On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM, mbritt1216
> I'm starting to wonder whether I should use a blog for my podcast.
> I'm up to 85 episodes, so despite the use of categories and tags I
> think it's probably hard for people to find what they want on the
Not sure why you think this is the case. The search function on your
site seems to be working just fine. Looking at the source for one of
your episode posts, you *could* be better utilizing the All-In-One SEO
plugin to make your episodes / subjects / keywords easier to find in
the search engines. Also, consider formatting your tag cloud in order
from largest to smallest... and why are the most popular tags *below*
Have you had users complain that they can't find what they're looking
for, or is this an assumption?
All in all, if you want to make your site easier to navigate, you
should consider using a more standard menu, rather than the large
graphical "buttons." Navigation for your main site areas (or the
places you most want people to see) should be along the top. Also,
those buttons of yours don't seem to have alt tags -- what do people
who are vision impaired experience when they come to your site?
Also, it looks like the site is about 1024 pixels wide. That means
that at the most common monitor resolution, there will be a horizontal
scrollbar, because while the monitor might be 1024 wide, the browser
window is always smaller.
> Also, despite a good number of downloads per episode (about
> 8,000) hardly anyone leaves comments (guess I'm not controversial
> enough). I do get plenty of positive comments in emails. So, maybe
> Wordpress, as much as I love it, just isn't the way to go.
Number of downloads, number of comments and so on isn't a WordPress
issue. It might be an audience issue; then again maybe it's a user
Feedback is feedback. You say you get emails -- do you read them on
the show, so that others are encouraged to comment and provide
feedback? Do you actively engage your listeners with specific topics,
questions, or issues you'd like them to respond to?
> Maybe there would be better ways to post the episode audio and show
> notes without using a blog, and in a way that makes it easier for
> visitors to find what they're looking for.
You can do everything you need to do with WordPress. The back end
functionality, as you've noted, makes it very easy to manage the site.
You just need someone to help you make the user experience -- both on
the site and in the content of the episodes -- more appealing.
> Any suggestions? Anyone else use something other than a blog to
> support their podcast?
I use WordPress exclusively, and I build WordPress sites for my
clients who want to expand their offerings to include podcasting. My
suggestion is to look at making your user experience on the site more
conducive to feedback, community and conversation.
Feel free to contact me directly if you're interested in my one-on-one
help with this.
Matthew Wayne Selznick
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