Blubrry announced that they are once again bringing value to podcast hosting customers with their Advanced Plan. Advanced Statistics and Domain Mapping (for those using our free WordPress websites) are now included in Blubrry’s $20+ hosting plans.
Growing a podcast audience is exciting, and Blubrry is offering one of the best ways to keep track of this growth by making adjustments based on data. Blubrry provides that data with Advanced Statistics.
Advanced Statistics, Blubrry’s most powerful podcast analytics, are now automatically included with all Advanced Hosting plans. Released as an add-on in 2019, Advanced Stats provide data on partial downloads, play delivery and listener retention.
Mapping a domain name to your website is the ultimate way to build your brand under your .com and gain the authority, search, and referral traffic your show deserves.
- Advanced Hosting starts at $20 for 250MB monthly storage
- Advanced Statistics included (new)
- Domain mapping is included with the free Blubrry WordPress site (new)
- Extra Storage $20 provides 250MB of additional storage (new)
Current plans of $20 and above have received an automatic upgrade. There is nothing you need to do except take a deep dive into the new analytics in your dashboard.
Also, map a domain to your Blubrry-provided WordPress website or migrate your WordPress site to the free one provided by Blubrry.
Standard Statistics are still included with all $12 hosting plans, or available to any podcaster not using Blubrry hosting for $5 per month.
The Blubrry Podcasting publishing interface is now easier than ever to navigate with the release of a new user dashboard and enhanced management tools for podcasters. Blubrry’s Podcast Dashboard has undergone a complete transformation for easier content creation and episode promotion.
Podcasters are now able to create and manage their episodes and website directly from the dashboard. With access to their latest episodes and statistics, users can keep track of trends while managing their shows. Marketing tools to grow and promote shows from Headliner and Audioburst, which are integrated into episode sharing options, are more accessible than ever before.
New users or those adding a new show to their account will be led through a simplified and easy-to-use onboarding experience that focuses on getting them to the finish line: creating their first episode.
“We’ve created a new user experience that will allow new and existing Blubrry customers to easily navigate our platform,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO. “Focus is directed toward seamless management and publishing, followed by show promotion for audience growth. We look forward to seeing an overall improved experience for all of our podcasters.”
Billing and managing account information are also more straightforward, ensuring customers can effortlessly update their plan; an essential feature for those with unexpected episodes or circumstances.
Blubrry has been leading the way in advanced features for podcasters since 2005 and has provided professional hosting for close to a decade. Now, it is available for direct purchase online, without assistance from a team member.
Professional Hosting is designed for commercial podcasters, business shows that require significant amounts of storage, and those looking for professional dynamic advertising insertion and a network showcasing tool for shows in and out of your network. All of Blubrry’s services and features integrate smoothly with any publishing platform to include WordPress with an optional managed website available for each individual hosted show in the account.
Blubrry’s Professional Podcasting plan is highly competitive in the podcasting space offering everything a growing show or network will need to sustain continued growth. The Network showcasing tool as an example allows a podcast network to feature all shows and the latest content available. Ad insertion to run promotions and or advertising dynamically scheduled and inserted.
“We’ve created a faster, more efficient way for podcasters to get started with their professional plan, including easier management for adding and deleting shows and add-ons,” said Todd Cochrane. “For those with special circumstances, we are continuing to offer personalized plans, not limited to the online signup.”
Pro Hosting is available to any podcaster, upgrade or purchase on Blubrry.com. Click here to learn more or purchase.
As part of an upcoming series of UI/UX updates, Blubrry has released new onboarding to simplify the process for starting a new show, and/or for an existing podcaster to initiate or migrate a show.
The significantly improved process for getting a show started on the Blubrry platform enables even the most inexperienced podcasters to have their new account set up and ready to start their podcast within minutes.
The new onboarding process serves Blubrry’s entire user base, whether the podcaster needs a simple podcast page or is looking for a more robust platform in using WordPress with PowerPress, Blubrry’s podcasting plugin for WordPress.
While podcasters can still choose to use a free Blubrry WordPress website, they can also opt to have a landing page for their show within the Blubrry podcasting platform. Podcasters that already have their own WordPress website are guided in setting up their hosting account.
“We were focused on helping podcasters get to their first episode, so we needed to make it easier for them to get started in the first place,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry. “Our tools have always made it simple to publish episodes, and now we’ve streamlined the process for any user to get started.”
Over the past two years, the Blubrry team has worked to redesign the forward-facing website, design a new onboarding system, and will be rolling out a brand new dashboard and a host of other features that will transform the Blubrry experience for new and existing customers.
Blubrry Podcasting – already renowned for its reliable, IAB certified compliant statistics – has recently released play tracking as part of its Advanced Statistics. Available exclusively to Blubrry hosting podcasters, creators can subscribe to gain additional details on listener retention.
Podcasters who suspect their audience is skipping over certain parts of their episodes will benefit from this new feature, especially shows featuring advertisements. Those already using Advanced Stats will find a new category in the Stats section. Those not using Blubrry’s Advanced Stats feature can learn more here.
