Podcast Help Desk

Podcasting tips, opinions, gear, technology and news from a Veteran podcaster of over 15 years. Have a podcasting question? Ask here at the Podcast Help Desk

By Mike Dell



My 8 Favorite Podcasts – PHD150

November 21, 2020

I'm not only a podcaster, but an avid podcast listener.  I have something like 30 shows that I subscribe to plus I listen to a lot of one-off shows that I don't subscribe to.   Here is my top 8 (as of late November 2020) Also, not in Rank order.


The beauty of Simple (Part 2) – PHD149

November 17, 2020

Keeping it simple makes it easy for you to produce your podcast and not worry about waisting a lot of time if you don't have a lot of time.  


Do not look at your stats for the first 3 months – PHD148

November 16, 2020

YES, I really did just say don't look at your stats for 3 months! THIS MEANS YOU!


Who Is Your Show For? – PHD147

November 15, 2020

So, who exactly is your show for?    - When you try to make a podcast for EVERYONE, you really are making a show for NOBODY.  


8 Things YOU Need To Know (or learn) About YOUR Podcast – PHD146

November 12, 2020

There are many things about a podcast that a podcaster needs to know even if you don't do everything for your show.  A lot of indie podcasters do everything.  Prep, Talent, Recording, Editing, Producing, Publishing, Booking guests and ALL of it.


What is an RSS feed anyway? – PHD145

November 11, 2020

As a Podcaster, your RSS Feed is your connection to the world for your podcast.  The transmitter for your "Radio Station".  Your RSS feed address is just like a "Frequency" Like "101.9 FM".  


ID3 Tags – PHD144

November 10, 2020

Do you use ID3 tags? If not, no worries. It's only used in very unique circumstances.


Numbering your Episodes in the Title – Yes or No? – PHD143

November 09, 2020

There are reasons you might want to number your episodes in the title of your post. Also, there are reasons you might not want to.


My Top 6 Web Hosting Platforms For Your Podcast Website – PHD142

November 08, 2020

We talked yesterday about why you need a website.  Here are my top 6 web hosting platforms and why (Plus a few I don't recommend). 


5 Reasons You Need A Website For Your Podcast – PHD141

November 07, 2020

Do you need a website for your podcast?  YES! Here are my 5 reasons.


Advertising in your show – PHD140

November 06, 2020

Do you do advertising in your show?  Do you WANT to do advertising in your show? 


Be Everywhere with your Podcast – phd139

November 05, 2020

I don't care how you listen to Podcast Help Desk.  I just want you to listen. 


The perfect length of a Podcast episode – phd138

November 04, 2020

How long should your Podcast Episode be? Only as long as it needs to be to get what you want to say, said. Period.


How important are Shownotes? – PHD137

November 03, 2020

Do you need good shownotes? Yes, you should put SOMETHING for the search engines to find.


The Beauty of Keeping It Simple – PHD136

November 02, 2020

Today I talk about keeping your podcast simple.  Simple to use, simple to subscribe, simple to produce, simple to post and keeping the website easy to manage.  Complicated always turns out to be harder than simple. 


Podcast Help Desk History – PHD135

November 01, 2020

I go into the history of Podcast Help Desk and why I am doing #NaPodPoMo in 2020. - This podcast is posted on PodcastHelpDesk.com.  Go there and subscribe!


NaPodPoMo 2020 – PHD134

October 26, 2020

I I will be joining with a bunch of other podcasters this year doing National Podcast Post Month in November. That is 30 episodes in 30 days for the entire month of November. - This will be the 4th or 5th time trying it for me.


Freedom of Speech in Podcasting – PHD133

October 09, 2020

Free Speech,Spotify, Podcast Index, REAL podcast apps and more on today's show!


Show Notes Experiment and Why I Pulled My Show From the Spotify Platform – PHD132

September 05, 2020

I'm doing an experiment for Show Notes. This text is typed in the Description tag.


