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Buzzcast is a roundtable discussion about podcasting from the people at Buzzsprout. We'll cover current events and news, podcast strategy, tools we are using, and dip into the Customer Support mailbag to test our podcasting knowledge. If you want to stay up-to-date on what's working in podcasting, Buzzcast is the show for you.

Episode Date
Get Millions of Downloads by Gaming the System
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In this episode, Tom Rossi joins Jordan and Kevin to discuss ways to celebrate International Podcast Day, why farming downloads isn't an effective growth hack, the significance Serial had on the podcasting world, what we can learn from audio fiction podcasts, and the importance of owning your podcast.

INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY
Friday, September 30th
https://internationalpodcastday.com/

WHAT'S NEW IN DIRECTORIES
Goodpods added!
Stitcher & Pandora removed (for now).

GAMING THE SYSTEM
Podcasters Are Buying Millions of Listeners Through Mobile-Game Ads

by Ashley Carman, Bloomberg
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-27/inside-podcasters-explosive-audience-growth

155,000 PROLIFIC PODCASTS?
https://www.amplifimedia.com/blogstein/the-most-prolific-categories-in-podcasting

SERIAL IS BACK!
Another episode of Serial is released following the release of Adnan Syed.
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/19/1123878679/adnan-syed-released-serial

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT
Tenderfoot TV has struck a deal to adapt a short film into two podcasts.
https://www.insideradio.com/podcastnewsdaily/podcasts-give-birth-to-film-now-tenderfoot-tv-is-flipping-the-script/article_7d496c96-3517-11ed-825a-337912be3e27.html

STUDENTS SUE SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER PODCAST
https://co.chalkbeat.org/2022/9/19/23362483/know-justice-know-peace-podcast-trademark-denver-students-lawsuit

HELLO INTERNET VINYL
http://www.hellointernet.fm/podcast/68

Kevin (49%), Jordan (27%), Tom (24%)

This episode of Buzzcast is hosted by Jordan Blair @jordanpods, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Tom Rossi @tomrossi7. Thanks for listening & keep podcasting!

Sep 30, 2022
Buzzsprout Turns 13 + New Apple Podcasts Updates + Spotify Snuffs Out App Developers + Podcasts Now On Vinyl!
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🎉 Happy Birthday, Buzzsprout! In this episode, the hosts take a look back on some funny moments in Buzzsprout's history, review the latest and greatest Apple Podcasts updates, discuss the dilemma of businesses relying on Spotify, and decide whether or not vinyl is a viable product for podcasters.

NEW APPLE PODCASTS UPDATES
https://podcasters.apple.com/4359-ios-16-whats-new-for-apple-podcasts
The new iOS 16 update comes with some great updates for Apple Podcasts! We really like the updated Now Playing screen, Sleep Timer, and Live Captions. However, with the update including the removal of podcast title in the Browse section, be sure that your podcast title is clear on the cover artwork.

Buzzsprout's Artwork Resources:

How to Design Stunning Podcast Artwork
YouTube Cover Art Playlist

BEST PODCAST SEARCH ENGINES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7bYXS6bA9I
Justin Jackson, founder of Transistor, posed the question "is podcast search broken?" & did some digging.

SPOTIFY CHANGING BUSINESS MODEL
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-09-08/a-swedish-company-aims-to-spend-millions-acquiring-indie-podcast-networks
Spotify pulled the plug on the use of their API for apps.

PODCASTS ON VINYL
https://www.insideradio.com/podcastnewsdaily/luminary-makes-dave-chappelle-s-the-midnight-miracle-podcast-available-on-vinyl/
Luminary created a limited edition vinyl of Dave Chappelle's The Midnight Miracle podcast.

BUZZBOOSTS
Thanks for the boosts!
@georgdahm
@pocketparley
@meremortalspodcast
@andyflattery
Dave Jackson
Tom Raftery - Let the riches roll in!  https://www.digitalsupplychainpodcast.com/ & https://www.climate21podcast.com/
GeneBean

Alban (45%), Kevin (35%), Jordan (20%) 

Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!

Sep 16, 2022
YouTube and Twitter and Crickets, Oh My! + New Apple Podcasts Subscriptions Charts + Joe Rogan Not Recommended by Spotify
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In this episode, the hosts recount their week in Dallas for Podcast Movement, review Apple Podcasts' new subscription charts, weigh in on the new Twitter & YouTube podcast announcements, and discuss Dan Misener's findings after mapping out the Spotify podcast recommendations.

PODCAST MOVEMENT
https://podcastmovement.com/
Crickets aside, it was a good time!

NEW APPLE PODCASTS CHARTS
https://podcasters.apple.com/4085-introducing-new-apple-podcasts-charts
The latest charts from Apple Podcasts allow listeners to browse the top 100 shows and channels with a subscription. 

YOUTUBE PODCAST LANDING PAGE
https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/22/youtube-launches-a-dedicated-podcasts-homepage-for-u-s-users/

TWITTER PODCASTS
https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/product/2022/listen-up-podcasts-are-coming-twitter

SPOTIFY RECOMMENDATIONS
https://wearebumper.com/blog/2022/08/22/spotify-episode-recommendation-algorithm/
Interactive version of map: https://wearebumper.com/features/spotify-podcast-recommendations/

Alban (45%), Kevin (36%), Jordan (19%)

Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!

Sep 02, 2022
90's Televangelist Aesthetic
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In this episode, the hosts discuss how podcasts are transitioning from pay-to-play to pay-to-work, find a bug in Apple's new social card updates, try some new angles with Riverside's updated features, praise the Shameless Acquisition Target podcast, and Kevin drops a bombshell that doesn't quite land.

PODCAST PAYOLA
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-03/podcast-guests-can-pay-big-money-to-be-on-top-shows
Podcasters charging guests for appearances could be in violation of FTC guidelines.

PODCAST INTERNSHIP RE-BRAND
https://thisisthesqueeze.substack.com/p/unpaid-internship-rebrands-as-a-4000?utm_source=email
Unpaid internship rebrands as a training that charges $4000 to take part in. 

APPLE PODCASTS SOCIAL CARDS
About: https://podcasters.apple.com/support/4039-apple-podcasts-social-post-generator
Social Post Generator: https://tools.applemediaservices.com/apple-podcasts-promote
Share card customization appears differently based on if a show is charting, has podcast subscriptions, etc.

NEW RIVERSIDE FEATURES
Second Camera Angle: https://support.riverside.fm/hc/en-us/articles/5767459419549-Use-Mobile-Device-as-Second-Camera-Angle
Live Call-In:  https://support.riverside.fm/hc/en-us/articles/5287448939549-Riverside-Live-Call-In-Overview-

PODCAST MOVEMENT 2022
https://2022.podcastmovement.com/
Buzzsprout will be there! Come to our booth to sign up for the pop-up party & play Mic or Mike? for the chance to win a super cool Buzzsprout tshirt!

Join the Podcast Movement Discord: https://discord.gg/aCd4VcAP

THE JERKY BOYS SHOW
https://soundcloud.com/the-jerky-boys

SHAMELESS ACQUISITION TARGET
https://www.shameless.biz/
Listen to the podcast that sells itself!

Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!

Aug 19, 2022
Armchair Treasure Hunter
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In this episode, the hosts plan a Podcast Movement pop-up party, embark on a digital treasure hunt, discuss BJ Novak's new podcaster movie, decide that The Jerky Boys were the first podcasters, and give an exciting Buzzsprout Ads update.

