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Podcast Hosting: Get Your Podcast Online & Into Directories [2020]



In this video, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how podcast hosting works, how to choose the right host for your podcast, and how a podcast host helps get your show listed in popular apps like Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 🎙Start a podcast →

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[01:07] What is podcast hosting?
[03:04] Where should I publish my podcast?
[07:28] How much does podcast hosting cost?
[08:56] How to choose a podcast hosting platform
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🎙What is podcast hosting? And how does it work? (01:07)

There’s a misconception that Apple Podcasts or Spotify host your audio files. That's not true - these are just podcast directories that serve as listings for new listeners to find podcasts.

Your podcast is actually hosted by a podcast hosting company like Buzzsprout. The podcast host is what distributes your podcast to all the podcast directories and your podcast listeners.

Buzzsprout does this by creating something called an RSS Feed. It's basically just a fancy way of saying a text-only webpage that all podcast apps know how to read. It tells people your podcast website URL, podcast titles, and links to each of your audio files.

When you’re first getting started, you'll make a one-time submission to podcast directories like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify to get your podcast listed. After that, Buzzsprout will keep talking to the directories and letting them know each time you come out with a new episode.

The directories will also check the RSS feed to see if there is a new episode about once a day. So if you’re experiencing between you releasing a new episode and when it shows up, that’s why. Don’t worry! Your listeners aren’t affected at all by the delay.

Whenever one of your podcast listeners opens the app on their phone, the app checks to see if there is a new episode of your podcast and, if there is, downloads it directly to their phone. So your podcast subscribers are getting files directly from your podcast host and aren’t affected by the delay.

🎧Where should I publish my podcast? Or what platforms should I be on? (03:44)

Being listed in podcast directories is the best way to market your podcast and find new listeners.

Start by submitting your podcast to the “Big 3” - Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

After that, you should consider getting into Deezer, Stitcher, TuneIn (Amazon Alexa), Google Play Music, Pandora, Listen Notes, and iHeart Radio.

You don't have to start with all of these, but once you do, it will be helpful to spread the word. On Buzzsprout, we'll make it easy for you to submit your podcast to each of these directories.

💰How much does podcast hosting cost? (07:28)

Different podcast hosts charge different amounts based on things like storage space, bandwidth, hours of audio you upload each month, whether you want basic stats or detailed analytics, etc.

At Buzzsprout, we recommend everybody start on our free plan. Then once you've uploaded a handful of episodes, you can upgrade to a paid plan.

It's fair to say the typical podcaster pays about $12/month. You can expect to pay a bit less if you go with a bare-bones plan with another provider.

🤔How to choose a podcast hosting platform (08:56)

You want to find a quality podcast host that will make your life easier by providing the tools and features you need to succeed without nickel and diming you for every add-on.

Here are the five things your podcast host should offer in their base package:
1. Podcast website on your own domain
2. Customizable embed players
3. Ability to share to social media
4. Advanced analytics
5. Easy directory submission process

Not to mention, your podcast host should be effortless to use. You're going to be uploading new episodes regularly, so you want to remove as many technical hurdles as possible. You don't have to spend your time deciphering things like ID3 tags, accepted file extensions, and optional settings that don't help you grow your podcast.

READY TO START YOUR PODCAST?

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Podcast Hosting: Get Your Podcast Online & Into Directories [2020]

44 comments:

  1. Can I make a podcasts in mobile? How?

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  2. Thanks Buzzsprout, really useful and cool video. I'm still struggling with a question: is it possible to limit the availability of your podcast to some countries? Maybe via the RSS feed you mention?

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  3. Loved it, answered many of my questions so thank ewe :-) Currently have the free plan as we've only finalised one episode and awaiting cover art. Google Podcasts not available to free plan, is it included in the 12$ plan? Also, no mention of Soundcloud? Are they not a big player? Maybe more so in the UK?

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  4. Quick question: Is the episode that you submit to Apple podcasts permanently there? If you submit your first episode but, before publishing, realize that there is something in the episode that needs to be edited, is it possible to take it down and re-upload even after being approved by Apple?

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  5. Can we write and earn money on this?

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  6. Amazing! I guess pictures helps alot to explain. I was confused about rss feeds but now I know. More.

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  7. Does Buzzsprout has a feature to do a live podcasting?

