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February 2, 2012

Episode-78- Conducting Podcast Interviews the Technical and the Practical

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 4:59 pm
Recording a Interview for a Podcast is Not Complicated

Recording a Interview for a Podcast is Not Complicated

I have been getting more requests to expain how to do podcast interviews from a technical stand point.  The reality is they are pretty simple.  I just use skype and pamela. If you have high speed internet (most podcasters do) this is the easiest way to do things.

When your guest also has skype the call quality and recording quality are pretty damn good.  I personally edit in Sony Vegas but you can also use Audacity which is free.  I use a free program called levelator to balance out the two sides of the call.

I also explain today how to do a good job interviewing a guest and let you know many of the mistakes I made in my first interviews.  I explain some ways to put your guest at ease and make the interview conversational.  I also explain how to get onto other people’s podcasts as a guest and why for some people that is a great option.  They key to geting on podcasts as a guest is to make the life of the host as easy as possible.  Provide sample questions, a brief bio, a proposed subject and links to your websites and blogs.

Resources for this Episode

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January 30, 2012

Episode-75- IP Diversity and Content Format Diversity

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Creating Consistant and Great Content is More Important than Its Format

Creating Consistant and Great Content is More Important than Its Format

Okay you get a twofer today!  The fist listener question is about IP diversity in relation to building a site network.  In other words is it bad to have 50 sites on one shared IP, in general the answer is yes but you also don’t need 50IPs for 50 sites and there are many cheap solutions you can enact here.

Next up another listner want to know how important it is or is not to produce daily content in a unified format.  In other words if you were going to produce three pieces of content a week does it matter if you do three different types of content, say a blog post, a podcast and a video or do you need to stay consistent and do say 3 blog posts and make the videos and podcasts extra.

This isn’t quite that easy to say yes or no to.  The reality is content is content and while I think 5 times a week beat the hell out of 3, exactly what form the content takes isn’t that important.  There are deffinitely some advantages though in becoming a “Jack of many trades and a master of one”.  Tune in to hear more about that and some other cool stuff in today’s episode.

Discuss Episode 75 at The Road to 100K Forums

January 5, 2012

Using Sony Vegas, PodPress and WordPress to Publish a Podcast

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — JackSpirko @ 6:34 pm

Quite a few listeners to Five Minutes with Jack have been asking exactly how you get a podcast into a wordpress post so it will work well with your feed, itunes, etc. I use PodPress and this video shows me taking a show, quickly editing it with Sony Vegas and publishing it.  If you want to watch it on YouTube just go to Using PodPress to Publish a Podcast with WordPress

December 12, 2011

Episode-57- How I Record, Edit and Publish Podcasts

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 5:43 pm

I have just been getting a ton of “how do I” style questions around podcasting lately.  I am going to do the best I can with these as explaining technical mechanics on an audio show isn’t the easiest thing to do, the key is the resources and the concepts.  Trust me a Youtube or Google search will review the how today of just about anything if you know what you are looking for.   Hence today I will focus mostly on the what and the why and trust that the motivated individual will find the how.  I will also of course absolutely answer any questions below and perhaps do another episode based on follow up questions to this one.

Resources mentioned today…

  • My MP3 Recorder I use for FMwJ
  • Samson C01U Condenser Microphone – what I use for desktop recording
  • Audacity – Free program I use for recording
  • Skype – What I use to conduct interviews
  • Pamela – How I record Skpe Interviews
  • Levelator – How I level the volume of multi person podcasts with big differentials.  Note levelator only works with dot wav files so you will have to convert back to a mp3 before publishing, it is worth the extra step and besides the computer is the one doing the work.
  • PodPress – It is best just to search for it in “Add New” under plugins in WordPress
  • FeedBurner – For optimized feeds
  • Smart FTP – FTP Program I personally use, most of them are fine though.


November 18, 2011

New Resource Added to Five Minutes Resources Page

Filed under: Tech Tips — Tags: , — JackSpirko @ 4:50 pm

Today I mentioned two reports I was going to add to the web site.  One on understanding podcasting and the other on landing page optimization.  Upon further review the landing page one needs some updating which I will do this weekend.  I have added Understanding Podcasting, to the resources page though.

This report was originally an eBook that sold for 9.99 it is now yours for free just for taking the time to listen to and support Five Minutes With Jack.

November 9, 2011

Episode-39- SEO or Just Blow and Go?

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Considering SEO (search engine optimization) was my entire life about 10 years ago you might expect me to come down on the side of highly aggressive and technical SEO, you would be wrong.   While I find SEO to be important and something most site owners do wrong I also feel it is highly secondary to content creation.  Consider that every second you spend on SEO activities is one less second for you to be spending on content creation and interacting with your community.

Tune in today to learn my thoughts on content creation vs. SEO, then tune in tomorrow to hear the components you really do need to do and you need to do right.

~  Jack

September 22, 2010

Episode-37- Quality of Audio and Video Content is More Important than Quality of Production

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 8:30 pm

I constantly meet podcasters and potential podcasters that are obsessed with production quality.  Now don’t get me wrong you should try to make your audio and or video quality good but many seem to be attempting to emulate FM Radio or Hollywood Cinema when it comes to video.  People do not listen to podcasts, watch videos on youtube or seek out any form of alternative media to be impressed with production quality and great audio effects or stellar cinematography.   They want information and entertainment that FM Radio and Hollywood don’t provide, so stop tying to emulate them.