PODCAST MOVEMENT 2022
https://2022.podcastmovement.com/
Buzzsprout will be there! Come to our booth to sign up for the pop-up party & play Mic or Mike? for the chance to win a super cool Buzzsprout tshirt!

X MARKS THE SPOT PODCAST
https://www.xmtspodcast.com/
A 9 episode series about Forest Fenn, a man who hid a 12th century bronze chest with $2 million worth of treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains in 2010. The twist? X Marks The Spot podcast is hosting their own digital treasure hunt worth $50k.

AMAZON MUSIC STATS
https://podcasters.amazon.com/
Connect to their podcaster dashboard to see their new metrics.

VENGEANCE
https://youtu.be/1GT1jFsNnPw
https://www.focusfeatures.com/vengeance
The "directorial debut" film from BJ Novak about a journalistic podcaster who investigates the death of a girl he was dating. In theaters July 29th. 

PODNEWS SPAMTRAP
https://podnews.net/article/podcast-industry-biggest-spammer
In May, James Cridland updated the RSS Feed for PodNews with trackable email addresses and revealed who the top spammers in the industry were. 
Spam results list:

https://podnews.net/article/spammers

WHO WAS THE FIRST PODCASTER?
https://podnews.net/article/robin-williams-podcast
Article by James Cridland

The Jerky Boys
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jerky_Boys

Who Let The Dogs Out Documentary
https://www.hulu.com/movie/who-let-the-dogs-out



Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!


Aug 05, 2022
Stranger Than Fanfiction
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In this episode, the hosts discuss "The Standards Innovation Paradox", weigh the pros and cons of multiple Facebook profiles, wonder at fanfiction about podcast hosts, and the truth is revealed about which one is an internet creep.

ACAST & PODCHASER
🎉 Congrats to both!
https://podnews.net/press-release/acast-podchaser

  • Deal totals $34 million ($27.2 million initial & $6.8 million earn-out clause). 
  • Podchaser will operate as a separate brand and independent business. 
  • Will give Acast's advertisers better data to target ads. 


THE PODCAST QUIZ
https://podcastfont.com/Quiz.html

PODDLE
https://poddle.podchaser.com/

HEARDLE
https://www.spotify.com/heardle/

THE STANDARDS INNOVATION PARADOX
https://mignano.medium.com/the-standards-innovation-paradox-e14cab521391
The Standards Innovation Paradox is a blog post written by Michael Mignano about the trade-off of finding an audience quickly vs innovative development.

FACEBOOK TESTING MULTIPLE PROFILES
https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/14/23219030/facebook-multiple-profiles-meta-active-users
Facebook will allow some users to have multiple profiles as part of a test. 

  • Up to five profiles per account
  • Can use fake names for the extra profiles
  • If any one profile violates Facebook's policies, that profile or all tied to the account can be affected.
  • Interaction-based (i.e. work profile, hobby profile, family profile, etc.)

PODCAST FANFICTION
https://audioboom.com/posts/8103609-podcast-famous-with-brian-park
Audio Boom's Normal Gossip had an episode air on June 21st that detailed the story of three women who became a fans of a podcast that had a fan group on Reddit.
The women in the story found out that there was a fan-fiction group for this podcast, and thought it was hilarious, so they started taking part in writing fan fiction about the hosts.
It is definitely worth a listen!


Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!



 


Jul 22, 2022
Failing Upwards with Matt Rideout & Tom Rossi
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While Alban and Kevin are out, Jordan has Buzzsprout Facebook Group Moderator, Matt Rideout, and the Co-Founder of Buzzsprout, Tom Rossi, on the show. In this episode, the hosts hash out the results of Sounds Profitable's "The Creators" report, discover how to get featured in Spotify, & chat about Reddit's new feature: Reddit Talks!

Thanks to Matt Rideout for guesting on this episode & telling us all about being in live radio!  You can find his podcast, Wax Wednesday, here: https://lnns.co/-X9lUBrtw4s


BUZZCAST UPDATES
Thanks to Claire for writing in about your experience at the Podcast Show in London! Check out Claire's podcast, The Silent Why!
https://www.thesilentwhy.com/

Buzzsprout Ads payout has rolled out!
https://buzzsprout.com/ads

THE CREATORS BY SOUNDS PROFITABLE
https://soundsprofitable.com/article/the-creators-us-2022

PODCAST CREATION DECLINING
https://www.listennotes.com/podcast-stats/#growth

HOW TO GET FEATURED IN SPOTIFY
form: https://airtable.com/shrd0oasoTLijGglG
blog post: https://podcasters.spotify.com/blog/how-to-get-your-podcast-featured-on-spotify

REDDIT TALKS
https://www.reddit.com/talk

ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING
https://www.hulu.com/series/only-murders-in-the-building

This episode of Buzzcast is hosted by Jordan Blair @jordanpods, Matt Rideout, and Tom Rossi @tomrossi7. Thanks for listening & keep podcasting!

Jul 08, 2022
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Metaverse
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In this episode, the hosts share news of a new Buzzsprout feature, and discuss the Apple Podcasts search function, QR codes, AI tech in podcasting, and podcasts in the metaverse.

Buzzsprout Share Page
This page contains all of your directory links and social media channels. This way followers can easily listen through their favorite podcasting app!
https://www.buzzsprout.com/help/94-sharing-your-podcast

Apple Podcasts Search
Apple Podcasts discloses how their search in the app works & how to optimize your podcast for ranking in their results
https://podcasters.apple.com/support/3686-search-on-apple-podcasts

Podcasting Q&A Episode: SEO for Podcasts
 https://pqa.buzzsprout.com/328913/10675064-seo-for-podcasts

QR codes
Podcasting Q&A Episode: Using QR Codes for Podcast Promotion
https://pqa.buzzsprout.com/328913/10772851-using-qr-codes-for-podcast-promotion

Steven Robles QR Code Shortcut: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/e5e5bf765cd249d4b69762594bbc7f61

AI in Podcasting
Sonantic AI Voices
https://www.sonantic.io/

Fathom AI Search
https://hello.fathom.fm/

Fathom Ken Miller interview on Podland:
https://www.podland.news/1538779/10803400-interview-with-ken-miller-from-fathom-spotify-buys-an-ai-voice-service-google-podcasts-slips-up-in-pride-month-sam-looks-different-to-what-adam-curry-thinks

Podcasts in the Metaverse
iHeartLand in Roblox
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220608005163/en/ 

Buzzsprout Ads
Podcasting Q&A Episode: How to Create an Effective Podcast Promo
https://pqa.buzzsprout.com/328913/10819074-how-to-create-an-effective-podcast-promo

Sounds Profitable: The Creators Webinar 6/28/2022
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q2NmOFYETmSUgQq5IJQsBg


Jun 24, 2022
The Great Splatter Debate
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In this episode, the hosts get in a heated debate about the speckled design on the new Focusrite Vocaster, discuss podcast NFTs, speculate over the most recent announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, and a listener's theory might be the solution to the decline of podcast ratings.

