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Why you need podcasts on your blog

I’ve recently been adding some audio podcasts to my blog and I thought it was time to share with you why you should consider adding audio to your blog too – it’s not as difficult as you think!

I love listening to travel podcasts myself and I often listen to them through my MP3 player, as I walk to work every day or when I’m driving around town. I also love photos and videos, but there are times when you may be doing something where you can’t view things visually (you might need to keep you eyes on the road for example!) but when you could be listening to a podcast. People take in information in different ways, and some may prefer to do so through audio than video too.

There are also times when travelling where it’s possible to record audio, but more difficult to record video. There may be times when you want to create some atmosphere through the sounds of a bustling souk, you may be in low light conditions where your video would be poor quality, or you may simply want to be a little more discreet, for instance in a church.

By adding your podcasts to I-tunes and other specialist podcast directories, you’ll also be creating many additional routes for listeners to be directed to your blog, and consequently your traffic should increase over time. By adding audio, as well as great articles, photos and videos to your blog, you will stand out in a crowded blgsphere, as someone who is consistantly delivering great content to your blog readers and subscribers. You may also reach a new audience of subscribers, who particularly enjoy podcasts and poscasting – I know from experience that once you get into podcasts you start to consume them in great quantity and become a loyal listener when you find good ones.

I hope that by now you’re convinced that it’s a great idea to incorporate podcast and audio into your travel or other blog, but perhaps you’re now thinking – how do I get started? Don’t worry, not long ago I was feeling technically challenged in this area, but now I’ve got a few podcasts under my belt, I’m planning to write a few articles over the coming weeks which explain the practical steps you can take to get audio on your blog.

Do let me know if this is something you’d find useful and if there are any particular areas you’d like to get to grips with. In the mean time, here are some Travel podcasts that I enjoy and listen to regularly as well as my own – please let me know if there are some others out there I should be listening to.

Latest podcasts at Heather on her travels

05 An autumn weekend in Lisbon
04 Visiting the Munich Christmas Markets
03 Ecuador and the Amazon Rainforest
02 My Istria Travel Diary
01 Family Travel with Hospitality Club

Other Travel podcasts I enjoy

The Amateur Traveler
The Indie Travel Podcast
Betty in the sky with a suitcase
Travel with Rick Steves
This Week in Travel
Independent travel podcasts to Barcelona, Athens, Dublin and Nice

Rough Guide podcasts

Podcasts about the business of blogging

Entrepreneur’s journey

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Shannon OD
    January 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I’m definitely looking forward to this series Heather – this is something I have thought about but didn’t know where to start…so I just haven’t! 🙂

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    Keith
    January 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

    You’re preaching to the converted here. I have an audio recorder, but need to find subjects that work in audio rather than video.

    See http://travelrat.podbean.com/2008/07/09/mariloo-at-exbury for one of my better efforts. I also used that audio for the sound track of the video at
    http://travelrat.wordpress.com/2008/05/28/mariloos-first-day-video. Which do you think works best?

    Trouble is, my ‘pieces to mike’ don’t really work … possibly interviews, etc. might be better?

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    marta
    January 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    i’m really looking forward to hear more about podcasting too as we were thinking to add them on our blog but it seems too complicated for two amateur travelers like us

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    Chris (Amateur Traveler)
    January 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    One thing to keep in mind if you ware interested in podcasting is the New Media Cruise / Podcamp@Sea http://amateurtraveler.com/2010/01/14/new-media-cruise-podcampsea-from-nyc-june-28th-july-3rd/

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    Craig
    January 18, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Yeah, what Chris said. That looks like it’s going to be a great event. TBEX should be good for some ideas too.

    Good luck with your ongoing podcasts, Heather.

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    Anil
    January 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I would do it but the recorded sound of my voice drives me nuts. I guess I’ve got no choice but to jump on board although I think I’ll go the video route. At least there will be some visuals to distract people 🙂

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    January 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    All through the article I was wondering, “But how do I do that.” So I was pleased when you ended the post by saying you plan to do future posts with more details. I’ll be looking forward to them.

