Podbean Statistics Upgrades: More Insights and Comparison Views

You may have noticed some cool new options in your Podbean stats. We’re bringing you more data and easier comparison tools to help you better understand your podcast’s performance.

The initial period after a podcast is released is a key indicator for both you and sponsors, so we’ve added views of your first 60 day downloads and a chart with first week and month’s download numbers (along with all time). This is also useful when you do promotional activities around new episodes, to see what’s working, which guests or topics get the best response and more. With an easier way to compare episodes over different periods of time, you can see which episodes hold value and continue gaining traction. And, you can quickly view top episodes for any time period as well.

We’re excited to announce these enhancements to the statistics platform:

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  1. Compare episode downloads trends for up to 5 episodes in any date range.
  2. First 60 days downloads trend: see how episodes perform in the critical first 60 days (by episode, all episodes or comparing up to 5 at a time).

Episode downloads quick comparison table

Easily compare key download statistics for the 1st week, 1st month and all time for your episodes

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Top 10 Episodes

You can view your Top 10 episodes in any selected date range.

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GEO data for Canadian provinces

Now, in addition to U.S. states, you can see the breakdown of your Canada downloads by province.

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We hope these additions provide you valuable insights!

As always, if you have questions or would like to share your input on our stats platform, you can contact us at help.podbean.com.

 

Podcasts to Listen to While You Workout

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Listening to podcasts while working out means learning things (or being entertained) while making your body healthier. The time goes by more quickly with podcasts in your earbuds. What’s more, podcasts can give you more motivation to get into or continue an exercise routine.

Here are 10 podcasts for inspiration as you work towards a healthier you:

Podrunner: Workout Music

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If you need the right music to energize your workouts, Podrunner: Workout Music does the work of creating exciting exercise playlists. Whether you’re doing high impact exercises or taking an easy jog, this podcast will help improve your energy.

20 Minute Fitness

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The all-in-one fitness podcast with news and advice on health, weight loss, nutrition and more. This 20-minute podcast is full of information about the latest fitness trends and news.

The Jillian Michaels Show

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Jillian Michaels, “America’s health and wellness guru”, leads an entertaining, inspirational, and informative podcast to help you find health and happiness. Ranked a top US health podcast, Jillian and her team join with top health experts to cover a range of topics.

Beginner: The Guardian Guide to Running

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Want to become a runner but need some guidance and motivation? This is an 8-week long podcast training program to get you mentally and physically on track. Each week you will tackle a new challenge to build stamina, fitness and well-being.

Shredded by Science Radio

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This podcast shares interviews about everything from industry insider knowledge to health science, which are hosted by fitness pros. The podcast presents real-world fitness problems and evidence-based approaches with a unique sense of humor.

The Bodybuilding.com Podcast

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This podcast is about insightful opinions about body building, training, and enhancement. You’ll also hear in-depth interviews with experts on different workout styles and approaches.

Dear Sugar

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An advice show for today’s world. Listeners write in to hosts Cheryl Strayed (author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Wild) and Steve Almond for advice about their most personal problems. No topic is off limits and the stories and advice will enlighten and inspire you.

Invisibilia

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Hosts Lulu Miller and and Alix Spiegel investigate some of the invisible forces–ideas, beliefs, assumptions, emotions–that control human behavior. Using narrative storytelling to present science, Invisibilia will educate, without boring you, throughout your workouts.

Brute Strength

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This podcast is about being your strongest self. Michael Cazayoux interviews a number of fitness experts, getting their input on best practices and achieving physical goals.

Radiolab

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Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are “investigating a strange world” in this podcast. Each episode digs into a topic, combining scientific details with compelling storytelling and a sense of wonder. Pretty fascinating stuff to make the time tick away while you’re exercising.

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

The Best Way to Promote Your Podcast

There are a million ways to promote your podcast. Some are effective, while others might be a waste of time (and money). And, of course, what works is dependent on “where your audience is”. This is why promoting on other podcasts might just be the best way to grow your audience.

Why is podcast cross-promotion one of the most effective podcast marketing strategies?

