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Is it better to be loyal to your podcast host?

There are a bunch of reasons why you might decide to change podcast hosts after you’ve already launched your show.

So is it a punish or a simple process?  And what do you need to be prepared for when making the shift?

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How to avoid changing podcast hosts

First up, some advice on choosing a podcast host in the first place.

There are a bunch out there and more springing up every day, so when you’re planning to launch a show make sure you do your research.

Look at the features of each platform (as well as their Ts & Cs) and think about what you’re going to need six months or five years from now.

Is this the kind of platform your show could grow with?  Do they have features on premium plans you don’t need right now but that might come in handy once you’ve built an audience?

Thinking about your future podcasting self will help you choose the right platform for the long term.

Because while shifting across to a new one isn’t a massive disaster, it’s much easier to pick one and stick with it.

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What do you need to think about when changing a podcast host?

So you’ve done your research but you’ve still managed to outgrow your host, or a new one has come on the scene that offers better features.

What do you need to know if you’re going to make the move?

You’ll have to resubmit your show to all the podcast directories

Since your podcast host is the link between you and podcast directories like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify, you’ll have to resubmit your new RSS feed if you want podcast apps to keep showing your latest episodes (which you do).

When you move to a new podcast host they’ll generate a new RSS feed for you and you just need to copy and paste it into all the places you pasted it when you were launching your show.

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You’ll need to import all your existing episodes into your new podcast host

If you’re changing hosts you want all your old and new content to be in one place and the process for how to do this will vary from host to host.

Some hosts allow you to import with the touch of a button, others offer a service where they’ll import for you.

When you’re looking for a new podcast host check out their support documents because they’ll often have instructions on how to shift over from most of the major platforms.  If they don’t, just contact them and they should be able to help you out.

Ideally, you want to know the process before you get started so there are no nasty surprises.

How do your download numbers compare to other podcasts?

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Your analytics will reset to zero

Now before you have a heart attack that doesn’t mean your old download numbers don’t exist, they just won’t appear in your new podcast host dashboard.

So, when you open your new account and look at your show it can be a bit disheartening to see your numbers back at zero.

When you leave your original podcast host you’ll be able to download a .csv file of your analytics so you’ve got a record of the downloads you’ve already had.

But if you’re someone who likes to look at their numbers grow over time it’s good to know you’ll be starting from scratch so you don’t open your new dashboard and faint.

Got any other great ideas for how to promote your show?  Write them in the comments below!

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