What is the Best Duration for a Podcast?

Invitation to participate in a short survey to help with podcast planning

BlogTalkRadioLogoI’ve put together a short survey (see below), designed to elicit some views and advice on what would be the best time duration for my podcast show on BlogTalkRadio, Des Walsh & Friends.

I’ve been sticking to a thirty minute duration, but am not wedded to that. The thirty minute duration was chosen on the basis of a highly subjective assessment, namely that:

  • it enabled my guests and me to share with listeners some reasonably useful/interesting information and opinions
  • because it was only half an hour it was not going to be seen as a less than productive time sink.

Related to the second bullet point, the thirty minute duration also met a criterion I’d read or heard from some podcast expert, that it was a good “commute” timeframe for those who want to download and listen on the go.

But I don’t really know.

I do know that when the half hour comes up I am typically wanting to keep going with the conversation.

Then, when I listen to one hour podcasts, some seem a bit too unfocused, a bit rambly and I get a bit antsy.

Hence the survey. It’s really short, with only a few questions and a box for any comments.

Sorry, there is no Caribbean cruise for the most interesting response, but I will report back here on the results. And I’ll be truly grateful.

Think of the good karma. 🙂

Click here to take survey

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About Des Walsh

I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.


  1. No problem. Thanks for adjusting it so promptly!

  2. It must not have saved… I’ve fixed the problem… my apologies Des! That was embarassing 🙁 You can see it now, and your blog is also on my Blogroll.

  3. Natalia
    That’s nice, but when I clicked through to your site I could not see that this post was linked.

  4. I enjoyed this post so much I mentioned it in my blog this morning for Best Posts I’ve Read This Week. Check it out! Cheers 🙂 http://tiny.cc/XO1BI


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