Podcast NFTs
If you're curious about the sea-themed audio NFT website we discuss, check it out here (buyer beware): https://podfriends.io

To hear the ReplyAll NFT, listen to their episode "#185 The Rainbow Chain" here: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/j4he7a7/185-the-rainbow-chain

Crypto Island podcast: https://podnews.net/podcast/i9ykt

Podcast Show London
thepodcastshowlondon.com

Buzzsprout Ads
Check out the FAQ: https://www.buzzsprout.com/help/175-buzzsprout-ads

Sign up to advertise on Buzzsprout podcasts: https://buzzsprout.com/ads

Apple WWDC 2022
https://techcrunch.com/2022/06/06/heres-everything-apple-just-announced-at-the-wwdc-2022-keynote/

White Noise Podcasts
 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-06-01/how-to-make-money-on-spotify-a-white-noise-podcast-could-bring-you-big-bucks

Focusrite Vocaster
https://focusrite.com/en/vocaster

Twitter Crypto TikTok Song from @rosswinn
https://twitter.com/julytheginny/status/1525208944536346625?s=21&t=FTZWxvOplnz-aE59zWZalQ

Whoop the Podcast
https://www.whoop.com/thelocker/whoop-podcast-all-episodes/

Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!

Jun 10, 2022
Do We Need To Mark This Explicit? with Jonathan Swenson
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While Alban and Kevin are off to the Podcast Show in London, Jordan has Buzzsprout Facebook Group Moderator, Jonathan Swenson, on the show. In this episode, the hosts discuss the new Buzzsprout Ads rollout, the announcement of Apple Podcasts Delegated Delivery integration, Spotify's newest mishaps, the very sexy RØDECaster Pro II, and play a friendly game of Poddle. 

Thanks to Jonathan Swenson for guesting on this episode!  You can find his podcasts here: 


BUZZSPROUT ADS


APPLE PODCASTS DELEGATED DELIVERY

https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/apple-podcasts-delegated-delivery

  • Integration that allows creators to manage both their free and premium content for Apple Podcasts from within Buzzsprout. 
  • If you're on Buzzsprout, you'll have access to Delegated Delivery on all paid plans starting this fall. 
  • Watch Buzzsprout's video about how to set up Apple Podcasts Subscriptions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc2aMNViSDk


SPOTIFY ERRORS 

https://podnews.net/update/spotify-booze

PODDLE

https://poddle.podchaser.com/

  • New game by Podchaser inspired by Wordle
  • Daily puzzle with podcast artwork obscured by pixels
  • Becomes less pixelated with each guess


RØDECASTER PRO II 


BAD REVIEWS

To submit your funny bad review for a future segment, send a screenshot to @jordanpods on Twitter. 

This episode of Buzzcast is hosted by Jordan Blair @jordanpods and Jonathan Swenson @jaygswenson. Thanks for listening & keep podcasting!

May 26, 2022
Buzzsprout Ads Have Arrived!
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In this bonus episode, Alban & Kevin announce Buzzsprout's latest feature: Buzzsprout Ads, and go into detail about how it works & its game-changing effect on podcast monetization.

For more info about Buzzsprout Ads:
https://www.buzzsprout.com/help/175-buzzsprout-ads

This episode of Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke and Kevin Finn @kfinn. Thanks for listening & keep podcasting!


May 23, 2022
Best Podcast Ever! (3 Stars) + Industry Insights with Tom Webster
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In this episode, the hosts get fact-checked about Apple Podcasts episode artwork, discuss the new IAB Podcast Ad Revenue Study, and argue that it's not podcasts, but the listeners, that are the problem when it comes to ratings.  Tom Webster also drops in to share some exciting news & actionable insights for the indie podcaster.

Conan Shares His Theory About “The Daily” Podcast | Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
https://youtu.be/4ws7L3F8-kc
Tweets:
https://twitter.com/mikiebarb/status/1524173124987674625?s=21&t=PNmHKyPt3-N8rN_B6kbtWQ

Apple Podcasts Episode Artwork
If you use Apple Podcasts, please unfollow this podcast & see if the episodic artwork shows for you. (Then follow us again ASAP!)
Tweet us @Buzzsprout or send an email to support@buzzsprout.com titled Buzzcast Episode Artwork to let us know if it worked for you!

IAB U.S. Podcast Advertising Survey Results
https://www.iab.com/insights/u-s-podcast-advertising-revenue-report-fy-2021-results-2022-2024-growth-projections/

Interview with Tom Webster
Follow Tom on Twitter @webby2001 & listen to his podcast, I Hear Things https://tomwebster.media/

Zoom Changes Free Account Duration
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/5809097508109-May-2-2022-Free-account-meeting-duration-changes
Zoom users on the free plan are now limited to 40 minutes, even for one-on-one meetings.

We recommend switching to Squadcast.fm or Riverside.fm!

Are Podcasts Getting Worse?
https://rephonic.com/blog/are-podcasts-getting-worse

Buzzcast is hosted by Alban Brooke @albanbrooke, Kevin Finn @kfinn, and Jordan Blair @jordanpods

Thanks for listening and keep podcasting!

May 13, 2022
Meanwhile, in the Land of "Who Cares?"
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In this episode, we reveal the new cohost of Buzzcast, chat about podcast merch, the pros and cons of premium podcast subscriptions, the death of live audio, and answer some Buzzsprout Facebook Community Questions.
 

Links from this episode:



Apr 29, 2022
Alban's Conspiracy Episode with Arielle Nissenblatt
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Welcome Arielle Nissenblatt

Follow up

  • Last week we talked about Spotify's new TikTok style podcast discovery. If you'd like to check it out on iOS open Safari and go to spotify:internal:podcastclips
  • Apple Podcasts Releases Follower Numbers
    • Followers = clicked the ⊕ follow button (similar to download numbers)
    • Listeners = listened to 1 second (22%, 18%, 22%)
    • Engaged listener = 20min or 40% of episode (14%, 14%, 20%)
  • ACast Spam turned up to 11
    • One podcast consultant reporting that Acast had spammed his client within seconds of signing with a competitor. 
    • A majority of Acast’s mailings seen by Podnews omit a physical postal address, which is required by US law. 
    • One unsolicited Acast email claims that “you subscribed to our newsletter via the beefree·io website”, but BeeFree has denied any affiliation with Acast. 
    • Acast’s emails also reference Mailup Inc; but mail headers reveal that Acast’s emails are sent using a competitor, Mailgun (via customer·io).
    • Hit Spam early and often

Topics

  • Spotify is promoting fake music artists
    • Spotify builds platform on the back of top music artists
    • Spotify convinces users to use their playlists
    • Spotify creates their own content and promotes it in their playlists
    • Artists are left with no distribution and no money
  • Buzzsprout Platform Stats
    • +5.8% listens across the platform
    • Apple is up to 37.4%, Spotify to 27.9%
      • Spotify users listening to less podcasts (Edison Research)
      • Or Spotify favoring owned content?
    • Podcast download charts
      • Top 1% - 3,994
        Top 5% - 795
        Top 10% - 335
        Top 25% - 93
        Top 50% - 30
  • How do Apple Podcasts charts work?
    • listening
    • follows 
    • completion rate
    • Ratings, reviews, and shares
  • WNYC built a bot to get their shows into Apple Podcasts
    • NPR monitored when their show fell out of the rankings, ran Facebook ads to get it back, then turned them off
    • Alban heard this story at Podcast Movement
    • NPR issued a statement
    • WNYC
  • We'll be heading to two conferences next month, and we'd love to see you there!
  • Value4Value + Review
Apr 15, 2022
Every Big Update from Podcast Movement Evolutions with Sam Sethi
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In this episode, Sam Sethi (cohost of PodLand News) joins the crew to break down all the big announcements at Podcast Movement Evolutions from the rise of TikTok for podcast discoverability to new updates from YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Learn everything you need to know on this week's episode of Buzzcast!

