Freelance Homebased Jobs At Scribie

Benefits of Working From Home

Today, the workforce is ever-evolving. More and more people are looking to work from home, whether half the time or all the time. You may even know some people who work as full-time freelancers. There are advantages to being a freelancer or working from home.

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For starters, if you’re a freelancer, you are your own boss. While you may work for various companies, ultimately, you work for you. There’s no one peaking their head in at your office door to see if that latest report is almost done, there are no constant emails or phone calls coming make sure you’re doing your work – the things that bug you about being in the office are removed.

Another advantage of working from home is you get to set your own schedule. Working from 9 to 5 each and every day is a thing of the past. If you are up at 2 am in the morning because of a child or insomnia, you can work on a project and get it out of the way. If you have to pick up the kids after school and need to work on something before or after that time, you have the freedom to do so. Most work from home jobs have a certain time frame in which they need to be done, but the time of day in which it’s done is completely up to you. Not only do you get to work when you want, but you also get to work where you want. It’s a nice day outside? With an internet connection, you can take your work anywhere you want. pause-828757_640

A third advantage to being a freelancer is that you can work on multiple projects at the same time. The amount of clients you have is completely up to you and that also means more clients, more sources of income.

If those reasons weren’t good enough for you, as a freelancer, it’s possible to get paid more than those who work for a salary. When you work as a freelancer, you tend to get paid by the job. If you’re really good at what you do, you can get done in a relatively short period of time and your hourly rate can be higher than if you were working as a full time, salaried employee.

Last, but certainly not least, working as a freelance pushes you to work harder. Think about it: you work on a project and you do a great job. The company or person you did the job for liked what you did and hire you again for another project. You in turn want to keep doing a great job so you can get more work. How well you do your job results in more work for you and more work produces more income.

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Where to start?

With all of these advantages, you may be wondering how do you get started as a freelancer? Well, there are many companies out there that hire freelancers for a variety of positions. The key is finding the job that works for you. As a crowdsourced transcription companyScribie could be a great fit.

With Scribie, you have a variety of positions within our transcribing department. Starting off as a transcriber, you can make $10 an audio hour for both transcription and review, with a $5 bonus when you have worked more than 3 hours. For high difficulty files, the rate of pay increases. If the self-review options are enabled, you can earn the same amount for less effort and time.

Top performers can also become proofreaders and do quality control, earning from $5 to $20 per audio hour and since there’s no typing, it takes less time. There are some freelancers with Scribie that work more than 50 audio hours per month, which includes all forms mentioned, and they have made more than $100 in bonuses on top of their rate pay.

Working as a freelancer with Scribie includes all of the benefits mentioned earlier, plus bonuses and ways to earn more in less time. The online platform only requires you to have a computer and an internet connection. There are a variety of ways to earn money as a freelancer and Scribie is just one of those ways. You can sign up here!

 

Audio Quality is the Most Important Factor for Transcription

You may be wondering just how important the audio quality of the file you want transcribed really is. Truth is, quality of audio is the most important factor. The audio quality of the file affects a variety of things in the transcribing process.studio-1002972_640

If the audio quality of your file is poor, that could result in numerous errors and a lot of blank places or incomplete parts because of in-audible sections. This in turn could cost you more money as some companies may charge more since it will take longer to transcribe. Having a file that has good audio quality ensures that you get back a good product in a reasonable time frame.

Another factor to take into consideration is the transcriber. Because another person is transcribing the file for you, the quality of your audio should be of a high standard so that your file can be done in a timely fashion. It’s important to realize that the transcriber will have to replay the file several times to get the transcription correct. For instance, with Scribie’s process, a transcriber will play the file 8 times on average in order to provide you with a transcription file. The better the audio quality, the fewer times a file will have to be replayed.plant-949111_640

If the audio quality is good, that ensures that a transcriber can be more efficient in their work and allows for you, the customer, to get your file back on time and in the best quality possible. Good audio quality results in less effort for your transcriber and a faster turnaround for you, the customer.

As you can see, a good quality audio file is not only important to the transcriber, but also to you the customer. It saves you time and probably more important to you, saves you money.

Start uploading your files now and get best quality transcripts on time.

