Becoming A Podcaster One Day At A Time

It’s been almost a year since I have written in this blog, but that is changing now.  I got a little sidetracked with my work on my main blog, and it has paid off – so I can gladly say that it was a good thing.  But I originally started this blog to review products and that is what I am going to do.

I am doing a breakthrough challenge for the next 45 days.  I am going to take the time between now and the end of the year to go through the course called: Smart Podcasting Skills (affiliate link) to learn how to podcast the right way.  I wanted to start a podcast this year, and I even had it in my goals for the year – but it didn’t happen.  So now I am working on creating the future I want to see for next year.  One of my goals for next year is to produce 52 podcasts.  That is one per week.  I am going to start the course and record interviews and podcasts in December but publish them in January.  So I am getting a little bit of a head start.

Let me begin by telling you about why I am going to go through the course.  I bought the course: Smart Podcasting Skills in April this year and I have not made any progress – like many of the things I have purchased and not used.  I don’t know Kelly McCausey personally – but I do listen to her podcast and I have purchased quite a few of her products.  I purchased Smart Blogging Skills as well (another one of her products) and I have not implemented it either.  But I am much better now as far as purchasing things I don’t plan to use immediately.  And this was sitting on the “virtual” shelf, and I already had a desire so here I am.  Has that ever happened to you?  Have you ever just wanted to do something then got distracted by something else?  (Bright shiny objects)

Now, I am going to review this product at the same time I am doing the challenge.  And I want to be fair to you readers – so I won’t be giving it all the fairy and fake stuff that a lot of reviews have.  Friends patting friends on the back.  Nope, I am going to implement and then tell you how it went.  If you decide to purchase – come along with me.  Let me know.  I just want to get a podcast out there.

Looking at the sales page – Kelly promises that I can use tools that even my Gramma can use.  Interesting.  I work with a lot of older people in my other blogs, and that can be a challenge.  As a matter of fact, I am concerned a little with finding an audience in my technology challenged customers.  But I am going to give this a good 52 weeks to see.  I will discuss later who I consider to be the target audience, but suffice it to say I think it’s going to work.

Kelly also promised to give me a good plan for press releases and editing my work.  I sure hope she gives me a good tutorial on editing my work because I cannot afford a VA right now to edit the media file.  Plus – I really want to learn to do it then I can let it go.  Kelly’s sales page is short and ends with her guarantee.  I’m obviously past that since I bought it a while ago, but I am confident this will work out.

Let me tell you why I want to podcast.  I want to podcast because I want to become a speaker.  I want to speak out and teach people how to be their own advocates.  To talk to their doctors without feeling intimidated.  So this will get me used to speaking.  And it helps my audience get closer to me by hearing my voice.  Everyone who talks about podcasting says it is great.  I know that I need to make it past 10 episodes to get into a groove, so I hope I will be forgiven my initial episodes someday when I am famous.

Now, onto the implementation I have done so far.  I listened to the first 2 audios and I made some decisions that she instructs me to do.  She had a checklist that kind of is an overview of the steps that you can check off as you go along.  So, I am checking off the first thing on the checklist.  I also listened to her interview with Connie Ragen Green talking about 5 ways to implement podcasting in your business.  Those were good.

Based on lesson #2, I made baseline decisions related to what she says is foundational to your podcast.  Let me just say that it’s clear that Kelly loves to produce audio, I can only hope to become as comfortable behind the microphone.  I also did some brainstorming and wrote down my thoughts on the other topics that she suggested we consider.  I must admit, at first I thought this lesson was a bit of a “fluff” but at the end – I realized the importance of taking these steps now instead of later.

She gives some tips for new podcasters, and an additional tip I will give you is that you are going to be nervous and hate the sound of your voice.  That’s why I don’t like the thought of editing – I have to listen to my own voice over and over.  But how many times do you listen to other people’s voices and think – how awful?  Never!  We are our own worst critics.

So with those steps over – I am ready to listen to audio #3, and see what the next lesson from Smart Podcasting Skills holds.


WSO Review of Viral Blogging Traffic by Tom Ness – Day 2

Yes, I am aware that it has been quite some time since I posted about Tom Ness and his Viral Blogging Traffic, but I will let you know that I have been working on my kindle project.

But tonight I watched the first video – entitled Core Program.  He made about an hour and a half long video that could have been 30 minutes if he would have taken the time to plan ahead.  I suspect he had a general idea what he was going to say, but I was a bit of fumbling around.  But it did have good content.  I am not going to say that all of it was new, because in all honesty it was not.  I know most of the stuff he talks about.  But I did not know to put it all together in this way.

First of all, it’s a video without notes.  I would like a page of notes telling me what I am going to learn.  You also don’t know how long it’s going to be – so sit down because it’s 90+ minutes as far as I can tell.  (Don’t hold me to that!)

He tells me that he’s going to tell me the 3 things that make a great blog, and give plenty of examples.  Watching the video, it is clear what his system is and how it works.  I am not sure I have any proof that it does work, but that is why I am doing this blog.  I am going to implement that process on my website and see if it improves the traffic.  I will probably attempt to do it on this website as well.

He goes through and tells me what a good blog is and how it should work.  He spends a lot of time talking about how to make a facebook timeline, but it seems that there is a much easier and cheaper solution when you are counting your own time –!