Special BuzzBoost Shoutouts to Ross, Kyrin, Carol, Dave, and Kyle for supporting the show.

If you'd like us to drop a Podcast Promo for your show into a future episode of Buzzcast, simply:

  • Record a 30-second promo (with or without music)
  • Email the audio file alongside a title and relevant links to support@buzzsprout.com


Links from this episode:

Apr 01, 2022
YouTube Starts Paying for Podcast Content + The Ethics of Spamming Podcasters
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In this episode, Jordan Blair joins the crew to discuss several innovative audio apps, why YouTube is paying podcasters to create video content, Apple Podcasts' newest feature, and why companies are sending spam emails to podcasters.

Special BuzzBoost Shoutouts to Kyrin, Dave, and Andy for supporting the show.

Be sure to check out Jordan's podcast Dreamful on your favorite podcast listening app.

Links from this episode:


Mar 18, 2022
Twitter Podcasts Leaks + How to Start a Podcast in 2022
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In this episode, the crew discusses Alban's TikTok stardom, some indie podcast apps that are on the rise, and what we think of Twitter jumping into podcasts.

Special BuzzBoost Shoutouts to Kyrin, Dave, Chris, Nick, and Eric for supporting the show.

Links from this episode:


Mar 04, 2022
Apple Clarifies the New and Noteworthy Section + How to Earn Cryptocurrency From Your Listeners (and maybe a little Spotify news)
3084

In this episode, the crew discusses Spotify's recent murders and acquisitions (*sorry* mergers and acquisitions), how to submit your show to be featured in Apple Podcasts, and why streaming cryptocurrency to your favorite podcaster may be the future of monetization.

Shoutouts to Dave Jones at Podcast Index and Kyrin from the Mere Mortals podcast for sending us our first Satoshis!

Value 4 Value:


Updates from Apple Podcasts:


Other Links Mentioned in this Episode:


Feb 18, 2022
Joe Rogan, Misinformation, and Spotify
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Note: This episode was recorded on Wednesday, February 2nd so we only address the controversy around covid misinformation in the Joe Rogan Experience. Since then there have been additional controversies about racist comments resulting in many episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience being removed from Spotify.

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In this episode, the crew discusses Apple Podcasts' resurgence in Buzzsprout's Global Stats, what's going on over at Spotify, and what it takes to make podcasting a full-time job.

Upcoming Podcast Conferences:


Links from this episode:


Feb 04, 2022
Monetization for the Rest of Us + Designing Our Dream Podcast Microphone
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In this episode, the crew discusses Riverside's new Android app, Travis' propensity to leave Apple Podcasts reviews on his own shows, how the landscape of podcast monetization is shifting, and what features we'd include in our dream podcast microphone.

Jan 21, 2022
Spotify Adds Ratings + 2022 Podcast Predictions
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In this episode, the crew discusses Spotify's new podcast ratings, how to start a successful podcast in 2022, and what we predict will totally happen in the podcasting industry this year.

Links from this episode:


Jan 07, 2022
Are Podcast Ads Changing Forever? + How to Make Your Own Podcast Directory
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In this episode, the crew discusses our holiday plans, new features that were just introduced inside of Buzzsprout, the future of the podcast advertising ecosystem, and how to create a podcast directory as a marketing strategy for your show.

Check out the totally legit bios written using the new host/co-host feature for each of us on the official Buzzcast website.

Links from this episode:


Dec 17, 2021
Is YouTube Podcasts Imminent?
2931

In this episode, the crew discusses the Buzzsprout global stats for November, the rumor mill surrounding YouTube's potential push into podcasting, and what the new Infrastructure Bill passed by Congress means for value4value monetization.

Links from this episode:


Dec 03, 2021
Launch Your Podcasting Career with Twila Dang
4065

Twila Dang, founder of Matriarch Digital Media, shares her journey of transitioning from radio to podcasting, why it's important to dream big, and some things you should know before joining a podcast network.

Check out Matriarch Digital Media and follow Twila on Twitter

Nov 26, 2021
80 Pro Podcasting Tips + When To Monetize Your Podcast
2235

In this episode, the crew breaks down Instagram's new Link Sticker, Alban gives us an update on the Facebook Podcasts rollout, and we share our favorite tips and strategies from our most recent blog post.

Links from this episode:


Nov 19, 2021
Spotify Launches Video Podcasts + Facebook Podcasts Stats and Submission Process
3454

In this episode, the crew reminisces on the origins of the Buzzsprout YouTube channel, we discuss several updates to Facebook Podcasts (Google Podcasts), Spotify introducing video podcasts, and reveal the podcast setups that each person uses to record Buzzcast.

YouTube videos we mention:


Boom Arms we mention:


Alban's Podcast Setup:


Kevin's Podcast Setup:


Travis' Podcast Setup:


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Nov 05, 2021
Why Apple Podcasts Automatically Downloads Your Episodes
2517

In this episode, the crew recaps our trip to ShePodcasts Live, Apple's new article detailing how auto downloads work in Apple Podcasts, and Eric Nuzum's article with relevant tips for indie podcasters.

Links from this episode:


Support these Buzzsprout podcasts:


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Oct 22, 2021
Facebook Podcasts Update + Listener Q&A
2759

In this episode, the crew discusses the fallout of the FB and IG blackout, what's going on with Facebook podcasts, why Heavyweight is going exclusive to Spotify, and answer some listener questions from Podcasting Q&A.

Register for ShePodcasts Live in Arizona and RSVP for the Buzzsprout meetup.

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Oct 08, 2021
Going Viral on TikTok + Buzzcast's First Game Show
2622

In this episode, Travis is back from paternity leave to discuss the new features rolling out to Buzzsprout customers, Alban breaks down how one podcast leveraged TikTok to 10x their audience, and we play the very first edition of "This or That"

Links from this episode:


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Sep 24, 2021
*face palm*
119

This is what happens when Travis goes on Paternity Leave...

Sep 17, 2021
Podcasting 2.0 with Dave Jones + Video Buzzcast Update
3525

In this episode, the crew discusses why we're hitting pause on uploading Buzzcast to YouTube, Dave Jones joins the show to talk about Podcasting 2.0, and we open up the mailbag to answer your podcasting questions.

Links from this episode:


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Aug 27, 2021
Branded Podcasts and Getting Featured in Apple with Fatima Zaidi
3639

Fatima Zaidi, founder of Quill Podcasting, shares why brands are creating podcasts to connect with customers, the power of building a personal brand as a podcast, and a little known strategy for getting your podcast listed in Apple's New & Noteworthy section.

Fill out the Apple Podcasts Promotion Request form for a chance to be featured in New & Noteworthy.

Check out Quill Podcasting and follow Fatima on Twitter.

If you are part of a company looking to create a branded podcast, check out the Listen In Conference coming in 2022.

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Aug 20, 2021
Podcast Movement 2021 Recap + Apple's Woes Continue
3101

In this episode, Kevin explains the new custom RSS tag feature inside of Buzzsprout, the crew recap the big news coming out of Podcast Movement (especially pertaining to a certain Mark Cuban-owned Clubhouse clone), and we talk about what all of Apple's problems mean for indie creators.

Links from this episode:


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Aug 13, 2021
The Life-Changing Power of Podcasts with Elsie Escobar
4787

Elsie Escobar shares what it was like being a podcaster before it was "cool," how to capitalize on having your podcast featured or promoted, and the unique struggles facing female podcasters.

