Every Podcast Needs A Home - Lets Look At The Options
Ok, so you've recorded your Podcast using Audacity, you've added your Podcast Logo using Itunes, so now we've got to give it a home so our listeners can download it. There's a few options, so let's have a look.
The first option is to host your Podcast File(s) on your own server if you've already got a website and hosting. The advantage of this is that it won't cost you any more, and you'll already be familiar with how to upload and access files. This is how I hosted my first few Podcasts before I decided I wanted to keep doing it. The disadvantage is that they take up quite a bit of space, but more importantly they'll chew up your bandwidth, which could lead to higher charges, or it might slow down your website.
The Next Option is to use a host like Libsyn. These guys charge a monthly fee, but the bandwidth is unlimited, and they archive your files every month - so they're still available for download, but they're on a slower server. For $10 a month you get 250mb of storage, which is more than enough for most people. A month after a file has been uploaded it is archived, and that space is made available for another episode. You can put up as many episodes as you like, as long as you don't go over the 250mb limit.
The other advantage of using a host like Libsyn is that they'll help you create your RSS Feed - it's almost an automatic process, and there's extensive help on the site.
If you are going to use your own hosting, or use Libsyn like I do (I make my own feeds) you'll be using an FTP client to upload your files, again all the settings are given on the website. If ftp means nothing to you, go for Libsyn and just follow their instructions.
Once you've sorted out your hosting, it's time to create your RSS Feed.
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