As a member of Libsyn.com tech support, I get people contacting me asking, “I got a bunch of downloads but I don't know the source.” While most media hosts allow you to see where the audience came from, what apps, what browsers, but if someone referred your podcast from another site, you couldn't see that information. Now you can.
I got to play with a Focusrite 2i2 and if you are looking for an easy to get your microphone into your computer (and have the option to have a co-host as well) without having to look at a TON of knobs, check out the Focusrite 2i2. As I'm on a PC, I downloaded a driver, plugged in the unit, and was ready to record. If you're on a Mac computer, you just plug it in.
If you want a backup copy of your recording, plug a cable into the monitor out and send the signal to your portable recorder.
It's built like a tank and is a lovely shade of red.
Libsyn.com Rolls Out Custom Tracking Codes
Libsyn.com recently rolled out custom tracking codes for those on their advanced stats. This allows you to enter a code(s) for an episode so you can track where your podcast comes from. Most podcast hosting platforms give you access to geographic data, and insight into what apps people are using as well as the number of downloads. The good news is anybody can share your podcast. I've known people who had giant boosts in downloads by having a popular blog link to their website. If you had a tracking code for that episode on your website, you would get more than “A player” or “A browser” you would be able to see the source of your downloads.
In doing a quick test I made a link for my newsletter, and more my website so I could see that yes, both of those sources had people listening to my episode.
What If I Don't Have a Libsyn Account?
You can use what are called UTM (Urchin Tracking Module) which is a format used by Google to track things. You can go to https://ga-dev-tools.appspot.com/campaign-url-builder/ to create a campaign. Here is a link to a video that explains it (from Google)
Steph Taylor From the Socialite Podcast Sheds Some Light on UTMs
I met Stephanie at We Are Podcast 2018 in Melbourne Australia. She is awesome, and once saved me from a giant cockroach (a long story for another time). She's only been podcasting for around six months and is having huge success (thousands of downloads).
You can check out her podcast at https://stephtaylor.co/
Much like the Libsyn Custom Link, you can use a UTM to track where your show is being heard (the source).
Some other takeaways from my talk with Stephanie:
How to know what social media platform to use
The social network that you may not be using
She uses Recur Post to automate some of her postings
She uses a Pinterest template from Creative Market
How she uses automationagency.com to trim down her publishing stress
Because of her podcast, she got to speak at We Are Podcast
Her strategy to maximize her launchFree tools from Google that help you see where your listeners are coming from @davejacksonClick To Tweet
The Question of the Month: What is the Book You Refer to People the Most?[28:29]
Dennis Looney from the Gridlock MBA – All Marketers Are Liars By Seth Godin
Josh Liston On the Bubble Podcast – A Man Called Ove (Fiction), H is for Hawk (non Fiction), The Halo Effect (business)
The Question of the Month For December[43:32]
For December it is time for your yearly tradition of answering the question,
“What is the ONE podcast (if you can only pick one) podcast (your favorite). Where can we find it? And WHY is it your favorite. Lastly, where can we find your show and what is it about?
See www.schoolofpodcasting.com/contact (if you record and email it, please put “December question of the month)What is your ONE Favorite podcast? Why is it your favorite? Click To Tweet
Mentioned in this Episode
Link to Official Google Video on Google UTM and URL Builder ( https://youtu.be/pNRgUq5sDhc )
Recur Post (Automated posting)
Creative Market (Graphic Templates)
Web Hosting and Domain Names
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