 

Career In Transcription Industry

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Career In Transcription Industry

Introduction to General Transcription:

General Transcription could either be of an interview or a conference call or just a conversation or discussion on a certain topic. The topics can be varied and there is usually more than one speakers. Unlike medical transcription it does not require a formal training or a certification for the company.

Skills required:

The basic skill required for general transcription is a good typing speed of around 40-50 wpm and excellent english comprehension. In addition, you should be able to comprehend different accents native (American, British, Australian) and non native ( Spanish, Italian, French etc). By excellent comprehension, we mean ability to get the context right and understand the usability/difference between similar sounding words as per the context etc. Of course, for some, the comprehension skills are inherent. However, there are many ways to improve you comprehension skills for e.g watching all kinds of English movies or series and try to understand whats spoken without looking at the subtitles.

Work Content:

While the work involves listening to the audio and typing it out, there are cases where some words are unheard of and some research is required to get it right. Google search is most widely used for this purpose. The more files you do, the better it gets in terms of comprehension and vocabulary. On an average, a person can do 2 audio hours of transcription/Verification and 3- 4 hours of QA (which involves going through around 50% of the file) in a day. If a person tries to stretch beyond this, it might affect the quality of the file.

Tools:

There are various tools (hardware/software) available for transcription in general. While many companies, like Scribie.com, have their own Integrated editor, there are other who use tools like Express scribe. Many are used to foot pedal, which can be configured to play/pause etc using your foot while your hands can do the typing.

Career Growth:

The work flow that we follow here in Scribie is as follows:

1. Raw Transcription: In this step, the audio for each part file is played back and transcribed as accurately and cleanly as possible. The incomprehensible parts are marked with blanks.
2. Review: During Review, the Raw Transcript is checked for correctness and quality. The audio file is played back again and each transcribed word is checked against the audio. The blanks are filled, if possible. Timestamps and speaker tracking are also added at this stage.
3. Verification: During verification each part files is checked once again to correct mistakes and address inconsistencies among them. At the end, all part files are collated together and the final transcript is prepared.
4. Quality Analyst( delivery): In the last step, the final transcript is quality checked and delivered to the customer.

The experience required as well as the responsibility and remuneration given to people in each phase increases as one goes from doing Raw Transcription to Delivery. The role of QA is very important as he/she is the interface to the customer and lot of business depends on his abilities to do his/her job well.

The good news is, you could do all this from comforts of your home by joining our freelance transcription program. If you really think this career is for you, then Apply here now and become a certified freelancer with Scribie.com .

 

How To Clean The Audio File

Whatever your transcription needs are, you will all have the same start – the audio file. You may be asking, ‘Why would I want to provide clean audio?’ and that’s a very good question.

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It is what transcriptionists use to take your notes, lectures, meetings, interviews, etc. from a few or multiple voices to a readily accessible document that you can use at any time in the future for your reference. With this audio being so vital, it’s important to give transcriptionists the best audio you can provide.

Of course, simply saying that the audio needs to be clean isn’t enough. You’ll want to know how you can do this. Well, fortunately for you, you don’t have to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on software or equipment to get this done. In fact, you don’t even have to spend a dime. There is great audio software out there and you don’t have to look any further than Audacity for your needs.

Many people use Audacity, whether they are musicians, voice over actors, or even those who need it for their transcription needs. That’s the great thing about Audacity – its versatility. You can even use it to record your files if necessary, but that’s another blog post.

To clean up your audio, first download your copy of Audacity. Once that’s done, open it up and open your audio file. You’ll want to go to ‘Effect’.

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You’ll click on ‘Noise Removal’.

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From there, you’ll need to get a noise profile.  Find the section of the audio file that you need and highlight that section. Click ‘Get Noise Profile’.
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Once this is done, you’ll want to go back to ‘Effect’, ‘Noise Removal’ and click ‘Okay’ to remove the noise.

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This should help clean up your audio.

For more tips and tutorials on how to use Audacity, simply do a Google search to find ways to maximize your new find. You can even out sound, normalize your audio, export to MP3 (with the help of a plugin), cut and copy files together and so much more.

As always, don’t forget to use Scribie for all your transcription needs.

