In This Practice
Using podcasting and blogging forums
Contacting the authors directly
Using comments and trackbacks correctly
When you've published a podcast, you've joined a legion of millions who are publishing their content on the Internet. Okay, we have no doubt that yours is a wonderful program — but your show joins a vast wave of other content coming from people who are in much the same place you are: part of a larger collective. The problem is that it still stands alone without contact with others, and the Internet is based on links. You'll be able to learn so much more about creating and distributing podcasts by communicating with others who do the same thing — just like any other activity — and the more people you communicate with, the more new and different ways you find to make your podcast better. You'll also set up more ways for people to find and download your show, as well.
One of the most ubiquitous features of the Internet is the
forum, also known as the
messageboard. It may look different in every instance you see, but the common feature is that it allows people with similar interests to communicate across great distances, different times, and sometimes without any respect to decency or civility. Once you've gotten past those jokers, though, you'll find that you can make some excellent connections through these services. The vast majority of them are free, too.
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