- Part I: Introduction to Podcasting and XML
- Part II: Creating Your Sound Files
- Part III: Creating Your XML File
- Part IV: Validating Your XML File
- Part V: Adding Your Podcast to the iTunes Directory
- Beyond the Basics I: Autolink From Your Website
- Beyond the Basics II: Using HTML Code in Your Description
The first thing I'm going to show you is how to turn on Autodiscovery of your Podcast from your website. It may sound complicated and technical, but all it does is put the little orange button in the address line of your browser so that people know there is a podcast or XML feed available to subscribe to along with the page. Clicking this symbol takes a reader straight to a page where they can preview the XML and subscribe to it if they wish.
To implement this on your website is pretty simple, and only requires one line of code to be added to your HTML. Put this in the <head> section of your web page code:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Jim's Scottish Podcast" href="http://www.jim-mcjim.com/podcast.xml" />And that's it! Change the blue sections for the title of your podcast, and the URL of the XML file, and you're good to go! This is a simple trick that's often overlooked, but really improves the usability experience.