How To Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPress

Learn how to add a custom gravatar to WordPress without touching code in this step-by-step tutorial …

How To Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPressAs we explain in this tutorial, WordPress uses a special kind of avatar called a Gravatar to display user profile photos.

To learn how to set up a Gravatar, see the step-by-step tutorial below:

How To Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPress

Take a look at WordPress sites and blogs where users frequently post comments or engage in online discussions and you will most likely see user profile images displayed next to their comments.

These are user avatars or Gravatars …

A Gravatar is a special kind of avatar used in WordPress

(A Gravatar is a special kind of avatar used in WordPress)

Your Gravatar is associated with your email address and follows you around the web, displaying your profile image whenever you post comments online or interact with other WordPress users.

If a user doesn’t have a gravatar, WordPress will display a default image, called  a ‘Mystery Person’ …

Mystery Person

(Mystery Person)

Since many users don’t have an image associated with their email address, your site can end up displaying lots of ‘Mystery Person’ images.

If you allow users to post comments on your site and you don’t want a ‘Mystery Person’ to display next to commenters without gravatars of their own, you can set up a custom default gravatar to display on your site. This can be any image you like, even a branded logo.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to add a custom default gravatar to WordPress without touching code.

Why Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPress?

There are two reasons for adding a custom gravatar to WordPress:

  1. To change your own default user gravatar.
  2. To change the default gravatar of other users.

Why Change Your Own Default User Gravatar?

As explained in this tutorial, Gravatar is a free web service that allows users to create a profile and associate avatar images to their email addresses.

Once you set up your Gravatar, the image you have associated with your email address will display everywhere your email address is used. While it’s great to keep the same profile image consistent when interacting with other sites, you may not want to use your gravatar image on your site.

For example, you may want to use  your professional gravatar when posting comments on websites related to your work or industry …

Professional Gravatar

(Professional Gravatar)

But you may also have created a fun or special character avatar or a mascot image that you would like to associate with your profile when posting on your own site …

Fun Gravatar

(Fun Gravatar)

Why Change The Default Gravatar Of Other Users?

As explained earlier, the main reason for changing the default gravatar of other users on your site is to replace the ‘Mystery Man’ default image …

Mystery Man gravatar ... Boooo!

(Mystery Man gravatar … Boooo!)

But you may also have created a fun or special character avatar or a mascot image that you would like to associate with your profile when posting on your own site …

Custom user gravatar ... Yaaay!

(Custom user gravatar … Yaaay!)

Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPress Using Plugins

The easiest way to add or change custom gravatars in WordPress without touching code is using plugins. There are a number of plugins you can use to customize WordPress using avatars.

For this tutorial, let’s look at how to change your default gravatar and set a different default gravatar for other users on your site using a couple of gravatar plugins.

Podamibe Custom User Gravatar

Podamibe Custom User Gravatar

(Podamibe Custom User Gravatar)

Podamibe Custom User Gravatar is a free WordPress plugin that allows users to upload their own gravatar in the media gallery and displays that image as a gravatar instead of looking for an avatar from gravatar.com based on their registered email.

To install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add Plugins and search for “gravatar” in the Keyword field.

Locate the plugin and click ‘Install Now’ …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

After the plugin has installed, click on ‘Activate’ …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

After installing and activating the plugin, go to your User Profile and scroll down to the Custom Gravatar section. Check ‘Use Custom Gravatar’ and click the ‘Select Picture’ button …

User Profile - Custom Gravatar

(User Profile – Custom Gravatar)

Upload and/or select an image from the WordPress Media Library to use as your custom gravatar, then click on ‘Update Profile’ to update your settings and set your image as your new default gravatar  …

Use Custom Gravatar

(Use Custom Gravatar)

Your new custom Gravatar image will display throughout your site, replacing the previous default gravatar …

(Your custom Gravatar image)

You can return to the default gravatar simply by disabling the Custom Gravatar feature in your User Profile or deactivating the plugin …

Back to 'Mystery Man'

(Back to ‘Mystery Man’)

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Podamibe Custom User Gravatar

WP User Avatar

WP User Avatar

(WP User Avatar)

WP User Avatar is a free WordPress plugin that lets you use any image or picture from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar, including adding your own default avatar.

To install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add Plugins and search for “gravatar” in the Keyword field.