  • Podcast listeners already know how to listen to podcasts, which removes one big hurdle you may encounter when you promote elsewhere.
  • Listeners love content suggestions. This type of marketing comes across as helpful information and listeners pay attention.
  • You can target listeners who already like similar categories of shows. This solution brings you right to where your potential audience is.
  • They can subscribe/download your show right away. They’re in the midst of listening, so it’s not something they have to remember to do later.

Why use Podbean’s ads marketplace to promote a podcast?

Cross-promotion is effective. A lot of podcasters are already doing it. We see many discussions about it in Facebook groups and hear the promo spots often. However, it takes a lot of time to set this up (networking, contacting podcasters, sending your promo, discussing details..and typically, arranging and running the other podcaster’s promo on your show). With Podbean’s ads marketplace, you can have promo spots running within minutes. Yes, you’ll need to spend some money. But, you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than it might be possible to get via personal connections.

Fortunately, you can set a daily budget cap so you don’t have to spend a lot. You can view your analytics to see just how your ads are delivering. And, you can modify, pause or stop your campaigns at any time.

If you’re spending any money on Facebook ads or other promotions (or considering it), take a look at Podbean’s ads marketplace first. Podcasters tend to get a much higher return on investment (ROI) from these campaigns.

How to Use Podbean’s Ads Marketplace: Three Simple Steps

  • Sign up as an advertiser: https://sponsorship.podbean.com/. If you’re already signed up to receive ads on your podcast, you’ll need to create an account with a different email address.
  • Create your campaign. Provide basic information (contact info, website, description, copy), set your budget and start date. Select categories (and geographies, if desired). Pick ad slots and set pricing. Upload your audio file. Add your payment method.
  • Run and manage your campaign. Once approved, your ads till begin running within 24 hours of your start date. You can review the list of podcasts and remove any of them at any time. Check your campaign’s results as it progresses: see impressions and amount spent. Pause or cancel campaigns whenever you want.

Sign up for ads marketplace today and give it a try! You can set a daily budget cap of as little as $10 (that’s the cap, often the actual spending will be less depending on your specs). Check out our Advertiser FAQs here or contact us if you have questions.

You can also sign up your podcast to receive ad revenue. Learn more here.

What Are Some Best Practices When Starting a Podcast?

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Podcasts continue to explode in popularity. 124 million Americans have listened to a podcast, and 28% (or 73 million) listen monthly. The number of weekly podcast listeners is up by 6 million from 2017.  And according to Podcast Insights, the podcast trend has grown exponentially from there throughout 2018 and 2019.

There’s a low barrier to starting a podcast and getting it distributed. But that doesn’t mean podcasting doesn’t require effort. Along with the explosion in podcast popularity, listeners now have thousands of options when it comes to deciding what to listen to. Your podcast needs to deliver quality content and value. Here are seven best practices to consider if you’re starting a podcast.

1. Think about your message.
There’s a lot of content for people to consume, in all forms. What makes your podcast unique? Who do you imagine listening to it? Is there a gap you’ve found or a niche you want to fill? Do a little homework. Check out similar or related shows (bookmark them for the future, there might be some ways to collaborate). What’s missing? What special perspective will you bring that people can’t find elsewhere? What tone do you want for your show?

2. Make every second count.
Listeners’ time is valuable, so keep your content concise. This doesn’t mean there’s a magic number. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is one of the most popular podcasts, and it sometimes runs more than four hours. However, that’s a rare exception. He packs his episodes with high quality, engaging content. The nature of your podcast might lend itself to some “chit chat”, but think about the value the listener is getting for the time they’re spending.

3. Plan your episodes.
In your research, listen to some top quality shows. For every minute you hear, they likely spent hours researching and preparing. Not all shows take the investigative journalism of Serial. But sometimes podcasters forget about the importance of planning since it can feel like having a casual conversation. Planning might include determining show topics, contacting guests (and preparing them), thinking about your questions, making a rough outline (or even a script) of what you want to cover, and doing any research.

4. Optimize your podcast for maximum searchability.
In podcast apps, your podcast and episode titles are they key to being found (along with the author tag in some), and helps listeners easily identify what your content is about. So, think about keywords your audience might search for when coming up with titles.

