What’s the difference between a podcast host and directory?

Hi, LinkedIn friends! We're from Podcast Services Australia, here with your Tuesday Tip about podcasting.

Today, we're answering the question, "What is the difference between a host and a directory?" So firstly, a podcast host is where you take your mp3 file, so the media file and you host it. You upload it to it. Now, you can upload your podcast to your website or we recommend that you do not do that because it will take up way too much space, and.. this much space, and it'll slow down your website. So, you need a dedicated host.

Now some hosts are paid, some are free, some will offer different levels of pricing. So, it's about finding the one that works for you. Some will offer deeper analytics as well. Yes! So, it's about exploring the different options. Some examples we've got them written down here include; Buzzsprout, Podbean, Whooshkaa. They're Australian so we love them. Spreaker, Omny Studio, another Aussie one. So, all of these are different. They offer different benefits. So, check them out and look at what works for you. Do your research. Yes! Would you like to share what a directory is? A directory is somewhere where you can go and listen to your favorite podcast or perhaps find the new podcast that suits you.

Directories are things like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts Stitcher, TuneIn, a wealth of them.

So, these are the ones we go and search for your podcasts. Now, some platforms can be hosts and directories as well. So if you think about YouTube, for example. YouTube, you directly upload your videos to YouTube. So, it's a host but it's also a directory where you can search for different videos. SoundCloud is the same. SoundCloud's the same. So, you can upload your files directly to SoundCloud and then search for them as well.

But like we said, you know, it's about finding the one that works for you, but it's important to understand the difference between the two when it comes to setting up your podcast. Because we know there's so many different things that are involved in setting up a podcast and it can be confusing. But you only need one host but directories, the more you're on, the more people are going to find your podcast. Yes, so once your podcast is hosted, you then submit it to all the different directories so it can get distributed to a wider audience and listenership. So, I hope that's been helpful for you and we will see you next week for another Tuesday Tip. Take care!

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