Meet Castos, a Powerful BuzzSprout Alternative!
Are you a Buzzsprout user, but aren’t happy with your experience? If so, we believe Castos is the perfect Buzzsprout alternative. We’d like to take a minute to explain why Castos is the right podcast host for you.
What is Castos? It’s a collection of podcast tools that take the hassle out of podcasting. We host your podcast files in a secure, CDN backed hosting platform. If you have a podcast website built on WordPress, our plugin lets you manage your RSS feed and content through your WordPress dashboard. Uploading and publishing new episodes is as simple as creating a new WordPress post.
Buzzsprout is a great tool, but it has plenty of deficiencies. Here’s why we think Castos is the best Buzzsprout alternative.
Easy to Understand, Full-Feature Pricing
We believe in simple podcast pricing. You shouldn’t have to decipher a complex chart to understand what you get for your money. That’s why we include nearly all of our features with every Castos plan. The only exceptions are the video tools – YouTube republishing and video podcast hosting.
Furthermore, we believe in rewarding our customers for their loyalty. We’re happy to give you a discount if you’re willing to commit to a longer subscription. We give you two free months if you pay for a year upfront. Buzzsprout doesn’t reward you the same way. They are strictly a month-to-month service.
No Upload or Bandwidth Limits
As a podcaster, your content is everything. You need the freedom to create hours and hours of amazing content that delights your audience. Sometimes your episodes end up longer than you expect, but you don’t want to trim down all that value. That’s why you need to work with a podcast host that doesn’t limit how much you upload.
Unfortunately, every single Buzzsprout plan limits the amount of content you can upload each month. The free plan limits you to two hours of content. For some podcasters, that’s less than a single episode! Even their $24/month plan has a 12-hour limit, which is far too limiting if you plan to publish twice a week.
On top of that, Buzzsprout places a cap on your bandwidth. This limits the number of people who can listen to your episodes. If you run out of bandwidth in a month, listeners may not be able to download or listen to your episodes. You may have to scramble to upgrade to their unlisted, $79/month plan (more expensive than any Castos plan) or suffer the loss of listeners.
We give you total freedom at Castos. Upload as much as you like, whenever you like. There are no limits on storage, episode length, or bandwidth. We prefer that you grow your podcast as quickly as possible without worrying about silly limitations.
Seriously Simple WordPress Plugin
Our WordPress podcast plugin – Seriously Simple Podcasting – gives you the power to upload and publish a podcast episode to Castos right through your WordPress dashboard (including your podcast-specific RSS feed).
How does it work? You simply create a new episode from the menu on the left, just like you would add a new page or blog post. Next, upload your audio file using the menu beneath the post content.
Your file will automatically transfer to Castos and our beautiful media player will appear at the top of your new WordPress post. Add whatever content you like to the page, like your show notes or audio transcription.
Buzzsprout’s workflow is a little more complex. With their platform, you must first upload your podcast audio file through their dashboard. Then you’ll need to manually embed their podcast player on to a WordPress page using their code.
Buzzsprout has a WordPress plugin, but it only creates a shortcode to embed a podcast player on a page. You still have to upload the file to their servers. Frankly, this is a lot of unnecessary work. You should spend your time creating great content, not copying and pasting code.
Check out this video to learn about all the great features that come packaged in our WordPress plugin.
Intrinsic SEO Value
One of the biggest reasons Castos is the best Buzzsprout alternative is because of how we create your RSS feed. Whereas Buzzsprout gives you an RSS URL on their domain (e.g. http://www.buzzsprout.com/140477.rss), Castos creates your URL using your own domain.
Why is this important? For the SEO value! When you submit your RSS link to podcast directors and podcatchers, those sites effectively link to you. Imagine getting dozens or hundreds of links to your podcast website from high value websites like Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify. This boosts the SEO value of your website in the eyes of Google and other search engines and will help you rank higher when people search for content like yours.
Modern Podcast Player
Your listeners expect to interact with a modern, responsive, and fast-loading podcast player. That want something that facilitates a hassle-free experience. In our opinion, the Buzzsprout player is a bit clunky.
With Castos, you get a minimal player that’s easy to use and it looks great on any website. If you use our WordPress plugin (Seriously Simple Podcasting), the player will appear automatically on new pages whenever you upload a podcast episode. No embedding required!
Podcasting + Video
There’s no denying that people love videos. In fact, republishing your podcasts to YouTube (something we can help you with automatically) is a great way to expand the reach of your show and capture new listeners.
But what if you want to record a video of you and your guest during your show? That’s an easy way to add value to your content and engage your audience.
With Castos, we’ll host your video content too. Publish your videos to your website or embed them anywhere on the web. Buzzsprout, however, can’t help with your video content.
Import Your Podcast Content with One Click
If you decide that Castos is the right Buzzsprout alternative, migrating your content to our server is simple and fast. All you have to do is enter your current podcast feed URL into the import section of our WordPress plugin.
Once the import is complete, check the box labeled “Import your podcast content to your Castos hosting account” and click “Trigger Import.” This will put your entire podcast on Castos. Migrating is that simple!
Ready for Your Buzzsprout Alternative?
If you’re ready to move your podcast to a Buzzsprout alternative, it’s time to try Castos. We give you a free 14-day trial to test our complete platform. Import your content in just a few minutes to see if it’s right for you.
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