Author Topic: Powerpress Plugin - where is my RSS feed?  (Read 6509 times)

dholowiski

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Powerpress Plugin - where is my RSS feed?
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:50:19 pm »
This is probably a dumb question but here goes. I've installed the powerpress plugin but don't want to touch the configuration until I am 100% sure of how it works.

Once I install and configure it, what is the URL for my podcast?
Right now I put the file up on Libsyn, and do a post from Libsyn, it goes from there to feedburner, then to iTunes- the RSS from my web site isn't used.

So I guess the question is how do migrate to using powerpress, without losing the old episodes in the feed, since I'll have to change to feeding off my own web site RSS? Or can powerpress use Libsyn as the source feed?

The reason i'm installing powerpress is I need to get set up with podtrac and this seems to be the best way, since I don't already host the rss feed on my site.

My podcast is growing quickly right now and I don't want to do anything to inconvenience my viewers. I've already lost 1/2 of my subscribers thanks to Revver's extensive outage so I'm trying to do it very carefully this time.  Having learned what I know now, I will certainly do more planning on the distribution logistics of my next podcast!

Thanks for your advice, I hope this question makes sense.

angelo

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Re: Powerpress Plugin - where is my RSS feed?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 05:51:13 pm »
Why use Podtrac stats when you can use Blubrry Statistics? http://www.blubrry.com/podcast_statistics/ :-)

Well first, you should know that Powerpress is a plugin for Wordpress, and your new blog/podcast web site will have a number of feeds depending on what you want. Basically, Wordpress gives you a main RSS2 feed, plus every category and keyword/tag may have its own feed as well. Very powerful but also very confusing.

If you configure Powerpress to be included into "All RSS2 Feeds", then technically, anyone can use any of your feeds (main, category or tag) in iTunes and still get your show notes. In addition, Powerpress adds a podcast only feed. The advantage to the Podcast only feed is that it allows you to separate regular blog posts from your podcast episode posts.

iTunes only cares about blog posts tied to podcast episodes. So the podcast only feed is the most ideal feed to submit to iTunes. For other directories, it all depends on what you want to do. I personally list both the normal RSS feed (mix of podcast episodes and blog posts) and the podcast only feed on the sidebar of my web site. Now if you're only creating podcast episodes, then it doesn't matter which feed you use.

Your feed will be relative to where you install Wordpress on your web site. For example, if you install Wordpress in the root folder, then your feed will be http://www.example.com/wp-feed.php?feed=rss2 and your podcast feed will be http://www.example.com/wp-feed.php?feed=podcast.

Now if you want a prettier feed, we recommend turning on the Permalinks feature in Wordpress. This will give you feeds in the format of http://www.example.com/feed/ and http://www.example.com/feed/podcast/. More information on permalinks may be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

As far as migrating the data, it is ideal to import your LibSyn feed into your Wordpress blog that way all of your content is historically located on your new site. More details how to import a feed can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_Content#Importing_from_an_RSS_feed Once imported, Blubrry Powerpress do its thing by adding the approrpiate itunes tags to your feeds and add a player on your web site.

Regarding your feed, you will need to see if Libsyn will provide a Permanently moved (301) redirect to the new location of your feed on your own web site. If Libsyn cannot provide a 301 redirect, then you may loose subscribers.

We would strongly encourage you to use our Blubrry Statistics service in addition to Podtrac. As you can guess, our statistics service works seamlessly with Blubrry Powerpress. It also allows us to find you advertising opportunities.

Good luck,
Angelo