How to FTP Upload Your Podcast Episode to Libsyn from Your iPhone with Mobile Podcaster

Podcasting with Mobile Podcaster is even better now with version 1.4, which allows you to upload your podcast episodes to Libsyn via FTP. You may also upload via FTP to any other FTP accounts you have access to, but in this post we’ll specifically address Libsyn.

Why Should I Host My Podcast Recordings on Libsyn?

Uploading your podcast episodes to Libsyn is a great choice for several reasons:

  • Since the audio files are hosting on Libsyn, you don’t have to worry about a surge in playback activity bogging down your server.
  • Libsyn is specifically dedicated to hosting and streaming podcast audio, so you can depend on them to provide the best listening experience to your listeners.
  • Libsyn is affordably priced, whereas hosting a podcast on your own web host may get very expensive rather quickly.

How Does Mobile Podcaster Upload to Libsyn Work?

With Mobile Podcaster, you may either upload your recordings to Libsyn and deal with them later, or you can choose to do an FTP / WordPress Combo and create a WordPress post that references your file on Libsyn at the same time. This is a huge timesaver and an extremely efficient way to immediately get your audio online and ready for distribution.

Every Libsyn account comes with FTP upload capability. You can read more about it on the Libsyn Help Desk.

The FTP account server address for uploading new episodes to Libsyn account is ftp://ftp-server.libsyn.com/SHOWNAME/public. The showname is the same as the show slug you chose for your show when setting up your show on Libsyn. For example, The Mobile Podcaster slug and show name is mobilepodcaster.

When you upload your recording to this FTP address, it is publicly available to reference, but does not create an actual podcast episode. Instead, you’ll want to reference it in a new blog post, such as with WordPress. The address for the new file is http://traffic.libsyn.com/SHOWNAME/FILENAME. For example, if I upload my-file.mp3 to the Mobile Podcaster Libsyn account, it can be referenced at http://traffic.libsyn.com/mobilepodcaster/my-file.mp3.

The Mobile Podcaster app takes all of this into consideration when uploading to Libsyn and/or creating your WordPress post to embed your recording hosted on Libsyn.

Steps to Upload Podcast Episode to Libsyn via FTP

To upload to Libsyn, you first need setup your FTP account in Mobile Podcaster. Go to Settings > FTP Accounts and click on the “+”  icon in the upper-right corner. You’ll need to provide:

  • FTP Account Name (this is just for your own records)
  • FTP Account Server Address
  • FTP Account Username
  • FTP Account Password
  • FTP Public URL Address (required for Libsyn)

Next, proceed to record your episode on Mobile Podcaster as usual. When you are ready to publish, click on the blue arrow to the right of the episode and then click on the share icon in the top-right corner to share.

You have several options when sharing, but the two you want in this case are either Upload via FTP only or FTP / WordPress Combo.

1. Upload via FTP only

To upload your audio via FTP only, select this option. This assumes you have already setup an FTP account in the FTP Account settings section of the main Settings options. Choosing this option just uploads your recording to an FTP destination and nothing else. In our example, it will upload your file to your Libsyn account public folder.

Congratulations, your recording is now on Libsyn. To see your recording, login to your Libsyn account and browse Previous Posts. If you click to view the details of the most recent post, you’ll see the Direct Download Link, which you’re free to reference as you wish, such as in a blog post on your website.

2. FTP / WordPress Combo

To upload your audio via FTP and create a new blog post on your WordPress site at the same time, chose this option. This assumes you have already setup an FTP account in the FTP Account settings section of the main Settings options. Once you choose this option, select a WordPress site in which you would like to create your blog post. If your site is not listed, return to the main Settings page and add your site.

Next, select the FTP Account. Click Upload and wait for the progress indicator to stop. You will receive a popup confirmation that the upload was successfully completed.

Congratulations, your recording is now on Libsyn and you should see your new blog post in your WordPress dashboard referencing the recording on Libsyn.

