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In an effort to keep socializing online, Todd and Mike recorded this episode live, and will continue to do so as long as we’re still on lockdown. They discuss how COVID-19 is affecting content creators, RODEcaster has been up to a few things recently, and loads of companies are releasing info on podcast consumption habits during the coronavirus pandemic. They also give some tips of how to make the best of your new recording space, an update on Blubrry projects.
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This week on Podcast Insider…
- Spotify has been taking down some podcasts concerning COVID-19. From what we can tell, it’s based on episode titles that mention COVID-19 treatment or prevention.
- RØDEcaster Pro has a firmware update, 2.1 beta. You can download it here.
- Speaking of RØDE, they are donating equipment to schools during coronavirus.
- An uptick in podcast listeners is coming from radio listeners.
- Americans are listening to podcasts more often at home; no surprise given that everyone should be staying home currently.
- Similar to listening at home, more people are listening using web players – because we’re all stuck (safe) at home.
- Try to keep your recording space as quiet as possible.
- Maybe hang a blanket on the wall behind you or record in a closet. (No really!) 🙂
- Record at a lower volume and boost it in post-processing. This can help with keeping out background noise. (Auphonic.com can help with post-processing).
- Dynamic mics work best for noisier environments.
- Pick a time that is less busy in your recording space.
- Don’t worry about little things in the background. (Dogs barking in the distance, fridge hum, kids playing in the background, etc. It happens when working from home).
- PowerPress 8.2.8 has been released. Just some quick fixes and ensuring it works with the latest WordPress version.
- We’ve got lots of stuff in the works, look out for releases later this spring and summer.
- April 15th we will start talking about a new product.
- We’re seeing more and more podcasters looking to start a second podcast. Please contact us before adding another RSS feed. There are many ways to add an additional show and even more ways to screw it up.
- Feed validation: how and WHY to validate your RSS feed
- DO NOT USE feedvalidator.org or w3 validator. They are out of date and are NOT podcast specific feed validators.
- Upload quotas with Blubrry hosting: they reset on the 1st of every month. Total storage is unlimited (as long as you have an active hosting plan).
- Podcast show notes, again. Lots of people are asking about how things display in the directories and apps. Dave, from our support team, is working on an article about which apps/directories display different portions of your podcast feed.
- Shawn’s Tip of the Week: website settings part 3
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Coming at you this week from two very separate podcast studios in Michigan. Produced by the Blubrry Pro-Production team.
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