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Embedding Your Podcast On Tumblr

May 30th, 2013 by Andrew Smales

I had an email question a couple of weeks ago, asking how to embed a Castmate-hosted episode on Tumblr, so I thought I’d share my reply here. Tumblr is a very popular site, and I’ve seen many podcasts that use it for their web presence, so I hope this is useful.

1. Go to http://YOUR-USERNAME.castmate.fm (the “podcast” tab in the Dashboard will take you there)

2. Under the episode you want to embed, find the “download file” link, right-click it (⌘-click on Mac), and select “Copy Link Address”, “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut” (depending what browser you have.)

3. Go to Tumblr and click the option to add an Audio entry.

4. Click the “External URL” tab’ , and paste the link in there.


The important thing to remember though, is Step 2. When you right-click (or ⌘-click) that “download file” link and copy the url, it will look like this (notice the play.mp3):

http://castmate.fm/play.mp3?u=andrew&i=2120

That is a url that will register the listen on your stats page, and will always send the listener to the best streaming server at the time.

If, instead of copying that link, you just click on the “download file” link, it will redirect you to something that doesn’t contain the play.mp3 like this:

http://cdn2.castmate.fm/a/n/d/andrew/Orchestra%20Feb%2024.mp3

And that will NOT register any stats, and it won’t send the listener to the fastest streaming server.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about this, or anything else. The fastest way is to email me at andrew@castmate.fm

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