This is also where show notes and transcripts come in handy. Search engines crawl text, so your episode descriptions and show notes should be search-friendly. Descriptions and show notes (think a blog post that accompanies a podcast) also serve as a place for listeners (or someone who finds your show online) to see a summary and get more information, links, etc.

5. Distribute, share, promote!
Once you set up your podcast with a reliable podcast host and get an RSS feed, you’re set to distribute to the many places people listen. Apple Podcasts (formerly known as iTunes) is the biggest directory so that should be a top priority. You can also make sure your show is set up properly for Google and that they index your show for Google Podcasts. Many podcast apps will pick your show up from iTunes, but there are also many directories where you can submit. Here’s a good list of podcast directories to check out. The good news is that due to the magic of RSS feeds, you just submit your feed and then your episodes will automatically update in various directories and apps.

Some podcast hosts make social sharing easy with automated tools in their platforms. You also want to have an online “home” for your podcast.  Whether that be within an existing website, a new WordPress or Squarespace site or a podcast site provided by your hosting company, this is the place where people can read your show notes and get more information.  Your own website offers your listeners another place to learn about you, the type of things you podcast about, and where else to find you online. It’s essentially a landing page all about your podcast.

There are many other ways you can use this space, especially as your podcast grows and evolves.  As your podcast grows, you can use it as a place to put up merch for sale, offer tickets to shows, or even promote products and other podcasts through partnerships.  A website – even one with a subdomain, like the website you automatically get with Podbean – is as powerful a tool as any software or microphone.    

There are also different ways you can integrate your RSS feed with different types of websites, depending on where you host your podcast and what you want to do. You can embed podcast episodes easily with a player so people can also listen online.

Getting listed in directories and set up online is the first step, but you’ll need to do most of the heavy lifting to promote your show. Think about where your potential listeners “hang out” online. Are they on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Can you draw people in from Youtube (some podcast hosting companies autopost an “audiogram” there for you or you can get the tools to do this)? Are there specific forums or blogs where you can share information and generate interest? You might also want to consider promoting on other podcasts if you can – it can be one of the most effective ways to gain new listeners.

6. Get a handle on audio production.
If your podcast sounds bad, people will tune out.  Check out some free audio tools like Audacity or LMMS, and learn some basic audio editing.  There are other paid options for slimmer budgets, like Ardour and Reaper, but it’s best to try a free option first to get the feel for editing.

You also don’t have to spend a lot on microphones.  There are different types of microphones depending if you want to just plug your microphone into your computer (USB mics) or if you want more control over how your microphone records (XLR mics), or for single or group hosts.  Check out suggestions from other podcasters and podcast experts (Facebook groups like Podcasting Smarter are one good source).  

There are even options to record right from your phone, and there are some decent sounding podcasts out there just using their earbuds (check out the Podbean app for recording and publishing, for example). Reducing background noise makes a big difference, so be sure you have a quiet space or add some soundproofing (egg crate foam, carpeting and blankets all do the trick on the cheap).

Another option to consider is hiring professional audio engineers for certain aspects of production. There are tons of resources out there, from professional sound studios to editors, guest bookers, show note writers and full production teams.  Here are some podcast resources that I recommend.

7. Measure your success by your own benchmarks. And, make changes as needed.
Your podcast hosting company will provide download statistics and various data you can track. It can be hard to know what good numbers are. It is not the same for a highly produced true crime show as a podcast about a specific type of knitting. Don’t only use numbers to measure your success. Think beforehand about your goals and measure your success against that. Perhaps you want to use podcasting to showcase your expertise and build trust with potential clients. Maybe you only get 100 downloads/episode, but you have loyal client listeners and have had several inquiries. That’d be a success for you!

Don’t be afraid to make changes. If you feel something isn’t working or get feedback from listeners, you can adapt. Most podcasts evolve in some way over time. Some do a complete rebrand, change formats or end and start a completely new show. Always go back to your goals – even if the goal is for you and your best friend to get together and chat every week.  If that’s happening and you’re enjoying it, podcasting has worked for you! Evaluate how things are working and change what’s not.

