Liberate Your Podcast with WordPress

Turn your website into a listener destination by adding your podcast on WordPress. Here’s how to keep your site active and your audience engaged.

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems around. With over 75 million active sites and 50,000 plugins, there’s an endless amount of tools you can use. If you’re running your own podcast, then there are a few ways you can add your episodes to your site for listeners to stay tuned.

Adding the Seriously Simple Podcasting Plugin

There are loads of WordPress plugins that can help with your podcast, but none are as easy and straightforward as Seriously Simple Podcasting. It uses a native WordPress interface, Castos. It’s a podcast hosting platform which allows you to upload your podcast audio files directly to a dedicated media host, without ever having to leave the WordPress dashboard (not to mention it’s free!).

In your WordPress admin area, go to the Plugins section and select Add New.

There are loads of WordPress plugins that can help with your podcast, but none are as easy and straightforward as Seriously Simple Podcasting. It uses a native WordPress interface, Castos. It’s a podcast hosting platform which allows you to upload your podcast audio files directly to a dedicated media host, without ever having to leave the WordPress dashboard (not to mention it’s free!).

In your WordPress admin area, go to the Plugins section and select Add New.

In the search field type “Seriously Simple Podcasting”. 2 options should appear:

The “Podcasting” plugin is the main one that lets you upload and manage your episodes, whilst the “Stats” plugin lets you view how well your podcast is performing. Install and activate both of these plugins.

Uploading Podcast Episodes

Once both plugins are installed, a new tab called Podcast will appear in your menu tools sidebar.

Click Add New - in the window that appears, enter details about the podcast episode you would like to upload, for example, episode title, description, guests involved, and so on.

Select the Audio episode type under the Podcast Episode Details section. Upload your podcast episode or paste in a URL if it’s hosted elsewhere like on Libsyn, PodBean, and so on. Then fill out the rest of your episodes details like duration, file size, and date recorded.

As anyone can listen to your podcast episodes you have to state whether they contain explicit content like adult themes or swearing, if so then check the Mark this episode as explicit. If your podcast is listed in iTunes or Google Play, uploading an episode will automatically get added to these directories. Limit this by selecting the Block this episode to give your shows exclusivity on your website.

Publishing Your Episode

Expand your episode and give it some context by adding accompanying pictures and text. Select Add Media and drop in your podcast logo and images to give it some personality.

After you’re happy with everything, click Publish on the right hand side. A notification will pop-up saying the episode is now alive and kicking on your site!

Double check everything looks correct and your episode plays. If not, return to the episode’s page, make adjustments, and Update.

Keeping Track of Listeners

Now that your episode is live, you can keep track of who’s listened to your shows using the Seriously Simple Stats plugin. It’s pretty useful to view your overall stats at a glance, which episodes are the most popular, how many people have listened, and track the number of listen counts per episode.

Arrange the data to see how people have listened, for example, more people might have listened via your audio player rather than directly downloading it for later.

Need Help With Your Podcast?

Are you starting a podcast or just starting out? Need help getting up and running? Why not get in touch with us? We can point you in the right direction and offer advice on what you need to create a successful podcast. Drop us an email at [email protected].

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