or review for this show in iTunes. I've decided that I am going to begin asking for my community to please go to my iTunes Listing to both rate and review Podcast Answer Man. Register For BlogWorld Today! If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend the leading podcast industry conference. I know for a fact that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's NYC event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today. Use promo code GSPN10 for 10% off! The Podcast Report Now Online! I'm excited to announce that the Podcast RSS feeds are all set up and that The Podcast Report is now available on the Zune, iTunes, Blackberry, Stitcher, and almost every one of your favorite podcasting applications. Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created recently: - http://YourTaxTeacher.com - http://InspirationNextExit.com Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and my not have been transfered to BlueHost just yet. Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn! Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affilate programs only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I'm delighted that I am now able to offer new podcasters ONE MONTH FREE when they sign up for a new account with Libsyn.

 257 New Libsyn Stats Algorithm – Bringing Audio Clips Into Skype Call – And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:07

Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Busy Mom's Survival Guide with PJ Jonas. If you check out her show and like it, please be sure to let PJ know you heard about her show from The Podcast Answer Man! Problem Getting Audio Clips Into Skype Call Chris called in to say that he used to be able to use a Sound Mixer audio driver on his Windows 7 computer to get audio clips, played from his computer, to go out to his Skype calls. When he recently installed Windows, he no longer had that sound driver and wanted to know if I had any thoughts on how to get audio clips to play out to the Skype calls. In the episode, I share two possible solutions based upon the criteria that he provided. Interview With Rob Walch I always enjoy talking with Rob Walch about the latest things happening over at Libsyn. In this week's podcast, I share a recorded interview we did earlier this week. New Libysn Stats Algorithm: Rob shared how Libsyn has recently changed their they way the process their stats and how and why they will be even more accurate than ever before. Getting Geeky: Rob and I did get a little geeky in this interview. Rob shared some important information about which Libsyn Media URL to use when promoting your .mp3 file. Also, we went into a pretty lengthy discussion as a followup to last week's episode where Stephanie had asked about adding a 2nd show to her Libsyn Account. Rob's Speaking At BlogWorld: Rob is actually leading two panel sessions for me at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo. I encourage you to attend the following two sessions: The 411 on Recording and Producing a Great Interview The Multiple Ways To Make Money With Your Podcast My New Libsyn Affiliate Offer: Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affilate programs only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I'm delighted that I am now able to offer new podcasters ONE MONTH FREE when they sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! iTunes Ratings & Reviews Marketing Research I started Podcast Answer Man in December of 2006. Until April 2012, I don't think I've ever asked anyone provide a rating and/or review for this show in iTunes. I've decided that I am going to begin asking for my community to please go to my iTunes Listing to both rate and review Podcast Answer Man. My goal is to see if I can keep Podcast Answer Man as the #1 Show in the Podcasting Category and to see if I might be able to maintain a position within the top 50 podcasts in the Technology category. Register For BlogWorld Today! If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend the leading podcast industry conference. I know for a fact that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's NYC event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today. Use promo code GSPN10 for 10% off! The Podcast Report Now Online! I'm excited to announce that the Podcast RSS feeds are all set up and that The Podcast Report is now available on the Zune, iTunes, Blackberry, Stitcher, and almost every one of your favorite podcasting applications. Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created recently: - http://ItJustIsPod.com - http://QuilterInTheGap.com - http://GaryCarpenter.me - http://ManiFestini.com Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost.