 

Scribie Announces Partnership With Amolto Call Recorder

Scribie is proud to announce their partnership with Amolto Call Recorder for Skype. This partnership allows you to order transcriptions of the Skype calls directly from within the Amolto Call Recorder. Amolto Call Recorder provides you with software that makes it easy to record your Skype calls. When you start your Skype call, Amolto starts to record automatically. A simple and easy to use interface pops up on the screen. (It’s important to note that this is only available for Windows).

To utilise this new feature, register for a new Scribie account from the special partner page. You will get an API key which you need to copy in the Amolto Call Recorder options page.

 

 

Once you’ve done that, you can request new transcription directly from Amolto Call Recorder by opening the “Recording history” window.

 

Select the recording and click on the ‘Transcription menu’ to upload to Scribie.

 

You’ll be able to see the progress of your transcription in ‘Recording History’. Once the transcription is complete, you can choose any of the supported formats e.g.Microsoft Word (.doc), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and Adobe PDF (.pdf) and plain text (.txt), to download your file.

With this partnership both Amolto and Scribie intends to give their customers a seamless experience. There’s no need to download recordings or upload files in multiple places. The combined services of Scribie and Amolto brings you, the customer, the same service and accuracy you have been accustomed to with Scribie, plus the added benefit of convenience to get your Skype calls transcribed in one easy place. Consider your time yours once again.
If you’re ready to create your account, head on over to Scribie and if you already have an account, go download your copy of the Amolto Call Recorder now.

 

Cost For Transcription Services

What Should You Pay For Transcription?

Pricing for Audio/Video Transcription at Scribie

Turnaround Time
Price Per Audio Minute
Budget (5 Days)
$0.75
Regular (36 Days)
$1.50
Rush (12 Hours)
$3.00
Services Included/Excluded
Option
Additional Charge
Audio time-coding
Included
BITC
$0.50/minute
Speaker tracking
Included
Word Document
Included
Multiple Speakers
Included
Non-American Accent
$0.50/minute
Noisy Background
$0.50/minute
Strict Verbatim
$0.50/minute
Non-default formatting
$0.50 – $1.00/minute
Subtitle File
$0.50/minute
High Difficulty Level
$0.50/minute – $2.00/minute

Average Transcription Prices

You find yourself with audio or video from work, school, a seminar, or a meeting, but you do not have time to type up the notes yourself. You may be wondering what are your options. That is where a transcription service comes in. If you do a Google search, however, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed with all the different companies and prices.

How much should you expect to pay for services?

The industry standard varies from $1 to $1.50 per audio minute, with some companies charging per speaking person. You have a price, but what do you get for that price? Some places may only offer quality with no guaranteed turnaround time. Others will provide a minimum 98% accuracy, but the turnaround times vary. Some services will have a standard turnaround time of 3 to 5 business days, others a turnaround time of 2 to 3 business days, and yet a few will have a 24-hour turnaround for audio or video transcription and 48-hour turnaround for video caption or subtitles.

What about multiple speakers, accents, or bad audio?

You may have multiple speakers, speakers with accents, noise in the background or need language translation; the industry offers a variety of additional services for a fee. Services in the industry will charge an extra $.10 to $.25 per audio minute for time-stamps, time-codes, background noise, light accents, digitizing, and technical terminology. The charge for having your file transcribed verbatim can run from $.25 to $.30 per audio minute.

If you have audio with heavy background noise or strong accents, you can be charged $.50 to .$75 per audio minute. Foreign language transcription can set you back an additional $1 per audio minute.

If you have multiple speakers in your audio, some in the industry charge a fee per speaker. The starting rate can be $.25 a person per audio minute up to 3 speakers and $.50 a person per audio minute for 4 speakers. The price is can be capped at 5+ speakers at an additional $.50 per audio minute.

Turnaround times make a big difference

If you need things in a certain time frame, be prepared to pay extra for speed. Fast turnarounds in the industry are typically over a 24 to 48 hour time period. If you need a turnaround time of 48 hours, expect a standard fee of $.75 per audio minute. For a 24 hour turnaround, the fee can be $1.25 per audio minute and same day service charges can be $1.50 per audio minute.

