I come across people who want help getting into iTunes. When I get to their site, there are times when they are missing some of the basic ingredients. I see where people are getting confused between having streaming audio on a website, and think they have a podcast. This video shows you how using a platform like SoundCloud may not work for podcasting. They DO have a podcasting option, but their service is over-priced and their stats are not in the same league as Libsyn.com or Blubrry.com They also set a total limit on how much you can upload (libsyn and blubrry do not, they only limit the amount you can upload per month, but this rolls over each month).
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Having an Unlimited Back Catalog
One criteria I set for a media host is the ability to have an unlimited back catalog. This way when people discover your podcast, they can download your entire back catalog. This helps you build a relationship with your audience. To get an unlimited plan on Soundcloud it is €59 a month (or $95.07 US). Compare that to Libsyn.com and you get 400M of storage per month for $20 or 250M of space at Blubrry.com for $20/month.
Direct Link To Media
The key ingredient to this podcasting puzzle is having a direct link to the media file. With SoundCloud if they give you code to a player, or a shortcode to a widget, this is NOT the same as having a link to your media (mp3 file or video).
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