Can Transcription Services Help with SEO?

Getting your website ranked higher on search engines is a great way to grow your podcast audience. Two of the major elements in SEO (search engine optimization) are fresh posts, and high quality content. You’re already doing the work of producing unique, high-quality podcast eposodes. Transcribing them provides you with a tremendous amount of material that you can use to create high quality written content that will drive even more traffic to your site.…

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Grow Your Email List by Turning a Podcast Episode into an eBook

One challenge that many podcasters face when growing their email list is finding a good enough “hook” to entice people to subscribe. After all, you’ve got to give something to get something, and most of us get enough email as it is, right? Fortunately, some podcasters have discovered a great way to take an episode and turn it into a tool to get people to opt-in to your email list. You can grow your mailing list by turning a great episode into its very own eBook!…

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Increase Your Podcast Audience by Transcribing Your Episodes

You’ve put time, energy, and money into creating a podcast. Now, you face the challenge of increasing your audience size to make more money. Most podcasters struggle with this same problem, but a few have discovered an easy way to use existing podcast recordings to massively increase their audience in a short period of time. In order to grow your podcast, you need to get more eyeballs onto your content – period.…

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Digital Recorder, Smart Phone or Computer Recording?

I’m often asked which recording method is best for dictation to create audio files for transcription. There are three main methods: digital recorder, computer apps and smart phone apps – all have their pluses and minuses. My favorite method, especially for beginners, will become very obvious as you read on. Digital Recorder I will only write about the Zoom H1 Handy Digital Recorder, which retails for about $100. I’ve used several other brands/models, but hands down, the H1 is the simplest digital recorder I’ve ever used.…

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Zapier for Better Transcription Workflows

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Today we launched Zapier integration, which makes it even easier to order and process your transcripts. Zapier is a free service that lets you “Automate the web”. What this means is that they make it simple to connect multiple services and have them do things automatically. And for transcription customers what this means is that you can now set up a Dropbox* folder so that every time you drop a MP3 in it, CastingWords will transcribe it.…

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NaNoWriMo

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November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel, which is about 175 pages. That is 1666.67 words a day, or a little over 69 words a minute. I think dictating a novel would count, too – if so, you know where to go for the transcription. (There just had to be a tie-in). If I try this, I am definitely dictating and having it transcribed.…

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Quote post

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Found while researching misattribution of quotes to Oscar Wilde.   (This conversation is merely alleged itself, closing the loop nicely.) Wilde had this exchange with artist and with James McNeill Whistler: Wilde: “I wish I had said that.” Whistler: “You will, Oscar, you will.”…

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Dropbox Uploads!

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Today we launched Dropbox uploads in the store. Dropbox is a free service that syncs and backs up your files. It can also be use to share files easily - which is the bit of the service CastingWords is going to use. Using Dropbox you can upload your files to us, without “uploading” at all. Simply drop the file in the Apps/CastingWords subfolder, and it’ll be there waiting for you when you area ready to place your next order.…

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Use Transcription as the basis of a premium service, like PopupChinese!

I started studying Mandarin this year, and after a while I decided I wanted to listen to some Chinese podcasts to work on my language comprehension. I googled around and found PopupChinese. PopupChinese produces language learning podcasts in Mandrin that are fun and fresh - and a real change from the standard “Where is the bathroom” conversations used in most languange courses. And It’s accessible to beginners (as well as more advanced students of the language).…

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