This quick and intelligent instrument will create an prompt homepage in your podcast

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Podcast homepages weren't something I thought about until I started my own standalone show. And to be honest, even then, I probably didn't think enough about the subject. Because of this, many or most of my shows have Tumblr pages – which is a mixed blessing in 2020 at best.

The main reason a lot of podcasters don't pay much attention to the topic is the fact that most people are platform dependent when it comes to listening. People who consume a lot of podcasts generally do so through a single platform / app, be it Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Castbox, etc. But when it comes to actually promoting your show on social media, this is you best served by sharing a link that is platform independent.

I played around with Podpage a bit today. The new offering was created by Brenden Mulligan, co-founder of the app developer toolbox LaunchKit, who sold their tools to Google back in 2016. The offering has been around for a while, but Mulligan did offer some updates and recently listed it on ProductHunt.

I've been digging it so far. It's basically plug and play to start operating, though you can customize a lot beyond that. For reference, a simple page I made this morning for my RiYL podcast:

Credit: Brian Heater

After a few hours, I'm pretty seriously thinking about ditching the long-running Tumblr in favor of the service. My site is pretty simple so far, and frankly, that's by design. Or rather partly on purpose and partly due to the fact that I wasn't very good at updating episode art which kind of limited my options here (maybe I'll go through the 400+ episodes on a future rainy day).

You first enter your podcast name and the service goes to work, scraping the relevant information and building it into a page. From there, you can add a Patreon (or other method of monetization) and all of its associated social media. One of the nice things about a purpose-built service like this is how all relevant information is brought together in a single place. The sidebar has a breakdown of the different podcatchers you can listen to the show on, as well as a registration form to get show updates.

Below is a selection of reviews from various podcasting services. At the top is a link to the services that you can use to leave this feedback. There is also a subscription link and a contact form. This allows users to email you without revealing any personal information. Notes sent to the form will be sent to the associated email address.

The basic experience is free and there are currently two upgrade options. For $ 5 a month, you can host it on your own website. For $ 12, there are a number of other customization options, as well as a more comprehensive website, including blogging and the ability to add transcripts.