Free podcast upload sites

We got permission the other day to take an 8 minute audio clip from the internet radio show interview that I did last week and share it with our FamilyLink.com audience. Kory Meyerink of Family Roots Radio and I discussed our new social network for family history. They have an archived version of the interview on their web site.

Update: the 8 minute audio file is now hosted at Switchpod. Click here to listen to it.

Feel free to take a listen.

When you have audio or video assets like this, you want to get maximum distribution for them, without having to incur all the costs associated with high bandwidth.

So I took a minute to look for free podcast hosting services, where you can upload your audio clips and have them hosted somewhere else, both to save you money, and also hopefully to give you more distribution.

Odeo.com had links to Libsyn and Switchpod, and it looked like Switchpod has a great service. It starts free (with unmetered bandwidth) and then they offer hosting solutions (up to 2,000 MB of audio content, again with unmetered bandwidth, for $30 per month).

This looked good to us, so we should be able to email nearly 3,000 FamilyLink users and invite them to listen to this 7 MB audio file, without being charged for the bandwidth.

We should have that ready to go by tonight. (But I’m impatient and wanted to do this blog post before then.)

Update: the 8 minute audio file is now hosted at Switchpod. Click here to listen to it.

My question is this: what else would you do to get significant distribution of this kind of recording? Video seems to have dozens of incredibly high traffic places for uploading to. But audio? I’m not sure.

So we could take this 8 minute clip and create a video out of it that illustrates the concepts that we are discussing in it. Then we could get significant distribution on YouTube.com, Google Video, and many others, and maybe even Roots Television if they accept it.

I’ve seen individual podcasts on iTunes, but I think it is because someone wanted to start a podcast series, and after doing one, they decided to quit.

Here is the page for submitting a podcast to iTunes.

I’m even considering looking into playing this audio clip on radio stations around the country that reach our demographic: which is primarily 50 and above. Any suggestions there? I suppose that is what Google Radio lets you do–and Bid4Spots.com–but I assume they are focused on 15, 30 and 60 second spots.

What would you do? (Maybe we should send this to an NPR editor and see if they will do an interview as well…)

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