How to Arrange Cash as a Couple

hey this is Jeff Burroughs looking to today I have a special guest my wife has agreed to join me to this video occasionally we get reader questions some are about blogging some about Pinterest in our home more to her than me but occasionally we’ll get a question in regards how to manage money so we thought or I thought it would be great to have my wife come on to kind of share some of her thoughts and opinions about some of the money issues and how we’ve handled them over the years but first let’s check out this reader question we have a question from Jennifer and Jennifer asks I’m wondering if you’d consider posting about how you manage your money with kids expenses are often high and making college retirement savings can often be difficult given your experience and knowledge I’d love to hear your tips and tricks great question Jennifer thanks for reading our blogs and things for asking us this question when I first started thinking how to answer this question I started going back to how we talked about money when we first got married before we’ve even had kids because I think that’s so important that a lot of newlyweds don’t do they don’t have the money talk they don’t understand what’s important to each other regarding money and I know what we me and my wife it was first trying to figure out one was our emergency fund and most importantly what was that number that she had to have what I had to have in our checking or savings account to make us feel comfortable yeah I think we both had very very different opinions on money and how to manage money when we first got married and so it was very difficult but as far as our emergency savings meant for me I needed a higher number I’m a planner and I like to think you know long term and just be prepared for things and for him he’s a spender and he just thinks in the moment and so we’re very different in that we had to kind of come together and kind of come to a compromise I think it’s really important that you do that because if not you can spiral out of control and so can your bank account really so for me the number when we first started getting me I think it was like I wanted our savings account to be at 4,000 which seems like nothing now it’s much higher now I mean it’s changed over the years but just starting out I was like if that number is not at least 4,000 I just did not feel comfortable yeah and actually and just to keep in mind perspective that number when we first got married I think we’re like 500 bucks seriously had like five hundred dollars in our savings and the way that we’re able to accumulate the four thousand that she felt comfortable was when I was deployed to Iraq you know so when I was deployed you know that was our main goal and you know funny enough that’s with a lot of the conversations we had when I was deployed was these money goals you know was to get this much in savings I say you know to fund our Roth IRAs and sounds kind of cheesy but it would gave us something to work towards but it was constantly having those money conversations as far as saving for retirement our savings for college for your children I think the most important thing for us is that we have it come directly out of our bank account before we even see it that is the easiest way for me because sometimes when the money goes in there I’m like oh and have all this money and then I have to write all these checks and I’m like oh I really don’t have a list of money so it’s different way easier if we just you know pay it first and it comes directly out of our account and we don’t have to think about it and then we’re left with you know whatever is left is what we have to spend and a question that maybe you didn’t ask maybe you’re getting at was you know how much do you save for college versus saving for retirement I know this is a common question that people have and what I always tell my clients is you got to take care of yourself first I know we love our kids and I love our kids to death but I’m under the belief that we need to take care of ourselves first because we don’t have enough say for retirement then we got rely on somebody else which most likely will be our children so if we’re trying to protect them from taking out student loan debt the reality is they’re gonna have parent debt because they’re gonna take care of us because we didn’t take care of ourselves when we should have so I always encourage my clients to save a little bit towards their kids college education but the main priority is safe for retirement I know when I used to work in health care I was the retirement manager and I would see people all the time who would and they would be 5055 and they’re like oh I’m ready to start saving for retirement and it’s a little bit late at that point so I think that was one of the motivating factors for me not only that he’s a financial adviser but that I was in that position early we both kind of had the same view on saving for retirement it was like okay we need to do it early and we need to do it now because I saw too many people come in that we’re just gonna have to either work til they die or they were gonna have to work till the age of 80 and I knew that our goals we’re gonna be you know we want to retire young and do fun things and travel and so I mean that was something that was important I think to both of us from the beginning yeah and don’t get us wrong like we like to have fun we like to take vacations we like to buy things I think it’s just having that fair balance you like to buy I wish she likes to buy things – trust me trust me go to her blog and see some of her fashion updates so anyway there is that fair balance of having fun you know living in the moment but also saving some towards a future goal which most common is retirement you know in doing so as she mentioned earlier it just automatically having come out it’s so easy you don’t think about it so that way you are saving towards that primary goal and you still have enough to spend have some fun travel do those things that you want to do well I hope you like this special edition of if you have any other reader questions regarding managing money especially with your spouse please feel free to hit us up if you have any fashion questions don’t ask me ask her if you have any pinterest questions you need to go to house of rose blog com not good financial sense but thanks to my wife for joining us and we’ll see you soon take care bye you three one I just send me sorry I was I went like a I was fixing my hair you’re not even talking how can you screw up are you sure you’re not blonde hold on he’s one 5-hour energy this is Mandy and the reason she’s bringing me on here is because I’m not bringing anything on cuz I’m bringing it cuz it’s brighton brighton like a bratwurst it’s over there there’s one there’s one right there I have a special guest joining me today banjo gay fetish bender the bathroom she’s very special things like hey ready I mean the 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Podcasting Tutorial – Video 6: Submitting Your Feed to iTunes and Totally different Directories

hey what’s up it’s Pat again and welcome to the sixth and final video of this podcasting tutorial and seriously if you’ve made it this far just a huge congratulations to you I mean you’ve done so much great work already and you just have one final video left and this videos gonna be so much easier than some of the other videos I mean we’ve covered a ton of material already from your equipment and software to recording your show exporting it as an mp3 file tagging it hosting it on a media server setting up your feed properly and publishing your first podcast episode and in this video we’re finally going to submit that podcast feed to all the important directories out there so people will listen to your show and you know just great work so far this is the final video but really it’s the start of your podcasting journey so come on let’s get started so here we are back in the dashboard of WordPress and we’re here to get our podcast feed once again that we’re going to submit to the podcasting directories we’ll just find it copy it and then we’re all set but before I get into that you know if you’ve watched the last video we’ve just published our first podcast episode it’s live on the site and you can choose to now after publishing your first episode submit your podcast feed to these directories like I’m about to show you but you may want to think about waiting until you have two or three episodes live on your site before you submit your show and the reason for that is because if you were to submit just one podcast episode live on your site you know one podcast in your feed the directories are only going to show one episode since that’s all you have and that’s okay but when you publish your second the second will show up in the third and so on and so forth but if you were to just start with one which is actually what I did I actually had a lot of people saying well Pat where’s the next episode you know I want more and then I actually wasn’t ready for that you know also because it was an introductory show it just basically explained what the show was going to be about how it was going to be formatted and things like that I actually didn’t have that much useful relevant content to download so I actually got a few negative reviews from impatient listeners who wanted more than just the introductory episode again it’s up to you but you may want to think about having two or three episodes live on your site before submitting your podcast feed to give new listeners more than one episode to listen to either way this is how you’re going to submit your podcast to these directories and we’re going to start with iTunes so first like I said we have to pull our feed and copy it and to do that we can go back into here go to the power press plug-in you can go to feeds and here you’re going to see that podcast URL here which we validated in the last video so I’m just going to right click copy link address and good we’re all set we’re going to submit what we just copied to all the directories out there first starting with iTunes so the first thing to do is actually go into iTunes you know open up iTunes in your computer you’re actually going to need an account if you don’t have one already you’re going to sign one up you don’t need to pay for anything although you may need to submit your credit card information and things like that most of you probably already have an account with iTunes and so to submit your podcast actually go into the podcast section you can just actually click on podcasts and then over here on the right hand side underneath the podcasts menu you’ll see the categories and you can download the app and things like that on the bottom here it says submit a podcast that’s what you want to click on so submit a podcast and then here just asks for our feed URL and conveniently we just copied that so I’m going to paste that there and click continue and now it’s asking me for my ID which you know like I said you have to have click continue and now it should come up with a page that will show me a summary of the information that’s in my feet already and as you can see it has the artwork the name the author the short description the long description the category subcategory English the the explicit is it yes or no it is clean and so it has all the information we need already because we set that up in the last video with the powerpress plugin at this point all you have to do is click Submit if all this information is correct if it’s not correct you have to go back into power press update all this information change it to whatever you want it to be and then click Submit and yeah in the future at you know if I were to submit this now and it got approved and then I want to change something all I’d have to do is change these settings again in power press and iTunes will update baby it pretty much updates every you know 12 to 24 hours and changes will be made within the day or so but at this point all you have to do is click Submit and I’m not going to do this because this is a hypothetical you know example podcast but that’s how you do it and so pretty easy okay next we’re actually going to go to stitcher so to submit your podcast to stitcher which is an application on mobile phones that has a user base of millions of people who listen to podcasts you can actually go to stitcher comm slash content providers no-spaces dot php’ so as you can see there I’ll zoom in on the video for you so you can look at that stitcher comm slash content providers dot php’ and that didn’t work well actually I may have copied this wrong make sure the pianned providers is uppercase and if that works that’s kind of crazy but anyways yeah okay so stitcher comm slash content providers PHP the P in the word providers is capitalized I don’t know why forces us to do that but that’s okay you can see here this is where you can actually submit your podcast so you want to give them your contact information first name last name address and all that stuff your website address you know everything with an asterisk is what’s required and down here you know there’s actually multiple spaces if you have multiple shows but I’m going to close these right now so it’s easier to see show name you can just include that which is a show name that you know that you have already this is where we would paste our RSS feed right there show format podcast genre you can pick the genre their language jet a current number of listeners it could be you know just be honest about what it is you can put your Twitter handle your Facebook page and any keywords you can just copy those keywords again from your powerpress plugin if you want to do that you can include this other information as well because what you can do is you could actually partner with stitcher and earn a little bit of revenue by sharing that app with other people and just click you know we fill in this capture form and agree to the terms and conditions and click continue and then from there you’re ready to go again it takes a little bit of while two four stitcher to approve that applica your podcast but you know if you if you look up smart passive income in stitcher on your mobile phone or iPad or whatever you’ll see it there and it takes a little bit of while but that’s how you do it so again stitcher comm slash content providers up PHP with the pianned providers as the capital letter okay next we’re going to go to the BlackBerry directory and that’s easy it’s BlackBerry dot-com slash podcasts and I think depending on where your location is it’ll redirect for your specific language so as you can see here it says us blackberry comm and a whole bunch of other stuff all you have to do is scroll down to where it says add your podcasts today just click on that then it’s going to ask you to login and at this point if you don’t have a BlackBerry account already you’re going to have to create an account and then most of you probably don’t have one so just click on sign up here underneath the login fields this Terms & Conditions yes I accept does anyone ever read this stuff I don’t know I guess you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom and then click I accept continue then it’s going to ask you for sim for some information here ok so I have all this stuff filled up and I’m going to click sign up okay at this point it’s going to ask you for once again your feed for your podcast so I’m just going to paste that there click continue and then you’ll see something similar to what we saw in iTunes something that pulls up your artwork all the stuff that we’ve tagged already in using powerpress podcast name things like that you know you just want to make sure all these settings are correct and then you’re going to click continue and then at this point you can confirm that you are the podcast producer or owner of that show so on so forth and click Submit I’m not gonna do it because again this is an example podcast but that’s how you do it and at that point it would take a few days I guess before you get a notification from blackberry that your podcast is in the BlackBerry directory awesome ok the last important directory I’m going to point you to is actually Zune which is at Zun II dotnet and it’s weird I mean really the only way to submit I mean that I believe there’s some software where you can submit your podcast as stuff like this a lot of people been saying that’s zoun is kind of dying out for podcasters but if you just wanted one more location and it’s you know it’s always good just in case if you wanted one more location to submit your podcast to and that is to Zune this might sound weird but you’re going to send an email you’re going to send an email to Rob at Zune dot net just in the subject line say please submit my podcast and in the field say hey Rob what’s up please submit my podcast here’s the feed just copy that feed once again and that information should be up on Zune again I don’t know how many people actually use Zune to listen to podcast but it can’t hurt you so again that email address interestingly enough is robbed at Zune dotnet and that’s it so I get actually just one more thing with that podcast feed that we copied from from power press that URL that we pasted into all these directories you also want to share that with your blog readers say hey if you want to subscribe to the podcast here’s the manual feed link for you in case you don’t want to go to through the iTunes link which you’ll hopefully put at the end of your show notes you know after every show after you’re approved by iTunes okay the last thing I want to do is I want to show you what it would be like to publish a second episode just to go through the workflow really quick and show you how easy it is now after you’ve set this all up after you’ve submitted your show to these directories it’s really easy just to add new episodes into these directories because these directories automatically read your feed so all you have to do is publish another episode it’s going to put that episode in your feed and these directories are going to update automatically so just hypothetically speaking I’m going to add a second episode here by going to posts in WordPress and click on add new you know I would I would tag my show security guard training HQ zero zero to episode two title in here I would put my show notes you know all the links and items mentioned in the show subscription links anything else that you feel would be useful for your listeners and people who come across your site I would make sure to also include it in your podcast category here so it easily organizes all your podcasts into a category in your blog and then to actually put that episode into this into this blog post like we did before you just have to include a media file link to that mp3 file here and click verify and that’s how it gets enclosed in this show so that when you click on publish it updates to feed and updates the directories in a few hours after that so that’s that’s how you do it that easy you don’t have to worry about anything else with power press unless you wanted to change things around but again it’s really easy to do you know just just create high quality stuff and pump out the content and great stuff is going to happen all right congratulations you made it to the end of this video podcasting tutorial series and you know I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for spending time with me here in this series while I help you get your podcast up and running and also wish you the best of luck with your podcast now if you start a podcast as a result of watching this video series I would love to know about it just leave a message with a link to your podcast below in the comments section or send me an email at Pat at I live I would just love to know what you got going on and potentially listen to your show if I have the time to do that and lastly if you still feel like you need a little bit of help to get your podcast up and running you want some hand-holding along the way there is a premium podcasting course that I can highly recommend it’s run by my good friend cliff ravenscraft from podcast Answer Man comm you can find that course at podcasting A to Z comm again at podcasting A to Z comm and you know for a few weeks you’ll have direct access to cliff you’ll be a part of a community of other people who are also starting apart their podcast and it has a 100 percent completion rate so you will have a show up on iTunes after going through Cliff’s course and everyone who have spoken to has gone through that courses just said nothing but amazing things about it and cliff is a wonderful person who as I mentioned in video number one is pretty much responsible for the success of my podcast so I’m happy to send people his way now if you want to get $100 off the price of that course you can use the coupon code smart in the checkout area of that course again that’s Smar t smart for $100 off and just full disclosure that is an affiliate coupon code so if you do use that coupon code I will get a commission as a result thank you so much if you do that again that’s at extra cost to you and if you do use that coupon code again that’s smart that’s smart uh you know just send me an email and just let me know you did that I would love to just thank you personally for that and also follow your progress along the way and give you any support I can if you need it so you know that’s it again that’s podcasting A to Z comm coupon code smart if you need that additional help and if you know at this point all I have to say is just just thank you thank you and good luck and you know get your podcasts out there get it up and running start producing content and the more you do that the more you put yourself out there the more amazing things are going to happen to you as a result just like they did for me because of my podcast best of luck to you please subscribe to the YouTube channel I have a lot more videos to come and yeah I’ll see you in iTunes take care

