Today, podcasts reach over 100 million Americans every month. Because of the growing popularity of this type of content, Google announced that it would start including podcast episodes in SERPs.

That means that creating and adding podcast episodes to your WordPress website can help improve your chances of ranking on Google and other search engines. The process is easy thanks to WordPress plugins.

Let's check out the best options below.

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Best Podcasting Plugins for WordPress

The best plugins will help you set up your podcast quickly, display it on your website, and convert visitors into podcast subscribers. Let's check out a selection of free and premium plugin that will help you achieve these goals. 

1. Seriously Simple Podcasting

As the name implies, the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin makes it easy to publish and manage a podcast on your WordPress site.

Seriously Simple Podcasting allows you to run multiple podcasts (both audio and video) from a single site and have a unique RSS feed for each. Since an RSS feed provides important meta data to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and other directories, it's essential you be able to update and configure this feed. While Seriously Simple Podcasting was specifically designed to sync with the podcasting provider Castos, this plugin also supports a highly configurable RSS feed that adapts to all major podcast subscription software so you can use the provider you want.

Seriously Simple Podcasting provides shortcodes and widgets so you can display your episodes or a playlist of episodes anywhere on your site. Once you've placed the embedded media player, you can customize it by adding cover images, changing the color of the background and player progress bar, and displaying subscribe links to Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, and Pocketcasts.

Podcast episode embedded at top of a WordPress post via Seriously simple podcasting plugin-1

2. PowerPress Podcasting Plugin by Blubrry

Developed by podcasters for podcasters, Blubrry's PowerPress Podcast Plugin offers two modes: simple and advanced.

The simple mode is free and specifically designed for beginners to start publishing as quickly as possible. You can set up your podcast by configuring only the essential settings, create your first episode, and submit it to Apple Podcasts in no time.

Even the plugin's "simple mode" is not short on powerful features. It has full iTunes and Google Play support and is integrated with HTML5 media players. It supports multiple podcasts so you can create episodes by category or media format. It's SEO-friendly as well, so you can make your podcast visible on search engines and on the iTunes podcast directory. It even allows you to import your podcast from other podcast RSS feeds like SoundCloud, LibSyn, PodBean, and Squarespace. There's also a subscription tool, which can help you convert web visitors into podcast subscribers.

Subscribe buttons embedded via PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry

3. Podlove Podcast Publisher

Podlove Podcast Publisher is another free and popular plugin amongst podcasters.

With this plugin, you can create multiple RSS feeds customized to different audiences and formats. You can divide your episodes into chapters, and provide descriptions and links to those chapters for listeners with less time or shorter attention spans.

Podcast chapters created with Podlove Podcast PublisherThis plugin also comes bundled with the Podlove Web Player, which supports multiple audio and video podcast formats. You can view which of these formats is most popular, among other metrics, in the analytics dashboard. 

4. Fusebox

The Podcast Player by Fusebox gives you everything you need to publish podcasts on your WordPress site that delight your visitors. 

Fusebox is actually two plugins in one. There's the full Podcast Player, which allows you to create mobile-friendly, customizable, and shareable podcasts. You can offer multiple speeds for listeners to choose from, display your newest or oldest episodes first, and add newsletter subscription and share buttons. There's also the Transcript plugin for displaying transcripts on your website that make your content more accessible and SEO-friendly.  

Fusebox is a premium plugin, but offers a free limited version for those on a budget. 

Fusebox full Podcast Player demo

5. Buzzsprout

With this premium plugin, all you need to do is upload your audio file and Buzzsprout will take care of the rest. You can choose to publish your episodes immediately or schedule them for a day and time that’s best for your listeners. You can better understand your listeners with Buzzsprout’s statistics, which include total downloads over time, what apps people are using to listen to your podcast, and where people are listening to your podcast.

Buzzsprout can also help you reach more listeners. Since its feeds are compatible with all the top directories, you can list your podcast in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other popular platforms.

Here's a podcast player you can add to your website with just a snippet of code:

Buzzsprout podcast player

6. Libsyn Publisher Hub

Libsyn Publisher Hub is a free WordPress podcasting plugin. Unlike other plugins on this list, Libsyn Publisher Hub does require you to have a hosting account with Libsyn.

As one of the most powerful and popular podcast hosting platforms, Libsyn gives you full control over the hosting, distribution, and monetization of your podcast. 

With the Libsyn Publisher Hub Plugin, you can post new podcast episodes to your Libsyn account directly from your WordPress site. All you need to do is create your post in WordPress, upload your media to Libsyn from the WordPress post editor, and then Libsyn uses the meta information in your post for the Libsyn podcast RSS feed.

When you publish a podcast with this plugin, a Libsyn player will be automatically embedded in your post. It will look something like this:

supermamas-player

7. Cincopa WordPress Podcast Plugin

If your business requires you to add multiple media files to your website, Cincopa would be an excellent addition to your site. It streamlines your podcasting process and makes it incredibly easy to post and play your files.

It offers a number of pre-designed podcast player skins to choose from. You just need to upload your files to their servers and use their generated code to embed them onto your WordPress site.

Tablet display created via Cincopa WordPress Podcast Plugin

8. Simple Podcast Press

Simple Podcast Press is a premium plugin designed to automate the process of publishing podcasts on your WordPress site. With this plugin, all you need to do is install it and enter your iTunes URL.

Within seconds, this plugin  will create a unique page for each of your podcast episodes. These pages will include a mobile-friendly player as well as a full description and image for each episode (taken from your RSS feed). It will also display call-to-action buttons and an email optin box to grow your audience. Once the plugin has been installed and linked to your iTunes account, a new page will be automatically created every time you publish a new podcast.

Player demo via Simple Podcast Press

9. Pocast Player - Your Podcasting Companion

Podcast Player is a free tool that makes it easy to integrate your podcast and WordPress site. Since you only need a WordPress website and a podcast feed URL to use this plugin, you can host your podcast with any provider.

You can display your podcast anywhere on your site using the Podcast Player shortcode, widget, or Gutenberg block. Once you choose one of the plugin’s pre-designed templates — a unified player, bottom sticky player, episode list, episode grid layout — you can then customize this display by hiding specific player elements, customizing the accent color, or adding a Google Font. Below is a demo of the episode list template.

Podcast player demo

There's a pro version for those that need more features.

Podcasting on WordPress

Podcasting is an increasingly popular way to inform, engage, and delight an audience. In the US alone, 39% of men and 36% of women over the age of 12 are monthly podcast listeners.

Since more and more people are consuming podcasts every month, it's become a valuable content type for humans and bots. That means that using any of the plugins mentioned above to add podcast episodes to your WordPress site can not only improve the visitor experience — it can also improve your rankings. 

If you're interesting in reaping these benefits on your own site, then learn how to start a podcast in 2020

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Originally published Sep 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM, updated September 02 2020

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