Posted by cjmartinbook
Just for those wanting to know how to put up a podcast, here are the simple steps and a sample XML file that I use.
1) Create an audio file or video.
2) Make an XML file (see below)
2.b) Make a 300×300 image that will show up on iTunes (like the one I have to the left here)
3) Upload said XML, image, and Audio or Video files to a folder on your website’s server
4) Submit the XML file’s location to iTunes here: https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/publishPodcast
5) I also recommend signing up with Google’s free Feedburner service http://feedburner.google.com — this allows you to track subscribers and see how many people are actually listening. iTunes doesn’t give you any data and seeing the number of people notified when a new podcast is uploaded is always encouraging.
Here is a watereddown version of my XML file: Feel free to base your XML file off of mine. Just change the info, of course!
<rss xmlns:itunes=”http://www.itunes.com/DTDs/Podcast-1.0.dtd” version=”2.0″>
<title>CJ Martin Books</title>
<description>Mr. Martin is an author of thrillers</description>
<copyright>Kotoba Books 2012</copyright>
<lastBuildDate>Sun, 12 May 2011 12:09:54 GMT</lastBuildDate>
<itunes:summary>Any story or novel written by CJ Martin that has been recorded will eventually find itself here in this podcast!</itunes:summary>
<itunes:keywords>thrillers,CJ Martin,ebooks,audio books,supernatural thrillers, japan, Japanese</itunes:keywords>
<title>Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter</title>
<description>Part I – In search of his daughter</description>
<pubDate>Wed, 12 May 2011 12:09:54 GMT</pubDate>
<enclosure url=”http://www.japanesereaders.com/downloads/podcasts/Tanaka1.mp3” length=”740″ type=”audio/mpeg”/>
<itunes:keywords>thriller, tanaka, Japanese, Japan</itunes:keywords>
This is how it would look with only one MP3. To add your second, Just copy from <item> to </item> and paste it just under the first one.
The only thing tricky is what “length” means. I thought it was the file size in bytes so I was inputting crazy numbers like 985434422. But “length” means the number of seconds, the duration…
It takes a little work to start, but creating and adding to a podcast is a great and free way to advertise your stories and gain readership–or listenership.