Did you know I once directed a podcast network? I retired it in spring 2019, and here are some lesson I hope can help you.

The network's history

I founded Noodle Mix Network (originally called “Noodle.mx Network,” but always pronounced the same) with the launch of The Audacity to Podcast in June 2010.

My goal was to bring together like-minded podcasters with high-quality shows to grow together through synergy, community, support, crosspromotion, and sponsorship.

Noodle Mix Network combined my pre-existing shows, the Ramen Noodle and Are You Just Watching, with a brand new show called The Audacity to Podcast.

It since grew to host a wide variety of shows:

  1. the Ramen Noodle
  2. Are You Just Watching
  3. The Audacity to Podcast
  4. Beyond the To-Do List
  5. The Productive Woman
  6. Christian Meets World
  7. The Sci-Phi Show
  8. ONCE
  9. Welcome to Level Seven
  10. WONDERLAND
  11. Under the Dome Radio
  12. Resurrection Revealed
  13. Podcasting Videos by The Audacity to Podcast
  14. Inside the Podcasting Business

What the network did well

  • Quality
  • Branding
  • Rally for awards
  • Sponsorships

What the network did poorly

  • Audience-relevant common theme
  • Cross-promotion
  • Cross-integration
  • Full and consistent community

Why I retired the network

  • Allow me to focus on fewer things
  • Give each podcaster more room to expand

Read my announcement post.

Should you start or join a network?

  • If run like a business
  • If an obvious audience-relevant benefit
  • Not if it's only a club

For more information, I highly recommend Dave Jackson's episode of School of Podcasting (in which I'm a guest), “How to Start a Podcast Network: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.”

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This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship. I may receive compensation from your actions through such links. However, I don't let that corrupt my perspective and I don't recommend only affiliates.

About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

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