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Mobile Podcast Web Apps

Quite a few years ago I created the mobile version of the Fat 2 Fit Radio site.  I took the main functionality from the main WordPress site and translated it using some neat tools, iWebKit and Simple Pie. The main thing that I wanted listeners to do was listen to the podcast on their iPhones. This combination of technology did exactly that. It worked so well that when it came time to create an actual iPhone app for the podcast, this same mobile interface was used as part of that app as well.  Additionally, this interface also powers the Fat 2 Fit Android application.

How about an example, you say?

Visit the following sites on your smartphone to see the interface in action.

You can use these tools for other projects as well.  Visit the links above for more information on how to use them.  For the podcaster out there that wants a simple interface for listeners to hear their shows, download Your Own Mobile Podcast Web App and see how it works for you.

If you’d like help creating a more complex web app for your podcast or business, contact me and let’s talk.

Success Story: Swift Freight Router Upgrade

Recently I was contacted by the owner of Swift Freight, a multi-national corporation that ships products for it’s customer all around the world.  With the rising cost of phone services eating into the bottom line, they decided to install IP phones in three locations.  They purchased and signed up with and purchased phones and service for their offices in California, New Jersey and in India.

I was asked to provide a router with Quality of Service (QoS) features to ensure adequate bandwidth for the new IP phones as well as Virtual Private Networking (VPN) for the California office.  Their current router was the venerable Linksys WRT54G.

The options were to either purchase a new router with the required functionality (the phone vendor suggestion) or upgrade their current router with third-party firmware (my recommendation).  From my own use of third-party firmware (DD-WRT) I knew that their router had the capability to fulfill their requirements if it was upgraded.

The client chose to go with my recommendation of the upgraded Linksys router.

The router was taken off-line, upgraded with the DD-WRT firmware and put back in service.  The router was then configured for QoS for the SIP protocol that their new IP phones use.  The VPN service on the router was enabled and configured for two remote employees to access the company internal network.

Phone quality is now guaranteed and the office resources are available to remote workers.

Audible Bucks the Trend

And the hits just keep on coming” is what I thought I would be saying when I received an email from Audible.  As you may or may not know, Audible was purchased by Amazon.  When I saw the words “Audible” and “affiliates” in the same email, I thought that was the next affiliate program to be discontinued.

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

But, the opposite is true, at least for now.  Here’s the email:

Hello Russell Turley,

Governor Brown of California signed a budget on June 29, 2011 that included a piece of legislation that imposes the collection of taxes from consumers on sales by online retailers even if the online retailer has no physical presence in the state. Although many online retailers were forced to terminate their relationships with their affiliates due to the passage of this legislation, will not be terminating its relationships with its affiliates at this time.

If new legislation is passed or circumstances change we will notify all of our California partners and publishers at that time.

If you have any questions about the Audible affiliate program please do not hesitate to contact me!

Best Regards,

WordPress Development

Here are some examples of recent work using WordPress.

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If you would like to get started building your site with WordPress, contact me and let’s get started.

Podcast Production

If you are looking to create a podcast but don’t have a clue where to start or would just like someone to handle the details for you, I can help.   Podcasts are a great, inexpensive way to get the message out about your product or service.  I have produced multiple successful podcasts and will put that experience to work for you.

Contact me and let’s talk.

Podcast Seminar: Marketing your podcast.

This post continues the Podcast Seminar series. This week we discuss, Marketing your podcast.

Getting your podcast out into the ears of your listeners is the next necessary step. There are a couple of initial steps you must take. After you have produced your first show and posted it, submit your podcast to iTunes. If you aren’t in the iTunes Podcast Directory, you don’t have a podcast. Add your podcast to as many podcast directories as you like. You will get listeners from them, but the lion’s share of your listeners will come from iTunes. It’s sad but true.

iTunes Subscribers

After getting your podcast into iTunes, go ahead and submit your podcast to all the other directories. As you can see from the graph above, it won’t make too much of a difference, but it includes all listeners that might want to listen to your show.

How about promoting your podcast? One easy way to promote your podcast is to send an announcement to your contacts that would be interested in your podcast. Invite them to check out your latest show on your blog or website. Another way to promote your podcast is by publishing a related article and sending it off to article banks, e-zine publishers, etc. A popular way that a lot of people promote their podcasts is by commenting on another podcast or blog. If you use this method, please remember to add some value to the blog you’re commenting on and don’t just add a link to your podcast. That’s a good way to get your comment deleted. Lastly, there are many podcast related forums that allow you to promote your latest show. Podcast Pickle and Podcast Alley come to mind.

Remember, your podcast is a product. Any method that you might use in promoting a physical product or web site can be used to promote your podcast.

Next time, Show notes and SEO, why they are important?