Locate the plugin and click ‘Install Now’ …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

After the plugin has installed, click on ‘Activate’ …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

The plugin adds a new ‘Avatars’ menu to your main WordPress menu. Go to Avatars > Settings to add a new default avatar …

Avatars > Settings menu

(Avatars > Settings menu)

This brings you to the ‘WP User Avatar’ settings screen, which effectively mirrors the Avatar section of the WordPress Discussion settings area, allowing you to configure the plugin settings, select whether or not to display avatars, set the content rating, and change the default avatar for users without a custom avatar of their own …

WP User Avatar settings screen

(WP User Avatar settings screen)

Scroll down to the ‘Default Avatar’ section, select the WP User Avatar radio button and click on the ‘Choose Image’ button …

Default Avatar - WP User Avatar

(Default Avatar – WP User Avatar)

Upload and/or select an image from the WordPress Media Library to use as your custom gravatar and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …

Set a new default WordPress avatar

(Set a new default WordPress avatar)

The new custom avatar image will replace the default avatar on your site …

Custom avatar image

(Custom avatar image)

The new custom avatar image will also replace the default image for all users on your site without a Gravatar of their own …

New default user gravatar

(New default user gravatar)

The plugin also adds a library of Avatars to your admin area …

Avatars - Library menu

(Avatars – Library menu)

This lets admin users view and manage all custom avatars uploaded by users on your site …

Avatars library

(Avatars library)

WP User Avatar – Additional Features

If you allow the plugin to add a menu button to your Visual Editor in the plugin ‘settings’ section, users can insert their custom gravatar into their content using the menu button or a shortcode …

Insert a custom gravatar into your content

(Insert a custom gravatar into your content)

Clicking on the menu button brings up a dialog box where users can edit and insert their custom avatar into their content …

Insert a custom avatar into your content

(Insert a custom avatar into your content)

This places a shortcode into the content …

Custom gravatar shortcode

(Custom gravatar shortcode)

The custom gravatar will display in the content in the specified location after the post or page has been published …

Custom Gravatar

(Custom Gravatar)

Clicking on the menu button also gives you the option of adding a standalone uploader to a front page or widget which is only visible to logged-in users …

Add a standalone uploader to a page or widget

(Add a standalone uploader to a page or widget)

This lets logged-in users directly upload their own custom avatar and update their profiles …

Logged-in users can upload their own custom Gravatar

(Logged-in users can upload their own custom Gravatar)

This feature can be useful if you plan to run a membership site or user forum

User profile avatar updated

(User profile avatar updated)

There is also a WP User Avatar PRO version of the plugin that adds more customizable features for adding, editing, managing, and storing custom avatars.

Watch the video below to see a demo of the Pro version of the plugin:

(WP User Avatar PRO)

Learn more about …

We hope you have found this tutorial on how to add a custom gravatar to WordPress useful.

How To Add A Custom Gravatar To WordPress

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Using Images In WordPress – How To Reduce Image File Size In Your Server

Learn how to create and save images correctly, how to reduce your images without compromizing image quality and how to optimize the size of your image files to keep your site running smoothly.

Using Images In WordPress – How To Reduce Image File Size In Your Server

Using Images In WordPress - How To Reduce Image File Size In Your ServerImages uploaded to the WordPress Media Library are stored in your server.

If your website uses lots of images or you run an e-commerce site using an application like WooCommerce, for example, your site may have to store hundreds or even thousands of product images.

Uploading loads of images to your server can lead to an excessively large image folder. This can cause your site to exceed its hosting quota, create problems with backups, slow down page loading times, and cause a number of other issues.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create and save images correctly, how to reduce your images without compromizing image quality and how to optimize the size of your image files to keep your site running smoothly.

Using Large Image Files On Your Website

If you plan to use large image files or lots of images on your website, we recommend not uploading and storing these in your WordPress installation, but using a cloud storage service like Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc. instead and adding the image via the Add Media ‘Insert from URL’ tool …

Use an external storage service for adding large images to WordPress!

(Use an external storage service for adding large images to WordPress!)

To learn how to use the Add Media ‘Insert from URL’ tool, see this tutorial:

Depending on the applications you have installed on your website, you may have no other option but to upload and store images in your Media Library.

In this case, you have to make sure that you are not uploading images that are larger than necessary …

These images are way too large!

(These images are way too large!)

Let’s see why this is a problem …

Media File Management

Images, videos and other media uploaded to your website are normally managed through the WordPress Media Library …

WordPress Media Library

(WordPress Media Library)

Your media settings are configured in your Media Settings section. Here you can specify whether to store media uploads into month and year-based folders or not …

Media Settings

(Media Settings)

Once media files are added to the Media Library, they are then uploaded to your server and stored in your wp-content > uploads folder, which you can access using applications like FTP or via your cPanel’s File Manager

Media files like images are stored in your server

(Media files like images are stored in your server)

Uploading loads of large images (and other media files) to your Media Library, then, will cause your server’s disk storage to swell up in size …

Storing large media files in your server can cause loads of problems!

