99 podcast episodes is a lot. Hopefully, when you reach that milestone, you’ve learned a thing or two about how to make your podcast better. This episode is a collection of lessons I’ve learned over those 99 episodes. First lesson, be your own best critic. But if you’re a creative type, you probably already are;) In that case, give yourself a break, create, learn, repeat.

Most of the lessons in this episode where culled while listening to most of my back catalog of content. I scrubbed through all my past podcast episodes picking out those things that made me think I could of done it differently or want to change moving forward past episode 100.
Here are the highlights or perhaps in this case they are lowlights?;)

  • Get reliable hosting from the start. I had to migrate from free hosting when it closed. Not a shock since it’s hard to keep the lights on for free. The migration can be a headache, especially if you have lots of episodes and it may end up costing you all the money you “saved.”
  • A how-to show, like mine, would benefit by telling the audience to listen in reverse chronological order to get the most recent info. Consider whether or not you may need to teach your audience how to listen.
  • ...see the complete list 

The biggest thing I’ve learned on this 99 episode journey is to stick with it!

Yes, producing a show once a week consistently, is ideal but if you fall off that mark, don’t burn down the house you spent so much time building. Don’t stop.

Produce more episodes when you can. Your true audience will keep you in their feeds. It took way too long for me to get to this episode and many times I’ve thought it was time to stop TPS over guilt of not being here as often as I should be or that I might not have anymore to say but I know that I still love the show and still love being a voice in podcasting so I move forward and give special thanks to everyone that continues the ride along with me.

I approach this show as a hobby, its goal is not to generate the income I live off of, I don’t need it to make any money, its nice when it pays for itself but through 99 episodes that hasn’t been why the show is here. The show is here so that I can share my experience as a podcast producer with those of you who are also producing podcasts or are interested in doing so.

There’s nothing you could hire me to learn that I don’t teach on this show. So with an approach like that, just keep going. It’s better to have produced some episodes every year than to produce nothing at all.

I might give different advice to a show that was a marketing tool for a business but for most podcasters, keep going, do your best and make sure your podcast is something you enjoy doing not something you feel like you have to do. And be proud. Just starting a show and trying is a big accomplishment that most others will never achieve.

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Direct download: TPS099__Lessons_Learned.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44am PDT

Is this the last Podcasters’ Studio? No. But staying motivated after years of talking about the same subject will be a challenge every podcaster faces if you do it long enough. How do you stay motivated? In most cases, listener feedback and a love for the topic will keep the show going for as long […]
Direct download: TPS098.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am PDT

On this fairly opinionated episode, I discuss my thoughts on “cheap” gear, advertising rates, audience numbers and who your podcast’s intro should serve. “Cheap” Podcast Gear Cheap gear is not the same as affordable gear. One I have a problem with, the other I do not. Gear that is made poorly and creates issues like noise […]
Direct download: TPS097.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm PDT

Recording multichannel audio is the best way to take total control over your audio. However, it can be difficult and/or pricey to achieve. Technically you can do multichannel with any mixer, even the cheapest ones. How many separate channels you’ll get is a different story. On this episode I talk about how to use an analog mixer to […]
Direct download: TPS096.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25am PDT

How do you get audio from your phone (iPhone, Android, etc.) into your mixer? The simple answer is you plug it in. You can use a basic stereo cable (I prefer this “Y” cable*), plug one end into your phone’s headphone output and place the other end into an available channel on your mixer and now you […]
Direct download: TPS093.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24am PDT

What’s the value of a new podcast subscriber? Would you trade 20, 50, 100 dollars an episode for a new subscriber? Two new subscribers? A podcast sponsorship can be a hard deal to negotiate and for many smaller shows it’s not likely worth the tradeoff; having to put ads in your content for a small […]
Direct download: TPS092_Social_Sponsorship.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

Of the many benefits of having a great podcast media host, having the ability to seamlessly replace a file is a nice option. With both Libsyn and Blubrry (use code: PodcastHelper for a free month at both), you have the ability to insert a new file in place of an already published one. This allows you […]
Direct download: TPS090.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

TPS089: Preamp, Processor and Editing Software This show’s schedule is erratic at best but that doesn’t mean I think any other podcast should do the same. Not if you want to grow your show to its maximum potential. I think a show should maintain whatever schedule it sets for itself. If you are once a week then try to be there […]
Direct download: TPS089_Preamp_Processor_Editing_Software.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48pm PDT

Ever wanted to learn how to use the post processing effect EQ? This is two hours of pure EQ talk for your podcast with professional audio engineer Rob Williams. While you still need to get your hands dirty and mess with the settings to truly learn EQ, this episode will help remove the first barrier to […]
Direct download: TPS087_EQ_with_Rob_Williams.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37pm PDT