With all these fees, it is nice to know that a few companies may offer discounts for academic, non-profit, religious and volume transcripts.

In Summary

As you can see, no matter your needs, those fees and extra charges can really add up. You are the only one who can determine what’s best for you. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with Scribie. If you are flexible with time, you can get your files done in 3 – 5 days as little as $0.75/min . Need it a little faster? Rates for 24 hours is only $0.90/min and $1.75/min for express services completed in 8-12 hours.

The best part is that Scribie includes word documents, time-coding, multiple speakers, and speaker tracking in the pricing. That’s right – unlike their competitors, you don’t pay extra for those things. The next time you are in the need of transcription services, think of Scribie first.

Start uploading your files and get high-quality transcription within the timeframe that you choose.

 

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Scribie’s Delivery Limit And the Rationale Behind It

delivered_on_timeDelivery is an important aspect for transcription service. The results of transcriptions are time bound. It has to be delivered on or before time to make it worth for customers. There are a lot of inquiries about delivery limit in our customer’s mind and here are a few details which might help you understand the reasoning behind it.

The most prior reason is to serve all our clients impartially. Every file is first transcribed, reviewed by proof reader and then send to the client. As correctly said “every good thing takes time” so does our QA team. They go through each and every word of the audio file to ensure you get perfectly transcribed files with no corrections or inconsistencies. They are there to ensure that you get high quality transcripts.

Scribie provides various delivery TAT.

Express
In this category, for a 2 hour file turnaround is 12 hours. There is a delivery limit of ordering only 2 hour audio file per day for each customer.

1 Day
We also have a day delivery in which transcripts are delivered within 24 hours if the order is placed before 2:30 PM EDT (US), or within 48 hours if ordered after.

Flexible Week or Day

If our client opts for flexible week or month then the delivery date will vary anytime within the week or month as opted for.

Bulk Order Delivery

For bulk order Delivery, we don’t want to overwhelm us with lot of files so we try to keep a pre informed way of handling them. We always want to deliver best for all our esteemed customers and in a fair way. Hence, for bulk orders the delivery dates will be adjusted depending on the number of hours ordered. We impose a delivery limit of 2 hours of transcripts per day per user. If you order more than 2 hours of transcripts in a day then the deliveries are divided in a way to receive around 2 hours of transcripts per day.

How does our delivery model works? Here are some examples based on hours of file.

  • If you have three files of an hr each and TAT chosen is 1 day, then the first and the second file will be received on next day and the third file will be received the day after.
  • If you have ordered 10 hrs of files with turnaround time of 2 – 7 Days, Then the first two hrs will be delivered on 7th day and then the next 2 hrs on 8th day and so on.
  • If you have ordered 4 hrs long single audio file with turnaround time of 1 day and then the complete file will be delivered only on 2nd day.
  • Similarly, for 2.5 hrs. With turnaround time of 2-7 days. Then the files will get delivered only after the 3rd day.

Rationale behind our strategy is that our proofreaders can work only on a 2 hour file each day and we would want only one proofreader to work on same file to maintain flow which causes less errors more consistency. Hence a 4 hr long single file will take 2 days to deliver.

Everyone is in hurry so we serve equally to everyone without any partiality. Files with poor audio quality, distortions, non-native speakers or difficult accents may take up additional days since it take 2 -3 rounds of proofreading before it reaches our quality standard.  We intimate our clients about the delay through email notification. In case we fail to transcribe we refund their amount.

Please send a mail to support@scribie.com or you can chat with us directly for any further queries.

 

Distinctive Features of Scribie’s Audio Transcription Service

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“Scribie is one of the best ways to get audio transcription”.

These days we have unlimited options available in the marketplace for every need and want of ours. Audio transcription is no different. We have many audio transcription services out there who promise us a bag of good things but deliver none. In this scenario where every single detail of conversation is of utmost importance, we need to be extra cautious of what is promised versus what is delivered.

How Scribie is providing a unique experience.