(Storing large media files in your server can cause loads of problems!)

Storing large media files in your server can lead to problems like backing up files and slow down your website’s performance when loading web pages.

Important

To avoid problems, large media files should be uploaded to the Amazon S3 account or an external service like YouTube (videos) and links to these files then embedded into web content using the WordPress Add Media tool.

Before we look at ways to reduce image file size, let’s go over some image file basics.

Image Specifications & Guidelines

You can avoid problems by setting out specifications and guidelines for using images in your website.

These include:

  • Understanding image size vs image resolution.
  • Understanding different image formats and when to use these.
  • Specifications for digital and print images and understanding the difference between these.

Let’s briefly go through each of the above:

Image Size vs Image Resolution

Image size refers to the dimensions of an image and is usually expressed in terms of pixels or points.

Image resolution refers to the number of pixels that can fit inside a specific area of a screen or printed surface and is normally expressed in terms of pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi).

For example, the dimensions of the image below are 680 pixels wide x 400 pixels tall …

Image Dimensions

(Image Dimensions)

Using an image editing tool like Photoshop, we can see that the resolution of this image is 72 pixels per inch …

Image Resolution(Image resolution) 

Images for printed publications (e.g. magazines, brochures, etc.) need to be high resolution (e.g. 300 dpi), but most computer screens work really well with low resolution images (72-96 dpi). This includes images like photos, screenshots, logos, etc.

Errors using images occur when confusing image size with image resolution. You can have a very large image with a low resolution (which will not work for print – images will become pixelated), or upload high-resolution images to your website, which will significantly and unnecessarily increase the size of your server’s database.

Image Format

Common formats used for saving images for use in websites include .jpg, .png, and .gif.

For practical purposes and simplicity’s sake, here’s a good commercial rule of thumb when deciding on which image format to use:

  • Save most images as .jpg unless your images need to have a transparent background.
  • If you want your image to have a transparent background, save it as a .png.
  • Animated images (e.g. advertising banners) are normally saved as a .gif.

You can learn more about different image formats here.

Digital Image Specs

If you plan to work with a large number of images that must be uploaded to your Media Library and stored in your WordPress installation (e.g. product images in WooCommerce), then follow the specs below to ensure that your server’s disk space won’t become excessively large and difficult to manage:

  • Image File Size: Aim for image file sizes no larger than around 500 kb.
  • Image Resolution: 72-96 ppi.
  • Image Dimensions: Try keeping your maximum image width to 900 – 1280 pixels. Typically, a width of 600-800 pixels is sufficient for many product images and screenshots.
  • Image Format: .jpg (maximum quality), unless image requires a transparent background. If image requires a transparent background, then save as .png with transparency turned on.
  • Image Mode: RGB

Print & Display Advertising Image Specs

High-quality printing or display advertising (e.g. magazines) typically require high resolution images (e.g. 300 dpi) saved in CMYK image mode.

Tip

  • If creating images for logos or company artwork, create these as high resolution images in large sizes (e.g. 5,000 pixels wide) as these images will probably be used in print, but make sure to reformat these to digital image specs when using these in digital artwork or uploading to your website.
  • Always work from larger to smaller dimensions and from higher to lower resolutions. Reducing image sizes and resolutions will retain image quality but not the other way round (going from smaller to larger size or resolution will make image appear blurred or pixelated).
  • When creating images from scratch, set the dimensions and resolution before you start.

You can set image size and resolution in Photoshop using the Image > Image Size dialog box …

Photoshop > Image Size

(Photoshop > Image Size)

How To Reduce Image File Size

Before making any changes to images that have already been uploaded to your website and are currently being used in your content, do the following:

  • Back up your website.
  • Download folders containing images to your hard drive. If working in CPanel’s File Manager, compress and download a copy of the image folders to your hard drive.
  • Extract and make a copy of these image folders. We’ll edit images in these copied folders to make sure that nothing happens to the original files.
  • Create a folder inside your working images folder where you will edit and save images to (call the folder something like “reduce these”).
  • Select all large images above a certain file size (e.g. 500 kb) and copy these to your working folder.
  • Begin systematically opening and editing these images in an image editing application like Photoshop.
  • Save the edited image in your image editing folder.
  • Replace large file-sized images on your website with the smaller file-sized images you have just created.
  • After replacing all images on your website, review all pages to make sure that all images have been replaced correctly.
  • Delete large images from your server.
  • Go back to your website and check pages and content to make sure that no images are missing in your content.
  • Your files should now be significantly reduced in size.

