How Subscribers Access Premium Podcast Content and Retrieve a Forgotten Password

Anyone who subscribes to your podcast will be provided a free Podbean account (if they don’t already have one). They will receive an email including their Podbean username (or email address) and password (for those who were already logged in with a current Podbean account, this will be used to access the content).

If they forget their password they can retrieve it by clicking “Forget Password” at http://www.podbean.com/site/user/login. Our system will send them a temporary password and they can then change their password when they log in.

With the Podbean account, it is super convenient to access their premium content online or in the Podbean app for Android and iOS. There are three ways for your subscribers to enjoy their premium content:

1. They can visit www.podbean.com and use their information to log in to their Podbean account. They will find all the premium content they’ve subscribed to in their dashboard in the “Premium Content” tab. This is an easy way to view all premium content in one place.

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2. They can also visit your podcast site (http://yourpodcastsite.podbean.com/) to watch/listen to premium content in your episode list (they will get a pop up window instructing them to enter their username and password when they click on premium episodes, if they’re not already logged in).

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3. Premium episodes can also be accessed in the Podbean app when the user is logged in to the account they used to pay for the content.

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Simplified Listener Access to Premium Podcast Episodes

To make it easy to find premium podcast episodes you’ve purchased, we’ve added a “Premium Episodes” section to your Podbean account.

Simply login to your Podbean account and you’ll see a “Premium Episodes” tab in your left sidebar (if you’ve paid for any episodes). Click there and you will see a page where you can view and play all your premium episodes.

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*You can also play premium episodes in the Podbean app if you are logged in using the account you used to pay for the content.

**For patron-only content, please visit the patron page of the podcast. Click on “Episodes” for your patrons-only content (which can also be accessed in the Podbean app).

How to Create Premium Subscription Plans for Your Podcast

Podbean offers easy-to-use podcast monetization tools, including premium content options so you can charge for content. This can be done by charging a fee for a single episode or by creating premium subscription plans.

To create premium plans, first set up your account to be linked to Stripe for payment
(in the premium page of your dashboard) and then follow these steps:

Step 1. To add a premium plan, go to the “Premium”->”Premium Plans” tab and then click “Add a new plan” under the “Add Subscription Plan”.

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Step 2. You can set it to be a recurring plan/payment (such as monthly) or a one-time payment (Season Pass) plan with fixed start and end date.

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Step 3. If you wish to create a recurring plan, you can set the billing cycle for whatever length you want in days, weeks, months, or years. Name the plan and choose your price.

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You also set up a flexible free or discounted trial period for your paid subscribers. It can be couple days, weeks or even months. Click ”Set Trial Period” to set the trial settings.

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Step 4. Click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this page and you’ll see the update success message.

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When you publish episodes, you will choose “free” or “premium” in the editor. When you choose “premium” you will have the option to charge a fee for the single episode or add it to one of our premium subscription plans.

Though listeners cannot purchase premium content in the Podbean app, they can listen to it there if they are logged in with their corresponding login information that they used to purchase the content.

Note: If you wish for some paid content to be available to subscribers as well as for separate purchase, please post the file twice choosing each corresponding option. For best results, please name the audio files with different names.

Related article: Podcaster fees for premium content

Premium Content: How to Charge a Fee for a Podcast Episode

Podbean offers various ways for podcasters to monetize their content. One of these methods is premium content; you can charge for subscription-based content or for individual episodes (single track premium). With Podbean, premium options are totally customizable and you can charge what you want.

Here are the easy steps to charge for a single episode:

First, go to the “Premium” tab in your dashboard to activate premium (click on “Activate Now”). You will need to connect your account with Stripe for payout. Follow the easy steps for Stripe activation. Once activated, you’ll be directed to “Premium Settings” to set the basic settings.

To create single-episode premium content, simply go to “Publish” in your dashboard to publish the episode. You can choose “Free” or “Premium” (for paid content). Click on “Premium” and you will two options: premium plan or “Sell single episode”. Select “Sell single episode” and set the fee you wish to charge (minimum fee is 50 cents due to Stripe’s requirements).

When you publish the episode, it will include the link to “Buy Single Episode Now”. When users click there, they will get a pop up to input their credit card information for payment via Stripe. They will then be redirected to a screen to create a password (if they are already logged into a Podbean account, it will skip this step) and then will be directed to the information page where they can download/listen to the episode. Anytime they are logged in using the associated email and password (on site or in the Podbean app), they can view and listen to this content*.

Podbean makes it super simple to manage your premium content. We handle the technical needs, payment processing and service for a reasonable revenue share (no upfront fees or limits). If you have any problems, contact our Support team for help.

*Users cannot purchase content in the Podbean app due to Android and iPhone restrictions. They must do so on the website, but once they have purchased it, the content will be available in the app if they’re logged in with the account they used to make the purchase.

Note: If you wish for some paid content to be available to subscribers as well as for separate purchase, please post the file twice choosing each corresponding option. For best results, please name the audio files with different names.

Related article: Podcaster fees for premium content