How to Find the Best Podcasts

Some people feel podcasting is a lot like the month of March – in like a lion and out like a lamb.

As with any over-hyped, silver bullet-labeled medium, there is no room for success – only failure. But if you are willing to look a little deeper, you will find that podcasting is still a viable option for content delivery.

Everyone knows that iTunes is the most popular place to discover interesting podcasts. However, there are many sites across the Web where you can uncover some wonderful ear candy. Here are some of our favorites.

Podcast Alley
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One of the first on the scene, Podcast Alley is a shadow of its once robust self. That being said, it is still a valuable portal. Featuring the Top 10 podcasts, as voted on by the listeners, the site makes it easy to uncover audio content. You can stream directly on the site or download to your computer/device.

With close to 65,000 podcasts all you need are an audio device and an open mind.

Podcast.com
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The best domain name on the planet – yet it was late out of the gate – missing most of the format’s initial boom.

Podcasts are divided into categories – by subject or language. Random shows are featured with thumbnails on the homepage.

Currently the site boasts 85,000 podcasts. You can also follow them on Twitter or join their Facebook group.

Podomatic
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Designed as both a portal and podcast facilitator, Podomatic gives a free, customizable podcast page to show creators. They offer detailed audience statistics and have a growing online community.

The homepage features the top three podcasts of the day and lets you view a map and see what people are listening to based on their geography.

A podcaster social network allows producers and hosts help each other out.

Podbean
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Billed as a “Podcast Social Subscribing site,” Podbean lets registered users collect their favorite podcasts and house them in one location. Shows can be shared with friends or recommended to other users. One of the cool features of the site is that you can see what other podcasters or listeners are fans of; a pretty neat way to get turned on to new shows.

PodcastDirectory
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Don’t let the Web 1.0 look fool you, plenty of podcasters frequent the site and there are a ton of shows located here if you’re willing to put the time in to look.

RSS feeds are available for the last 100 uploaded, the 10 most recent, and the 10 top rated – a cool way to listen to something different.

LearnOutLoud
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LearnOutLoud.com is your one-stop destination for audio and video learning. You can browse over 20,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.

Much of the content here is for sale, but there are some free nuggets too, like the gratis audio book of the day.

If you’re looking for biographies, self-help content, or to learn a language, this is your destination for well-produced content.

Blubrry
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For podcasters who are looking to make money from their hard work (yes, podcasting is time consuming!), Blubrry has been a Godsend. The site is a podcast community and directory, but it also allows podcasters to host content, track stats, and perhaps most importantly, get paid.

Search for shows by category or tag and listen directly on the site. Squeeze some more juice out of the podcasting experience with Blubrry.

We’d love to hear more about your podcasting expereinecsed and how you search for shows. Leave a comment below!

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