Loudness normalization of your audio is a “simple” process for measuring and processing for the perceived level of your audio. Perceived levels are how the human ear interprets levels. In recent years, new standards for measuring perceived level have arisen out of a lot of research and engineering.  Georg Holzmann and I discuss the history of measuring loudness […]
Direct download: TPS086_-_Loudness_with_Georg_from_Auphonic_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

Post processing your audio podcast can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What effects do you use? How to adjust the effects once you choose them? These questions and many more like them can easily scare a podcaster away from doing any polishing of their audio podcast file. But if you’re interested in […]
Direct download: TPS085__Auphonic_and_Loudness_Standards_with_Georg_Holzmann.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09pm PDT

You’ve decided you want to record Skype interviews or a remote co-host and you’ve heard about using a mix-minus setup. How do you know if this applies to your podcast? On this episode I talk about how to know when you need a mix-minus as well how I’m using a new piece of gear to […]
Direct download: TPS084__USB_Power_and_When_Do_You_Need_a_Mix-Minus_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47pm PDT

If you want to record Skype using a mixer you’re going to need how to setup a mix-minus. The video below will show you how to go about setting that up and the linked post below will describe the entire process as well as show you detailed photographs of how to setup a mix-minus for […]
Direct download: TPS083__Setting_Up_a_Mix-Minus_and_Hosting_Pitfalls.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:34pm PDT

There are many ways to record your podcast. One of my favorites is directly to a digital audio recorder. The Zoom H6 is the newest in a long line of audio recorders but this one stands out amongst them all. With four truly dedicated microphone inputs and the ability to add two more XLR combo […]
Direct download: TPS082__Zoom_H6_and_Crowdfunding_for_Podcasters.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29am PDT

I’m back in The Studio after spending a week in Las Vegas attending and speaking at New Media Expo 2014 (NMX). It was, as you could probably guess, a great time. If you’re a podcaster who enjoys meeting other podcasters and learning how to better your show, it’s hard not to have fun at NMX. […]
Direct download: TPS081Reaching_Your_True_Audience_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:28pm PDT

Are you waiting to publish your podcast until you’ve gotten everything just right? Stop. Just publish. You’re ready. I’ve seen more than one podcast delayed by perfection. The first thing to understand is you’ll never be perfect. This episode is a good example of that. In TPS 79: An Alternative to Skype, I left out […]
Direct download: TPS_080_Dont_Fear_Mistakes_G_Plus_Audio_Sample.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:09pm PDT

Ever have an issue with Skype? Choppy connection, hiss in your audio, disconnected from your interviewee or co-host? These are just a few of the issues some podcasters are experiencing when using Skype. However, Skype, in many cases still remains one of the better ways to connect with remote interviewees and co-hosts. But what if […]
Direct download: TPS079__An_Alternative_to_Skype.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT

What if you need to move your podcast RSS feed? I tell you how I accomplished this with one of the feeds we have at my work via a special RSS tag (see the links section below for the code). Also discussed is the number of episodes you’ll see listed on your iTunes page. The […]
Direct download: TPS078__Moving_Your_RSS_Feed_and_Formatting_Descriptions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

Have you run into the 512kb limit imposed on your feed via FeedBurner? This episode will give you some solutions about how to fix it or what to be on the lookout for so your feed doesn’t go down. If you’re just weary of the FeedBurner’s future and want to move your feed away, Rob […]
Direct download: TPS077_RSS_Feeds_and_FeedBurner.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT

I try a new way of recording my podcast (mic to Fethead to H4n, no mixer) and have a totally off-the-cuff episode filled with other thoughts about recording audio. In other words… I go off “script.” I also talk about SD vs HD video hosting and production. In my opinion, there is no reason to […]
Direct download: TPS076_Random_thoughts_on_Recording_Audio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

What were the largest hurdles you had to overcome when starting a podcast? Starting anything can be tough. The first sentence of a school paper, an about page on your blog, show notes for your podcast episode, these are all hard things to start but once you do you’re off and running. A podcast is […]
Direct download: TPS075-Podcasting_Hurdles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35am PDT

Hangouts On-Air (HOA) have been a great experiment for my newest podcast, Podcasters’ Roundtable. I’ve tried several different live-streaming options and HOA’s have been remarkably effective in getting people to actually show up and participate. The most interesting revelation about this is the live-streams tend to get scheduled only 24 hours in advance of going […]
Direct download: TPS074_HOA_for_Podcasters_iTunes_Feed_Specs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:51pm PDT

