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Do you need a podcast host?

Can you host a show all by yourself or do you need a little assistance?

Big shout out to Dylan for inspiring this week’s episode with his question “Is it worth getting a podcast host when you’re starting out, or is it best to go solo?”  If you’ve got a question you’d like answered on the show just shoot me an email.

The quick answer to the question “Do I need a podcast host?” is YES!

Unless you know how to whittle your own RSS feed, which most of us don’t, you’re going to need a podcast host to make sure your show gets from the microphone in front of you into people’s ears.

As a bit of over-simplified background, there are three things you need for a podcast to make its way to your audience…

  1. An MP3 file – this is the format you’ll save each episode so you can upload it to…
  2. A podcast host – this is where you’ll upload all your episodes as well as your show description, artwork and any other info that’s displayed in iTunes (or any other directory). It’s also the place that creates your…
  3. RSS Feed – this is what you submit to directories (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play) so each new episode of your podcast is delivered straight to your subscriber’s podcast app as soon as you release it. The term “RSS Feed” sounds like a very technical line of code but it’s really just a URL that looks something like this…

http://paulandrach.libsyn.com/rss

The podcast host is basically the middle man between you and your audience.  They take all your lovely MP3s and hide them away in a nice little storage facility so when someone wants to listen to your show they can stream it or download it directly without you needing to lift a finger.

Listen to the full episode here…

iTunes Stitcher Android RSS

If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to podcast hosting or how to get your show into iTunes and other directories you can check out this article that includes all the links you’ll need…

How to get your podcast into iTunes

If you can’t be bothered reading any more than what’s on this page here are some quick links that will help you find your way…

Recommended Podcast Hosts

LibSyn

Where to host your podcastThis is one of the most established and well-known podcast hosts and is used by a lot of the major podcasts in America.

Price: US$5 – $75

Blubrry

Where to host your podcastAnother recommended podcast host, these guys have a WordPress plugin called ‘Powerpress’ which allows you to publish episodes from inside your podcast website.

Price: US$12 – $80

Whooshkaa

Where to host your podcastA podcasting platform created in Australia, Whooshkaa is free to upload your podcasts and they have some great features if you want to embed your episode on your social platforms.  They also find targeted ads to insert into your show so you can generate revenue without having to do the legwork of finding advertisers yourself.

Price: Free

Recommended Podcast Directories

These are some of the places you’ll want your podcast to be so listeners can find it…

iTunes

Stitcher

Google Play (Aussie podcasts can’t submit to this yet…BOO)

TuneIn

It’s impossible to go it alone without a podcast host if you’re starting out, so choose the one that’s right for you and get uploadin’.

Whichever one you choose they should have support pages and tutorials that will take you through everything you need to get set up, as well as analytics so you’ll know exactly how many people are listening to your show and where they’re coming from.

Need some help getting started?  Download my podcasting guide.

Got a burning question you’d like answered in the podcast? Send me an email.

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