Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Old Firm Podcast 006

The 6th Old Firm Podcast has been released, and again I'm without my co-host.

But check it out, please, and any feedback would be appreciated.

Download it.


The Tartian Podcast is Nominated

My music podcast has been nominated at the Podcast Peers site. To get onto the nominee's page you need to have received at least +5 'for' votes in the forum. If you're a podcaster who hasn't registered yet for the Podcast Peers site, head over now and sign up (tis free, of course). Drop a vote the Tartian Podcast's way!

Podcast User Magazine Issue 7 out now

Friday, July 28, 2006

Australia's podcasting boom

ABC Radio will top 2 million podcasts a month by the end of 2006, Australian podcasters are expected this trend to continue.

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Podshow and Alexa

I'm not going to go into huge detail about what Alexa is and how it works, but it's regarded as a reasonable gauge as to which websites are generating the most traffic in the world.

The Keith and the Girl podcast have a bit of a 'tiff' (I don't know what else to say about it) with Dawn and Drew, and on the KaTG forums someone put up info on which of the two have the best Alexa rankings.

Here's a post from said forum; quote
Alexa Stats

Keithandthegirl.com 51,570
dawnanddrew.podshow.com 14,751

Very distrubing until i did some more searchs

Dawnanddrew.com 4,301,756
podshow.com 14,751
deltasierracharl.podshow.com 14,751
yeastradio.podshow.com 14,751

i think you get the idea. Basicly every time someone goes to a website of a podcast owned by podshow the main podshow.com gets a hit on alexa. So podshow can boast huge numbers and the individual podcasts can also boast the same numbers.

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End quote.

Does this make Podshow evil? You decide.

I've posted this up to various podcast forums and the overwhelming response has been that, not only is Alexa a fairly ignored-by-the-ordinary-person statistic, but that sites such as Blogger, Libsyn etc have the same issue. Alexa looks at the main domain, ignoring the subdomains.

What's happened with Podshow is common and most certainly not evil.

Here are some comments;
From the Britcaster forum-
Why the accusations without the research? Makes KATG look like they can't be bothered to research how the Alexa chart is compiled.

"Alexa's traffic rankings are for top level domains only (e.g. domain.com). We do not provide separate rankings for subpages within a domain (e.g. www.domain.com/subpage.html) or subdomains (e.g. subdomain.domain.com)"


Alexa's traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users over a rolling 3 month period. A site's ranking is based on a combined measure of reach and pageviews.

The dawnanddrew.podshow.com domain has been there for a lot longer than 3 months, the beta has only been going for around 4 weeks so anyone freshly registering won't be able to accumulate as many hits in the last 3 months.

If registering under any podshow.com subdomain increases your Alexa popularity surly thats a good thing as your stats are bumped up by Podshows popularity.

Is it me or is anyone else fed up with podcasters bitching at each other over hits and popularity? Can't we just all have a laugh instead of throwing out rattles out of the pram with the instinctive reaction to make anyone above you in a chart into an enemy'? I'm honoured to be alongside some big name podcasts in charts, who cares if they get a thousand more listeners or clickthroughs to their site? Put your energy into making a better show rather than complaining that "its not fair" when a third party site that ranks stuff puts you below someone else.
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From Podcast Pickle -
The people that use alexia are advertisers and such. I do not think any listeners would care. If you were a company interested in working with Podshow you ma use their Alexa rating to get an idea of how popular they are.
Posted by P Dilly

This proves nothing regarding Podshow's alleged evilness, rather a quickness for people to interpret stats incorrectly!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

eBay auction now closed

For the past week I've had an eBay auction running to win a 30 second ad slot on the tartanpodcast. The auction finished today, and I'm delighted to say that Will from Smart Bomb Radio has won.

I'll keep the blog posted with details as to whether Will's ad in the tartanpodcast has the desired effect; in Will's case driving listeners to his podcast.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

PUM podcast August edition

 The PUM podcast is now online.If you'd like to support the marketing of the magazine and put the podcast down your own feed, then here are the details;

enclosure url="http://media.libsyn.com/media/tartanpodcast/PUM0807.mp3" length="7362820" type="audio/mpeg"/

Just add the <  and  > at the start and end!

I love this stuff

As heard on TWiT 63, I looked up the 'Chinese black helicopters' story.

You can read about it here.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Road-warrior travellers targeted with airport podcasts

Taken from Podcastingnews.com - with an 18,000 acre, five terminal complex, Dallas-Fort Worth Internatioinal Airport has introduced a series of podcasts aiming to help their 59 million annual visitors with information on parking, restaurants and shopping.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

The 1% Rule

It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.

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