2. Publishing your Podcast Using a Blogging Service
After uploading your podcast (audio file) and XML feed (podcast feed) to your webhost you must link it to your website. You can use an online publishing service such as WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, or Liberated Syndication. These services will host your audio files and are blogging services that make it very easy to publish a text description (show notes) of your episode and attach an audio file (podcast) for downloading. They are usually one-page solutions that are quick, easy-to-use websites updated with the most recent entry on top. They will also automatically generate an XML or RSS feed you can use for your podcast without having to know any computer code. For a review of blogging solutions and how to post and publish your podcasts utilizing these services, please visit these sites. All of these services provide detailed tutorials that will guide you.
If you do use one of these blogging services to publish your podcast, there are reasons you may or may not want to use the feed that they create for you. Those reasons vary. If you wish to use the feed you created in ePodcast Express for example, and are using one of these online publishing services, move onto the next step in this tutorial. In order to promote and publish your podcast on the internet you need a place to host your audio file so users can listen and download your podcast. Also, ideally you need a webpage to post information about your podcast episodes (also known as shownotes) with links to each show as well as the feed listeners need to subscribe to. By listing the Feed URL (i.e.http://www.ourtownsstories.com/podcasts.xml) your listeners will be able to subscribe and automatically download your podcast to their computer utilizing programs such as iTunes.