So you’re ready to host your podcast? Or maybe you’re looking for a better place to host your podcast episodes?
Well, this is the right place.
We’ve put together the top podcast hosts, along with some other useful services to take your podcast to the next level!
Looking for some gear? Check out the podcast starter kit guide.
Best Podcast Hosting Companies
All the podcast hosting sites will provide an iTunes-optimized RSS feed.
We’ll start with my top 4 recommended podcast hosts:
I did a lot of research (mostly between Blubrry and Libsyn) before choosing a podcast host and Blubrry came out on top, even though more “big” names recommended or used Libsyn. The main reasons were:
- the easy integration with their PowerPress plugin for WordPress
- advanced industry-leading statistics included free with your hosting plan
- “no-fault” overage – you can upload more than your monthly limit without being charged extra
Plans start at $12/month for 100MB storage upload per month.
Use this link for 1 month free.
Libsyn is a host that has been around since the early days of podcasting. They are very popular and trustworthy, although their website could use an update to make them feel more trustworthy.
Plans start at $5/month with an upload limit of 50MB, although the $15/month plan bumps you up to 250MB of upload per month and basic statistics.
Buzzsprout was designed to make podcasting simple, but not limited. They have one of the best-designed dashboards I’ve seen, which lets you spend more time creating content than messing around with uploads. They give you great statistics and a mobile-friendly podcast site.
There’s a free plan for 90 days so you can try it out, then their plans start at $12/month. Great value!
Use this link: Buzzsprout will give you a $20 Amazon gift card if you stay with one of their paid plans for 2 months!
BlogTalkRadio has an impressive list of features, one being the ability to monetize smaller podcasts (under 5k downloads per episode) with their ad network. They have live broadcast features, a built-in guest recording system and more.
Plans start at $39/month for the Studio sessions and unlimited uploads, but they also have a $12/month Lite plan without the Studio.
Fireside was created by Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 network. He and his peers create a lot of podcasts and know the industry well. Fireside is an all-in-one platform in that you get podcast hosting, a nice looking website, and podcast statistics.
The websites are well designed, but it appears there is currently one theme.
They keep things simple: there is 1 plan for $19/month – unlimited everything.
More Podcasting Hosting Companies
Here’s a few more you might want to check out. I’ll be expanding more on these companies over time.
Other podcast “hosts”
I really consider these additional places to distribute your podcast. If you use Auphonic (look in the complimentary services section), you can connect these and have your episodes automatically uploaded.
SoundCloud has its own podcast hosting, but I just use it as another place to distribute my podcast.
Recommended Complimentary Services
You really should have your own website. You want a place to send your listeners that you own. Some of the hosting companies will provide a basic free website, which is great when starting out, but if you want more flexibility and customization you’ll need to go with your own web host.
I’m a big fan of WordPress (just use the PowerPress plugin to get your podcast feed set up). Here are my recommended web hosting companies:
DreamHost is my “go to” for smaller (under 50K visits/month) sites. I use one of their VPS servers to host several websites and get great performance.
WPEngine is dedicated to hosting fast and stable WordPress sites. They have an impressive client list and really useful features. If you never want to worry about your site going down when you get mentioned on that big news site, go with these guys.
The web hosts above might give you a free domain name when you sign up, but if you’re like me and want an easy way to register a domain name the second something comes to you, I recommend buying from a dedicated domain name seller…
Name.com is based in Colorado (the state I live in) and I like to support local companies. They make it really easy to search for and purchase domains.
Leveling (and more)
The main purpose of Auphonic is to compress and level your audio so you don’t have really loud and really soft parts. But it does a lot more:
I have it automatically send my podcast episodes to SoundCloud and YouTube, and it also saves a copy of the compressed file in Dropbox – all after my .mp3 file is properly tagged with my episode info and cover art.
Feeling generous? You can donate credits 🙂
Kyle developed PodHero to solve a number of problems. This is your Swiss Army Knife for podcasting. You get:
- iTunes SEO & keyword tracking
- Media Kits
- Automatic publishing to YouTube
- Global review monitoring (every country has its own version of iTunes)
- Review widget
- Audio compression
.. and probably a lot more!
Smart Podcast Player
Several of the podcast hosts have their own player you can embed on your website, but if you want the best-looking player out there, Smart Podcast Player is your answer. It was developed by Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and is used by some of the largest podcasts out there. Check it out!