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How to Remove Background Noise in Audacity

Hey everyone! Ashley here with RSS.com Podcasting. In this tutorial, I’m walking you through how to remove background noise in Audacity.

We’ve all had it happen. You’re listening to an episode you’ve just recorded, and you can hear the air conditioning running through the entire thing.

In some cases, we don’t even realize it’s happening because we’re so into what we’re recording. Then, we go to listen to it and hear all that annoying noise in the background.

Fear not, my fellow podcaster! If you use Audacity, you may be able to eliminate that pesky background noise with a few simple clicks. Let’s jump right in!

First, open Audacity, and import your audio.

Next, select a few seconds where you’re not talking, and it’s just the noise you want to reduce from your audio track.

Then, head to the “Effect” tab, and choose “Noise Reduction.”

Now, click “Get noise profile.”

Next, you’ll select the entire audio track.

And then you’ll head back to the Effect tab, and click “noise reduction” again

At this point you can preview the changes, or click “OK” and apply the noise reduction to the entire audio file.

When you’re first getting started with removing background noise, we recommend leaving the default settings as is. Later, as you learn more about audio editing, you can adjust and manipulate these settings further. For now though, this brief tutorial should be enough to get you started. Thanks for tuning in.

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RSS.com Podcasting Coupon Codes

Our friends at RSS.com Podcasting announced in September 2021 that they have launched podcast hosting coupon codes!

This is great news for anyone who has been thinking about starting a podcast, and wants to try their service for free.

While the company already offers your first episode free, this gives new podcasters another opportunity to test out whether or not podcasting is right for them.

Where to Find RSS.com Podcast Hosting Coupon Codes

RSS.com has stated they plan to release podcast hosting coupon codes sporadically on their social media channels and their website. Here are the links to their relevant channels:

Who Can Use RSS.com Podcast Hosting Coupon Codes?

All coupon codes can be applied at checkout on educational plans as well as both the annual or month-to-month RSS Podcaster plans.

Get a free month of podcast hosting with RSS.com using code RSSFREEMONTH 

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Should You Pay for Podcast Hosting? – Free vs Paid

It can be hard to understand why people would ever pay for products and services they can get for free.

One such example is podcast hosting. Why would someone choose to pay, when there are free options out there?

Let’s explore free vs paid podcast hosting, and determine which is best.

To kick things off, you may be wondering, is it true that free podcast hosting is genuinely free?

It’s an understandable question because we admit, free podcast hosting sounds fantastic!

Getting a podcast RSS feed, digital storage, dependable bandwidth, analytics access, and streamlined authoring for free seems like an amazing deal.

However, it’s important to remember that platforms providing “free” services are businesses that rely on their customers to support their costs and income goals.

Limitations of Free Podcast Hosting

There are several reasons free podcast hosting is actually a bad idea. Here are just a few of them:

1. Limited episode length – Buzzsprout offers a free plan, but they limit you to two hours of audio a month.

2. Your content may be deleted – Buzzsprout deletes “free” episodes after they have been live for 90 days.

Another popular free podcast hosting platform is Anchor, and some users have reported their content can be taken offline without warning.

To make matters worse, we’ve seen users reporting in threads on Quora and Reddit that they have difficulty leaving Anchor because the redirect options aren’t that great.

3. Additional fees for sponsorships – Because Anchor has to cover their costs, where they get their money is through ventures such as advertising. If a podcast host allows advertising on their show and Anchor brokers the deal, they take 30% of the sponsorship! Compare that to RSS.com Podcasting who only takes 10% for sponsorships brokered through their advertising partner and that can add up quickly!

4. No direct access to your analytics – Anchor touts itself as streamlining distribution. But, the problem with this is they distribute your show to podcast directories like Apple iTunes and Google Podcasts. When they do this, their email address is listed as the show owner removing you from the direct access to your show’s analytics.

Why Pay for Podcast Hosting?

