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
Facebook Edge Rank This week, Erik Fisher shares some amazing insight that is sure to please those of you who manage Facebook fan pages. A few episodes back, we talked about how Facebook had changed their algorithm in such a way that content from fan pages are ranked with the lowest priority when it comes to what displays in the news feed of your fans. Have a listen to this episode to learn how to make your content a top story on Facebook. iTunes' New & Noteworthy Section Ken Jones called in to ask if I had some insight into how iTunes mangages their New & Noteworthy section. One thing that I forgot to mention in the episode is that I am not aware of any way to go back and see any archives of which shows were featured previously in the New & Noteworthy section. For those who are interested in learning more about iTunes ratings and ranking, please check out the blog post that I did at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/itunesratings. How To Celebrate Your 100th Episode Melitsa called in to say that she's getting close to her 100th podcast episode and would love some thoughts on what she could do to celebrate this occasion. I shared a couple of my own thoughts in the episode. I know that many of you, in the Podcast Answer Man / gspn.tv community have many shows which have reached the 100th episode milestone. Please share any additional thoughts that you have on ways to celebrate in the comments section below. What Camcorder Do I Recommend? Fr. Jim Tucker called in to ask my opinion on which camcorder he should look into. I shared that my own experience with the "VIDEO" side of things is a bit limited. I did share that I am extremely happy with my Canon Vixia HF G10. I used this camera to record THIS INTERVIEW. What To Do When You Get Bored! John called in and shared that after 197 episodes where he's interviewed experts in his niche field, he's starting to get a little bored with his show format. In the episode, I share some of my thoughts about things he could consider. I also share my thoughts on his concept of doing a live call in show. Moving RSS From Libsyn to WordPress: Chris called in to say that he is currently using Feedburner for his podcast. This Feedburner account is currently pulling from his Libsyn rss feed. He wanted to know how he can change it so that his Feedburner account will pull from his WordPress rss feed instead. He also wanted to know if it is possible to only send the podcast episodes and not all the blog post entries out to Feedburner. Blue Host Affiliate Signup Special thanks to the folks behind http://88888ee.com (Explicit Language Warning!) for using my Blue Host affiliate link this past week to create their hosting account. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you! Random Plug of The Week This week's random plug of the week goes out to the Special Chronicles Podcast from Daniel Smrokowski. If you take some time to check out his podcast, please let him know that you heard about them from The Podcast Answer Man. 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... Learn how to take advantage of Facebook's Edge Rank to make your Fan Page content achieve Top Story Status -> PodcastAnswerMan.com/247— Cliff Ravenscraft (@GSPN) February 2, 2012
Are you self-employed or desire to be? Are you willing to invest in your future success? Are you willing to commit to your personal & professional growth? If so, please consider The Podcast Mastermind... What Is A Mastermind? The concept of the mastermind group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill in his book, “Think and Grow Rich.” In the video below, Hill defines the mastermind by saying that “A group that consists of two or more people, who work in perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose.” Please watch this video, and then I'll highlight a few key points below. Key points from the video above: The mastermind is the principle through which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence and perhaps the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life. The mastermind is the principle through which you can accomplish more, in one year, than you could accomplish without it in a lifetime, if you relied entirely on your own efforts for success. When you form a true mastermind alliance with others, and work with them in a spirit of perfect harmony, you can draw freely upon the spiritual forces within you in carrying out your plans and desires. The mastermind principle can give you absolute protection against failure, provided always that your purpose, in using this principle, is beneficial to all whom you influence. Control your mental attitude and make yourself friendly and agreeable with everyone whom you are closely associated if you expect friendly cooperation in return. A negative mental attitude can bring you nothing but failure. Remember always, you are where you are and what you are because of your mental attitude in which you relate yourself to other people. Your mental attitude is the one and the only thing over which you have complete control. Success in the higher brackets of achievement is something that can be had only by taking others along with you. The best definition of success is this: “Success is the knowledge with which to get whatever you want from life without violating the rights of others and by helping others to acquire it.” Your only real limitation is the one you accept and set up in your own mind. I have studied the work of Napoleon Hill for several years now with a spirit of discernment. While I don’t always agree with the “higher power” with whom Hill attributes many of the truths he teaches, I have come to experience that every statement made above is undeniably true. One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Proverbs 15:22 that says: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Nearly every great achievement that I’ve made personally and professionally can be tied to the reality of the mastermind principle at work in my life. Napoleon Hill said that there is no such thing as something for nothing. Everything, including your personal success, has a price that must be paid. He suggested that if you want to move forward on a path toward success, he suggested that you do three things: 1) Decide definitely where you wish to be and what you wish to be doing during the next three years. 2) Decide how much money you desire to be making and what you are going to do to earn it. 3) Involve yourself in a mastermind group. I’ll be the first to tell you that you that you can do all of the above without any financial cost to you whatsoever. However, if you are a podcaster and you want to take your personal and professional life to a level you never dreamed possible, I encourage you to consider joining The Podcast Mastermind. Description And Benefits of The Podcast Mastermind Key Benefit #1 - The Mastermind Group: The initial goal of The Podcast Mastermind is to grow to 100 podcasters, where each member has committed to being a part of a smaller mastermind group of no more than ten individuals.
