Do you need a podcast host?


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

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 every episode gets from your microphone into people’s ears.

iTunes Google Podcasts Stitcher Spotify

How does your podcast get into directories like iTunes?

There are basically 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 in 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 information that’s displayed in iTunes (or any other directory). It’s also the place that’ll create your…
  3. RSS Feed – this is what you submit to directories (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify) so each new episode of your podcast is delivered straight to your subscriber’s podcast app as soon as it’s released. The term “RSS Feed” sounds like a very technical line of code but it’s really just a URL that looks something like this…


Each podcast host will have their own structure for the URL but one thing they all have in common is they include the letters “rss.”

The steps to release a podcast episode


What does a podcast host do?

A podcast host is basically the middle man between you and your audience.

They take all your MP3s and hide them away in a nice little cyber storage facility so when someone wants to listen to your show they can stream it or download it directly without you having to lift a finger.

Why you need to tag your podcast MP3s


Podcast hosts I recommend

It all comes down to personal preference but here are some options…


Logo for podcast host, WhooshkaaThis is the platform I use to house my personal podcasts.

Their podcast player has a great design and plays natively in Twitter and Facebook.  They also have a number of other great features like private podcasts and an ad management tool that allows you to manage your own ads.


Omny Studio LogoAnother platform I’ve had a great experience with.

The major limitation with these guys is when you share your episodes on social they don’t play natively i.e. you have to click the link to go to another page.

When social is an important part of your promotional strategy this isn’t ideal but it’s not the end of the world.


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.

I used Libsyn before I moved to Whooshkaa and it worked well.  I just found the design a bit basic and wanted something that looked really nice on my website.


Where to host your podcastAnother podcast host a lot of podcasters use. They have a WordPress plugin called ‘PowerPress’ which allows you to publish episodes from inside your website.

I’ve never used this platform but there are a lot of podcasters who recommend it.

How to record a podcast


Recommended Podcast Directories

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


Google Podcasts





How to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify


Choose the host that’s right for you

It’s impossible to go it alone without a podcast host if you’re starting out, so do your research and pick the one you prefer.  If you go with any of the above recommendations you’ll be using platforms tested by thousands of podcasters so you’ll be in safe hands.

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.

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  1. Dinora Marquez says:

    Hi Rachel, if you’re an Australian creating a podcast. Which host platform will be better to use? if that makes a difference at all.

    I’ve look at your choices but I am still confused in which one to get :/

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Dinora, Your location doesn’t matter too much it’s really more about the features you’re after and your budget. Libsyn has been around since the beginning of podcast time and they’ve got a basic plan that can be good if you’re starting out and you can grow with the platform which is good. I use Whooshkaa for my podcasts because I think their tech is great but any of the ones listed in the article will be fine. Rach

  2. Grace Odumosu says:

    I have created a podcast for my job it is not for profit. Are there any hosts specifically for that?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Grace, Not that I’m aware of. Really, your host is just the link between you and your podcast directories so they’re more focused on tech than content. Rach

  3. umnia says:

    Hi! What do you think of do it all apps like Anchor?

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey Umnia, Anchor has had a few too many hiccups for me so at this stage I don’t recommend it as a host but if it’s right for you, great. You should always choose the host you feel has the best features for you. It’s also essential you own your RSS feed so you can move your show to another host anytime because the content is yours. Rach

  4. Small says:

    Hi! Can you host your own podcast and distribute.

    1. rcorbett says:

      Hey there, As I mentioned in the article you don’t want to house your MP3s on your website so I’d advise going with a trusted podcast host. Rach

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