Below are some of the reasons why both professional and hobby podcasters pay for hosting with RSS.com Podcasting.

  • Less fees for sponsorships through their advertising partner, and no sneaky ad insertions that you have to opt out of
  • Free public website for your podcast with dedicated pages for each episode
  • Free RSS feed for automatic distribution to the major podcast directories
  • Unlimited episode length, downloads, and subscribers (you should not be charged more for growth!)
  • RSS won’t hold your episodes hostage if you decide to leave
  • World-class customer support
  • Maintenance and security of podcast files, and so much more!

Which is Better: Free vs Paid Podcast Hosting?

There are compelling reasons to use both paid and free podcast hosting. The one you select will likely be determined by your individual podcasting needs and goals.

Bottom line however, professionals prefer paid plans while hobbyists prefer free ones.

Though platforms like Anchor appear enticing, they have significant limits as we have demonstrated.

Podcasters can use premium hosts like RSS.com Podcasting to receive access to all the services they need to launch, grow, and monetize their show for a low cost. What will you choose?

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Recursos para Podcasters

¿Así que quieres empezar un podcast? ¡Geniall!

El podcast es una manera fabulosa de llevar tu mensaje a las masas y estamos aquí para ayudarte a hacerlo una experiencia impecable.

A continuación, compartimos algunos de los mejores recursos para que los podcasters te guíen en tu viaje de podcasts. Asegúrate de marcar esta publicación, ya que la actualizaremos regularmente con más tutoriales y enlaces.

Y si no ves lo que estás buscando, avísanos y obtendremos las respuestas que necesitas y las agregaremos a esta lista.

Por qué los podcasts son importantes

El podcast es importante porque tu mensaje importa. Quizá Learning Times lo describió mejor cuando llamaron al podcast una “forma de comunicación eficiente con el tiempo”.

Las personas están ocupadas y quieren tener sus noticias y su entretenimiento sobre la marcha. El podcast les da a los creadores de contenido una forma de entregar contenido valioso a su audiencia en una manera fácil de digerir.

Cosas que tener en mente cuando empezamos

En una publicación que discute 7 cosas que debes saber si estás considerando empezar un podcast, los puntos enlistados a continuación son mencionados con mayor detalle.

Por ahora, sin embargo, aquí está la información más pertinente:

1. Es importante decidir quién está en tu audiencia y decidir cuál será el contenido de tu podcast.

2. A continuación, determinarás de qué temas del episodio hablarás.

3. También necesitas determinar tu estilo de presentación y tu formato, es decir, ¿estás solo? ¿Con amigos? ¿Vas a entrevistar personas?

4. ¿Qué equipo necesitarás para tu podcast? (Necesitarás un micrófono, una computadora, auriculares y un sitio web)

5. Luego, tendrás que descargar algún software de grabación. No te preocupes, hay opciones gratuitas como GarageBand y Audacity.

6. Después de grabar, es hora de convertirlo en un podcast; para eso necesitarás un buen host de podcast y te recomendamos RSS.com Podcasting

7. Por último, deberás convertir todos tus episodios de podcast en transcripciones que se pueden reutilizar como publicaciones de blog y actualizaciones de redes sociales para promocionar tu programa.

Lee la publicación completa aquí: ¿Pensando en comenzar un podcast? Aquí hay 7 cosas que debes saber.

Recursos Importantes

¡Para concluir esta publicación, aquí hay algunos enlaces importantes con recursos para podcasters que te prometimos!

Todo sobre Feeds RSS

Enviar tu Podcast a Directorios

Deberías enviar el feed RSS de tu programa a tantos directorios de podcasts como sea posible para ampliar tu alcance y encontrar nuevos oyentes. Aquí hay algunas publicaciones que enseñan cómo hacerlo con algunos de los directorios más populares:

Conocimiento General sobre Podcasting

También recomendamos ampliamente revisar nuestra publicación gratuita de masterclass sobre cómo comenzar un podcast. Te guía a través de muchas preguntas y procesos de lanzar tu propio programa.

