Re: [podcasters] Odeo options plus
- Will Brown wrote:
> On 9/30/06, Chris Moody <katserf@...
> <mailto:katserf%40chrismoody.net>> wrote:
> > If you have already started and have everything set up, can you use Odeo
> > as you do Podcast Pickle, iTunes, etc?
> In the beginning Odeo just pulled everyone's feeds in like most new
> directories. Then the owner of the podcast would just have to "Claim"
> their feed and customize their tags. I'm not sure if they go out and
> do that anymore.
> If you are not listed then just sign up and add your feed. Also, there
> is a "Add a Feed" link in the bottom-right corner of every page.
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- Unfortunately the ODEO "claim your feed" process can be problematical
but really you don't have to claim it unless you want to dress up
your podcast page and add show notes and tags.
The other related option is this(and I hope I don't confuse too many
people as ODEO is a very hard site to navigate around):
I upload my individual audio files to ODEO and generally I allocate
them to the one all-in feed which is separate from my other channels
whose feeds are generated on Blogger and later processed through
These other channels are already listed on the ODEO directory and if I
allocate the audio to each of them I double up the listing so that TWO
episodes are shown on the ODEO podcast directory for that channel.
(Although ODEO feed aggregation that grabs your podcast off site is
very slow in updating your entry on the ODEO directory.)
The associated advantage for doing it this way is that I can create
individual flash players for each episode which I embed as part of the
Show Notes on my podcast pages(on Blogger) separate from ODEO.
By allocating this audio to the one feed/page on ODEO I also create a
playlist on the snazzy Odeo aggregator player which I have embedded
on each of my podcast sites as well ,so I get cross promotion and
access. So if you go to one of my podcast sites -- you get
(1) the Mp3 download url for each episode
(2) each episode immediately accessible through its own flash player
(I upload my show notes with both attributes)
(3) and, in the margin, a flash player that aggregates the latest
episodes across the network of channels.This holds, in my customized
version of it, eight of the most recent episodes in an easy click
On top of that, on my blog, I may now and then create throw away audio
commentaries --or "communiques"(to grab BicycleMark's great term for
them) -- which I may create on impulse and don't place in any podcast
or feed at all. It's sort of simple audio blogging. These I offer as
an embedded flash player.
What I'm now thinking of doing is finding a way to actively promote
ODEOs flash players -- "Get the Flash player for your site" -- to
people who may like to embed the audio/episode on their own blog or
website. This is exactly how YouTube shares videos. Really it's a
simple copy and paste exercise but you may need some knowledge of HTML.
The irony is that people have actively embraced YouTube sharing this
way but the prospect of sharing podcast episodes like this seems to
have been overlooked.
Then -- as part of my 'strategy' -- I'm trying to encourage my
listeners to record their own audio on ODEO so that I can later grab,
edit and podcast it. ODEO offers the "Send Me An ODEO" option wherein
any one can record a message for you and it's integrated into your
ODEO's account's inbox -- sort of like an email. But this feature,
I've found, is very unstable,so that I now refer people to the ODEO
You/they can record for an hour on it.
While sign up is involved it is much more dependable than the "Send Me
An ODEO" interface is.
So generally there are a lot of bells and whistles on ODEO that can be
harnessed to supplement your current protocols and outreach -- EVEN IF
YOUR PODCAST IS OFFSITE. Last weekend, ODEO added episode titles to
their larger single episode/Mp3 file flash players which makes them
that little bit more identifiable.
I've also noted here before about ways to use RawSugar(better than
del.icio.us in this regard) to tag and create supplementary feeds to
package old or specific category content. You can do the same on ODEO
too although it's a little bit more laborious.
Assuming your feed and your Mp3 files are off site(but really even if
they were housed on ODEO you can still do this) and you wanted to
package together some chosen episodes under a new label: You create an
account at ODEO then create a new podcast (and thats' easy to set up
-- it's a one click thing) -- and YOU LINK to that feed those episodes
of your podcast you want to format or highlight under the new banner.
For instance you could separate out the 2005 podcasts from the 2006 ones.
You can take that feed anywhere you want . You can offer it as another
subscription option on your site. You can process it separately
through Feedburner (or another aggregator) so that you get a HTML menu
of targeted past episodes for your sidebar. You can enter the new feed
RSS into one of the Blogger in beta widgets and straight away have a
supplementary list of marked off shows (eg: best of)if your podcast is
on Blogger (in beta)....
Easy to do -- but maybe tagging with RawSugar is easier....
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