Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

BlogTalkRadio’s New Integration With Facebook Gets You More Listens!

Exciting news for BlogTalkRadio hosts! Your listeners will now able to connect their BlogTalkRadio accounts to Facebook and begin automatically sharing the BTR shows they are listening to on their Facebook timeline, in addition to seeing what their Facebook friends are listening to on the network.

What It Means For You

As a host on BlogTalkRadio, your show will now gain exposure to a much wider population and be more easily discovered by new listeners, in addition to boosting engagement with your current audience.  BUT for this all to happen, you need to communicate this new feature to your current listeners.

How To Get Your Listeners On Board

Let your listeners know that they can now easily share their love for BTR hosts like yourself with their Facebook community and discover new hosts from their friend’s Facebook timelines by connecting their BlogTalkRadio accounts to Facebook.

Instruct your listeners to go to BlogTalkRadio.com and click on the “Connect using Facebook” button at the top of the page and follow the prompts.  You can encourage your audience to do so when you are on air, through your social networks, your blog or even by email so they can easily share your show with their Facebook network.

Read up on this FAQ we prepared and share it with your listeners so they have all the facts.  Then, sit back and get ready to be discovered by a whole new audience of listeners!

Why We’re Excited

It has been amazing to read the recent successes of other companies such as Spotify, Pinterest, Vevo, Fab.com, Foodspotting that have integrated with Facebook to drive significant traffic increases and engagement with content on their site.  We are very excited to be working with Facebook on this update and help our hosts get the exposure they deserve!

Need More Info?

We did a special BlogTalkRadio University show all about our new integration with Facebook. You can listen to the archived show here.

How To Make An Intro For Your Radio Show or Podcast

We just did a show on Planning Committee all about tips on creating an audio intro for your BlogTalkRadio show that attracted our highest number of live listeners! Apparently, the topic is one that a lot of our hosts are wondering about and we were happy to provide some info on the topic.

An audio intro is a great way to add a fun element that your listeners can identify your program with. It’s actually another opportunity for you to personalize your broadcast and show your listeners a bit more of yourself, whether it be in the music you select or the way you write the intro script.

If you choose to use our platform to create the intro, it’s also a great way to get comfortable using the studio and working with audio clips – kind of like doing your first test show. There are 3 ways to go about creating an intro and a number of tips to keep in mind that we covered on this episode of Planning Committee. Tune in here.

The Show Must Go On…Even When You’re On Vacation

We get a lot of questions from hosts on how to properly load up rebroadcasts to play if they are unable to do a live show. Especially during summer months, when you may be on vacation or away for stretches of time, scheduling rebroadcasts are a good idea to keep the momentum going for your show.

We just did a segment on the topic for Planning Committee with special guest, John Sweet, Assistant Director of Operations at BlogTalkRadio. John breaks down the three ways to rebroadcast a show: Using your RSS feed, uploading audio when you are scheduling a show and uploading audio straight to your studio. You can listen to the show here and follow along with these visuals and tips from the show below:

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is basically a standardized web feed that allows users to subscribe to updates with new content from many different types of sources online – blogs, audio, video, etc.  Your show actually has an RSS feed that anyone on the web can subscribe to and it will appear in their RSS feed automatically.  If you go to any show page on BTR, you’ll see the rss icon, which allows anyone to subscribe to your show and add it to their feed.

Rebroadcast Using Your RSS Feed or Uploading Audio

This method just requires you to schedule a show as usual, but you click the blue link at the top and you will be prompted to either upload an audio file or put in your RSS feed address.  Your show’s RSS feed follows this format: www.blogtalkradio.com/displayname.rss (i.e. Planning Committee’s RSS feed is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/planningcommittee.rss)

The only thing you have to remember about rebroadcasting in this way, is that your listeners will actually have to press play for the show to begin and it will not show up in your upcoming episodes so you have to send a reminder to your audience in email or by social media to drive listeners to the show at the time and remind them that they should click play to begin the broadcast.

Rebroadcast By Uploading Audio Straight Into Your Studio

You can also upload audio files straight into your studio if you’d like to rebroadcast.  You can download a previous episode of your show by clicking on “Download this episode.”  Once a window pops up select “File” in the top navigation and then  “Save As” in the dropdown.  The file will save as an mp3 and you can choose “All Files” for the type of file.