Podcasting Tutorial – Video 5: Surroundings Up Your Podcast Feed and Publishing Your 1st Episode

hey what’s up pat again from smart passive income and welcome to video 5 of this podcasting tutorial today we’re going to be talking about feeds no no no not that type of feed we’re going to be talking about your podcast speed and again we’re going to get a little technical here today but I’m going to try to help you out so let’s go ahead and get started ok so going back to the whiteboard here you may recognize this diagram from the last video where we talked about why we need to host our media files on a host separate from our web host you our web host serves our website a media host is where we drop our mp3 file and whenever someone plays that mp3 file it’s going to play off of the media host and not on our web hosts very important to do that and in that last video I talked about how our website generates what’s called a feed and it’s that feed that we actually give to places like iTunes stitcher and Blackberry and Zune all those other places so let me put directories for now the thing is if if you give the podcast directories the feed as it is now from your site without doing anything additional to it they’re not going to see the mp3 file in your feed you know it’s it’s not properly and closes what they call it they’re not going to see the mp3 file and they’re not going to know it’s a podcast that you’re publishing so it’s not even a read as a podcast and yes we’ve already tagged the mp3 file with your episode and your show information but without adding some additional information to this specific feed the directories aren’t going to read it as a podcast they need some sort of signal some additional code within the feed that lets them know that a podcast episode has just been published and this code is going to include things like the title the show description author host summary name email category copyright and all those sorts of things now if you’re crazy you can create this file yourself so your RSS feed does include this information which I know some people have done in the past because they want a hundred percent complete control and they’re coders and they understand that stuff I’m not a coder I don’t understand that stuff and really the easiest and one of the most popular ways to do this to add that information that feed which you need to add in order to have the directories read it as a podcast is to use a wordpress plugin a podcasting plugin you can install on your site that allow to enter all the information you need to enter for your show just one time in the beginning so that automatically every time you publish a new podcast episode on your site it knows to include all that information about your podcasts in the feed so that directories can read it correctly now there’s a lot of different podcasting plugins out there I’m going to list a bunch of them right now and then share with you the one that I recommend there’s a lot of popular ones out there like pod press is a popular one there’s another one called podcasting plug-in by TSG I believe it is and then there’s one called power press that’s the one that that you want to go with it’s the most robust most powerful and it has a lot of support consistent support which is which is great which is why I actually don’t recommend using feedburner and another thing with feedburner you know the way it works is your feed from your site goes to feed burner and then your feed burner account gives you a separate feed that you can then upload to the directories and what’s nice about that is feed burner gets to keep track of stats and things like that but power press will do that for you anyways but the bad thing is what if feed burner dies and the thing is there’s a lot of rumors that it’s going to do that is it going to I don’t know but if feed burner dies then there’s no connection between your site and the directories anymore it’s just gone what’s nice about power press is that’s run off your own site and the fee that you get from power press it’s always connected to your site so you don’t worry about that so what I’m going to do now is actually I’m going to go to an example website install power press from scratch go through the settings with you set it up correctly get your feed this feed here and then we’re going to publish our first episode it’s going to be fake episode using some file that I already have but you know I just want to walk through the process with you as if you were doing this for the first time and then in the next video we still haven’t even submitted to the directories yet you still want to publish your podcast episodes first before you do that and I’ll tell you how many to do before you submit to places like iTunes and stitcher and Zune and Blackberry that’s what we’re going to talk about in the next video where and how to submit to those directories and that that’ll be it then you’re done so this is probably the most important section here because you want to get your feeds correctly because again these these directories read your feed in order for that feed to be structured properly you’re going to powerpress so let’s go ahead and do it let’s go to the example site alright so you’re actually looking at the homepage of one of my niche sites it’s a security guard training industry actually so what I’m going to do is pretend like I’m going to set up a totally new podcast for this site and so what I’m going to do is actually I’m going to go into my dashboard and I’m going to install a plugin like I would install any other plug-in I would go to the plugins section here on the left hand side and click on add new and then I’m a search for power press and here you’ll see right at the top the blueberry power press podcasting plug-in that’s the one you want to install am I sure I want install that yes then you want to go ahead and activate it and to get to the settings you’ll scroll down here on the left hand side and see a new menu setting for power press so I’ll go ahead and just click on that okay so this is your basic welcome page with news and highlights and things like that we don’t need to worry about that we’re going to go ahead and go to basic settings now and this is for the podcast entry box and I’ll show you what that is in a second the first thing we want to do is make sure that these top two boxes are checked media URL and media file size and duration and what this is is actually if I open a new post and I scroll beneath the edit edit post area down here you’ll see podcast episode media URL file size and duration those are the settings we checked all of these other settings here are just optional they’re basically ways to override things that automatically happen and you can look at those and play around with them if you want but the most important thing is we want to have the ability to enter our URL from our media host I use libsyn again and this will be the file and URL that ends and dot mp3 and once you click verify it actually determines the file size and also the duration which is important that’s what you need that’s it down here you’ll see actually default media URL you can delete that that’s if you had a specific folder and wanted to make it easy and just give the episode name instead of the full URL but since we’re going to copy the full URL where our media is hosted we don’t do worry about that so just leave default media URL blank and everything else is ready to go click on Save Changes great now services and stats we don’t need to worry about that now you can come and check that later once you start to get your podcasts going now let’s go to media appearance this is where you determine what happens on your site to play your podcast if you wanted to you can enable that the media player you could disable it under here you can have it show below the page content above the page content you don’t even have to change anything there and of course you can always come back and change this and it’s not going to hurt anything you can mess around and see what works for you now I do want to explain under media links really quick these some of these cool features display player in new window link that’s important because when people play it it plays in a new window which is good because then people can close the original window it’s still surf the web and still be listening to your show they’re not going to accidentally close the window and then accidentally stop listening to I displayed download link that gives people the option to download your file to the computer if you want and then display player embed link that’s cool because people can actually copy a piece of code from the player put it on their own site and then have other people listen to your show from there which is pretty cool so I’m just going to save the changes really quick now this is probably the most important tab here it’s the feeds tab the feed remember is what we submit to the directories so this is really important that we get all this right so I’m going to walk through all these options one by one it can take a little bit of time but let’s go ahead and get started so underneath enhance feeds just make sure enhance all feeds is clicked on that’s easy under podcast feeds you’ll see that there’s a warning here it says you must create at least one podcast episode for your podcast feed to be valid our podcast feed is this particular link right here which is a special podcast only feed and that feed shows only podcast episodes and that’s what we want to submit to the podcasting directories your website has its own feed with blog posts and podcast episodes than anything else but that has a ton of information and it’s a lot cleaner if you just submit a podcast only feed this link here to iTunes and all the other directories it’s much easier for them to read everything that the thing is this feed isn’t valid until we have our first episode and I’ll show you how to post an episode in just a second so just keep in mind this URL this URL is what’s going to be submitted to all the directories so we’ll come back and validate this in a second okay scrolling down feed discovery you don’t need to worry about that too much under feed settings show the most recent X number of episodes per feed now we’ll feed generally especially in WordPress it kind of defaults around 10 so if someone looks at your feet or podcasts or some sort of directory looks at your feed it sees the latest ten things and that’s that’s it for a podcast you might want to think about bumping that up a bit because for example if you have twelve episodes out and you only show ten in your feed the anything that reads the feed like those directories are only going to see the latest ten they’re not going to see episode one and two they’re going to see three to twelve so you might want to bump this up to something like fifty you know that that’s okay and again when you get to fifty episodes you’re going to want it to come back and change this to a hundred or something I have mine at 100 but you know beginning you could just keep it at fifty or something now under here it says RSS to image you want to image for your RSS feed this is separate than the iTunes artwork but you know it’s still required and it’s it should be the same piece of artwork actually and it should be about 300 by 300 pixels in size and to upload a new image here all you have to do is click on this button then you can click on choose file I’m just going to grab one that I just created for fun here for this particular example and you should see it a second if you change the feed language if you wanted to you can change the copyright the symbol is the you know the C with a circle in it so you can just keep that that’s just kind of code for it security are training your security good training resource 2012 that’s fine location you can make that optional you can put that in there if you want episode frequently you can do that if you want to you know bi-weekly some directory directories will display this information you know San Diego it’s up to you and that’s it for your feeds tab so let’s go ahead and click Save Changes and if I scroll down I can preview that image there I’ll click on preview see there it is Sgt HQ podcasts alright I’m just going to close that now we’re going to head over to the iTunes tab this one’s very important as well because this is where we set our show information all the stuff that’s going to be found in iTunes and remember I toons is a search engine it’s a huge search engine you know we don’t normally think of iTunes is a search engine so all the stuff we put in here for the show title your host name the description is all really important so we’re going to go ahead and go through each of these one by one as well so this first line here says iTunes subscription URL this is actually the link to your show on iTunes but of course we don’t have a show on iTunes yet so you’re just going to leave this blank but just for future reference once you get approved by iTunes after you submit your feed you’re going to get approved within you know 48 hours probably you’re going to go to your show on iTunes like this you’re going to right click on your title click copy link and then paste that in here that’s the easy way to get the correct link here with your podcast name and ID number and stuff as you can see there that’s not this particular link isn’t this particular podcast so I’m going to delete that and leave it blank for now which is what you should do at this point now down here you’re going to see a reiteration of the feed to submit to iTunes again this is your podcast only feed here now you can notice something interesting here under iTunes feed settings you’ll see the subtitle your summary which is the description and all this stuff shows up in iTunes but where is your where’s your podcast title it’s not here it’s actually that the title matches the title of your blog so to set that actually you’re going to actually go to settings in general and it the title of your podcast is the site title here so mine would be security or training your security guard training resource that’s what would be in the podcast title but going back to iTunes here what if you want your podcast title to be different from your blog title which is the case which is the case for many you know it is for me in smart passive income I have the smart passive income blog and then I have the smart passive income podcast those are two different titles if you want two different titles you have to do an extra step so follow me closely it’s pretty easy actually you go to your welcome page and you see these Advanced Options down here click on custom podcast channels and click Save Changes and what that does is it creates this little podcast channels link underneath power press now if you don’t see that sometimes it doesn’t show up right away you can always