From 2003 to 2016: The Astounding Growth of Podcasting [Infographic]

From 2003 to 2016: The Astounding Growth of Podcasting [Infographic]

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  1. Hi Jon and many thanks for this very timely post about podcasting.

    Just this week I launched my first ever podcast series – just wish I had previously seen the excellent webinar you provided access to in this post.

    Anyway I’ll learn by my mistakes and will definitely be implementing your suggestions in my next lot of episodes.

    I’m planning on just one episode a week with an average length of 15-20 minutes and my podcasts are aimed at giving simple and easy to use tips to internet marketing beginners.

    Thank you again for this excellent post

    Best wishes from the remote Thai village blogger come podcaster


    • Peter,

      Congrats on launching your podcast! Podcasting is very much a process of getting started, learning, and growing as a podcaster, so it’s always better to have launched than waited.

      Good luck and stay tuned because Jerod Morris and I will be hosting more webinars for podcasters.

  2. Wow, that’s some good growth. Let’s hope it continues. 60K active podcast now that’s amazing.

    I appreciate what you and Jerod do in the Showrunner podcast course. I may not have started my podcast without your guidance and the great community of aspiring podcasters. Keep up the funk.

  3. Podcasts can be a great way to build up your blog traffic or pitch yourself to potential clients if you’re a freelancer. It’s truly astounding how much it has grown over the last decade. Hopefully, it continues to grow!

    • Robert,

      I agree that podcasting is a great way to gain website visitors. Having a podcast can definitely add to your authority within your market and hence help you land clients!

      Here’s to more astounding growth for podcasting!

  4. Whats next for the average podcaster? I imagine the quality of the content is going to have to get even better in order to stand out among the crowd. Already I have noticed production values and good story telling abilities of the hosts have improved over the last few years. I feel that NPR and other podcast networks entering the ring have raised the bar.

    I am excited to see what the future holds for podcasting. The technology for distribution is bound to grow in the next few years.

    • Tom,

      The production quality is definitely on the rise and important, but it will never be more important than quality content made to help your audience. You have to reach a minimum level of audio quality and technology is making it easier for all of us to do that.

      I’m excited to see podcasting grow ever further!

  5. John — really well written, and astonishing to see the growth of podcasting actually recorded on paper. Knew about it, but had no idea it had grown six-fold since 2008.

    To be honest, didn’t really start paying attention to the craze until a coworker of mine got obsessed with “Serial.”

    Still have yet to find a podcast to listen to regularly. Which are your favorites? Any recommendations?

    • Ted, I agree that seeing it on paper makes it a lot clearer.

      As for Serial, you are not the only listener who discovered podcasting with that show — successes like these will push the growth of our medium even further.

      As for podcast recommendations, I would suggest starting with Rainmaker.FM which has a ton of great shows covering many topics of digital marketing.

      As for personal favourites right now, I am really digging Question of the Day with James Altucher and Stephen Dubner.

  6. Hey Jon,

    Nice infographic!

    I’ve been on the fence about starting a podcast, or doing a live video interview series. Probably gonna think about it a little while more before coming to a decision. Maybe I should do both? Haha

    Best regards,

    • Nicholas,

      Start a video podcast and kill two birds with one stone! A video based podcast is awesome because you have both YouTube and iTunes as massive distribution channels.

      Less thinking more podcasting! 😉

  7. Like most things that grow massively, you get diminishing returns and less share-of-attention when you’re late to the party… Unless you do something unique, really understand your audience and meet a previously unmet need.

    Still lots of opportunities, just not like shooting fish in a barrel anymore.

    • Tim,

      I agree it is definitely not like shooting fish in a barrel, and that would be boring anyways.

      That said, the opportunity to reach and make a connection with an audience is enormous. Obviously not for just any show, but definitely for those of us willing to do the work and create a remarkable podcast.

  8. Am working on my first ever podcast and was searching for useful tips and came across this infographic. Its really informative and the growth over the years is amazing.

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