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How to Promote Your Podcast: 8 Simple Strategies [2024]

Podcast promotion is essential for building your listenership, but the most effective methods often differ from traditional marketing tactics.

This blog breaks down eight different podcast promotion strategies so you can build your influence and attract the right listeners!


Strategy #1. Lay a solid foundation

Even the best podcast marketing strategies can fall flat without a solid foundation. Beginning with these steps is essential to successful podcast promotion.

Know your target audience

Making great content requires that you know your podcast audience well.

Ask yourself these questions to help create high-quality podcast content they will love.

  • What problem do I want to solve for my listeners?
  • How can I narrow my focus to make my content stand out?
  • Where do my listeners spend the most time online?

Knowing who you want to reach can help ensure you spend your resources in the right place.

Leverage your existing audience

If you already have some listeners, ask them to spread the word about your show. Even a few loyal listeners can help you expand your reach.

Include a call to action in your podcast episodes or show notes and ask listeners to leave a review or rating.

You can also ask them to share the episode on social media and include an incentive like a giveaway, shoutout, or free resource.

Submit to top podcast directories

Don't overlook getting your podcast where people can see it!

Make sure to submit your RSS feed to the top directories like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher (full list here).

podcast directories

Strategy #2. Make your content more accessible

The easier you make it for people to find your podcast, the better. Follow these best practices to increase engagement.

Make episode titles descriptive

Optimizing your content can have a significant effect on download numbers.

Give each episode a unique, catchy title that clearly describes the content. Try to fit a keyword or phrase associated with the episode's topic in the title, too.

🆇 "Smart Dog Podcast: Episode #15"

✅ "How to housebreak your puppy in six weeks"

Draft show notes for each episode

Podcast show notes are a value-packed piece of content that can boost accessibility and attract new listeners through search engine optimization.

Show notes don't have to be time-consuming to create. Most listeners just want a synopsis of the episode and links to the resources mentioned. You can also use show note templates if you're short on time!

Aim to create a readable summary of the main topics in your episode with chapter markers. You can include elements like:

  • guest bios
  • links to resources
  • affiliate links
  • a call to action

Create episode transcripts

Podcast transcriptions make your content more accessible to listeners who are hard of hearing.

They also help search engines like Google find your content and heighten listener engagement.

If you host your podcast with Buzzsprout, you can add transcriptions to your episodes. Some great transcription tools are:

Strategy #3. Leverage the power of social media

Social media is a powerful place to connect with listeners and promote content. Here are some practical ways to harness the power of social media and attract new listeners.

Choose the right platform

Find out which social media platform your listeners use the most and focus on creating social media posts for that platform. You don't want to be creating tweets or using specific hashtags for Twitter fi you have an audience that is on Facebook!

If you have a younger audience, they're likely using Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok. If you have a podcast geared toward business professionals, it might be wise to focus more on LinkedIn.

You can link to an online poll in your show notes to better understand which platforms your listeners use.

Whichever channel you choose, actively engage your followers to learn more about the kind of content they need.

Create video clips of your podcast to put on YouTube

As of 2021, 18% of podcast listeners said they used YouTube most often to listen to podcasts.

We suggest recording video alongside your audio so you can use it to create clips to post on your YouTube channel. Video tips tend to be more shareable and engaging content, which also improves your chances of being recommended through YouTube's algorithm!

Short YouTube video clips are a great way to optimize SEO and drive traffic to your podcast or website.

You also get to interact with listeners in the comments section and get real-time feedback on your content.

As a bonus, you can also repurpose your YouTube content for Instagram reels!

Post audiograms

Podcast audiograms are a podcast marketing tool that takes a snippet of your episode overlaid with your podcast artwork and a waveform.

podcast audiogram setup

Audiograms promote audio on video-driven platforms and can be used to:

  • share teasers of latest episodes
  • promote older episodes in your back catalog
  • share milestones

You can use Buzzsprout Visual Soundbites to create audiograms within your dashboard or tools like the Headliner app.

Strategy #4. Network with other podcasters

Roughly 66% of podcast listeners find new podcasts through word-of-mouth recommendations. Here are other ways to use networking to spread the word about your show.

Network on forums and online groups

Sometimes promoting your podcast means giving away a little knowledge and expertise for free.

Being generous with your knowledge encourages potential listeners to tune into your podcast to see what else you have to say.

Stay on top of the trends within your niche and share your thoughts in online groups and forums, like:

Focus on value-based comments instead of overt promotion and carefully read the group's rules before posting.