click on this figure podcast channels link on the right hand side of that advanced option you just click so I’m going to click this right now and show you what it what’s up here you could actually add new podcasting channels in addition to our default podcast channel here you could see some of the example usages usages under here but we’re actually going to edit this podcast only feed to change the title so I’m going to click on edit underneath podcast and as you can see here it has a lot of the same settings as before you know the feed settings with the image and things like that it has iTunes settings and everything for this feed we can that this basically overrides anything so anything we change here it’ll override the default settings we just set so all we want to do really here so we don’t double our work is just add the feed title this is where we’re going to override the feed title which is normally the blog titles you can see if we leave it blank here it’s just going to be the blog title but I’m going to add its own title it’s going to be the ultimate security guard training podcast and that that’s that’s all I’m going to change here and you can you can override other things if you want but we’re going to mess with these settings or we have already messed with these settings anyway so like most recent X episodes and things like that so I’m just going to click on Save Changes and that’s it now our podcast feed has its own title separate from our blog posts or excuse me our blog title so I’m actually going to go back into settings and go back into iTunes and we’re going to go over each of these each of the rest of the stuff on the iTunes page because again this is what iTunes is going to read on our feet so we talked about the iTunes subscription URL you’re going to get that after you submit your podcast feed to iTunes which I’ll show you in the next video under iTunes feed settings the iTunes programs subtitle is sort of a short description of what your podcast is about and I honestly don’t know where iTunes uses this sort of subtitle I have yet to find out exactly but you know it’s still important just in case so I’m just going to add a quick little description in there to maybe you know 200 characters long make sure to include a few keywords that relate to your particular industry try to think of keywords that people might type in to look for your show that’s really important now for the I Tunes program summary if I go actually into iTunes this is what the description is so it’s what’s shown underneath your podcast title and that’s very important especially when it comes to keywords so I’m just going to paste a little something there no HTML it you can have up to 4,000 characters I think this description here is only about I don’t know a few hundred so you have a lot of room to work with in a lot of space in there to include some keywords you know don’t just keyword stuff and randomly add keywords comma after comma after comma but you don’t let it make sense but you know you you know be wise to like for example here I have security guard training of course security guard industry classes information education protect protection services career unarmed guard armed security guard those are all keywords that I know that are used in that industry that are highly searched for in Google I and so I’m going to include them in the iTunes program summary here as well now don’t click this up to optimize iTunes summary that what that does is it just changes a few things that that you don’t need right now or that aren’t even enabled anymore go to iTunes program keywords just put in about 12 keywords separated by commas again probably a lot of the same keywords that you would have mentioned in your summary and a few in your program subtitle as well your iTunes category that’s very important as well that’s the category that it’s going to be that your podcast is going to be shown up in and is there’s a number to select from if I go into iTunes right now you see my category is business and then marketing and management but this is the sub category within business and if I go to podcasts here you’ll see there’s a whole number of different ones you could choose from from education games kids and so on and so forth if you just click on here to scroll down I’m just going to look at education uh education and then I’m gonna select category two education training category number three and you could pick up the three categories I’m just going to select I don’t know government and organizational organizations I don’t know I probably spend a little bit more time thinking of what the categories are I would actually look in iTunes see what you’re up against see which shows may be the right for you or nearer to what your show is about so that other listeners can listen to yours too you can get what happens is people can find your show by listening to other shows that other people listen to for example here underneath my show you can see Tim Conley’s you can see certainly in Jays here Chris Ducker Copyblogger Dan Andrews underneath mine that’s how a lot of people find other people’s podcast is through what other people listen to so what I would do is actually for example if you’re in the business section I would go through each of these and try to look for ones that are similar to yours you know if sometimes it’s obvious like if you have an investing podcast well you want to be in the investing section so just use your common sense and choose three categories make sure to use three to get the most bang for your buck iTunes explicit that means if you have any like swear words or you talked about things that you know kids well I shouldn’t listen to you know you want to put yes explicit content you want to be really upfront with that you can get your podcast kicked off of iTunes if you are not transparent with that again we’re going to add our itunes image here this is a 1400 by 1400 pixel image this is going to be the same image that you have in your default feed setting but it’s going to be much larger again this is because of the new devices that are coming out which are you know they have Retina display and all that stuff so what I’m going to do is actually click on upload new image choose file and this one you’ll see here I wonder if if I can preview it from here no not yet I’ll have to save first but I’ll show you that in a second iTunes talent name this is you so what I’m going to do is actually input Patrick Flynn which is me but I’m show you a little bit of a small secret here you’ll see if I go back to my podcast here on iTunes you’ll see that the talent name or the host name is Pat Flynn but I also add a colon and a few keywords to help me be found in iTunes a little bit more because again iTunes is searching so if I if for instance if I type in online entreprenuer you’ll see that my podcast should come up number one there you go that’s because I mean it’s in the name is there and I also mention it in the description as well now again don’t go crazy this looks somewhat natural you know Pat Flynn online entrepreneur business strategist and blogger I mean that makes sense but if you put like a hundred keywords in there I there’s a percent there’s potential that you won’t be submitted into iTunes when you submit your podcast so just be you know use common sense there but be smart and use a few keywords that describe who you are so I’m going to put for example again I’m not going to actually submit this podcast but I’ll show you how to do it Patrick Flynn a security guard training expert I can even do unarmed and armed security guard training expert that’s just for example now my email Pat Flynn excuse me Pat Flynn at security guard training HQ comm and then this iTunes new feed URL you would use that if you are changing your feed URL from something else to this one that you have now since this is the first time you’re setting up you don’t need to do anything and after that you can just click on Save Changes and boom you’re all set and ready to go at this point you can post your first podcast episode on your blog and I’m going to walk you through how to do that right now so I’m going to set up my first podcast episode here on the site so to do that it’s just like you’re writing a new blog post go to posts and click on add new and then now we have to name our show now there’s some tips for naming your show you might want to include the show number so people know which particular episode that is I like to go for instance security guard training HQ a zero zero one I like to add multiple zeros in case I get into the triple digits it’ll still be in order and then : or – or whatever and then the name of the show so welcome oops that’s totally wrong welcome – ah the security guard Wow training podcast so this will be episode one of course I haven’t recorded this actual episode yeah I’m gonna use a sample file here but as far as what goes in the actual blog post you might want to include things like a quick summary of what that post is about also some links that you mentioned on the show one tip that I like to do is if I forget to keep track of the links that I mentioned during the show or sometimes you don’t know what links are going to come up especially if you have a guest I like to listen to the show again afterwards at some times double or quadruple the speed just so I can make sure I get all the resources in I I do that using a tool called VLC player it just allows me to easily quickly listen to things much faster so I get all that information write it down as I go along positive I need to you know create time just to write things down as it goes along so I can come back here get all the links and things that like that I also like to include items mentioned in this podcast I also like to do things like in this particular episode you will learn and then I create like a bullet list of things that are interesting that it’ll make people want to listen item1 item2 etc and things like that and yeah so you know you eventually you want to include some subscription links but since we haven’t submitted to iTunes yeah I oh there there are no subscription links to use for iTunes but that’s it so now the question is well how do you get the mp3 file in here so that when I push publish the feed knows it’s a podcast and and I can submit it to iTunes and stuff so actually the first thing you want to do is actually add it to a podcasting category and the reason the main reason why you want to do that’s just so neatly organize all your podcasts you know people can come to your blog click on or find the category podcast category and see a list of all your podcasts if you wanted to that so so I’d make sure to do that but then really the trick is down here when you scroll down under where it says podcast episode default you want to include the media URL which is the link for that episode that is stored on a media host somewhere so for me it’s on libsyn so I’m actually going to go to libsyn right now live send calm it might be on Amazon s3 for you we talked about that in one of the previous videos so if you don’t have that link handy for this particular episode this is how you go get it at least from libsyn you can go to this link here which is view shows previous posts this will include the files that you’ve uploaded even as standalone files and go to the episode that you want to go to click on links and then get the direct download URL which is that link there you want to copy the whole thing go back and just include that file here just paste it there and click on verify now it’s going to auto detect the size and auto detect the length which is exactly what we want and now you can publish this episode after you have all the information you want in it again make sure the permalink is what you want it to be sometimes I change it to be more SEO friendly depending on what the topic is so I’m just going to hit publish and now I’m going to view this post I’m going to delete this after this tutorial because this file is actually for my smart passive income podcast site it’s not quite time to publish it on my site yet which is why I’m using it here for example but as you can see here’s this post the name of the post here summary links items mentioned in this podcast item one and two so and so forth and then here’s the player and I’ll play it for you really quick and so that’s that I can play it in a new window there’s the download link there’s an embed link for you there if people want to use that and that’s it so this is our first episode it’s published on the site again we haven’t given our podcast only feed to any directories yet that’s what we’re gonna do in the next video but I want to show you something really quick about this feed and sort of what’s in it and just to make sure a sort of test you can do to make sure that it’s valid so if you go back to WordPress in your back-end and you click on power press and if you go to feeds and then back down here where it says podcast feeds the ultimate security returning podcast and click on validate again that warning disappeared so that’s a good sign I’m going to click on validate it’s going to open something called feed validator that’s feed validator organ it’s going to put our feed automatically through this tool which tests and and sees if our feed is valid and it says whoa congratulations as feed is valid great you might have an error too of some things that you know I don’t really know what this means I wouldn’t worry about it down here you’ll see some of the stuff that we’ve added remember we changed the title of the podcast from the name of the blog which is security guard training headquarters to this which is the ultimate security our training podcast again we did that using the podcast channel setting down in the backend of WordPress where did I go here there’s a lot of other things we change are we updated again you can see the iTunes summary here you can see the itunes author which includes a couple of my secure security training keywords there you can see the email and all the other things we added there here in this feed so it’s working correctly down here you’re going to see a link to that particular title in the episode and everything everything is working correctly you can see the actual enclosure for the mp3 file there which was done again with that space underneath the episode that their excuse me underneath the blog post that we set up and yeah it’s all set up and ready to go so yeah but that’s it so that’s that’s how you validate your feed to and make sure it’s good now remember in the next video we’re taking this link here this is our podcast only feed and we’re going to submit this exact URL to all the different directories we want to submit it to so I’ll see in the next video congratulations for getting this far you are almost done awesome job let’s keep going one more video

