I’m using Simplecast for two of my shows—the Podcaster Community show, and my Little Box of Quotes daily show—and then for Movers Mindset I’m self-hosting with Wordpress and some podcasting plugins.
I don’t recommend anyone, ever, self-host their podcast. And anyone who is capable of doing so will know when to ignore my recommendation to never do so.
I like Simplecast because it Just Works™ but I wish I could find a great podcast host that was supporting some of the new podcasting namespace features (like synchronized transcript display with playback.)
I’m like Substack. First it’s free, and second it’s based on an email newsletter so even if you don’t have an episode you can contact your audience via email. So particularly good if your podcast is in support of some other activity or business.
It’s not perfect, but I’ve used a few hosts over the years and even self hosted via Feedburner when that was possible, and this has been the best method so far for me.
The main drawback is that you have to do some of the distribution setup yourself. So you have to register your podcast directly with Apple, etc. But you only have to do that at setup and there’s plenty of helpful advice to get it done.
What happens when you publish a new audio post; when Substack emails your subscribers, is the audio simply-click-and-it-plays inside my email reader? Or must I click back to Substack’s website to play the audio?
This feature of Substack really intrigues me as part of my Thoughts on Conversation newsletter. I’ve started writing on Substack and intend to start using their audio/podcast feature for the paying subscribers on Substack.
(Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett | PLAYFUL CHINESE podcast)
@craigconstantine Thank you for moving the post to the right place and for your experience with Simplecast. I don’t know about namespace so great to learn about it.
@DannyvLHealthHats It’s wonderful to know about the service of Blubrry. Do you pay more when you go over 400MB? Thank you, Danny.
@Mark I don’t know about the podcast/audio feature of Substack. I am very interested in exploring further. I am curious to know if a newsletter can include text and an episode of a podcast. Thank you for your insight and recommendation.
I have limited experience with the various platforms and am no expert, but I use Podbean and one of the main reasons for choosing it, apart from the good value (when you pay the full year), is that there is no extra charge of an additional podcast (at their lowest-priced paid plan, but not on their free plan).
@craigconstantine when then podcast email is sent, it looks like you can play it within the email, but it’s just a regular button “ Listen now”. That button links to the podcast episode webpage where you can then click on play.
I’ve attached a screenshot of one of the emails from a podcast I set up:
When you click on ‘Listen now’ you get taken here.
It’s certainly not perfect and what I did was to put out a second email later in the same week with the rough transcript and additional content that you wouldn’t get if you are listening via a podcast player. For this particular episode, I sent this.