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State of Podcasting Quick Look Full Analysis in November!

Cochrane-smallEvery year at the end of the Podcast Awards I do a pretty big study on the shows that are nominated. I have a whole laundry list of things I look at. I had some extra time tonight and did a real quick look at about a 187 shows.

When the Podcast Awards is over I will look at the 3000 plus shows that will be nominated for a Podcast Award. You would think that shows that are looking to win the biggest award in the podcasting space would have done their homework and had their sites ship shape.

Well like always I am pretty disappointed in what I have found so far. Plus I am giving podcasters plenty of heads up so maybe for the first time ever people will clean their sites up. Read my Quick Look Here.


2008 Podcast Awards Nominations open Sept 15th


The 2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards start in about a week and I have been very busy getting the site ready for the kick off. This year I have made some significant changes to the sponsorship model.

For the first time ever podcasters are going to be able to become sponsors to help promote their shows. This was done because we have had a huge demand in the past for a podcaster sponsorship category.

I am expecting a little over 3 million individual nominations and over 13 million page views in the next 6–9 weeks of the event.

For all of you that have asked to be a reviewer this year, I will be contacting you within the next week or so and getting you up to speed on how the process will work.

If your a podcaster get your audience members ready to nominate you as we are about to kick this thing off.

2008 People’s Choice Podcast Awards Kicks Off Sept 15th

Yesterday I made the decision to proceed with the 2008 Podcast Awards with the new awards ceremony format. The current plan is to start the nominations process on September 15th. The nomination period will be 15 days.

This will be followed by nominations review and slate selection in October with voting to commence shortly their after.

A big change this year is the decision to have the Awards Ceremony 100% virtual. In years past we have had the awards ceremony at the New Media Expo. Having the awards their was great but their were always a lot of unknown variables that caused me a lot of stress.

This year we will be doing a 100% live event and the awardees will be participating in the ceremony using modern technology. We had over 1500 people watch the live stream last year but I think we can draw a lot more people by advance planning the event.

I have started to collect volunteer names to review the nominated shows. I still need a lot of Volunteers to make the review process go easier. If you are not a podcaster and would like to be on the review committee drop me a line at

Please visit the website for more details. As always we are in need of sponsors for the 2008 event. I need to raise about $8000.00 in the coming weeks to meet the minimum prize amounts we have in the past.

Let’s Talk Podcast Feed and Site Trends for 2007

Last year we ran a small number of the shows that were nominated for a podcast award through a site review and validation program. This year we processed all shows that were nominated for a podcast award.

I have some initial statistics to reports that should not surprise those of you that followed this information last year. It is sad to see people are still not doing some of the key fundamental things a podcaster should do to insure uninterrupted delivery of his podcast.

The amount of garbage sites out their astounded me. There were at least three services that need to examine what they are doing in their core podcast hosting business. While I am going to be respectful and not slam them publicly, podcasters would do good to really examine where they are hosting their media.

1st 4097 shows were nominated that is up from 3281 shows nominated in 2006

2nd Of the 4097 shows that were nominated only 2911 had a visible RSS feed link on their Page or was auto detectable.

3rd Of the 4097 shows 3761 of them had an iTunes link on their page it was obvious that many podcasters think iTunes is the only way to consume a podcast.

4th Of the 4097 shows nominated only 2012 had a physical link to their podcast show media on their show postings or had a media player of some sort.

5th Of the 2911 sites that had a visible RSS feed, 82% (2387) had feed errors. The 2387 that had errors 61% (1456) of those feeds were completely invalid according to

7th 81% (1933) of those sites that had RSS feed errors, where being hosted on a Wordpress blog.

6th Of the 2387 RSS feeds that had either RSS errors or were invalid 93% of the feeds were being served up by FeedBurner.

7th The biggest RSS feed this year was a whopping 1.1 megs. The podcasters listing had not updated in iTunes in over 1 year. The podcaster received 2 nominations, yet had produced a show each week for the past 16 months. When we e-mailed the podcaster he was astonished to find his listing had not updated in iTunes and had no clue that their was feed size limitations.

8th Their were approximately 230 feeds whose size was over 250K

9th Of the 4097 Shows nominated only 41% had a means to contact the host where it be through a voice mail hot-line or a email contact.

I still have more data to compile but I have been getting queries to post these results. I have a pile of data here and will pull some more data that we collected. I am going to do a double validation on the above numbers but I am really close.

Todd Cochrane

People’s Choice Podcast Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2007 People’s Choice Podcast Awards have been announced at with voting to commence on August 28th.

Over 335,000 people placed 6 million plus nominations during the nomination period. A team of over 40 listeners reviewed and graded those nominations and from the feedback I received the work was quite significant. I am very impressed with the slate of shows, while no awards process is perfect we are confident those nominated have audience members who are highly engaged.

Audience engagement is a trait that makes podcasting different, and while the space is still maturing the audiences of these podcasts are definitely heavily involved with the programs.

Todd Cochrane
Founder People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Six days of Nominations remain at

We have six days left before nominations close for the 2007 People’s Choice Podcast Awards to date this is how the 2007 event is shaping up.

We have received over 2.1 million nominations with over 110,000 people having nominated their favorite shows so far!

Make sure you send your audience members to nominate your show today, as 200 of the top shows in podcasting will be competing later this month for the 22 award categories.

Podcast Awards Nominations Open till July 15th

Well it begins, we wish we had a couple more gold sponsors but I have always said it will be what it will be. This is where podcasting companies get a chance to pay back to the podcasting community.

I want to take a moment and give a big thank you to the folks over at Wizzard.TV for coming on board to be our Platinum Sponsors this year. Their participation is greatly appreciated.

Thus far we have raised $4000.00 in cash and have about $1600.00 in prizes and trophy sponsors.

These other fine sponsors have made it possible for us to do this again this year. This is a non profit event for us as all money and prizes go back to the podcasters

This event has grown and Podcaster query me all year on this event so we are glad to finally be under way.