401k Mortgage – Borrowing on Your 401k is a Financial Disaster

I have a few pet peeves of my life for example somebody takes her fingernails and they scratch it on a chalkboard he can’t take it when I go to bed and my dog is laying on my pillow and when I go to move her she growls at me my dog growling at me really my dog hello I’m your master in the financial world one of the biggest pet peeves is when somebody asked me how do I borrow my 401k how do I take a 401k loan why are you asking me that you shouldn’t be asking me that you got no business going to your HR department filling out the 401k loan paperwork and borrow it get your 401k no business at all had a lady who already had a loan on a 401k so she already borrowed against it pet peeve so when you borrowed money get your 401k hopefully you’ve learned your lesson that you don’t need to borrow anymore you need to figure stuff out boost up your emergency fund does she do that no she did not she came back and wanted to borrow more against her 401 K but she had a really good reason right actually no she wanted to borrow more on her 401 K so she could fund her daughter’s vacation overseas I’m sorry I’m I’m sorry I didn’t hear you you want to do what if you’re gonna disregard everything I’ve said to this point and you still want to take a 401 k loan let me give you some more reasons why I think it sucks so you’re broke you call your HR department request a 401 k loan application you fill out the paperwork you’re gonna be able to borrow half of your vested balance once you borrow the money you have a period of one to five years to pay it back so here’s the kicker if you leave your job or you get fired you have to pay your 401k loan back in full otherwise you get hit with taxes and penalty but here’s my pet peeve so people try and justify to me that the reason they take out a 401 k loan is because they get to pay them self interest that’s the stupidest thing I ever heard seriously you’re gonna try and convince that to me come on now talk to the hand do you know how much interest you’re losing by taking it out I didn’t think so the first thing you have to realize is that it’s not free money you’re gonna have to pay origination fees you’re going to pay annual maintenance fees just to borrow the money on top of that when you pull the money out it’s not invested so guess what it’s not growing that’s called an opportunity lost so please please please don’t borrow on your 401 K don’t take out a 401 k loan doing so is a recipe for disaster and you’re never going to be able to retire and besides do you really want to be awarded a trophy for the worst financial decision that you can make regarding your retirement I just think in a 401 k loan and royally screwed my financial future yes what you do wanna build up your emergency fund build up your checking build up your savings build up your money market having enough cash savings will prevent you from having to borrow from your 401k and that is not a pet peeve this is jeff rose from take I would like to thank the Academy for presenting this to me this is one of the greatest trophies ever I have a 401k loan and I love it I love you 401k loan you’re my buddy I’m pay my self-interest hey winner winner chicken dinner

Podcasting Tutorial – Video 4: Net and Media Net web hosting

hey what’s up it’s pat again and welcome to video 4 of this podcasting tutorial at this point you should have your mp3 file already exported and tagged and ready to go so what do you do with it where do you put it that’s what we’re going to talk about in this video so let me go ahead and draw something for you on the whiteboard okay so to help you understand how this whole podcasting thing works why we need to host our media files on a server outside of our own website server and basically how to take that mp3 file we just created in that last video and syndicated to all the different places we need to syndicated to I’m going to draw this helpful diagram that’s hopefully to help you understand exactly how all this works and it starts with your website so you need some sort of web presence in order to serve a podcast and let’s just imagine this is your website here you can maybe you already have a website maybe not if not then I’m going to show you some of your different options in just a second now on your website you might have things like blog posts you might have pages of some kind or multiple pages of different things and of course now that we’re adding a podcast on to your site you’re going to have podcast episodes and I’ll represent that with this little player button here which I’ll reference in just a second now of course you have a website you need to host that website somewhere some web hosts of some kind and this is where the data is stored that serves your website now there’s different options for your web host you can go the free option which is with services like blogger calm Tumblr calm those are places you can go for two free freely create websites where you can host your podcast for free that’s that’s awesome now there’s also the popular place like blog talk radio and other similar sites which provide the website for you where you can host your show so blog talk radio and also that’s good for syndicating a lot of your content too since they’re connected to all those things already and of course there’s a self-hosted option where you’re paying a small fee every month to where you’re paying a small fee every month to host your own website basically so let me go through each of these options really quick and the pros and cons of each now the pro for going the free route is obviously it’s free but that’s basically the only good thing about it because you actually gave up a lot of control by going the free route you give a blot of control over the does the design and look of your website the feel of it the first impression that people have when they go to your site because when you’re when you have your podcast you’re telling people on your podcast to come back to your website and if you give up a lot of control which website look like looks like that’s just that’s just bad I mean for WordPress to come comm specifically you know you also give up the option to include advertisements on your site to make money through affiliate marketing so you know really all that all those reasons I wouldn’t use or any sort of the free options out there now there’s BlogTalkRadio which is great like I said because it’s pretty much just plug and play you just take your mp3 file and you you know you hosted on BlogTalkRadio they have the website already there for you is everything set up but there’s a couple things here also where you’re giving up control one your content they’re gonna add buff or you know what they call buffers in front and behind your content little branding things maybe advertisements so potentially before even people listen to your content for the first time they’re going to hear some advertisements and BlogTalkRadio branding stuff which is not a good thing you want to control exactly what people listen to also the website that your show is hosted on I mean the only thing you can control on that it’s pretty much your icon or your little artwork that that you know represents your show and that’s it everything else on the website is blog talk radio’s and for that reason you know I wouldn’t use blog talk radio as well I would definitely go the self-hosted route why because you have total control over everything what your site looks like how people experience it you know what goes on it you can make money from your site if you wanted to and also you own and control all that content so there’s no chance of you know your site dying and then losing everything because you have all of it hopefully you back everything up but for example if you are in blog talk radio and they die you know everything would be gone you know everything would be gone so you want to go to self hosted route for me I recommend Bluehost comm to set up your website and I’ll have a helpful video for you underneath this video link to it it’ll help you create your world your WordPress blog on your Bluehost site in you know under five minutes really and you use that blog that WordPress blog on bluehost or any sort of host that you want to I mean that’s just the one I used recommend it’s really easy to set up so if you want to go through my affiliate link and help me out a little bit you know you can go to slash Bluehost again you don’t have to there’s no additional cost to you but I do order Commission if you go through that and if you do go through that thank you so much and if you need some support even if you don’t go through that link just let me know ask and I will do my best to help you out so that’s your hosting options now when it comes to your mp3 file you know we have your mp3 file here that you just created in your last video you know it’s awesome it’s great it’s ready to go we have to put on the server somewhere now a lot of you might think that the best place to put it is right here on your web host you know you have that space already it’s going to serve you know your text and your blog post and everything you might as well serve your large media files there as well well what happens when people play your media from either your own website or from places that it’s it akin to like iTunes it’s going to tap into the bandwidth of your web host so what happens the experience that people have on your website you know it’s just going to slow down your website and to slow down the people have you listening to your show and it’s just not good because sometimes you know more likely than not many people are going to be listening to your mp3 file at the same time especially right when you come out with an episode I mean how many times have you heard of people being featured on places like YouTube or reddit or Digg or you know stumble upon and then all of a sudden their site dies because they’re getting so much traffic you know that happened because they’re getting so much bandwidth you know the web host was using too much bandwidth at the same time an mp3s you know the read rather large files so they’re going to eat up a lot of bandwidth at the same time so what do you do you want to host your mp3 file on a separate server that is just for the media this is your specific media host I’ll give you specific one in a second or some of the options at least and so what happens here you put your mp3 file on your media host not your web host and so what happens is when people play your podcast from your web site it actually plays from your media host instead of your web host and it you know iTunes will pull from your media hosts and and and the link for the mp3 file that comes off your media host not your web host your web host and your media host or separate so hypothetically speaking you can like a million people listening to your show and it wouldn’t affect the bandwidth of your web host I mean it probably would a little bit just because you would tell people on your podcast to come to your website and that direct traffic would would you know suck up so that bandwidth but you know a lot of people can listen to your show and that directly is not going to affect the experience people have on your website and these media hosts are you know fine-tuned and built to serve media as a media files so they’re going to have a better experience as well so what are some specific different media hosts that you can choose from well there is of course the famous Amazon s3 which a lot of people use but you know I don’t like using that because I’ve gotten surprised by some really large bills they charge per I think per gig and it’s like I don’t even know the prices like point zero zero one eight cents per gig but you know that adds up and the more people you have listening the more money you’re going to pay I mean that’s a good problem to have you know when you have a lot of people listening but you never know I mean you can it be hit with a rather large bill not even know it I use libsyn l ib s YN dot-com and they have flat fees and I’ll go over to that website in a second when I show you how I use it but you know I pay fifteen bucks a month there’s also a $5 a month plan but you know fifteen dollars a month for publishing three to four episodes a month plenty of space and I always know what the price is going to be so it’s more easily able to fit in my budget or I’m a more easily able to predict how much it’s going to cost so libsyn calm and please use the coupon code spi if you’re going to go to libs and calm you’ll get a discount I through Lipson so going back to this diagram here I’m actually going to move this over and shrink it down a bit because we’re going to talk about fees a little bit I want to share sort of how this all ties together with how these podcast episodes are syndicated to different places so this is sort of what happens your website has what’s called a feed if you have a wordpress site this happens automatically it’s done for you if you have a static site you know you might have to do this automatically and create your own feed but anyways your feed has enclosed the content the that you have on your website depending on what you set it at it might have the latest ten posts that you’ve written which may or may not include podcast episodes now happens is the feed takes the content on your site and structures it in a way that makes it easier for other things to read the content on your site so you know for example if someone subscribes to your feed they might read it in their RSS readers you know someone who subscribes to your feed with an RSS reader well every time you update your content it’ll update in the feed and then then it will update in their RSS RSS reader that’s how you get someone to subscribe and read your content automatically without them having to come to your site your content goes to them same thing actually happens with iTunes and in your podcast now with iTunes specifically it reads your feed and checks every single post that you have to see if there’s an enclosed mp3 file in there and I’ll show you how to do that in a later video but it’s really simple just looks to see there’s an mp3 file on it if there is it’s going to update the directory in iTunes with that particular show and it’s going to know to include that information on the show name the show title and all that stuff because it knows what’s in this file as the tag the tag that we set up earlier in the last video same thing with stitcher and other podcasting directories you know stitcher blackberry Zune again they all read your feed you’re not actually uploading files to iTunes or just ditcher you know that’s why it’s so cool and so automatic and after you set this up the first time all you have to do is keep pumping content onto your site and every time you know your feed updates with something with an mp3 file it knows to update everything where you’ve already syndicated your podcast episode and your blog posts so really that’s exactly how all this works and in the next video we’re going to talk specifically about how to set up your feed that’s in video number five but for the rest of video four since we’re talking about hosting we’re going to talk about media host again specifically with libsyn dot-com and again coupon code espy I to get a discount there so let’s go ahead and go over to libsyn dot-com I’ll show you how it’s set up and I’m actually going to upload episode or actually session 49 of the smart passive income podcast for you and show you the link to that that is given to us afterwards which we’re going to put on our blog which is going to be read by our feed and read by every place that is indicating my podcast so let’s go ahead and go to libsyn comm okay so here we are at libsyn calm that’s li b sy n calm before i log in and show you how i upload episode 49 i’m going to go to plans and pricing really quick and just show you some of the options you know you can get fifty megabytes per month for five bucks a month I’m on this plan here the classic 250 for fifteen bucks a month that’s plenty for the number of episodes I do I mean typically most of the episodes I do are between 50 and 70 megabytes in size so you know three to four episodes a month which is my frequency typically usually less actually is you know the classic 250 is plenty and I love this because it’s a flat fee there’s no contract I can go up down in plants at any time if I need to it’s great and what happens is at the end of every month that whatever I uploaded within that month clears out of that 250 and I get a brand new 250 to work with it’s almost like a cell phone plan I guess now I’m going to log in before I get to uploading that episode I want to share one more thing I love about lips in it you know it does pretty good at keeping track of stats so on the dashboard here I can see I gave a snapshot of all time downloads you know 2.15 Million number of downloads for the last couple months if I go to statistics it’ll actually show me some more information you know nice little graph here but below I can I can get data for every single episode so I can see it within the last three months how many people have downloaded each episode I could see a total I’ll check out this one SPI 0 4 6 that’s episode 46 that what’s downloaded about 60,000 times compared to the few before that which aren’t even close to that I mean that’s a very popular episode you should listen to it if you want to but then it’ll get some more data down here like countries regions and things like that obviously here you can see United States 1.3 6 million makes up most of my listeners now I’m going to return a dashboard and go through the process just like I am uploading an episode which I actually am doing I’m uploading episode 49 for you so what I’m going to do is I’m going to go to publish and I’m not going to publish a new podcast episode you know they have their own sort of podcast marketplace here where you can share your no you can create titles and descriptions and stuff but you know I’m basically just using libsyn for serving my file for hosting my file that’s it just for storage so I’m just going to go click on this button here file for download only then I’m going to go to my hard drive and there’s SPI 0 for 9 mp3 right there and then it’s in queue right now a lot of penis take I thought it was uploading already and then I go and check and I hadn’t even started yet you have to click publish so that’s what I’m going to do right now it’s going to take about 5 minutes so I’m going to fast forward it time for you but you’ll see a little progress bar show up here at the top and I’ll tell you when it’s done alright and that’s it so that file is now uploaded onto Lib sins server our media host and you can actually press this play button here to preview the file and make sure it’s the right file make sure it sounds right and just check it out just for a second alright cool that works it’s session 49 I know because I said 49 at the beginning of the show and the most important thing here is this link this direct download URL this link right here this is the link that you’re going to include in your blog post or your podcast episodes that you publish on your blog this is the one that’s going to be read by the feed the one that’s going to be picked up by every place that’s syndicated iTunes everywhere else that’s the most important thing so write that down I have it you know it’s the same every time it just changes the number so I just copy paste for the previous podcast episode but when you’re starting out make sure you copy paste that exactly how it is because you’re going to need that don’t worry about this permalink URL or enclosure files or anything like that you want this file name here all the way from getting all the way to the end where it says dot mp3 and that’s it so congratulations you’ve uploaded your mp3 file to your media host and in the next video we’re going to go over feeds and how to set that up properly and then we get to submit to iTunes and then all the other places we’re going to syndicate to so well done for getting to this point we’re almost there but we still have some important things to go over so just keep going you know if you’ve gone through all these videos straight since the beginning you know take a break go on a walk a drink of water come back and we’ll finish up

