Podbean Sponsors Audiocraft Podcast Festival

Opening Night Party Streaming Free on Podbean Live

Podbean is supporting the Australian Audiocraft Podcast Festival, which will be held virtually this year on the evening of Friday, July 24th and all day Saturday, July 25th (AET).

Join the free livestreamed Variety Show kickoff event!

The festival kicks off with a fun-filled variety show on Friday night, hosted by Farz Edraki and Mike Williams, streamed free exclusively via Podbean Live on the Podbean App. The Variety Show will be enjoyable for podcast makers and listeners alike, with games, a chance to learn new things and check in with audio makers and friends from Australia and around the world. 

Join the event on the Podbean app.

You simply need to download the free Podbean app, login, and enjoy the variety show. This is open to anyone, whether you have a ticket or can attend the rest of the festival or not. Audiocraft and Podbean encourage podcasters, podcast listeners, and anyone interested in a bit of audio fun to join!

About the Audiocraft Podcast Festival

Audiocraft is a “chance to come together online with other podcasters and audio makers from Australia and around the world. There’ll be meet-ups, one-on-one chats, collective recordings and lots of opportunities to meet new collaborators and connect with other creatives.” Audiocraft will include sessions from Wendy Zukerman (Science Vs), Matthew Lieber (Spotify/Gimlet), Kathy Tu & Tobin Low (Nancy), Becky Ripley & Timothy X Atack (Forest 404), Johanna Bell & Rocket Bretherton (Birds Eye View). More information and tickets to the full festival can be found here.

Podbean will have a virtual booth at the event where podcasters can learn more about Podbean Live Streaming and other tools Podbean offers. Attendees can connect with representatives from Podbean to find out more and ask any questions.

About Podbean Live

Podbean Live is a unique platform for turning your podcast production into a live show. You can invite multiple co-hosts and guests to join the live stream, creating a dynamic show with ease. Then, you can turn the live show recording into evergreen content by publishing it as a podcast episode. It’s a truly interactive experience, bringing your listeners a new opportunity to engage with your podcast and be part of your community. You can let listeners call in and they can send real-time messages during the show. Learn more.

Introducing Our Podcasting 101 Webinar Row!

Starting a podcast can seem like a daunting task for you and your content.  Being a podcaster means stepping into the roles of editor, promoter, IT, and more for your podcast.  While there are many helpful guides on these topics, it sometimes helps to have someone else walk with you through these steps.

Enter Podbean’s 101 Webinar Row, featuring webinars on getting started with your podcast, introducing you to a hosting platform, and even learning the steps to market your podcast.

How to Start A Podcast 

So you’ve just decided to start your very own podcast! Now what? Join us as we take you through getting your podcast up and running with a few quick steps so you can focus on just making the best podcast! You’ll go from podcast newbie to professional podcaster in no time!

The topics in this webinar will include:

  • The Who/What/When/Where/Why of your podcast
  • A brief overview of types of gear for recording
  • What is podcast hosting?
  • Formatting your show (length, segments, music, etc.)
  • Creative points (artwork, music, etc.)

Presented by: Roni Gosch, Podcast Specialist

Click here to Register!

How To Record Your Podcast

In the world of podcast recording, there are so many different tools that you can use to record your podcast! Which tools should you choose to suit your needs? This webinar will aim to help you understand how to record high-quality podcasts and give you a general understanding of audio gear, as well as best practices to achieve the best results.

The topics in this webinar will include:

  • How to effectively prepare and plan recording your podcast
  • Essential gear for home or remote recording (mics, headphones, interfaces, and more)
  • How to record high-quality audio from anywhere in the world
  • Editing tips and tricks for producing your own podcast recordings

Presented by: John Kiernan, Head of Marketing

Click Here to Register!

Podbean 101: Learning The Tools of Podbean

Whether you’re brand new to Podbean or have questions about parts of the interface that you’re looking to start using, this webinar will walk you through all the key points of your Podbean dashboard. 

