260 Podcast Answer Man – Will Google Plus Be An Option For Live Streaming?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 10, 2012

in Podcast Answer Man

Will Google Take Live Streaming To The Next Level?
A recent post on the Google Blog announced that Google Plus Hangouts On Air feature is going to be rolled out to all members of the Google Plus Community.

The post said that you will be able to broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.

They also said.. “Once you're off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.”

Erik Fisher and I talk a little bit about this and other things related to Google Plus!

Had To Take My Web Hosting To The Next Level!
Those who have been following my journey for a long time know that I have been often experienced growing pains when it comes to the hosting of my websites. If you haven't done so already, I highly suggest that you check out my blog post on web hosting for podcasters.

I want to point out that everyone who has signed up for a hosting account with my BlueHost affiliate link (145 people since I started tracking) have been extremely satisfied and well served by the shared hosting platform that BlueHost provides.

On February, 10th, 2011, I released Episode 196 of Podcast Answer Man where I shared that I had, indeed, outgrown the shared hosting environment. To hear about how and why I moved over to a ServInt Hosting’s VPS hosting account, I would strongly encourage you to listen to that episode starting at 35.5 minutes into the episode which you can do by clicking here.

When I moved to Servint Hosting, I signed up for the least expensive package at $49 per month (Essential VPS) package. This account gave me 768 MB of Guaranteed RAM and offered 1.5GB Burst RAM. During the first year of my service with ServInt, I had not experience an issues, whatsoever, with my website.

However, just a few months ago, I started to receive a lot of promotion from folks who have audiences between 200,000 to 750,000 people and I've been mentioned by these folks on a repeated basis. As a result, the traffic to my site has increased dramatically and I had noticed issues where my site was beginning to load slowly and there were a few times when I would send out a status update on Twitter, Facebook, etc and the inbound links would simply cause my site to crash.

For this reason, I talked with the support department over at Servint and learned that based upon my server stats, I would be better served by their (Ultimate VPS) package that gives me 3 GB of Guaranteed RAM and 6 GB Burst RAM. This new package is $129 per month. I made the decision, immediately, to do the upgrade and it only took them about 1 hour to have my entire account moved to a new machine. After they copied everything over, they flipped a switch and my site was up and running on my new Ultimate VPS package and my site has been running great ever since.

I'm so delighted about the increased amount of traffic to my content and interest in my brand. These are the types of expenses that I don't mind paying increased costs for.

If you are just getting started you can get a shared hosting account, today, with my BlueHost Affiliate Link. However, if you have already outgrown shared hosting, you could sign up for a great VPS account, today, using my Servint Hosting affiliate link.

Other items mentioned in this episode
– New version of LiveFyre due to be released on May 11th, 2012
– Thoughts on landing interviews for your podcast.

Random Plug of The Week
This week's random plug of the week goes out to the The Construction Industry Podcast by Cesar Abeid. If you check out his show and like it, please be sure to let him know you heard about the show from The Podcast Answer Man!

The Podcast Mastermind
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Blue Host Affiliate Signup
I want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you!

Accounts that were created recently:
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Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and my not have been transfered to BlueHost just yet.

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