(Updated November 2019) If you’re a podcaster, or are in any of these fields, it is likely a bit frustrating just to keep up with the latest podcasting news.
As someone who deals with podcast-related news on a daily basis, it’s hard to find fresh, good news about what’s going on. If you do your research on Google, you have to spend a few minutes filtering out fake news about new podcasts from the real, high quality news about recent updates. That is why we decided to give you some useful tips on how to stay up to date with ease, or almost!
1. The power of keywords
Google Alert’s tracking service is a basic tool that you need to keep up to date. However, as you probably already know, only 2 out of 15 links are really relevant to what you need to know. You may need something more advanced so as not to lose valuable time, such as:
Follow a topic through a Google News feed
Personally, I use Feedly as my news aggregator and I find the Power Search feature to be quite useful. Searching Google News will get you results from news publications, while Feedlys Power Search will get you filterable stories from across the web. Feedly allows you to create a feed to keep track of a topic as it appears on Google News.
If you want to keep up with the latest and greatest podcasting publications, you can search for it in Google News and add this Google News stream as a feed to your Feedly. If you do, a new story will be added when a new article about podcasting appears. Here is my feed, and as you can see, it’s the easiest way for me to visually monitor updates.
Use search operators to refine your warnings
You can use punctuation and symbols to refine your search on Google
Or search operators like:
In Feedly, you can use Boolean operators that combine your search terms to either narrow or expand your result set. All you need to know is how to use the three basic Boolean operators: AND, OR, and NOT. You can read some examples on Feedly’s blog.
What connects podcast listeners and podcasters is how accurate they are when talking about their niche knowledge. We can say that updating via email newsletters is the fastest and most efficient way to get an overview of the podcasting field. We strongly encourage you to follow these four newsletters:
A quick daily update of the global news for anyone involved with podcasting and on-demand audio. The newsletter currently has over 11,000 subscribers and is definitely one that you need to get to your inbox!
If you’re looking for new show inspiration, sign up for EarBuds’ weekly listening lists, which are based on a theme. Each week a different person curates a list of 5 must-list shows for your listening pleasure.
The Bello collective
Part publication, part newsletter, The Bello Collective sends out its newsletter every two weeks via podcasts and the audio industry. When you sign up, you’ll receive stories, thoughts, podcast recommendations, audio industry news, and more.
These stories are designed to bring you the “strongest, truest” news in the podcast industry. You go through a rigorous editorial process to make sure these aren’t sugar coated or optimized for the web, just the bare bones of the story.
3. Social networks
It’s also very helpful to keep an eye on what’s going on on social media, especially if you’re looking for real people to network or collaborate with. Word of mouth is always the best way to keep up-to-date! Take a look at our current blog for a deeper dive into podcast communities.
As a first step, consider the following groups:
- The Podcasters’ Hangout was created to enable participation and collaboration between podcasters around the world
Remember, these types of groups are not for self-promotion (this is an unpopular practice!) But are for sharing, updating, and being part of a community.
Twitter is definitely the best social network for podcasters. You can easily find any podcaster here, although you won’t be caught up with the latest news that quickly. There are two ways to navigate Twitter’s ocean of information:
- Find the keyword you want to be updated for (such as “Podcasting”), then select “Live” or “Top” depending on what you want to find. Then save this research for future use.
4. Old but golden blogs
It’s hard to find great updated blogs about podcasting. We often follow and read The Podcasters Studio, which is about equipment and technical tools, and which includes guides on how to record, edit, publish and promote your podcast. Another Precious Pearl, the Audacity to Podcast, an award-winning podcast managed by Daniel J. Lewis, has everything you need to know to learn more about podcasting and most importantly, to keep improving your podcast.
But there are also some old school blogs like Podcasting Tools and How to Podcast Tutorial, which have endless sources of great tips and basic skills to get inspired by.
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