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How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

Since the time I bought iPhone and started spending more time outside with my daughter, I have found that having an audio version of a blog post may actually be really, really useful! Just think about that: users may be given an opportunity to listen to your content while on their way to the office, while jogging, while in an air plane, you name it!

Thus I decided to find some way to create an audio version of my own blog. My first impression was that there were quite a few of tools allowing to do that. But some of them turned out to be paid, others seemed broken – so in the end I was left with only one option: Odiogo. So I am sharing the whole process here:

Go to Odiogo and sign up by providing your email and blog RSS feed URL (note: your feed needs to retrieve full posts, Odiogo won’t work with extracts). For information on how to activate RSS full text option on various platforms, refer to Odiogo FAQ) . After this step your podcast feed is already created.Your blog dedicated page looks as follows

odiogo blog How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

whereas your blog feed that can be integrated in any podcast client looks like this:

odiogo rss How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

To integrate it to your blog, you’ll need to take the following steps:

1. Wait for the confirmation email which looks as follows:

odiogo email How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

2. Install the plugin (with new WordPress versions you can do it right from the WP-admin panel) and activate it.

3. Go to Settings > Odiogo Listen Button and activate your account by providing your feed ID you received in an email message:

odiogo activate How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

4. Now you should see a "Listen" button underneath the title of each post on your blog. When you click the button, the text is shifted a few lines down and a control bar appears from which the MP3 file can be played/paused.

odiogo button How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

Warning: the player may not always be available (especially for older posts) but the mp3 and iTunes downloads will always be there.

Link under the player provide with a few more options

  • Grabbing iTunes download;
  • Streaming the MP3 files
  • Subscribing to the podcast version of the blog
  • Listening to older posts MP3 files, etc.

5. You may also want to add a subscription link to your blog sidebar (ala feedburner), to do that: go to Widgets and drag the "Odiogo Subscribe Button" to your sidebar:

odiogo widgets How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

After that the button looks like this:

odiogo button 01 How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

Odiogo also supports two more blogging platforms:

Are you aware of any other similar tool as (being nice tool overall) Odiogo not always behaves the way it is supposed to, so I’d love to try another alternative.

 How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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9 thoughts on “How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

  1. Hi Ann,

    I’ve been considering having the audio posts available on my blog and reading your post was very helpful.

    You’ve done a lot of research and it’s good to know what are the best tools to use.

    I’m very concerned with one thing though.

    I’ve been told that having rss retrieve the full length of posts may create duplicate content which the search engines don’t like.

    I’d like to know what your thoughts are on that.

    Otherwise it’s pretty clear that people who are interested in following what one has to say in their blog would benefit from being able to listen to it.

    Vance

    1. @Ann: Thanks for this, and will inform you if there is anything I found, really great for the readers to get another way to get a hold of you.

      @Shekhar: Yeah it supports even a blogger blog, which ann also indicated on the last part of her post.

  2. Ann,

    I tried this a long time ago when i first heard about this plugin. At first it seemed like a really cool idea, but once I implemented it and tested it out it sounded like a very bad robots and was actually pretty difficult for me to understand so I decided to take it off.

  3. Thanks for this Ann! I’m excited to try it out and see how it works. I appreciate all of your time and research that went into this. Thank you for sharing it with us.