When you’re ready to launch your podcast, you inevitably will need to setup podcast hosting. A podcast hosting platform will be where all of your published episodes live. It’s where not only the actual files will be uploaded, but also where their titles and descriptions will live.
Every time you publish an episode to your podcast hosting platform, it will push it out via RSS to every listening service that you have setup like iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
Since there is no direct way to publish your podcast to places like iTunes, having a podcast hosting account is almost a requirement for any podcast. Luckily you can get your first 30 days on Podbean free, then after that the price is usually around $5 a month at the most – making it super affordable for anyone. Having an account with Podbean will also help you keep track of stats, giving you the important download data so you know how good your show is doing.
How To Setup A Podbean Podcast Hosting Account
There are many podcast hosting platforms out there to choose from. One of the other really popular ones out there that i’ve used is Libsyn. Either of these will do, but today i’m particularly going to show you the setup process for Podbean and how to get your first 30 days free.
The first step is to open an account with Podbean. Through our affiliation with Podbean, you can get your first 30 days free by signing up through this article.
Step One: Sign Up Free For 30 Days Here
Once you get to the Podbean site through our link, click on Get Started.
You then will be presented with a couple of different options. These options are for an already established podcast. If that’s not you, then scroll down and i’ll show you how to get to the beginner packages.
For these plans and prices, at first glance forget about the more expensive Video hosting option – you don’t need it. If you’re already an experienced podcaster and will be publishing at least one show a week, the $9/month plan will be the best option and the first month will be free through our link. This will give you unlimited storage and unmetered bandwidth, meaning that no matter how many podcast episodes you upload and how many times they get downloaded, you’re all set with no worries since everything is unlimited.
The Right Plan For The Podcast Beginner
If you’re a beginner, the Unlimited Audio plan shown above is overkill. If you go to the top header and click Pricing, you will then be taken to another page of options.
The Advanced Package is the least expensive plan at $3/month (first month free through our link) and is also more than enough for most beginner podcasters. This will give you 100MB of Monthly storage space. This means that if you follow the podcast file mixdown techniques in my Podcasting Pro Basics E-Book, you should be able to publish about four 45 minute podcasts a month on this plan. Remember, you get a new 100MB of space a month on this plan, so older uploads don’t count towards your storage space. This will work for mostly anyone!
Plus you still get basic comprehensive podcast stats, embeddable players, and more.
Setting Up Your Podbean Account
Once you’re in your account, the next step will be to setup your podcast for distribution. This is where you will set your podcast title, description and cover image.
To do this, from your dashboard click the big gear icon on the lefthand side. This will then take you to the screen below. The Channel Title is the name of your podcast. This is what will show up on iTunes, Stitcher and everywhere else. You can always change it later if you want to.
Next, you will see an area to upload your podcast Cover Image. There are certain specifications for a podcast cover image. Remember, this is the first thing people will see when they search the podcast feeds so don’t take this lightly. You can see my podcast cover tips here, which includes all the correct specifications.
The channel category is an optional field that will place your podcast in a certain category on iTunes. Pick the best category that represents your show. I recommend getting down to the sub-category area if you can.
Finally, you will see a brief podcast description field. Fill this out with what your show is generally about and the names of the hosts.
Connecting Your Account To iTunes
The next step is to prepare your Podbean account to feed to iTunes and other platforms. On the left hand side of the dash you will see the Feed/iTunes option. Once you click that you will be taken to the screen below.
At the very top you will see Your RSS Feed. This is the feed you will submit to all the listening platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, Google.. every single one of them. All the popular podcast listening platforms use RSS feeds to bring in your podcast episodes and information. Any update you make in Podbean will be pushed to those platforms automatically through those feeds.
To setup iTunes, you must have at least one podcast episode ready to publish. You can’t get started without an episode. I tell many clients of mine that if they aren’t ready to publish a full episode, it’s still a good idea to get hosting setup. I usually recommend making a quick preview episode talking about whats to come from the podcast. This will give you something in the feed so you can get things moving.
Once you have an episode to upload, you can move on to filling out the iTunes info.
You will then have to go to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/ and connect your show with Podbean using the RSS feed URL you see in the dashboard. Use your iTunes account to login. If you don’t have one, you will have to make one. Once you’re in there you will see a plus sign on the top left. Just click that and it will ask for that RSS feed i’ve been talking about. Once that’s submitted, it will validate the feed and you will be set on this side.
You will then fill out the rest of the fields in Podbean for iTunes that you get from your iTunes Podcast Connect dashboard, like the iTunes Feed ID. Complete the summary, which is what users will see in iTunes as your podcast description. You can use the same one you made earlier in this process. Fill out the other self-explanatory fields and you’re all set.
Podbean is one of the best podcast hosting companies out there. Their dashboard makes it incredibly simple to be a podcaster. Make sure to take advantage of the FREE 30 days offer through our link and you will be on your way to publishing to iTunes and other platforms in no time.