If you can’t see image file sizes in your hard drive’s image folder, do the following:

Open up the folder in your hard drive containing your images, then right-click in your folder and select View > Details

Select View > Details

(Select View > Details)

Now you can see all image file sizes listed …

List of images displaying image file sizes

(List of images displaying image file sizes)

The next step is to start reducing each image to a smaller file size …

Convert .png images to .jpg to reduce file size

(Reduce each file to a smaller size)

Let’s take a look now at ways to reduce image file sizes.

Save Files As .Jpg

Images saved in .jpg format normally result in smaller file sizes than the same image saved in .png format …

For example, if we save our example image as a .png

Image saved as .png

(Image saved as .png)

And then save the same image as a .jpg (maximum quality) …

Image saved as .jpg

(Image saved as .jpg)

You can see that the .png file has a larger file size than the .jpg image…

The .png image is larger than the same image saved a .jpg

(The .png image is larger than the same image saved a .jpg)

Keeping this in mind, here’s something you can do if you have unnecessarily saved lots of image files on your website as .png instead of .jpg.

Convert .png Images To .jpg

Locate and open a large .png file from your working images folder using your image editor (e.g. Photoshop) …

Open a large .png file

(Open a large .png file)

For this example, we have selected an image that is over 3 Mb in size (3,160 kb). If we apply the image specifications from our earlier section to this image, we can see that:

  1. The file doesn’t need to have a transparent background. It can be resaved as a .jpg image.
  2. The image dimensions are larger than necessary.

We can reduce this image file size

(We can reduce this image file size)

Let’s save this file as a .jpg image first and see how much we can reduce the image file size by …

Save the file as a .jpg

(Save the file as a .jpg)

By changing the file format from .png to .jpg, we have significantly reduced the image file size (from 3,160 kb to 900 kb) …

Same image, different file image sizes

(Same image, different file image sizes)

This reduced image, however, is still almost twice as large as the file size specifications we have set for our images (no larger than 500 kb).

Now we have two options. We can reduce image file size by:

  • Reducing file size dimensions
  • Reducing image quality

Reduce File Size Dimensions

Let’s repeat the above process, but this time, we’ll reduce file size dimensions before saving the image as a .jpg.

First, select the image and open the  ‘Image Size’ dialog box (Image > Image Size in Photoshop) …

Image > Image Size

(Image > Image Size)

Change the image dimensions to reduce the image size and make it fit within your specifications …

Reduce image dimensions

(Reduce image dimensions)

Now resave the image as a .jpg and look at the resulting file size …

Same image has been significantly reduced in size

(Same image has been significantly reduced in size)

We have reduced the image file size significantly.

Info

Resizing image dimensions in your web pages will not reduce the file size of the original image in your server. To reduce image file size, change the dimensions of the original image, then replace the original image in your server with your edited image …

Resizing images on your page does not reduce image file size

(Resizing images on your page does not reduce image file size)

Reduce Image Quality

Depending on what you plan to use your images for, reducing image quality by a level or two won’t make that much difference to the final result …

.jpg Image Quality Settings

(JPEG Image Quality Settings)

For example, here is a .jpg image saved using maximum quality image optimization settings (100%) …

JPEG Settings - Maximum Quality 100%

(JPEG Settings – Maximum Quality 100%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Very High) …

JPEG Settings - Very High Quality 80%

(JPEG Settings – Very High Quality 80%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (High) …

JPEG Settings - High Quality 60%

(JPEG Settings – High Quality 60%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Medium) …

JPEG Settings - Medium Quality 30%

(JPEG Settings – High Quality 60%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Low) …

JPEG Settings - Low Quality 10%

(JPEG Settings – Low Quality 10%)

Although there’s not that much difference in the images, the difference in file sizes can be significant …

Same image different JPEG quality settings

(Same image different JPEG quality settings)

In addition to the above, you can also use the methods below to reduce image file size:

Crop Unnecessary Image Areas

If the are excess  areas around an image that are not required or essential, consider cropping the image to reduce image file size …

Crop excess areas around images to reduce file size

(Crop excess areas around images to reduce file size)

Check Image Resolution

Check to see if any large images uploaded to your website have been saved using a high image resolution and change the settings to reduce image file size …

Images for use in web content don't need very high resolutions

(Images for use in web content don’t need very high resolutions)

Using some or all of the above methods can significantly reduce the file size of your stored images …

Image file sizes can be significantly reduced to improve your website

(Image file sizes can be significantly reduced to improve your website)

Image Compression Plugins

In addition to using the methods described above to reduce image file size, if you have loads of images uploaded to your WordPress media library, we also recommend looking at image compression and optimization plugins.

