Have you ever hear that saying nothing in life is free? I am sure you have. If not then I know you have hear the saying there is no such thing as a free lunch. In other words Something may not cost you money but that item is costing you something. Whether it is time or information. Everything has a price. So what do you want to look out for when you are dealing with free.
So what are you trading for when you use something free?
For hosting you are normally giving up some of your ability to control of your data after your uploads. Some places change your encoding to what they want. Others, Blog Talk radio, will hold your audience hostage if you want to move to a better service. You either pay or you lose them. Some change your ID3 tags so you are advertising their service.
Other directories – You give up potential hits to your site. Then again you get links back to your site.
Software big example as to getting what you pay for. Free may mean little tech support so you have to hunt and dig to find a solution to a problem. Then again it may have a a high learning curve, So again you are “spending” your time figuring out how to run this free piece of software. Then there are those that are commonly known as scumware, or malware that inject ads and pop ups on your screen.
Free sites? If you look at it these are not normally free. in fact even this site I am asking for your email address so you can get the newest episode before anybody else, and then there are more paid services coming on line in the future. Free costs something what the value of something is, depends on you.
Free isn’t a good business model so many times free means temporary and one day be gone with your audience and files.
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State of the Podcast Union
Some of the key points about 4400 shows that were nominated
7% have a non-branded webpage. This is not bad means that 93% of the podcasters have their own space
37% of shows had their RSS feed buried. BAD display your RSS feed proudly! Prove you are a podcast.
44% didn’t have any way for people to consume their show on their site. No download or play button/link and the point of putting your show out is what then? you should have a link it is built into Powerpress! you are driving your audiance way.
22% of Video Podcasters had no embed link on their site and 80% of those didn’t have RSS feeds nor iTunes Listings they were Youtube only. That means you are a YouTuber. Not a podcaster. a podcast has an RSS feed for people to be able to download your show and view at a later date.
23% Of the shows submitted had invalid RSS feeds. and the majority of those feeds were linking to Soundcloud or some other 3rd party hosting site. Validate your feed Regularly. Many times you fans will notify you, if there is a way to contact you. Yet sometimes you don’t get a notice.
21% had an RSS icon on their homepage/landing page but another 23% did have the RSS icon but it was buried and was not easy to find. Again Be proud of yhour show make it as easy as you cann for your listeners to consume your show in as many different ways as they want.
56% didn’t have a feed or it just simply couldn’t be found. by Google or other means. Again see the previous point.
83% did have an iTunes link YEAH!!!!
23% did have a Stitcher link Even more YEAH!!!
31% still using Feedburner that is down from 71% that is good
12% have Newsletter collection that is down by 31% Depends on how you look at it but that can be good.
15% Have a call in number
92% used WordPress
82% didn’t do quality show notes. If you want to get ahead of your competition do show notes more people will find you through Google searches.
71% audio only
Shows that had less than 1 show a week grew 69% slower than weekly shows. Shows with audio, video, and blog posts grew 42% faster than shows with only one form of media.
Todd then talks about how people are currently miss representing their stats. and the problems with doing that. it not only hurts you it also hurts everyone else. so swallow the pride and don’t feel bad if you only have 50 listeners everyone has been there at one time or another.
iTunes is till the 800lbs gorilla in the pod space. but there are over 126 different countries with 10 or more listeners. using over 100 different podcast clients
You can now get your Google Plus Custom Vannity URL! Go to your profile and you will see a blue banner at the top! Follow the directions and you will fianlly get it!.
The following is a list of podcasts manager or podcatchers these are programs designed to find and subscribe to podcasts. They also automatically download each new podcast episode as they become available.
Podcatchers for Computer
- iTunes – This is still the top method for listening to podcasts on a computer. It is a good way to manager your podcasts and to listen to them
- Miro: An integrated video player with podcatcher capabilities (cross-platform for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Juice: A cross-platform podcatcher for: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (Download) (Review)
- Firenze: open-source, cross-platform, command line podcast client (written in java) highly configurable with support for conversion, conditional download and mp3 tags. (Review)
- Fluctu8: An online audio and video podcast aggregator featuring hundreds of thousands of podcasts. Includes integrated web player and easy integration with external podcasting and RSS software such as iTunes.
