Indie Networks and Collectives—What’s the Difference?

Three ways to amplify your podcasting efforts with advice from Wade Roush, Michael Mongiardi, and Marsha Alejandro

Creating a podcast can be lonely.

It starts with an idea. After countless hours of mulling it over, production begins as a side hustle. Evenings and weekends are dedicated to breathing life into a show. It’s recorded in a closet, edited with headphones, and then finally published in hopes of reaching someone else out there. I’ve spoken to dozens of people who've had the same journey. I’ve also chronicled them for Timber.

Many people credit podcast communities for helping ease the loneliness of the work. As a podcast producer myself, I know that we tend to be a welcoming bunch who believe in celebrating the medium and championing its low barriers for access. We band together in Facebook groups, listservs, and other online portals.

As the appetite for community continues to grow, the ways in which podcasters are coming together is evolving. Most recently, Apple announced that their podcast platform now allows shows to be grouped into channels. This feature comes, in part, as a response to producers building independent networks and collectives.

What’s in a collective?

A podcast collective is typically a group of shows that cross-promote and build a shared audience. Because they’re targeting similar listeners, they also usually have a common theme [...]

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