Leaving Spotify – Please resubscribe at PodcastHelpDesk dot com

August 30, 2020

Just a quick note to let you know I will no longer be on Spotify with this show. IF you are listening there, please go to podcasthelpdesk.com and resubscribe using another platform by September 7th, 2020. - Thank You! -  


A walk in the woods – PHD131

May 30, 2020

I took my portable setup on a walk in the woods in a industrial park. I talked about RSS, big shows vs. Indie shows, Joe Rogan's deal with Spotify and a bunch more. - Recorded using a dynamic clip on microphone from Shure.


Podcast Episodic Artwork Test Results – PHD 130

March 11, 2020

The results are in!  Thank you for those that reported what you saw in your app of choice. - I put different images in different places. I put a Green logo image in the ID3 tags (embedded in the mp3 file),


Episode Artwork Test – Revisited – PHD129 (repost)

March 06, 2020

In today's episode I am testing what episode artwork shows up in which apps and directories again.   Things are changing and I want to see what apps show which artowrk. -   - I have an RSS image for this episode with blue type,


Episode Artwork Test – Revisited – PHD129

March 06, 2020

In today's episode I am testing what episode artwork shows up in which apps and directories again.   Things are changing and I want to see what apps show which artowrk. -   - I have an RSS image for this episode with blue type,


Indefinite Hiatus Status – PHD128

February 12, 2020

I am going to leave PodcastHelpDesk active.  Just going on 'indefinite Hiatus"  or "once in a while" mode.    So no expectations of an episode every week or even every month, but I will put stuff in this feed once in a while.    Stay subscribed! -


Podcasting Crossroads – PHD127

February 04, 2020

Looking for some help here.  What do you think I should do with this podcast?   I am not consistent (as you can tell) and I want to pair down the number of shows I feel obligated to do. - Should I leave it online and just let it podfade and exist?


Podcasting Ramblings at the end of 2019 – PHD126

December 31, 2019

What is going to happen to podcasting in 2020? Who knows, but i make some predictions and ramble about podcast topics at random in this informal Podcast Help Desk episode. - Catch me on Evo's Podcast Pontifications as the Guest-host. -


Putting all your eggs in one basket – PHD125

December 15, 2019

Typed into the 'iTunes' Subtitle box


Gushing over the Rodecaster Pro – PHD124

August 31, 2019

Every part of my studio, other than the mic boom and cable is new.  The Rodecaster Pro has replaced a whole rack of stuff.  I gush about how much Love this thing.  It may not be perfect but man-o-man does it make things a bunch easier for most average ...


PHD at Podcast Movement 2019 – PHD123

August 05, 2019

A quick update of what is going on with Podcast Help Desk and Blubrry. Will be at Podcast Movement with "Podcast Help Desk" office hours.  Stop by the booth if you need some help with your show's tech.


Mike Dell’s World Studio Equipment – PHD122

June 22, 2019

Today I go through what I'm using currently for podcast production.   Here is the list: - Mackie 1202VLZ4 Mixer Behringer Composter PRO XL 2 channel Compressor, Limiter, Gate Denon DN-300R Rack Mount Digital Recorder Heil PL-2T Boom


If you are going to Podcast, JUST PODCAST! – PHD121

June 13, 2019

The single best way to make sure your Title is what you want it to be EVERYWHERE is to use it as the blog title (assuming you are using WordPress to publish your podcast) or the TITLE box in whatever podcast service you are using.


Breaking News from PHD News – Apple is making changes to Apple Podcasts

June 05, 2019

This is Wednesday's episode of my Alexa News Breif Podcast Help Desk news. - In addition to killing off "iTunes" on the Mac Desktop, Apple is also changing up the categories.  (Later this summer) - Also adding some search and photo settings. -


Changing Your Podcast’s Title – PHD120

May 28, 2019

One of the questions I get a lot is how to change your podcast's title. - In this short episode, I explain how to do it and why you might want to.  Also some of the things that won't change because you change your title. -


6 Things Every Podcaster Should Know About Podcasting – PHD119

March 21, 2019

For those that do not know me, I’ve been podcasting since 2005 and made every single mistake in the book. I’ve also worked in support for a podcast company for 10 years (as of next month).  I think I might know what I’m talking about,


Apple Backs Down on Episode Numbers in Episode Titles – PHD118

March 01, 2019

Apple seems to have backed down on Episode Numbers in Episode Titles.  Here is a partial quote from the email they sent out... We’ve received a lot of questions about metadata best practices on Apple Podcasts.


