This isn’t for finding your podcast in Google Play Music Podcasts (take a breath after that mouthful) – this is for the new Google Podcasts app/portal launching in 2019.

When it officially launches with an iOS app, this should be easier to figure out. And maybe there’s an easier way than this (let me know in the comments below!)

But for now…

Get Your Podcasts’s RSS Feed URL

Podcast Feed URL

Using Baseline as an example, I’d right click on the Subscribe to RSS Feed text and end up with this:

https://goodstuff.fm/baseline/feed.xml

Figure Out Your Podcast’s ID With Google Podcasts

Go to Google’s Podcast Publisher Tools page and paste your RSS Feed URL in and click Generate:

Google Podcast Publisher Preview dev tool

That super long URL it generates for you links to a page that will currently work on Android devices – here’s Baseline’s version – but doesn’t help anyone else out on iOS or a computer.

Google Podcasts Baseline

To get a link to your podcast in Google Podcasts, you need to copy everything after “podcasts” in the link generated for you.

So for Baseline the URL was this:

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9nb29kc3R1ZmYuZm0vYmFzZWxpbmUvZmVlZC54bWw%3D

So I need to copy this bunch of random letters and numbers:

?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9nb29kc3R1ZmYuZm0vYmFzZWxpbmUvZmVlZC54bWw%3D

Then just simply paste that long string at the end of the URL for the new Google Podcasts portal, https://podcasts.google.com, like so:

https://podcasts.google.com?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9nb29kc3R1ZmYuZm0vYmFzZWxpbmUvZmVlZC54bWw%3D

Which, when you go to that page from anything other than an Android device, should give you a nice view of your podcast in Google Podcasts like this:

Baseline in Google Podcasts

Android devices should open the Google Podcast app already installed on your device.

Thanks to James Cridland and Podnews for the heads up about Google Podcasts new portal.

By the time I hit publish on this, Google might have updated their Podcast Publisher tools – and hopefully figured out how to combine Google Play Music Podcasts with Google Podcasts so we only have 1 podcast portal to worry about at Google.

Podcasts can be a great way to tell your story – whether you like sharing gruesome murder stories, interviewing your celebrity friends, or just want to play D&D with your friends. There’s a podcast for pretty much any genre or interest you might have.

What you may not realize is that podcasts can also be used to help tell your story inside a company – to your employees, investors, volunteers, or maybe just your clients. There are lots of podcasts that are never on the Apple Podcasts charts or show up on Chartable (a great site to check out if you want to track your own podcast’s stats and rankings).

These are private podcasts. They might require a password to subscribe or listen to, and they’re very intentionally not publicized anywhere.

Restricted Area Do Not Enter sign. Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

Why would you want to create a private podcast?

These are a few of the reasons I’ve come across for why someone might want to create a private podcast:

  • A owner or CEO who wants to keep a growing company informed. A meeting that worked when the company was 15 employees becomes unmanageable now that there’s 350 employees spread across different timezones. Telling your team something in your own voice, with your emotions, is much better than a boring email.
  • Parents wanting to share audio of their kids with family without having to worry about how criminals or Facebook (aren’t they really the same thing?) might use the audio to mine for data on their family’s activities.
  • Clubs or communities where a private podcast might be a perk of membership.
  • A school classroom where the teacher wants to send audio out to the classroom or a class that does a podcast together.
  • Mastermind groups that send audio messages back and forth to each other.

How to create a private podcast

Most podcast hosting companies should be able to offer a private podcast feed or plan, but here are support docs for some podcast hosts I’m familiar with:

Most hosting plans will have a checkbox to not turn on the RSS feed which will make it harder to find your podcast or episodes. But it’s not really obscuring it or hiding it. And even private podcasts like Transistor.fm offers can still be shared outside of where you intend it to be heard, as they say in their support doc:

Anything that’s published on the public internet carries the risk of being discovered, and shared, by non-intended recipients. (Even when it’s password protected).
This is especially true for podcasts because audio files are downloaded by individuals to their podcast players.
This means anything you publish on your private podcast could be re-shared. Exercise your discretion when publishing content on private podcasts!

