If you have your own podcast, you may wish to serve up your episodes on YouTube. YouTube is one of the ten most-visited websites in the world and provides an endless amount of potential listeners for your podcast. Many people enjoy using YouTube’s “subscribe” feature to keep tabs on their favorite personalities and shows. With so many users, it can also be a great way for new listeners to find you.
Though the act of uploading audio-only content to a video platform has been debated for a number of reasons, in this article we’ll put opinions aside and focus strictly on how to accomplish the uploading from a technical standpoint. To learn more about whether you should actually put your podcast on YouTube or not, check out this article.
Since podcasts cannot be uploaded to YouTube in audio form, you’ll need to create video file from them first. This is a relatively simple process that essentially involves pairing your podcast audio with a still-image as the visual portion.
Let’s outline the different options available to get your podcast on YouTube.
Your Podcast Host
Hosts such as Podbean and Libsyn can connect to your YouTube account and automatically post a video version every time you upload a new audio episode. Set it and forget it! If your host has this feature, then it means no extra cost, and the easy one-time setup process makes the whole thing a breeze.
A Video Conversion Website
if you’re not using a hosting website that can automatically create and upload a video version of your audio podcast to YouTube, you can still do it manually. Use a service like Headliner that can easily generate a video version for you. You can even add fancy wave animation effects. Then, post your video to YouTube, Facebook, or any other platform that allows video uploads of a longer length.
Want a video version to go along with your usual podcast editing service? We can help! If your current podcast hosting platform doesn’t offer video versions, we can either get you set up with an automated solution, or provide a video version of each podcast episode we edit for you.
As of Spring 2023 YouTube has implementing additional podcast features to their platform. They may even make it possible to connect your RSS feed, just like on other platforms. This would make it much easier for your podcast to be available on YouTube, but for now, you’ll need to follow one of the methods listed above.
There you have it, everything you need to know about uploading your audio podcast to YouTube. It’s also worth noting that in order to upload longer files (over 15 minutes in length) your YouTube account must be verified using a phone number. Be sure to visit https://www.youtube.com/verify to check if you’ve already done this or need to take care of it, then you’ll avoid any delays or problems later!