Podcasting Tutorial – Video 3: Exporting and Tagging

hey what’s up it’s Pat again this is a third video in a series of videos I’m creating to help you get your podcast up and running the first video we talked about equipment and software second video I gave you 10 tips for making your show the best they can be and some tips for recording and in this video we’re going to be talking about exporting and tagging your mp3 files sounds kind of boring but you know it’s a little technical but without the stuff you’re not going to have a podcast and I’ll try to make it as entertaining fun quick and helpful as possible so come on let’s get started ok so here we are in GarageBand what I’m going to do is I’m going to show you my personal workflow here you’re actually looking at a recorded finished edited episode that I have coming out next week this is session number 49 of a smart passive income podcast I’m going to show you exactly how I do in kill two birds with one stone after this I’m going to take the same files and show you how I export in audacity to end up with an mp3 file just like I’m going to do with GarageBand here so just to walk you through this file really quick you know I have my intro I have the intro music a little intro about what the episode is about this one’s actually an interview with a guy named Brendon Hufford you can see Brendan’s track there and my track there because I split the tracks using call recorder for skype and then at the end I have an outro and then outro music right there in the music track so that’s it so at this point after you have your podcast episode recorded and edited and exactly how you want it you want to export as an mp3 file so to do that in GarageBand I go to share and go to export podcasts to disc I’m going to save this somewhere on my hard drive so there’s a couple options here before you actually export as an mp3 you can compress in different versions you can compress with an AAC encoder or an mp3 encoder we want the mp3 encoder that’s the most widely read you know default standard file when it comes to podcast that that’s read by all audio players right now AAC encoder that that has to do with what’s called enhanced podcast what you can actually do with iTunes here are GarageBand is create an enhanced podcast which means you can include images to pop up at certain moments of your podcast but that’s a little complicated it’s going to increase your file size and you’re going to go to that link to add images at certain points in time almost like a slideshow in your podcast you might as well do a video podcast it’s a little bit more compatible but anyways just moving on we’re going to select mp3 here and then audio settings this is going to determine sort of the audio quality and also the file size the higher the quality the larger the file size of course but for you know for what we’re doing here you can either choose spoken or musical really that that’s that I always go with musical because I have some musical components in my show but if it’s all purely spoken you know spoken podcast will do the job and it’s going to cut your file size in half now the difference between musical podcasts and higher quality it’s it’s really you know you can’t really tell the difference at all would you know unless you have a trained ear so I wouldn’t even worry about that so I’d either stick with spoken or musical I always go with me school so going so I’m going to click export and then it’ll ask me it’s not going to export as an enhanced podcast yes I know that now it’s going to export to disk now I’m going to show you a little bit what my file structure is like here so I’m going to go to my podcasts folder here and show you what it looks like I have an archive folder for old files I just put in or whatever then I have episodes which I’ll show you in a second graphics which has the artwork for my show masters which has a master template for the intro for an episode and also for outros and other things multimedia just any sort of extra curricular sort of me that goes into some of my shows you know voiceover introductions and stuff like that ranking screenshots that’s actually I take screenshots of rankings I have in iTunes just save them and you know for social proof and things like that Skype recordings this is where I save the interviews that I do on skype so let me go into episodes really quick and I’ll show you that I have a master copy one which I use to duplicate when I come out with a new net new episode I have episode 1 through 49 here and in each of these episodes I have a folder actually two folders one for GarageBand which is where I save the working file and I would do the same thing in audacity if you’re working off of audacity and I have a file for iTunes that’s where I’m going to ex for this particular session in and this is session number 49 so this is the iTunes folder in session 49 folder in my podcast folder so I’m gonna save that it’s gonna create a mix down and it’s going to take a few minutes I’ll fast forward for the sake of time here okay so after you’ve exported your files in mp3 and I don’t know why that turned black like that on that top track that’s a bug anyways let’s go ahead and find that file in the in my finder so I’m going to go to podcasts episodes episode 49 iTunes and there it is session 49 mp3 now you might think you’re all done here with this file all you have to do is upload it to a server then you’re all good to go with your podcast but there’s a couple things we have left to do with this file now the first thing that we’re going to do with with every mp3 file that you that your record is you’re going to have to tag that file meaning you’re going to have to include some data you know what’s called id3 tags in that file some information within that file to let audio players and podcast directories know you know the show title the episode title the host name that’s you the category that it’s in and other pieces of data you know the artwork that goes along with it that’s all that’s all what’s called I you know your your tagging B file you know with id3 tags you it’s it’s extra information that goes along with that file so that those players and directories can read that file correctly and understand kind of the you know who’s behind it but before we before we even do that you know not everyone is a perfect podcaster we don’t always record at the perfect level sometimes different parts of our podcasts are louder than than others which is which is you know really one of the biggest kind of pet peeves that a lot of people have when listening to podcasts when parts of your podcasts are louder or at different levels in other parts because they’re you know you’re they’re in their car and they hear a loud part so they turn it down and then there’s a soft part so they turn it up and then another lab part comes in their ears hurt things like that happens now if you were a perfect podcaster and you recorded at perfect levels that you wouldn’t need to do this step you could just move on to tagging your file which I’ll show you later in this in this video after I do the audacity export into an mp3 you know example but if you feel feel that your audio levels aren’t perfect and I do this with a lot of my episodes because I’m not a perfect podcaster either and this is actually not going to affect the sound quality as far as you know Chris penis and and and you know just just how how well it sounds it’s not going to affect it too much you know you want to try to avoid doing this step but if you have to if your audio levels are different at different parts of the show you can do this a lot of people just do this automatically to make sure that their levels are the same during the show and there’s what they do is you can actually drop this audio file into a tool called the level later and what you do is you drop an audio file here has to be actually a WAV file or an AIFF file so you can’t unfortunately you can’t drop the mp3 file we have to convert it first so it’s a little bit of extra work here if you’re doing it from GarageBand I’ll show you how to kind of mess and get it to an AIFF file from the mp3 and then back we’ll have to convert it back to an mp3 kind of a workaround it kind of sucks but you know if your levels are off it’s worth doing it because it’s going to sound so much better in the end now to get this tool you can get it for free you can actually get it for free all you have to do is go to conversation slash level late or level ater yeah I’ll have a link for you underneath this video and yeah it’s just an amazing beautiful tool it’s it’s good for Windows for Mac and for even Linux too so going back to our finder here what I do with all of my mp3 files from this point is I actually dropped them into iTunes because I use iTunes for converting files and I use iTunes for tagging my mp3 files as well so we’re going to basically use iTunes as a workhorse here to do a lot of the work that we would normally get third party software to do for us and iTunes is free and we’re going to make sure our file is ready to go in iTunes anyways because we’re gonna be indicating our podcast to iTunes anyway so I’m going to open up iTunes here and I’ll show you I actually have a playlist that is consider that consists of all the podcasts that I have and this is where I work in this particular playlist here sp Podcast so what I’m going to do is I’m going to drop that new episode session 49 into here and you’ll see that it says session 49 now I can play it here too now again if I didn’t need to change the levels with level later I could just edit my tags from here by right-clicking go to get info which brings up this window here where I can edit all this stuff and I’ll show you that in just a second but if you need to adjust the auto levels here this is what you do you go to iTunes preferences and you’re in your general preferences here and then it says when you insert a CD ask to import CD import settings click on import settings you want to import using a iff encoder and then click OK and then click OK now what you can do is you could right click on that session II let me then move it up here so I can show you okay so I’m going to right click on that mp3 file session 49 I’m going to click create AIFF version because again the level later needs that AIFF version 2 to work so I just heard a little ding that shows me that it’s there but it’s not in the playlist because we didn’t add it to the playlist so what you can do is you can go to your music library scroll all the way to the top I would just click on date added and scroll all the way to the top so you can see you’ll see there’s two versions of session 49 this first one I click on get info and summary you’ll see that it is actually an MP MPEG file and if I right click on the second one get info it is an AI FF file and you can see it’s so much bigger it’s actually 525 megabytes large and again we don’t need to tag yet but what we do need to do is run