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Hey! How’s your week been treating you so far? Here’s another issue, packed full of news and insight curated just for indie podcasters like you.

Forgive the aggressive subject line – this week’s piece is a little more sedate, but does allow me to get some things off my chest that have been sat there for a good while.

But we’ll get to that. First, let’s see what’s happening in the world of indie podcasting.

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5 recording tips for the at-home podcaster

Alison Osborne, blogging for Squadcast reveals her top tips for recording at hone… who outside of one of those NPRs doesn’t record at home!? Anyway, good stuff here on noise reduction IRL and in plugin form.

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What kind of audio will listeners pay to subscribe to?

Audio researcher Jeff Vidler has some thoughts on what listeners will pay for. He suggests “exclusive content, not an ad-free experience, is the best bet to bring in paid podcast subscriptions”. He’s an old-media guy so he’s still thinking about how many ads can be stitched into content, but he has a take on including commercial content in paid feeds. We’re going to bear more of this so I’d be keen to get your take. Should paid podcast audio carry ads?

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An experiment in helping users and web publishers create deeper connections on Chrome

Google look to be bringing RSS back to the web, by allowing users to subscribe to website updates in Chrome. It’s an experiment they’re rolling out into their development kit, and I’m excited to see how this rolls out, and which other browsers follow suit. Given that a surprising number of people listen to podcasts on their computers — surprising to me anyway — this feels like it could be a good move for us, but we’ll see what happens when it’s rolled out, and what media playback tools it ships with.

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How podcasters can get their interview guests to help promote the episode

Picture the scene: you’ve landed a great guest for an episode, you’ve recorded with them and everything’s gone great. Then you publish the episode, sure in the knowledge it’ll spread like wildfire through your host’s network. Maybe you get a retweet on your latest-episode post, and maybe there’s a tiny nipple-sized bump, but what more can you do? Jared Easley writing for Podcast Movement has some ideas, and a little tough love to boot.

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Google Podcasts revamp brings a slew of enhancements

Google is updating its podcast player, improving the UI and ultimately making it look and feel more like a player habitual podcast listeners can make use of. 9to5Google has the full breakdown.

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Top 5 podcast intro turn-offs

Growing up, I never really got traditional punk music. I liked pop punk from the 2000s with all its edges sanded off and the vocals, if not autotuned, then on point, but the real, raw stuff from the 70s, made by people who didn’t know how to play music, was never something I could see the point in.

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Mark Steadman

Podcast producer, consultant and coach. If found, please return to the nearest country pub.

New podcast reviews

Two new podcasts reviewed recently that might be worth a listen.

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Hell, California: An Anthology Crime Show

When six fiction writers come together during a pandemic, they create Hell, California — well, at least these six did. It’s not your usual fiction podcast, as they’re not interested in world-building or immersion, but want to focus on the words on the page, which are essentially solo-narrated screenplays.

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Antique Tea

Best friends Erica Maity and Jason Hays bring you Antique Tea, an engaging two-headed history show in which two friends “throw shade at history”. It’s well recorded and highly researched. Have you got a figure from history that deserves the Antique Tea treatment?

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Thanks for all your kind words of support over last week’s announcement. I’m settling into my new role as podcast producer, consultant and coach, and having a blast.

And to those who leant their financial support to me to help me keep going with The Iceberg while I’m in this transitional phase, a huge and hearty thank you. 🙏

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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