Let’s play a game! It’s called “guess the thing that has the biggest impact on a podcast’s success.”
I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the equipment, or the sponsors, or the topic, or the guests.
Still nothing? Okay, one more: it’s reading this blog post right now.
Seriously! It’s you.
And the best part is, you can be an absolute superhero to your favorite shows without spending a single penny. Ahead: how to support your favorite podcasts in three minutes or less.
Share your favorite episodes on social.
Your friends and family trust your opinion way more than they trust ours.
If you have thirty seconds… retweet a quote from the episode, or share the show notes page to your Facebook timeline.
If you have three minutes… reach out to or tag specific friends who would enjoy the show and let them know why it made you think of them.
Leave a rating & review on iTunes and Stitcher.
Funny story: potential listeners also trust your opinion way more than they trust ours. Are you starting to see how crazy important you are?
If you have thirty seconds… leave a quick star rating.
In Apple’s Podcasts app, click “search” in the bottom left corner. Click on the show, find the “Reviews” tab right in the middle of your screen, and then look down to find “Write a Review.”
On the show’s Stitcher website, click the stars directly below the podcast name – you’ll get a nifty little pop up window.
If you have three minutes or less… tap out a review. Be specific! Let other listeners know what you love about the show and why they should tune in.
Suggest a Guest.
When you’re listening to a podcast and your brain goes “So-and-so would kick so much ass on this show” *do not* keep that to yourself.
If you have thirty seconds… tweet your suggestion to the show’s host. Trust me, they’ll appreciate the lead.
If you have three minutes or less… make an email introduction. Let the host know why you think the guest is a great fit, and let the guest know why you love the show.
Bonus: Three Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now
She Did It Her Way with Amanda Boleyn
Interviews with smart, funny, inspirational women served straight to my little ears? Yes please.
Spoiler alert: tune in next week for Part I of our two-part duocast.
The WordPress Chick with Kim Doyal
I’m up to my ears in WordPress right now while I develop my next project and I love Kim’s insight into the platform.
Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han
And not just because the show mascot is *also* a gold dinosaur. So, soulmates?