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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…

https://showname.podcasthostname.com/rss

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.”

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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.

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Podcast hosts I recommend

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

Whooshkaa

Logo for podcast host, WhooshkaaA podcasting platform created in Australia.

Whooshkaa is free to upload your podcasts and they have some great sharing features e.g. their player plays natively in Facebook.

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.

This is the platform I use to house all my shows.

Price: Free (they make their money from advertising revenue, which you get a cut of).

Omny

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.

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.

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.

Price: US$5 – $75

Blubrry

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.

Price: US$12 – $80

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Recommended Podcast Directories

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

iTunes

Google Podcasts

Spotify

Stitcher

Pocketcasts

TuneIn

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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.

Got a burning podcasting question you’d like answered? Send me an email.

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