this AIFF file through the level later so what I’m going to do is I’m going to actually how long it is so I can show you I’m going to put the level later there I only have so much real estate to work with here in ScreenFlow I’m going to drag session 49 right on top of there and you could see it starts to work it says five percent six percent and little bars moving up and down okay so after level later does its thing we have to go find the file and put it back into our iTunes library here because then we’re going to convert it back to an mp3 so basically what we did is we took our original mp3 convert it to an AI FF so we could put it through level later now it’s still an AI FF but we may have to put that new one back into iTunes so we can convert it back into an mp3 so basically we’ll have our original mp3 and then our new mp3 which will be leveled out and sound much better so let’s go ahead and find that other one and sometimes it’s kind of difficult to find the best thing to do is just go into your finder type in the name of the session session or the name of the file that you put in on this Mac and you’ll see the one that says output that’s the one that came from the level 8 er so what you do is you can just drag that into your library in iTunes and then if you scroll up you’ll see that there now what we’re going to do is actually before we can convert it to an mp3 we have to go back into iTunes preferences change that import setting that like we did last time from AIFF to mp3 and that will keep it at 28 okay so now I can click I could right click and do an mp3 version now it says converting to mp3 okay I heard a thing if I scroll up there it is just to make sure I will right click get info that is an mp3 it’s the same file sizes of what before just sounds levelled out now if it wasn’t before so I’m going to do is I’m going to drag and drop it into my SPI podcast folder and I’m going to delete the other one so there you go and I moved up here so I could show you I’m just going to drag and drop that into my trash can I make sure I want to remove it yes don’t ask me again please and there we go so now I can play this one and you might hear that the sound quality or the levels are a lot better now again if you were good at recording and you were okay with the quality and the levels sounded fine to you you didn’t you don’t have to do any of that but if you just I mean that’s how you do it if you want to know how to do it and that’s how to do it with GarageBand now if you’re doing this with audacity it’s a little bit easier because with audacity now there is a way to export as an mp3 and then you can use iTunes and do what I just there but you’d be wasting your time because you can export with you can export to a dot wav file in audacity and it’s really easy so let me do that for you right now okay so here we are in audacity it’s going to look similar to this whether you’re on a Mac or PC and what I would always do here is as you can see there’s a couple tracks here and I have more down below this is this is my episode I mean this is actually not my episode because I do that in GarageBand but this is just for example and what I would always do in audacity is export as a WAV file you know it does that they do have their own mp3 encoder it’s called the lame encoder and it actually doesn’t come default with audacity at the download separately and install it but I wouldn’t even bother because I would always export as a WAV why because the lame encoder is lame compared to the iTunes mp3 encoder so what I would do is I would export as a wave drag it and drop it into that playlist that you set up for your podcast in iTunes right click it and then convert it to an mp3 from there just like I showed you make sure the import settings are mp3 and it’s going to be so much better plus if you are going to use the level later the level later accepts WAV files so if you export with the WAV file in audacity if you feel like it or if you want to or just want to make sure that your levels are correct in your audio you can just drag and drop that file from audacity that you’ve exported into the level later and then go and find it and convert that which comes out on the other side as a WAV if you did it this way and then you’ll have an mp3 file there you go so you know if you want to export in audacity all you have to do is go to file export and then from there you can save as session 49 dot wave if that’s the format you selected there are no options for that so all you have to do is click Save I have a file there already name that already but I’m gonna say yes and now it’s going to give you this edit metadata screen and I wouldn’t edit the data here because you’re gonna convert the WAV file to an mp3 anyways and you might do some other things with it like run it through level later and stuff what I would actually do is use iTunes to edit the date the metadata anyway because that’s what’s good you know you’re going to put your podcast on to iTunes anyways there’s some other things to include such as artwork and and things like that category so I would just click OK I wouldn’t worry about editing metadata there and that’s it okay so after you export your file whether you export it through audacity to GarageBand whether you go through level later or not and you just want to end up with a finalized mp3 file and at this point we’re going to have to tag the file to give that file some extra data so that audio players people and podcasting directories know who the host is what the name of the show is the name of that particular episode that you’re editing is and things like that so there are actually a lot of third-party programs that allow you to edit the id3 tags for your mp3 files but my favorite one is just simply iTunes you can actually use iTunes to edit your a you three tags so what I do is I put that file into a playlist too or nicely organize these things it’s nice just to have these other tags available from previous episode so I can just copy and paste but I’m going to go into this one just like I just pretending like it’s my first one to show you how to do it now to edit these tags I all you have to do is right-click on the file and click get info and you’ll see that the if you go in the info tab the name of the session is simply the file name if you go to summary there’s no artwork just simply says the file name that’s not what we want so to edit the tags you go to info and we can update this information here so I’m going to change the name of the episode to do that which is SPI 0 4 9 which denotes the 49th episode and that’s the name of the episode there for artists and album and things like that I actually have a handy master file that includes two things one the host name or the that you know the hosts of the show which is me and then I include a couple keywords after that about Who I am and then also the show name so host name show name make sure you have those handy before you do this and we’re going to include each of those things in several places here so I’m going to take the artist name or the host name and include that here in artists album artists and composer I don’t know if iTunes cares about composer or out of artists album artists for podcasts but you know it doesn’t hurt to put them in there now I’m also going to include the show name in album and grouping album is the name of the show and grouping I don’t know if iTunes uses that either but it doesn’t hurt and in the comments I’m just going to add a one little you know 150 character comment about this particular episode again if anything is just going to help for SEO and then genre this is very important you want to put it in podcast there’s a bunch of different ones to select from but make sure to include it in podcast and then the track number that’s the number episode that you have this is my 49th episode and so all the tags are updated there now there’s one last thing you need to do in addition to tagging with all this data is also tagged with your artwork for your specific show so to do that go ahead and go to artwork and then click add and then you’re going to add your artwork that you have for your file already which is going to be 1400 by 1400 in size that’s pixels and you want to make sure that it reads well at this size this is actually pretty large size it’s larger than its than the size you’re looking at now this particular video but also it should read well at like 73 by 73 which is a size of the icons used on the iPhone so you want to read well at large size and a small size so make sure to keep that in mind in your design but I’m just going to include this artwork here now and you’ll see if you go to summary actually if I click OK and then right click and get info again you’ll see that now it includes the artwork it includes the name of the episode here SPI 0 for 9 etc the host name Pat Flynn online opportunity or online entrepreneur business strategist and blogger and then the show name here and that’s exactly what we want you’ll see up here the audio player as well it’s updated with all that information so that means it’s working this is exactly what we want and we are ready to take this file and upload it to a server somewhere to host it so that when we put it on our blog it’ll read from that server and it’ll play nice and you won’t have to worry about taking pan with from your own site and we’ll get into more of that stuff in the next video but really easy from iTunes here all you have to do is click drag and drop it on your desktop you’ll see there it is there’s the icon we just added there again this is even smaller than 73 by 73 which just shows you know you can still read it which which works now the file name is going to be a little long so what I like to do here is just shorten it up a bit and make it spi zero for nine dot mp3 that’s it now this is the file that I’m going to upload to a server to host and there you go so that’s how you start with a recording you export it as an mp3 or a wave and then you take it through level later if you need to then drop it into a playlist in iTunes right click click get info that’s how you can edit all the tags again make sure you have handy your host name the show name the name of the episode and things like that and also the artwork for that show and then once you’re done editing it you know just click drag and drop it to your desktop change the file name boom you’re ready to go so I know that was a little technical probably a little bit boring then I had hoped but that’s okay it’s just all necessary stuff now when you create episodes in the future if you’re here in iTunes you can see that all you have to do is click here to copy and then you can click here on the new episode to paste it just makes it really easy and that’s why I like using iTunes as well it becomes a lot faster after you do this the first time so good luck to you I’ll see you in video number four where we talk about hosting your audio file that you just created

