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David Jackson

Rocky River, Oh

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My friend Ray Ortega hosted another “Podcasters Roundtable” and this episodes theme was “Podcast Pet Peeves.” I was soooo bummed that I couldn’t attend ( I did send in some ideas via e-mail and thanks to Ray for reading that).

  1. Wildly varying volume levels. (use a free program called Levelator)
  2. Horrible audio quality – Blog Talk Radio & Talkshoe (use tools like Mixlr or Spreaker to broadcast live)
  3. Excessive mouth noise (which can be remedied by staying hydrated)
  4. Overuse and misuse of profanity, and not labeling your podcast explicit
  5. Not make it simple for your audience, and being vague (i.e. “Find us in iTunes instead of giving a direct link). There is a free tool called “Pretty Link” that makes this simple.
  6. Get to the point. Don’t throw away your first 5 minutes. Don’t record an hour long podcast if you have 38 minutes of space
  7. No way to easily contact the podcaster. If you’re worried about spam emails, use the cryptx plugin. There is also, and voicemail systems.
  8. Super long sponsor plugs. At least make them live so you don’t have to listen to the exact same promo over and over
  9. People who put on a “podcast voice.”  Don’t use a persona. You need to instead be yourself.
  10. Apologizing for missing episodes. There is no need to apologize.
  11. If you’re going to have a guest on your show, be sure to let your guest know how long they will need to set aside to be on the podcast.
  12. Discussing items that are visual in an audio podcast, or items that distract the audience from the content.
  13. Your podcast description in iTunes tells you noting about the podcast. (i.e. We’re just two dudes talking about nothing..”). Tell people what to expect, and if it applies how people will benefit.
  14. When your guests do not help promote your show.
  15. Your website has an iTunes link, but has no RSS feed on your website
  16. Excessive ums due to lack of preparation. Having bullet points can keep you on track.
  17. People who don’t treat podcasting like other forms of media (TV, Radio).
  18. People who obsess on the lack of feedback and beg.
  19. People who state they are number 1.
  20. People who call audio on a website a “podcast” (i.e. a Sound cloud player) WATCH VIDEO
  21. Put names to your episodes – not numbers
  22. Using favorite words over and over. We need to listen to your podcast and listen for over used words.
Dave’s Podcast  Pet Peeves
  1. The hey I’m Back (letting your audience know you pressed pause button). Who cares?
  2. Masterbation references – Some information I don’t need to know Greg Fitzsimmons
  3. Review of the Review – It’s a podcast, if we didn’t get it, or need to hear it again we can rewind.
  4. The 12 Days of Christmas Syndrome – When someone goes over a list that was just gone over. Again, there is a rewind button.
  5. Mixing Video in a podcast feed.
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