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Podcasting Hacks by Jack D. Herrington

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Blog Your Podcast

Blog your podcast with a hosted blogging service, or with software on your ISP.

By far, the most popular method for podcasting is through a blogging service or through blog software installed on your hosting provider. This hack walks you through all the different options that are available to you.

Podcast with Blogger

Blogger is a free blog service, and that’s a wonderful thing. It means you can get into podcasting with no financial commitment. The first thing to do is to set up your Blogger blog. Surf over to Blogger (http://blogger.com/) and follow the three-step process to set up your account.

After setting up your account, go to the Settings tab and the Site Feed section and select Yes in the box next to Publish Site Feed. That will set up your Atom feed.

Next, go to the Formatting section of the Preferences tab and select Yes in the box next to Show Link Field. Now you will have a place to put the URL of your MP3 podcast file.

Create a new blog entry that has a link to your podcast MP3 file, and publish it. You can’t host your MP3 files on Blogger, so you will have to find another place to put them that is accessible to the Internet [Hack #39] .

To save your sanity, check the blog home page to make sure the entry was posted. Then check the atom.xml file located at http://yourblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml just to make sure it’s reasonable and seems to have the right entries in it.

FeedBurner.

The atom.xml file is a good start, but to be a valid podcast feed it has to ...

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