WP Smush

Smush Image Compression and Optimization Plugin

(WP Smush Image Compression and Optimization Plugin)

WP Smush scans images that you upload (or have already added) to your site and automatically resizes, optimizes, and compresses these, removing unnecessary data before adding it to your media library.

This plugin strips hidden bulky information from your images and reduces file size without losing image quality.

WP Smush automatically optimizes images uploaded to WordPress

(WP Smush automatically optimizes images uploaded to WordPress)

For more information or to download the plugin, go here: Smush

We hope that you have found this information on resizing image file sizes useful. For more help on using images in WordPress, see the tutorials below:

How To Reduce Image File Size In Your WordPress Database

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Content Marketing With WordPress – Using Podcasts

In this tutorial, we look at incorporating the use of podcasts into your content marketing mix.

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Content Marketing With WordPress – Podcasting

In this series of tutorials on content marketing, we continue exploring different content types and formats that you can use to create more exposure online for your business and increase traffic to your website.

In this tutorial, we look at incorporating podcasts and audio content into your content marketing mix.

What Is A Podcast?

The origin of the term “podcasting” is attributed to one of two sources. Some argue that it is derived from the Apple iPod and the term “broadcast”, and others claim that it comes from the terms “Public On Demand” (i.e. POD) and “Cast”.

Podcasting is an effective medium that more businesses are employing to communicate with existing customers and reach new audiences of prospective customers. Essentially, a podcast is an audio blog. You make regular audio recordings and then post them for an intended niche audience, who can then subscribe to access your podcasts and be informed when new podcasts are published, much like an RSS feed.

Like blogging, podcasting is also a very cost-effective and personal way to reach out and communicate with an audience.

A podcast or spoken word audio recording is something that people can listen to on their smartphones while commuting to and from work, standing in a long queue, waiting around, or just relaxing at home or in a park.

Users can enjoy listening to your podcasts anywhere!

(Users can enjoy listening to your podcasts anywhere!)

Podcasts can be made collaboratively for an audience or talk show (e.g. interviewing experts in your industry or niche), or to train or motivate your sales team on your company blog. It is well documented that Ray Kroc, the founder of the McDonald’s franchising system used to create regular audio recordings for his franchisees and employees about the values, standards, and qualities he wanted people to adopt for his growing fast-food company. You can do the same for your business.

How To Create Podcasts

Here are the basic steps to follow if you plan to add audio recordings or podcasts to your website or blog:

1 – Choose A Topic

Decide on a clear theme. Choose something that you are passionate about or have a great deal of expertise in (ideally both!)

There are as many ideas for audio content as there are for content in general. Choose a theme that will engage your audience by its ability to be explained completely using words and sound. Publishing transcripts of videos that rely mostly on the audience’s ability to process lots of visual information (e.g. a how-to training video for using a specific type of software) is not going to be engaging if most of the content on the audio is “now … click here” or “move this over there”.

2 – Choose A Format

How are you going to structure your podcast in terms of content segments? Will it start with a short introduction followed by welcoming a guest or doing an interview with a client, then a summary of the takeaway points, or will it be structured in a completely different way? If you plan to create regular podcasts, it’s generally best to stick with a familiar structure that your audience will recognize.

Other elements of building a format for your audio broadcasts include creating and scripting segments, deciding on the average length of episodes (according to Stitcher.com, a popular online radio and podcast site, the average listener stays connected for about 22 minutes), enrolling the help of others to assist in production and how often you plan to schedule new podcast episodes (e.g. weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly, etc.)

Practical Tip

Tip: Just like using images in content without permission, sounds, music, and some audio elements can also be subject to copyright. Beware of copyright infringements if you plan to play songs or use audio bytes from published media sites in your podcast. It’s best to stick with media files that have been specifically licensed for use, and get the artist’s permission before creating your audio recordings.

Podcasting

Here are some places where you can search for free audio content for your podcasts, licensed sound effects, field recordings, etc.:

  • Creative Commons Search: Creative Commons Search offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations.
  • Freesound.org: Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.

