S1E8 - Where can I host my podcast for free?
Elizabeth from Boise, Idaho asks,
Where can I host my podcast for free?
Elizabeth there are a bunch of places to host your show for free. I’m not going to list them here. That is what google is for. Many of these free hosts come and go pretty quick. If I made a list of them right now, by the time I release this episode, some of them will be out of business.
Well, how does a free podcast host make money? They don’t and you can only run an unprofitable business for so long. So, if you go with any of the free hosting providers there is a very likely chance that that host will go out of business. And when they go out of business, they could take your show down with them. It just is not worth the risk.A great and stable podcast host like Libsyn only charge $5 a month for hosting. Honestly, if you are not willing to spend $5 a month on your podcast, why should anyone spend their time listening to your show?
This is another super popular question and I think it is related to something I talked about last episode. Are you doing the show for yourself or for the audience?
I think that maybe the folks looking for free hosting just want to do a podcast for fun. They just want to hang out with their friends and make a show. They don’t want to spend any money. But why do these friends need to record a podcast? Why can’t they just hangout? Why does it need to be a project? Podcasting is harder than it looks. Even if you just want to do it for fun, it is going to cost some money and take some time. If you don’t want to spend that money and time then you don’t actually want to do a podcast. Maybe you just like the idea of doing a podcast.
Just like it is totally okay just to do a show just for fun, it is also okay just to hangout and talk with your friends. You don’t need a podcast to regularly get together and talk about Lord of the Rings or Star Trek with for friends. Not everything needs to be turned into a product.
So, when you are looking for free podcast hosting, ask yourself why you don’t want to pay. The answer is probably because you don’t actually want to do a podcast. And if you do still want to do a show and you don’t want to pay, then don’t do a podcast. Make a YouTube channel instead. YouTube is free and has a huge audience. That is the better choice for folks that need free hosting.