I started a podcast on Anchor back in July of 2017 called The Anchor Show, and over the past year I've spent a lot of time using the app and answering questions from budding podcasters about how Anchor works.
In this episode of the podcast I explore some of the top myths about hosting a podcast using Anchor as a free podcast host.
Brief History of Anchor.fm
But first, let me give you a little bit of background about how the app has evolved. Anchor (Version 1) launched in February 2016, and started off as a mobile app that allowed people to record short audio clips and share them with others on the app. I think the best way to describe Version 1 was to think of it as an audio version of Twitter.
In late June of 2017 Anchor (Version 2) entered the realm of podcasting. That's when I got onboard. I dabbled with Version 1 a bit, but it was the podcasting features of Version 2 that won me over. You can see my enthusiasm here.
In February of 2018, Anchor Version 3 launched with an updated app and a long awaited desktop recording dashboard. Version 3 (the current version) has an even stronger focus on podcasting! As you can see, Anchor is constantly being updated and at times it's difficult to keep up with all the iterations.
5 Top Myths About Anchor
With all these Anchor updates, comes confusion. I can understand why. If you don't use the app for yourself, you might hear rumors about how it works. Eventually the rumors evolve into what we used to call “whispering down the lane” and things can get blown out of proportion.
Thanks to the folks from Podcast Movement 2018, I was able to sit in on the presentation by Michal Mignano, Co-founder and CEO of Anchor, and I was able to hear first-hand what Anchor is up to. I also took a really cool ussie with him.
Here are some of the top 5 myths that I hear about Anchor:
Myth Number 1
Anchor auto-submits your show to Apple podcast. 05:06
Myth Number 2
Anchor uploads your audio files to Apple. 08:14
Myth Number 3
Anchor keeps you from seeing your stats. (see images below) 09:45
Myth Number 4
Anchor is not focused on the listener. 17:39
Myth Number 5
The Anchor Terms of Service lets people
use “steal” your content. 25:01
Host with Anchor
Should you host your show with Anchor? I'm not going to answer that question for you because YOU do need to educate yourself about podcasting just as I have over the last 9 years. Well, maybe not that much, but you know what I'm saying. Take some time, even if it's just an hour or two, think about your goals and decide if Anchor is right for you.
Listen to this episode first and if you have a questions for me or want to be featured on the podcast, you have two options:
Here is the YouTube version of this podcast in case you like to listen to it that way!
For my Libsyn hosted podcast, this is what I see when I log into Apple Podcast Connect “Not Enough Data”. So I guess if you listen to my podcast from an iPhone or from iTunes on the desktop, Apple thinks that you don't count. Lesson learned: don't think that just because you pay for podcast hosting you will see Apple Podcast download stats.