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Telephone Interviews & Taking Live Calls
Justin called in to say that he's thinking about getting rid of Skype for his interviews, especially those of the telephone variety. In this episode, I try to convince Justin to investigate improving Skype before going to other interview recording solutions.

In response to his question about other options for doing telephone interviews, I did mention how he could use any of the free conference calling systems, a full blown telephone interface device, or even doing what is called a “double ender.”

Special thanks to Randy Cantrell from http://BulaNetwork.com and Nick Seuberling from the Who-Dey Weekly Podcast for helping me demonstrate live call in options.

 
 
Personal Plug of the Week
This week's personal plug of the week goes out to the Great Business project podcast by Ralph Quintero. The following quote from Ralph's About Page will help you understand the focus on his show.

Do you remember why you became an entrepreneur? Financial freedom? More time for yourself and your family? If you’re anything like most entrepreneurs, you’ve found out very quickly that things aren’t quite that rosy.
 
You’re on a hamster wheel! You are working what feels like 100+ hours a week, your cash flow sucks and you haven’t taken a “real” vacation in years. An afternoon off? Maybe…NOT! You can’t disconnect.
 
What’s more, is that you think your business will probably fail if you are not there, because your business is about you. Clients all want to deal with you, not your employees. You’re the brand.
 
Then one evening after an exhausting day at the office, you dream about a steady paycheck and benefits. Regular work hours. Less responsibility. Maybe a corporate gig isn’t that bad, right??
 
Sounds familiar? Been there? I have.
 
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ralph also has an entrepreneur magazine for the iPad with the name. If you check out Ralph's show, please be sure to let him know that you heard about him from The Podcast Answer Man.

 
 
iTunes says they have new podcast tech requirements.
Recently, nearly everyone with a show published in the iTunes podcast directory received an email from Apple about the new tech requirements for podcasts. The email read…

Dear Podcast Provider,

New Cover Art Requirement
iTunes has been completely redesigned and there are new requirements for podcast cover art. To be eligible for featuring on iTunes Store, a podcast must have 1400 x 1400 pixel cover art in JPG or PNG format using RGB color space. The image URL must end in “.jpg”, “.jpeg” or “.png” and the server hosting the image must allow HTTP HEAD requests. See our technical spec for details.

Server Configuration Requirement
Podcast streaming playback on iTunes requires all hosting servers to enable Byte Range Requests. Please confirm your hosting servers have this functionality enabled. If you work with a third-party hosting service, please contact them to confirm this functionality is enabled on their servers.

155 Countries & More Than 100 Languages
iTunes Podcasts has launched in additional countries around the world. Note that reviews and ratings are unique to each country. Podcasts are published in more than 100 languages.

Regards,

The iTunes Podcast Team

I discuss what this means to podcasters in this episode. If you want, you just directly to 51 minutes into this episode which is where I explain my thoughts on this email.

 
 
Upcoming Event Schedule
220calOne of my favorite things about traveling to, and speaking at conferences, is meeting members of my community. I always make it a point to host a community meetup wherever I travel.

Below is a list of events that you might be interested in. If you can make it to any of these events, I'd love to have the opportunity to meet you. If you are not able to attend the event, but are in that area, I'd still love for you to come to the personal community meetup that I will host in that town.

Social Media Marketing World
April 7-9 – San Diego, CA
Affiliate Link – http://gspn.tv/socialmedia

SCORRE Conference
May 6-9 – Orlando, FL
Conference Link – http://ScorreConference.tv
Affiliate Info: Use promo code “Cliff” to save $100 on registration!

GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise
June 23 – 27 – Bahamas
Full Details: http://gspn.tv/cruise

Platform Conference
November 3-5 – Dallas, TX
Conference Link – http://PlatformConference.tv
Affiliate Info: Use promo code “Cliff” to save $100 on registration!

 
 
Exclusive Audio Branding Package Opportunity
I want to remind you that I have an exclusive audio branding package through Music Radio Creative that is only available to the Podcast Answer Man community. For only $449, you will get the following:

  • A one hour 1-to-1 web meeting with Mike and/or Izabella to discuss your podcast’s exact audio needs and help design your audio brand.
  • An amazing podcast intro with an introduction to your podcast and music bed.
  • An exciting podcast outro with music and a call to action of your choice.
  • Three jingles/bumpers that you can use to transition between segments, mention your website address, introduce interviews, features and more.
  • Complete script writing service for all of your audio products.

I encourage you to check out the commercial below and then click here to schedule your audio branding consultation today.

 
 
Shop With B&H Photo & Support Podcast Answer Man
I am thrilled about the relationship that I have formed with the folks at B&H Photo, Video, & Pro Audio. They have amazing prices on podcast equipment and so much more. Best of all, their customer service is almost as good as my own.

When placing an order through my affiliate link, you end up paying the same low price and I earn a generous commission. If you have used my affiliate link to make a purchase with B&H, please leave me a comment with your name and a link to your website in the comments section below.

 
 
Blue Host Affiliate Signup
BlueHostI want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you!

Accounts that were created recently:

http://chccs.org
http://BraxtonBrady.com
http://LiveInAbundance.net

Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and may not have been transferred to BlueHost just yet.

 
 
The Podcast Mastermind
One of the reasons that I love working with podcasters so much is due to the fact that they are influencing someone every single time they produce a podcast episode. The world needs great leaders! I believe that podcasters who take their leadership position seriously can make a positive difference in the lives of others. The world needs you and your message! They need you to be a leader!

Many people ask me how to grow the audience of their podcast. I believe that one of the best things you can do is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! To take yourself seriously! To consider yourself to be a professional!

Are you willing to invest in your future success?
Are you willing to be the greatest leader you can be?
Are you willing to commit to your personal and professional growth?

If so, please consider joining The Podcast Mastermind!

 
 
Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn!
Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affilate program only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I'm delighted that I am now able to offer your ONE MONTH FREE when you sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! For my complete thoughts on podcast hosting, click here.

 
 
Podcast Video Tutorials:
I have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here.

 
 
I Appreciate Your iTunes Reviews!
If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer.

I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five star rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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