Start with the Free service. Do several shows. See if you like it. Then, decide if you need more time, and, perhaps, some promotional banner adds.
Personally, I have found 30 minutes to be more than adequate. Particularly when you consider the fact you can do a 30 minute episode each day.
In addition to 30 minutes of live streaming, you have a 15 minute bonus of recording time. So, essentially, you have 45 minutes of recorded material.
Stephen Covey used those words in his book, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” It was Habit #2. What is #1, you ask? It’s “Be Proactive.” I’m not going to list the others, you can click here if you are interested.
I decided to revisit, and rebuild, the BlogTalkRadioGuy website using tools I didn’t know about the first time around. Originally, I used the Microsoft authoring tool Frontpage. Then, Microsoft decided to discontinue the product. I used it for a few more years, then recognized WordPress was a much more useful tool for me.
Like most WP users, it took a while to grasp the elements, but once I did, I gradually upgraded my web presence, site by site. I never, really, thought about the end, just the journey. This time, I’m going to try to plan better.
What is the end for the BlogTalkRadioGuy website?
It’s a place to learn how to use BlogTalkRadio effectively. Not only producing a show, but using the audio for video.
Since signing up in November 2007, and beginning to broadcast in early 2008, I’ve produced more than 2000 episodes, or as I like to think of them, shows, on BlogTalkRadio.com.
I’ve watched the number of daily episodes go from 600+ to (as of January, 2013)
- 2 million+ shows aired
- 16,000+ active hosts
- 35,000 new shows/month
- 25 million visitors/month
- 196 million page views/month
Aside from the obvious audio communication element, the fact that there are so many shows being indexed by Google means your show has a better chance of being indexed for your keywords than on any other podcasting site.
Speaking of podcasting, while BlogTalkRadio is, of course, podcasting, you don’t need the extensive list of tools or editing skills required by other podcasting platforms. You only need a phone, a computer and a topic you are comfortable with.