Most importantly, don’t get bogged down in the details or halted by creative paralysis or perfection. With these best practices, you can prioritize what you need to do when starting a podcast. Get started and take advantage of the growing podcasting wave. Check out all that Podbean has to offer and try it out with a free month at Podbean.com.

What Are the Best Brazilian Podcasts?

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The Most Popular Brazilian Podcasts

Brazil may not have been tops in the World Cup this year, but they’re becoming tops in the podcast world. We have so many loyal listeners in Brazil and a growing number of podcasts produced in Brazil, so we have selected the 8 most listened to podcasts on Podbean in Brazil. Check them out if you’re a Brazilian listener, or you want to get to know Brazilian culture, history, current events or practice your Portuguese.

1. Mamilos

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Mamilos is a weekly podcast that searches social media for hot debates and controversies. They choose a topic of the week from this research and engage in a deeper discussion on it. Hopefully this allows listeners to form an opinion for themselves based on a more solid foundation than the typical online argument.

2. Scicast

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Scicast is a highly entertaining science podcast from Brazil. Weekly information with a dose of Brazilian culture.

3. Reprograme Seu Cérebro Cast

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Reprograme Seu Cérebro Cast is hosted by André Buric, founder of BrainPower. The podcast teaches listeners how to stay in control of their emotions and actions. Listeners can learn how to get rid of lack of focus and energy, stop procrastinating and see things in a new light.

4. Café Brasil Podcast

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Café Brasil Podcast, hosted by Luciano Pires, offers an unfiltered perspective on Brazil. He discusses culture, citizenship, politics and more.

5. 99Vidas

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99Vidas is a fun and fascinating podcast all about video games. It covers popular games, classics, unique video games, new releases and hot news.

6. Nerd Cast

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NerdCast is one of the leading podcast series in Brazil, with about one million downloads per episode. This long-running series covers a huge range of topics including pop culture, history, science, cinema, technology, and literature.

7. Não Ouvo

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A humor and entertainment podcast running since 2015, hosted by Maurício Cid with Luide, Braian, and Igor. A variety of weekly themes from one of the biggest blogs in Brazil.

8. Dragões de Garagem

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The title of this podcast translates to “garage dragons”, from a chapter in Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World, which presents an analogy between the existence of God and a hypothetical insistence that there is a dragon living in someone’s garage. This podcast covers anything and everything in science, from physics to biology to linguistics, and highlights science in all areas of our lives. The topics might come from recent news events, like the Zika virus, or cover timeless information that will fascinate you even if you aren’t sure a science podcast is for you. You should be able to follow along even if your Portuguese isn’t perfect, as the speakers talk slowly and don’t use a lot of slang or jargon.

Top 10 True Crime Podcasts

Top 10 True Crime Podcasts

True crime podcasts are popular nowadays. Listeners seem to love the variety of intrigue, suspense, legal thrills, murder and more. If you’re looking for another great true crime podcast, you’ll find high quality options among our top true crime podcasts.

NO.1 In the Dark

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This podcast explores an old case in depth, including all the implications for our justice system and society. Season One covered the abduction of Justin Wetterling, in which there were no answers for 27 years. The case fueled parents’ anxieties about strangers and led to the establishment of the sex offender registry. Season 2 covers Curtis Flowers, who has been tried 6 times for the same crime and continually maintains his innocence.

NO.2 Detective

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The hit podcast from Investigation Discovery goes behind the scenes of detective work, crossing from the professional side of things to the interesting personal lives of the investigators.

NO.3 Crimetown

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A series by Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. Every season, they investigate crime in a different American city.

NO.4 Someone Knows Something

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Cold case investigation at its finest with host David Ridgen. He’s joined by victims’ families and others involved in the cases. He talks to suspects and tracks down new and old leads.

NO.5 Atlanta Monster

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From the producers of Up and Vanished and HowStuffWorks, this podcast covers a horrific 40-year old case that will bring you to the edge of your seat with host Payne Lindsay.