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Episode 8: How to map out topics for a podcast series

It’s important that if you podcast on a regular basis to do some preplanning work and map out the topics that you want to discuss over the course of your podcast. This really helps you in terms of knowing what’s coming so that you don’t have to do so much work on the fly. It also helps for your listeners because they have some expectation and anticipation of what’s ahead.

I like to map out a series of subjects I can blog about over the course of the next few weeks or months. It helps keep me organized and energized. There’s nothing worse than sitting down in front of the keyboard with nothing to say. Do yourself a favor and get organized first. For example, here’s a quick mindmap I just put together that I’m going to use over the next 10 blog posts on mobile advertising. It took me about 5 minutes to create this in MindNode and now I have a plan.

mobile-marketing-mindmap

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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How to Create a Podcast on Your iPad with Mobile Podcaster

There are several ways to podcast on your iPad but only one that let’s you actually upload your recording to your website in a format that is suitable for submission to iTunes. Mobile Podcaster is that app.

In this video I show you how to record and publish your podcast episode to your WordPress site. WordPress is so important because it serves as the home for your podcast on the Internet. You see, a podcast is nothing more than a collection of audio files on the Internet and WordPress is the perfect place to host those files.

WordPress is one of the most widely used blogging platofrms and content management systems used today. It is extremely popular. Not only does is allow you to blog, but with the right plugins you can do amazing things, like host and play podcast audio files. In this examples I’m demonstrating the use of the Blubrry Powerpress plugin.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • WordPress.com – setup your own free blog to host your podcast. If you choose this route, you’ll need to purchase the WordPress Space Updgrade for an annual fee of $20. It’s a no brainer if you ask me and Mobile Podcaster supports this approach 100%
  • WordPress.org – you may also download WordPress and install it on your own domain hosting platform. For example, you could register a domain and get hosting at Bluehost (~$150 total for 2 years) and then install WordPress. Bluehost makes it even easier becuase they have a 1-click install option.
  • BluBrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin – if you use WordPress.org, you’ll need this plugin to display your podcast media player and manage the podcast feed to iTunes. It’s a fantastic, very well supported podcasting plugin (I’m using it on this site).
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iOS Podcast Publishing with Mobile Podcaster v1.1

The latest version of Mobile Podcaster is now available in the iTunes App Store. This version includes a mix of user interface and functionality enhancements to make it easier to record you podcast on your iPhone or iPad and publish directly to WordPress.

1. Stop and Pause Button with Recording and Playback

The audio recording and playback control panel has been improved.You can now stop or pause while recording and playback. This is great should you get interrupted or lose your train of thought while recording.

stop and pause while recording and playing audio

2. Playback Scrollbar

The scrollbar intuitively appears when playing back a recording and disappears otherwise. You can use your finger to scrub the audio or move the slider to a specific location.

new audio playback scrollbar for mobile podcaster

3. WordPress.com Audio Enclosure

The enclosure options now include the standard enclosure required to playback audio on a WordPress.com site. Reminder: You still need to purchase the WordPress.com Space Upgrade to upload audio to your WordPress.com site.

wordpress audio enclosure default option

4. Post Status

Two addition options for post status are now available: Private and Pending. This is useful if you have several users contributing to a single site or would like to keep your podcasts private until you’re ready to make public.

Wordpress post status with private and pending

5. Share via Email

The option to Send your recording via email is now an available in addition to the ability to Upload to WordPress.

Share audio podcast podcast via email on iPhone

We’re already working on the next update, including Mobile Podcaster for iPad. What other features would you like to see in Mobile Podcaster?

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Episode 7: Why podcasting is such a valuable marketing channel

Podcasting is a wonderful marketing channel that is widely misunderstood. I love the fact that for free you can basically have your message heard by potentially tens and even hundreds of millions of people.

I think most people shy away from podcasting because they don’t understand the potential reach. The tools are not as well understood as blogging, so that is probably another reason that it’s not as widely used by marketers.

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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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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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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