How to Add Podcasts to Google Listen?

I already wrote an article about Google Listen for Android Community. Now I want to tell you how to make an RSS (XML) file for your podcasts so that you could submit that to Apple iTunes for iPhone and iPod users, as well as use the same RSS file to subscribe to your podcasts using Google Listen.

Google Listen does not have a way for us (podcast makers) to submit our podcasts to Google's podcast directory, but we can add it to our phones (Android Phones) and subscribe. However, I have a strong feeling that once you do that, Google will automatically start crawling into your feeds and include them. Now this is not something that has been documented, or promised, but it is only my guess based on the fact that if users are subscribing to these feeds, it means there is content to be found there.

http://www.raakesh.com/podcasts/podcasts.xml

Now when it opens up, you would just see plain text, right click on that page and click on View Page Source and you will see code like:

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<rss xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd" version="2.0"> <channel> <title>Raakesh Dot Com</title> <description>Some serious tutorials for serious listeners (Mostly Web Development, Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, PPC, etc related podcasts)</description> <link>http://www.raakesh.com</link> <language>en-us</language> <copyright>Copyright 2007 - 2009</copyright>
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I hope that did not scare you already. So face it, you have to create a new RSS file with all your data, so here is how you do it quickly:
Download http://www.raakesh.com/podcasts/podcasts.txt

Now open this file in a text editor like UltraEdit or Wordpad. Notepad does not open the file with the desired tabs, so try Notepad+ if nothing else works for you.

This is how the file looks like:
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<rss xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/dtds/podcast-1.0.dtd" version="2.0">

<channel>

<title>Raakesh Dot Com</title>
<description>Some serious tutorials for serious listeners (Mostly Web Development, Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, PPC, etc related podcasts)</description>
<link>http://www.raakesh.com</link>
<language>en-us</language>
<copyright>Copyright 2007 - 2009</copyright>
<lastBuildDate>Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:20:00 -0500</lastBuildDate>
<pubDate>Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:20:00 -0500</pubDate>
<docs>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss</docs>
<webMaster>raakesh@raakesh.com</webMaster>

<itunes:author>Raakesh Blokhra @ Raakesh.com</itunes:author>
<itunes:subtitle>Raakesh dot Com is a channel maintained by Raakesh Blokhra and he adds audio tutorials, product reviews and other information to help Internet Marketers, Web Developers and Website Owners.</itunes:subtitle>
<itunes:summary>Raakesh dot Com is a channel maintained by Raakesh Blokhra and he adds audio tutorials, product reviews and other information to help Internet Marketers, Web Developers and Website Owners. Raakesh is a founder of several globally successful products including Affiliate Radar, Long Tail Magic, Offer Vault, Instant LP and more. Raakesh has a channel on Youtube (called RaakeshDotCom) where he adds video tutorials, and is building a directory of podcasts for entrepreneurs on the go.</itunes:summary>

<itunes:owner>
<itunes:name>Raakesh Blokhra</itunes:name>
<itunes:email>raakesh@raakesh.com</itunes:email>
</itunes:owner>

<itunes:explicit>No</itunes:explicit>

<itunes:image href="http://www.raakesh.com/images/podcast_logo.jpg"/>

<itunes:category text="Technology">
<itunes:category text="Podcasting"/>
</itunes:category>

<item>
<title>What makes Drupal a good CMS from an SEO Prospective?</title>
<link>http://www.raakesh.com/podcast-drupal-good-from-seo-prospective</link>
<guid>http://www.raakesh.com/podcasts/drupal_for_seo_podcast.mp3</guid>
<description>An overview by Raakesh, explaining what makes Drupal a great Content Management System to install, from an SEO prospective. These are not Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tricks and tips, but just simple explanation of why search engines like Drupal based web sites.</description>
<enclosure url="http://www.raakesh.com/podcasts/drupal_for_seo_podcast.mp3" length="15347612" type="audio/mpeg"/>
<category>Podcasts</category>
<pubDate>Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:20:00 -0500</pubDate>

<itunes:author>Raakesh Blokhra @ Raakesh.com</itunes:author>

<itunes:explicit>No</itunes:explicit>
<itunes:subtitle>What makes Drupal a good CMS from an SEO Prospective?</itunes:subtitle>
<itunes:summary>An overview by Raakesh, explaining what makes Drupal a great Content Management System to install, from an SEO prospective. These are not Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tricks and tips, but just simple explanation of why search engines like Drupal based web sites.</itunes:summary>
<itunes:duration>00:15:59</itunes:duration>
<itunes:keywords>Raakesh, RaakeshDotCom, Raakesh.com, Drupal, SEO, Drupal SEO, </itunes:keywords>

</item>

</channel>

</rss>
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Once you open the file in a text editor, just go in and replace all the information with your information. Each ITEM is a podcast, so to add more than one podcasts to your file, just copy the entire <item> </item> code and add another one.

Once you create the file, save it as an xml file, and upload it to your website. You can then import that file into your android phone on Google Listen and get access to your podcasts. You could also send that link to your friends, customers, etc and ask them to do the same. And as far as iTunes is concerned, you can submit the same file to iTunes by going to Podcasts > Advanced > Submit Podcast.

I have an idea that I am working on right now, so I will post about it in a day or two. If things work out well, I may be able to automate the entire process for you. Subscribe to my newsletter so that I could keep you posted on this.

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