Below is a list of the best podcast directories (places where you will want to submit your show).
Here’s my list of top podcast directories:
iTunes – Your submission to iTunes has to go through your own iTunes store account if you’ve already set one up, which you access through Apple’s iTunes program. If you aren’t using iTunes you’ll have to download it here. No matter how many directories pop up over time, or how you feel about the growth of the “Apple monster”, iTunes is still the number one place podcasts are found. In my humble opinion, iTunes is the very first place you should go to submit your podcast. If it seems intimidating, believe me, it’s NOT at all. Go to this website address – https://itunesconnect.apple.com/login – and follow the prompts. You’ll need your Apple ID and login information and your podcast feed address provided by your media host or podcasting plugin)
Stitcher – is a mobile podcast app which streams audio of various kinds, including podcasts. It’s a growing service (over 20,000 shows listed as of now) and is offering another great platform where your great content can be found and heard. They are also working to get their service into more and more new cars (like Sirius radio). If you do not get your show on Stitcher, you are going to be missing out on expanding your audience.
Tune In – is an app that allows you to listen to all kinds of audio (music, sports, news, podcasts) from almost any device! It’s also already available in certain new cars (Ford, Chevy, and Tesla). To submit your podcast to their catalog, complete this web form. One of the fields asks for your “banner image,” which you likely don’t have. TuneIn is not very clear on what size that image needs to be so I discovered that you can skip it and still submit your show.
Player FM – is an up and coming podcast directory that sports its own app… so you can have their player right on your smart phone or tablet through which you can subscribe to shows listed in their directory. Like I said, it’s “up and coming” and growing all the time. I’d suggest you do what you can to get into their directory. Go right here and “suggest” your podcast, filling out all the information asked for. From my experience, it’s pretty quick and painless.
DoubleTwist is a popular, free software similar to iTunes and it’s quickly gaining ground in the marketplace. One of the coolest things about Double Twist is that not only do they offer your podcast for download like iTunes, they also offer podcast streaming for free on mobile devices. Here’s how you can submit your show: Either go to their website contact page and choose the “submit a podcast” option, or email email@example.com with the following information: your show title, your podcast-only RSS feed, and the categories you would like your show submitted to.
Blubrry is a media hosting company, like Libsyn. However, they are more than that. They also host a podcast directory that is widely used in the podcasting community. They can even get your show listed on some of the streaming video boxes like Roku and Boxee. Here are the guidelines for getting yourself listed with Blubrry. A) You need to have at least seven episodes in your feed. B) Create an account with Blubbry and login. C) Add your podcast and include the following podcast information as it relates to your show: podcast title, podcast keyword (for Blubrry tracking), category, podcast-only RSS feed, and website address. On this one you’ll have to wait for approval.
Like Blubrry, Libsyn is a media hosting company. But Libsyn has an additional little perk that is really cool. They provide podcast apps for some of the folks who host their media on Libsyn (those who pay for it). What does that mean for you? It means that Libsyn has their own directory of shows that can be automatically pulled into their podcasting app, and your show can be included in their directory. Here’s the scoop:
- If you host your media with Libsyn, you may already be included in their app directory. You can search to see if your show is included in the Libsyn Podcast Source Directory here.
- If your show’s media is not hosted with Libsyn, you can submit your show to be included in the Libsyn Podcast Source Directory by completing the form found here.
iPodder is another newer directory. Their submission process is very simple. Just follow the prompts. You should expect to receive a confirmation email when your show is accepted into their directory.
Yet another new directory, Podcast Blaster is a good place to submit your show as well. It’s simple. Just enter your podcast feed address into the field provided (make sure you don’t duplicate the “http://”) and hit the “submit” button. The next page should show your podcast, pulled from your feed – BUT YOU’RE NOT DONE! Be sure to click the “CONFIRM” button at the bottom of the page and BAM, you’re in!
Podcastpedia is another up and coming directory. For this one you’ll have the opportunity to submit more than your feed address – things like keywords, categories, a description, even your social media profiles. My advice: Fill out the forms as completely as possible! You never know how that info might come in handy to someone who’s looking for exactly what you podcast about!
maximize your reach!