Today Dave and Jim answer a slew of questions from the phone line and chat room. Join us every Saturday Morning at 10:30 AM at www.schoolofpodcasting.com/live.
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How Do You Isolate Tracks in Audacity While Recording? [6:00]
Growing Your Audience
You want to grow your audience, and one way to do this is to put your website on everything. Dustin from www.definingmomentstv.com asked about iTunes stats vs libsyn.com stats. iTunes does not furnish stats to podcasters in regards to the number of downloads or the number of subscribers. It is a directory of podcasts (think of it like a phone book).
How Do I Know My Downloads Are People [18:20]
Chris Drake from the Nocturnal Podcast while everyone that downloads a podcast may not listen to it. In general there is no “spam” in podcasting. People are choosing to consume your podcast because they want it (and if they don’t its easy to unsubscribe). The only way to see how long people are listening is through your stitcher stats. They are reporting that the average completion rate is 48%. You can sign up for stitcher, but going to stitcher.com and using the Partner Signuplink at the bottom of the page.
Getting Rid of Echoes on Skype [22:20]
George Jackson from www.scifisuperfriends.com asked about solutions for when your guest is hearing themselves echo back to them on a skype call. There are a few things to check
1. Make sure that everyone is wearing headphones to avoid voices bleeding into the microphone.
2. In Skype make sure that the input for the microphone is just listening to your microphone (and not the “stereo mix”).
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You can now edit what stitcher is using for your RSS feed. COOL. You can also enter your twitter handle if someone shares your show via twitter via their app, you will be notified.
Tips For Editing
While you can record a show and just let go, if you plan on doing some editing here is a tip.
When you make a mistake while recording, look at your watch and wait 10 seconds. This will make it OBVIOUS where the edit is when you go in later to take it out. You can also speed Audacity (I spoke about this in a previous School of Podcasting Episode where I talk about speeding up your editing time by 70%). I also use Sony Sound Forge (which allows me to speed up while I listen).Sony Sound Forge is around $45.
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