We hope you got it right with your choice of podcast host. Another crucial decision you need to make now and fast is submission to podcast directories. By now, you should know that one of the sustainable ways of growing your podcast is through podcast directories.
It’s all about making your show available everywhere people listen to podcasts. Podcast directories are the search engines of podcasting; it’s where people look for podcasts to listen to.
There is also a handful of podcast listening apps that populate their directories directly from iTunes API. That’s why you are likely to find out that your podcasts are already listed there. Regardless, the starting point should be the major podcast directories.
Podcast directories are not the same as podcast hosts. While you have chosen Disctopia as your podcast host, you can go ahead to list your podcast shows on scores of podcast directories.
Think of this piece as a definitive guide on podcast directories to submit your podcast. We advise that you take your time to submit your podcast to all of these directories. Doing so will bring you closer to your goals of growing your audience as a new podcaster. Before we take you on the ride, here’s what you’ll need;
RSS Feed Link
For every podcast directory, you’ll want to submit to, you’ll need the RSS feed link to your podcast. As a Disctopia podcaster, here’s how to find the RSS Feed URL. Just copy it to a clipboard; you’ll need it at every podcast directory listings.
Podcast Meta Data
We are referring to your podcast show Title, Description, and Email Address. Get this information ready as well.
An Exhaustive List of Podcast Directories.
As a podcaster, your best bet will be to ensure that your show is available on every available podcast directory.
There’s something about podcast directories, and that’s why we are building this guide for our podcasters, the loyalty of people to particular podcast directories. A podcast listener who used Google Podcast might never check Stitcher. We can’t blame anyone, though; these podcast directories are enough for an average listener.
There’s a reason why Forbes called Spotify the king of podcast directories. As of August 2021, a third of all podcast listeners access their favorite podcast shows via Spotify.
While Spotify is majorly a music streaming app, it has established itself as a leading podcast directory. The beauty of Spotify lies in being able to access the new demography of listeners.
2. Google Podcast
There are more reasons than one that anyone will want to publish their show on Google Podcast. Increasing the chances of your podcast show appearing on Google search results top the numerous reasons.
Indexing Podcast show by Google started in 2019, but we believe putting your podcast show on Google Podcast will get you closer to the SERPs. You should know that the search engine giant phased out Google Play Music to focus on Google Podcasts. Here’s how to submit your podcast show to Google Podcast.
As one of the first podcast listing directories for Android users, Stitcher has become one of the largest podcast directories worldwide. Stitcher isn’t just about podcasts, but also music and internet radio.
4. Apple Podcasts
This is the oldest, largest, and most important podcast directory on the internet today. This is because of its popularity and how it feeds other podcast directories. Once you have your show submitted to Apple Podcast, it will appear on the following directories;
- Podcast Republic
- Castaway 2
4. The Podcast Index
Better known as the Podfather, the duo of Adam Curry and Dave Jones started The Podcast Index to be an independent and open source podcast directory without any form of advertisement and corporate bureaucracy.
Today, the directory has indexed about 4.3 million podcasts and still going stronger. The directory has the intent of staying free forever.
5. iHeart Radio
Quite a popular option as one of the largest audio streaming platforms and podcast directories today. You can stream music, radio, and podcasts.
iHearts Radio relies on a manual submission process that allows for every podcaster to get their show listed. Here’s how to submit your show to iHeart Radio.
6. Amazon Music and Audible
This is another podcast directory that should have your podcast show listed. This platform boasts over 55 million users, a category of content consumers used to digital content.
Submitting your podcast show to Amazon means that your content can be listened to on Alexa and Echo devices. Follow these tips to submit your podcast show to Amazon.
We can’t but ask you to look towards the potentials of the 59 million Pandora users. The podcast directory has millions of hours of streaming.
Recently, Pandora updated its podcast submission process. They also have a rating system that helps listeners to discover new shows.
As we’ve earlier noted, there’s no better way to increase your listenership and promote your show than through podcast directories.
Don’t underrate the potency of any podcast directory. It could be your source of non-stop traffic.