How to Record and Publish a Podcast Episode from Your iPad

Mobile Podcaster lets you record and publish podcast episodes from your iPad directly to WordPress and/or FTP, such as Libsyn. This is a huge time saver not only for the novice podcaster, but the experience folks out there as well.

To get started, install Mobile Podcaster from the iTunes Store. When you first open the app, go to the settings tab and fill out the form for a new WordPress site to add your site to Mobile Podcaster. Be sure to activate XML-RPC upload capability on your blog.

Now, go ahead and record your podcast. You can hit Pause if you need to. Feel free to record for as long as you like. When you’re done, click on the little blue arrow to the right of the new recording. Give it a name & description and decide on the publishing status. You should also select an embed code, such as that required to play your audio using the PowerPress plugin.

When you are done filling out the settings for this particular episode, select the share icon in the upper-right hand corner. Select WordPress, then choose your site and hit the Upload button.

Your recording and blog post will now appear on your website. Here’s a video walking you through the process …

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Fix iPad or iPhone App Stuck on Waiting During Download & Install

This is not a common problem, but if you’re trying to install an iOS app and it gets stuck “Waiting…” without any of the progress bars moving, downloading, or installing, you can fix this fairly easily.

Here are a few options to fix this problem …

  1. Tap the app icon so that it says “Paused” and then tap that app icon again to see if it starts downloading.
  2. Reestablish your Internet connection. Go to Settings and turn Airplane mode on and then off.
  3. Do you have enough space on your device to install the new app? You’ll typically get a warning if this is the case, but it’s worth checking. Go to Settings > General > About to see how much space you have left. To free up space, delete some unused apps or remove some pictures or videos from your Photo Library.
  4. You may also try to reboot the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch by holding down the power button for 3 seconds and then swiping to turn off your device. Most of us don’t power down very often, so a reboot might do the trick.
  5. Try deleting the app by holding your finger on the icon for a couple seconds and click the “x”. Then try to install again from the App Store.
  6. It could be that Apple’s servers are just overloaded with downloads from the App Store. Wait a few hours and hopefully the app will actually install.

Personally, I’ve never had an app fail to install altogether, so have some patience and hopefully one of the options above helped resolve your issue.

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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 Marketing. 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.

Podcast to WordPress Directly from iPad or iPhone

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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