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August 1, 2006

Podcast Award Nominations Shows Lack of Understanding

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Posted by Alex Williams

The Podcast Awards are coming up again. But apparently the entries are lacking a few basics, reflecting the poor understanding about RSS, show notes, and the various elements that go with a podcast.

Insomnia Radio recaps Todd Cochrane's lament in culling through the nominations for this year's Podcast Awards. What they found:

* 78% of the submissions had invalid feeds, according to FeedValidator.org.
* Of the remaining feeds, 96% had glaring errors.
* 42% did not have an RSS feed button on their home page. (gulp)
* 26% did not have a link to the file in their show notes.
* 21% had less than 2 lines of show notes.
* Some feeds were huge, as big as 500K and 367 entries.
* Only 49% of the submissions provide a way to contact the podcaster.
* 200 of the submissions that called themselves podcasts had no podcast feeds.

People understand the recording part. They get the idea behind making a show. They could be better web marketers.

More so, the findings reflect that RSS is still foreign to most people. It is still the magic part of the mix.

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1. randulo on September 3, 2006 12:22 PM writes...

Yep, it's sad but many, many "podcasts" are no such thing, just videos with no feed. A large number of the feeds don't work, both of which basically sabotages the whole podcast idea, particularly the video aspect.

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2. Podcast Autocue on September 19, 2006 4:56 AM writes...

78% had feeds that didn't validate ...?

WOW!

There really isn't any excuse for that when you're using Wordpress, MT, Blogger, etc. - all with hundreds, maybe even thousands of templates that validate ...

Unreal ...

Cheers

Nick :)

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3. Podcast Autocue on September 19, 2006 4:56 AM writes...

78% had feeds that didn't validate ...?

WOW!

There really isn't any excuse for that when you're using Wordpress, MT, Blogger, etc. - all with hundreds, maybe even thousands of templates that validate ...

Unreal ...

Cheers

Nick :)

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4. Kris Hansen on October 21, 2006 5:14 AM writes...

Is it a big issue that some podcasts exceed 500k in size? As an audio professional and audiophile with 8meg broadband, if RSS is doing its job properly the transfer should happen without my even noticing, and thus the download time and bandwidth used is of no concern to me compared with incautiously encoded audio at low bit rates with digital artefacts all over them. Simulating broadcasting should not be taken so far as reducing the audio quality to that of a shortwave radio programme.

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5. Jessica on October 29, 2007 12:48 PM writes...

I never really understood the attraction to podcasts being longer than 60 mins in length. I use the Podcast Hosting service of CyberEars.com and we find that keeping Podcasts to no more than 30 mins in length, with a sample rate of 44.1khz makes an easily digestible Podcast for downloading.

Jess

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6. Wills on March 1, 2011 5:13 PM writes...

Wow those statistics are staggering.
Thanks for the heads up.

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7. cell phone numbers go public on April 8, 2012 2:15 PM writes...

I have read so many posts about the blogger lovers but this paragraph is truly
a nice post, keep it up.

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