Well, tomorrow, November 18th, 2013, is launch day. I spent a good part of the day trying to figure out how to provide my interview guests a link directly to my show in iTunes. It wasn’t the direct link that tricked me up, it was trying to figure out how to send my guests a direct Tweet link with text, and a direct Facebook link that would post on their Facebook page. Oh, before I continue, if you have no idea who I am, here’s my introduction post!
After scrambling trying to get that squared away, I then found out that one of my shows (I have 4 for launch) had seven seconds missing from it! And, it was the intro, so I had my pre-show chat with the audience, then a weird cut to my guest spelling his last name! I was like, Oh no! So more scrambling ensued. I figured I had to re-upload a new file, but was worried that I might screw up my RSS feed to iTunes.
So I opened libsyn, saw an option to replace the file, and uploaded a new file. Then, after checking it on iTunes, it was the wrong version of the show! Now I had to do it again. Apparently, I uploaded a lower quality version that sounded like crap. I have to organize my files a bit better.
Long story short, I finally got the new show uploaded, and felt good after I found out it didn’t screw up my feed in iTunes. All iTunes cares about is the RSS feed. However, see my lessons learned below (the new file must be named the same as the old file).
I am using Boomerang for Gmail to send emails out to my four guests at 3 AM tomorrow. Then tomorrow morning, I’ll post a link to my show to all my Facebook groups and see if anyone rates and reviews it in iTunes. Without the ratings and reviews, my show may not ever go mainstream. But my goal is to keep refining and tweaking until it is exactly the kind of show the audience wants.
So here are lessons learned today:
- It’s super easy to find the links to your podcasts in iTunes. Just open the iTunes application, and look for the tiny pull-down arrow next to Subscribe, and also under the Price column next to the show. You are provided with Tell a friend (little email applet), Share on Twitter, Share on Facebook, and Copy Link options.
- The Share on Twitter and Share on Facebook options are great if you want to share your show on your own FB and Twitter accounts. However, if you want to provide a link to your guests, you need to do some a bit of extra work. Here’s what I did:For Facebook:
Click on the “Share on Facebook” item
Copy the URL from the new tab’s address bar
Provide that URL to the guest. It will automatically open up their Facebook account.For Twitter:
My suggestion is to use the Copy Link function in the iTunes pull-down I mentioned above.
Once you have the link, use a link shortener (I used goo.gl). Once you get it shortened, you’ll type the following to create the Twitter link:
http://twitter.com/home?status=The Personal Growth Podcast for Critical Thinkers – The Overwhelmed Brain with Paul Colaianni – http://goo.gl/9AupXm
- Except, you’ll add your own custom text after the = sign. And, the last https address will be your shortened URL. I had to do it this way, because the Twitter URL that iTunes gave me didn’t seem to open iTunes!
- If you find one of your podcasts is messed up after uploading to libsyn.com, just go into libsyn and replace the file with the new one, but it must have the exact same file name. If you have a different file name, it will not match the RSS feed, and you will have problems.
- It’s better to provide a link to all your podcasts then to the individual podcast for each guest. There’s a lot of work involved to make each link guest-specific. I realized this shortly after starting, and went the
easier route. It can be done, but I don’t recommend it.
- Act as if you are starting a podcast a week before you really do. That way you won’t be staying up until midnight on the night before launch like I did. You’ll have everything done beforehand.
That was my weekend. Feel free to ask me any questions about podcasting. I’m happy to help!
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