 256 iTunes Now Prefers 1200×1200 (UPDATE 1400×1400 Now) Podcast Artwork – Is Weekly Better Than Every Other Week? – Facebook Posting Advice – And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:45

UPDATE: A few weeks after this episode was posted, iTunes made an additional update an they now require 1400x14000 artwork. MAJOR UPDATE: Just a few short weeks after this episode was posted, iTunes made ANOTHER quiet change to their specs page and are not suggesting that they "prefer" 1400x1400 artwork. For full details, have a listen to episode 261 of Podcast Answer Man which will be posted on May 17th, 2012. iTunes Changes Podcasting Specs To Request 1200x1200 Podcast Artwork If you look at the updated iTunes Podcast Specs, you will notice that they now "PREFER" square .jpg images that are at least 1200 x 1200 pixels. They also have stated that in order for a podcast to be eligible for an iTunes Store feature, the accompanying image must be at least 1200 x 1200 pixels. Please note that if you still have artwork that is 300x300 or 600x600, you will not be in any danger of being removed from the iTunes podcast directory. In fact, you can still submit new podcast feeds with the smaller podcast artwork images. The update simply communicates that they "prefer" that you update your artwork to 1200x1200 resolution and only those who do use this new resolution will be eligible to be featured in the iTunes store as a "featured podcast." Facebook Content Published via 3rd Party Services Gets 67% less engagement on Facebook. This week, Erik Fisher brings us news from another great Hubspot article related to Facebook Fan Pages. In the article, Hubspot said that after switching to the new brand page design the minute it became available, the HubSpot social media team instantly noticed how their likes, shares, and comments -- in other words, our overall engagement -- had tanked. In this episode, Erik and I go through the points of the article and we discuss how you can be sure to get the most engagement with your Facebook page. PocketCasts Doesn't Show My Podcast Right Away! There is no doubt that Pocket Casts is my all-time favorite application for managing podcast subscriptions. Jared called in to say that he noticed that when he posts a new show, it seems like any other applications can immediately download the new episode, but there are times when it will take hours, or even a day or more, for the new episode to show up in Pocket Casts. He wanted to know if this was normal and if there was anything he could do about it. How do I add a 2nd show to my Libsyn Account? Stephanie had been using a Libsyn hosting account since 2010 for a single podcast. She now wants to add a second show and wanted to know if she needed to add a new, second, account for the show or if there is a way to add additional shows under the account that she's already spending $20/mo on. Weekly or Every Other Week. Which is Better? Austin called in to ask for my opinion about which format would allow for more engagement with the podcast audience, a weekly show or a show produced every other week. In the episode, I provide my opinion on this. However, I want to just state again, that simply publishing an episode and making it available online, alone, no matter how often you produce it, will not lead to audience engagement. You'll need to invest in relationships to see real engagement from your community. Portable Studio For High Quality Sound Ray called in to say that he has a motor home and is on the road a lot. He asked me what I would recommend, as far as equipment is concerned, for producing a show that has very high quality audio from the road. In the episode, I close my eyes and list all the gear that I would have available to me if I had a motor home to lug it around in. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Dr. David Geier Show from Dr. David Geier. If you check out his show and like it, please be sure to let him know you heard about it from The Podcast Answer Man! Podcamp Nashville April 14th

 255 – Consistency Vs Can’t Live Without Content – New Podcast For BlogWorld & New Media Expo – And More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:27

