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Not all free services on the internet break the law in violating your privacy, selling your data and/or profiting from something you created but, when you see “Free”, you should be asking, “How do they make money?”.
In this case, by collecting and selling your data and ensuring their right to repurpose, redistribute, and monetize any of your content you created on their platform and/or using their technology; per their terms of agreement.
Since the launch of our business in 2005, we have considered many different ways in which we could generate revenue. We are a business after all and need to keep the lights on. Some of those ideas came from within and many from outside influences but each of them was considered on the basis, "Is this what we set out to do when we started this company?".
We started this company to make it easy for anyone to create, maintain and grow a podcast.
Our simple philosophy: What you make, create, and produce with your podcast is owned by you. We are here to support you and help you share it with the world. That is what you pay us for.
We do not farm and sell your data. We do not claim ownership over anything you create on our platform. Our tools are free for you to use without surrendering your ownership of the content you create with them.
We think about these values and honor our podcasters and their creative rights every day so we thought, let’s write them down for not only our podcasters but for all podcasters to know what their rights are as creators.
Here is our Podcaster Bill of Rights
Take a look, tell us what you think and always, let us know if you have any questions.
Keep making great podcasts and rest assured we are here to help you, not exploit you.
On March 15th we launched an initiative to give everyone that wanted to podcast about their experience living with/amongst COVID, unlimited podcasting resources so they could do so. We thought, “Hey, we’re in the communication business and communication has never been more important than it is right now.” so we launched #PODCASTINGCOVID in effort to give anyone and everyone that needed a platform, a way to update the world and their communities during these times. Learn more.
So how do you do that? What should you talk about? ANYTHING!
Anything helps in times like these. Whether you’re airing out your frustrations or just listening to someone else’s similar experience, you can be a part of this global conversation.
Don't overthink it!
We find that the best podcasts in general, and even more so with this virus, are the ones that are unscripted and from the heart.
Here’s some ideas that we think would make great contributions to #PODCASTINGCOVID!
Tell us how you’re dealing with isolation
A lot of people are experiencing isolation for the first time and dealing with it in a huge variety of ways. Picked up any new hobbies? Making plans for when this is all over? Watching or listening to anything you want to recommend? Crippled with depression? Whether you’re coping well or not, it’s hugely helpful to share what you’re doing to pass the time and what you’re going through. For you and your listeners. What are the ups and downs of your day, how awesome is it when the kids finally fall asleep? I just cant seem to get away from that one family member! Have you developed some strange pet peeves? Do you sometimes wish you were in isolation alone? Or are you alone now and wish you were isolated with others. How are you keeping you with personal hygiene and grooming? How did that haircut turn out?
Tell us how your grocery shopping experience is
Yes you can have an entire show just updating folks on the status of your grocery stores! Podcasts are perfect for specifics. Lines/wait time status, best times to go, who’s open and who’s closed, who’s out of what and where, general best practices you’ve seen or use; all of these points are now very important and could greatly help folks in your area.
Many people, and even more young people, don’t watch the news all day every day. There are so many things people miss because they are scared of the news or do not trust its characters. Giving updates is a great way to start helping people fast.
How has COVID affected your work?
All over the world, businesses and cities are shut down, leaving millions unemployed or partially employed. Millions of others are lucky enough to be working from home and millions of others are on the front lines everyday, battling this thing face to face. All situations are unique and everyone can benefit from hearing about how you’re dealing with your situation, how it's changed, and advice for folks that are in similar predicaments. We strongly urge those of you in the medical field who are on the front lines, to share your stories and perspective of this entire experience. We greatly thank you all.
Tell us stories or share you talents
A good distraction and a good laugh is a great way to help pass time in isolation. Think you are a comedian? Now's your chance! Music or signing? Poetry or writing? Read us some of your work! You don’t have to be a journalist or bearer of bad news to start a podcast now. Telling stories of your life or that you’ve heard is a tradition humans have kept for thousands of years for a reason! It’s how we put ourselves in other people's shoes, learn life lessons, and spread knowledge that we’ve gained. The best part is, they don’t even have to be true! Make up any dazzling tale you’d like; whisk us away to somewhere else for a little while. If a caveman could do it, so can you!
We are all now TV and Movie critics
Who ISN’T binge watching right now? This is a great opportunity to recommend shows and movies you’ve been loving or brutally bash the ones you can’t stand! When Netflix won’t let you rate it, start a podcast.
One of our favorites; group podcasting!
Are you locked in with family or roommates? Get them all together, add some adult beverages where appropriate and let it rip! Everyone can speak their mind, air it out! This one can sometimes even be therapeutic but just in case, keep knives and sharp objects out of reach and remember, podcast responsibly! I can guarantee you it will be entertaining. Please email those to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Combine all of these topics into one show!
Podcasts are often niche but there is no wrong way to podcast. Make each of these topics a segment in your episodes. Spreading out information and combining entertainment is the best way to keep people engaged as you get your entire point across. You don’t have to have professional editing knowledge or transitions either. Just start talking about something else! Podcast listeners love some production value but we also love a regular conversation.