Protect your WordPress website from malicious hackers, spam and other bots attempting to invade your site by taking some simple steps for non-coders. Plugins are a great way to enhance the security of your WordPress website. Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer talks with me about some of his favorite ways to protect your website. Also included […]
Direct download: TPS_073_Securing_Your_WordPress_Website_with_Dustin_Hartzler.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:37pm PDT

Do you have a microphone, mixer or recorder that requires you to turn up the gain settings really loud in order to get a good signal? The FetHead might just be your answer to bringing those gain levels back down and reducing the hiss and noise you’re getting in your podcast’s audio. To be clear, […]
Direct download: TPS_072_FetHead_Inline_Microphone_Preamp.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm PDT

Microphones! Matt McGlynn from Recording Hacks joins me “in Studio” to talk all about microphones (a passion and hobby of his) and specifically those mics that work best for most podcasters. Matt’s site, Recording Hacks, is dedicated to “making audio gear accessible and useful to people.” Recently he has written a couple of great articles […]
Direct download: TPS_071_-_Microphones_with_Matt_McGlynn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm PDT

Take a behind the scenes listen to the audio workflow that I use to produce an episode of The Podcasters’ Studio. Want to learn how to shoot better video for your podcast, YouTube channel or just your home movies? I take you through the most important steps to getting a more professional look out of […]
Direct download: TPS068-Audio_Worflow_Video_Tips.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:38pm PDT

First order of business is Zune. It appears that links to my podcast and everyone else for that matter, are broken. That’s because Zune.net is gone. This means that when you click your old link to Zune (if you had one on your site) you are now taken to xbox.com. Zune is gone and so […]
Direct download: TPS065.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12pm PDT

Have you heard that Google might be shutting down Feedburner? Lots of people have but is it true? I have some of my own ideas and great resources for getting a much better picture of what is really going on. You’ll also hear about some resources for moving your feed away from Feedburner if you […]
Direct download: TPS064.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31pm PDT

Have you ever speaker tested your podcast? Have you done it lately? Speaker testing your podcast means listening to your show the way your audience does, on many different devices.Your audience listens to your show in their car, on their mp3 player, on their computer and on many other devices and in countless environments. To […]
Direct download: TPS062.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:40pm PDT

Google announces that it will no longer support their native podcasting application, Google Listen. If you are using the Listen app, you’ll still be able to listen to podcasts however after Novemeber 11, 2012 the search function will no longer work. Google says because of the proliferation of podcasting apps available in their app store, […]
Direct download: TPS061-Google_Listen_Discontinued.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22am PDT

An interview with Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting’s Morning Announcements. A “podcast that talks about all things Podcasting. From planning planning, producing, and promoting your podcast along with all the tools and techniques.” With over 250 episodes published, Dave is one of the original podcasters. He was an early digital mentor for me […]
Direct download: TPS052.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41am PDT

On this episode, Soundcloud.com announces that they will soon be supporting RSS feeds for their audio hosting service. I discuss what I think of the service for use as a podcast audio hosting solution and how you can get into the Soundcloud beta to be a tester for this new feature. Learn what options you […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._42_-_Microphones_for_Video_and_iTunes_Metadata_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT

TPS Ep. 041 – Autopost Your Podcast to Facebook, Archiving Content and Hardware Versus Software FX Processors On this episode I talk about how to post your podcast feed to facebook automatically including an audio player and how to keep your podcast alive after you stop producing it and paying for hosting. I also discuss the differences between using a hardware versus software based compressor/limiter/gate. This is a non-essential piece of equipment […]

TPS Ep. 040 – USB Mixers, Recording Skype Video, and Podcasting Statistics for 2010 When choosing a mixer for your podcast there are some special considerations that I think each podcaster should think about before making their purchase. Some of these include the number of mic inputs your mixer will allow. Can you grow your show with the mixer you are planning to buy? Can it power condenser microphones […]

Adobe Audition is now out for the Mac. Find out what I like about it, what I think you could use as an alternative and the effects I use when using Audition to process my audio. Also discussed on this episode are virtual cart machines (soundbyte, pod producer, etc). These apps and programs allow you […]

On this episode I interview entertainment lawyer and podcaster, Gordon Firemark. We talk about the many different legal issues surrounding podcasting and podcasters including copyright, fair use, model releases and much more. Do you know your rights if your original content is taken and used without your permission or violates the copyright you have in […]

The importance of having a clean, easy to read, relevant show logo. Learn why your podcast’s show art is so important and how to improve on the one you already have or create one for free. Also find out how to use Posterous to host your podcast for free but reasons why you might not […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._036_-_Logo_Design_and_Free_Audio_Hosting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06pm PDT