The Podcast Report - Devoted to the Podcasting Track of BlogWorld & New Media Expo Earlier this month, I accepted an offer to join the BlogWorld & New Media Expo team in building an amazing Podcasting Track for their conference. Over the past few weeks, I have been on the phone with no less than 60 individual podcasters. I am delighted to say that we have filled all 24 sessions of the Podcasting Track for the June NYC event! I made the decision that the best way to promote a podcasting track for the conference would be to have a podcast devoted to it. I am happy to share, in this episode of Podcast Answer Man, the first, full, episode of The Podcast Report, a podcast that is 100% devoted to the Podcasting Track of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. Subscribe To The Podcast Report Consistency Vs Can't Live Without Content Robert Duff from the Voices Among Us Podcast called in to ask about what seems to be conflicting advice that I've provided here on Podcast Answer Man. In episode 254, I mentioned that we should be producing "Can't Live Without" content. In the past, however, I have recommended that it's important to "just get something out there" and how important it is to be consistent with the release of your podcast. In this episode, I do my best to explain why and how we should strive to achieve both consistency AND that "Can't Live Without" content. A Podcasting Success Story From Kickstarter Special thanks to Elsie Escobar, a Podcast Mastermind member, for telling me about the amazing success that the Idle Thumbs Video Game Podcast had on Kickstarter. There were looking to raise $30,000 to relaunch their podcast and ended up raising a total of $136,924. I encourage to take a look at their Kickstarter project page for a heavy dose of inspiration! Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Man Cave Radio Podcast from Jesse & J.J. Lahey. If you check out their show and like it, please be sure to let them know you heard about it from The Podcast Answer Man! Podcamp Nashville April 14th For those of you who live near Nashville TN or are willing to travel there for a sigle day Podcamp experience, this year's Podcamp Nashville is being held on Saturday, April 14th at the Cadillac Ranch (305 Broadway; Nashville, TN). I will be attending and speaking at Podcamp Nashville this year. I'm working on putting together a panel session that will help those in attendance learn Why Your Business/Brand Needs To Launch A Podcast!. If you are able to come, I hope to see you there! Register For BlogWorld Today! If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend the leading podcast industry conference. I know for a fact that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's NYC event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today. Use promo code GSPN10 for 10% off! Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created recently: - http://CapeCodTraveler.com - http://NavigateTheNoise.com - http://tscn.tv Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet.

 254 – How To Grow Your Audience And Market Your Podcast! Facebook Interest Lists And More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:55

So You Have A Podcast... Now What? One the questions that I am asked most often is "How Do I Grow My Audience?" Many times it's phrased something like, "I've been podcasting for (insert number) of months/years and I only have (insert number) of people who are consistently downloading each of my episodes." Those who have been listening to Podcast Answer Man for a long time know that I really don't like the mindset behind that question. I'm all for growing our audience. However, I'd prefer to say, I've been podcasting for (insert number) of months/years and I've been blessed to grow my audience to a point where (insert number) people are consistently downloading each of my episodes, and I'm ready to take the reach of my show to a whole new level. Remember that each of these "downloads" represents a person/human being. Do you know how many pastors would love to speak to 50, 100, or even 300 people, consistently, each and every week? I've often avoided going too deep into answering this question on Podcast Answer Man, in the past, due to the fact that I've always want to drive home the point that I feel strongly that the quality of the relationship you have with your audience/community is much more important than the quantity of people who download your show. In this episode, I share two pieces of audio feedback from our community where I was asked how we can effectively market our podcast and grow our audience. In response, I shared the following items. 1. There is power when your show has a narrow niche focus. 2. I suggest only podcasting about things for which you are passionate about. 3. Before you record your first episode, you should know why are you podcasting in the first place. I recommend having a having a mission/purpose for your show. 4. Become crystal clear on exactly who your target audience is! Imagine your occupation was that of a bounty hunter. How hard would your job be if you were not given any clear description of the person you are supposed to be looking for. Same principle applies when trying to go out and find new people to listen to your show! 5. Build it and they will come does not, often, work in podcasting! Creating an amazing show is about 30% of the equation. The other 70% is marketing and relationship building. 6. Obviously, you should submit your podcast to podcast directories like iTunes, Zune, Blackberry, and Stitcher Radio. 7. Content Is King! Create high value content that people can't live without! It's an added bonus if your content is so great that they are compelled to share it with others. 8. Entertainment goes a long way. Don't Be Boring!!! 9. Keep it positive! The world is seeking hope and encouragement! Give it to them! 10. Be ENTHUSIASTIC! Don't do it more than what is natural for you though! 11. Prepare ahead of time. I spent more than two hours preparing for this episode, thirty minutes in post production, and over an hour on these show notes. 12. Audio Quality Is Queen! Remember that there are times when the Queen will trump the King! Many people, including myself, will not listen to your GREAT CONTENT if your audio quality is not that great! 13) Build relationships with your audience! Learn the first name, last name, and a MINIMUM of at least one other personal fact about AS MANY of the people who download your show as possible. 14. Include the voice of your audience in your show. 15. Thank members of your community publicly, both in your show and in your online efforts. 16. Establish and build meaningful relationships with other content creators in your niche/industry. 17. Create keyword rich titles, show notes, etc for your podcast. And all that other SEO junk. :) 18. Make Yourself newsworthy! http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/newsworthy 19. Interview others in your show. 20. Accept requests for being interviewed on other people's podcasts and blogs. 21. Consider a press release. 22.

