There are a lot of platforms out there. Most offer the same options when when get right down to it, but they all have their own unique charms. I’ve used all three I’ll mention here for various projects.
Libsyn is a podcast hosting service that has been around since the early days of podcasting. As a matter of fact, when i started one podcast it was basically the only game in town. They’ve probably held onto a lot of their business because they’re a service long-time podcasters have used all along and they aren’t too anxious to make a change if they don’t have a specific problem.
Libsyn’s pricing plans start at $5/month with an upload limit of 50MB (which is too small for most people) so at a minimum you would will likely need the $15/month plan that bumps you up to 250MB of upload per month and basic statistics.
Podbean has a free plan with 5 hours of storage and 100MB of bandwidth per month.
This is another easy way to start off, but you’ll need to upgrade to get more advanced stats, a custom domain, or more website customization.
Podbean allows you to have multiple podcasts (For a price). So it is a great option if ultimately you’re like me and like to shotgun podcast ideas all over the place rather than just having one podcast like a normal person.
RedCircle is my hosting platform of choice these days and it’s still relatively new. It launched in February 2019 focused on “semi-pro” podcasters.
One of their unique features is the ability to reach out and cross-promote your podcast within the platform. You can search for podcasts, reach out to them to pitch and set terms, and swap pre-recorded messages promoting each other’s podcasts.
The best part about RedCircle is hosting the podcast is actually free. They made all of their money from commission on premium content and any ad sales through the platform. So they only make money when you make money.