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  8. Thanks man. Btw is that a Vader tie fighter in the frame behind you?

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  9. Hello Buzzsprout! I would like to ask if you are offering podcast hosting service here in the Philippines? It will be a great help. Thanks in advance.

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  10. I just use anchor but sometimes it can get tricky or annoying



    And yeah it's also just automatically post it

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  11. Thanks, this is super helpful! Just to be clear - if I upload some podcasts to Buzzsprout with the free plan, and don’t upgrade, then my podcast will be taken down from the directories after the 90 day window, correct?

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  12. for me apple podcasts took a day while google podcasts took a week

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  13. Without mic or microfone is it possible to create a podcast means simply with a mobile can it be created...?

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  14. Can you make money through podcasts without sponsors. Same way Youtube shows revenue in their analytics is this the same for podcasts

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  15. I thought this video was about being the host of a podcast

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  16. Useful and timely as I've bee racking my noggin on this stuff all weekend. You made my week start out simple. Now time to unpack the podcast idea in my head to get it out to the world...

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  17. Sometimes the simple way is the best way

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  18. Great explanation. Looking forward to growing soon and buy a 12$ plan for myself. lol

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  19. My episodes are around 2 hours long and plan to release around 7-8 episodes per month. How much do I need to pay?

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  20. Was desperately waiting for the doze ❤

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  21. How much money does a above average podcast make?

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  22. Looking to see how we can get our podcast uploaded to Apple, after we've already created an Apple ID? It's soo confusing :-(

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  23. Where do I find good music ideas for podcasts?

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  24. Great video - so helpful! Many thanks for putting this together.

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  25. Great content! Great hosting site! Question: Could you uploaded the audio recording files from a video-conferencing app/site? And, does Buzzsprout allow you to edit your audio recordings, maybe even add some music, as well?

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  26. So good. Launching a digital content company next month and major part of it will be developing podcasts for people. This is a big help,for some of us 🤓

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  27. AMAZING... just LOVED it ... GAZILLION thanks... enough caps now ;)

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  28. Soooo awesome video ! Really love it ! I don’t have to think who will be my podcast hosting. You guys are my top recommendation everywhere even if I don’t have a podcast yet. I’m gonna get my artwork and things I need and hopefully I’ll start next month with you . Thanks for these valuable videos

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  29. I love Buzzsprout, amazing platform that's easy to use and always evolving.

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  30. Thankyou... I will be a Paid Member. Still have a few things to buy,Started From Scratch. I-Phone,and Idea’s 💡... Now that I know what I’m a Master of. I know how I’m doing it getting better and Better every Podcast or,Skit. Thankyou! With all the Horrible T.V. Out there? Create now Creators. This is a Time if you have Awesome 😎 Work Ethic. This Is The Place time to be Creative people and to work for yourselves and to Create Work for Others.This is exactly what people need to understand Anielitics sorry spelling?*** B Nizzo’S In The Granite Podcast,and Skits. 3-5-7 episodes a week on Youtube. I’ll be going FullTime next month I will be buying from Yous. Thankyou this is exactly what I needed to Bring The City Of Quincy,BostonMetro back into the Light. Love your Knowledge Sir. I’ve learned more than I thought 💭 I knew.... Very informative,I will recommend this no non Lazy People.”Lol”😉

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  31. I know I would not have been able to make my podcast a reality without the awesome help from Buzzsprout. They are patient with questions - lots of questions - and always available. They continue to add more value to their service and I can’t imagine using any other host.

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  32. Amazing video. Thank you for simplifying the process. Really appreciate it.

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  33. I am a research kind of guy so I spent a lot of time looking at podcast hosts. Once I looked at them all it was a no-brainer. I have no regrets going with Buzzsprout.

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  34. Nice and clear message! Thank you!! Quick question, can I submit my RSS feed, created by buzzsprout, to other directories like castbox?

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  35. Thanks a lot for this easy to understand process about podcasting!
    It tooks aprroximately just 10 minutes to put the podcasting process into context.
    The message is clear: Don't use a lot of leisure time to produce a (hopefully) good podcast if your hosting cannot deliver what it takes to serve your future podcasting ambitions.
    Although this is a promotional video, I seriously still will be considering Buzzsprout as my future hosting.
    Thanks again! 👌

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