Today is December 4th, 2013. 16 days after my podcast launched.
OK, something totally wonky is going on in iTunes right now. Every New and Noteworthy podcast is gone, from every category. The ones that have been there for weeks? Gone. I contacted a good friend and fellow podcaster, Melinda Yeaman from Outlier Magazine, to make sure I wasn’t going nuts. She confirmed: iTunes is going wonky right now.
I’ve been watching New and Noteworthy for a couple weeks now, and pretty much recognize all the podcasts in the Business, Health, and Education categories. So, check out what the typical N & N normally looks like:
Take a look at what we I am seeing right now:
There are some major differences here! Different size thumbnails, lots without graphics, and a bunch of unrated, low episode count shows! I’ve checked all the categories, and they are all that way. It’s almost as if their algorithm has brought the shows from the bottom, to the top. Well, lucky them! They have a chance of being discovered.
But, what happened to all the real New and Noteworthy shows?
Well, I couldn’t tell you. I can’t find them. I can locate them by search, but the New and Noteworthy section is sparse right now. As if all the shows disappeared. So, yeah, something strange going on in Apple Land.
Regardless, thought that was funny.
Next topic: Got my first critical feedback since launch! I love it! Here it is:
Great Content (five stars)
by JDbkeeper – Dec 3, 2013
1. Great content! I want to see you succeed!
2. It takes too long to get to content:
(a) Your intro music and voice over it, even in episode 5, too long. Your tone feels patronizing. Most of us hit +15 to skip through all the intros. (This American Life has keyed into this and eliminated the intro all together).
(b) In episode 5 you give a monologue introduction, then follow it up with another introduction. We don’t reach guest content till 3:45 (Adam Corolla’s got pacing and the art of guest introduction down to a science – copy it).
3. Revamp for a different audience:
(a) The 20 something under-employed barrista probably isn’t listening to your podcast. Not yet at least. Retool for a smarter and wealthier audience, then democratize as your audience grows.
I really do love this. It is humbling to know someone took the time to listen, analyze, and provide solid feedback that can actually improve my show. The fact that I still got 5 stars from him/her is cool too! Excellent points, some I will take action on, some I will think about and listen to the shows he mentioned for guidance. For fun, I may extend my intro even more to address these points Ha ha!!
Anyway, here are my download stats:
Let’s check out current iTunes rankings:
- All of New and Noteworthy: #Unknown – iTunes is wonky
- Health New and Noteworthy: #Unknown – iTunes is wonky
- Business New and Noteworthy: #Unknown – iTunes is wonky
- Education New and Noteworthy: #Unknown – iTunes is wonky
Here are the most recent download stats:
- Nov 28: 270 downloads
- Nov 29: 260 downloads
- Nov 30: 297 downloads
- Dec 1: 1167 downloads
- Dec 2: 680 downloads
- Dec 3: 424 downloads
- Dec 4: 489 downloads
Total downloads to date: 6842
Downloads declining throughout the week. Good indication that most people download at the beginning of the week. But, need more data to confirm that.
Looking forward to analyzing my podcast using the critical feedback I got. Some things may change, some may not. Would love more critical feedback, or rebuttal feedback if anyone disagrees with the review.
Otherwise, I’ve had no time to promote the show today. However, I came up with an idea for a bonus show, and a holiday show that I will be sharing soon. I want to put together a bunch of bonus episodes, so I’ve got some interesting ideas. Aligning things now.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions below.
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