This webinar will help you:

  • Choose a Podbean site layout that suits your podcast best
  • Find your RSS feed and learn about the different things that change and affect it
  • Decipher your analytics and how learning from them can help you grow your podcast in the long run
  • Discover a couple of our monetization options readily available and built into the Podbean interface

Presented by: Roni Gosch, Podcast Specialist

Click Here to Register!

How to Promote Your Podcast

You’ve now started your podcast and want to get it into as many ears as possible. Now how do you promote your podcast? What steps can you take to grow and develop your listenership? This webinar will aim to help you get more eyes and ears on your podcast.

The topics in this webinar will include:

  • How to effectively use social media to build and engage your audience
  • Learning the importance of developing a mailing list
  • Why you should create a media kit to attract sponsors
  • The importance of building a community and engaging your audience

Presenter: John Kiernan, Head of Marketing 

Click Here to Register!

All of our webinars are recorded with links sent to the registrants, making our webinars a continuous resource for any podcaster, no matter where they’re at in their podcasting journey. Also, check out our other webinars on podcast livestreaming, monetization, and more!

June Top 10 Podbean Livestreamers and July LiveStream Contest Announcement!

Congratulations to our top 10 Livestreamers for June 2020!

  1. ENCOUNTER
  2. CFM
  3. Growing Together Podcast
  4. The Obscure Curio
  5. Nonsense Password
  6. Life Arena Chapel Int’l
  7. Unapologetically Unfiltered
  8. The owusuboakyee’s Podcast
  9. Destiny House Podcast
  10. Ebenezer Okronipa

July Livestream Host Contest

For July, our top three live stream hosts will receive prizes by way of Golden Beans, Podbean’s virtual currency, that can be cashed out via PayPal. We will also be highlighting our top ten livestreamers via our social media channels.  The prizes will be:

  1. Virtual yacht  (Golden Beans value – 24000)
  2. Double virtual diamond (Golden Beans value – 5000 x2)
  3. A virtual diamond  (Golden Beans value – 5000)

Click here to start your own livestream at www.podbean.com/live!

How To Submit Your Podcast To iMDB

How to submit your podcast to IMDb
How to submit your podcast to IMDb

You can now submit your podcast to IMDB’s to be part of their online listing. IMDb is an accessible online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew, and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan, and critical reviews.

 Here’s how to submit your podcast to IMDB’s database.


  1. Click this link here to review IMDb’s requirements and to submit your podcast. 
  2. Review the requirements to submit your podcast on the screen here. When you’re ready, click the New Title Form button.
  3. Here are the following steps pulled directly from IMDb.com:
    1. The name formatting of a podcast remains the same as a normal title i.e. The Joe Rogan Experience
    2. If episodic please submit as type Made for TV with the sub-type TV-Series
    3. If stand-alone please submit as type Made for Video
    4. For all, please add the keywords: category-podcast 
    5. If audio only then please also add the keyword “audio-only”
    6. A link to somewhere the podcast can be watched or listened to should be submitted in the Miscellaneous Link section, with the description WebsiteName – Full audio, or WebsiteName – Full video, as appropriate.
  4. Once you’ve completed your submission form, you will receive an email receipt for this submission and will be able to track your submission here.
  5. Please use the following formats to list commercials, music videos and podcasts.

Click here to view our post on how to submit your podcast to other directories!

Podcast Monetization and SEO with Amy Whitney (Real English Conversations)

Podcast Monetization and SEO with Amy Whitney (Real English Conversations)

Podcasting doesn’t just end with recording and posting content.  Being a podcaster and a content creator often includes crafting the brand, managing social media, and maximizing your podcast SEO.  During this, it’s important to ask yourself, “Is podcasting part of my brand, or is my brand podcasting?”  Do you use your podcast as another medium to spread information about a topic, or do you aim your other platforms towards your podcast?