TPS Ep. 035 – Phone Calls From Within Your Browser via Gmail On this episode I talk about making voice calls from within your browser via Gmail, Podcamp Philly 4 and the presentation I’ll be giving, Camtasia for the mac, Gnomedex 10, and I’ll answer a few of your call in questions. Oh and the dynamics of moving your podcast studio! Yep I’m moving to a new […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._35_-_Phone_Calls_from_within_Your_Browser_via_Gmail.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

A video interview (6 min.) with Mike from the Mike Tech Show. I recorded live to file, a few video interviews from Podcamp Philly 2009 at Temple University and I’m bringing them to you as bonus content to the normal audio show. This was my first time with this new microphone and as you can […]
Direct download: TPS18VIDEOinterviewMikeTechShow.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT

TPS Ep. 033 – Multiple Feeds via Libsyn, Edit Your YouTube Videos, A Critical Piece of Podcast Gear and More! Learn how to use your single Libsyn account to create multiple feeds, edit video in the cloud via YouTube, stalk that twitter account that you want but someone else has, and find out one of the most important parts of your podcast studio that you might not have considered. Right-Click to download Links mentioned in […]

TPS Ep. 030 – A Feedburner Refresher And Video Embed Players On this episode I give you a Feedburner refresher course. What it’s used for, what it does, and why you might want to use it to add some spice and flexibility to your podcast RSS feed. I also take a few minutes to discuss some of the issues that can arise when choosing a video […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._30_-_A_Feedburner_Refresher_and_Video_Embed_Players.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57pm PDT

TPS Ep. 029 – Gmail, Avatars, and Paypal Learn about why I like having a gmail account for each show I produce. The importance of having a recognizable avatar across all your online communities, and how to use Paypal for free. right-click to download subscribe to The Podcasters Studio Podcast
Direct download: TPS_Ep._29_-_Gmail_Avatars_and_Paypal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT

TPS Ep. 028 – The Technical Pieces to Making Your Show a Success If your podcast was up for an award, would it be a winner? On this episode you’ll find out which elements of a podcast are judged for The Podcast Awards. Get an inside look at the voting process and use it to make your show stronger. Whether or not you are seeking an award winning […]

TPS Ep. 27 - The Importance of Recording Quality Audio and Video

It’s time to start producing the best sounding and/or looking podcast possible. Stand out from the crowd by making your show worthy of its content and your hard work.

On this episode I go on a mellow rant about why I think the quality of your audio and/or video should be as good or better than the best podcast. I explain how easy it is to achieve a great quality podcast worthy of all your hard work and I discuss the benefits of giving and receiving feedback.

Visit www.thepodcastersstudio.com to listen to the complete archives, watch podcasting tutorials and listen to Podcast Quick Tips.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT

TPS Ep. 026 – Podcast Statistics Where do you find statistics about your podcast? I hear this question often and with it usually comes confusion about what exactly is going on with the stats you get from Feedburner. On this episode I talk all about the different places to find stats for your show and why Feedburner may not be your […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._26_-_Podcast_Statistics.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43pm PDT

TPS Ep. 024 – Live Streaming Your Podcast Going live to the internet is as easy as turning on your camera and connecting to any number of great free services. Broadcasting your podcast live adds a good deal of value to your show including live interaction with viewers, instant feedback, audience building, and an overall additional to your new media arsenal. As long […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._24_-Live_Streaming_Your_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT

TPS Ep. 023 – Video Podcasting Learn how to get started in video podcasting and some fun YouTube hacks. I talk about what cameras you need as well as other gear needed to start a video podcast. Also discussed are hosting options for you video, audio for video, and editing software options for both the Mac and PC. Once you have […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._23_-_Video_Podcasting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53pm PDT

TPS Ep. 022 – Video Interview with Indie Artist Matthew Ebel An interview with independent music artist, Matthew Ebel who generates all his income solely through premium membership based podcasting. Matthew is a well know musician in podcasting circles and you can hear his music being played on various shows across the intertubes. On this episode learn more about Matthew and how he makes a living […]
Direct download: TPS22-VideoInterview-PodcampPhilly09-MatthewEbel.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32pm PDT

TPS Ep. 021 – All About iTunes iTunes is one of the most important tools for a podcaster. Regardless of how you feel about Apple, the iTunes software and store is something that every podcaster should be familiar with inside and out. On this episode I cover some of the basics of iTunes such as how to get your show listed in […]
Direct download: TPS-Ep.21-All-About-iTunes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:34pm PDT

Jeff’s back in the studio, virtually via Skype, with part two of our interview. On this episode we talk about twitter strategies, connecting with your audience, SEO, being a more efficient podcaster, content ideas for your show, and we take a look inside Jeff’s studio including what hardware and software he uses to produce his […]
Direct download: TPS_Ep._17_-_An_Interview_with_JeffRoney_-_Part_II.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT



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