Cross-promote with other podcasters

Cross-promotion is when you work with another podcast host to promote their podcast on your show, and they promote yours on theirs.

This is an excellent way to get your podcast in front of a new audience.

You can connect with like-minded podcasters via services like Podchaser Connect, and PodMatch, or find hosts' contact information on their websites or social media.


If you don't have other podcasters to collaborate with, you can create a Buzzsprout podcast promo to get exposure and grow your audience.

Tap into influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is when you build a reciprocal partnership with an influencer to help get more exposure through their audience.

Seek out an influencer with a more extensive following than yours but a similar target audience.

Be sure to work with each influencer to find the appropriate compensation that helps them reach their own goals. You can also invite influencers to be podcast guests on your show!

Strategy #5. Make a podcast website with a blog

Podcast websites boost your podcast SEO and increase the chances of your podcast appearing in search engine queries.

Buzzsprout's customizable website is great as a home base for your podcast, but if you want to add a blog or other features for the SEO benefits, you might consider a personal or business website as well.

Buzzsprout website

Create a blog post on your website every time you upload a new episode and find a keyword related to that episode's topic.

Then, sprinkle that keyword in the following places:

  • the post's H1 heading
  • some H2, H3, H4 subheadings
  • ALT descriptions
  • the post's meta description
  • throughout content but without stuffing

Strategy #6. Create a podcast newsletter

Email newsletters have the highest ROI for marketers and a higher engagement rate than other types of digital marketing.

You can use a free email marketing tool like HubSpot Email Marketing or MailChimp to get started.

Make a landing page to build your email list

A landing page is connected to your website but stands alone from other pages.

Landing pages exist to help you build your email list or get subscribers and usually offer visitors a free incentive.

The Literacy Collective landing page with grey background and podcast artwork with the podcast host sitting in front of a mic

Your landing page should include:

  • a clear headline
  • 2-3 paragraphs that describe your podcast's purpose
  • recent episodes
  • a testimonial
  • subscribe links to major directories

Add links at the end of your newsletter

When you close out your email, add a few links to make it easy for people to find your content and contact you.

Include your social handles, a subscribe link, and an email address.

Here's an example from Podnews' email newsletter:

Podnews email footer showing contact information

Strategy #7. Advertise in podcast apps

You can't buy your way to a loyal podcast following, but investing in paid advertising with third-party podcast apps can help.

Running ads in podcast apps is more effective for podcasters than traditional or digital advertising.

This type of targeted advertising lets you zero in on audiences ripe with potential listeners. Some of our favorite podcast apps to advertise on are:

Create a Buzzsprout Ad

Amount of downloads: Starts at 10,000 downloads
Cost: Starts at $200

Buzzsprout podcast ad within a podcast player. There are arrows pointing to the different features of the app and purple text describing the various elements

You can grow your listenership by running a podcast promo with Buzzsprout Ads. Podcast promos are more effective than traditional ads since they target the right audience for your show.

When you create a Buzzsprout podcast promo you:

  • target people who listen to podcasts
  • find listeners already interested in your podcast's topic
  • reach 5,000 listeners for just $100

When listeners click on your ad, they’ll be taken to your podcast page where they can subscribe to your show and get notified of new episodes.

Strategy #8. Track data where you can

It's difficult to determine if a content marketing effort is effective without keeping an eye on the numbers.

Email marketing tools, subscription services, social media, and web hosting services all have built-in analytics to help you measure traffic patterns and levels of engagement.

Even creating a simple spreadsheet can help you see which marketing methods are most worth your time.

Final thoughts

Effective podcast marketing always starts with a great podcast at its foundation.

From there, it can take experimenting to find which strategies work best for you.

Create valuable content, and you'll attract loyal listeners who help you spread the word about your podcast.

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke is the Head of Marketing at Buzzsprout and the co-host of Buzzcast. Have any questions about this guide? Reach out on Twitter.


How do I promote my podcast?

The first step to promoting your podcast is to make quality content that's accessible and easy for listeners to share. You can also network with other creators, invest in paid advertising, and leverage the power of social media.

How do I get more listeners for my podcast?

To build your podcast listenership, publish episodes at strategic times, use in-episode CTAs to get reviews and ratings, advertise in podcast apps, and contribute value within relevant online forums.

How can I promote my podcast for free?

Most podcast promotion strategies are free and include:

  • repurposing content on social media channels,
  • asking current subscribers to rate and review your show,
  • cross promoting with other podcasters,
  • creating an email newsletter, etc.