Podcast media files need to be hosted somewhere. They also need to have an RSS feed so that others can subscribe to them.

The Problem:
  • Most free podcast hosting sites only allow a limited number of podcasts. This is fine if you don't plan on uploading videos.
The Solution:
  • Host your media on Min.us or Internet Archive, then link to it on Blogger. This solution offers free, unlimited media hosting.
    • The downside of this is that you files live forever on Internet Archive. Make sure that student full names nor locations are exposed in your publishing.
    • This is a 2 step process. This is not as easy as the free stuff above, but allows you to have a blog and an unlimited podcast, all for free.
  • If you don't feel comfortable with lifelong hosting on Internet Archive, you can host up to 2GB of media on Dropbox's public folder space for free.

So here we go:

First Steps - Setting Up


Min.us

Set up an account on Min.us. Drag and drop your files to the site. Click the download button below the file.

If you need a lot of space, use Internet Archive.


Blogger
  1. Sign up for a free Blogger account. If you already have a Google or Gmail account, sign in with that user ID.
  2. Create a new blog. The directions will guide you to set up your blog in less than 3 minutes.
  3. Make sure to "Show Link Fields" in Settings-Formatting. This enables the Blogger blog to be a podcast. Instruction Sheet (Scroll to the Podcast section.)

Second Steps - Bringing Media from Internet Archive to Blogger

  1. Return to your Internet Archive account or your Min.us page. Your media should now appear.
    • Internet Archive
      To find your media, click on the Contributions tab at the top. (Make sure you are logged in.)
  2. Copy the web address of the media file.
  3. Log in to your Blogger blog and create a new post. Make sure to paste the url (web address) of the media file into the "Add Enclosure link" field.
  4. Add a title in the title field and a description in the text field. The description will show up in the podcast episode information.
  5. Click Publish to post your podcast episode. Below is a short screencast of the process:


  6. Since Blogger doesn't display the media enclosure unless you are viewing the feed in iTunes or a feed reader, you might want to also include an embedded media player in your description. On the Internet Archive site or the Min.us site, you will find an embed code to copy and paste into the edit html tab of Blogger. See screencast below.