Does it matter where you host your media if it's an actual media host? What is Amy Schmittaur behind the camera? What kind of downloads can I expect from my first pdocast episode? If my show is really bad, what can I expect? All of these questions are answered in today's School of Podcasting's Morning Announcements episode 453.
Dave's Thoughts on Spreaker
Colin from Canada asks, “What are your thoughts on Spreaker? Is it too crowded, what do you think of their sound quality?”
I've spoken about podcast media hosts in the past, and a few years ago I was not a huge fan of Spreaker. I was contacted by the head of Spreaker, we got on Skype and since then they have continued to add more and more features to their platform. They use to rename your file, tweak your ID3 tags, and there was no way to redirect your feed. Those objections have been solved. Do I have any objections to Spreaker now? Only one (and it's a small one). Both Libsyn.com and Blubrry.com have the ability to have an unlimited back catalog. Spreaker allows you to have a HUGE back catalog, but in the end, there IS a limit (510 hours – thats a lot of episodes – for $20 a month).
Your Host Won't Get Your More Listeners
So many people thought that having their podcast on SoundCloud would bring them more audience (in my circles it brought in an additional 3%). While Spreaker does have a thriving community, in the end don't look to your media host to bring you an audience – you need to do that on your own.
What Kind of Numbers Does a New Podcast Get?
Last week I released an experiment of mind call Podcasting For Free. Episode 4 got 33 downloads in a week. Another experiment I did was trying to make the absolutely worst podcast. I think I succeeded as the first episode released in 2013 still only has 8 downloads. Downloads will always be based on your topic, genre, and background. We have tools to help you shape your content at the School of Podcasting.
Amy Schmittauer Jumps Into the Podcasting Pool (With No Makeup)
Amy Schmittaur is the force behind Savvy Social Sexy. I found Amy on YouTube and I love her sarcasm, and her content. For me, that's an unbeatable combination. In today's interview we discover:
1. Amy is actually shy when the camera is turned off
2. People give you 8 seconds on YouTube to make your first impression
3. In the end, you have to do the work. You have to at least try.
5. The things Amy can do in a podcast that she can't do in a YouTube video.
Here is Amy explaining the name of her brand. It makes me laugh every time I watch it (#imjustsayin')
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