Give your blog a voice with free podcasts and extend your blogs exposure and readership.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a series of audio media files, usually mp3’s, which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer. So basically a podcast is the voice RSS of your posts and allows people to listen to your blog via computers, iPods, and basically any device that can play MP3’s. If you are not sure what RSS is, here is a complete guide – What is RSS?
Basically, free podcasts give visitors another way to subscribe to your blog, and more exposure via free podcasts submission sites, where people go to search for and listen to podcasts.
How to Get a Free Podcast
A basic and free way to turn your blog into a podcast and get free podcasts is with Odiogo. They will convert your blog posts to podcast voice posts and do it’s free. There are other free podcasts conversion services, but this is the only one that actually played my posts without error and breaks in audio, so I prefer Odiogo.
They also provide a Podcast WordPress Plugin that adds a “Listen Now” button to your blog posts (see it at at the top of the post) which allows visitors the option of listening to your posts and anoptional “Subscribe to Podcast” button for the sidebar.
More important, the podcast gives more exposure to your blogging via the many free podcasts sites where people go to find podcasts, including Apple iTunes! Many of these podcasts sites have very high membership and traffic!
Also, bloggers use podcasts in innovative ways on their blogs, Yaro Starak of Entrepenuers Journey, wrote about What is a Podcast and How Can I Use One?, where he discusses how much influence the podcast has in engaging listeners, how podcasts can beat out radio stars and how he creates entire podcast shows for his blog.
How Effective is a Podcast for Bloggers?
Well, take a look at the popularity of ipods, the membership and traffic of the podcast sites, how many high traffic blogs produce podcasts and even weekly radio shows and also the fact that SEO Book Keyword tool shows a daily search estimate of 1,090 for the keyword “podcasts”, that’s 32,700 searches a month.
It will take about an hour of your time to set up a free podcast and submit to these websites, and it will spread your content further and give it more exposure so what do you have to lose?
27 Free Podcasts Submission Sites
Once you get your podcast created on Odiogo, they will send you an email with your control page and your personal podcast url. Save this email so you can access your control page in the future, and then use your podcast url to submit to these sites. I spend some time researching and these are the best ones that I found:
Apple Itunes – Note: You must have and be logged into an iTunes account to submit your podcast.
Tech Podcasts – Tech subjects only