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Creating your own podcast is exciting. It allows you to distribute your content in a much broader way and allows your listeners to take you with them wherever they go.

Now, if you are running a website then there are two ways you can submit to an RSS feeder. You can create your own XML file for your website or you can post your  files and stories to a blog and have feedburner distribute the XML file for you.

If you have a Blog then you can have feedburner pick up your XML file right up from your blog.  However, for this example I am going to assume you have a website and show you how to have feedburner pick it up from an external blog.

File hosting sites to host your audio and video files:

http://box.net

http://bluehost.com

http://moviedigital.com

http://dreamhost.com

 

 

Blog:

  1. Create a Gmail account
  2. Use that Gmail account to create a blogger.com account.
  3. Create your first blog posting.
    1. Instead of using the ‘Compose’ mode of the blog editor, use ‘Edit HTML’ mode. Has shown below.

 

    1. Under “Title” create a title for your podcast.
    2. Then type in a brief description of the podcast you are presenting.
    3. After you type in the description click Enter a few times and click the “insert link” button.

 

    1. Type in or Paste the URL that leads to the video you wish to podcast. This should be linked directly to the video and not to a page that the video is on.

                                                              i.      WARNING THE LINK CAN NOT HAVE ANY SPACES IN THE NAME.

    1. Sample code:

 

Text Box: Remove unwanted people from a picture
 
<a href="http://YOURWEBHOST/VIDEOS/removepeople.mp4">
 </a>
 

 

    1. Highlighted in yellow is the Description of the podcast
    2. Highlighted in Green is the location of the podcast video, the code before and after it is the HTML code to link to the video.
  1. If you do not have a place to webhost your videos you can upload them to blogger using the ‘Add Video’ button.
    1. The videos should be formatted in ‘.mp3, .mp4, .m4v, or .mov’ format using H.264 compression.
    2. You can convert the video with a tool called ‘Total Video Converter’

 

  1. View your blog and copy your URL for your blog.

 

Feedburner:

  1. Feedburner is the next step in creating your own podcast.  Go to www.feedburner.com and sign in with your Gmail account.
  2. When asked to “Burn a feed this instant” paste your blogger URL that you just created into the form and put a check in the box that reads “I am a Podcaster!’ and click “Next”
  3. On the next screen you will be asked “Atom” or “RSS” select “RSS” for your feed.
  4. Next is the “Feed title” this should be the same name you want to show up in ITunes.
  5. Select “Next”
  6. Select “Next”
  7. The last screen will ask you about your podcast. Select a Category and a subcategory for your Podcast. You must have both for ITunes.
  8. You must also have a Podcast Image for iTunes as well. Simply create an image and host it on your website then paste your URL linking to the image file. (This should be a JPG file and should be no bigger than 320 x 240.)
  9. Create a subtitle for your podcast as well as a Summary.
  10. Name you Podcast Author.
  11. Put a check next to ‘Include “Media RSS” information and add it to Yahoo search’
  12. Select wither or not your material contains explicit material, state who owns the copyright to your material, and who will be the primary author of your podcast.
  13. Select “Next”
  14. On the next page select what you want feebburner to track and select “Next” to finish the feedburner part of this tutorial.
  15. Click “My Feed” in the upper left hand corner and click the name of your newest feed that you just created.
  16. Copy the URL and Click this link to open iTunes’s “Submit a Podcast”.

 

ITunes:

The link below is Apples guide to submitting to ITunes. You really should read it if you are serious about becoming a podcaster.

            http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html#submitting

 

  1. If you do not have an iTunes account then you will need to create one.
  2. Click this link to open iTunes “Submit a Podcast”.
  3. Paste your feedburner URL into the “Podcast Feed URL” box and click “continue”
  4. If you have not signed into iTunes then it will request that you do.
  5. It will bring up the information about your podcast. Click “Submit” to submit the podcast to iTunes for review.
    1. The Review process is nothing more than a Podcast name check, download check, and content check to make sure nothing is going to interfere with other podcast titles. Expect to hear back from iTunes within a day. ITunes will send you an email about the podcast submission.

 

  1. Once iTunes accepts your podcast you will receive an email giving you your link to your iTunes podcast. You can post this link on your website for others to subscribe from.

 

One you get your final email from iTunes you are done.

 

YOU ARE NOW A PODCASTER!

 

To add more podcast to your feed just go to your blogger account and post more show descriptions and links to your videos. It sometimes takes feedburner a little bit of time to update the feed, but it will after about an hour at most.