Listen to Elsie's show, "She Podcasts," and join the She Podcasts FB Group.

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Aug 06, 2021
Spotify Launches Open Access Monetization + Dynamic Content 2.0
3493

In this episode, we discuss several new features that just rolled out in Buzzsprout, how to make the most of Podcast Movement 2021, and Jason from Supercast joins the show to dive into Spotify's new Open Access monetization feature.

Watch the video of this episode on our new Buzzcast YouTube channel!

Links from this episode:


Alban's PM 2021 Guide:

Tuesday

  • 12:00pm - New Podcast Primer 

Wednesday

  • 9:00am - Edison Research with Tom Webster
  • 1:30pm - Alban Podcast Artwork talk
  • 1:30pm - Using Microphones to Shatter the Bamboo Ceiling
  • 5:00pm - She Podcasts networking event
  • 6-8pm - Buzzsprout Happy hour

Thursday

  • 10:30am - Podcast Taxonomy: Podcasting's Push to Standardize Credits
  • 2:45pm -  Podcast editing made simple
  • 4:00pm - Creating a Killer brand for your podcast

Friday

  • 2:45pm -  How podcast stats can help you improve


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Jul 30, 2021
Is Audacity spying on you?? + The truth about Podcast SEO
2955

In this episode, Kevin returns to talk about the new Buzzcast YouTube channel, an update on the new Apple Podcasts app rollout, and what really matters when it comes to SEO in podcast listening apps.

Watch the video of this episode on our new Buzzcast YouTube channel!

Links from this episode:


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Jul 16, 2021
Lessons From 17 Years of Podcasting with Evo Terra
3995

Evo Terra discusses the changes he's seen in the podcasting industry over the last 17 years, advice for independent podcasters, whether or not your mic makes a difference, and why you should totally go to a podcast conference.

Listen to Evo's show, "Podcast Pontifications"

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Jul 09, 2021
Will Facebook be good for podcasting? + Amazon buys Art19
3332

In this episode, Tom Buck joins the crew to discuss Amazon's recent acquisitions, Facebook's new social audio features, and going from a 9-to-5 career to being a full-time YouTuber.

Check out Tom's YouTube channel and his podcast, The Enthusiasm Project.

Links from this episode:


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Jul 02, 2021
Creating Change Through Podcasting with Espree Devora
2714

Espree Devora shares her journey as a perpetual early adopter, being the face of the Clubhouse app, founding the Los Angeles tech community, and how podcasting brings people together.

Listen to Espree's podcast, "Women in Tech"

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Jun 25, 2021
Create Premium Content in Apple Podcasts + Growing a Niche Audience
2959

In this episode, Jordan fills in for Kevin to discuss the new monetization strategy inside of Apple Podcasts, tips to get the most out of Affiliate Marketing, and how to grow your podcast to 1,000 listeners and beyond.

Watch our Apple Podcasts Announcements playlist on the Buzzsprout YouTube channel.

If you like this episode or want to see more like it, be sure let us know in the Buzzsprout Facebook Community.

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Jun 18, 2021
It's a Buzzcast Takeover!
2600

Get ready for a Buzzcast takeover!

In this episode, Krystal + Jordan + Kerry Ann hijack Buzzcast from the guys to give their take on podcasting.

Topics Discussed:

  • Great ideas to help you podcast during the summer months (so you can take a vacation).
  • The encouraging power of podcast communities.
  • The latest curveballs in the Apple Podcasts updates saga. 

Links from today's episode

If you like this episode or want to see more like it, be sure let us know in the Buzzsprout Facebook Community.

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Jun 04, 2021
Is Clubhouse Dead? + Apple Podcasts Update
2898

In this episode we discuss three brand new features you can find in your Buzzsprout account, an update on Apple Podcasts Connect and the buggy app rollout, and reminisce on the good ol' days when Clubhouse was a thing.

Links from today's episode


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May 21, 2021
How I Built This: Buzzsprout
2542

In this special edition of Buzzcast, hear from Buzzsprout's cofounders Tom and Kevin as they recount how the company was first started, important decisions that shaped the culture at Buzzsprout, and why the future is bright for podcasting.

Special shoutout to the podcast that inspired the format for this week's special episode, "How I Built This with Guy Raz."

Join us inside the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook to let us know if we should do more fun episodes like this in the future.

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May 10, 2021
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions + Facebook Copying Clubhouse?
3929

In this episode we break down all the announcements about Apple Podcasts and discuss Facebook's new venture into the world of social audio.

[WARNING] Don't log in to Podcast Connect as there have been recent reports of people's shows being inadvertently removed from Apple Podcasts. We expect this bug to get fixed in the coming days.

Links from today's episode


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Apr 23, 2021
How to become a Full-Time Podcaster with Courtney Fretwell
2420

Buzzsprout podcaster Courtney Fretwell shares her journey of leaving her job in criminal justice to pursue podcasting full-time.

Listen to Courtney's Podcast, "Forensic Tales"

Links from this interview:


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Apr 16, 2021
Spotify just passed Apple Podcasts (and why it matters)
2210

In this episode we break down the Buzzsprout global stats from March (hint: Spotify is the new #1 app), discuss Podcorn's recent acquisition, and have some fun with a 3D podcast audience graph.

Check out Buzzsprout's Global Stats for March 2021 and see what else Buzzcast listeners are subscribed to.

Other links from today's episode


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Apr 09, 2021
How to Succeed in Podcasting with Pat Flynn
3713

In this bonus episode, Pat Flynn shares his top tips for creating a successful podcast, building a tribe of Superfans, and how to monetize with a small audience.

More resources from Pat:


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Apr 02, 2021
Big changes coming to Apple Podcasts and Spotify?
3141

In this episode, we discuss Apple Podcasts crossing 2 Million shows, the rumor mill on upcoming changes to both Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and dig into some listener questions

Links from today's episode


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Mar 26, 2021
How to Get Sponsors with Agnes Kozera
2257

In this bonus episode, Agnes Kozera (co-founder of FameBit and Podcorn) shares her top tips for how to pitch your podcast to brands and pricing your show.

Sign up for Podcorn and start securing sponsorships for your show today.

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Mar 19, 2021
Dynamic Descriptions + Making an NPR Podcast in Just 3 Days
3183

In this episode, Alban shares his top tips for running an event on Clubhouse, we discuss the newest Buzzsprout features, dive into Apple's decision to abandon "subscribers," and Travis explains what went into creating the last episode of Buzzcast in only 3 days.

If you haven't listened to the last episode of Buzzcast, be sure to check out "The Day Podcasts Stopped."

New features from Buzzsprout

  • Daily Downloads
  • Episode Number Helper
  • Images in Chapter Markers
  • Dynamic Descriptions


Links from today's episode


Special thanks to those how helped us promote our "How to Start a Podcast in 2021" video


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Mar 12, 2021
The Day Podcasts Stopped
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Go behind the scenes of the first DDoS cyber attack in Buzzsprout's history and learn what we're doing to prevent outages like these moving forward.

Read the full DDoS Technical Post-Mortem Report on our Blog

Charities we supported:


Special thanks to:


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Feb 26, 2021
How to Start a Podcast in 2021 + Buzzsprout's New Import Stats Tool
2822

In this episode, we'll share behind the scenes stories from our latest YouTube video, discuss our thoughts on Vurbl's questionable marketing strategy, breakdown Buzzsprout's global podcast stats for January, and dive into some new features we just rolled out into Buzzsprout.