  • We provide hassle free and easy to use services for our clients.
  • We offer free re-review if you are not satisfied with the quality of files delivered.
  • We have various turnaround option at different rates, from flex 5 (3 -5 days) to 1 Day (24 hours) and Express (8-12 hours) you can choose whichever suits you the best.
  • Our process is a four step process transcription, review, proofreading, and quality check. We guarantee 99% accuracy.
  • We ensure that a number of people collaboratively work on each file, which results in a higher quality transcript. Everyone works as a team at Scribie.
  • We ensure the accuracy and effort to be the same regardless of the size of the file. Even the shortest file is worked upon by more than three people.
  • We have set of protocols to follow which delivers consistent and certified results.
  • Want to track the progress? We have a WIP (Work in progress) system set up to give you a real-time progress update for all of your transcripts.
  • Integrated Editor, helps you check the quality of delivered files and you can even go ahead and make corrections or fill in the blanks.
  • We will send email notification in case of delay. We keep our clients informed about the entire process.
  • We have recently launched teleconferencing and phone call recording service integrated with transcription service. So if you want to record a phone call or conference call and then order for transcripts then just book a call with us and the recording and order for transcription will happen automatically.

Please send us a mail at support@scribie.com or you can chat with us directly.

 

Chunked Upload With Nginx And NodeJS

installing-nodejs-with-nginx-proxyUploads is an integral part of our audio/video transcription service. It is usually the first step for our customers. And since we work on audio/video files, the file sizes can be in GB’s. Sending GB’s of data in one single HTTP POST is not very reliable. Unless you have a very good internet connection the chances are that such POSTs  will time out. Therefore we decided to implement the chunked uploads on our website. In this post we’ll go through the steps we followed.

We use Nginx 1.5 as a reverse proxy for NodeJS which is our application server. Nginx supports chunked uploads natively since version 1.3.9 via the client_body_in_file_only directive (earlier versions required the upload module). The documentation is not very helpful, but as implied in the name, the body of the POST is parsed and written to a file. For chunked uploads each chunk is written to a separate file and the application has to then reassemble it. We used the following Nginx configuration.

    location = /files/upload/xhr {
        client_body_temp_path /tmp;
        client_body_in_file_only on;
        proxy_pass_request_headers on;
        proxy_set_header X-FILE $request_body_file;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_set_body off;
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_pass nodejs;
    }

The key parameter here is the X-FILE header which is where the POST data was written to. The application has to then process these individual chunks.

    
    /* Chunked upload sessions will have the content-range header */
    if(req.headers['content-range']) {
        /* the format of content range header is 'Content-Range: start-end/total' */
        var match = req.headers['content-range'].match(/(\d+)-(\d+)\/(\d+)/);
        if(!match || !match[1] || !match[2] || !match[3]) {
            /* malformed content-range header */
            res.send('Bad Request', 400);
            return;
        }

        var start = parseInt(match[1]);
        var end = parseInt(match[2]);
        var total = parseInt(match[3]);

        /* 
         * The filename and the file size is used for the hash since filenames are not always 
         * unique for our customers 
         */

        var hash = crypto.createHash('sha1').update(filename + total).digest('hex');
        var target_file = "app/uploads/" + hash + path.extname(filename);

        /* The individual chunks are concatenated using a stream */  
        var stream = streams[hash];
        if(!stream) {
            stream = fs.createWriteStream(target_file, {flags: 'a+'});
            streams[hash] = stream;
        }

        var size = 0;
        if(fs.existsSync(target_file)) {
            size = fs.statSync(target_file).size;
        }

        /* 
         * basic sanity checks for content range
         */
        if((end + 1) == size) {
            /* duplicate chunk */
            res.send('Created', 201);
            return;
        }

        if(start != size) {
            /* missing chunk */
            res.send('Bad Request', 400);
            return;
        }

        /* if everything looks good then read this chunk and append it to the target */
        fs.readFile(req.headers['x-file'], function(error, data) {
            if(error) {
                res.send('Internal Server Error', 500);
                return;
            }

            stream.write(data);
            fs.unlink(req.headers['x-file']);

            if(start + data.length >= total) {
                /* all chunks have been received */
                stream.on('finish', function() {
                    process_upload(target_file);
                });

                stream.end();
            } else {
                /* this chunk has been processed successfully */
                res.send("Created", 201);
            }
        });
    } else {
        /* this is a normal upload session */
        process_upload(req.headers['x-file']);
    }

The target file hash plays an important role for resumable uploads. If the same file is being re-uploaded, we detect that via the hash and tell our client to start from the last received byte. The same logic is followed for error handling; we tell the client to upload the file once again from the last byte received.

