Step 4: Set Up FeedBurner for Your Podcast Continued
The FeedBurner is what takes your podcast from your blog to your iTunes or Stitcher account. If you ever decide to move your podcast to another site, you simply just edit one field in your FeedBurner
Okay. Let’s configure the podcast so FeedBurner can tell iTunes how to list your podcast. You’ll need to fill in the blanks.
Leave the podcast enclosures at “any rich media file”. For the Category, click on “Use additional categories”. This helps your podcast reach more people.
The “Podcast image location” is where your image link goes. The image size should be 1400 x 1400 pixels for your iTunes directory. If you don’t have an image then iTunes will put their own default image. You can add one later.
You can host your images in your WordPress blog. In your Admin page, hover over Media and click on Add New. Upload you image. Copy the image link and past into your FeedBurner Image location.
On the next screen check all the boxes. Click the Next button.
That’s it. You’re ready for the next step.
Step 5: Create Your First Podcast
You’re almost ready to have your first podcast up on iTunes. First though we need to let iTunes know where your podcast is coming from.
If you haven’t recorded your message yet, go to your audio player, Audacity or whatever you’re using and create that now. Be sure to export it as an mp3 file.
Your audio file should be ready to go and upload.
Let’s create a podcast simply by creating a post on our blog.
Now we need to create a downloadable file for the podcast so iTunes can pick up the feed.
Highlight the link from the audio player and right click to copy. Insert your text and something like “Right click to download audio file”. Highlight this text and click on the Link icon. Paste your audio file URL link and click Add Link.
Note about hosting your audio files:
Your audio files can be hosted with your current hosting. But if you need more bandwidth you might want to host your files somewhere else. S3Amazon (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/) or Libsyn (http://libsyn.com/) are good choices.
S3Amazon is fairly cheap. You pay for what you use.
Libsyn cost a little more but has tracking so you can see when and where your podcast was downloaded and listened to.
Now that you have your file ready, it’s time to distribute it. For this step you need an iTunes account or a partner account at Stitcher (http://www.stitcher.com/).
Getting your podcast set up and ready to air begins with creating your audio file. After that, it’s pretty easy to get it online. In fact, if you know how to use WordPress, you can have your podcast ready to submit to iTunes or Stitcher quickly.