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    Sherry Ott
    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Yes – would love to learn more as it seems rather daunting to me. I did love your Christmas Markets one because you had the background noise that made me feel as if I were there. You can really get a feel for a place simply through the background sounds!
    I’ll be really curious to learn more about what equipment you need to bring along – as I hate to carry a bunch of stuff! I’m a wimp!

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    What you need to record audio podcasts for your blog | Heather on her travels
    February 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    […] podcast and the free software you’ll need to edit it. You can read Article 1 in this series – Why you need podcasts on your blog here. There are a few different ways that you can record audio, although I’m using some more than […]

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    Kenneth
    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I really enjoy it. I am trying to find a voice for my own blog and so it’s inspiring to read a really good one. I’ve RSS’ed you. Thanks! Ken
    Kenneth´s last blog post ..Straight from the Google horses mouth

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    Heather Cowper
    August 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    @ Kenneth – so glad you’re enjoying the articles

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    Jorjette
    September 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    It’s a very good idea, I never thought of having podcasts on my blog! You gave me a great idea, thanks a lot. I will soon try to see how does it work.

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    Kelly-Fitness Overhaul
    September 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I have a fitness blog rather than a travel blog, but I think that having podcasts would work really well on my type of blog also. I just need to jump in and do it. I think like most people, I am a little gun-shy to get started. thanks for the inspiration!
    -Kelly
    Kelly-Fitness Overhaul´s last blog post ..Fitness Transformation- A Step by Step Plan

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    Heather Cowper
    September 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    @ Jorjette, Kelly Fitness
    Glad to be of help – I am starting a new blog over at http://www.mybloggingjourney.com/ and hope to write up more helpful articles like this over there in the future

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    Cindy Eve
    October 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hello Heather
    I am a first time visitor to your site and hey presto ‘stumbledupon’ an article which is about something I have been wondering if and how. So I am particularly pleased to note your comments and ideas. I shall be back to follow the lessons 🙂
    Regards
    Cindy
    @3days_in_london
    Cindy Eve´s last blog post ..Marble Arch

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    Heather Cowper
    October 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    @ Cindy – if you enjoy listening to podcasts like I do it’s only a short step to making some yourself. As I mentioned to previous commenters, do take a look at http://www.mybloggingjourney.com/ where I share my ‘how to’ articles.

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    Lisette
    November 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    It took me 3 links to get to this post but definitely worth the read. I might have to give this audio idea a try 🙂
    Lisette´s last blog post ..Our Asian Adventure- Lankayan Island- Borneo

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    PNR Enquiry
    December 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Nice post. I have been wondering if and how. So I am particularly pleased to note your comments and ideas.

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    Aly
    January 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Haha, I agree with Anil. I don’t really want to listen to my voice, and I don’t know if other people do either. I guess I could start a travel puppet show and record that…
    Aly´s last blog post ..This man is my hero

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    Heather Cowper
    February 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    @ Anil & Aly I think you shouldn’t be too self conscious – some people feel shy about having their photos taken too but it’s probably more in your head than what other people may think. Most listeners are interested in a personal point of view.

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    Bluegreen Kirk
    March 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I havent recorded any podcast but they do help the reader/listener catch up if they are busy. Nice idea.
    Bluegreen Kirk´s last blog post ..A Snorkeling Vacation In Dry Tortugas Offers Reefs Of Fun And Adventure

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    Heather Cowper
    March 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    @ Bluegreen – thanks for your comment – do check out some of my travel podcasts

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    Nicole @ WomanSeeksWorld
    April 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

    So glad I found this and your other articles on podcasting – Im thinking about doing some podcasts soon but didnt know a lot about it, but now i have some pointers – thanks!
    Nicole @ WomanSeeksWorld´s last blog post ..Would You Try A Competitive Sporting Holiday

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    Lucy
    August 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the tips Heather – definitely something I need to start doing on my blog!
    Lucy´s last blog post ..Getting Paid at the End of Camp

    • Reply
      Heather
      August 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      @Lucy I really enjoy listening to podcasts and that’s what got me started making them too – It’s great if you can offer something else to you readers or other ways for them to hear what you have to say

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