How Do I Get Rid of This Hiss Sound? Tom called in and told us that he had a hiss sound when he talks into his microphone. While I didn't have enough information to diagnose his problem, I did share how I typically go about troubleshooting such issues. The key is going through, step by step, to rule out problems within each item within the equipment setup. Help! I have PDF documents in my iTunes Feed! Kirk called in and said that he's got an issue where iTunes is pulling in a PDF document that was linked to in the show notes of a recent podcast episode, but the .mp3 file would not come through. In the episode, I share how he can go about fixing this issue. Are Facebook Fan Pages A Thing of The Past? I am so happy to bring in my great friend, Erik J. Fisher, as our official gspn.tv Social Media Correspondent. This week, Erik brings us up to speed on an issue where Facebook fan pages are not getting as much exposure in the news feed as personal profile "subscriptions." I encourage you to check out the full article that we discussed by clicking here. Podcast Mastermind Group I briefly mentioned that the Podcast Mastermind Group that I have been planning for the past few months is about to launch this weekend. If you would like become one of the charter members, please email me today at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. Where Are They Now Interview Jason Cabassi does a television show fan podcast called The Waking Dead Cast. The Waking Dead television show is based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman. The following description is from the show's about page: "AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead." Jason and his co-host Karen were huge fans of the television series and they had already been enjoying lengthy conversations about the tv show before deciding to podcast about it. In the early part of our interview, you hear that Jason actually launched his fan podcast several months before the television show actually started. As a result, he thought that he would have the first fan podcast devoted to the show. Jason was shocked, however, to learn that there were already two other Walking Dead podcasts that had already launched before him. I think this is valuable information because, as you hear later in the interview, the fact the he was not the first to market did not keep him from experiencing a tremendous amount of success in getting the actors on to his show, doing something that he's not able to share due to a non-disclosure agreement, and the potential of actually being on the show in the next season. I hope that this is a source of inspiration for those of you who became discouraged to learn that there were already a number of podcasts devoted to the niche topic that you wanted to focus on with your podcast. I was about the fifth or sixth LOST podcast out there and that single show led to my currently full-time career in podcasting. So don't worry about the others in your niche field. Create your unique show and get your voice out there! An interesting note about Jason is that he is a technical writer by day and he used to work for Apple. He actually wrote the owners manual for the first ever iPod and the iPhone. It was when Apple decided to incorporate podcasting into iTunes that he was first introduced to the world of Podcasting. At first, he was very skeptical of the idea of listening to content created by random people without professional broadcast training. However, it did not take him long at all to find a few shows that were created around topics for which he was passionate about to quickly turn him into a fan of audio podcasts.
Building Community From From The Hospital I started this episode off by sharing that I spent this past weekend in the hospital. I mentioned that if you wanted to know why I was in the hospital, you could read all about it in my blog post found at htt...