- Podfy: A cloud based podcast player that works in all platforms and devices. (Seems to of gone dark)
- HermesPod: The Tiny but Mighty desktop Podcatcher (Review)
- ShortOrange – Brand new use to be a directory but they are changing directions This group is not growing in their directory. They have updated the site and added a fresh new layout. Mobile friendly with a responsive design so you will be able to keep you podcast enjoyment going no mater if you are in front of the computer or riding in city traffic. Also if you are a user of their service and let them know your show will be featured. Now there is some help and discoverability for the podcaster. (Review)
- Uhura – Is a web-based Podcatcher where you sign in and you can stream your shows to your desktop or your mobile device. (Review)
- Ziepod – manage audio-based content published thru podcasts with this easy to use toolkit.
Podcatchers for iPhone
- Podcasts – Possibly the best app for iOS based devices. if you have iOS 6 it is already on your phone or iPod It allows for syncing the show you are listening to across multiple devices. So if you are listening on your desktop and you get in the can you will be able to pick up where you left off on your iPhone and when you get back home you can finish it on your iPad. Created by Apple. It links to the largest podcast directory on the net. The iTunes podcast directory
- Pocket Casts – ShiftyJelly – $1.99 – This is best across platform podcatcher I have used. It is not free though it is worth the couple of dollars it costs the layout is beautiful
- iTunes – if you have an older iOS device you may not have iOS6 so you can use the iTunes store and look for podcasts
- Downcast – $1.99 This is likely the most popular app for iOS based devices. Feature rich with the ability to sync and
- Flapcast –
- Instacast –
- Megaboga Casts –
- Podcaster –
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- Overcast –
- ShortOrange –
- iCatcher! Podcast – $2.99 –
Podcatchers for Android
- PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player – Podfy is a cloud player that synchronizes your playlists and played items across all devices (phones, tables or PCs) (PODFY – Cloud Podcast Player on Google Play ($2.95)).
- Cast++ – A powerful and easy-to-use podcast player for Android. Instantly update the feeds of your podcast subscriptions by their cloud. (Review)
- AntennaPod – A free, open-source podcast manager for Android, licensed under the MIT License. (Review)
- BeyondPod – A podcast Manager and RSS Feed Reader for Android Phones. Syncs with Google Reader and uses a built in media player. This is the free lite version. (Review)
- DoggCatcher ($2.99) (Free) – Android podcatcher – supports audio/video/news, auto-download, streaming, integrated audio player, playlists. (Review)
- Pocket Casts ($3.99)- Versatile podcatcher for Android with support of audio and video episodes with downloading or streaming, and auto-download in the background. (Review)
- Podkicker – A podcast player/downloader/manager for Android. Supports audio. (Review)
- MyPOD – A podcast manager & player, supports audio/video, auto-download (wifi and power controllable), podcast management on the desktop via a browser interface.
- SwallowCatcher – A free, open-source podcast manager released under GNU Affero General Public License.
- Podcast Addict – A free podcast manager for Android that supports auto-download, streaming, playlist, resume.
- Podstars – A free podcatcher for Android. Basic playback features. OPML support
- Onecast – Free podcast manager and player
- iNetRadio – Free music and podcast player
- Podcatcher Deluxe – A full-featured audio and video podcast client designed to manage your podcast content whilst on the go
- Podcast Addict – With Podcast Addict, your audio & video Podcasts as well as your YouTube channels and RSS News feeds from your Android device. (Review)
- Podcast Republic –
- DoublePod –
- Podcast HD –
- Smart Podcast –
- OneCast –
- Podfy –
- PodStore –
- ACast – Podcast player and news reader – Abandoned app hasn’t been updated since 2011. (Review)
- acast – Acast is a game-changer for audio on demand. It enhances podcasts with “bling” – fresh, exciting content that upgrades the listening experience and makes good stories great. (Review)