How to Host Podcast Audio on Archive.org

How to Host Podcast Audio on Archive.org


Hi. I’m Max Dalton, and in this video I’m going
to talk through how to host a podcast MP3 on Archive.org for free. The cost associated with hosting audio files
for your podcast can start to add up fast. Almost all podcast hosting sites offer a free
or very low cost tier. While attractive, the downside to those options
are that the max storage capacity is often very low and the monthly bandwidth allocation
for your podcast is often not very much. If you burn through the maximum storage space
too fast, you’ll need to pull down old episodes to make room for new episodes, which may not
leave you with a large library for prospective listeners to listen to. Those lower allocations may force you to bump
up to a higher-cost tier before your ready, and you may not even know if you want to keep
doing your podcast. If you’re just starting your podcast and are
undergoing a sort of trial period, consider using a free hosting service such as archive.org. While archive.org doesn’t have all of the
user tracking bells and whistles of other podcast MP3 hosting sites, it gives you the
following: 1) a reliable and safe place to host your podcast MP3s, 2) unlimited storage
space, and 3) unlimited bandwidth. If you decide further down the line to host
your podcast somewhere that tracks user data and also has a few more bells and whistles,
that transition is an easy one to make. And now, the steps to host your podcast at
Archive.org. Step 1. You must have the final MP3 file that you
want to use as your podcast. Step 2. Open your Web browser and navigate to archive.org. If you don’t have an account at archive.org,
you’ll need to set one up. Setting up an account is free. Step 3. Click the “Upload” button in the upper-right
corner of the archive.com website. This will appear immediately to the left of
the avatar associated with your image, if you supplied one. The Share Your Files screen appears. Step 4. Click the green “Upload Files” button. A window appears that says “Drag & Drop files
here.” Step 5. Drag your final podcast MP3 file into the
Drag & Drop files window, and then release the file. Step 6. An information entry screen appears. This is where you’ll enter a title for your
file, where you can modify the URL at archive.org that will be associated with the file, a description,
tags, Creative Commons license and more. As a podcaster, the field you should care
most about is the URL field. The URL is what the podcatcher will pick up
from your podcast RSS feed, and most podcatchers won’t list a podcast where it sees foul language
in the URL. Step 7. Click the blue “Upload and Creat Your Item”
button at the bottom of the information entry screen when your done supplying information. The MP3 file will now appear in your archive.org
library, which can be accessed by clicking your avatar in the upper-right corner of your
screen, and then clicking “My Library.” Step 8. Click the MP3 file associated with your podcast
you just uploaded to bring up the information screen for that particular file. Step 9. Right-click “VBR MP3” to open a context menu
and then click “Copy Link Address.” Paste that address into a text editor. The URL you just pasted into a text editor
is the URL you’ll set inside of the enclosure link in the site post that will be associated
with this episode of your podcast. And now, the downsides to hosting your podcast
at Archive.org. Archive.org doesn’t provide any analytics
for your podcast. It will take users longer to download your
podcast than it will other podcasts of comparable size. And finally, if you upload any files to Archive.org
and then want to delete them from your library, this can be a real headache. And now, the upside to hosting a podcast at
Archive.org. Make your entire podcasting library available
to users. There is no storage limit. There is no bandwidth limit. And hosting is free. Some additional advice. When you make the decision to commit to your
podcast over the longer term, find a paid hosting site. The added benefit into user analytics is invaluable. That data can give you visibility into how
many people listened to your podcast, how long they listened, where they were located
and more. Additionally, if you ever plan on picking
up advertisers, you’ll need that information, and you just don’t get that from Archive.org.

4 thoughts on “How to Host Podcast Audio on Archive.org

  1. hello, I have done all of these steps and when I get to iTunes and update my RSS feed to the Feedburner feed it says that all my episodes are 0 seconds long and it doesn't show them

  2. Thanks for this video! Do you know anything about enabling byte-range support with audio files on internet archive? I'm running to this error when I submit my podcast + mp3 files to Apple itunes.

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