¿Te pareció útil? Si sí, por favor compártelo con tus amigos y con personas que conozcas que estén pensando en comenzar un podcast.

Por cierto, si estás lanzando un show y no tienes un host de podcast aún, nuestros amigos en RSS.com Podcasting están ofreciendo a todos la oportunidad de lanzarse GRATIS.

Obtén tu primer episodio con ellos sin contrato y sin tarjeta de crédito requerida! ¡Y si eres un estudiante con una cuenta de correo electrónico que termina en .edu, puedes calificar para el 50% de sus planes anuales de suscripción!

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Risorse per i podcaster

Quindi vuoi iniziare un podcast? Fantastico!

Il podcasting è un modo favoloso per far arrivare il tuo messaggio alle masse, e noi siamo qui per aiutarti a renderlo un’esperienza fluida.

Qui sotto condivideremo alcune delle migliori risorse per i podcaster per guidarti nel tuo viaggio nel podcast. Assicurati di mettere questo post tra i preferiti perché lo aggiorneremo regolarmente con ancora più tutorial e link.

E, se non vedi quello che stai cercando, facci sapere, e troveremo le risposte di cui hai bisogno e le aggiungeremo a questa lista!

Perché è importante il podcasting

Il podcasting è importante perché il tuo messaggio è importante. Forse Learning Times lo ha descritto meglio quando ha definito il podcasting una “forma di comunicazione efficiente in termini di tempo”.

Le persone sono occupate, e vogliono avere il loro intrattenimento e le notizie in movimento. Il podcasting dà ai creatori di contenuti un modo per fornire contenuti di valore al loro pubblico in un modo facile da digerire.

Cose da tenere a mente quando si inizia

In un post che tratta 7 cose da sapere se stai pensando di iniziare un podcast, i punti elencati di seguito sono affrontati in modo più dettagliato.

Per ora però, ecco le informazioni più pertinenti:

1. È importante capire chi è il tuo pubblico e decidere di cosa farai il podcast

2. Poi, si determina quali argomenti dell’episodio si parlerà

3. Hai anche bisogno di determinare il tuo stile di hosting e il tuo formato – cioè stai facendo un podcasting da solo? Con gli amici? Intervisterai delle persone?

4. Di quale attrezzatura avrai bisogno per fare il podcast? (Avrai bisogno di un microfono, un computer, delle cuffie e un sito web)

5. Poi, avrai bisogno di scaricare un software di registrazione – non preoccuparti, ci sono opzioni gratuite come GarageBand e Audacity

6. Dopo aver registrato, è il momento di trasformarlo in un podcast – per questo avrai bisogno di un buon podcast host e noi raccomandiamo RSS.com Podcasting

7. Infine, dovresti trasformare tutti i tuoi episodi del podcast in trascrizioni che possono essere riproposte come post per il blog e aggiornamenti dei social media per promuovere il tuo show. Leggi l’intero post qui: Stai pensando di iniziare un podcast? Ecco 7 cose da sapere.

Risorse importanti

Per chiudere questo post, ecco i link alle importanti risorse per i podcaster che ti avevamo promesso!

Tutto sui feed RSS

Presentare il tuo podcast alle directory

Dovresti inviare il feed RSS del tuo show al maggior numero possibile di directory di podcast per espandere la tua portata e trovare nuovi ascoltatori. Qui ci sono alcuni post che insegnano come fare questo con alcune delle directory più popolari:

Conoscenze generali sul podcasting

Ti consigliamo anche di controllare il nostro post gratuito sulla masterclass su come iniziare un podcast. Ti guida attraverso molte delle domande e dei processi per lanciare il tuo show.

Hai trovato questo post utile? Se sì, per favore condividilo con i tuoi amici e le persone che sai che stanno pensando di iniziare un podcast.

A proposito – se stai lanciando uno show, e non hai ancora un host di podcast, i nostri amici di RSS.com Podcasting stanno offrendo a tutti l’opportunità di farlo GRATIS.

