There are multiple companies that will host your podcast, including Soundcloud, Blubrry, Podbean, Podomatic, and even Amazon S3. I personally use Libsyn as it was highly recommended to me. And now, after using them for almost 3 years, I can say they are a dream to work with and well worth it. If you choose to go with Libsyn, make sure to use the promotional code “brain” and you’ll get the rest of this month, and the entire next month free!
Anyway, here is an overview of the stats that Libsyn provides:
Total downloads by month and all-time:
Here’s a graph they provide that helps you watch trends. It’s adjustable as you can name any date range, or use the sliders at the bottom to change the range as well:
View daily, weekly, and monthly totals with this chart. Notice there’s an Export button below almost every graph, chart or table. This allows you to export the data into a spreadsheet:
Well, I hope this gives you some insight to the stats that Libsyn provides. I pay $20 a month for their 400MB option for my main show, and another $15 a month for a second feed that contains private episodes for my membership site. Both feeds can be accessed with one login, and I can “switch shows” while I’m logged in to make it easier. The best thing about hosting with Libsyn is that after 30 days, my upload space resets and I start off using 0 megabytes. This allows my episodes to stay online indefinitely.
Your episodes are basically sound files that stay on their servers, so essentially you are taking up space on their hard drives. But you don’t pay any more than your monthly fee – it’s a great deal.
Again, I have used Libsyn for almost three years as of this writing and I’ve never been disappointed. If you choose to use them, again make sure to use the promo code “brain” so you get the rest of this month the entire next month free! Otherwise good luck in your search for the perfect media host.