Podcasting Tutorial – Video 2: My Top 10 Recording Pointers

– Hey, what’s up? It’s Pat again from Smart Passive Income. This is the second video in a
series of video I’m creating to help you get your
podcast up and running. In the first video, we talked about things like equipment and software. In this video, we’re going to be talking about recording your podcast
episodes, more specifically, sort of what to put in your episodes and also tips for recording. And the first tip I wanna give you, which is really important,
while I have you here in the intro is
to always be consistent with where your mouth
is relative to the mic. I even have this issue sometimes. You know, during the recording, I’ll tend to drift away
from the mic or look away, and that’s gonna directly reflect in the sound quality of your episode. You wanna stay consistent
throughout the whole recording. For me, I always know to
have the tip of my nose or the tip of my lips
touching the pop filter. And that’s how I know the sound quality will be the same throughout
the entire episode. It takes some practice,
but you’ll get used to it. And here are some other tips for you. (syncopated electronic beat) Okay, so we already
talked about the first tip for your podcast, which
is to keep the distance between your mic and your mouth the same throughout your entire episode. Now let’s move onto tip number two. Tip number two has to
do with sound levels. You can kind of see your sound
level when you’re recording. You know, it’s the green,
the yellow, and the red light or bars that light up to red,
depending on how loud you are. There’s one basic rule of thumb here. Do not go red. You do not want to record in the red. Because once you go
red, you can’t go back. You’re better of recording
in the green and the yellows than it is to go in the reds, because if you’re green and yellow, you know you can bump up
the levels in your software. Now, the basic rule that you wanna do is you wanna try and get
as close to red as possible without actually getting into it. That’s how you get the best sound levels, the best volume, and all
those sorts of things. If you’re using a portable sound recorder, this is a little bit easier to control. But if you’re recording into software, you know, run some test. Speak naturally. Record a couple test run-throughs and see where your meter levels run and, you know, adjust accordingly. You know, just don’t go in the red. Okay, so let’s move onto tip number three which has to do with the show length, you know, the length of
your podcast episodes. And it’s one of the most
common questions I get. You know, how long should
my podcast episode be? Now, this is actually a
pretty common question for any sort of publishing platform. You know, how long should my book be? How long should be videos be, my blog posts, blah, blah, blah? You know, the answer
to all those questions is as long as it needs to be. That’s the simple answer. You know, how much time do you need to get across your message that
you’re trying to get across? You know, there’s no magic number, really. It all depends on what kind of content you’re going to produce
and your style, too. You know, there are podcasts out there that are just three to five minutes long. You may be familiar with them, you know, the quick and dirty tips
and those sorts of series. And there are some
podcasts that are longer, you know, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, sometimes a whole hour long. But, you know, whatever show length you feel is right for you. That’s the right answer. You know your audience
and the type of content that you’re going to produce. Whatever that show length may be, the number one tip, though,
is to stay pretty consistent. You don’t wanna hit 20
minutes with one episode and then five minutes the next and then one hour the next one. You know, you want to have
a nice rhythm going for you and also for your listeners so that they sorts of know what to expect and know how much time to allot for listening to your show in the future. Okay, moving onto tip number four. This has to do with your introduction. You know, I think intros to
shows are really important, and I definitely recommend including some type of intro at
the top of your show. It’s great for branding purposes, but there are different
ways to approach it. And again, just to
reiterate, this is your show. You can do whatever it is
that you wanna do with it. You know, you have complete freedom here. But here’s some different ways people go about starting their show. Now, as with any sort of
presentation-type stuff, whether it’s a blog post, podcast, video, or even live presentations,
the number-one best thing you can do at the top or
somewhere in the beginning is to just tell them, you
know, simply just tell your listeners, your readers, whoever, tell them what they’re gonna listen to. Tell them what it’s about. You know, it helps them
understand what to expect, and also, it gives them
something to look forward to. You know, some people actually
include a nice little teaser, specifically to keep people
listening all the way through. You know, they’ll talk about
something in the beginning that they’re gonna talk about at the end. It’s a great way to keep people listening throughout the entire
recording, which is actually a really smart thing to do. So at the top of your show, somewhere, do a quick overview and tell your audience what you’re gonna tell them, and then go ahead and tell them. You know, for me, I actually start with, this is the Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn, session number whatever, and then a little bit of intro music, and then I go over maybe a minute about what I’m gonna talk about, maybe who I have on the show as a guest, or anything like that. Now, when it comes to music, you know, you’ve gotta be very careful. The last thing you wanna do is get in trouble for using music that you shouldn’t shouldn’t have used, because you can get into big trouble if you use music that someone else owns. So you’re gonna want music that’s what’s called royalty-free. You want royalty-free music,
which means you have the right to use it for whatever. And there are different types of it. Whenever you find royalty-free music, make sure you go over
the terms and conditions and you know, even ask, you know, support if you are allowed to use it. You know, you just wanna be, it’s better safe than sorry, all right? I got my music actually
from There’s actually a music section there. There’s also,
and you could do a search on Google for other
royalty-free music websites. But again, just be sure
that if you’re using music or any sort of any audio clips, make sure that you have
the right to use it. Okay, now we talked
about the introduction. Tip number five, let’s
talk about the outro, and I’ll keep this short and sweet. Your outro is very important. I see a lot of podcasters
missing the ball on this once. You know, it’s the last thing. It’s the last thing that people remember when they’re listening to you. So what do you do? You provide a call to action. It’s as simple as that. Don’t forget to include a call to action at the end of your show. Keep the engagement going. You know, they’ve listened to
you for x number of minutes, and they made it to the end. So your listeners are prime for
you to tell to do something. You know, subscribe to your
list, purchase something, leave a review or subscribe, which is helpful for
your rankings in iTunes. Go to your website for something. Call to action. You know, it’s so important. You know, you can keep it the same for every episode if you want to, but I actually recommend
changing it up every time, just so that it’s something different and people who listen to other episodes, you know, maybe they already
subscribe to your email list, so you wanna give them something new. So that’s your outro. That’s tip number five. All right, next, let’s
move onto tip number six, and that is to direct people from your podcast back to your blog. You wanna get people from
listening to your show to physically on your blog, because people can’t click
on what they listen to. You know, they click on
links that are on websites, whether that click is a
link to something else like a product, some helpful
resource, I don’t know. But you should do your
best to occasionally, during your show, remind people to come
back to your website. You should at least do this in your outro like I just talked about
in tip number five, but elsewhere in your show, too. It’s really smart to remind
people to come back to your website, ’cause that’s where
all the action happens. The best way to do this
is with your show notes. What are show notes? That’s a list of links, summaries, other helpful resources
specifically for that particular episode that’s
located on your blog. And, you know, you’re
doing your audience a favor when you have good show notes, because they don’t have to
memorize all that stuff. They can just come to your blog. They’re gonna want to
come back to your blog, again, where all the action happens, and you’re gonna give them
all that helpful stuff, the links that you
mentioned, the resources, everything that you talked about. You know, your show notes
can also include summaries, maybe a transcript, maybe
something free that you give away to your listeners to entice
them to come back to your blog. Those are all great ways
to get people to come back. Again, that’s your show notes. To do this specifically, I
mean, you could tell people to come to your website. You know, hey, come to and visit the podcast section
in the navigation menu to get the show notes for this episode. But, you know, if you wanted to be fancy, you know, that requires
a few steps, you know. If you wanted to be direct
with people, you know, you could do a redirect. If you have a WordPress blog,
this is actually really easy. I use a plugin called Pretty, oops, Pretty, I caught myself
there, Pretty Link. And it’s one of my favorite plugins, because it allows me to take any link, no matter how long and ugly that link is, and turn it into something pretty, you know, much easier to remember. So with my show notes,
you know, on my blog, the URL might be long
and nasty like, you know, or something like that. Well, if I mention that
particular URL on the show, it’s gonna be really hard
for people to remember. But using Pretty Link, I can set it up so that when people go to, I can have it so that
Pretty Link makes it so when people go to that, they get redirected to the
long URL and my show notes. You know, super easy. And I’ve sort of trained
my listeners over time to know that that’s how
they get the show notes. That’s an easy way for them
to come to my site, you know, Super easy. And of course, make sure,
and this goes without saying, you know, that when you direct people back to your blog or your show notes that you leave a good first impression. You do something to get
them to come back for more. You collect their email addresses
and get them to subscribe. Again, the blog is where all
the clicking action happens. So, you know, really do
your best to direct people from your podcast back to
your blog as much as you can. Okay, so let’s move onto tip number seven, which is breaking up your
show into different segments. And this is especially for you if you are going to produce a longer show, a show that’s, you know,
more than 45 minutes, you know, 45 minutes to
an hour and a half long, which is okay, but if you’re
gonna do that, you know, think about reading a book, and if a book didn’t
have any chapters at all. It was just one huge chunk of text. I mean, that would suck
to read, and, you know, the reason there’s chapters
and, you know, paragraphs and breaking points and things like that is to give readers room to breathe, you know, give some space to just reset a little bit, you know,
and you would need that in a longer type of show. One of my favorite shows,
Internet Business Mastery, shout-out to Jeremy and Jason
if you’re listening to this, they currently have I think 169 episodes, and, you know, there are many reasons why I was hooked on their show. But one thing I loved about it was they broke up their
relatively long show into different segments. So they first started with their intro, where they introduced, you
know, what the show was about, the episode number, things like that. Then they did a little personal
piece where Jeremy and Jason would just chat for a little bit, and then they would go
into the feature segment, and then at the end, they would
go into a tip or a resource of the day or the week
or something like that. And then between each of
these particular segments, they’d have music to kind
of denote the new section, which is really smart,
and it really kept me listening for more, and it was something that I could expect in
the next episodes as well. So if you’re going to be producing
a longer type of episode, think about breaking your
episode into different chunks to keep listeners listening and to just give us room
to breathe a little bit. Okay, so moving onto tip number eight, and that is minimize the fluff. And what is fluff exactly? You know, it’s the extra
stuff that people talk about that don’t really have
anything to do with anything, you know, that’s not
gonna be very helpful, that’s just a waste of time, really. And fluff specifically
is gonna be different for every specific
audience, but, you know, you gotta think about it from
your listener’s point of view. You know, what do they wanna listen to? Yeah, they wanna listen to stuff that’s gonna help them, of course. So you wanna get to your
content, you know, the feature and the meat of your
content as soon as possible. You know, what’s gonna help them? But I think personal
stuff is also, you know, pretty important. You know, you wanna
include personal stuff, ’cause that’s what people can connect to. And that’s why, you know,
Sterling and Jay included that at the beginning of their show like I just talked about
in tip number seven. That’s why I include a
lot of personal stuff in my show as well. I talk about my kids and my family, some hobbies and things I like to do, because that’s what’s
gonna help me connect on a deeper level with my audience than just the content that I produce. You know, a lot of people
come up to me in conferences and they meet me, and they
talk about the different stories that I tell and personal stuff before they talk about any
of the tips that I give. You know, the personal
stuff and the stories, that’s what people can remember. What’s what people
connect me with sometimes. And I think that’s really important. But too much, you don’t
want too much of it. You can easily do too much of it, but you don’t, you just want just enough. And for me, that’s one or
two little personal things at the beginning of the show or maybe during the middle of it that doesn’t necessarily
have to do with the content or business or whatever your
show’s about, but, you know, it has to do with building
a relationship with people. So, you know, just, you
know, use common sense. Don’t talk too much. You know, I’ve listened to shows before where the first 10
minutes is about something that I have absolutely no
care for and I stop listening. You know, maybe their
content was awesome later in the show, but, you know,
they just talked too much, and I just stopped listening. So, just be aware. Okay, next, tip number
nine, second to last, don’t edit too much. You know, when you’re
producing your shows, they can be really easy to edit too much, to hear all the different
mistakes that you’re making. You’re gonna make
mistakes when you record. But it’s really easy to notice them all, because you’re the one recording them, and then I’ll go in there and
try to connect everything, you know, try to slice and
dice and splice everything. Don’t do that. You know, it’s a waste of time, and the more you rely on editing, the less you’re gonna actually improve as a person behind the microphone. And trust me, if you just
force yourself to do it without editing too much, you know, you’re gonna edit your interviews in. You’re gonna edit your intros and jingles and things like that. And yeah, there are gonna
be a couple clear mistakes that you make in the
middle of your recording that you can edit and slice and dice, but, you know, don’t
get too crazy with it. You know, I’ve become
such a better speaker behind the microphone because I just force myself to not edit my shows and rely on just simply
improving this craft of speaking. And it will happen over time. You know, if you go back
to my first episode, it sucks. I don’t like listening to it. And even if you go back
to my first videos, I dare you to, because
they’re just terrible. I cannot listen to them without cringing. But over time, I’ve gotten much better, and it’s because I don’t
edit too much of my shows. It just improved me so much. So, that’s tip number nine, and tip number 10, the last
tip here, is just have fun. You know, podcasting is super fun. Like, no other time in history
are we able to produce a show from the comfort of our own
home or even on the road where millions of people can listen to it and listen to you, and
it’s just so amazing. It’s such a wonderful time, and you can just, you know, the more you have fun with it, the more your audience
is gonna have fun with it and be in tune with you
and enjoy your show. And you know, once you start
producing plenty of shows, you’re gonna reach a point where you’re just not having fun anymore. I mean, I’ve reached that point, and every podcaster I’ve talked
to has reached that point where they just say, oh, I
gotta record another episode. But just, you know, when
you get into that mood, just think about when you first started, and think about the possibilities, because podcasting opens
up, you know, so many doors. It has for me. And just remember why you’re
doing it in the first place, and just have fun with it,
you know, seriously, you know, and if you find that you’re
getting bored with it, add something new, you know,
try something different. And that’s really all I have. So that’s tip number 10. Those are 10 tips for
you today to help improve your podcast while you record. And so in the next video,
video number three, we’re gonna talk about
exporting your show. You know, after you record your show, exporting it and then editing
your tags, your ID3 tags so that, you know, all the audio players can read that information correctly. All right, I’ll see you in the next video. Thanks.

