You have a podcast file! Now what?

Submitting a podcast

This is the screen you will see when you upload your feed to iTunes. Personally, I saw this screen with added error messages one too many times.

Now that your file's online, let's get to your Blogger. Sign in and make a new post. Enter an appropriate title -- generally your podcast name with the date or the subject -- and a brief summary of your show into the body of the "blog post" for your show notes, which will appear as the "Description" in iTunes. In the "Link:" section, post the link from Ourmedia to the mp3 file of your podcast. In addition, click "Add Enclosure Link" and paste the URL of your file into that box as well.

Publish that post, and your first file is now a part of your blog. If you pasted the correct URL into the correct fields, you should be able to click the title of your blog post to listen to a streaming version of your podcast or right-click and "Save As" to save the file to your computer. You will repeat this process for every podcast you upload, so learn to do it well.

Next up is your Feedburner account. Check out your feeds page and type the address of your Blogger site into the box below the words "Burn a feed right this instant" and check "I am a podcaster!" The rest is essentially done by Feedburner, as it takes you step-by-step through the process.

Finally: From your feed to iTunes

Podcast in Audacity

Look for your podcast in the iTunes Music Store a few hours after Apple approves it. If you're lucky, you could be one of iTunes' "New and Notable" podcasts.

Once you have that taken care of, click on the RSS image next to your feed's name on your feeds page. In a box on the right side, there is a link that says "Add to iTunes." This should be pretty self-explanatory.

If you prefer to do it yourself, click "View Feed XML" below all the images of various podcatchers. Copy the link in your Web browser's address bar. At the bottom of the podcast home page in the iTunes Store, click "Submit A Podcast." Type in your feed's URL where it asks for it, and keep the XML address you copied earlier ready to paste when it's asked for.

Once this is done, it's simply an issue of waiting for Apple to approve your new podcast, which usually takes about 12-24 hours. For me, it took almost exactly 12. With this complete, you now have a podcast on iTunes! Congratulations! At some point within the next few days, your podcast will start to show up in iTunes search results and the like, and you can get your podcast out there for all the world to hear.