The End of Episode Numbers in Apple Podcasts? – PHD117

February 28, 2019

Apple sent a letter to podcasters today (It was a bulk email NOT just to you). The big takeaway is that you need to remove episode numbers from your titles. I have a way of doing that and keeping them in your blog titles (as you can see above) and Keep...


Bad Podcast Advice? Not one size fits all – PHD116

February 24, 2019

Is all Podcast advice applicable to your goals in podcasting?  Be careful about who you are getting your advice from. Do they have an agenda? (most do) Do they match YOUR goals in podcasting?    Not everyone wants advertisers.


Paul Colligan Podcast Pioneer

February 21, 2019

Paul Colligan is a Podcast Pioneer, Marketing guy, Podcaster, Author and Speaker who was around in the early days of Podcasting. Paul sat down with me and we talked about, you guessed it, Podcasting (duh!). Paul's Links: PaulColligan.com


Spotify + Anchor + Gimlet Media - What it might mean to Independent Podcasters

February 07, 2019

What does this accusition mean to the average independent Podcaster? Not much is my guess. - This is just me doing a bit of a brain-dump about the big news of yesterday. Is it good for Podcasting in General? Is it Good/Bad for Indy podcasters?


Elsie Escobar talking about Podcasting

January 19, 2019

Elise Escobar stopped by the Podcast Help Desk a while back and we had a great conversation about podcasting (what else?) and what she is doing in podcasting. - Elsie is a Hall of Famer, Podcaster and Social Media at Libsyn - The Feed and She Podcasts...


PHD News 3 Days a week

January 14, 2019

My Alexa Skill (in the news brief area) is now 3 days a week.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Other days when there is breaking news. - Please enable the "Podcast Help Desk News" skill in your Alexa App. -


Separate Blog Posts and Podcast Posts

December 14, 2018

Do you want to separate your blog posts from your podcast posts on your website?   It might be a bad idea. First - How to do it if you really really want to in WordPress Create a category for the podcast.  DO NOT USE "podcast" as a category.


The Technical Side of Podcast Promotion

October 18, 2018

1. Never Promote something you do not own.   Send people to your website and then give them all the choices you can reasonably. Apple


A conversation with Evo Terra, Podcast Pioneer and all around good guy

September 13, 2018

I got to chat with my old friend and podcast pioneer, Evo Terra. We talk a bit about the good old days of podcasting and some about what is going on now.  Just a couple of old guys chatting it up. - Some of the things Evo is doing or has done: -


Episode Level Artwork - Where does it show?

September 05, 2018

Episode level images. Only some apps use the images and those apps use different images if they do. Here is a list from an experiment I did on my podcast Mike Dell's World. Episode 308 has episode level images. -


Apple Podcasts is getting picky

August 18, 2018

It seems that Apple is getting more picky about Titles and Author tags in Podcast Feeds. - Titles should be just "the title" like - Podcast Help Desk. Not "Podcast Help Desk | The best place to learn to podcast like Dave Jackson and Daniel J.


Podcast Help Desk Hijacked! – PHDspecialReport

June 30, 2018

CastBox.fm seems to have hijacked a bunch of feeds. If you are listing on CastBox, please visit PodcastHelpDesk.com and make sure you are subcibed to the real thing and not some cheap copy of the shows I put out. -


Google Podcasts and Denon DN-300R test recording

June 21, 2018

This is the first test recording using the New Denon DN-300R recorder.  Having the digital recorder mounted in the rack and always hooked up seems to be a better plan (for me) than using a portable recorder as a backup. -


Rambling Update From Podcast Help Desk

June 15, 2018

Hi all! Yup, still here.   Been busy with other projects. - Lots going on in the podcasting space.  Google's new podcast strategy, Spotify and other things. - Good to get back behind the mic here. -   -