Initiate a Podcast – Video 1: Tools and Software

hey what’s up everybody it’s pat flynn from smart passive income and this is the first of a series of videos that I’m shooting to help you get your podcasts up and running because a podcast has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve ever done for my brand and also for me personally so I’m hoping this video series is going to help you get yours up running much faster than I did in this first video I’m going to be going over some equipment options like microphones and things like that and also some software you can use to help record your voice because you’re going to need the stuff before you even record your first word so let’s get right to it sound quality is extremely important when it comes to your podcast bad sound quality can mean the difference between people listening to your show or just totally skipping right over it and sound quality starts with your microphone and I’ve gone through my fair share of mics here’s a quick comparison of each so here’s a Logitech USB headset one that you would use for Skype calls and gaming and things like that and it runs about 30 bucks on Amazon if you have like hardly any budget this is what I would start with but as you can hear it sounds very hollow it’s it’s not going to give you the quality that you want in a serious podcast okay so now you’re looking at the blue snowflake a nice little compact USB mic one’s about 46 bucks on Amazon it really fits in your pocket and it sounds really decent for the price and this is a great starter mic but again it picks up a lot of echo a lot of room noise and I think about upgrading to a more professional mic if you’re serious okay so now you’re looking at the samson c01u USB studio condenser microphones one of the more popular USB mics that’s out there and it runs about 70 to 75 bucks on Amazon right now so you could tell it sounds a little bit deeper a little bit nicer a little bit more pleasing to the ear it was one of my first professional microphones okay so now you’re listening to the audio-technica ATR 2100 USB microphone and I I really have to credit father Rodrick from father Roger comm for this beautiful find because we both use high opr 40s which I’ll show you in a second and this one comes to a close second as far as sound quality is concerned and this one runs about 200 dollars cheaper this one this one’s about 40 to 50 bucks on Amazon and it sounds really really good I mean just listen to it and it’s interesting because there’s two ways to plug it in through USB and an XLR connection you’re listening to USB right now and now you’re listening to the XLR connection which runs a cable from the mic to a mixer a mixer board and then that mixer board runs a cable to your computer which is how you record it in the software that you’re using again a great studio quality microphone for 40 to 50 bucks amazing alright and finally you’re looking at and listening to the heil PR 40 this is a top-of-the-line podcasting microphone it’s the mic that I use in my show the mic that cliff ravenscraft from podcast Answer Man uses and so many other podcasters use this why because it just sounds amazing it plugs into a mixer next to your computer and that mixer like the ATR plugs into your computer as well and you have control over so many things like the bass and the treble everything you just you can get it to sound perfect I mean I swear I sound so much better on the microphone than I do in real life because of this mic and it’s nice because it just gets rid of all the background noise it only picks up right what’s in front of it and it is a little bit expensive it runs about 300 bucks on Amazon and like I said you also need a mixer to go along with it but if you are serious about podcasting you know you’re going to be doing a show for quite a long time and you want to start with the best sound quality this is the mic for you the heil PR 40 okay so in addition to the actual microphone there’s the microphone accessories you’re going to want to pick up for example a pop filter those are those foam things you put on top of the mic or a screen that you put in front of it like you see in recording studios you’re also going to need some sort of stand to hold the mic and position it where you need it to be and also a shock mount which mounts to your microphone so that vibrations on your desk or wherever they don’t affect your sound quality at all okay so here’s a quick overview of my is particularly high opr 40 microphone and the behringer xenyx one zero zero two mixer which you can see a close-up right there that’s what the mic connects to and there’s a cord that connects from that to my Mac computer to record everything I need to record here’s a close-up view of the high OH with little mic flag for some branding purposes it’s good for video and stuff like that and then a high alarm which is made specifically to hold the higher PR of 40 and again connects my desk and there you go alright one last thing when it comes to podcasting equipment I encourage you to go to podcast Answer Man comm slash equipment and check out some of the stuff that cliff ravenscraft has to offer over at podcast Answer Man comm you know cliff is directly responsible for the success of my podcast I owe him a ton and this is a small little thing I could do to pay him back you know I owe him so much and he offers a lot of podcasting equipment packages he doesn’t sell those things individually but in he inclusive in packages to get you up and running right away and you know there’s a few different packages you could choose from you just go ahead and go to podcast Answer Man comm slash equipment check them out there he he also shares some other equipment to take your podcast to the next level and there’s one piece of equipment that he uses that I want to talk about which I don’t use but a lot of other podcasters use and it’s actually a really smart thing to do he records his podcast episodes into a digital audio recorder like the one you see here which is the rolling are – 0 5 and that’s like I said a really smart thing to do because when you do that you decrease the risk of something crashing or messing up when you record you know when you record directly into software like Raj ban or audacity which I’m going to show you in a second you know sometimes things crash and you can lose the hard work that you put in luckily i’ve never had that issue and you know i’m taking a shortcut but you know if you were truly serious about this you know and you just want to make sure you cover all bases check out podcast Answer Man comm slash equipment check out what he has to say about a digital audio recorder and he has some tutorials on that as well to help you out so now let’s talk about some software now since I work on a Mac computer I’m going to talk about the Mac software that I use first then I’m going to talk about the PC window stuff in just a second now you’re actually looking at GarageBand which I use to record edit and also export as an mp3 file all of my episodes and it’s great so user friendly really easy to use just drag and drop I can easily slice and dice and move things around it’s fantastic I use it for everything when it comes to my podcasts now if you’re on a PC or you just don’t mesh well with GarageBand you’ve used it and you don’t like it you can try audacity you can get that at it’s absolutely free it’s free software you can use to edit record and do all types of things import you know your jingles and your intros and your outros and also interviews which I’ll talk about how to do in a second totally free it’s great to use you know test it out if you want again that’s if GarageBand doesn’t work for you you’re on a Mac or if you’re on a PC free you can’t go wrong with that now one thing I love to do as a podcaster and I know a lot of other podcasters love to do is is we like to bring guests on a show you know it’s a great way to add some new flavor to the content that you have and also to introduce someone new and cool to your audience so there’s no better way to bring a guest on to your podcast than to record a Skype conversation now unfortunately Skype doesn’t have its own built-in recording software so you have to get that from a third party somewhere and if you’re on a Mac this is the place to get it ECAM with two M’s dot-com and there you can get call recorder for subscribe you can download a free demo if you want or you can buy it for 1995 really cheap for what what it is if you’re gonna have a lot of guests on your show it works really easily so let me just give you a quick demonstration you know hypothetical demonstration say I’m on a conversation here with Corbett Barr were doing an interview or something you know I’m not going to disturb him it says do not disturb so I’m not going to do that right now but you know if we were having conversation I could record it I can just pull up my call recorder window here press the record button boom it would be recording it could push stop at any time it would actually take that conversation and turn it into a dot MOV file dot movie file the reason for that is because you can also record Skype conversations with your video you know if you if you have a video conference you can record that as well now if you’re doing an audio you could actually pull up this convert to mp3 software that comes with call recorder for skype you can drag that movie file onto here it’ll turn it into an mp3 which you can then drag and drop into GarageBand or import into audacity it’s super easy to use what I also love about this software is also comes with this thing called split size of conversation so I can take that MOV file put it in here and then will give me two files one of Corvette Corvettes a side of the conversation and one of mine so in case one of our levels is off we can adjust it without having to worry about messing up the other one so now that that’s fantastic now if you are on a PC unfortunately a call recorder for skype is just for mac only if you’re on a PC or Windows you want to get pamela for skype so just go to pamela dot is and you’ll see those products there pamela for skype is about 30 bucks I believe thirty four ninety five I think and again it works similar it to call recorder for skype for Mac so that’s it and that’s the software that I use to edit record and export you know and just build my show you know that’s that’s how I produce my show earlier you saw some of the different microphone options my whole you know library of microphones and you can choose the one that’s best for you based on your budget and yeah that’s it so I’ll see you in video number two or I’ve actually be talking about recording your first episode and editing it so I’ll see you there

Also can simply still You Tithe Whereas You’re Quiet In Debt?

are you Christian that find yourself in debt and know that you need to tithe and yet you’re struggling with do you pay off the debt or do you tithe let me tell you this was a certain situation that I was in not so much with myself but with a client and here’s something that was very eye-opening for me the first little book on my background I’ve been raised a Southern Baptist I was raised primarily but my grandmother my father and tithing was always in our household it was you always need to tithe you need to give your 10% and you know I bought into it I believed it you know as a kid as I got older as I got away from the church I always do that supposed to be doing it but I didn’t and it really wasn’t until the last end to be honest the last year that me my wife you know we’ve really grown in our faith but tithing was that last piece that we just could not commit to and finally after tons of prayer and and just finally realizing that you know we it isn’t ours it is his it is to glorify Him you know we’re finally finally there yes we’re a little bit slow movers on that but you know we’re thankful that God’s grace is good so a couple years ago I’m meeting with a client that is struggling with debt they’re in their late 40s early 50s they don’t have nearly enough save for retirement and I’m stressing to them that you need to save you’re not saving enough I think they were saving maybe four or five percent of their income and that was it as we’re looking at the debt picture the topic of tithing comes up and you know they’re tying their 10% and I can remember sitting there telling them hey you know you might want to think about cutting back on your tithing so that you can focus on your debt and focus on your savings and that was my recommendation I can I can never forget the words that she told me and that day she told me Jeff it’s not God’s fault that we are in debt he did not make us open credit cards he just did not make us be foolish with our money that was our fault so therefore we shouldn’t take away what is his the tithe you know we still need to tithe and then figure out a way how we’re going to get out of debt and say for retirement and when she first told me that my first initial reaction didn’t say it but my aunt within myself was I think you’re nuts I think you’re absolutely crazy there’s you’re never gonna get your debt paid off you’re never gonna have enough for retirement as long as you’re tightening because of just the financial hole that they got themselves into and I’ll never forget just how I felt I mean I I was convicted that they she was making a mistake and as years gone on I’ve never forgot about the conversation you know we start tithing we finally see it we finally see it for what it’s supposed to be you know in God’s name and I’ll never forget that conversation and what kind of makes this come full-circle was I just met with her just a few weeks ago in a casual conversation we’re talking about things and she lets me know hey by the way we are completely debt-free and right now you know we’ve been saving 20% of our income towards retirement and they’ve been tithing the entire time you know the foot in my mouth like here I was telling them not to tie it’s who basically disobeyed God’s will thankfully they didn’t listen to me thankfully it listened to the canned financial adviser advice you know they did what they know was right and they still found a way to glorify God get out of debt in safe retirement so if you’re struggling with that and you find yourself a Christian that’s struggling with that do I tithe do I pay off my debt what’s the priority you know I don’t want to advise you what to do but you know you have to honor God so you have to tithe figure out the financial discipline so that you can tithe cut up your credit cards do whatever you have to do to get out of debt and prevent yourself from getting further into debt and you know things will work out you have to believe you have to believe that things will work out as long as you stick to it and figure out what’s wrong with your financial decisions you should be okay but I’m curious have you struggled with debt have you struggled with the idea tithing versus paying off debt I know it’s something that I I’m not the only person that has struggled with it so I want to hear one of your struggles man and have you been able to work through those I’d love to hear your thoughts this is jeff rose from take care