We hope this has given you some help and inspiration to contribute your voice and story to the world that needs it. No matter what you decide to do with your podcast, know that people WILL find it, they WILL listen, and it WILL help in some way. Please continue to communicate and find ways of supporting one another. We WILL get through this.
Hello podcasters and welcome back to the Podomatic Feature Series!
This week is a very special one for two reasons. One, this our first time debuting a podcast and two, it’s our first feature on a podcast created and hosted by a 10 year old!
Introducing At Your Level Podcast, the podcast For kids, By kids! This is one of the best podcasts to come out of our #PODCASTINGCOVID effort (click link for details) and host Ari keeps us well informed throughout episode one. A very well thought out and produced show, Ari not only brings on guests of his peers to weigh in on his topics, there’s an ASMR “Guess That Sound” round for you to try to win and more! I can’t give away any more spoilers though, you simply have to go listen for yourself.
Check out At Your Level right here on Podomatic and our interview with Ari below!
Start Your Podcast Today!
Ari, When, how and why did you start podcasting?
About 3 months ago I started having the idea of a podcast. I sent a ASMR to my friends and they sent me some funny responses. I played it for my mom and she loved it so we started creating and planning the outline.
How did you pick a subject/topic?
The first episode was originally going to be about dogs. I invited Bode & Lily because they have 2 dogs. And Chloe and Wesley because Daisy (the first dog they had) got put down and they adopted a new dog Bubbah that month. I was going to ask about losing a dog and how that felt. But then the schools closed and Bubbah tried to bite Wesley a few times and got very aggressive to Wes. There parents asked my mom if I can talk about a different subject.
I also had planed to have my guests come to my house. My mom bought me equipment and I was going to have everyone sit together under one mic. I had to change that. So with all the changes it made sense to talk about the corona virus. But every episode will have a different subject if that’s what you mean.
What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
I want to be a vet because I always wanted to and I love animals (especially dogs).
What's your advice for folks that haven’t pressed record yet?
If you mean that they are going to record their own podcast, then try to keep your voice steady and even if nobody listens to it, remember you worked really hard and love doing it. If you mean they are going to press play to my podcast then think of all the ways you can participate.
Ouch, You’re on my Hair Podcast
Alright metal-heads, zip-up your leather, fluff your mullets and crank it up to 11! This week we talk to Ouch, You’re on my Hair Podcast.
Lifelong friends and headbangers Randy and Troy started this podcast a few years ago to have a place to discuss the music they love. As you all know, metal can come in many different shapes and sizes; from the heaviest shredding possible to the most tranquil soundscapes of a mythical forest, Ouch, You’re on my Hair has it all.
With music, guests, games, battles, debates, and more, you're eardrums are sure to be as sore as your neck. Be sure to stay till the end to discover some premium riffs you’ve never heard before too. But don’t take my word for it, we talked to Randy about the podcast below.
When, how and why did you start podcasting?
Back in 2016, two best friends for over 35 years, Troy Nelson and Randy Helms decided they wanted to start a podcast about the music they love. They decided, lets do a podcast, which centers on 80s Metal, Album Orientated Rock (AOR), Glam, and anything else mullet related. The podcast does pay homage to those classic rock bands who started it all, as well as look at today’s new sounds of Rock-n-Roll. In April, 2017 Ouch, You’re on my Hair began, with the first podcast episode. Before long, Troy and Randy wondered if there were still upcoming bands, which still played the sort of Heavy Metal and Rock-n-Roll they grew up on. So they decided, let’s introduce our listeners to a new and upcoming unfamiliar band each week. The boys started showcasing two songs by the band, one at the first segment and then one which closes the show each week. Before they knew it, record companies and public relations groups started sending them tons of much each week. It was more than they could play on just one podcast episode a week, so they started the Radio Show. The Radio Show plays 12 songs by 12 different bands each week.
Why is it important for some speed metal and thrash bands to stay in character off stage as well as on?
Back in the old carnival days and still used today in the professional wrestling word, there is term known as ‘kayfabe’. The word basically means not allowing the audience in on the art of the act. For many speed metal and thrash bands, their fans love the presentation the band portrays on stage, as much as they love the music. For those bands, it works for them to remain in character off stage, so their fans see them in public as they see them on stage and neither the band nor the fans lose their love for each other.
Describe some of the struggles you had when first building your audience and how you were able to keep them once they found you.
Trying to promote the show and finding an audience has been difficult. Although the use of social media sites has helped, the problem becomes people only listen to one show, say one, which an interview was conducted by one of their favorite musicians. Every week on both shows, the boys tell their audience to go subscribe to them on places like Podomatic, but each week the numbers of subscribers stays low.
Advice for people that haven’t pressed record yet?
Don’t put it off another day. Ouch, You’re on my Hair began in 2017, but one year before both Troy and Randy talked about starting it, but waited. Looking back, that was a year wasted, which could have been used to record shows. Also, do it because you love it, not because you want to be popular. If you love it, you will never get tired of doing it.