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Podfan is trying something new— and trying to solve one of the core problems of podcasting at the same time.

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Discovering new podcasts is an old problem of podcasting, and something we’ve tried to solve many ways — with social podcast apps, an untold number of recommendation blogs, charts and category algorithms. But none of these solutions get to the root of the discoverability problem, which is that listening to a podcast is time-consuming!

The arduous journey of podcast discovery

Just consider the incredible odds that face a podcast being discovered- if somehow it manages to blip on your radar, it still has to pique your interest enough for you to queue it up in your podcast player — an incredible feat for any podcast. But then you have to put in the time to listen to it.

Enter the teaser episode

Do movie producers expect you to watch a movie based on the title alone? No, they distribute movie trailers! Why shouldn’t podcasts?

Movies are long, and so are podcasts. Time is the biggest obstacle preventing listeners from discovering a new podcast. With a teaser episode, you only need a few minutes or less to get a feel for the podcast. Listeners just get a taste! Caroline Crampton wrote about the value of short podcasts in Hotpod.

With the Super Sampler, podcasters can upload their teaser for free to a podcast dedicated to discovery and reach a broader audience!

Introducing the Super Sampler

The Super Sampler is a podcast of just teaser episodes from many different podcasts. If you’re a podcaster, here’s how you can upload your teaser for free:

  1. Claim your podcast on Podfan (free and takes less than a minute)
  2. Create a teaser episode that is 3 minutes or less in length.
  3. Upload your teaser episode on the Podfan dashboard

The Super Sampler will help podcasters get exposure for their shows, and enable a discovery bonanza for listeners.

Oh yeah, and…

Podfan is great for more than just teasers. It’s the easiest way to distribute a private feed for your podcast. It offers listeners 1-click subscribe to private feeds, and recurring payments with Stripe. You can optionally offer 7-day free trials, and unlimited hosting is included! Plus you can accept recurring donations for free. Claim your free Podfan page here.

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Jamie Perkins

Jamie Perkins

Dreamer and schemer, designer turned developer. Lover of music and fine ales.

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