Whatever your podcasting goal, be it to network, earn notoriety, make sales, or something else, growing your audience is the vessel for achieving success.
Does it make sense to continue podcasting without ensuring you have everything in place for optimal growth?
Is your podcast guilty of one of the top 5 causes of listener tune-outs? Do you even know what they are?
Ask yourself these questions:
How is the audio quality of your episodes?
Is your content interesting from start to finish or are there dull parts?
Do you know what listeners would consider boring?
Does your website maximize potential traffic the podcast could bring?
The sad thing is, many podcasters would never think to ask these questions. Those who do aren't really sure of the answers. It's difficult to self-assess.