Amy Whitney, of Real English Conversations, does the former with her show REAL ENGLISH  CONVERSATIONS.

“Our website, Real English Conversations, is an ESL website.  We focus on helping intermediate to advance-level learners to improve their speaking and listening fluency.  And really, it’s a website where I help people learn how to learn languages more efficiently as well, and it’s based on my own experiences that I went through trying to learn Spanish and failing miserably for fourteen years before I figured out how to do that.”

Her podcast acts not only as a vehicle to inform but as a tool to direct people to her site.  In fact, as she built her business up, she included the podcast and accompanying podcast SEO in her model as a marketing tool to bring listeners back to her site where a larger portion of her content lived.

“I’ve always had a dream of moving abroad, so I’ve always been thinking about digital marketing, ways to create this portable income.  And a few years before I started my website I was involved in another online business, and I learned about SEO.  And I realized that that was really an effective way to get your website found on Google.  It really was something I knew about from the beginning, and I knew the podcasting was going to be a channel that would help me to attract traffic to my business.”

While the podcast itself was a large part of her brand and was an effective educational tool, she did not rest the burden of monetization entirely on it.  This allowed her more flexibility in creating her content, knowing that she also had a website full of content that could bear the brunt of monetization while her podcast SEO did the work of directing them to her sellable content.

“Monetization is actually a pretty interesting topic, and I think that in general most people initially think, “Hey, I can make a podcast, and if it’s really popular maybe I can make some money on ads or something like that,” and fund their podcast or earn some extra cash.  But in my case, I didn’t really look at it in that way.  I knew it was going to be part of my business model overall, and really, the podcast and the lessons that we’re producing to put out on the podcast is really the face of the product.  And the real stuff and what we sell is back on the website.” 

And what inspired Amy’s plan, to create a podcast and site big enough to monetize?  A desire to help people become more fluent in English.

“When I started out my podcast, it was really like, “Okay, what helped me to learn Spanish?” because as I said, I was stuck at the beginner level, fourteen years, failing pretty bad.  And I was like, “I’m going to move abroad one day, I’m going to need to speak the language, let’s get down to what the issue is.”  And I realized that with the conversations that I was studying from a Spanish podcast – it was from Notes In Spanish which was based in Spain – with their lessons, I  was able to analyze a little bit of how people were speaking and the words they were using.  And I realized that this website was doing through their podcast-it was the same style that they were using to promote their lessons, and back on the website, there were some transcriptions, some exercises, things like that they could sell.  So in my case, I thought, “Okay, well, I can’t really teach Spanish, because I’m not good at it, but I am a native speaker of English and I think I can leverage that to make some money.”  And of course, I needed to have a website, a place where I could sell those transcriptions or whatever I was going to sell, and to host my podcast.”

While Amy’s plan to build everything from the ground up seems a little daunting, she found a lot of online resources that helped her create everything she needed.  From payment portals to keep up the site monetization, to e-courses and online scheduling tools, she found walkthroughs and tutorials for practically everything she wanted.  And if something came up that she didn’t quite know?  She had the resources to find and hire a programmer to ensure the functionality of her site.

“So this was the start of the business idea, and early on I knew that this was going to be everything, but it was the place that we were starting.  I was working pretty hard operating a small delivery service back in Colona(?).  We did not have a ton of cash, I didn’t have enough money to pay a guy three-thousand dollars to build a website for me.  And I started out with one of those Wix websites, or GoDaddy – you know, the two-dollar-a-month ones – and probably after playing around with it, investing too much time in it.  But I realized, “You know what? This is not going to give me what I want, I’m going to have to compromise on the design, I’m not going to be able to integrate with the tools that I want, the payment gateways, those sort of things.”  

“So I came to the decision that I had to learn how to build a website.  And I didn’t care if it took me six months to learn how to do it.  I realized it was something I wanted to do – or needed to do – in order to move forward.  I was very happy that it didn’t take six months.  It took a three-hour Youtube tutorial on how to build a WordPress website.  

