If you run a podcast, you need to make sure your visitors can find it. One simple way to do that is to add podcast subscription buttons to your site. These buttons allow your visitors to subscribe to your podcast on a variety of platforms.
And I’ve found the perfect plugin for the post: Podcast Subscription Buttons. This plugin makes it easy to add a subscribe button to over 60 podcast platforms. Each has a unique podcast icon and you can pick and choose which to use.
Today, I’ll show you how to use this plugin to make a WordPress podcast friendly.
Why Add Podcast Subscribe Buttons in WordPress?
The podcast industry is booming, and with that, a variety of platforms dedicated to hosting podcasts have been created. To get your podcast to reach your audience on their favorite platform, you need to be on almost every one.
This makes it difficult to advertise when there are well over 50 podcast platforms. So, you need to make it easy to subscribe to your podcast in WordPress.
And there’s no easier way than with podcast subscription buttons. These work almost identical to social share buttons in the sense that visitors click on them and are subscribed to your podcast on that single platform.
They are easy to set up and should help turn visitors into podcast subscribers.
How to Add Podcast Subscribe Buttons in WordPress
Step 1: Install Podcast Subscribe Buttons
The Podcast Subscribe Buttons plugin allows users to add subscription buttons to over 60 different podcast platforms. These include all the major ones like Apple, Google, Spotify, and many others,
If he hosts podcasts, he’s backed up. These buttons can be added to almost any location on your site, so there are many options to consider. Overall, the process is simple and should only take a few minutes, but it largely depends on how many platforms you choose to set up.
Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left admin panel.
Search for Podcast Subscribe Buttons in the search box available. This will remove additional plugins that you may find useful.
Scroll down until you find the Podcast Subscribe Buttons plugin and click the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin to use it.
Step 2: Create a Podcast Subscribe Button
Creating one of these buttons is quite simple. You select the button design style, choose the platform, and add a link. It should take less than a minute to create a button, but it might take a while if you plan to create multiple sets of them.
On the admin panel on the left, click Tools and select the Podcast Subscribe Buttons option.
Click on the “Add New” button.
The first seven options you see deal with the style of the button. Here you can select what the button says, type, style, along with the background, text, and hover colors.
The Button Type option allows you to choose to use only icons. These will display the most recognizable icons for each platform. If you select this option, this is the only adjustment you need because no other settings will have an effect.
This is the recommended setup for the plugin because visitors will recognize the icons for the platforms they are using.
The choice is yours.
Connecting to Stage
Towards the bottom, you should see the “Add Subscription Button Links” section. By default, it is set to Acast (alphabetically), click on it to expand the options.
Use the drop down menu to select which platform you want to use. You must also enter an auto-subscribe link to make the button function. Unfortunately, with over 60 options to choose from, there’s no way I can display all of them.
Instead, I recommend doing a quick search by Google to find a guide. For example, I found this handy guide to find the Apple Podcasts subscription link. The process is unique for each platform, but it is easy to do in every case.
It’s worth noting that you can add additional links to the button. This allows you to display multiple buttons that use the same style, but all connect to different platforms with one short code. This is your best friend when it comes to adding multiple buttons.
When you are happy with the changes, click on the “Publish” button.
Repeat this step to create multiple subscription buttons for your favorite platforms. You may want to create a specific batch of buttons that are displayed in a widget for smaller sites, and perhaps one for regular posts and pages.
This gives you more customization and allows you to properly size the buttons.
Step 3: Add the Subscribe Button to WordPress
With all the subscription buttons created, it’s time to add them to your site. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do. The plugin uses shortcuts to add buttons, so you can add them to any post, page, or widget area on your site.
To find the shortcodes, go back to the Podcast Subscribe Buttons section in WordPress. You can see the short code, next to the buttons you created.
Copy the short code.
Go to any post, page, or widget and add the shortcode. Once you save the changes, you can see the buttons in action.
Congratulations on adding podcast subscription buttons to WordPress. Remember to add the button if you put your podcast on a new platform. The plugin constantly adds new options as the number of platforms grows.
Note: You probably already have social media sharing buttons in place. You should try to make it clear that these are for your podcast because they can look similar.
Make sure it matches your website design
If you chose to use the icon styles, you have nothing to fear. But if you chose to create a custom button, then you need to take a few minutes and make sure it fits in with the rest of your site.
It may seem like a small thing, but let me assure you, a poorly designed button can work against you. For example, did you create a black button and put it on a black background? Is the button font color difficult to read?
If the button is unreadable, no one is going to click it, defeating the whole purpose of adding one.
This may seem really obvious, but plenty of beginners make this mistake that needs to be said.
Get Your Podcast Out There
Each person is unique and the platforms they choose to listen to are podcasts as well. Getting your podcast on as many platforms as possible is the best way to ensure more people have access to your show.
That said, it’s also a lot of work maintaining accounts on so many platforms. However, in this case, the work is worth the potential reward.
Grow your audience.
It’s important to make visitors aware that there are other options to listen to your podcast, and that is exactly what these buttons do. They help visitors find other places to listen.
Did you use another free subscribe button for a podcast WordPress plugin? How easy did you find this plugin to set up?