 253 Podcast Answer Man – Slow Start With Affiliate Programs And An Interview With Gary Takacs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:07:49

Mixergy Interview I started off this week's episode explaining what honor it was to be invited as a guest on Andrew Warner's Mixergy podcast. If you would like to see the interview, please check it out at by clicking here. Random Plug of The Week ...

 252 Podcast Answer Man – You Inspired Me To Stop Podcasting? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:57

You Inspired Me To Stop Podcasting I never thought the day would come where I would be happy to receive feedback from a podcaster who said that I've inspired them to end several of their podcasts. However, I could not be more delighted to receive such feedback from John Wilkerson of the Wired Homeschool Podcast. John has been producing several podcasts for many years. However, he recently decided to suspend production of all podcasts, except for the Wired Homeschool. To learn why, please listen for his call in this episode. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the South Geek Ramble & Review Podcast from Donovan Adkisson. I encourage you to check out this tech show that covers technology from a "Southern" perspective. If you decide to check it out, please tell Donovan that you heard about the podcast from the Podcast Answer Man. Would SoundCloud Work For Podcasting? Yesterday, I posted an hour long video that is a screencast of a conversation that I had with Ben Fawkes from SoundCloud.com. Ben wanted to tell me about how they are opening up their platform for podcasting. I figured that the podcasting community would be interested in hearing what I learned on the call. Click here to see the post. Podcast WorkFlow & Heil Mic Placement Tom Lelyo called in to ask two questions. First, he wanted to know if there was a better podcast production workflow than the one that he is using. I suggested that he first go through my free How To Podcast tutorial and then my WordPress For Podcasters tutorial. I tried to give an overview of my production workflow in the episode. Tom's other question had to do with the proper mic technique for the Heil PR-40 microphone. Have a listen to the episode to hear what I shared in response to this question. Facebook Timeline Is Here For Facebook Pages In this week's social media update, Erik J. Fisher informs us that Facebook will force all Facebook pages to convert to the Timeline layout on March 30th. If you have a Facebook page, you can go ahead and tweak and publish your timeline layout now. Check out the article that Erik mentions at http://gspn.tv/fbpagesetup. Register For BlogWorld Today! If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend this leading podcast industry conference. I know for a fact that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's NYC event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today. Use promo code GSPN10 for 10% off! Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created this week: - http://thelightnetwork.tv - http://DecreaseMyRealEstateTaxes.com Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and my not have been transfered to BlueHost just yet. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. Please take a look at my consulting/coaching options.

 251 Podcast Answer Man – Major BlogWorld Announcement – Interview With Leslie Samuel – And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:30

Leslie Samuel's Online Content Paves Way For Dream Job! I am so excited about this week's "Where Are They Now" interview with Leslie Samuel from LearningWithLeslie.com and Interactive-Biology.com. Leslie's story is full of so much valuable insight an...

