How Much Are You Willing to Pay for Podcast Transcription Services?

I am thinking of restructuring my transcription rates here at TFB in the coming year, so welcome your feedback and comments.

As you can see from my services page, my transcription services right now are between $1-$2 per minute of audio, ie $60 – $120 per hour of audio.

To give you context, an hour of audio can take 4-6 hours of typing, editing, proofreading and formatting.

Value-added services like converting to PDF along with inclusion of affiliate links is on top of the above mentioned rates.

To serve you the best I want to know what you think of my current rates and your suggestion, if any, of any other rates.

And, also, what kind of turnaround time do you prefer? One week; 5 days, 2 days, 1 day, 6 hours, 4 hours, ASAP etc.

How much are you willing to pay for podcast transcription services?

Bloggers Party at BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Los Angeles

Looking for a fun afterparty at this year’s BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Los Angeles? Looking to have a drink, learn from a live blogger panel discussion and network in a relaxed, fun environment?

You’re invited to BlogUP, the blogger party that is guaranteed to be a good time!

The BlogUP is a unique networking event that enables like-minded bloggers to meet face-to-face. The party is a relaxed way to network and make connections for future collaborations that will help each other grow in the blogosphere.

Unlike other blogging meets, all guests must currently maintain a blog and there is to be absolutely no solicitations. This is simply an event for bloggers to network and discuss collaboration.


This year’s BlogUp party:

• “Content Monetization and Blogs—a Viable Combination?” panel discussion featuring leading blogger speakers

• Launch of LA Blog Club

• “What Is Personal Branding?” by Jim Kukral and Murray Newlands Book Release and Signing

• Complementary Drinks and Appetizers

Saturday November 5th 5:30 p.m. til 8:00 p.m.

717 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Downtown LA
(213) 688-7755





Murray Newlands

My name is Murray Newlands and I’m a successful marketing blogger, founder of London, San Francisco and Los Angeles Blog Clubs and author of many blogging eBooks interested in bringing like-minded bloggers together for an evening of fun.

This year’s party is going to be a blast and I’d love to meet you, so please come!


11 Benefits of Podcast Transcription for Podcast Bloggers

Do you have transcripts of your podcasts on your blog or website? Do you know why Problogger, one of the biggest blogs, is providing transcript of his video podcast?

Most podcast bloggers fail to take advantage of their podcasts fully.

Providing transcripts of your podcasts demand more time and effort on your part. It is hard work.  If you can’t do it yourself it will costs money to provide transcripts of video posts and audio podcasts.

It’s also true that some people prefer listening to podcasts on their iPods and iPhones. But it’s also true that most online readers would rather quickly skim blog posts.

Here are 11 Reasons why you should provide transcripts of your podcasts:

  1. Posting the transcripts of your podcasts to your blog/website provides the rich text content for search engines to index. Most search engines do not index your audio file. To get traffic to your site, you need regular, quality text content.
  2. Your podcast listeners will enjoy having a text version side by side while listening for reference and skim. By providing all the options for your audience, they will remember which podcasts are more user friendly than others. What is important is that the audience is given a choice.
  3. Some people simply prefer to read the content rather than listen. Many use the content as a reference for further studies and research. Reading a transcript can also be helpful if the voices on the podcast are hard to understand.
  4. By providing podcast transcripts, you are broadening your audience and reaching more people like hearing impaired people.
  5. The transcripts of podcasts can be used as blog posts.
  6. Transcripts of your podcasts can also be turned into ebooks.
  7. It’s easier to monitize your podcasts with accompanying transcripts using contextual ads like Google AdSense.
  8. You are over-delivering when you provide transcripts of podcasts.
  9. You are one step ahead of your competition, who has no transcripts, with podcast transcription.
  10. It is possible to link to other relevant blog posts and resources from within the podcast transcripts.
  11. For most people English is their second or even third language.  They may not comprehend fully from what they hear, but with transcripts it becomes easier for them to understand what you say.

As bloggers and online content producers we must always look for ways and means to improve our blogs.  One simple way is to utilize podcast transcription to multiply and repurpose our blog contents.  Podcast bloggers especially cannot afford to neglect their reading audience. Bloggers should help their readers as much as they can – including providing transcripts of their podcasts.

When you provide transcripts of your videos and audios, it makes your offering more special and therefore, premium. And, that is what each podcast blogger should aim for – quality contents.