Demo: How to Podcast on your iPhone to WordPress.com

Today I want to show you how easy it is to upload audio to WordPress.com from your iPhone with Mobile Podcaster. WordPress.com is a bit unique in that by default you cannot upload audio to the media library. The trick is to purchase a Space Upgrade for $20 a year and you’ll be off and running.

Here’s a video showing your the step-by step process of recording with Mobile Podcaster and uploading to your site. The enclosure codes I’m using in the example are “ and “. This is how WordPress identifies your uploaded audio file as audio. Mobile Podcaster v1.1 will includes these enclosure codes as standard options, so you won’t have to remember them.

This podcast was recorded and published using Mobile Podcaster. Mobile Podcaster is an iPhone application that lets you record podcast episodes and automatically publish new blog posts to your WordPress site.

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Recording Podcasts with iPhone using Mobile Podcaster App

Mobile Podcaster lets you record & publish podcast episodes directly from your iPad or iPhone to your WordPress site. No need to manually upload audio files or write new blog posts.

You can download a copy of Mobile Podcaster from the Apple iTunes App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mobile-podcaster/id553754359.

Mobile Podcaster works with both WordPress.org sites and WordPress.com. If you are publishing to a WordPress.com site, you must purchase a Space Upgrade on WordPress.com to accommodate the uploading of audio files. This starts at $20 per year.

Record Your Podcast
Simply press the Record button and speak into your iPhone or iPad to record. When you are finished hit Stop and your recording is saved. Save as many recordings as you wish and delete those you no longer need. Choose from three sound quality options to suit your recording needs.

Connect Your Website
You can connect Mobile Podcaster to one or many of your WordPress sites. First, enable XLM-RPC publishing on your site and then enter your login credentials in Mobile Podcaster. When you publish a new episode you can choose which site to publish to. Mobile Podcaster does not support WordPress.com sites.

Customize Episode
Customize the name & description of your recording which will correspond to the title & content of your WordPress post when published. Choose if you want the audio to embed before or after the description and customize the embed shortcode you would like to use in conjunction with your WordPress audio player.

Prepare for Upload
Add one or multiple Categories to your recordings so they are categorized correctly in WordPress. Save time by creating a default paragraph that goes before and/or after every audio file that’s uploaded to your new blog posts.

Publish to Your Site
Choose if you want new podcast episodes to upload with a Draft or Published status. Click Publish and your podcast episode will upload to your site and a new post will be added including all the options you have selected. If you are using one of the popular, free podcasting plugins on your site, your podcast episode will feed to iTunes as normal.

For more information visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mobile-podcaster/id553754359.

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Episode 6: Shortcomings of podcasting on iPad or iPhone with Audioboo

I have been podcasting on my iPhone and iPad since January 2010. I have used Audioboo in some situations but overall it does not satisfy many of the requirements I have, such as length of recording and ability to submit my podcast to iTunes.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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Episode 5: How to Publish a Podcast on WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular places for podcasters to host their podcast, since it already has many of the necessary tools built-in, plus some great plugins that make it so easy.

First, you want the self-installed version of WordPress available at WordPress.org. You can get a great hosting deal at Bluehost.

Next you need to install a podcasting plugin to manage your podcast. I prefer the BluBrry PowerPress Plugin, which allows you to publish your podcast on your website and iTunes.

Personally, I like to podcast from my iPhone or iPad and find it frustrating to log into my computer and transfer files and publish new podcast episodes. I use my Mobile Podcaster to do this.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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Episode 4: How to Publish a Podcast with your Mac

Recording a podcast on your Mac is pretty simple really. You want to use an application called Garageband.

When you open Garageband, you’re given the option to create a podcast episode. Select that option and when your new file opens up, you can start recording right away. Just click on the Record button at the bottom.

Garageband also allows you to add some music to the beginning or end of your recording.

Once complete, select Share and either send to iTunes or Save to Disc as MP3. you’ll want to then upload this MP3 to your website. I use WordPress along with the BluBrry Powerpress Podcasting Plugin so that everything is accessible to my listeners and I can publish to iTunes.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

These two videos show you some of the equipment I use to podcast and a demo of Garageband for recording and editing your podcast.

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Episode 3: Choosing a Microphone for your Podcast

Podcasters agree that one of the most important details of podcasting is choosing the right microphone.

There are a number of options based on your budget, style and subject.

1. You can use your mobile phone. Most smart phones, such as the iPhone or iPad, have very good built-in recording capabilities and if you plan on recording on the go, this may be a great option for you.

2. There are a number of great USB condensor mics on the market. I personally like the Samson CO1U, which is a about $75 on Amazon. These offer great quality but are not as mobile and cost a bit more.

3. Most computers have a built-in microphone which is adequate in very quiet environments. I’ve recorded several podcast episodes on my Macbook with no external mic and they sound great.

4. Lapel mics are also a good choice if your computer microphone is not giving you adequate quality. You can pick on of these up for $25 at Radio Shack.

5. Another option is a microphone & headphones combination headset. Logitech makes a number of these and they’re popular among gamers and Skype users. They usually run about $30-$50.

6. You can also go high-end and spend $500-$1000 on a professional mic from a music store.

In all cases, choose a quite environment for the best recording quality for your podcast.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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Episode 2: Branding your Podcast

Branding your podcast is important because like any marketing channel it should reflect your culture, support your go-to-market strategy and share the same voice that your market has come to expect.

Typical podcast branding considerations include:

  1. Name of your podcast – the name of your podcast should be attractive and relate to your overall brand
  2. iTunes artwork – try to create a podcast album cover that’s appealing and matches the over color scheme of your brand
  3. Keyword rich podcast description – because iTunes is a search engine of sort, it’s important to consider the words and phrases that people will use to search for and find your podcast
  4. Audio quality – there are a number of audio quality options, so choose one that provides clear recording yet does not produce files that are too big
  5. Style – are you going to be serious, conservative, funny, conversational?  What style matches your brand?
  6. Call-to-action – what do you want listeners to do next?

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com

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Episode 1: Choosing a Format for your Podcast

Choosing a format for your podcast is something to consider when planning to launch a new podcast.

Some popular options include:

  1. Single Voice – this is just you talking by yourself as if you were talking to someone one-on-one
  2. Team Approach – this is a popular format wherein two or three people record their conversation around a given topic
  3. Interview Style – this is you interviewing an expert within your industry or niche that has valuable information to share on a given topic

There’s no rule that says you have to pick one of these formats and you can always change your format.  Pick the one that makes most sense for you and run with it.  Ask your audience for feedback and see what they like.

This podcast episode was recorded on my iPhone and automatically uploaded to this website and iTunes using the Mobile Podcaster iPhone App.  For more information visit http://www.mobilepodcaster.com/appstore

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