On the client side we use the excellent jQuery File Upload plugin by BlueImp. It supports XHR chunked file uploads. The resumable uploads is implemented via the add callback where we send a GET request with the filename and the file size. The application responds with the last byte received which is then set as the uploadedBytes. The upload then resumes from the next byte.

    $(".file-input").fileupload
        singleFileUploads: true
        multipart: false
        maxChunkSize: 1024 * 1024 * 10
        retries: 0
        maxRetries: 300

        add: (e, data) ->
            $.ajax
                type: "GET"
                url: "/files/upload/bytes-received"
                data:
                    fn: data.files[0].name
                    sz: data.files[0].size
                dataType: "json"
                success: (res) ->
                    data.uploadedBytes = parseInt(res.s.sz) if res.e is 0
                    data.uploadedBytes = 0 if data.files[0].size is data.uploadedBytes
                    data.submit()

We use a chunk size of 10 MB. The singleFileUploads is necessary so that each file is sent via a separate POST since our app implementation supports only one file per POST. Multipart false is set to true as suggested in the plugin documentation.

We have had this implementation live since the past few months and we have not seen any upload failures since then. Sometimes uploads have gone on for 12+ hours and succeeded in the end! Imagine the frustration it would cause if the uploads fail after that time.

 

Business Podcasting: Are Transcriptions REALLY Worth It?

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Two Birds With One Stone

 

Podcasting has grown to be one of the hottest marketing trends. It makes sense why this relatively new form of content is making such a buzz. It allows business owners (and bloggers/brands) to demonstrate their voice and build relationships with listeners.

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If you’re a business or solo-entrepreneur trying to make the most of your podcast, the topic of  transcription services has probably come up. This is a tricky subject because podcasting is normally seen as a “free” channel of marketing. On one hand, most people don’t want to turn podcasting into a “paid” channel.

First off, here’s why that assumption doesn’t hold up:

  1. Podcasting requires your time… for most marketers/business owners, this is going to be your most valuable asset in the long-run.
  2. Podcasting benefits from your own social media promotion along with any organic visitors that come in from search engines (in many cases, companies will spend money on advertising their podcast to kickstart the growth)

Essentially, podcasting may seem like a “free” initiative, but in reality, you have to pay for it in some currency.

Here’s where audio transcriptions come into play:

Think about the business goal of your podcast — Are you trying to drive more traffic to your website, blog, landing page? Then there is a specific monetary benefit from maximizing your podcast’s viewership.

More listeners on your podcast = more leads, signups, sales. It’s as simple as that.

For this reason, you need to treat the podcast just like your website or any other branch of online marketing for your business. Transcribing the audio from your podcasts and making it available on your website is a huge piece of this.

Check out just a few of the huge benefits of getting a transcription for each of your podcast episodes:

  • Convenience for the listeners — Sometimes your listeners don’t have an hour to sit down and listen to the podcast… in this case, having a transcription allows them to skim through to the important parts or copy and paste the info they were looking for.
  • Added benefit for search engine optimization — Currently, search engine “crawlers” cannot understand audio content… so they aren’t going to index and value your podcast episode the same way as a blog post. For this reason, the transcription acts like a textual map of the content on the page. More indexing, more ‘searchability’, more traffic.
  • No headphones… what do I do? — What if your listener is in a place where audio can’t be played… a waiting room perhaps and doesn’t have headphones? Most people aren’t going to bookmark the page and come back hours later to play it. This is why audio transcriptions can help get the message across to previously lost traffic.

Having a transcription done for your podcast might seem like a complicated question… but it really comes down to your business goals.

Do you really NEED to get the most views from each podcast episode? Do you really WANT to make the most of your time?

Remember that you’re dedicating hours upon hours into podcasting to craft quality content for your listeners… now take the final step and make sure that everyone can find your podcast so they can benefit from it.