“Wordpress is a very powerful tool.  It can help you set up payment gateways, the email list-building tools that you need, event calendars, the membership walls where you see to pay to access content, e-courses, all of the stuff.  It was super easy to setup.  So now that I learned how to set up the WordPress website, that has allowed me to do basically everything that I need to do on my own.  And occasionally I hire a programmer to help me with something really specific or fix something dysfunctional, but normally that’s not necessary, in my case I have a lot going on with my website, I need some support.”  

At the heart of her success, she says that the ultimate tool for growing her audience and monetization chances was SEO.

“With SEO, this is something that I’m really happy that I learned because it helps me to understand how Youtube videos get found, for example, through the searches, and it helps me understand how to build a good post so that when I’m publishing a new podcast, random people on the internet who aren’t even looking for a podcast, sometimes they’re finding my podcast through searches.  And it also helped me to understand how the podcasting search engines worked, and how I can position my podcast to be found.”

So SEO stands for “Search  Engine Optimization,” and that basically means that when somebody types something into the search box, something comes up that they want to see.  It did take me some time to learn SEO, and the basic practices of doing it, and what was important, but I really just picked things up from this SEO guy and expert.  His name is Brian Dean, and he had a website called backlinko.com, and through picking up little tips here and there over the years, it’s really helped me to build my knowledge and to integrate this knowledge into every page of my website, every Youtube video, every podcast episode.

I would say that one of the biggest complaints that I get in that Podbean Facebook page that I’m a part of is that people don’t know how to promote . . . so what I want the people to do – who are listening – to start thinking like this: just like Google, people are typing in what they hope to find using a few keywords when using their favorite podcasting app.  So podcasting apps, fortunately, have a very simplistic algorithm, compared to Google (and this is something you guys can figure out), so they might consider the popularity of the episode, for example, but keywords are predominantly what brings up the episodes.  

So where I learned how to do this, and the basics around this, is a Youtube tutorial by Pat Flynn.  This guy is going to walk you through everything.  Some of the things you might know, some things you might learn, but he’ll explain everything from a big overview, and I think it’s really useful for even experienced podcasters to go through this.   But one of the things he talks about specifically is the ID3 tags or the metadata that you can embed in your podcast when you’re saving your file.  So you can put keywords in the title, the author, podcast name, episode description, for example.  Who knows what iTunes uses, actually, or what the people are picking up, but as long as you have the data there it can’t hurt.

Her best suggestion?  Reverse-engineer what people will be looking for, and utilize those podcast SEO keywords for your episode descriptions.

Everybody can go into Spotify or iTunes, or anywhere, and type in words that they think that people may type in to find their podcast, and if you type in your competitor, for example, if you know who they are, check out their podcast.  Look at what words are in their title.  Look at which words are in their description.  And take out anything, any phrases that are relevant to your podcast, and try to figure out how you can get those into your titles, your descriptions, and all of these areas into that metadata as well.  And diversify!  In every episode, you have a new opportunity to use some new keywords, so don’t just use the same ones over and over and be lazy.  You can go back and edit the titles in old episodes that you have, that can also bring some fresh traffic in from random searches.  And it’s really, really helpful.
To learn more about Amy Whitney’s journey with monetization and how to make SEO work for your podcast, check out the rest of her interview with us on Podcasting Smarter! 


To learn more about Amy and the resources spoken about in the episode, you can find her on Twitter and her personal site!

Pat Flynn tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIJpOcFf5h4&list=PLzJ1r4EGn-eksdBA9rzmviJlzpaOF3TBp

This episode (from 7 years ago) talks about ID3 tagging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-pc8aX_ie8

Ubersuggest: https://neilpatel.com/ubersuggest/

Real English Conversations YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/realenglishconversations

Website: https://realenglishconversations.com/

Tools for Networking From Home

Tools for Networking from Home

Whether you’re at a conference or networking from home, it is a chance to share experiences and talk about podcasting with other people in the industry. More importantly, it is an opportunity to forge connections within the industry that can have positive benefits for your content.  

