If you are looking to publish your own audio or video podcasts, you’ll need space on a public web server to host the MP3 or MP4 files of your podcast. When a user subscribes to your podcast feed in iTunes, or another podcatcher app, the podcast files will be downloaded from this server to the user’s computer (or mobile phone).
Where do you host the podcast files? If you have signed up for a web hosting account, you can use the rented space to host the podcast files else you may consider using Google Drive – it is free, you can host both audio and video podcast files and there are no known bandwidth restrictions.
Free Podcast Hosting on Google Drive
Here’s how you can use your Google Drive to host your podcast in two minutes.
We will first create a Podcast folder in Google Drive to store the podcast files and then make this folder public so anyone can download the episodes stored in this Google Drive folder. Any video file that you upload to this folder in Drive will have a public URL that you can use in your Podcast XML feed.
- Click here and authorize the script to access to your Google Drive. The script will create a new public folder in your Google Drive for hosting the files.
- Go to drive.google.com in your desktop browser and upload one or more podcast files in the new Podcasts folder that you created in Step #1.
- Once the files have been uploaded, open that folder link in your browser (see example) and you should see a list of all the uploaded podcast files.
- Right-click any podcast file (see the above screenshot) to copy the file’s URL which you can then paste in your podcast RSS feed – see example).
The podcasts will be served from googledrive.com.
Other than the actual podcast episodes, you may also upload art work, logos and other image files that may be required for submitting your Podcast into the iTunes store.
Also see: How to Publish your own Podcast