Free hosting means that the host’s content is available for anyone to download and use without paying.
But some hosts, like those at Vox, have gone on to create their own content-heavy services, including ones like podcasting.
“If I want to do a podcast on Vox, I’m not going to have a podcast service, I am going to just make one, and that’s that,” said Mark Zaid, founder of Vox Media.
“There’s no reason for me to have to worry about hosting a podcast or paying for it.”
That’s the dilemma hosts have in today’s tech economy: they can choose one or the other but not both.
Zaid’s podcasting platform, for example, is built on free hosting and includes no advertising.
The idea is to get more people listening and to make money off of that.
But the free hosting model has its critics, including Vox Media, which has been in a legal battle with Freehosting.
Freehosts was the first and most successful hosting platform, according to Zaid.
“We’ve never really had a problem with free hosting,” he said.
“I mean, we didn’t get a lot of people to pay for this stuff because we’re doing it in the service of other things.”
But now that the free model is becoming popular, Zaid said he is worried it’s “going to become a burden” on his site.
Free hosting, Zid said, has its problems.
“One of the things that Freehost has is that they’re using free hosting because it’s free,” he explained.
“It’s like they’ve found a loophole.
But we’re not paying for the service, we’re paying for this content.”
Zaid believes Vox Media should be paying for his podcast, but the hosts he has talked to say he should be.
Zid and others like him are concerned that Free hosting could make Vox Media less profitable.
“Freehosting is really damaging to Vox because Freehost is a way for people to monetize their content without actually paying for a service,” Zaid told NPR.
“So it’s like, ‘OK, you know, I want my podcast to be free, but I don’t want you to charge me for it.’
It’s just wrong.”
Free hosting and podcasting services aren’t the only way hosts are finding new ways to make a living online.
“The way to build a business is to use a podcast, a free podcast hosting service,” said David Karp, a tech entrepreneur and founder of StartupX.
“And so, when you have a business that is built around the podcasting model, you need a podcast host.
You need a lot more people to get the podcast to people and then monetize it.”
Karp said that if Vox Media can’t find a way to monetise its podcasts, it may not have a future.
“In some cases, people are not even getting paid for their podcast,” Karp explained.
That means they’re not creating any value and are just wasting their time.
“That’s a huge problem, because it creates a kind of vicious cycle.”
It’s not just hosts who are hurting financially, but businesses as well.
Karp told NPR that while Vox Media is able to charge a small fee to get content, it’s often a fraction of what a hosting service costs.
“Even though Vox Media charges us $5 per month for hosting, it takes less than 20 seconds to download our podcast and that costs less than a penny,” Karps said.
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But Zaid and others are worried about the new way hosts and businesses are trying to monetizing their content.
“Hosting is going to become more and more important in this new economy,” said Karp.
“But I would like to think that it would be a lot harder to start a podcast and monetize that if it’s just a way people can download it and sell it.”
The Free Hosts website offers a way that hosts can earn money from their podcasts, but Zaid doesn’t see a future for that as long as the podcast host doesn’t earn money for the podcast itself.
Free host Zaid says Vox Media’s business model of using podcasts as a way of generating revenue will not work long-term.
“You’re just creating another source of revenue for Vox Media and Vox Media will become less and less important,” he told NPR in an interview.
“They’re going to go away.” “
When you have no podcast and you don’t have any content and you just have this one company that just hosts podcasts, you can’t sustain a podcast,” Zid added.
“They’re going to go away.”
Free Host Zaid is skeptical that the future of podcasting will be as vibrant as the freehost