Setting up a new podcast is easy with Hipcast. Posting to the podcast is even easier, and we syndicate for you to several popular podcast directories, including the Hipcast Podcast Directory.
There are two steps for posting your audio or video on a podcast feed. The first step is to create a podcast feed to serve your audio or video to, and we show you how below.
To create a podcast feed, follow the steps below. The audio or video you post will exist in the feed, not on a web site or blog in the traditional manner.
Step 1: Select the “Podcast” tab in your account and “New Podcast.”
Step 2: Fill in the Name and Description
The name of your podcast is what you would like to call your podcast and what your users will be looking for in podcast directories and on iTunes.
Step 3: Choose your optional Album Art
If you have an art image you would like to use for your Album Art that will appear on your syndicated podcast, you can upload it to your feed in this step. Click on Choose your File and navigate to the saved file on your computer. The Album art may be from 170×170 to 1400×1400 pixels square, and should be a JPEG or GIF file only. All other file types will not work.
For this example, I chose a 100×100 pixel .jpg file, but you can choose one up to 1400×1400 pixels square. iTunes has recently changed their preferences for album art, you are not required to have the large 1400×1400 pixel album art. Podcasts which are to be featured in the iTunes Store are required to have the larger 1400×1400 pixel album art, it is still optional for all others.
If you choose not to upload an image, the default Hipcast icon will be displayed in place of one you upload.
Step 4: Misc Information
If you would like your podcast listeners to see the url for your website in the podcast information, list it here. Do not place your website url in the podcast redirect below, as that will disable the podcast feed.
You can also list copyright information for the your podcast, and list an email address for listeners to be able to contact you. Select the Max# of episodes to be shown on the podcast feed. The default setting is 25, any updates after the 25th episode will not be listed.
Step 5: Media RSS and Syndication
If you would like to syndicate your podcast, here is where you’ll make the selections to do that. Some services require that the Media RSS extensions be activated such as Brightcove, blip.tv, Blinkx, Bebo Open Media Platform, Cooliris, deviantArt, FriendFeed, Gmail, Kaltura, NewsTex, PicasaAPI, SmugMug, thePlatform, Wikipedia and Yahoo! Search. If you are syndicating your podcast selecting Yes here is recommended.
You can keep your podcast private and just publish it on your own webpage if you chose, but if you are looking for a wider audience, we can automatically syndicate your podcast. Chose “Yes, Syndicate my podcast!!” if you would like this option. We will then automatically submit the feed to the most current feeds being used by PingOMatic. To check and see where Pingomatic is syndicating, check their website, as they are constantly updating and keeping the list current. PingOMatic
Step 6: Podcast Redirection
If you wish to redirect your RSS feed through a service such as Feedburner to track your podcasting stats, place the redirect url here. Adding any other type of web redirect may disable your podcast feed, so use this with caution. For instance, if you wish to direct your listeners to your webpage after listening to your podcast, place your url in the field above in “Misc Information”, “Website URL”.
Click on “Save Changes Now”. Congratulations, you have set up your Podcast feed! If you need to make changes to any of the information click on the “Edit Podcast” tab.
You have completed the first step and created a podcast feed. Now you can post your audios and videos to the podcast feed and submit it to iTunes. Click on “New Post” to add media to the feed first. We’ll show you how in our next tutorial.