Ricevi il tuo primo episodio direttamente da loro, senza contratto o carta di credito! E, se sei uno studente con un account email .edu, puoi ottenere il 50% di sconto sui loro piani di abbonamento annuale!

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How to Make a Podcast

Free Podcasting Masterclass with Printables

If you have been considering starting a podcast, but haven’t yet taken the leap, what’s holding you back? For many people who desire launching a show of their own, there are several questions they want answered before they dive in.

That’s where this free podcasting masterclass comes in! The team over at RSS.com Podcasting have created a webinar that walks you through everything you need to know from narrowing your niche to the budget required for launching your own show, and even how to name your podcast.

How to Use This Masterclass

You can watch the class for free on YouTube. And, if you would like to follow along and take notes you can use this free printable that features the slidedeck and lines for every slide to joy down any thoughts you have or epiphanies that come up during the presentation.

If you would prefer to only see the slides, you can download the slidedeck here. Or if you would like to also see the speaker notes along with the slidedeck, you can download those here.

To get the most out of the Masterclass, turn off any distractions, and just give yourself the 45 minutes to digest everything you are about to learn. Then, we recommend giving yourself an additional 15 to 20 minutes after the presentation to brainstorm and consider the possibilities.

After the presentation is over, if you would like to try your hand at podcasting, you can get your first episode completely free from our friends at RSS.com Podcasting. You don’t even have to enter your credit card information. Sign up for your free account today!

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How to Submit a Podcast to Pandora

Hey everyone! This is Ashley with RSS podcasting. In this episode, I’m walking you through how to submit a podcast on Pandora. They may be widely known for music, but Pandora has recently become another popular way for listeners to tune into their favorite podcasters. Here’s how to get your show on the platform.

First, head to AmpPlaybook.com/podcasts. You will need a Pandora account to submit your show. If you don’t have an account, register first, and then come back to the Amp Playbook landing page.

Once you’ve logged in, you should see a message that says “Welcome to Amp!” On this page you can submit your podcast. Choose your submission type as “Podcasts,” and then click “Start Submission” 

On the podcast RSS Feed page, you’ll copy and paste your feed from your hosting account into the URL form. Then, click “Next.”

On the podcast details page, you’ll share whether your show’s playback order is episodic or serial; if the show is timely or evergreen; if your show is branded, the average downloads per episode and total number of downloads. You can get this information from your analytics page on your RSS.com podcast hosting account.

Pandora will also ask if you would like to be contacted about selling ads in your podcast. Finally, you’ll share your podcast’s social media feeds, and then click “Next.”

In the podcast owner details section you’ll share your email address, and phone number so that Pandora can reach you if they need to. After filling out this information click “Submit.”

Next, you’ll read through the terms and conditions, and scroll to the bottom of the page to digitally sign your agreement, and click “Submit.”

Provided there were no errors in filling out the form, you should see a pop-up that reads “Congratulations! Your podcast has been submitted to Pandora. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for the team to review your submission.” 

Click “Ok,” and you will be taken to your podcast dashboard, where your status should now read “In Review.”

You’ll receive an email from Pandora after the team has reviewed your submission letting you know whether or not it has been accepted to go live on their page. If your show has met the review requirements, and you filled out the submission form correctly, hopefully your podcast will be accepted and visible on their website.

Our show took around three weeks to be accepted, and is now live on the Pandora website. And there you have it! Your show is on another podcast directory so you can keep spreading the word about your amazing show!

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How To Submit A Podcast To Deezer

👋🏾 Hey everyone! This is Ashley with RSS podcasting.

Hey everyone! This is Ashley with RSS podcasting. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we consistently say that submitting your show to podcast directories is the easiest way to promote your show for free.

Today is no different. In this episode, I’m walking you through how to submit your podcast to Deezer.