Producing Less For The Purpose of Greater Production During the open of last week's episode of Podcast Answer Man, I hinted that I was considering the thought of producing less shows moving forward. As I share in this episode, the reason is that I want to maximize the value of any of the work that I do, including the various podcasts that I might produce. So many people have come to me, as a podcast consultant/coach, who are wanting to launch three to five podcasts before the end of their first year in podcasting, without understanding what all goes into the production of a single show. I believe that podcasts are most effective and valuable when they serve a niche audience and when that audience is served extremely well. Leo Laporte echoed this key area of success in the interview I did with him back in November. To effectively super serve a niche community, I believe that you should be willing to devote a great deal of time, energy, and attention to making every aspect of your production and community environments as valuable and as high a quality as possible. I've come to the point where I understand that with all the shows that I currently produce (approximately five to ten a week on average right now), I am producing a lot of really good content. However, I personally feel that, on average, I only produce about two GREAT episodes each week. I've determined that this is simply not acceptable when I consider the hopes, dreams, and goals that I have for the future of my podcast network at gspn.tv. The following are some of the big changes that I've decided to make moving forward. I share more details about each of these decisions in this episode. - I will be ending the Balanced Living Weekly podcast after 83 episodes (final episode pending). This show was started on September 27th, 2009 with Fr. Roderick Vonhogen as my co-host. I will continue to share my pursuit of a balanced life in the Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. - My wife, Stephanie, will be Ending the Full Time Mom podcast after 184 episodes (final episode pending). She launched this show on July 14th, 2007. I'm excited to announce that Stephanie will continue to share everything that she would have shared in this podcast in both the Authentic Life Radio and Family From The Heart podcasts. - I will be ending the Business Tech Weekly podcast after 109 episodes (final episode pending). This show was started on September 8th, 2009 with Andy Traub as my co-host. Andy will continue share his business pursuits on his own Take Permission podcast network. From this point forward, I will bring all of my business technology and business growth experiences here into the Podcast Answer Man podcast and in my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. - I have ended the Social Media Serenity podcast after 119 episodes. This show was started on July 17th, 2009 with Erik J. Fisher as my co-host. From this point forward, I will bring all social media news, updates, and experiences here into the Podcast Answer Man podcast. Beginning next week, I plan to have Erik become my Social Media correspondent for Podcast Answer Man. The thought is that we will try to include a ten minute social media segment each week. - I am officially ending the Help I Got A Mac podcast after 180 episodes (final episode pending). I had started this podcast when I purchased my first Apple computer, as a means of sharing my experience on this new computing platform. The show was officially re-launched on October 14th, 2007 when Chris Beiting agreed to be co-host the show with me. - I have ended the Almost Daily Devotional Podcast after 166 episodes. I had launched this podcast back on March 3rd, 2008 with the idea that I would produce three to five 10 minute episodes each week. There were a few times that I had achieved this goal. However, for the most part, the show's production schedule had been pretty hit or miss throughout the years.
Less Shows Moving Forward? One of the thing that puzzles me is the number of people who seem to want to follow in my footsteps of creating a large number of podcasts. Since I started podcasting in December of 2005, I have launched at least 24 of my v...
Not A Fan of FeedValidator.org Gordon called to say that when he ran his rss feed through FeedValidator.org, he found that it was reporting errors with his rss feed. He wanted to know if I had any thoughts on what might be causing some of these issue...
Celebrating Six Years of Podcasting! It was December 16th, 2005 when I published my very first audio podcast to the web. Little did I know that this event would radically transform my life. I started off this week's episode of Podcast Answer Man wit...
Please Spread The Word! This week, I started the episode off by talking about my good friends Barry and Lynne Morgan, from SimpleGoodLifeNetwork.com. Many of you may recall that I interviewed Barry and Lynne back in episode 208 of Podcast Answer Man. Barry emailed me a few weeks ago to let me know that he has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of pancreatic cancer and had asked me if I would please pray for himself and Lynne as well during this time. This week, Barry had asked if I would be willing to have a call with him to discuss a few decisions he needed to make and we had that call on Tuesday of this week. I was so inspired by Barry's courage and faith in the midst of what he is going through and I became very excited to learn about how he plans to share his faith and his journey in a brand new podcast that he and Lynne are launching at http://GodIsBiggerThanCancer.com. I want to personally ask that everyone go and subscribe to their podcast, give it a five star rating, and leave a review for them in iTunes by CLICKING HERE. I would also like to ask you to follow them on TWITTER and like them on FACEBOOK. And if you know anyone who has been touched by cancer, would you please tell them to check out Barry & Lynne's podcast. As I am writing this, I know at the first episode is not yet online. However, I know that Barry and Lynne have set aside everything else and will be focusing on three things. Those three things are prayer, seeking wise counsel and searching through information on various treatment options, and sharing everything they learn and their experience in this podcast as means of being a