Launch of Podcastage.com

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It has been years in the works, but finally I have launched www.podcastage.com

There are multiple reasons why I launched this website.

  1. I constantly yell at people on my podcast that it’s essential that you own a hub for your content. That way if you are ever banned from a service, or if a service ever goes away, there is still a place that people can find you. I already had BandrewScott.com, and GeeksRising.com, but that wasn’t for posting my review content. Podcastage.com, is my hub where I can post all my audio related stuff.

  2. One of the biggest problems I have with my YouTube channel is that if I make a mistake in a video, there’s no way to easily update it. I would have to delete the video with the minor error, and reupload a new video which erases all the views/engagement, and may be treated differently by the YouTube Algorithm, or I’d have to include an update in the description (which few people look at) or as a pinned comment. None of these options are really ideal. Now there’s a website that people will easily be able to find, and I’ll be able to include updates on the site for the reviews, include updated audio samples, etc.

  3. As my audience on YouTube has grown, I’ve felt more of an obligation not to include small and extremely focussed devices. This is because I don’t want to flood my subscribers feed with stuff they’re likely not interested in because I think that’s somewhat disrespectful. I’m not saying don’t ever put out a video that is not EXACTLY what your audience wants. I’m simply saying that releasing 15 videos per year about small adapters that only 10 people are looking for would be a bit excessive. Therefore, the website is a perfect solution to that. I am able to write up short reviews for these smaller / specialized devices and provide that information, without flooding people’s subscription feed.

  4. Lastly is the most “businessy” reason. Search Engine Optimization (kind of). I would sometimes search for topics related to audio to see how my videos / reviews compared to others in terms of conclusions. When doing this, I saw a LOT of websites ranking at the top that had really bad information. My videos sometimes did rank near the top, but for the folks who don’t want a video, they were sometimes getting very bad recommendations and information. I am hoping by launching the website, I can combat this, and stop people from getting recommended the Blue Yeti for 4 person podcasts.

There are even more reasons why, but I won’t bore you with those. The journey to launching this was not easy, mainly because of money. I tried to buy podcastage.com when the previous owner’s registration lapsed, but before it was publicly available, it was sucked up by a domain-squatting-service, and they were asking a LOT of money. About every 10 months I would send them an e-mail with an offer that was 1/4 of the price, and they would never accept. Finally, after a friend of mine had a bad run-in with someone stealing their brand name’s domain and not willing to negotiate the transfer, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the domain.

Secondly, there was no automated way that I could find to import all my videos, back date them, add the correct category, see if I had posted a write up in the past to copy that write up over, and update the affiliate links, so I had to manually import over 300 videos and back date them back to 2015.

This is a long post, but I wanted to share the backstory of launching the website and why I did it, to potentially motivate you to get your own hub that YOU own online.

Sunshine Summit 2019 Live Stream

I am so excited to let you all know that I am going to be a guest on the next Sunshine Summit 2019 on Thursday, August 15th @ 10pm EDT (Friday, August 16th @ 2pm NZT), with fellow members of the Geeks Rising podcast network.

On this livestream it will be Myself, Logan Naugle from Conversations with Creators & On The Subject, and Zachary Jackson & Malcolm Russel Nelson from the On The Subject Podcast.

It is inevitably going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to chat with everyone, and celebrate connections with Heather Welch of the Sunshine & Powercuts Podcast!

If you would like to check out the Geeks Rising stream, or any of the other great Sunshine Summit Livestreams, make sure to check the calendar and stop by www.sunshinesummit.live

On Broadcasting Live Stream with Ross Brand

I am thrilled to let y’all know that I am going to be joining Ross Brand on his live stream show On Broadcasting, this Thursday, July 18th, 2019 @ 7pm ET / 4pm PT. We will be discussing my article “Best Podcast Microphones” as well as other gear recommendations, and I’m sure we will get into all sorts of YouTube discussions as well.

If you’re interested in stopping by the live stream and chatting or asking your questions, you can do so by going to www.RossBrand.live. This livestream will become a standalone podcast episode, and once that’s live, I will embed a link/player of that episode. Hope to see y’all there!

Conversations with Creators

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I hope you’re not sick of me yet because there is another guest spot episode, with many more to come.

