Gary Leland and Podcasting For Business (and other fun stuff) – PHD091

I got to chat with Gary Leland from, originally, Podcast Pickle and a bunch of other sites, podcasts and businesses in the Dallas / Fort Worth area of Texas. We also got into a lot of the “back in the day” about podcasting and generally have a great conversation.

You can find out about all that Gary does here: Gary Leland dot com

Also here:, Fast Pitch Radio Network and a few other places found on It was a fun conversation.


Check out my other podcasts.

Podcast Quick Hits
Mike Dell’s World
Geek of the North
Traverse City Podcast

Streaming or Downloading Podcasts – PHDQH7

In this Quick Hit, I talk about Streaming vs. Downloading podcasts.

Downloading a podcast and listening to it “streaming” on your phone (or pressing play on the player above) are really the same thing.

Also, check out this video of Tom Webster talking about podcasting for the next 10 years.

Category Podcasting Revisited – PHDQH5

Since episode 2 of Quick Hits, things have changed in the category podcasting world with PowerPress.

I’ve changed my tune a bit and think that Category Podcasting is OK now. Still not as easy as single site / Single podcast podcasting, but very useable. If you want to have more than one RSS feed from your WordPress site, category podcasting is now the way to go.

Dangerous Web Players – PHD090 – PHDQH4

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Happy International Podcast Day!

For IPD, I thought I would put out a Quick Hit on the regular PHD feed. If you would like to continue to get these short 1 topic episodes from time to time, subscribe here. They are normally 5 minutes or less and a single topic of interest to podcasters. I only put them out when I have some news or a topic that is getting on my nerves. Could be a lot some weeks and maybe not so much other weeks.

This quick hit is about dangerous web players. I have a client who put a SoundCloud Player on their company website and when the audio of the podcast was done, the player kept playing random stuff from SoundCloud. Some of that random stuff was heard by this person’s boss and they were nearly fired. They came to me to move to the Blubrry platform only after I convinced them that Blubrry (and all the other reputable podcast hosting companies won’t do that). So beware!

Do You Need A Website For Your Podcast? – phd089

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I’m back after taking the summer mostly off and I have a lot of news in this episode along with some things to think about when you are doing your website for your podcast.



IAB Podcast measurement guidelines released

Overcast Ads?

Patreon Launches Private Feeds

International Podcast Day

IPD Gratitude Awards


Website website website! Do you need a website for your podcast? YES!! Here is why:
1. Google – People can’t find you on Google or Bing if you don’t have a website.

2. Having a central place to find your show and you is essential if your podcast hosting service of choice goes down or you want to move.

3. It’s just cool to be able to make the site look the way you want it to rather than how the podcast host’s listing looks.

4. Own your own brand. It’s important to have your own domain that is your brand for your podcast. Using someone else’s brand to promote your show, promotes them, not you.


Blubrry Tip of the Week

Blubrry Listings are not automatically populated from your Blubrry hosting account. Follow the video below to make sure your listing is in’s directory:


Bad advice PowerPress vs. Locked in services

It’s just RSS. That is all you need. iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Tunein Radio and all the podcast apps are using RSS, Not RSS + something magic that only company X can give you to list your podcast. Locked in services want you to use their RSS feed instead of your own RSS feed because it’s easier for them to support their own system and it gives them exposure by having THEIR domain name in your feed address and on THEIR player. With PowerPress, the RSS feed is the RSS feed that everyone looks at and it has YOUR domain in it (if you choose). It works for Google Play, Itunes and every other podcast app that allows independent podcasts in it.

Podcast Movement 16 and Podcast2Radio with Rae Palermo – PHD088

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Today I recap Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago.

I also talked with Rae Palermo from Strawberry Hill Prodcutions and Podcast2Radio.

I’ll be back around the middle of September with a full episode and will resume my weekly schedule.

iTunes Slow To Update Podcast Listings and More News – PHD087

Tunes Listings for Podcasts are updating slowly

It’s a known problem at apple. They are having issues keeping listings updated. They know about it and are working on it.

The iTunes store listing and what appears in your feed are two different things. People that subscribe to your feed in iTunes will get the new episodes as you post them but the listing at iTunes can lag by a few days (or up to a week or so) behind your feed. This is normal.

People get the wrong impression that your RSS feed PUSiHES to iTunes. It does not. iTunes (when it sees fit) PULLS your feed. It asks for your feed when it gets around to it and PULLS your feed to update your listing. Your subscribers (even in iTunes) subscribe to your feed and after that never really touch iTunes (the service) again. They are just subscribed to your feed directly in the iTunes software. As long as when you publish an episode, you get it if you are subscribed, everything is working. It works the same as every other directory or app.

There is nothing we or you can do to make that faster. It takes whatever time it takes and if you want it to go faster you have to go to iTunes and refresh your feed manually.

Deezer sells Stitcher to Midroll / E.W. Scripts

PowerPress 7.0 is out!

Is It A Good Idea To Put Your Podcast On Vacation? – PHD086

The answer to that question is… I don’t know, but I’m going to try it for the summer.

That’s right, Podcast Help Desk is on Vacation. I’m taking the summer *mostly* off from this podcast. Instead of trying to put out an episode every Friday during the busy, project filled summer, I’m going to just say, the episodes will come out when they come out.

My plan is to write more on this site. Podcast news, Tips, Tricks and other tidbits. AND, I will put out some episodes as I get them done, or something really important happens that I need to talk about.

So, is this a good idea? I don’t know, but, as I said, I’m going to give it a try for the summer.

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