You can then upload the file straight into your studio:

When you schedule the rebroadcast, make sure to select the audio file that you just uploaded as your startup audio:

If you choose this option, you will have to actually call into your show using your host call in and pin number at the time you have scheduled it and wait for the audio to start up.  Once the audio starts up, you can hang up (and enjoy the rest of your vacation:)

Submitting Your Show To Be Featured Can Pay Off

We get quite a few questions from hosts on how they can submit their show to be featured on BlogTalkRadio‘s homepage so we decided to dedicate a whole Planning Committee show on the topic.  Listen in to get some valuable tips and tricks. Tune in.

Why Submit Your Show?

If selected by our Editorial team, your show could appear on the top of the homepage in our Staff Picks section and be seen by millions of visitors to our site.  So remember, every time you schedule a new episode of your show that features a notable guest or trending topic, don’t forget to submit it!

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How To Submit Your Show

1.    Click on “My Account” in your dropdown menu.

2.    Click on “Feature my show” under “My BlogTalkRadio”

3.    In the “Feature my show” tab, fill out the necessary info at the bottom of the form.

4.    Click “Submit”

For more tips on submitting your show, visit this post.

7 BlogTalkRadio Sharing Tools To Grow Your Audience

BlogTalkRadio makes it easy for you to share your show with the world. And in 2011 we were happy to announce a number of *NEW* ways to help you spread the word. Take advantage of all of it to grow your listener base:

*NEW* Update your Settings with your Facebook page so you can easily communicate with your audience right from the Studio.

*NEW* Encourage your listeners to connect their accounts to Facebook so that they can share and discover new BlogTalkradio shows  from their network.  Here’s how.

*NEW* Update your Settings with your Twitter handle so you can easily send updates to your followers right from the Studio. Twitter tips.

 

It’s easy to to embed your show on your website or blog.  Here’s how.

 

Make your show available on ITunes to attract listeners on the go. Learn about it.

 

 

*NEW* Remember to blast your show out to all of your email contacts and followers. Read up on our email update to take advantage of the feature.

 

You can fill in keywords for your show and episode descriptions to drive traffic & listeners from search engines. SEO Tips.

 

*NEW* Encourage listeners to like, share and +1 your content on Google+. Read up on this update.

 

And last but not least, take a listen to Marketing Club for tips on how to better market and monetize your show. Tune into the archives here and follow us to get updates of upcoming broadcasts!

BlogTalkRadio + Facebook = Awesome!

We just released a brand new feature on BlogTalkRadio that integrates Facebook commenting on all of our show pages.  Now, when a listener leaves a comment on a BlogTalkRadio show page, they have the ability to post that comment right onto their Facebook wall in order to continue the conversation here at BlogTalkRadio or on Facebook.

Try it! Just go to your favorite show on BlogTalkRadio, click on an episode and leave a comment for the host.  Check the box that says “Post to Facebook” and just like that, you’re opening up the conversation to all of your friends on Facebook.

We’re really excited about this new update because it increases the interactivity between our hosts and their listeners and also gives our listeners the ability to promote their favorite hosts to their Facebook network.  We hope all of our hosts will encourage their listeners to use this new feature to help spread the word and give their content an extra boost to be heard across the Internet!

Now You Can 1+ Your Favorite BlogTalkRadio Shows!

We are really loving Google+ over here at BlogTalkRadio.  So much so, that we’ve added a 1+ button to all of our profile and show pages. Now our listeners can share what they are loving on BlogTalkRadio on Google+ with the click of a button.  And to top it off, now our hosts will be reaching a whole new set of people through their 1+’ing listeners!

And if you haven’t added our Google+ page yet to your circles, get to it here!

Promoting Your BlogTalkRadio Show Just Got Easier

We are happy to announce that you can now promote your show to all of your email contacts in Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc. right from your episode page.  You just have to click on “email” at the bottom where all of your other sharing icons live.  We are very excited about this new update because it’s going to make it so much easier for you to share your show with those in your personal network.  Give it a try and see the results for yourself!