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Podcast Best Practice: File Naming – PCI 246

June 03, 2021

Not everything about podcasting is fun and creative; but it's useful to keep up on a handful of tips, for example, a podcast best practice: file naming conventions. Todd and Mike discussed what's currently going on at Amazon Prime and Apple, as well as something a little more simple, like how podcasting will save the open web.

And don't miss the interview in the middle with Teri Wellbrock and talking about her show, The Healing Place Podcast.
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Best Practice:
File naming conventions - media files and artwork

Pick a naming convention for your media files and stick to it.

Example: Podcast Help Desk files are named phd001.mp3 and so on.  The number is to make sure the files are all named differently.

This show uses dates. Example: PCI-2021-6-3.mp3 will be the file name for this episode.

I’ve seen others use something like serial-s1e4.mp3 (for Serial Season 1, Episode 4)

Keep it consistent so YOU know how it works.

Only use numbers, letters, - (dash) or _ (underscore) in file names for anything on the web. Not just your media but artwork and other files that are downloadable.

Also, do not start or end a file name with anything but a letter or number.

No periods in the file name except for the extension (.mp3, .mp4, .m4a or .jpg).
We say this over and over, but PLEASE do not make your file names complicated or long. This does nothing for SEO and will clutter up your hard drive with crazy long names.

Do not do this: Indusrties4Now_Episode_1-L_industrie_4_0_n_est_pas_une_option_pour_l_e_conomie_Canadienne_mais_une_ne_cessite_la_crise_provoque_e_par_le_Covid_19_est_a_l_origine_de_plusieurs_changements_Quels_sont_les_de_fis_qui_attendent_le_secteur_Man_.mp3

Blubrry News:

We did a couple of webinars yesterday, covering Category Podcasting and Podcast Channels in PowerPress. The replay videos are here: Category Podcasting and here: Podcast Channels

Blog post: What We Owe Our Podcast Listeners by Bill Meeks - https://blubrry.com/podcast-insider/2021/06/01/what-we-owe-our-podcast-listeners/

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We can’t let an episode go by without mentioning PowerPress, and that means 8.6.5 is out today featuring bug fixes and small tweaks.

Teri Wellbrock -The Healing Place Podcast 

Question(s) of the Week 
Question: There are somewhere between 2 and 3 million podcasts out there.  Is it still worth getting into podcasting?
Answer: Yes! There are far less shows that are active. (we don’t have exact numbers) Besides that, none of those millions of shows has YOU in it. As 2010, there were 129,864,880 books ever published,