Not sure what Deezer is? It’s a French online audio streaming service founded in 2007 that is accessible in nearly 200 countries. They have more than 16 million users across their free, premium, and family plans.

Here’s how to load your podcast to it.

Head to podcasters.deezer.com. Then, hit the “Publish My Podcast” button.

Enter your podcast RSS Feed and click “NEXT.” At this point, you’ll receive an email from Deezer to confirm you are the owner of the podcast.

Copy and paste the code from the validation email to the Deezer website and again click “NEXT.” 

Now, you’ll add your podcast details including your provider name, podcast title, the genre that best represents your show, and your country. 

Then, you’ll share whether or not your show’s content is explicit, and accept the Deezer terms and conditions. Finally, you’ll click the “SUBMIT” button. 

The next screen should say “Congratulations, your podcast is on its way to Deezer!” And you should also have a link to the address that your podcast will be available on once it’s accepted. Save this link to keep checking on the status of your show.

You won’t receive an email, but as soon as your show is live, you can share the link with your fans and followers. 

Congratulations! You now have one more way for your perfect audience to find your podcast! Thanks for tuning in.

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How To Submit A Podcast To iHeartRadio

Hey everyone! This is Ashley with RSS podcasting. Today I’m walking you through how to submit your podcast to iHeartRadio.

The iHeartRadio app is available on more than 250 platforms, and is also accessible on more than 2,000 connected devices including smart speakers, wearables, smartphones, and more.

Like I’ve mentioned many times before, the more places you load your show to, the more opportunities you will have for new audiences to find you and subscribe. Here’s how to do it

To get started, head to podcasters.iheart.com. Once there, click the “Submit Your Podcast” button. From here, you’ll need to either login or create an account. Once you  successfully create an account , click the “Add Your Podcast” button.

Next, enter your podcast RSS Feed, confirm you are not a robot, and click the “Verify Podcast RSS” button. Then, accept the terms and conditions, and confirm that you’re the owner of the podcast before ultimately clicking the “Submit Podcast” button.

After you submit your podcast, you should receive a notice of “Podcast Submission Success!”  The notice will also say, “Show was successfully created and scheduled for ingestion. If the show has not gone live after 24 hours, Contact iHeartRadio.”

You can track the progress of your show’s acceptance to the platform by clicking the “Access Dashboard” button. Until it’s live or rejected, the status should read processing.

Once your show is accepted, it will officially be available via the iHeartRadio app and on their website. And that’s all there is to it. Your show is now on one more platform for new listeners to find you. Thanks for tuning in.

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How to Submit a Podcast to TuneIn and Get Listed on Alexa

👋🏾 Hey everyone! Ashley here with RSS podcasting. Today I’m sharing how to get listed on Alexa and Amazon devices by submitting your podcast to TuneIn.

Ya know, one of the greatest things about podcasting is there are so many places you can promote your show for free. By adding your show to podcast directories like TuneIn it instantly becomes available to millions of new listeners.

Here’s how to do it. First, head over to TuneIn and sign up for an account. Once logged in, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and under the subheading “Communities” click “Podcasters.”

From there, click “Publish Podcast” Next, you’ll fill out the form with your podcast details. Then, accept the terms and conditions, and click the “SEND EMAIL” button.

At this point you should receive a notification that says “Thanks for contacting TuneIn!” If you’re approved you’ll receive an email from TuneIn about your show’s submission which can take as little as a few days or up to two weeks. We received our notice of approval approximately three days after submitting our request. It said our show would be live within 24 hours, and sure enough, it was!

Now when someone opens the TuneIn app on Alexa, they should be able to find “The RSS Podcasting Tutorials Show” on their favorite Amazon device. We tested it out, and found our podcast when we said, “Alexa, find RSS Podcasting Tutorials Show on TuneIn.” While it was a very specific inquiry, we must admit it was pretty cool seeing our show come up on our screen when we said the request into our FireStick!

If you follow these steps, hopefully your show will be accepted too. Thanks for tuning in!

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