Physical events may not always suit your traveling abilities or available time. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot network with your fellow podcasters.  There are numerous online avenues that you can utilize to connect with your fellow podcasters while networking from home.

Livestreaming

Live-streaming (audio or video) offers a new way to interact with people utilizing live chat features and call-in options. Most primarily use it as a new way to connect with their listeners. With the adaptability of the platform, there’s nothing to stop you from creating a livestream for podcasters for the purpose of networking.

What differentiates this from conference livestreaming is that you are the one in charge of the livestream. You can run it at any point, for whatever length of time allowable by your chosen livestream platform. Create either a public livestream to create an “anyone can join” environment or unlisted livestream to create an exclusive, “invite only” experience. 

This puts networking opportunities in your own hands, without having to worry about waiting for these opportunities or to fill a need for networking opportunities between conferences.  

Virtual Conferences

Many conferences now offer virtual opportunities in the form of pre-recorded panels to event livestreaming.  

Networking at these virtual conferences are just as important as networking at physical conferences.  Through these livestreamed events, you can connect with fellow podcasters in the chat section, or in any call-in Q+A sessions that may be held.  This is the perfect opportunity to reach out not only to podcasters who may be present at the conference, but also to podcasters who, like yourself, are presently networking from home.

Virtual conferences usually offer their livestreams for free, or cheaper than their usual tickets to the physical conference, also creating a more budget-friendly opportunity for networking.  Podcasting, as a form of content creation, offers fewer roadblocks between you and finished content than other content creation avenues, and thus virtual conferences and their networking opportunities fall in that same vein.  This also allows you the flexibility to stretch your budget and attend more conferences (both virtual and physical), and utilize more networking opportunities.  

Facebook groups

If you’re familiar with Facebook as a social media platform, you are aware of its Groups feature.  Through this, you can connect with other people around a central topic to do things like ask and answer questions, get opinions on the latest tech or strategies, or just share something funny you found while out and about on the Internet.

Podcasting Facebook groups operate in the same vein. There you can talk with other podcasters about podcasting issues or victories, get opinions on microphones, and more.  These groups can be geographically targeted, but that’s not always the case leading to a wider breadth of opinion from your fellow podcasters.

Podbean runs one called Podcasting Smarter, where podcasters come to network with fellow podcasters to learn more about best practices and changes in the industry, with opportunities for self-promotion.  It welcomes every podcaster, not just those hosted with Podbean, to once again facilitate more chances for networking with podcasters you may never get the chance to speak to otherwise.

Webinars

Webinars are online presentations done to provide education and resources for services, interfaces, and other things that you may require a hands-on walkthrough to learn about.  Podbean offers several webinars on different aspects of podcasting such as monetization and promotion, as well as its livestream interface. Podcasters of every style, genre, and experience level visit to learn more about the practice.

The idea with networking from home within these webinars is that you have the chance to encounter people who may know about different aspects of the podcasting industry than you do.  With this learning environment provided, you have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn more from just the person presenting the webinar.

Webinars, being online-only, are a great online networking opportunity in that they are always being presented, and there are so many different kinds being offered that you can find the right topic you’re curious about exploring with other podcasters.

Networking is an opportunity to meet up and discuss podcasting with other people. You get the chance to meet people whose interest in podcasting mirrors yours, and whose knowledge can be a learning experience for you.  These networking from home solutions aim to give you networking opportunities while allowing for situations in which you may not be able to physically attend.

Check out our webinars for chances to meet up with podcasters here. If you’re interested in learning more about our livestreaming solutions (both public and unlisted), you can check it out here!

May Top 10 Podbean Livestreamers and June LiveStream Contest Announcement!

Congratulations to our top 10 Livestreamers for May 2020!

