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How Long Should I Maintain an Archive?

I podcast weekly and have tried to retain old podcasts, how long should I archive old shows?

That is a great question, and it does not have a one size fits all answer. There are a number of factors to consider, is the content in the podcast timeless or timely? Timeless content has an obvious longer shelf life, but if your podcasts report or comment on current events, it has less value in an archive.

Another factor to consider is how often you podcast. Podcasting daily will result in a huge archive, while podcasting weekly is more manageable, and an archive for a monthly podcast would certainly not be difficult.

The third item to consider is bandwidth costs, how popular is the podcast is it generating revenue? Do advertisers expect the podcast to be available for an extended period of time? Will your old podcasts bring new listeners or has the quality of the podcast vastly improved?

Ask yourself these questions and make a determination as to what is right for your show.

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