Faith, Hope and Healing resource for those afflicted with the deadliest forms of cancer and their families and loved ones. Please do help me spread the word! Posts Per Category Plugin Did you ever wish you could set the number of posts that are included in the rss feed for each category independently? Up till now, you only had the option of a general setting that controlled the number of posts that are included in the RSS feeds of your site overall. However, my great friend Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com has created a FREE PLUGIN that allows you manually choose how many posts for each category independently. In this episode, Pat joins me to explain why and how this Posts Per Category Plugin came about. Pat all mentioned the WP Smush.it Plugin and the site web-sniffer.net. What If You Can't Talk? Nick called in to ask for advice of what to do if your voice is giving out on you and you have a weekly show that must go on. I shared a few options that came to mind off the top of my head. Do you have some additional thoughts? If so, please leave a comment in the comments section below. Getting Audio From My Computer Speakers? Tony called in to ask if there was an easy way to listen to music from his computer speakers on hi iMac outside of manually unplugging the cord from the speaker jack of the iMac each and every time he's not using his mixer and wants to listen to iTunes, Pandora, or when watching a YouTube video. I shared how I handle this on my own setup. Is there a configuration tool that he can download to force his computer to ignore that the speaker jack has a cable plugged into it? If so, please leave a comment in the comments section below. What If I Make Mistakes And Lose Listeners? Cassius Morris, from The Creatures of The Net podcast, called in to share that he's made some mistakes that have cost him some listeners. He's share that he has learned a lot from these mistakes, yet he notices that he's not getting very much feedback. In the episode, I share some thoughts on what to focus on in a situation like this and some thoughts on how to handle the feedback situation. Do you have some thoughts to add? If so, please leave a comment in the comments section below. How Can I Change My RSS Feed From One Website To Another?
The Canon HF G10 Camera This week, I started the episode off by talking about how and why I have been dabbling with video more and more lately. Those who know me, know that I am a strong believer that there is more power in audio podcasting than there is in video podcasting. However, I believe that there is so much you can do to compliment the audio content that you produce by randomly creating video content as well. In the episode, I shared that the video interview that I did with Leo Laporte was recording using my Canon HFG10 camera. Click play and look at the amazing quality that you can get with this camera. iTunes 10.5.1 Fixes .mp3 Artwork Preview In episode 233, I had shared the reason why the desktop icons of .mp3 files were not displaying the artwork after they were successfully tagged with an image file. I am happy to announce that the latest update to iTunes finally resolves this issue for us. Audio Levels Mark called to ask what process I go to to make sure that my audio levels are consistent throughout my show and he also wondered how I decide "how hot" to make my audio when getting ready to do export the file. Mark also asked how I go about getting consistent audio levels between caller to caller when the audio levels of all the audio feedback that comes in are at different volume levels. I share the answer to all Mark's questions in the episode. What is Apple Core Media? Dave called in to say that he has upgraded to a Libsyn account that offers "advanced stats." He wants to know what the Apple Core Media stands for. I share the answer to this question in the podcast episode. Is The Roland R-05 Discontinued? Mark P called in to ask if the Roland R-05 has been discontinued. He said he was able to pick one up for only $100 and wondered if it were a sign that they were no longer being produced. I answer this in the episode, but I'll go ahead and state it here. The Roland R-05 is still in production and I still love this recorder! What if a story I linked to goes Away? Dan Mattson called to say that a publication did a story about him and his podcast recently. He linked to that story in his show notes. However, he wanted to know if there was another way to get a copy of that story just in case the publisher ever decided to remove it from their public website. Get Amazing Stuff for only $5 My good friend, Dr. Soram Khalsa, told me about http://fiverr.com. Check it out some time. You'll be amazed at how much you can get for only five bucks! 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. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. 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:
A Video Blog Style Update: Every now and then, I like to sit and think about all the wonderful things I have experienced on my journey in pursuing the work that I love and feel called to. If I were to talk about all the blessings that have come my way in 2011, the video below would be at least eight hours long. Instead of sharing everything, I figured I'd hit record on the video camera and simply start sharing the things that come to mind in under 20 minutes. The video below is the result of this recording session. Things mentioned in this video blog post: - Episode 483 of Pursuing A Balanced Life - http://gspn.tv/pabl483 - Episode where I declared my focus on The Year of Providence - http://gspn.tv/pabl485 - Podcasting A to Z - http://PodcastingAtoZ.com - Podcaster's Mastermind Group - Details Coming Soon! - The launch of a new podcast - http://GeekologyToday.com - Why I Do What I Do - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/why Is a video blog update like this something that interests you? If you enjoy this kind of video blog update, please let me know in the comments section below. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
My Interview With Leo Laporte Folks, I am so excited to share this interview with with you. There is no doubt that this will forever be one of my all time favorite episodes of Podcast Answer Man. I'd encourage you to watch the interview via the vide...
