How to manually add a RSS feed to your podcast app on desktop, iOS & Android

You should be able to find The Pitch Podcast easily by searching in your podcast player of choice. But occasionally you may need to add a podcast RSS feed to your favorite podcast app manually for whatever reason.

Members of The Pitch Insider, for example, get a private RSS feed for listening to members only content.

Here's how to manually add a RSS feed to many popular podcast apps. If I am missing instructions for your favorite podcast app or if any of these instructions are wrong, let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter. Thanks! 🙏


iTunes (Mac & Windows)

Click on "File" in the top left menu. Then select “Subscribe to Podcast...” from the dropdown and paste the feed URL. Click ok and voilà!

Podcasts App (iOS)

Tap the “My Podcasts” button on the bottom row of icons. Then hit the + button in the top left corner, and select "Add Podcast" from the pop up. Then you paste in the feed URL and hit subscribe.

Pocket Casts (iOSAndroid & Web)

Paste the URL of the feed into the search field and hit search. Done!

Overcast (iOS & Web)

Tap the + button in the top right like you normally would to add a podcast. Then tap "Add URL" in the top right, paste the feed URL and hit done!

Podcast Addict (Android)

Tap the + sign in the top right. Then choose”Add RSS Feed” and paste in the URL of the RSS feed. Tap “Add.”

Downcast (iOS & Mac)

Tap “Add” on the bottom bar, press “Add Podcast Manually” and in the “Feed” field paste the URL of the RSS feed. Then hit “Subscribe” in the top right.

Podcast apps that do not support manual RSS

Currently it is not possible to manually add a RSS feed to Google Play Music, Spotify or iHeartRadio 😔

Let me know if something needs updated!

Be well,

Josh


6 Easy Steps to Grow Your Email List

6 Effective Ways to Grow Your Email List

Marketing emails are the undisputed, heavy-weight champion of lead nurturing. Through email you build relationships with customers and tastefully lure them to your website to make a purchase. Thanks to email automation software, this process is now streamlined workflow for millions of businesses.

Expanding your email list can certainly seem daunting. There are 2.6 billion registered email users in the world and odds are your list comprises only a tiny fraction of those people. With 205 billion marketing emails sent per day, it is imperative to continually cultivate your list to access your fair share of consumers.

Here are 6 simple steps you can take today to begin growing your email list organically:Read more


ZipBooks: Simple Cloud Accounting Software for Entrepreneurs

ZipBooks: Simple Cloud Accounting Software for Entrepreneurs

Face it. If you’re starting/running a business, you’re going to need accounting software sooner or later.

But QuickBooks is the most complicated thing ever built. The interface looks like it hasn't changed in the past 10 years. Though QuickBooks Online is now available, it's very costly for an entrepreneur just starting out.

ZipBooks was created to solve this very problem. Extremely simple, free cloud accounting software. No asterisks attached. It’s not a trial or a base version that’s free. ZipBooks doesn’t have a paid version at all.

But what can I really get for $0?

Despite the non-existent cost of entry, ZipBooks advertises the features most any business would want from accounting software.  You can record profits and expenses, send invoices, add team members, create tasks and projects, track hours, and run payments.  The software is web/cloud based, and they just released a free app for iOS so that users can manage their finances on the go.

They also promote integration with popular 3rd party apps like Google Apps, Slack, Asana, and more.

ZipBooks: Manage Cash Flow

But ZipBooks' fundamental promise to entrepreneurs (outside of the $0's thing) is improving cash flow.  Founder Tim Chaves says that he constantly ran into cash flow problems at the two previous businesses he founded.

“None of the existing small-business accounting solutions out there are solving the most important problem for small businesses,” he says.  “Managing cash flow.”

According to Brad Hanks, head of user growth at ZipBooks, “You can get paid the next day on an invoice you send today with one click. There are other accounting apps and there are other invoice financing services, but where ZipBooks really shines is in the experience of how to get from point A to point B on getting paid.”

ZipBooks Cloud Invoicing Software for Entrepreneurs

How does it stack against the 900 pound gorilla that is QuickBooks Online? A quick visit to the ZipBooks website, and you’ll see they don’t shy away from mentioning the competition by name.

In addition to being free, they assure users that ZipBooks is faster and more user friendly.  In their own words, “QuickBooks wasn’t made for you — it was made for your accountant.”

So how does ZipBooks make money?

Though ZipBooks heavily totes their free pricing, they’re equally open about their revenue model.  ZipBooks has partnerships with the credit card processor Stripe, earning a percentage of the transaction fee on invoices ran through the system.

