Sep 12 2011

Podcasting How To | How to leverage your podcasting to create traffic -Part 2

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How do you come up with content because I am starting to get the impression that there’s almost a way of making this like a demonstration of continuous motion.  We find things to talk about; we find people to interview, convert it, get traffic from it, which draws people who have got stuff to tell you.  I mean is it like that?  Is it like a perpetual motion machine?

Nicola:       Absolutely Neil and that’s why I call my company the Business Success Factory because I wanted to make people realize that business success can be systemized.  It can become like a factory and production line and people, they sort of don’t like that idea – because they think ‘oh well, we know there is no entrepreneurial spirit or anything’ but the thing that having systems in your business does for you is, you know, I am still a one-man band.  I am just trying to take on the first apprentice and I am outsourcing bits

and pieces here and there but the thing about having systems means that you could get on the exciting fun stuff but you need traffic to convert to a mailing list, the mailing list you could sell the things to and you could get feedbacks.

So for example, I am just about to launch a very short, sharp, shock coaching program 4 weeks – very affordable and I got that idea from talking to our list about what they want because there’s a large portion that can’t afford my up market  mentoring programs but they really did well, a nice little short, sharp shock.

So that’s I wouldn’t have got that I do if I hadn’t been talking to our list about what they need.

Neil:            Interested about yeah, communication – different levels of, yeah.  So you would recommend podcasting as a good medium of communication and easily done.

Nicola:       Yeah, one of the easiest because everyone can talk can’t they, not everyone can write but everyone can talk and everybody can interview people so even if you have got a little blog, a little website, but still get to need traffic and it’s about a particular topic, you could identify your top ten experts in the field and go and interview them on the telephone for an hour each, not only could you then transform that and get it on your blog but you could podcast

it and you can turn it into video for YouTube and then you could make a little product out of it from your website.

Neil:            Well thank you for this wonderful information.  What about transcripting – is that expensive?

Nicola:       No, I have got a lovely lady in the Philippines who I thought was called ‘Aa’ because whenever she wrote to me she just signed herself ‘Aa’ and it turns out that’s actually her initials and I think pulling her off at last.  But she cost me about $10.00 an hour for transcription.  If I send her an hour’s worth of audio it costs me $10.00 to get it transcribed and she has got used to my little colloquialisms now so she comes back very accurate indeed.

Neil:            Yeah, well thanks so much for sharing this information with us.  I am off to do exactly that to follow your advice to the letter.  So Nicola Cairncross, thanks ever so much but before we go because this is going to be on my blog and on YouTube and podcasted, as you know, please give us some details about what you are offering and where people can find that.

Nicola:       Okay, I have a nice little webinar going at the moment which is called ’17 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know to Profit in Tough times’ and you can find that at www.NicolaCairncross.dom/17things

–        that’s the number 17 and the word ‘things’, so

Neil:    Okay, thank you very much indeed Nicola Cairncross.

Nicola:       You are welcome any time.

Neil:            Thank you.

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Sep 12 2011

Podcasting How To | How to leverage your podcasting to create traffic

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OK, you have heard (correctly), that podcasting is good for brand awareness, and you know pretty much how to do it. But then you realise that the search engines do not index audio – I mean, technology is good, but not THAT good. So, is it possible to leverage your work , and vastly increase your traffic? Yes, read on to learn how, this is a transcript of a conversation between Neil Long, and internet mentor and genius, Nicola Cairncross.

Neil:         …think I can get you to spill about podcasting how to and how it’s been of great benefit to you etc. and we will shamelessly transcript it and put it on the blog and please feel free to plug your wares because I know, that Nicola does an awful lot of different things, a lot of which are very, very valuable to many, many people.  So do feel free to plug away shamelessly anything you have and use this as your forum.       Ladies and gentlemen, Nicola Cairncross talking about how to make a podcast.

Nicola:       Hi there!  Thank you for having me on your call again. Shall we talk about podcast creation?