 250 Podcast Answer Man – Should Podcasters Have An Interest In Pinterest? And More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:03

Should Podcasters Have An Interest In Pinterest? There has been an increasing amount of buzz in the media and in the social networking community about Pinterest. What is Pinterest? Rob Lammle from Mashable says that... "Pinterest is a place to organize and share online images that you find interesting or inspiring. Once uploaded or shared on Pinterest, these images become known as Pins, which the user can place on customized, themed Boards. You can create Boards for any topic imaginable, from cats to classic cars to cats driving classic cars. The possibilities are endless." I am happy to bring you a bit of a lengthier social media segment, with Erik J. Fisher, this week as we go into a bit of detail about how Pinterest can be good for extending your brand online. This segment starts at the 00:24:12 mark in the episode. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Crimson Cord Podcast from James Caso. The reason I am highlight Jim's podcast this week is due to the fact that he made a commitment to a date when his first episode would be published online and he did it. He put it online. It appears that Jim is still working on submitting his podcast rss feed to the the various podcast directories. The important thing to note here is that we all have to start somewhere and I hope that Jim will be an encouragement to those who have been wanting to create a podcast for months but still have not yet published their first episode online. I'm Speaking at BlogWorld NYC I'm so excited that I'll be returning to BlogWorld NYC here in 2012, held June 5th, 6th, and 7th. I am also happy to announce that I will be speaking at BlogWorld again. If you are serious about your podcasting efforts, I highly recommend that you attend this leading podcast industry conference. I have a feeling that some very exciting things are going to be happening at this year's event, relating to podcasting. If you haven't registered yet, feel free to use my affiliate link to get registered today. Advice On Hosting Meetups JD called in to ask if I had any advice on the topic of hosting meetings with your community. Based upon my experience of hosting meetings over the past several years, I recommend the following: 1) Determine the purpose for your meetup. 2) Choose your time, date and location. 3) Set up a RSVP page for your event. 4) Show some love for your community. Note: I've had great success with both EventBrite.com and Facebook Event pages. Honestly, I felt that I could have spent a little more time coming up with some thoughts on this subject. However, I ended up recording the beginning of this episode, and this question, after I had already recorded the social media segment about Pinterest. That's the power of post production. If you have some additional thoughts on meetups, please feel free to add them in the comments section below. Perhaps I'll address this topic in greater detail in a future episode. Advice On Interviewing Others David Dell, called in to ask for some tips on conducting interviews for your podcast. Based upon my experience in hosting many interviews of the past several years, I recommend the following: 1) Know what you want from the interview ahead of time. 2) Attempt to interview "talkative" people. 3) Prepare your questions ahead of time. 4) Share your questions with your interviewee ahead of time. David had mentioned that in his days of interviewing people for the written media, he could take bits and pieces of the interview and weave them into a good story. However, he felt that he needed some advise in audio interviews since he believed that you'd be pretty much stuck with what the person said in the recording. I shared why I believe that you can practically do everything with an audio interview that you could do with a written interview. My great friend, Pat Flynn, posted an article on his blog, this week,