No 6 Up and Vanished

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Another great investigative podcast hosted by Payne Lindsay. His work on the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and teacher, Tara Grinstead, captured the attention of many, with over 150 million downloads, and helped break the 12-year old case wide open.

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Host Kelly McEvers delves deep into a story from the news to understand all the issues at play and give you a more in-depth view. That’s included digging into the Trump administration’s past and covering a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

No 8 48 Hours

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Presented by the award-winning team from CBS News’ “48 Hours”, the podcast covers intriguing crime and justice cases of all types.

No 9 Once Upon A Crime | True Crime

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Unraveling true crime stories in a chapter-by-chapter format. The podcast covers everything from kidnapping to murder and celebrity crimes.

No 10 True Crime Historian

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Combining history and true crime, this podcast looks back at the infamous, the notorious, and the big scandals of the past via newspaper accounts.

Want even more? You can find tons of great true crime podcasts in the Podbean app and you might also want to check out this list of true crime podcasts from Discover Pods.

Top 10 Graduation Podcasts

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Here are ten podcasts we love for recent graduates. This playlist offers inspiration, motivation and practical tips to help graduates succeed in life.

NO.1 Ctrl Alt Delete

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Hosted by Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, a social enterprise focused on helping people with depression. This podcasts covers key topics like self-care and ways to deal with depression.

NO.2 College Info Geek

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Know a graduate heading to college? Or have a favorite family member in the midst of their college career? Share this podcast, which covers how to study better and be more productive plus tips on paying off student loans and more.

NO.3 Overcoming Graduation

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This podcast is “everything you need to know but didn’t learn in college”. It covers topics such as how to deal with emotional stress, staying active when working a 9 to 5 job and all the practical advice never taught in a college course.

NO.4 Good Life Project

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This podcast offers down-to-earth, yet moving, conversations about how to live a meaningful life. It covers areas like mindset shifts, creativity and how to be more motivated. Engaging, intimate conversations with truly inspiring guests like Tim Ferris, Elizabeth Gilbert and everyday folks with stories to share.

NO.5 Career Talk

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This is the podcast to help you get a new job, improve your career or figure out what career is right for you.

NO.6 Graduate Job Podcast

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The UK’s most popular career/jobs podcast, with lots of experts on specific fields, interviewing, career planning and everything you need for job success after graduation.

NO.7 Day After Graduation podcast

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Stories from one university’s alumni and friends’ real life/work experiences and successes. The podcast aims to bring to life different aspects of the world after graduation.

NO.8 Tara Brach

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Meditation and mindfulness practice can be extremely helpful for stressed students and new graduates. Tara Brach is a Buddhist teacher offering hundreds of guided meditations that help you pay attention to your body, breathe and be present. Additionally, you’ll find more in-depth episodes on related topics. If you’d like to practice more mindfulness or just know you’d like to be more grounded, this is a great place to start.

NO.9 You Need a Budget

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This is a practical podcast about setting financial goals and managing money. It might feel impossible to tackle your finances with low income, student loans and living costs, but this podcast will help with useful tips and advice for getting out of debt.

NO.10 Adulthood Made Easy

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A podcast from Real Simple to help young women navigate the real world, from salary negotiations to apartment hunting, taxes, dating and more. The host shares some of her own stories, while helping listeners with their questions and concerns.

How to Add a Button Linking to Your Podcast in Podbean on Your Site

Podbean is a popular podcast directory and app for podcast listeners. So, Podbean badges (a button that can be clicked to go right to your podcast in Podbean) are great for promoting your podcast all over the web. Badges are an easy way to let listeners know your podcast is available on Podbean and to easily direct them there to listen.

Podbean offers badges in different sizes, such as shown below.

150 x 56 px

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300 x 111 px

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600 x 222 px

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Visit http://podbean.com/site/default/badges to customize your badges and get the coding to paste into your site. If you are not hosted on Podbean, input the URL of your listing in the Podbean directory. Simple search your show at www.podbean.com, click on it and copy the URL at the top. Paste into the podcast link field to create the custom badge coding.

