May 14, 2015
Podbean has just launched the first crowdfunding platform exclusively for podcasters. With Podbean Crowdfunding, podcasters can easily raise a monthly income stream to support their podcast’s continued growth and development.
“We developed this program to address one of the top concerns of our podcaster community: how to fund the work they do on their podcast,” shared David Xu, Podbean Founder. “We’re excited to offer a seamless way for fans to support their favorite podcasts!”
With Podbean crowdfunding:
- Fans can become patrons without extra steps, directly from Podbean’s app or your podcast site. Easily add badges to any site and share on social media for more exposure.
- Patrons can support you with monthly pledges at various levels (you choose support levels, rewards and goals).
- Easily manage and thank your patrons, check pledges and receive payments, right from your Podbean account.
- Set up is EASY and totally FREE!
Sign up today at www.podbean.com/crowdfunding.
*Podcasters who do not use Podbean for hosting can still participate in Podbean Crowdfunding, by simply signing up for a free account and verifying ownership of the podcast they wish to fund.
April 16, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Podcast Award winners! The 10th Annual People's Choice Podcast Awards are part of the NMX, the world's leading event for online content creators since 2007. We were pleased to attend this great event this year and want to extend a big congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
We've created a special "Podcast Awards" category on the Podbean app, so you can check out these award-winning podcasts. Download the Podbean app here
April 3, 2015
The brand new Podbean Podcast app has just been released on the app store! The Podbean app offers podcast listeners a better way to listen to podcasts on the go. With the latest features, it’s easier than ever to explore and enjoy a whole world of podcasts, at your fingertips.
The free Podbean Podcast app helps you:
- Access Podbean’s extensive network of podcasts, search by categories, and subscribe to your favorite podcasts or discover new podcasts while on the go.
- Instantly stream or download podcasts to play any time, even offline.
- Stay updated: automatic downloads of your latest episodes; option to auto-delete played episodes.
- Stay organized with smart playlists; view your play history and mark favorite episodes.
- Enjoy a streamlined interface and convenient player options such as play speed adjustment, timer and sleep function.
Contact us at support.podbean.com with any questions. Stay tuned for our Android app, coming soon!
January 29, 2015
Podbean’s Twitter sharing capabilities just got better! Now, when you share to Twitter, your podcast player is embedded into your Tweet so users can play the episode directly from Twitter.
With the new embedded player, you can really tap into the power of Twitter with maximum convenience for your fans.
December 18, 2014
As we look back over 2014, we are excited to see all the growth in the Podbean podcaster community. This week, we’ve revealed the Top Podbean Podcasts of 2014! We have featured the 10 Most Popular Podcasts on www.podbean.com as well as the Top 10 podcasts in each category (listed on each category page).
Be sure to check them out! It’s exciting to see the many ways podcasting is being used and all the great content our podcasters are producing. Congratulations to the winners and to all of you for your successes in 2014. We wish you continued happy podcasting in 2015 and beyond!
October 23, 2014
Effector 2.0 is the latest podcast site template offered by Podbean. Effector 2.0 is a simple and smooth design that is also fully customizable. This theme has a prominent title bar and straightforward design to highlight your content, along with a full length sidebar for all your widgets.
Check out Effector 2.0 and all the podcast themes at Layout->Themes on your dashboard. Podbean helps your podcast site look great with ease!
October 16, 2014
Podbean has a new feature, to make it easier than ever to share your podcasts on the web! You can now connect your Wordpress site to your Podbean account so that new podcast episodes will automatically be posted on your Wordpress site.
It is super easy to set up and start saving time! Go to Settings->Social Share and click on the “Connect to Wordpress” button. You will need to input your Wordpress login url, username and password and choose "self-hosted" or "Wordpress.com". Then, hit “submit” and you should see a success message at the top of your screen.
You can also customize your posting options. Click on the “edit” pencil icon for your connected Wordpress account to get the dropdown menu of options. Categories allows you to set it up so that the episodes automatically post in one (or more) categories within your Wordpress site (for example, your news or blog section). If you wish to post to more than one category, simply separate the names of the categories here with commas. You can also customize options for the look and feel on your self-hosted Wordpress site, such as player color, whether the download and share buttons are displayed, if the episode auto plays, and the video size (for video episodes). *Wordpress.com sites do not support the embeddable player, so they will display a simple play logo which links to a new page to play the episode.
To see that everything is working, you can “Send Test Post”.
Once you have the connection set up, simply publish a podcast episode as you normally do and the episode will now post on your Wordpress site (there may be a few minutes delay for this to update).
With this latest feature, Podbean saves you even more time, allowing you to share your podcast with ease! If you have any questions or need help, contact us at support.podbean.com.
October 14, 2014
Keywords are important to help potential listeners find your podcast. Think about keywords that you may want to include in your podcast title and description. What are the main subjects of your podcast? What key topics do you cover?
When you go to your account “settings” under “general options” you can choose your channel title, keywords and a brief description. For your title, a good format is Podcast Name: 2-3 key words describing what your podcast is about. So, for example if my podcast, Marketing Mania, is about blogging and social media, my title might be: “Marketing Mania: Blogging | Social Media”. Keywords listed for this podcast might include blogging, social media, digital marketing, content creation, social media marketing. The description should be in sentence form, but include those important key words also (example: “Marketing Mania covers everything you need to know about blogging and social media. Featuring digital marketing tips.”).
For each episode, use primary key words in the title and description (i.e. What is the focus of this episode?). With Podbean, you can modify the permalink for each episode, which is also great for SEO purposes.
If you hit “more options” when publishing a podcast episode in Podbean, you can also modify the information for iTunes such as subtitle, summary and keywords. This can help optimize your podcast for iTunes so that it’s easy for iTunes users to find you. If these are not modified, Podbean uses certain default information (such as the first 25 characters of your post text as the subtitle for iTunes); scroll over the (?) by each for more information.
Using keywords is a great way to help new listeners find your podcast. Incorporate these tips to help your podcast stand out!
October 9, 2014
Podbean has added new features to help you get the best look and feel for your podcast site! Now, you can further customize many of the Podbean templates to make them your own. The Podbean professional themes and many of the additional templates now offer you options such as changing your episode font (style, color and size), changing your theme’s color, and changing your channel title’s color and font.
To make changes to your site, simply go to Layout->Themes in your Podbean dashboard and click on the “Custom” setting button of your current theme for the dropdown menu of choices (this is not available for all free themes). You will see the different areas you can customize, such as theme color, font color, font size and more. Simply click on the option you wish to change and choose your preference. Hit “Submit” to save the changes (you can then view your site to see the changes). You can also hit “Reset” to restore the theme defaults.
For more detail about how to customize these options, read our FAQ .
With Podbean, making your site look great is easy! If you have questions or feedback, contact us at support.podbean.com.
September 23, 2014
Podbean offers different display options to make your site look just the way you like. We’ve added a new feature allowing you to choose where to display the podcast player for your episodes.
Currently, the podcast player displays below any show notes/text description. But, some users prefer the podcast player to be the first thing users see in the episode. Now, with one quick step, you can opt to have your podcast player display above the episode text.
To make this change, go to Settings->Display->Episodes. Find “Display player before episode description” and click on it to activate this setting. Make sure to save by clicking on the blue “Update Options” button at the bottom.
Now, the podcast player will be featured right after your title for each episode, with any description or show notes following. We hope you enjoy this new feature! If you have any questions, visit support.podbean.com.