Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Podcasting sermons for free

OK, have just gone through setting up a podcast for our church without having to set up a new upload section and without having to pay for anything. So, for those who are trying to do the same, and with huge kudos to this article from Bukisa, here's what I did.

Setting up:

  1. Open an account with Fileden where you will upload your mp3 (and other formats) files to.
  2. Open an account with Blogger and create a blog which will provide your podcast entries.
  3. Go to the "Settings" tab for the blog and set "Show Link fields" to "Yes".
  4. Create a 300x300 pixel image for your blog's entry on iTunes. (And you can create a separate image for Feedburner's feed if you like.)
  5. Upload the images to the web somewhere. (eg. Fileden if you like.)
  6. Open an account with Feedburner and create a feed for your Blogger blog (it will even let you submit the podcast to iTunes). This will be your podcast feed.
  7. Go back to your blog on Blogger, click "Settings" and choose "Site Feed" then paste your Feedburner feed URL into "Post Feed Redirect URL".

Posting podcasts:

  1. Create a fully tagged mp3 or m4a (or both in our case).
  2. Upload it/them to Fileden and record the direct link.
  3. Create a post in Blogger. The title should be the name of that particular podcast.
  4. Enter the description of the post as the body of the blog post, bearing in mind that all carriage returns will be trimmed out.
  5. Leave the "Link" field empty.
  6. Click "Show enclosure links" and enter the URL for the uploaded file.
  7. Post the blog entry.

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