 249 Podcast Answer Man – Taking Yourself To The Next Level And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:04

What Does This Have To Do With Podcasting? The first 11 minutes of this episode may seem to have very little to do with the world of podcasting and taking your show to the next level. However, by the end of that 11 minutes, I hope that I will have convinced you otherwise. Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the This Is Your Life Podcast from Michael Hyatt. This is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence. I am certainly subscribed! During Michael's first episode, he shared 10 ways to generate more blog traffic. I went through his list and explained how you could apply these items to generating more exposure for your audio podcast. If you take some time to check out his podcast, please let him know that you heard about it from The Podcast Answer Man. When The Right People Notice Many of you will recognize the following quote that I often share from Jason Fried's book "REWORK." That last part says "You have to do it for a LONG TIME before the RIGHT PEOPLE notice. After about 4 years into building my brand, people like Dan Miller began to take notice of my brand and began to tell others about me and the products and services that I offer. Michael is another example of one of those "right people" that noticed! He has one of the most popular blogs in the eyes of those who are within my direct target audience. Michael has well over 188 THOUSAND subscribers to his blog! Keep that in mind as you read what he wrote at the following link: http://michaelhyatt.com/7-steps-to-launching-your-next-big-project.html The blog post is having immediate impact. I've seen a significant amount of traffic, already, from this exposure! I can only imagine, at this point, what all will come from this! One thing is for sure! Well over one hundred thousand new people have heard or are about to hear about me for the very first time, and from someone they greatly trust. I am so incredibly thankful for the glowing endorsement that Michael gave of my products and services. How Do You Keep The Content Flowing? Tom called in to ask how we, as podcasters, can be sure that we'll be able to consistently bring a steady flow of valuable content to our audience. I shared my thoughts on podcasting about things for which you are sincerely passionate about. I also shared how and why I decided to end the Virtual Assistant Podcast when I did. Special thanks to Chris Bockay, Mark Mason, Bill Graff, Dave Stachowiak, Wade Wingler, and Rich Berning, members of The Podcast Mastermind, for sharing some tips on how they are able to keep a steady flow of valuable content flowing. iPhone Mix Minus Wade asked a question that has not been asked in quite some time. He wanted to know if it was possible to use his iPhone to set up a mix-minus with his mixer to record phone interviews. I covered this topic way back in episode 176. Click Here to listen to that episode and to see the diagram that I included in the show notes. Free RSS to Email Solution Debra called in because she noticed that Feedburner seems to have dropped its "subscribe via email" option. She wanted to know if there were another free solution to allow folks to subscribe to her rss feed via email. I shared that she could check out MailChimp's RSS to Email Service. However, I strongly encourage her and everyone to READ THIS POST before you are enticed by the "FREE" option to start any mailing list. Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link this past week. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created this week:

 248 Podcast Answer Man – Getting More Tweets – Self Promoters – Affiliate Relationships – The Voice – And So Much More! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:37

Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Farm And Ranch Country Podcast from Bill Graff. If you take some time to check out his podcast, please let him know that you heard about them from The Podcast Answer Man. Getting More Tweets This week, our social media correspondent, Erik J. Fisher, shares three ways that folks can generate a greater amount of traffic to their content by having their community/audience tweet links to their followers. The information comes from this amazing article from the Buffer App Blog. Services mentioned during this segment: - http://cloudflood.com - http://paywithatweet.com - http://clicktotweet.com - Twitter @Anywhere Plus Wordpress Plugin Shameless Vs Shameful Self Promotion Jason called in to ask for my thoughts on how to handle those who seem to spend most of their time promoting themselves in the community environments that we have worked so hard to create. I share some of my thoughts in this episode. Affiliate Relationships With Smaller Brands JD called in to ask my thoughts on how to manage affiliate relationships with smaller brands who do not have official systems for tracking sales that come from his referrals. I provide a few simple ideas and remind him that trust and faith go a long way in business relationships. The Voice of The Host Jeremy called in to ask if I had any thoughts on podcasters getting some professional training to make themselves sound a bit more "polished" and "professional." I am not opposed to going down this avenue to take your podcast to the next level. However, I warn folks to never lose that authenticity in hosting your show. I'd rather be a bit unpolished and relatable than sound like the professionals on the radio. Podcast Voicemail Setup Tom called to ask about setting up the greeting with Google Voice for his listener feedback hotline. I gave a few short thoughts here and suggested that he check out my blog post at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/voicemail. All Audio On A Single Computer Jadon wanted to know how he can record all audio sources into a single computer without the use of a mixer and such for when he is out on the road. If you are a mac user, you should check out Audio Hijack Pro. If you are a PC user, you could look into Total Recorder. Blue Host Affiliate Signup I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link this past week. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Accounts that were created this week: - http://smokehousepodcast.com - http://infiniteloveministries.com - http://theshortsalepodcast.com - http://consultativefirm.com - http://karlsmelser.com - http://yournewva.com Note: These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and my not have been transfered to BlueHost just yet. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. Please take a look at my consulting/coaching options. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast: Please consider ReTweeting the following update to share this episode... How To Get More Tweets Linking To Your Content and so much more in this episode of Podcast Answer Man -> PodcastAnswerMan.com/248— Cliff Ravenscraft (@GSPN) February 10, 2012

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