Share our video "How to Start a Podcast in 2021" on your social media, blog, email newsletter, or podcast for a shoutout in the next episode of Buzzcast.

Just take a screenshot and send it to travis@buzzsprout.com to get a shoutout!

Links from today's episode


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Feb 12, 2021
How to Grow a Podcast to 6 Million Downloads + An Update from Lake Stevens, Washington
3689

In this episode, we check in with our Lake Stevens field correspondent, discuss the differences between Clubhouse and Podcasting, and hear from Josh Kaplan on how he grew Morning Brew's podcast "Business Casual" to more than 6 million downloads within 18 months of launching.

Links from today's episode


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Jan 29, 2021
How serious should podcasters be about Clubhouse? + December Stats (feat. Krystal Proffitt)
3305

In this episode, Krystal Proffitt from The Proffitt Podcast joins us to discuss the best ways to use Dynamic Content, shifts we noticed in Buzzsprout's December stats, and whether or not Clubhouse is the next big social media platform.

Links from today's episode


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Jan 15, 2021
Dynamic Content is Here + Everything Buzzsprout Did in 2020
2972

In this episode, we'll dive into Buzzsprout's new Dynamic Content tool and look back at all the projects we rolled out in 2020.

Links from today's episode


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Jan 01, 2021
Proven Growth Tactics with Jordan Harbinger
3325

In this bonus episode, Jordan Harbinger shares his top tips for interviewing guests, growing your podcast, and turning your show into a meaningful side hustle.

Links:

Dec 25, 2020
The Top 3 Stories in Podcasting This Year
2115

In this episode, we discuss the impact the global pandemic has had on podcast creators and listeners, why this year featured more company acquisitions than usual, and why the future is bright for podcast creators with Podcasting 2.0.

Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook for a chance to join the beta group for our newest feature.

Listen to Alban's interview with Colin Gray about podcast growth and marketing strategies on Podcasting Q&A.

Check out Podland, a new podcast about podcasting from James Cridland and Sam Sethi.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Dec 18, 2020
Unraveling a Podcast Mystery in Lake Stevens, Washington + What Happened To Apple Podcasts?
2330

In this episode, we investigate why so many podcasters are seeing downloads from Lake Stevens, discuss the sudden drop in downloads from Apple Podcasts, and answer listener questions from the Buzzsprout Facebook group.

Links from this episode:


Check out our new Buzzsprout merch store on Cotton Bureau.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Dec 04, 2020
The Average Podcast Episode Gets This Many Downloads in the First 7 Days (feat. Tom Buck)
3792

In this episode, guest host Tom Buck joins us as we discuss balancing a 9-5 with 3x podcasts AND a YouTube channel, break down the download stats from every active Buzzsprout podcast in October, Apple Podcasts' new embed player, and chat with Listen Notes founder Wenbin Fang on the new Global Rank and Listen Score.

Links from this episode:


Check out our new Buzzsprout merch store on Cotton Bureau.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Nov 20, 2020
2021 Podcast Predictions + Visual Soundbites Just Got a Whole Lot Better
3434

In this episode, we discuss our new "one click" Podcast Index submission, custom artwork for Visual Soundbites, an easier way to use custom domains for your Buzzsprout podcast website, and answer listener questions about everything from guest release forms to predicting what will happen in podcasting in 2021.

Click here to download a simple guest release form if you want to start using one for your podcast guests.

Check out our new Buzzsprout merch store on Cotton Bureau.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Nov 06, 2020
The Future of Podcasting with Adam Curry
3568

In this episode, Adam Curry joins the crew to talk about the origins of podcasting, what's going on with The Podcast Index, and what the future of podcasting looks like for independent creators.

Listen to Adam on the No Agenda podcast.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Oct 23, 2020
Buzzcast Q&A - Fan Question Edition
3219

In this episode, we answer listener questions gathered from the Buzzsprout Podcast Community Facebook group. (Check the Chapter Markers to jump to a specific question)

Email sales@podlp.com if you're interested in running paid ads on PodLP to promote your podcast.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

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Oct 09, 2020
Podcasters React to "The Social Dilemma" + IAB Certified Stats
2729

In this episode, Tom joins us to talk Buzzsprout stats, IAB Certification, adding Transcripts to the RSS Feed, and our reaction to watching "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix.

If you're an app developer or podcast host, here's Buzzsprout's spec document for adding Transcripts to the RSS feed.

Big shoutout to Brad and Jonathan who do a phenomenal job moderating the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook. Be sure to check out their podcasts!


Send an email to support@buzzsprout.com to let us know which stats you'd like us to discuss the next time Tom joins us for Buzzcast.

Sep 25, 2020
Amazon Podcasts Update + Podcasting's First Open Source Directory
2760

In this episode, we'll tell you how to test drive Magic Mastering for free on your next episode, Alban gives us an update on Amazon Podcasts, and we discuss the value of the newly launched Podcast Index for the future of podcasting.

Watch Alban's breakdown of the Amazon Podcasts launch on the Buzzsprout YouTube channel.

The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal - Episode 375 | "View from the SPOT"
(Start at around 64 minutes)

Send an email to support@buzzsprout.com to let us know which stats you want us to discuss next time we bring Tom on the podcast.

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Sep 11, 2020
Find Out If You're In The Top 50% Of Buzzsprout Podcasts
2613

In this episode, Tom Rossi (co-founder at Buzzsprout) joins us to talk about the new Visual Soundbite feature and help breakdown how many downloads the average podcaster in Buzzsprout gets in 2020.

Total number of downloads in the last 30 days

  • 98 downloads puts you in the Top 50% of podcasts
  • 302 downloads puts you in the Top 25% of podcasts
  • 982 downloads puts you in the Top 10% of podcasts
  • 2,373 downloads puts you in the Top 5% of podcasts
  • 14,959 downloads puts you in the Top 1% of podcasts


Top Podcast Apps

  1. Apple Podcasts - 50.8%
  2. Spotify - 18.3%
  3. Castbox - 3.1%
  4. Podcast Addict - 2.7%
  5. Overcast - 2.5%
  6. Stitcher - 2.2%

Top Devices

  1. Apple iPhone - 57.9%
  2. Android Phone - 23.1%
  3. Windows Computer - 4.3%
  4. Apple Computer - 2.3%
  5. Apple iPad - 1.3%


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Aug 28, 2020
Spotify Finally Fixed Your Show Notes + Buzzsprout's Custom Brand Mentions
2815

In this episode, Krystal Proffitt joins us to discuss the newest long distance recording solution, Spotify's change of heart regarding formatted show notes, and Amazon's new podcast directory.

Check out AvantLink to find affiliate programs for your podcast and use the Brand Mention feature in Buzzsprout to easily add affiliate links to your episode show notes.

Send an email to support@buzzsprout.com and let us know how you'd like us to intro the next episode of Buzzcast.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

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Aug 14, 2020
BONUS - 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Podcast
754

Enjoy this bonus podcast episode where we went back through the Podcasting Q&A and 5 Minute Mondays archives to find the top 10 things we wish we knew before starting a podcast.

10 Tips (Check the Chapter Markers for time stamps)

  1. Focus on audio quality
  2. Podcast intros
  3. Ideal podcast length
  4. Go on other podcasts
  5. Guest promotion tips
  6. Use templates
  7. Format your show notes
  8. Do you need a website?
  9. Promoting on social media
  10. Batch your episodes
Aug 13, 2020
3x Ways to Monetize Your Podcast with Buzzsprout
2419

In this episode, we'll recap several new features that just rolled out to all Buzzsprout users including Achievements in your Stats and the new Monetization section.