3 – Podcasting Equipment

You really don’t need anything more to start with than a smartphone to see if there is a positive response to your audio content. If there is an enthusiastic reception from your audience and you think this could be a viable strategy for distributing your content, you can then invest in better quality equipment to create a better quality podcast. Even then, getting good quality podcasting creation equipment and tools can be fairly inexpensive.

Professional podcast recording equipment includes microphones (e.g. a dynamic USB microphone), headsets or a headset & microphone combination, sound mixers and sound recording software. You can also search online for “podcasting kits”

Podcasting Kit(Podcastudio – Podcasting Kit)

You can record interviews over Skype with free or inexpensive software like Pamela for PC users or Call Recorder For Skype for Mac users, and edit your audio content using free tools like Audacity for PC, or GarageBand” for Mac.

4 – Record Your Podcasts

Once you are ready to record your podcast, launch your recording software and begin recording your episodes. Stick to the format you’ve developed and go through the recording software tutorials and online how-to podcast tutorials to learn how to create better quality content. Like anything new, expect to run into some technical issues at first until you get more familiar with the process. The same goes for developing a better presentation and style. Practice makes perfect.

5 – Your Finished Audio File

Once you have created your audio file. The next stage is to edit and produce it into a shareable format. Once again, practice and experience will help you improve the quality of the final product.

Once your audio file is ready to be shared, you will want to upload it to your server, a cloud server or host it somewhere suitable for hosting large media files like audio.

Podcast Hosting Services

Libsyn - Podcast Hosting Service

(Libsyn – Podcast Hosting Service)

There are many dedicated podcast hosting services online, including the following:

You can also stream your podcasts in WordPress using a plugin like PowerPress.

PowerPress

Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin

(Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin)

The PowerPress plugin not only makes it easy to add audio files to your content, it also provides full iTunes support and audio players.

To learn more about this plugin, visit the site below:

6 – Distribute And Promote Your Podcasts

The last step is to make your podcasts available to listeners and start promoting your podcasts.

Important Info

Podcasts are XML files that index the audio files and its associated metadata. WordPress automatically generates your podcast XML/RSS feed, which you will need when submitting your podcast to sharing sites like iTunes and others.

Using a plugin like PowerPress will help you generate the code required by podcasting sites (e.g. iTunes). Alternatively, you can generate the XML tags yourself, use software tools, or host your audio content with podcasting directories (see below), who will typically generate the RSS feed for you. Many directories also include the tags required by sites like iTunes, making it easier to get your podcasts listed.

Tip

Check to see if your RSS feed is valid here:

You can submit your podcast to a number of podcast sites like iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, etc. and also submit your podcast feeds to online directories, social media, etc.

For more information on getting your podcasts promoted online, see the section below.

Podcasting Directories

Use the list of podcasting directories below in addition to the sites already mentioned to get your podcast distributed to a wider audience of listeners:

Submitting Your Podcasts To iTunes

iTunes is by far the largest, most far-reaching and most well-known site to get your podcasts listed.

Submit your podcast to iTunes

(Submit your podcast to iTunes)

In order to get your podcasts listed on iTunes, you will need to make sure that your content is submitted according to their clear specifications and guidelines.

To learn more about getting your podcasts listed on iTunes, visit the site below:

Podcasting Courses

When looking for courses that will teach you how to build credibility, drive traffic and make sales using podcasting, look for courses that will help you answer questions like:

  • How do I get my podcast syndicated?
  • How often should I update my podcast?
  • How do I make my podcast go viral?
  • Where do I host my podcast?
  • How do I make money with podcasting?
  • How to get your podcast featured in the iTunes store?
  • What podcasting directories can I submit to?
  • How do I prevent pod-rot?
  • What’s the fastest way to attract new listeners?

Learn how to set up your own internet radio show on iTunes and other podcasting directories around the internet with this podcasting course:

Podcasting – Resources & Additional Info

Visit the sites and resources below for more information on creating and publishing podcasts:

Summary

Podcasting is a powerful way to reach an audience and promote your website and business.

Action Step

Consider adding podcasts to your content marketing mix. Go through some of the resources above and begin planning your strategy for promoting your business using the power of audio.

In the next tutorial, we’ll explore the use of ebooks as content for your WordPress site or blog.

To learn more about using ebooks as content, see the tutorial below:

Content Marketing With WordPress - Podcasting

(Use Podcasts To Reach New Audiences)

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