Top Podcast Hosting Sites 2019 (Simplecast, Libsyn, Podbean, Buzzsprout, Spreaker)
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Top Podcast Hosting Sites 2019 (Simplecast, Libsyn, Podbean, Buzzsprout, Spreaker)


– Okay, so you’re done
with the preliminary stages of planning your podcast. You developed your idea, found your topic, and picked a name for your show. You found your audience, started
your social media strategy, and are working on branding. You may also have purchased your gear and written your first episode. Now what? Well, you’re ready to choose
your podcast web host. (melodious instrumental music) Hello, everybody. Welcome back to our channel. However, if this is your first time here, we help podcasters, entrepreneurs, content creators, and artists, to successfully and creatively
plan, produce, promote, and launch a podcast. On this video, I’m going to
walk you through some options when choosing your podcast host. And also give you a few
things to have in mind before settling on one. Finding a podcast host that fits your needs from the beginning will save you from big
issues down the road. But before we move on, don’t forget to hit the subscribe
button and the bell button to be notified of our
weekly video releases. Okay, let’s get to it. ♪ I, I, I didn’t mean ♪ ♪ Oh no ♪ – A podcast host is a web service that holds the MP3 files of your podcast and generates an RSS feed. You need a web host because the different podcast players like Spotify, Apple
podcast and Google Podcast don’t physically hold your MP3 files. What they do is to showcase
your podcast RSS feed generated from your
podcast host or website. And if you’re confused
by the term RSS feed, don’t worry, this video right here will explain what a podcast RSS feed is. There are three different options when it comes to hosting a podcast. One option is using a podcast web host. There are many options and
we’ll go over those in a minute. Another option is using your own website like Squarespace, Wix or WordPress. Or you can combine both
by having a website and embedding your podcast
from your web host. Option number one, using
only a podcast web host. If you’re new to podcasting
and don’t have a website, having only a webhost for
your podcast is a good option. Some of the factors that
you need to consider are hosting fee and budget, analytics, attractive embed players and web page, ease of use and intuitive
dashboards or homepage. And also all their benefits like assistance with distribution to different podcast players
and monetizing opportunities. But what you’re really
looking for in a web host is the ability to log in, upload your MP3 files and your artwork, add your description,
title, and press publish, and be done with the process. Analytics are also a
very important feature. Depending on your plan, you can have access to advanced analytics. Analytics like number of downloads, your listeners geographic location, and what apps or devices they’re using to listen to your podcast are crucial for tracking your progress, finding ways to monetize
and understand what content and marketing strategies are working. Also, if you’re thinking
about starting a podcast and don’t know where to start, I have this free podcast jumpstart guide that you can download for free. I’ll add the link to the
pinned comment below. So here are our top five picks for 2019. (melodious instrumental music) Simplecast. Simplecast offers very
attractive embed players. They make distribution to the different podcast directories very easy. Their user interface or
dashboard are very intuitive, hip, and modern looking. Simplecast plans range from
$15 a month for the basic plan, and $85 a month for the growth plan. All the plans include basic analytics. But the higher tier plans
include advanced analytics. They also have unlimited storage, and if you want to try it for free, they have a 14-day free trial. Okay, let’s move on to Podbean. Podbean offers customizable
websites with free themes that you can choose from,
comprehensive podcast stats, and also ways to monetize
through patron programs, ads, premium sales of
your exclusive content in video, audio, and PDF format. Podbean plans range from
free, which is the basic plan. It allows you to upload
five hours of audio to $100 for the business plan. Podbean is also a podcast
players with a mobile app that you can download to
your Android or iOS device. Buzzsprout. Buzzsprout offers a website
for your podcast statistics depending on a plan and
custom embed players. They also provide an easy
way to distribute your RSS to the different podcast directories. They have a very intuitive
and easy to use dashboard. Their plans range from free, which is limited to two
hours of audio each month. Episodes are hosted for
90 days for this plan to $24 a month. Something to have in
mind is that Buzzsprout has a limit to the number of hours you can upload of audio each month If you want to upload more than what your plan
allows you to upload, you will have to pay extra. Libsyn. Libsyn. Libsyn offers customizable embed players and a user-friendly interfaces that allow episode scheduling. They also provide ways to monetize by selling subscriptions to your podcasts, and access to back
catalogs, bonus episodes, and exclusive content in
audio, video, and PDF format. Libsyn plans range from
$5 to the classic plan, to $150 for the advanced plan, depending on the amount
of storage you need. Spreaker. Spreaker offers a user-friendly
and modern dashboard, embed players and basic stats. They have a mobile app that allows users to stream their podcasts live
on all social media platforms. They also have monetization
features like ad sharing, and Dynamic Ad Insertion. Spreaker plans range
from free to $45 a month. Option number two. Using your own Squarespace,
Wix or WordPress website. Having your own website is really a must. This doesn’t mean that
you have to have one to start podcasting as they do cost money. But having a website not only gives you authority and searchability, but it also acts as a
hub for your podcasts and all of your social media accounts. Having a website is very convenient and allows for more design options and it is very handy when you decide that you want to repurpose
your podcast into a blog or begin selling a product or merchandise. The other option you have with a website is to use your website
to host your podcast. This is actually the option that we use, but it is in the option
that we would recommend. You will constantly hear Squarespace being advertised on podcast as an all-around great
web hosting solution. And it is in fact very convenient. It has modern and sleek looking templates, it automatically resizes and optimizes your content seamlessly for each type of user device. Wix and WordPress are also great tools to create your own website. But when it comes to podcast hosting, we wouldn’t recommend going this route. These website builders are
designed for many other purposes besides just podcasting. So the process of hosting
your podcast with them is less user-friendly, and involves a little more
headache and learning. Also the main reason we wouldn’t advise going with this option is
because of their analytics, the analytics or podcast stats that are provided by
these website services are not accurate or very helpful and you will wind up needing to integrate a third-party app or
plugin to get decent stats. This is what we do. With every podcast episode
we upload to Squarespace, we have to add a redirect link to Blubrry, so that Blubrry can provide stats for us. This is why we think the
best option is the next one. Option number three, website and web host. This is the best of the three options. Whatever your goals for your podcast are, you should plan and set
systems up anticipating growth. Like I mentioned, your website is the hub and storefront of your personal brand or business. In the future, you may
want to expand your reach and create a blog, YouTube
videos, courses, events, bringing a lot of traffic to your site. Having everything on your website
may cause it to slow down. Also, you want to have
access to advanced analytics the more your show grows. We’ve done this with multiple clients, and our favorite combination
is Squarespace and Simplecast. This combination can be costly, especially if you don’t have clear ways on how to monetize from your podcast. So if this isn’t in your budget yet, we recommend you to try the following. Secure your domain name. This is a custom URL for your podcast. For example, wwwtangowithveronica.com. You can purchase your domain from GoDaddy for $1 for the first year
and 18 a year after that. After you secure your domain,
choose a podcast host. And then as you grow
and when you’re ready, choose a website service
and apply your domain name, then add your embed player
from your podcast host to your new website. Okay, Podskis, that was a
lot of information to digest. Remember that taking baby steps is better than taking no steps. So start today building your show. Also after you have
binge-watch all of our videos, head over to our Facebook
group Podcasting For Bosses, so you can mingle with other podcasters. But before you go, the same two things. Don’t forget to subscribe. (speaking in foreign language) Happy casting amigos.

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