How Subscribers Access Premium Podcast Content and Retrieve a Forgotten Password

Anyone who subscribes to your podcast will be provided a free Podbean account (if they don’t already have one). They will receive an email including their Podbean username (or email address) and password (for those who were already logged in with a current Podbean account, this will be used to access the content).

If they forget their password they can retrieve it by clicking “Forget Password” at http://www.podbean.com/site/user/login. Our system will send them a temporary password and they can then change their password when they log in.

With the Podbean account, it is super convenient to access their premium content online or in the Podbean app for Android and iOS. There are three ways for your subscribers to enjoy their premium content:

1. They can visit www.podbean.com and use their information to log in to their Podbean account. They will find all the premium content they’ve subscribed to in their dashboard in the “Premium Content” tab. This is an easy way to view all premium content in one place.

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2. They can also visit your podcast site (http://yourpodcastsite.podbean.com/) to watch/listen to premium content in your episode list (they will get a pop up window instructing them to enter their username and password when they click on premium episodes, if they’re not already logged in).

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3. Premium episodes can also be accessed in the Podbean app when the user is logged in to the account they used to pay for the content.

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Podbean for Christian Podcasts: One Pastor Shares the Benefits and Process

Today’s guest post is written by Rev. Jason B. Harrison, M.A. He shares his weekly sermons on his podcast, Let Your Light So Shine. He’s also using Podbean’s Patron Program as a fundraising tool for his ministry.

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For those of you who may be thinking about starting a podcast:

Allow me to begin by suggesting that you choose podbean.com as your host site.  I have not been disappointed in the least.

Some may wonder why I personally chose to create a podcast.  The reason is fairly simple.  As a Pastor from Southern Illinois, I am always looking for new ways to reach people with the Good News.  I record the audio of my sermons and upload them as episodes for my podcast.

Our church is a small one.  I can preach all year in our small church and reach a small amount of people. I can preach the same way, and upload the audio file to Podbean, and reach people worldwide.  Since I began the podcast, it has reached nearly 1,300 downloads.  That may not impress some podcasters who see those numbers in a couple days, but for a small church Pastor – it’s very encouraging.

I share every new sermon/episode on Facebook.  That helps to let my people know that the sermon is available in case they missed the service that week.  It also opens another door for spreading the word about the podcast itself.  The same can be said for all social media.

The actual process of creating and maintaining my podcast is quite simple.  Step one was to sign up on podbean.com.  I then decided between the free service or unlimited service.  I decided on the unlimited deal.  It was quite affordable.

A great deal of my podcasting involves my phone.  I have a smart phone – and I downloaded Voice Record Pro from the App Store for free.  Before I begin my sermon, I open the app and begin recording.  Later in the day, I open the app and edit that sermon.  I have the options of trimming it and converting it to a mp3 file, and I typically do both.

I then email the file to myself and download it to my computer.  The files all go into one certain folder created just for episodes.  I log on to Podbean.  I follow the instructions to upload the latest sermon, and it is ready to go.  There are a few steps involved when it comes to putting my podcast together – but they are simple.  It all becomes second nature after a couple podcasts.

Podbean.com has made podcasting simple and enjoyable.  Check them out if you haven’t already. Happy Podcasting!

*You can also record and publish via Podbean’s app directly.

Fundraising for Christian Podcasts

Podbean hosts many Christian podcasts, ranging from sermon podcasts to bible studies and lectures. One of the great features of Podbean, especially for Christian podcasts, is the integrated fundraising. A podcaster can easily set up a Podbean patron campaign so that listeners can provide monthly support.

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How can Christian podcasts use Podbean’s fundraising tools?

It’s easy for both the podcaster and the supporter!

  1. If you haven’t started your podcast yet, check out Why and How to Start a Church Podcast.
  2. Set up your Podbean patron page (AKA crowdfunding). It only takes a few minutes once you have your ideas ready (your story, rewards, and goals). A video is a great way to share a personalized message to your potential funders. We highly recommend it to enhance your patron page. Here’s some detail about creating a successful podcast patron page.
  3. Promote your fundraising efforts. Make sure to let your listeners know about the campaign in your podcast and by other methods (Facebook, website, in person). Podbean makes it easy for you and supporters, with a patron button integrated right on your podcast site and in our app. Listeners don’t have to take any extra steps, it’s all right there for them. They can donate with a couple clicks. You can also create a personalized URL for your patron page so it’s easy to share.

Other Fundraising Options for Christian Podcasts

Premium Content: Fee-based Courses, Bonus Content

With Podbean, you can create and sell premium content. This can be individual episodes or subscription services. For example, you might offer a special in-depth bible study course. You can create a subscription plan so that students can pay their fee directly to you and easily access the content. You might also have specific bonus content, such as a recording of a special event or interview, that you offer for a one-time fee/donation. We handle all the technology and payment processing for you.

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Getting Sponsors

Podbean also offers a sponsorship marketplace for podcasts. Those interested in securing sponsors for their Christian podcasts can join for free. YOU always have complete control over which sponsors and campaigns you accept, so you can make sure it is a good fit for you.

A podcast is an effective outreach tool, and a great way to extend fundraising efforts. Christian podcasts can further build community and strengthen the spiritual relationship. Podbean is here to support you in your efforts. Contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

How to Create a Successful Patron Campaign for Your Podcast

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A patron campaign is a great way to raise funds for your podcast. Listeners often appreciate the opportunity to provide support for the great work you’re doing. Crowdfunding using Podbean’s patron program is an easy way to manage donations and earn a recurring monthly income.

