How I Added Voice to My Text Blog Posts

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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 - dedicated page

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

odiogo: RSS feed

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

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

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: listen button

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 widget

After that the button looks like this:

odiogo sidebar button

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.

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Brand amd Community Manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas
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,... Read Full Bio
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