Special thanks to Anna Jaworski, host of Heart to Heart with Anna, for providing our opening topic for this episode.

Send an email to support@buzzsprout.com to let us know how you'd like us to intro the next episode of Buzzcast.

Podcast Recommendations:


Here's the video Alban mentions in the episode when we're talking about how to effectively pitch yourself to brands.

Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

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Check out our affiliate links below and go to the podcast website for this episode to see how our sweet custom graphics look!

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Jul 31, 2020
Spotify Introduces Podcast Charts + Stitcher Sells For $325 Million
2347

In this episode, we'll discuss this week's big acquisition, Spotify's new podcast charts, and the ADA compliance lawsuit filed against Gimlet Media for failing to provide closed captions or transcripts of their podcasts.

Send an email to support@buzzsprout.com and let us know how you'd like us to intro the next episode of Buzzcast.

Check out how easy it is to add transcripts to your podcast in Buzzsprout.

Articles referenced in this episode:


Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

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Jul 17, 2020
India's Newest Podcast App + Magic Mastering Update!
2249

In this episode, we'll discuss India's newest podcast app PodLP, dive into Pandora's quirky stats package, chat about the importance of podcast transcripts, and explain how you can add chapter markers to your episodes in Buzzsprout.

Submit your podcast to PodLP

Learn more about Magic Mastering and what it can do for your podcast's audio quality.

Articles referenced in this episode:


Subscribe to the Buzzsprout YouTube channel to watch gear reviews, software tutorials, and podcast strategy videos.

Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

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Jul 03, 2020
SiriusXM Buys A Podcast Host, Spotify Signs Kim Kardashian, and Ximalaya Threatens Chinese Podcasters
2731

In this episode, we weigh the pros and cons of the new Podhero app (will it actually help podcasters make more money?) and work our way through the recent spate of podcast company acquisitions to discuss their impact on independent podcast creators.

Check out Rabbit Hole, our new favorite podcast at Buzzsprout HQ.

Articles referenced in this episode:


Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

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Jun 19, 2020
Amazon Podcasts? + Buzzsprout's New Descript Integration
3392

In this episode, we announce the five winners of our Buzzsprout Podcast Community 10k Member contest, discuss Buzzsprout's new Descript integration, sit down for a chat with Heather from Descript, and ponder why Amazon is considering getting into the podcast game.

Check out our full Descript review and walk-through.

10k Facebook Group Winners:


Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook, so you don't miss out on the "Free Year of Descript" contest we plan on running soon.

Articles About Amazon Podcasts:


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Jun 05, 2020
Joe Rogan Moves To Spotify (And What It Means For Independent Podcasters)
3505

In this episode, we do a deep dive into the bombshell that Joe Rogan will soon be exclusively available on Spotify, what worries us about Podcast Addict getting kicked out of the Google Play store, the new Buzzsprout Transcripts feature, and some of our favorite podcasting tools for taking your show to the next level.

Read the official press release put out by Spotify and Joe Rogan about the new $100 Million deal.

Watch Travis' session from the Outlier Podcast Festival on the Buzzsprout YouTube channel.

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Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook

May 22, 2020
Google Podcasts Manager + Alban Makes An Appearance On The "Smart Passive Income" Podcast
2397

In our first-ever live-streamed episode, we revisit the new Magic Mastering feature in all its glory, Alban shares his experience as a guest on Smart Passive Income, and we dive into Google Podcasts Manager.

Claim your podcast on Google Podcasts Manager.

Check out Alban's guest appearance on the Smart Passive Income podcast. (Emergency Episode #4)

Livestream Software:


Places to find podcasting gear:


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May 08, 2020
Magic Mastering + JJ From Goodpods Stops By
3340

In this week's episode, we'll discuss exciting the videos and podcasts coming soon from Buzzsprout, all the projects we wrapped up in our last work cycle, and chat with JJ about what makes Goodpods a great opportunity for podcasters to grow their audience.

Download Goodpods from the Apple app store (Currently available in the US and Australia)

New Content from Buzzsprout:


X-Ray Cycle Projects:

  • New subscribe buttons added to podcast episode pages
  • More functionality on our mobile website
  • One-click submission to 4x new podcast directories
  • Magic Mastering


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Apr 24, 2020
Podtrac Starts Selling Podcast Data, Our New Favorite Audio Editing Software, and a COVID-19 Update
2774

In this week's self-quarantine edition of Buzzcast, we discuss Kevin's new podcast recording studio, whether or not podcast downloads are bouncing back, what we think of Podtrac's newest data product, and why Hindenburg is the best software you've never heard of.

Check out Kevin's write-up detailing his home podcast studio build-out.

Watch our Hindenburg Journalist Pro tutorial on YouTube.

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Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Apr 10, 2020
How To Record Remote Podcast Interviews + Google Made A Podcast App... For iPhones
2685

In this week's self-quarantine edition of Buzzcast, we discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on podcast consumption, how to conduct remote podcast interviews, and our thoughts on the new Google Podcasts app released for iPhones.

Affordable sound treatment to improve your audio quality:


Remote recording software solutions:

Blogs to help you podcast from home:


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Mar 27, 2020
How To Actually Make Money Podcasting + Podfest Recap
2403

This week we recap this year's Podfest Expo, dive into the monetization strategies that are currently working for indie podcasters, and share about several companies we like that are innovating in the podcast space.

Review Buzzcast in Podchaser and Travis will listen and review your podcast as well!

Download Alban's slides from Podfest on "How to Monetize a Podcast with less than 10,000 Listeners."

Companies we like a lot:


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Mar 13, 2020
RIP Audio-Technica ATR2100 + We Made A Podcasting Course!
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This week we recap the new Buzzsprout features we released in our Whiskey work cycle, take a moment of silence to commemorate the discontinuation of the Audio-Technica ATR2100, and reveal the innovative podcasts we've been listening to recently.

Join our free How to Start a Podcast online course.

Check out the Samson Q2U, our new most recommended microphone for new podcasters.

Download Travis' slides from the Spark Christian Podcast Conference on Understanding Your Analytics (and sign-up for the Digital Access Pass to watch the keynote).

Here's a list of the projects we wrapped up during the Whiskey work cycle:


Podcasts we mention in this episode:


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Disclosure: Some of these product links are affiliate links, which means Buzzsprout might receive a small commission if you decide to purchase them.

Feb 28, 2020
2020 Podcasting Trends + Should you own your RSS feed?
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This week we talk about Buzzsprout's Podfest Party at Disney World, 2020 podcast trends across all of Buzzsprout's users, and answer an RSS feed question from Alex.

Learn more about Feedburner and Apple's Mirror Links if you're interested in controlling your RSS feed outside of your podcast host.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Feb 14, 2020
Stats, Stats, and Stats (feat. Krystal Proffitt)
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This week we talk about the launch of Buzzsprout's Advanced Podcast Statistics and how to leverage them to grow your podcast audience.

Get early access to Buzzsprout's new advanced podcast stats by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

If you know you'd benefit from working with a podcast coach, get on the waitlist for Krystal Proffitt's "Proffitt Podcasting" course and get early access to her podcast book coming out later this year.