Here are a few tips about setting up a great crowdfunding page:

Add a tagline. It’s a call to action for people to support your podcast. This shows below your logo on your campaign page and is the default text for social media shares.

Include a video. It’s the best way to share your story in your own voice. Get personal about your story and your goals.

Share a great story. Tell a bit about yourself/the podcast and what you can do with your fans’ support. Be concise and compelling, make them laugh or cry…make them want to be part of what you’re doing!

Set goals. It’s nice to show patrons how money will be used and specify targets for yourself. Set multiple goals, starting with an attainable goal. Setting some lower level goals allows your patrons to see successful progress. You can build excitement around reaching different levels.

Offer several small reward levels (the best practice is to start with a $1 level). Pledges of $1-5 are most popular. Please note the amount is a recurring monthly payment, so set rewards accordingly. We share some creative reward ideas in this article and you can view featured campaigns at patron.podbean.com to get ideas too!

We hope these tips help you on your way to creating an income stream! For more information on how to promote your crowdfunding campaign check out this article.

Simplified Listener Access to Premium Podcast Episodes

To make it easy to find premium podcast episodes you’ve purchased, we’ve added a “Premium Episodes” section to your Podbean account.

Simply login to your Podbean account and you’ll see a “Premium Episodes” tab in your left sidebar (if you’ve paid for any episodes). Click there and you will see a page where you can view and play all your premium episodes.

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*You can also play premium episodes in the Podbean app if you are logged in using the account you used to pay for the content.

**For patron-only content, please visit the patron page of the podcast. Click on “Episodes” for your patrons-only content (which can also be accessed in the Podbean app).

New Crowdfunding Feature! Publish Patron-Only Content for Your Podbean Patrons

Podbean has added a great new feature to our crowdfunding platform! Now, you can easily publish exclusive content for your patrons. Everything you need for publishing and management is integrated right into your Podbean dashboard making the process super simple.

If you are on your “My Crowdfunding” page you will see a “Publish” button under your campaign. Click there and you will be directed to your publishing page. As usual, you can upload a file or select one you’ve already uploaded and proceed with filling in show notes or other details. You will see three publishing options: free, premium, or patron. Select “patron”; you will have the option to designate this episode is available to all levels or only patrons at a specific dollar level (so it’s very easy to have different reward tiers receiving different content). When done, simply hit “publish”.

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You’ll be able to see your published patron-only episodes on your crowdfunding page. Simply click on the “episodes” tab.

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Patrons will receive an email notification when applicable content is published. They can listen online or in the Podbean app when logged in to their account. In the Podbean app, the patron-only episodes will show up at the top of the podcast episode list.

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New Crowdfunding Feature: Set Up a Personalized URL for Your Page

There’s a great new feature in Podbean’s Crowdfunding platform. Podcasters can create a personalized, simple URL for their crowdfunding page to make it more shareable. Your crowdfunding URL can match with your podcast/site/brand so it’s easy for potential patrons to remember.
To set up a personalized URL for your crowdfunding page, simply follow these steps:

1. Login to your Podbean account.

2. Click on “My Crowdfunding” on the top right.

3. Click “Edit” under the campaign and you will see “Your Crowdfunding URL” where you can create your personalized URL. The URL will read patron.podbean.com/XXX (you choose what goes after the slash, such as your podcast or site name).

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4. Make sure to click “Save and Continue” to save your changes.

Now you can share this simple URL with your fans to make donating easier than ever!

New! Podbean Podcast Advertising Marketplace

Podbean is excited to announce the beta launch of the Podbean Podcast Advertising Marketplace.

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Podbean’s Podcast Advertising Marketplace aims to revolutionize podcast advertising. It offers the easiest way for advertisers and podcasters to connect.

  • It brings opportunities to advertisers to connect with highly effective podcast advertising for engaging ads that reach their target consumers.
  • It brings opportunities to podcasters to get funding to support their creative, hard work.
  • It brings opportunities for individuals (referral agents) to earn ongoing money by referring businesses to the marketplace to advertise.

It is FREE to join the Podbean Podcast Advertising Marketplace. Podbean hosted podcasts automatically have access to the marketplace and will receive notifications when there are ad opportunities for their podcasts. Any podcaster can “join as podcaster” from the advertising page to get verified and start receiving ads opportunities.

Podbean is currently seeking advertisers and referral agents to join the program. Podcasters and advertisers should visit https://sponsorship.podbean.com/to learn more about this exciting opportunity and get started.

How to Create Premium Subscription Plans for Your Podcast

Podbean offers easy-to-use podcast monetization tools, including premium content options so you can charge for content. This can be done by charging a fee for a single episode or by creating premium subscription plans.

To create premium plans, first set up your account to be linked to Stripe for payment
(in the premium page of your dashboard) and then follow these steps:

Step 1. To add a premium plan, go to the “Premium”->”Premium Plans” tab and then click “Add a new plan” under the “Add Subscription Plan”.

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Step 2. You can set it to be a recurring plan/payment (such as monthly) or a one-time payment (Season Pass) plan with fixed start and end date.

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Step 3. If you wish to create a recurring plan, you can set the billing cycle for whatever length you want in days, weeks, months, or years. Name the plan and choose your price.

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You also set up a flexible free or discounted trial period for your paid subscribers. It can be couple days, weeks or even months. Click ”Set Trial Period” to set the trial settings.

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Step 4. Click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this page and you’ll see the update success message.

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When you publish episodes, you will choose “free” or “premium” in the editor. When you choose “premium” you will have the option to charge a fee for the single episode or add it to one of our premium subscription plans.

Though listeners cannot purchase premium content in the Podbean app, they can listen to it there if they are logged in with their corresponding login information that they used to purchase the content.

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

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