Neil:            Welcome!

Nicola:       Well, we can talk about podcasting because I have to come a massive, massive convert since you have taught me how to do it.  I did a little bit about years ago and then I just let it slip because it seemed like awfully hard work but you inspired me again and then you helped me to set the tone up and now what I am doing is I am recording most of my blog posts and turn them into podcasts and more than that, I am working on my sister’s album which is being recorded now and she is doing an album probably called ‘At last’, which is ironic, and she has recorded old standards from the 20s, 30s and 40s in a contemporary accessible jazzy style but I think that they are really intimate. Think Adele.

She had about 28 people on mailing list and about 70 followers on Twitter and a blog that she had not been blogged on.  So I am getting her not only to blog three times a week but then to read those blogs out loud so we can turn them into a podcast and then on taking those audio recordings and as well as podcasting them on I-Tunes and taking them and turn them into videos and uploading them to her YouTube channel- if you create your own podcast, you can leverage your content in this way.

Yes, so every bit of writing she does is being leveraged in three places.

Neil:            And what does that do for the traffic?  Does that literally triple the traffic?

Nicola:       Well it takes a little while to build up Neil, but when I look her stats for traffic, she was jogging along getting about 10 visitors a day since about last June or July and suddenly, in the last three months she is up to nearly 100 visitors a day.

So when you look at where it was just coming from, it is Google organic search, it is Twitter and it is Facebook.  YouTube is building very slowly but once you reach a certain critical mass on YouTube I think it’s probably when you got about 50 to 100 videos, your YouTube traffic starts to dramatically increase because your videos are shown higher in the list of related videos when other people are watching stuff that’s related to what your video is about.

Neil:            Ah, so it’s a sort of compound interest, if I may.

Nicola:       Exactly, yes.  Exactly, compound interest on traffic but the point is it’s so easy.  She takes a while to write a blog post because she likes to include also detailed pictures and things but then it only takes her five minutes to read it out loud and let me say she sounds very Radio 4!

And then it only takes me the work of minutes to put a picture on it in my movie editing software on my computer.  I let her just input the audio, put a picture on it and then save it as a video and then upload it to YouTube.  So each bit of writing is being leveraged in three ways and it inspired me to start doing the same with my blog.  Well, it shamed(!) me actually to start doing this…but it’s had a dramatic effect on by far traffic which is rather marvelous.

Neil:            All right, so what you are saying is it is not as hard as it sounds; it is easily teachable and you just brought one thing – you said you put a picture in.  I have once, see I am a bit of geek, once I get on the Movie Maker Software, I think ‘Oh, that picture would be nice’, and I turn it into sort of an epic production again.  It gets turned in Star Wars or something but really actually for the sake of this one picture would do, one still picture, right?

Nicola:       Yeah, I mean what I have done is I have created them…she has got a logo for her podcast and then I just duplicated that but changed the word to ‘Vidcast’ and so I put that at the beginning and then she always puts that tools for your pictures in her blog-post anyway.  So it’s not really very hard for me just to copy those into the movie.

So I have a 15-minute movie; she might have three or four pictures and then perhaps the webcast – one at the beginning and the end and it mainly is effortless almost because it’s working away in the background process in the movie while I am getting over the other stuff and then you just upload it to YouTube and that happens in the background too.

The key thing with YouTube is to go and write a keyword-heavy description.  So what I am doing with her things is wherever she is writing about, you know she likes to get down to John Wilson, ‘Hooray for Hollywood Prom’ and so I went and put in ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ on YouTube and I found the most viewed videos and I looked to the tags they had used and I included those tags in Heather’s video tags.  Yeah, and that’s the best way to make sure your video is get shown off to other people watching high traffic videos.  That’s a good trick for you if you make your own podcast.

Neil:            Yes, sorry I was so blown away by this internet marketing acumen.  I am sorry,

I was trying to think about three things at once but I was very blown away and that is a fantastic tip.

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