“By providing tools for podcasters to use, we’re able to collect anonymized, GDPR compliant detailed play tracking data from our web based podcast player,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry. “We can easily present this data to podcasters while maintaining absolute listener privacy. Giving creators details – such as if listeners are consistently skipping over a certain segment – can lead them to make significant improvements to their show.”
Play tracking data comes from listening via the Blubrry-provided podcast audio player. Additionally, Blubrry has developed an API tha allows third parties to integrate and provide anonymized play data via mobile apps, and other web-based playback applications.
About Us: Blubrry Podcasting provides professional tools and services for the podcast industry, including the largest podcast directory with more than 1 million podcasts. Founded in 2005, it gives creators the ability to distribute via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn and more. Blubrry provides hosting, IAB certified compliant podcast statistics, private internal podcasting, monetization opportunities, plus managed web hosting using its WordPress plugin. Contact us.
The wonderful thing about podcasts is that they’re available anywhere, anytime, all over the world. And sharing your podcast with podcast listeners in India became much easier this month after Blubrry integrated new platforms, Jiosaavn and Gaana.
Jiosaavn has 104 million users. Gaana has 150 million users. These are both primarily music-streaming platforms with a growing spoken-word library. With a massive audience of 250 million potential new listeners, podcasters have a significant reason to make sure that their podcast is available on these platforms. Blubrry Statistics include tracking for their platforms and India, so be sure to keep an eye on your statistics once you’ve submitted your show.
Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to submit. Any Blubrry user can add their podcast to these platforms, regardless of where they host their podcast. Simply head to the Blubrry Podcaster Dashboard and locate the Distribution section and then Destinations to and follow the prompt to submit your show.
“As a podcaster myself I’ve always enjoyed seeing where my listeners are located,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO of Blubrry. “Hosting a multitude of shows over the past 15 years, statistics have shown me that I have reached a global audience. This wouldn’t be possible without the open distribution model that makes podcasting special.”
Blubrry’s Destinations section has grown quite a bit in 2020. They’ve put in the time and effort to make sure that they’re helping podcasters expand on their podcast audiences. You, as the podcaster, create the content for the masses, and Blubrry does their best to make sure it is easy for you to get it out there.
Blubrry announced that their Professional Hosting level is now available in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace, which offers thousands of software, services, and vendors that run on AWS. Podcast hosting already serves files via the internet, so its a good match with AWS.
For the first time, AWS developers can quickly integrate podcasting with their services. Blubrry includes many features for developers including a full and robust RestFUL API with oAuth2 authentication allowing customers to publish podcast episodes, pull podcast download and play statistics, and navigate the podcast directory. API calls include the ability to upload and publish podcast media files as well as publish podcast episodes with rich HTML formatted episode show notes.
A podcaster does not have to be an AWS user to purchase Blubrry’s professional level hosting, which includes the following:
- Unlimited storage (1TB in base cost)
- Unlimited bandwidth (1TB monthly base cost)
- Extra bandwidth, for pennies on the dollar
- Network plugin
- Dynamic advertising insertion
- Multiple podcasts all managed in one account
All of the standard professional hosting features remain included in this offering, so there is no downside to purchasing through AWS. To get started, head to Blubrry’s listing on AWS Marketplace.
Blubrry announced a complete private internal podcast solution that suits all needs. As of yesterday, podcasters can choose from three levels of private internal podcasting – PIP – with Blubrry. The levels are: Simple, Standard, and Enterprise. Each comes with different features and security.
Last year, we knew PIP was something we wanted to add to our service offerings, and the past few months have shown that there is indeed an immediate need. Authenticated listeners are able to listen on a private podcast app as well as a private web app, depending on the show provider’s needed security.
Here are a few examples of uses for a private and/or internal podcast:
- Premium content for your podcast audience
- New employee onboarding
- Bonus podcast content for your super loyal fans
- Monthly sales reporting
- Weekly church meetings
Here are some of the security measures Blubrry uses:
- Signed media URL
- SSO supported
- oAuth2, SAML
- Private RSS feed with authentication
All private internal podcasting levels include Blubrry’s professional hosting, statistics and their best-in-class tech support. Blubrry has put together a detailed look at their Private Internal Podcasting that gives people more information about their three PIP plans.
Blubrry highlighted multiple womxn podcasters in March, which is when Women’s History Month takes place. They asked people to nominate their favorite women podcasters and received over 4,800 nominations in 18 days. From this unexpectedly large batch of nominations, Blubrry selected an overall winner and a list of the top ten.
Podcasting has significantly grown in recent years and so has the number of women content creators. To ensure this number continues to grow and that women feel empowered and appreciated, we held this contest, which offered free hosting, Blubrry swag, an interview and being featured on our blog.
The overall winner is Alie Ward, for her show Ologies with Alie Ward. She interviews experts in a variety of fields that all specialize in some type of ology. Her “stupid questions” (as she calls them) with these professionals prompt loads of entertaining answers on a range of topics – skeletons, ice-quakes, bleach, ants, noses and much more.
Here are the Top 10 (in no particular order):