Blogs are a way to communicate with other people with the aim to deliver a message or share knowledge. There are many different types of blogs that vary in topics and formats, but they have one common element: they can be read by anyone with internet access. But it’s not always possible to read while in transit, driving a vehicle, exercising, or performing daily tasks. Converting a blog to audio is a good way to reach people who are not able to follow along with a blog.
Audio is a type of media that has been around for over a century. It is one of the best mediums for human communication because it can be more engaging than text and it can capture emotions in an effective way.
The objective of this article is to show how you can convert your blog to audio files so you can reach out to a wider audience and engage them better than ever before!
1. Selecting Blog Topics
Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular. Even some of the most famous celebrities have started podcasts. That is why it is essential that you choose your topic wisely. It does not matter if you are a new or an experienced podcaster; you should always keep in mind what is trending, what people are interested in the most and what is relevant to your niche. For example, if your niche is parenting then choose topics: such as parenting tips, advice for mothers, child development stages etc. If you are a business owner then choose from: marketing strategies, sales techniques etc. Lists of hot topics will always be helpful when choosing a topic that will be successful and popular
2. Converting Your Blog to Audio
The most important step for repurposing content is to convert your blog to audio files so that listeners can listen to your content without being tethered to a computer. First, you need to import your blog posts into a text-to-speech software such as Blogcast which uses powerful text-to-speech algorithms to generate speech from your articles. Blogcast allows individual posts to be retrieved by supplying the original URL. Or you can simply copy-and-paste the content into the text editor.
Using a built-in Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) editor, you can add pauses, tone, emphasis, and select voices to use with your content. Blogcast will even allow you to save custom pronunciations for industry-specific words or abbreviations. Most content is handling perfectly without modifications but having a powerful editor is important to make sure your audio is perfect.
Once you have imported and formatted your text, simply convert your blog to audio. Conversion usually only takes a few seconds. Once completed, you can download the MP3 file or continue to host within the platform.
3. Creating an RSS Feed
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a long-standing format for exchanging information on the internet. Podcast hosting services and payers use RSS as the primary way to publish and consume audio content. Using an online tool such as Blogcast makes it really easy to generate an RSS feed. Create a new Podcast and enter descriptive information such as the title , author and other details. You can also enter details about each podcast episode and associate the audio file to each episode. Blogcast will generate an RSS feed automatically containing all the metadata and audio file information.
4. Getting your Podcast on iTunes
A podcast is a digital audio file that is typically published on the internet or with other online media. Podcasts allow people to listen to an audio-recorded talk or presentation over the internet, either streamed live or recorded for later use. Podcasts are a great way of building your business’s credibility and authority in your subject area. Especially when you are new to the industry and want to establish yourself as an expert in your field. Many organizations offer their own podcasts to their customers and listeners as a means of delivering valuable content in an unusual format for free, increasing customer engagement for the company.
Publishing your podcast is as simple as copying your RSS feed URL into the publishing platform. The service provider will periodically download content from the RSS feed to import into iTunes, Google Play, and other popular podcast syndication platforms.
With new online tools, it’s easier than ever to reuse your existing blog post content to create a high-quality audio blog or podcast. Once you import content, convert your blog to audio, and generate an RSS feed, you can readily share your podcast with your community!