Transistor.fm

Some editing still required

Even a private podcast can benefit from great sounding audio. Unless your employees are contractually required to listen, you should make your podcast as enjoyable an experience for your listeners. Get in touch with me if you’d like some help with editing, production, or recording your private podcast.

I answered some viewer questions over on my YouTube channel – subscribe here! – about how to do a few things with Ecamm Live:

  • How do you share your screen with someone on Skype AND record a video of it all on your computer?
  • How do you share your desktop, then switch back to a Skype call, then back to you, then back to your Skype call, then back to your desktop. (Kind of like the Old Spice commercial?)

Watch the video above or watch it on my YouTube channel here.

What is Ecamm Live?

Ecamm Live, available here with a free demo to try before you buy it, is macOS software that allows you to live stream to YouTube, Twitch, Periscope, Facebook Live, or just about anywhere else on the web that supports live streaming.

You can pair it with services like Restream.io or Switchboard.live which allow you to send one video feed from Ecamm Live and then they’ll rebroadcast it out to multiple services. So someone like Justin Jackson can start streaming a coding tutorial or marketing chat from his computer and it will go out to YouTube, Twitch, Periscope, and Facebook Live – so no matter which platform his followers prefer, he doesn’t have to limit the live stream to one platform.

Bringing a Guest on via Skype

The really cool part of Ecamm Live is how easy it makes it to bring a guest, with their video and audio, on to your live stream. If Skype is running, Ecamm Live will pick up the video from it and automatically crop/arrange your guest(s) (up to 5!) into a nice video wall for a conversation.

Ecamm Live will also record a high quality video of your conversation so you can upload that to YouTube or whichever video platform you choose for sharing afterwards.

More Ecamm Live Tutorials

If you’re curious about Ecamm Live, I’ve got a playlist on my YouTube channel here where you can learn a lot more about this powerful macOS app.


If you’ve got questions or it’s not working for you, leave a comment below or – even better – join a community of podcasters who are trying to figure this stuff out together over at Castaways.Club.

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Over on Twitter, Macho Man Adam Drake asked:

Adam Drake asked on Twitter how I add the chapter markers and images to podcasts.

So I recorded a screencast showing how I add chapter markers to podcasts I edit for clients.

Tools Used to Add Chapter Markers to Podcasts:

I edit podcasts in Logic Pro X (available in the Mac App Store). It’s not the cheapest piece of software but I bought it years ago when I first started recording podcasts and haven’t had to pay anything since. Kind of nice compared to the Adobe method.

Inside of Logic Pro X I add Markers wherever I feel is appropriate. Each podcast is different – for some it makes sense to have a new marker every time the topic changes and for others it’s more like a book aka a new chapter.

Adding a Marker inside of Logic Pro X

Then I bounce/export from Logic Pro X to a single WAV file. It helps if you keep the same name for this file each time and only change the episode number part.

Bouncing a WAV file out of Logic Pro X

Then I drag that WAV file into a program called Forecast – made for free by Marco Arment, creator of Overcast, a popular podcast player for iOS. Forecast automagically picks up the markers that Logic Pro X embedded in the WAV file while it also compresses the WAV file to MP3.

It all happens so quickly because Marco Arment programmed it to be crazy fast so he can spend more time fiddling with his coffee and headphones.

Pocket Casts picks up the chapter marker created by Forecast

While you’re in Forecast you can add links and/or images to chapters as well so that they look extra fancy inside a podcast player and listeners can tap right on it to visit a webpage or sponsor mentioned in the show.

Then you just have to upload it to your favourite podcast host – I like Transistor.fm personally – and bob’s your uncle… you’re done!

Bonus Marks for Chapter Jumps on the Web

If you really want to impress the humans in your life, you can copy the Marker list from Logic Pro X, paste them into this CodePen Pen, click Run, and BOOM – you’ve got a nice Markdown list of the chapter time jumps to throw on your podcast’s website.

Not all websites support fancy things like TimeJump but hopefully they will eventually.

The video embedded above covers this all in more detail – or you can watch it on YouTube here.


Castaways Club artwork.

If you’ve got questions or it’s not working for you, leave a comment below or – even better – join a community of podcasters who are trying to figure this stuff out together over at Castaways.Club.


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