I was just a guest on Conversations with Creators, a show that is on the Geeks Rising Podcast network. If you don’t know about this, Geeks Rising is a podcast network I started back in 2014/2015, and within a few months brought Logan on to write on the site.

On this episode, Logan and I why I started creating youtube videos, why I started podcasting, and how I almost quit doing Podcastage. I also share a message that I don’t think is shared enough between content creators, that you DO NOT have to post your entire life on social media to be successful, and you will likely lead a safer life if you don’t. There’s also a nice guest spot from your favorite Cricket, Jimminy.

Thanks again to Logan for having me on the episode, I had so much fun in this chat. Hope you enjoy the guest spot and make sure to check out other episodes from Logan on Conversations with Creators.

PodLords with Jim Harold

I was recently interviewed by THE Jim Harold on his show PodLords. I am beyond honored to be included amongst such amazing guests such as Elsie Escobar, Todd Cochrane, Dave Jackson, Ray Ortega, and many more. If you’re unaware of who Jim Harold is, he is an OG podcaster who started in 2005 with The Paranormal Podcast, and has expanded to include more than 5 shows, not including the premium show she puts out. He is an absolute legend and staple in the podcast industry.

On this episode, we discussed what got me into podcasting, what my microphone recommendations are in three separate pricing levels (low, medium, high), and we also discuss why I am not personally a fan of the hugely popular podcast microphone, the Heil PR40.

Thank you so much Jim for having me on the show, I had an absolute blast, and think you’re doing amazing work. If you would like to check out some of Jim’s other podcasts (including my favorite the Paranormal Podcast) check out https://jimharold.com/

100,000 Subscribers!

On May 12th, 2015 I uploaded my first review to the Podcastage youtube channel, and it was a review of a bag. It may seem crazy to think that an “Audio Review” channel started with a review of a bag, but I was just reviewing what I had around my house because I couldn’t afford to buy a bunch of stuff.

At that time, I never thought I would get any traction on YouTube because after all, I am just some random guy filming himself in his spare bedroom talking about stuff that he thinks is cool. But thanks to the amazing support of people on youtube, we hit 100,000 subscribers on April 9th, 2019. I was only able to do this because of everyone’s support and criticism, and I am beyond grateful for that. If you watch my early mic reviews, they are trash, and the only reason they have gotten better is because of the constant critiques and suggestions I received in the comments. That’s why I say that WE hit 100,00 subscribers, because this is not something that I did alone, it’s something that we did (and I know this sounds like some kind of cheesy line from Mighty Ducks 7 or something, but it’s true).

In the video above, I forgot to mention this, and I think it’s important to say. I am INSANELY grateful for YouTube existing. Not only does it provide a platform to upload video content for free (which used to be prohibitively expensive, and it’s why I signed up for my first youtube account in October 2005), but also because they have an algorithm and great search engine that helps surface content. This is not me making excuses for google or youtube because they make plenty of mistakes, and I’ll continue to criticize them for this, but I do think that they deserve a huge amount of credit for doing all they do for creators.

Thank you all again for the support, you’re amazing and I appreciate each and everyone of you. Here’s to 40 more years of me screaming at you all on the internet.

Geeks Rising Podcast Livestream

Geeks Rising is launching it’s very own “flagship” podcast which is titled…Geeks Rising! What a surprise! In this show, myself and other members of the Geeks Rising podcast network will get together and discuss what we’ve been working on, and what we’ve learned in regards to content creation. I don’t view this as another interview show, but rather as us broadcasting our chat to allow you to learn from our mistakes and successes.

The first livestream is going to be on 4/27/19 at 5:00PM PST / 8:00PM EST, and you can join the live stream at www.geeksrising.live

I am extremely excited about this new podcast, and I hope you can make it to the livestream. If you’re not able to, the show will be available in all Podcatchers.

Podcaster's Roundtable

I was recently on the Podcasters’ Roundtable with Ray Ortega and Dave Jackson to discuss creator Burnout.

In this episode we discussed what creator burn out is, what leads to feeling burned out, what happens when you are burned out and how to avoid burning out.

I had a great time chatting with both Ray & Dave, and I think the discussion could be very helpful if you’re a podcaster or youtube creator. I was also honored to hear that Dave Jackson used clips from the roundtable on an episode of The School of Podcasting.