But he also talks about your costs for this program – hosting, domain, autoresponder, outsourcing until you get to a point where the affiliate sales are bringing in enough to cover it.  So the money up front could easily be $100 outlay to do it right.  He also talks about what plugins he recommends for you to use on a wordpress website.  So that was the first part of the 3 steps it takes to be successful.

Step #2 is the tedious one.  I won’t tell you what it is, but it is something that I have gotten better at over time.  He does a good job of extensively telling you how to solve this problem on your own.  I mean extensive, he goes to each website and shows you how to use it.

And then about 10 minutes before the video ends – he goes into some really good information about other sources of traffic and gives you the lead of how to do them.  I think this part should have been sooner.  It was golden.

Tom really needs to add some PDF’s and tell people how long the video is.  And the PDF for taking notes on.  Overall, I like it and it does not appear to be black hat SEO work that has to be sensitive to Google algorithm changes. Also, I would like to get another lesson on some of the advanced techniques, but it is likely to be taught in the next two videos.  I will watch those and let you know.

Join me in trying out Tom Ness’s and see what you think.

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Amazon Kindling Review – Day 15

Day 15!  I can’t believe the Kindling membership is so huge that I am on day 15 of going through the information.

Today is about K2 Promotion!  I am still waiting on my first book to come back from the editor, but I am going to be ready to promote it when I get it posted!  So far I have already set up a Facebook page, a twitter account and a blogspot blog in my pen name.  I have added a few posts to the blogspot blog and posted some info on Facebook.  I am using tweetadder to increase my following on twitter.  Now I am ready to read more.

I start off on the overview page, talking about the two factors that make it easy to succeed on kindle.  I wholeheartedly agree with his information and I have seen it work myself, so I am on board.  Next section was about promotion on Facebook, and even though it says it’s about Facebook, it’s really about promotion reality.  He talks about what you have to do to promote your books, and how it will take a little time and effort but you can do this.

Twitter promotion section up next – reading it is a very valuable way to build your audience.  I have started doing some of this with twitter, and I don’t know if it is working or not, but I know I am building.  I have to do the Facebook stuff he suggests as well.  Then he talks about the twitter breaking point and how you can reach it – easily.  I am sure it takes some work, but to be honest – much of that can be done with tweetadder.  Then he talks about the twitter community, and I can see how the things that he is recommending will need to be done to promote your book.  Although I can see what he is talking about with his comparison to liftoff.  That it will take a good deal of work to get noticed, but once you are noticed, you are golden.

Now, honestly in the twitter numbers it is getting a little repetitive and I understand his point.  He goes into some important twitter rules of etiquette.  I watched the rest of the information in the twitter section for promotion, and it is golden.  You will learn more about how to use twitter as an author in those sections than any of the WSO information you might read.  This section will keep you getting the best followers and never run out of information on how to find the best people to follow.  The only thing is, that I wish he would give some hints on what to TWEET!  Ha.

Next, I am going to work on promoting my book once it is published and trying to get it read.  I will have two books that are fiction out shortly.  I will update you on how things are working, and continue to follow the kindling membership to see what is added that is new.  Geoff also has a bonus training that I have not started yet, called Mass Marketing Control.  I will look through that and determine if I want to add it.

I am considering buying software for the publishing, but I am not sure which to buy.  I am going to get a couple more books out using the current system that I have and see where it leads me.

Let me know how you are doing with kindling!

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Amazing Amazon Kindling Review – Day 14

I took a few days off from writing about the Kindling course I am taking, but I continued to write and work on other parts of the Kindle Book Publishing process.

Just to give you an update, I put up the request for an editor on Elance and finally chose one last weekend.  I created a book that was almost 37,000 words, and I can tell you that was not intentional – it was just me writing and telling the story that needed to be told.  I have turned the book over to an editor – I chose someone who was new but put forth a great proposal.  She included a sample of her writing, and it sounded very similar to mine, so I decided it was best to go with her.  It’s going to cost me about $150 for the editor, but I want it to be good.  I hope I will earn that amount from the book, at least.  [I have a personal stash that I am using to pay for the editor, not my regular business money]  Still to come, I will need to have a book cover created – and I will hire someone on Fiverr to do it.  I may hire 2 people on and just choose the one I like better.  I hope to have the book out in the next 2 weeks.  I will let you know later if I feel an editor is an important part of the process.

Other people have obviously released books and not used an editor, so it might be too much money to spend on a product that I am not sure about.  But I have a need to have the book look good, so forgive me and you don’t have to hire an editor.  Geoff Shaw does not recommend it.

Going back into the membership, I see that he has added a couple of things to the Tricktion section of the membership.  I read through adding facts to your story and I see how it will improve the novel.  I had never thought of it the way he describes.  And he has added another section called reverse it that is perfect for making new stories and plot lines.  Finally, he has added a video called DAM that describes how to build a plot using multiple story lines and people.  I loved it, and it reminds me of the way I have plotted out my next book that I am writing now.  It was the way that the plot book that I bought on Amazon called – Holly Lisle’s Create A Plot Clinic.

So the next sections that I am going to review are called: Marshall and Copy Success.  The first is about the Marshall software that he recommends, and he goes into great detail about how to use it.  Then copy success shows the different successful authors – I assume in an attempt to make you feel like you can make it.  I would like to see some books done by members, but maybe he will add that later.

I hope that you enjoyed this review, next up is Kindling K2 – Promotion.  I am excited about this.  I have my next book about 10,000 words written and well on it’s way to being a series.    Looking forward to the next review on Kindling.


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