Does following a podcast normally require you to create a new podcast?

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Does following a podcast normally require you to create a new podcast?

I host my podcast at PodBean, and generally feel like I made a good decision. I assume after I get some traffic, I could consider hosting on my WordPress site...we'll see.

For now, I have given my Podbean URL on a business card to over a hundred people who were really interested in following me. But, according to Podbean, none has shown up as a follower.

The thing abut Podbean, to follow a podcast, you need to create your own podcast. And I fear this is scaring away so many people that otherwise would follow my podcast.

What do you know about hosting my podcast differently so that to follow, you simply click follow. This lack of engagement may be seriously killing my podcast. I mean people tat were really engaged, who got scared away when they were forced to create a podcast.

I distribute on iTunes, Google Play, Youtube, and soon other sites as well.

Have you ever heard of this? I wold consider switching, simply over this requirement. I am stunned that no one has followed my podcast, considering I have given my business card to over a hundred people who saw my presentation and were amazed.

Thoughts?

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David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
You might consider posting your actual PodBean URL.

Someone may be able to provide some advice to you, give the context of knowing a bit about your Podcast content.
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Commented:
This is the URL:

https://eagleeyeoutlook.podbean.com/

I just wonder if it's only Podbean that requires a user create a new podcast or use an existing podcast of theirs, in order to follow me.
on youtube, for example, you can listen to a specific podcast without signing in, but you cannot create a subscription without an account

EDIT:
with iTunes & Google Play i think you need an account even to listen
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I went to Podbean.com, and looked through their list of Podcasts, and I could follow any of them. It asked me to create an account, or I can use Google or Facebook as a log-in. Once I did that, I was asked to create a Podbean name, but I did not have to create my own Podcast.  So NO, one does not have to create a podcast to follow you.

HOWEVER, they do require one to create an account, and I am sure that scares many people away. You want to host someplace that just lets the URL go directly to the PodCast, and does not require a user account to follow.

Note that I can listen without an account, but I cannot follow without an account. But an account does not require one to create a podcast, only a Podbean account.
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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In the background, that unique name they assign a new user (which you can overrides) IS your new podcast.

That is a sad realization. The last thing I want to do is scare away people who are interested in following me. Darn!

I do not feel ready to invest the energies of hosting on my WordPress site. I am much more interested in making more episodes.

Can you suggest an alternative hosting site? I like Podbean's ability for me to easily add paid programming and donations options. But fear it i suppressing sign-ups, which is killing me.

Suggestions?
as mentioned, ALL hosting sites require an account to follow a specific podcast
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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Commented:
So, Podbean is not out of the normal?

I am happiest to stay put there.

I Guess, the answer is to remake my business card to NOT use the Podbean URL, but to say

available on  iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify, etc.

If they already have an account on any of these, I assume they would use that and follow me without any extra effort.

Tre?
Top Expert 2016
Commented:
I was able to subscribe to your podcast by using the rss feed https://www.screencast.com/t/4807W7hwL8iB
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
I'm seeing the same behavior as Owen.

So for anyone to subscribe to your Podcast requires they create a Podbean account.

Likely this will always cause less followers + if Podbean spams people, then followers will unfollow.
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I was also able to subscribe via iTunes
The iTunes url is https://eagleeyeoutlook.podbean.com/feed/
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In the background, that unique name they assign a new user (which you can overrides) IS your new podcast.

No, it is your account name. One does not have to create a Podcast to listen to others. JUST an account. Not really a big deal.

And as Paul Sauvé said above, it seems almost all PodCasts require a subscription to fFOLLOW a PodCast.
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