Top 10 Wedding Podcasts

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For anyone preparing for a wedding, whether a grand spectacle, simple celebration or destination wedding, you’ll find the stories and advice in these wedding podcasts invaluable. They can also be lots of fun even if you’re not planning a wedding at the moment. And, these wedding podcasts cover the gamut of mishaps and touching stories, tips and advice from experts for any kind of wedding you could dream up.

  1. The Secret Life of Weddings

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Full of sometimes unbelievable, but true, stories from listeners. This entertaining podcast gives you a glance into people’s wedding stories and viewpoints.

  1. To Dos Before I Do

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The perfect podcast for engaged couples (or anyone dreaming of future nuptials!), to help check items off the never-ending to-do list with insight, tips and guidance throughout the process. The podcast aims to help couples stay organized with weekly episodes on a variety of wedding topics.

  1. Bridechilla

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Stories from the Bridechilla Facebook community. It can really help to hear what others have gone though…what a stress reliever for whatever you’re facing in the wedding planning process.

  1. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

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Simple, down-to-earth wedding planning advice from a professional. Not everyone can hire a wedding planner but now you can have one in audio form. Save money, time and stress with fun and easy ways to simplify wedding planning.

  1. Wedding Confessionals

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Two ladies talk about touchy, sometimes controversial wedding subjects. Some topics covered include how to deal with friends who don’t make the invite list and changing your last name after marriage.

  1. Put A Ring On It

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This podcast offers solid advice from two industry experts, wedding coordinator and consultant Danielle Pasternak and photographer Daniel Moyer. They refer to it as “the anti-boring wedding podcast” and you’ll certainly find that to be the case. Put A Ring On It brings you behind-the-scenes stories and expert tips. Each episode covers a different topic, ranging from how to negotiate with vendors to incorporating new traditions into same-sex weddings.

  1. Engaged, an authentic wedding planning podcast

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Ideal for couples who have just gotten engaged or are in the midst of planning. Engaged is hosted by Kali Edwards and her fiancé Ryan. Kali and Ryan chat with other couples who share their experiences. They also interview wedding experts and varied vendors for professional planning advice. The host couple’s chemistry is apparent in the podcast and it’s fun to learn along with them.

  1. Wedding Planning Podcast

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Kara Lamerato publishes three episodes per week, covering topics that range from how to plan the perfect bridal shower to details like tipping vendors. Kara has helped more than 2,000 couples plan their big days. As an expert in custom décor, Kara discusses DIY trends and the popularity/use of Etsy. She answers listener questions and reads comments live on her show, allowing you to connect with her directly and get answers to specific questions.

  1. The Wedding Podcast Network

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This is actually a collection of multiple wedding-related podcasts covering a wide array of topics. You can find something here that fits your needs, from travel information for destination weddings and honeymoons to mother-of-the-bride, newlywed and groom-specific advice shows.

  1. Get Wed Podcast

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Kerrie discusses all she has left to do in the minutes leading up to her wedding, what’s been stressful and her stories and advice. This is the show for you if you’re feeling overwhelmed as they big day draws near.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podbean Migrates All Podcasts to Secure Feeds

All Podbean feeds are now https; Podbean offers free SSL certificate service for podcasters using their own domain

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Dover, DE – July 3, 2018 –Podbean has fully transitioned all Podbean feeds to secure feeds using https. Podbean handled the migration process to ensure all new and current Podbean-hosted podcast feeds are fully compliant with Apple Podcasts’ future requirements.

Podbean also hosts many podcasts using their own domain for their podcast sites. As a free service to these podcasts, Podbean will provide an SSL certificate and ensure they’re automatically migrated to a secure feed. Here’s more information on how to set up your own domain with SSL certification in Podbean.

What do I need to do?

If you use a Podbean domain, you don’t need to do anything. We’ve handled the migration for you, so you’ll have no worries about Apple’s new requirements.

If you use your own domain, follow the steps above if you have not previously set up your SSL certification. We will provide the SSL certificate free of charge, but you need to change the domain CNAME record and enable https in your Podbean account.

If you have any questions, contact us at help.podbean.com.