Friday, December 23, 2011

The New GUI Does Not Support PodCasting

As the New Blogger GUI (2011 Improvements) continues to gain support, there are still features missing, being identified occasionally. One interesting group of blog owners, who seem to feel overlooked, includes people who publish podcasts - and who use the Link field in their posts.
How do I link my PodCasts, using the New GUI?
This setting is not apparent, in the New GUI menus and wizards.

It's possible that alternate solutions are available, for this audience. FeedBurner, in the Optimize - SmartCast section, includes a selection to "Create podcast enclosures from links".
Makes podcasting easy in feeds that normally cannot support it. Link to MP3s, videos, images, and other digital media in your site content and SmartCast creates enclosures for them automatically. Optionally adds elements required for a richer, more detailed listing in iTunes Podcast Directory and sites using Yahoo Media RSS.
When SmartCast is examined, we see a useful array of choices for links.
  • any rich media file
  • audio files only
  • video files only
  • images only
  • do not create enclosures

It's possible that the Links feature is not needed in Blogger, to support PodCasting - because it is available, in a much richer functionality, in FeedBurner.


(Update 2012/07): We note a new feature, "Enclosure Links", available in the "Post settings" menu in post editor, after being enabled using the "Enable Enclosure Links" option in Settings - Other - "Site feed".

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1 comment:

Drew Brown Henry M. Diaz said...

We tested this theroy. But seems Feedburner misses the links to our .mp3's. All of our tracks became unlinked in iTunes when we tested this. When we 'Resynced' our Feedburner account only 8 our of 28 episodes were linked back to our iTunes page.

If anyone has much more successful experience please let us know. We would love to hear it!