by Danielle Desir
Although I am not a website designer, based on my experience listening to podcasts and launching my own, there are a few things that I think every podcast website needs. These things are simple but can make a big difference in how your listeners interact with your brand and it can even impact your bottom line!
Why Do You Need a Website For Your Podcast?
First, if you do not have a dedicated website for your podcast I highly recommend registering your domain name and investing in web hosting.
Although lots of podcast hosting companies offer customizable websites, this is not enough.
You need a domain name (preferably your podcast name).
For web hosting, I highly recommend using SiteGround – I have been using them for years. Build your website using WordPress, Squarespace or Wix.com.
The Importance of Having Your Own Podcast Website
Think of your website as your home base – where all of your content resides.
That means, regardless of what happens to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or any other podcasting app, your listeners can always find your content on your website.
You can customize your website, monitor traffic, share content and get real-time analytics that can help you make more strategic decisions for your show.
Having a website also helps you build authority in your niche and if you get the hang of search engine optimization (SEO), your website will appear in searches which ultimately means more eyeballs on your content, all for free!
With that being said, here are 3 things I recommend adding to your podcast website.
A List of All Your Episodes
Every podcast website needs a page that lists all of your episodes in chronological order. At a glance, this comprehensive list helps your listeners find the episodes they are looking for quickly.
You can even break your episodes down by category or area of interest. Just don’t forget to update this page regularly when new episodes air.
Encourage your listeners to browse your archives by including this page in your main menu.
Again we always want to make things easy for our listeners or anyone who lands on our site. Help them get the information they need quickly.
Here’s what my episode guide for The Thought Card Podcast looks like.
Ways to Contact You
Too many podcast websites do not share ways to get in touch.
Make sure that your email address is visible, on almost every page. This encourages your listeners, brands and potential sponsors to reach out.
Here are the best places to include your email address or contact form on your site:
- Contact page
- About page
- Sponsor/Work with Me page
- Press/Media page
Your Contact page can feature both a contact form for those who prefer to reach out to you directly on your website and your email address.
Always make sure that your contact form is working. Do a test to make sure that you receive messages without any issues.
Frequency of Show
Lastly, most podcasters fail to let their listeners know how often they can expect to listen to new episodes.
Set expectations by letting your listeners know on your Home page how frequently they can expect to hear from you. Also, include the day of the week.
Real Talk: Don’t feel pressured to produce a weekly show. Podcasting is a lot of work so don’t feel guilty if you can’t keep up with the Joneses. Many podcasters run biweekly or monthly shows. As long as you are consistent, your audience will stick with you regardless of how often you release new episodes.
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Danielle Desir is a travel finance strategist, podcaster, writer and the founder of The Thought Card. The Thought Card is an award-winning travel finance blog and podcast about affording travel, paying off debt and building wealth. Danielle paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, she bought a house at 27 and she has traveled to over 25 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from pursuing her dreams and she encourages her readers and listeners to live life on their own terms.