How to Automatically Share Podcast Episodes to Social Media

When publishing your podcast episode posts, you may want them to be auto shared to Facebook or Twitter rather than doing it manually every time.

Set-up:

1. Log in to your Podbean account and go to the ‘Settings’->’Social Share’ page. Then click the ‘Connect to Facebook’ or ‘Connect to Twitter’ button. We’ve clicked the ‘Connect to Facebook’ button this time.

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2. Follow the instructions and connect your Podbean account to Facebook. After the connection, the system will show the Facebook pages and Twitter accounts you’ve connected under the ‘Connected Account’ section. Now your post will be auto shared to these connected social media accounts every time you publish (unless you make an exception, as per below).

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Customizing:

If you don’t want something to be shared, you can click the button under the ‘Publish new episode’ section to un-check the selection. You can also customize the text that displays when sharing by clicking the pencil icon.

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How to Embed My Podcast on a Website (Embeddable Players)

Displaying your podcasts on your own blog, website, social network, etc. is simple. Podbean makes it easy with various embeddable players. You can customize your player as well. Just follow these easy steps:

To embed a single episode:
Once you have published a post, just go to the “Publish”->”Episodes” page, then click the “Embed Code” button on the right side of the podcast that you wish to embed. This will generate an html embed code for you to copy & paste into your own website.

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To customize: Click the “More options” button and you’ll be able to customize the download, share, font, and auto play settings. Afterwards, just copy and paste the code to the html of your site.

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To embed all episodes:
To embed all episodes, you can go to the “Settings”->”Player” →“Embeddable Podcast Player” page. You can click the “More options” button and you’ll be able to customize the download, share, font, and auto play settings. Cut and paste the widget code wherever you’d like this player to appear.

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Then click the “Get Embed Code” button to get embed code. copy and paste this code to your own sites. That’s it!

You can also view the video on how to embed the podcast on Youtube: http://youtu.be/Og7-hDcZLOM

How to Import Podcasts to Podbean Hosting

If you are migrating your podcast to Podbean (or merging in files hosted elsewhere), you can easily import podcast episodes and media files into Podbean with ONE CLICK.

Login and go to “Publish”->”Episodes” in your account, then click the “Import RSS” button.

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Then, enter the podcast RSS feed URL for the episodes/media files you wish to import and click the “Import” button.

The podcast episode contents will be imported first and the system will show a pop-up message when the contents are successfully imported. Then the system will import the audio and video files. It will take from 15 minutes to a few hours to import them based on the size of all the media files.

The system will notify you as to whether all the media files have been imported or only parts of them. If there are some media files that cannot be imported, you’ll need to upload them manually and then attach them to the respective episodes.

For more specific information on easily migrating from other podcast hosts, check the support articles. Make sure to read carefully and prepare when you are making a transition to ensure a smooth process for you and your listeners. If you questions or are unsure about the process, please contact support.podbean.com.

How to Create a Podcast for Internal Communications (Protected/Private Content)

Creating Protected Audio/Video Content for Your Members or Employees

Podbean offers “private podcasting” to limit content access to permitted members (see plan pricing for the number of private members included with each plan; enterprise plans are also available for larger organizations and customized options).

With this feature, you can create content that is available only to members (“private content”). You can add members manually to your account, or batch add them by uploading a .txt file of multiple email addresses. You can also delete members individually or by uploading a .txt file. SSO and other authorization methods are available for enterprise users.

When you create private content, only these permitted members (such as your internal team members) will be able to access it. When those members login, they will be able to access the content online or by listening with the Podbean iOS app or Android app.

Learn more about Podbean’s tools for creating and distributing content for employees or members.

How to Upload Large Media Files to My Podbean Account: Using FTP

If your audio or video files are particularly large, you might want to upload using FTP. Here are the steps to do so.

To upload files with FTP, you’ll first need to download a FTP client. You can download the FTP client FileZilla here: https://filezilla-project.org/download.php, or choose another FTP client of your preference.

Then, follow these steps to upload your file via FTP:

1. Activate FTP uploads in your Podbean account.
Go to “Publish”->”Media Manager” in your Podbean account and click the “Ftp Upload” button.

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Once you’ve clicked the “Activate FTP Upload” button, you’ll see your FTP server name, username and password.

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2. Connect your Podbean account with FTP.
Open your FileZilla or other FTP client, and enter the “Host”, “Username” and “Password” into the boxes. The “Host” is the FTP server name in your Podbean account. Click the “Quick Connect” button to connect them.

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3. Upload your files to FTP.
Go to the Local Site box, choose the file you want to upload, then right click and select “Upload” in the pop-up window. Alternatively you can just drag the file in to the Remote Site box.

4. Import the file from the FTP client to your Podbean account.
After the files are uploaded in your FTP, refresh the “Media Manager” page in your Podbean account and you’ll see all the uploaded files. Select the file and click the “Import” button to import to your Podbean account. After it shows as “Imported”, you can click the “Media Manager” tab on the left side of this page to see the imported files. You can click the “Refresh” button near the “Import” button to display more files that are uploaded in the FTP.

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Premium Content: How to Charge a Fee for a Podcast Episode

Podbean offers various ways for podcasters to monetize their content. One of these methods is premium content; you can charge for subscription-based content or for individual episodes (single track premium). With Podbean, premium options are totally customizable and you can charge what you want.

Here are the easy steps to charge for a single episode:

First, go to the “Premium” tab in your dashboard to activate premium (click on “Activate Now”). You will need to connect your account with Stripe for payout. Follow the easy steps for Stripe activation. Once activated, you’ll be directed to “Premium Settings” to set the basic settings.

To create single-episode premium content, simply go to “Publish” in your dashboard to publish the episode. You can choose “Free” or “Premium” (for paid content). Click on “Premium” and you will two options: premium plan or “Sell single episode”. Select “Sell single episode” and set the fee you wish to charge (minimum fee is 50 cents due to Stripe’s requirements).

When you publish the episode, it will include the link to “Buy Single Episode Now”. When users click there, they will get a pop up to input their credit card information for payment via Stripe. They will then be redirected to a screen to create a password (if they are already logged into a Podbean account, it will skip this step) and then will be directed to the information page where they can download/listen to the episode. Anytime they are logged in using the associated email and password (on site or in the Podbean app), they can view and listen to this content*.

Podbean makes it super simple to manage your premium content. We handle the technical needs, payment processing and service for a reasonable revenue share (no upfront fees or limits). If you have any problems, contact our Support team for help.

*Users cannot purchase content in the Podbean app due to Android and iPhone restrictions. They must do so on the website, but once they have purchased it, the content will be available in the app if they’re logged in with the account they used to make the purchase.

Note: If you wish for some paid content to be available to subscribers as well as for separate purchase, please post the file twice choosing each corresponding option. For best results, please name the audio files with different names.

Related article: Podcaster fees for premium content