Worse yet are the people who have yet to produce one episode or video because they are trying to “get it perfect”, screw perfect!  With out a full crew of professionals perfect doesn’t exist.  This type of material needs to be put out several times a week, the focus must be on the audience and giving them the content they are looking for.

September 2, 2010

Episode-29- Why Podcasting is the Most Powerful Form of Marketing

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , — JackSpirko @ 6:52 pm

I would say that audio and video podcasting is the most powerful form of marketing known to man today.  Bold statement?  Tune in to hear why.

Yes it is a pretty bold statement to say podcasting is more powerful than television, radio, SEO, social media, etc.  However I believe it to be the case.  Understand that marketing power and reach are two different things.  Power is the effect the message has on those exposed to it and reach is how many people receive it.  So sure if you have a few million collecting dust you can put out a 30 second commercial every day on a major network for a year or for many years.  Your message will reach hundreds of millions of people.

Turn around and do a podcast built to a very moderate success say 1000 listeners.  You would think there is now way that is as “powerful” as the TV advertising and honestly it won’t generate as much money that is for sure but it is more powerful in its effect on those who do receive it.   The TV ad is nothing but an interruption to some mindless zombies viewing of Reality TV or some other pile of nonsense, it pulls little to no endorsement from the show it interrupts and the over all view of commercials on TV is negative other than an opportunity to run to the fridge for a cherry bon bon or something like that.

The podcast is downloaded by choice and often listened to during some other activity.  Over time the podcast itself becomes a part of the life of its listener.  Commercials done correctly on a podcast are brief and do have host endorsement.  The entire experience becomes a positive experience and most importantly it is integrated into the individuals lives, the host becomes a “friend” in fact in some cases this is a family affair and episodes are discussed at the dinner table.

This is just one reason that new media like podcasting is scaring the shit out of every gate keeper out there.

August 27, 2010

Episode-28- Why Audio and Video Should be Part of your Brand

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , — JackSpirko @ 6:32 pm

Today we discuss how audio and video belong on your website and in your social media efforts as part of building your brand.

I think most people by now understand the need for audio and or video in many if not most websites.  Problem is that most people who will say that turn around with the classic “but not me” pile of bullshit.  Of course you!  But beyond that I think most people do not understand the paradigm shift if what I call information portability.

From the advent  of the printing press until the evolution of current video and audio methods on the web the most portable form of information was print.  Even when email and web browsing took over print was still a huge way to make data portable.  The number one selling accessory for computers of course was the printer.  Find an article and want to read it later, what did you do?  Print it of course.  Later on you could read it while having lunch in a restaurant, while kicking back on your deck or even in the john.

The issue with print is and has always been that it requires your full and undivided attention.  You can’t (or at least shouldn’t) read while driving on a highway, jogging, walking in the woods, doing your “day job” and a million other daily tasks that require our primary but not full attention.  During these tasks our vision and our ability to hold something in a way where it can be read are limited, however your ears are quite often open for business.  Think about it how many cars don’t have a stereo?

So today it is audio that is the most portable of all information.  While it requires a “player” of some type such as an ipod, iphone, mp3 player etc. to be fully portable they are very common today, in fact the majority of phones have the ability to act as an mp3 or even video player.  Here is the big thing, all video is also audio, now while some video requires you to watch it most “informational video” does not.  You can pause and tune in to highly visual components but most video information, like my podcast for instance can be listened to only and the litener still gets 90% or more of the information.

In the past entrepreneurs and businesses used tapes, cd’s etc to leverage this concept but the cost of production severely limited their distribution.  Today with electronic distribution a business can put out the most portable data ever produced daily with a very low distribution cost, the beauty being that cost is tied directly to demand with bandwith.  Instead of producing 5,000 tapes you produce the media and only pay to distribute what people actually download and even then the cost is fraction of pennies on the dollar.

The big thing to grasp is unlike a blog, typical website, news paper (on or offline) this audio or audio component of a video is 100% portable not just in the ability to distribute but in the ability of your audience to absorb it.  From driving a car, to listening while you work, to taking a hike your data if it is valued will be listened to by your audience.

There is one more magic element to this, but that will be held for the next episode.

August 18, 2010

Episode-26- Promoting and Marketing a Podcast

Filed under: Podcast — Tags: , , , , , — JackSpirko @ 7:02 pm

Today’s episode of Five Minutes With Jack covers some of the unique attributes of promoting a podcast vs. a typical blog or a website.

I received the following question from a listener

“Hello jack,

I have been listing to the Survival Podcast for about 6 month. First, I just want to thank you. I am now working my way backwards to all your older podcasts.  I have a question concerning the way you set up your pod cast. When you first started how did you get your voice out there once you loaded it up on line. Is there a different way to promote a pod cast oppose to say a blog post?

I have a web site called and right now its primarily a political rant but I don’t just want to be a barer of bad news all the time, as well, I know I need to get a brand out there that people can get real info from outside of just my political opinion.

I started to use the term ”modern American Patriot” , I know, I kinda stole the modern part from you…but it makes sense. I was thinking about using my pod cast to try to capture an email list. Also, I was thinking of adding gardening, getting out of debt, getting armed, importance of the family and parenting and tie them all into whats going on in America today which I believe are aspects of the modern American patriot.

I just wanted to get your opinion.

Thank you jack once again, keep up the good work!”

The reality is promotion of a podcast is like promoting any website or business but there are some unique advantages you will want to leverage and some standard marketing guidelines you will want to follow, tune in for full details.

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