May Top 10 Podbean Live

  1. ENCOUNTER
  2. Nonsense Password
  3. Destiny House Podcast
  4. The Obscure Curio
  5. The Ralph William Podcast
  6. The piusfordjour’s Podcast
  7. Eglise Porte Etroite
  8. CFM
  9. Radyo FiestaM
  10. Kofi Emma

June Livestream Host Contest

For June, our top three live stream hosts will receive prizes by way of Golden Beans, Podbean’s virtual currency, that can be cashed out via PayPal. We will also be highlighting our top ten livestreamers via our social media channels.  The prizes will be:

  1. Virtual yacht  (Golden Beans value – 24000)
  2. Double virtual diamond (Golden Beans value – 5000 x2)
  3. A virtual diamond  (Golden Beans value – 5000)

Click here to start your own livestream at www.podbean.com/live!

Updates to Podbean Sites: “Like” and “Follow”

We have updated and optimized some items on Podbean sites. First, the “follow” button can now be found at the top right corner of the navigation bar.

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Additionally, if you use our brand removal feature, the Podbean logo in the top navigation bar will be removed. If you have added your company logo, it will be displayed there.

You will find “RSS” and “Share” buttons now under the podcast logo on the site.

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Users can “like” your episode in the Podbean app and you will see a display of the total “likes” on your site or in the app.

Google Podcasts Manager – How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

Google has recently released Google Podcasts Manager, which makes it easier than ever to submit your podcast to Google Podcasts. Once your podcast has been indexed by Google and is viewable in Google Podcasts, you can monitor and analyze your listener data on Google Podcasts Manager. 

If you have a podcast and website (which you automatically do if you’re hosted with Podbean!), you can likely already be found there. Podbean’s sites are optimized so they meet Google’s requirements. Thus, any podcast using the combination of podcast hosting and website from Podbean will automatically fit all the Google specifications. However, it is still not viewable in Google Podcasts, Google Podcasts Manager makes it easy for you to verify ownership of your podcast and have your podcast indexed by Google.

Here’s how to use Google Podcasts Manager to index your podcast.

  1. Go to podcastsmanager.google.com.
  2. Enter your podcast’s RSS feed, then click Next Step.
    If you’re hosted with Podbean, you can find your RSS feed by logging into your account and navigating to Settings – Feed. Also note that your podcast must have at least one published episode in order to proceed.
  3. Google will show you a preview of your RSS feed.

  4. In order to verify your ownership, a verification code will be sent to the email address that’s associated with your podcast. You should receive an email with a verification code. Type in this code in Google Podcasts Manager to proceed.
    If you logged in using the email address that’s already associated with your podcast, Google will not need to send a validation code.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Your ownership of your podcast has now been verified. You should also see a message from Google stating “We’ve submitted your show to Google’s Podcast Index”. This is how to submit your podcast to Google Podcasts.
    Please note that Google states that the indexing process should take up to five days or longer.

Click here to learn how to submit your podcast to various other directories such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more!

How To Record Your Podcast: Podbean’s New Webinar!

Podbean is proud to announce the latest webinar to join its roster: How To Record Your Podcast!

In the world of podcast recording, there are so many different tools that you can use to record your podcast! Which tools should you choose to suit your needs? This webinar will aim to help you understand how to record high quality podcasts and give you a general understanding of audio gear, as well as best practices to achieve the best results.

The topics in this webinar will include:

  • How to effectively prepare and plan recording your podcast
  • Essential gear for home or remote recording (mics, headphones, interfaces, and more)
  • How to record high quality audio from anywhere in the world
  • Editing tips and tricks for producing your own podcast recordings

This webinar will also feature recording tips from some of the biggest names in the recording industry, such as Samson and Focusrite.  

Presented by John Kiernan, Podbean’s Head of Marketing, this webinar is for everyone who’s ready to start podcasting but curious about how to start recording!

Register for our webinar now – seats are limited!