Podcasting has a reputation for being an inexpensive project to start. After all, you can essentially start one with a smartphone and free recording software—what more could you need?
Well, in addition to a few basic equipment and software upgrades, you’ll also need to store your episodes somewhere! Podcast hosting services make it easy to share your podcast, add cover art, and even optimize your audio. But which platform should you choose? If you aren’t sure where to start, keep reading for a quick breakdown of the top 10 best podcast platforms.
Operating since 2004, Libsyn is one of the oldest and largest podcast hosts. It has a robust base of diehard clients who have used the platforms for around 15 years (like Marc Maron and Adam Carolla). It’s relatively cheap, as its base plan of $5/month is about as close to free as these platforms get. But one of the best things about Libsyn is its great reach: not only do many listeners come directly to Libsyn, but the platform also connects with a variety of podcast directories and websites (such as Apple Podcasts). In addition, as the publisher, you maintain ownership of all content, which is not the case for some media hosting companies.
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Buzzsprout has been in the hosting game since 2009, and they’re one of the rare companies that offers a plan that’s completely free, which is great if your storage needs are small. Pro plans offer unlimited storage, an analytics dashboard, great audio quality, and easy organization and scheduling.
For great analytics tools, host your podcast with Transistor. Their intuitive dashboard showcases your stats and trends with ease, making your campaigns effortless. Don’t forget unlimited shows, migration tools, and a robust range of plans and price points.
If content management is your thing, Spreaker may be the way to go. With a CMS that lets you distribute your podcast across listening platforms, Spreaker offers detailed statistics and hundreds of hours of audio storage for paid users, in addition to a free entry-level subscription to get you started.
Want a simple, intuitive option? If you’re a podcasting newbie, PodBean can get you started with less hassle. Opt for their basic free plan while you learn the ropes before upgrading for more detailed analytics and statistics.
In the few years SimpleCast has been around, it’s earned a name in the podcasting world due to its powerful tools like one-click publishing and their Recast tool for scheduling on social media and podcast websites. No wonder some of the biggest names—from Medium to Shopify—rely on SimpleCast.
If you started your podcast with a WordPress site first, Castos can integrate seamlessly into what you’re already working with. As a WordPress plugin, Castos lets you upload your audio files to your existing website with ease!
Relatively new to the podcast game, Captivate offers customizable podcast websites and built-in calls to action. Their analytics let you monitor your podcast’s performance, their import tool lets you migrate data from other hosts, and their marketing tools help new listeners find your show.
Another newcomer to the podcasting game, Podcastics offers surprisingly robust features. From their intuitive dashboard, you can check your analytics, schedule episodes, and even use smart features like QR codes, surveys, and heat maps.
Blubrry’s Powerpress option lets you publish content to an existing WordPress site, or you can take advantage of their offer of a free site if you don’t have one. One other standout feature is their phone support line, which lets you talk to a person for any issues instead of waiting for an email back.
While each of these platforms will have pros and cons according to your needs, you won’t be disappointed no matter which you choose. Consider your experience, audience, and goals before settling on the right platform, and get started with better organization, storage, and content management today! If you’re looking for more tips to help you make the most of your podcast, don’t forget to check out the blog for insightful guides.