How To Create A Private Podcast

Last updated on April 30th, 2020

Creating a private podcast is a popular way to distribute information to employees, members, or specific list of people. While traditional podcasts are available to the general public, a password protected RSS feed only grants access to those with the required credentials.

Recording a private podcast isn’t much different than a publicly available one. The key change is in the distribution.

In order to start podcasting privately, your podcast hosting provider needs to have a special set of features. So today, we’re excited to announce that a Private Podcasts are now available for all Castos users.

In this article, we’ll explain who would benefit from creating a private podcast and how to use Castos or WordPress to set it up.

What Is A Private Podcast?

As the name suggests, a private podcast is a podcast that isn’t readily available to the general public.

With conventional podcasts, you want your episodes available online and in directories like Apple Podcast or Spotify. Whereas with a private podcast, you want to limit who has access to your content.

This also means your RSS feed isn’t listed anywhere online, across podcast directories. Only you know the URL and personally distribute it to a specified group of people.

From a technical perspective in Castos, this also means your podcast episodes are not available on your show’s podcast page (i.e. the myshow.castos.com site).

When To Use A Private Podcast

If you want to limit access to content, you should consider creating a private podcast. There are a lot of common uses for password protected podcasts, here are the most popular scenarios:

  • Corporate training courses: used within employee onboarding sessions, company-wide continuing education courses, or complement text or video trainings.
  • Company-wide communications: used to distribute CEO messages or regular company updates that are more personal than company-wide emails.
  • Connect remote employees: used to communicate key information with distributed teams.
  • E-learning courses: used to let only current members access a course’s podcast material.
  • Premium content subscriptions: used to create special podcast content for select subset of listeners.

Anytime you have episodes that are only meant for a certain subset of your audience, private podcasting will allow you to restrict access and distribute the content as you see fit.

How Does Private Podcasting Work In Castos?

To create a private podcast you typically want to do two things:

  • Make all of your episodes hidden from the general public
  • Restrict access to your show’s RSS feed to only your intended listeners

With Castos, you can configure the availability of your podcast content. Log into your Castos dashboard and on the Podcasts page, click “Settings” for the show you wan to make private.

Scroll down to the “Web Page Settings” area. There you will see an option to “Show Castos Pages”.

This is the setting where you can decide to either show or not show your episodes on your podcast’s webpage. Turning this setting off, you’re opting to hide episodes only from your podcast’s page.

The next step is to make the RSS feed for your show inaccessible to anyone that does not have the password. Castos can create a private RSS feed by opting to password protect it.

When using Private Podcasting, your RSS feed will still be live and active, but you can also opt to password protect that feed URL. You can do this in the “Distribution” area on the Podcast Settings page.

Once you protect the RSS feed, this URL is the one that you’ll share with those who you want access to your show. They can use it to manually subscribe to your private podcast in the app of their choice.

Private Podcasting With WordPress

Using our Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, you can create a private podcast using a membership plugin.

We suggest Paid Memberships Pro for its ease of use and customizable settings. Upload new episodes using Seriously Simple Podcasting, then apply membership settings to restrict your content to certain audiences.

Important Reminder About Private Podcasting

An important thing to remember is that while the feed is password protected most listeners will download episodes to their phones. Once an episode has been downloaded from your feed onto a phone there is no way to retrieve or delete it.

So bear in mind that while your show is private and the feed is password protected, once someone has access to that feed they can download the episodes, which takes that content out of the realm of your control.

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