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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies® by Terra, Evo, Morris, Tee

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Chapter 32. Networking with Other Podcasters and Bloggers

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.

Communicating with Others in a Forum

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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