Some of the stats that Todd provides from the first 3200-ish nominations:
- 78% of them failed Feed Validator (this doesn't concern me by itself as Feed Validator is an unreliable piece of garbage in my opinion)
- 42% of podcaster's websites did not have an RSS subscribe button on their site.
- Only 49% had any type of contact information on the site anywhere.
I can't dig up the article now, but I recently wrote about how unsettled I was at the basic types of questions being asked in the Podcast Pickle forums. A few minutes in three will quite quickly let on that many, many podcasters don't have a very firm grip on the technology they're using. I was actually encouraged by this because it means that unlike the first 5 years of blogging, podcasting tools have developed fast enough that non-technical people can provide content. This is good thing because now we have podcasts on all different topics instead of all geek and tech podcasts.
There is too much of a good thing, however, and if we're seeing crap like Todd is seeing, that's pretty bad.
Just for kicks I took a look at my site. Other than my feed failing validation (partially because I can't be bothered to update my iTunes categories because....well....let's just say I'm not a fan, and partially because of FV is tragically and unexplainably overrated), I'm good. Good show notes, lots of contact information, links to the audio files easy to find. Yup, I look like a podcaster.
Take Todd's list to your site. Do you look like a podcaster?