My BlogWorld LA 2011 Talk I am so excited to share my BlogWorld LA 2011 talk with you here in this episode of Podcast Answer Man. The talk was titled "Forget CPM! Proven Strategies For Generating Serious Income From Your Podcasting Efforts." The audio of this is included in the podcast feed. However, I'm also embedding the video of my talk below. I hope that the biggest takeaway, from my talk, will be the formula for success that I focus on within the first 20 minutes of my talk. It is my belief that if you do not have the solid foundation that I share in this formula, you will not be able to duplicate the success I have found. Furthermore, if you follow the formula of success that I provide, I believe you will find that you don't want to simply try to duplicate the streams of income that I have pursued, but you'll become very creative in coming up with your own ideas for generating income in the process. Here's the video: 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. I'm able to work with you using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. 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:
Very Important Note: On Thursday, January 5th, 2012, I recorded several shows for my gspn.tv production network where I mentioned that I had shared A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT about the future of gspn.tv content. Unfortunately, in most of those episodes, I told folks to be sure and check out episode 234 of Podcast Answer Man to be sure they understand what is happening moving forward and why it is happening. However, IT IS EPISODE 243 that contains this MAJOR announcement. To listen to this very important episode, PLEASE CLICK HERE! Recording From The Road In this special episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am joined by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt from FightingAnorexia.com and MyInterContinentalLife.com. Together, while driving from Petaluma to Oakland California, we give you our review of BlogWorld LA and share our amazing journey of visiting the TWiT Studio. Meeting Leo Laporte There is no doubt that you will hear the excitement in my voice when you hear me share what it was like to finally get to meet Leo Laporte. You'll have to listen to the episode to hear just how amazing this visit was. WOW! What an amazing trip this has been! Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Podcamp Cincinnati Reactions I kick off this episode of Podcast Answer Man by giving my reactions the first ever, Podcamp Cincinnati. I share why I felt that this was one of the best Podcamp experiences to date. Missing Artwork Previews On The Mac Katie Davis called in to say that she watched the video on tagging on my LearnHowToPodcast.com tutorial and noticed that the artwork previews were working on my display in that tutorial but she is not able to to get them to show up on her Mac. In the episode, I explain why this is. Confused About Hosting Emily called in to say that she is confused about the hosting of a podcast. I try to bring a little clarity to this matter and suggest that she watch part 1 and part 4 of the tutorial at LearnHowToPodcast.com. MDX 4600 Tutorial Feedback Tommy sent some audio feedback regarding my MDX 4600 video tutorial. I share my thoughts regarding the reactions that I have received regarding this tutorial. If you are looking to purchase the Behringer MDX4600, you can find my tutorial by clicking here. Testing Out ShareBar Plugin I recently made the decision to try out the ShareBar plugin. In the episode, I share some of my initial thoughts on the plugin. What I like about it and what I am not so crazy about. Do you have a social sharing plugin that you enjoy using on your site? Please tell me in the comments section. UPDATE AFTER PUBLISHED: It's funny, but just as I was publishing this episode, I decided to dump ShareBar and I'm currently trying out the SexyBookmarks Plugin. I'm enjoying it so far. However, I would love to know how I could additionally put the share bar in the middle of really long posts or pages. So far, I can only see the option to either put it above or below the post or both. However, I'd love to have a shortcode to additional put it anywhere within the post as well. Want to attend BlogWorld LA? If you want to attend BlogWorld LA, you can use my promo code RAVEN20 to save 20% off the cost of the conference. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER My BlogWorld LA Talk Link: http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/forgetcpmtalk Title: Forget CPM! Proven Strategies For Generating Serious Income FromYour Podcasting Efforts! Description: As a full-time podcast producer and podcast consulting/coach, Cliff Ravenscraft left his career in insurance, of 11 years, to pursue his passion of podcasting in January of 2008. In this session, Cliff will share how he generated just over $177,000 in income in 2010 and you will hear the story behind why one listener sent him a contribution of $12,000 to support the content of Cliff’s Generally Speaking Production Network. This session will also feature stories of many of Cliff’s consultant/coaching clients who have also achieved similar success from their podcasting efforts over the past several years. All of which were achieved without the use of CPM advertising! gspn.tv LA Meetup Friday, November 4th at 7pm PST RSVP at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/lameetup More details about the location of this event will be posted in the Facebook event once I have them. The meetup will almost certainly be close to the LA Convention Center where BlogWorld is being held. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast: