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Podcasting Hacks by Jack D. Herrington

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Get Listed

Listing your podcast in public directories is the cheapest and easiest way to connect with and build your audience. Find out what directories are available and how to get signed up.

Any reasonable podcatcher will have support for browsing OPML directories [Hack #45] of podcasts. Users don’t need to search for new podcasts; they see new podcasts listed in the New Podcasts portion of the directory every day.

A bunch of OPML directories of podcasts are available to listeners. You should sign up with all of them. The process varies from site to site, but usually it involves putting the basics of the show, the name, and the feed URL into some form fields and hitting Submit. The listing time can vary from site to site. So, it’s best to do it as soon as your first show goes live.

Here is a short list of the directories open to submissions at the time of this writing:

iPodder (http://ipodder.org/)

This is the original podcast directory. Use it to find the category in which you think your podcast belongs, and use the “Suggest a link” button to add your podcast.

iPodder X (http://www.ipodderx.com/)

Add your podcast with the “Submit this Podcast” link on the Podcast Directory page (http://ipodderx.com/directory/add).

All Podcasts (http://www.allpodcasts.com/)

This is possibly the simplest submission form. It takes just your RSS 2.0 feed URL. Follow the Add A Podcast link on the home page.

Podcasting News (http://www.podcastingnews.com/)

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