Check out our recently revamped How to Start a Podcast guide if you're new to podcasting.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Jan 31, 2020
The Key to Making Your Podcast Stand Out // Eric Nuzum
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In this special bonus episode, Travis sits down with one of the godfathers of podcasting - Eric Nuzum.

Eric created and developed podcasts such as TED Radio Hour, Invisibilia, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and many others and he shares that wisdom and expertise in his new book Make Noise: A Creator's Guide To Podcasting And Great Audio Storytelling.

Jan 24, 2020
New Stats Are Coming + Spotify Misbehaves... Again
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This week we talk about Spotify's new podcast ad tracking (ugh), early 2020 podcast conferences we'll be going to, and why podcast critics shouldn't be in your target audience.

Get early access to Buzzsprout's new advanced podcast stats by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Q1 Podcast/Marketing Conferences:


Check out our recently revamped How to Start a Podcast guide if you're new to podcasting.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Jan 17, 2020
2020 Podcast Predictions
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This week we took a deep dive into stats and trends we're seeing across all of our Buzzsprout podcasters from 2019 AND offering our takes on some of the 2020 podcast predictions floating around the web.

Two articles worth reading:


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Jan 03, 2020
Cracks In The IAB Armor + Buzzsprout 2019 Recap
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This week we offered our take on the latest IAB stats hiccup and recap a monster year with a rundown of all the new features we released for Buzzsprout in 2019.

Check out our unreleased (but quite hilarious) PodMic vs ATR2100 YouTube thumbnail.

Wanna see our newest Top Secret project? Watch the "Podcast Editing Tips" video on YouTube to spot the new feature coming in 2020.

Here's a list of all the new features we mentioned in this episode


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Dec 20, 2019
The Newest Podcast Monetization Platform + Best Podcasts of 2019
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This week we offer our take on the RSS expansion discussions, Podcorn's new monetization platform, we review the 2019 Discover Pod Awards winners, and jump into the Customer Support Mailbag with Priscilla.

Do you want Priscilla to start a Taylor Swift Podcast? Write into us at support@buzzsprout.com (10 emails and she's gonna do it!)

Check out the 2019 Discover Pod Awards winners to find your next favorite podcast.

Podcasts we're into:


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Dec 06, 2019
Did Spotify Fix Podcasting's Findability Problem? + The Curse of Knowledge
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This week we cover some new updates from Apple Podcasts and Spotify (hint: one could be a pretty big deal), talk about the "curse of knowledge" and its impact on your podcast, and share some uncommon podcast growth strategies.

Check out our epic marketing blog where 50 podcasters share the tactics they use to grow their shows.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Nov 22, 2019
Dealing with Podcaster Burnout + Why Are My Episodes Out Of Order?
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This week we cover tips for breaking through the "podcast plateau," what to do if you're experiencing burnout, and answer some frequently asked questions with Priscilla.

Customer Support Mailbag:

  • What is an RSS Feed? (And where can I find mine?)
  • Why are my episodes out of order?


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Nov 08, 2019
Uniform Cycle Recap + What File Format Should I Upload To Buzzsprout?
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This week we cover some frequently asked questions and go through every feature we added to Buzzsprout over the last several weeks, including:

  • Multiple Team Members
  • Affiliate Marketplace
  • Blog RSS Feed
  • Buzzsprout Creator Program


You can subscribe to our blog by entering https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog.rss into your favorite feed reader.

Interested in applying for the Buzzsprout Creator Program? Learn more about it and submit your application at buzzsprout.com/creator

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Oct 25, 2019
The Buzzsprout Affiliate Marketplace + Targeted Ads in Podcasting (Good or Bad?)
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This week we announce the details (and origin) behind the new Buzzsprout Affiliate Marketplace and discuss the long-term impacts of targeted advertising tools in podcasting.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Submit a topic in our Listener Suggestions form or post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook.

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Oct 11, 2019
Alban's Secret News + Why We Can't Measure Podcast Subscribers
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This week Alban shares secret news, we discuss why it's impossible to measure "podcast subscribers," and reveal how many downloads you need to be in the Top 1% of all podcasts.

Check out the 2018 Discover Pods Awards.

Make sure to subscribe to the 5 Minute Mondays podcast to hear our upcoming miniseries on podcast monetization strategies.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Sep 27, 2019
The Best Podcast Microphones + Where Are My Spotify Stats?!?
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This week we discuss what to do if you miss publishing a podcast episode, our favorite microphones, and jump back into the customer support mailbag with Priscilla.

Make sure to check out our new Best Podcast Microphones blog post to see which microphones we recommend and why.

To see in-depth Spotify stats, go to https://podcasters.spotify.com/

Customer Support Q&A Leader Board:

  • Kevin - 1
  • Alban - 1
  • Travis - 0


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com


Sep 13, 2019
Podcast Movement 2019, Work Cycle Tango, and Rookie Mistakes (feat. Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown)
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This week we share our main takeaways from Podcast Movement 2019, review some new Buzzsprout features from this past work cycle, and discuss the rookie mistakes we see podcasters making all too often.

Special thanks to Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown for sharing her two cents in this episode. You can learn about Kerry-Ann and her podcast network at breadfruitmedia.com

Registration is open for next year’s Podcast Movement conferences.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Aug 23, 2019
YouTube Podcast Case Study + How to Measure Success
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This week we talk about Apple's new podcast categories (which ones disappeared and which ones they've added, our takeaways from Pat Flynn's new conference "FlynnCon," some behind-the-scenes numbers from our "podcast on YouTube" experiment, and how to measure success for your podcast.

Articles we talk about in this episode:


Watch our 5 Minute Mondays podcast on YouTube to model what we've done to grow our audience by 40% the last 2 1/2 months.

Beginner YouTube Gear:

Current YouTube Gear:

For both sets of gear, we utilized a traditional XLR microphone recording setup to capture audio:


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Aug 09, 2019
Apple Original Podcasts, Remote Podcast Interviews, and Customer Support Q&A
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This week we dive into some Apple Podcast rumors, talk in-depth about our favorite remote podcast interview solutions, and jump into the support mailbag with Priscilla.

Articles we talk about in this episode:


Our Top 3 remote interview solutions:


Customer Support Q&A Leader Board:

  1. Kevin - 2 pts
  2. Alban - 1 pt
  3. Travis - 0 pts :(


Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Have a question? Shoot us an email at support@buzzsprout.com

Jul 19, 2019
Buzzsprout Sierra Update + Social Media Tips
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We just wrapped up a bunch of new features now available in Buzzsprout, so we talk about why we created them, how to use them, and where you can find them. We also chatted about how to succeed on social media and our biggest social media pet peeves!

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Jul 05, 2019
Big Money and Spotify Concerns
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How "big money" is impacting the podcast space, more concerns about Spotify, and why we're no longer listing Buzzsprout podcasts on Spotify.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Jul 04, 2019
What Makes a Good Podcast?
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In this episode, we discuss all the aspects of what makes a "high-quality podcast" and why it's not what you're probably thinking.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Jul 03, 2019
Apple Podcasts News from WWDC
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Apple makes some potentially huge announcements about the future of podcasting, better search is coming to Apple Podcasts, new podcast categories, and a discussion about Spotify's ulterior motives.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Jul 02, 2019
Buzzcast 2.0
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After a brief hiatus, Buzzcast is back and better than ever!

In this trailer episode, Travis talks about the new format and what you can expect from future episodes.

Have an idea for something we should talk about? Post it in the Buzzsprout Podcast Community on Facebook and tag one of us to let us know!

Jul 01, 2019