However, you don’t have to run your charges through the system in order to use it.  ZipBooks is free for all.


Hemingboard: The Pun & Rhyme Generating Keyboard that's Pun-believable

Hemingboard: The Pun & Rhyme Generating Keyboard that's Pun-believable

Puns can be a little polarizing. Some find them to be pun-bearable. They’re less like jokes and more like pun-ishment. But for those with a well-rounded sense of humor, you know there’s nothing better than landing that perfect pun.

The key to a great pun is timing and delivery. You need to be pun-ctual with your response, while making sure it carries the right pun-ch. Believe it or not, there’s an app for that.

Hemingboard – Bringing you puns and rhymes for days

Recently, we’ve covered both Microsoft's and Google’s well-regarded keyboard replacements for iPhone. Hemingboard is another third-party iOS keyboard app, but with a much different purpose. According to developer Johnny Lin, “Hemingboard is the keyboard with puns, synonyms, and rhymes built in. Type a word and tap the hummingbird to automagically get dozens of word and phrase suggestions.”

Hemingboard iOS Keyboard

Switching between the different suggestion options is as simple as tapping a button. Of course, you can also use it as a standard phone keyboard. The keyboard offers your basic autocorrect, predictive text, and auto-capitalization. But Hemingboard shines brightest when used in special situations. Lin says, “It's perfect for terrible pun-chlines, rap battles, songwriting, photo captioning, online dating, and of course, complementing the S.O.”

How does Hemingboard form these pun-derful suggestions? “The suggestions are a combination of open and free data from various sources,” says Lin. They’re regularly taking in user suggestions, as well. Despite the ever growing library of suggestions, Hemingboard doesn’t require an internet connection.

Hemingboard is currently available on iOS for $2.99 and on Mac OS for $9.99. The iOS keyboard has been optimized for both iPhones and iPads. As for the Mac version, “It lives in the menu bar [and] works in any app,” according to Lin. Android and Windows versions are currently in beta testing, so non-Apple users will soon be able to join the pun times as well.

While there are a variety of pun and rhyme generators, as well as thesaurus apps, Hemingboard is pretty unique in combining them under a singular keyboard format. If you do need a quick pun for free, and you don’t want to buy an app, you can check out pungenerator.org.

For those who decide to try Hemingboard, Johnny Lin has one final piece of advice: “Friendly reminder to keep your phone in a cool place when using Hemingboard, so it doesn't overheat when you're texting hot fyre.”


Unfade: Restore old photos in a snap

Restore Your Old Printed Photos in a Snap with these Apps

Thanks to social media and digital cameras, the past 5-10 years of our lives are easily viewable and shareable over the internet. For some of you, that might not be a good thing.

For the rest of us, memory lane is just a click or two away. But what about pictures older than a decade? You know, the ones that you actually have printed, sitting in a box, buried in some closet. Not only are they hard to share, but they’re at a much higher risk of being lost forever.

Enter Unfade, the app to turn your old, dusty, worn prints into vivid, clear digital photos.

Can’t I just use the camera on my phone for that?

Unfade promises much more than a camera app. Having made Scanbot, one of the most popular document scanners available for iOS and Android. the Unfade team is well-experienced in copying the physical to the digital. Unfade uses smart-cropping and digital filters to help automate the transition process.

Michael Stache, head of design at Unfade says, “Our auto-cropping works really well, and we're constantly making it better. [But] the best thing about Unfade is that we're doing non-destructive editing. With this you can always change the filter.”

While there are already similar apps on the market, Stache says "Compared to other apps, we hope that we're easier to use, and there's no limit in exporting photos.”

TechCrunch notes in their positive preview that “Unfade may not be the perfect match for more advanced photographers; those of us who enjoy a bit of pixel-peeping and taking full control,” but goes on to say that’s not really the point of Unfade.

Unfade just launched their initial version on the App Store for $4.99. It might seem a little simplistic for some, but more features are on the way such as, photo backup, extra filters and better sharing

In addition, they’re hoping to have an Android version released by the end of the year.

Photomyne is another popular app available for iOS that promises to quickly transfer print photos to digital. It can even capture and separate multiple photos at once. Like Unfade, Photomyne is $4.99 and, also, has plans to release an Android version in the next few months.

Whichever app you use, just please try to refrain from playing or singing Nickleback’s “Photograph” as you dig through your box of memories. It’s for your own good.