How To Upload A Podcast To iTunes Or Any Other Directory.
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It’s a myth that iTunes (formerly called Apple Podcasts) and other podcast directories store your podcast’s media files, but this is really rather frequent (typically an MP3). You do not really submit the files for each episode of your podcast to iTunes.
What really takes place is that you provide Apple Podcasts with an RSS feed that outlines the location of your podcast files.
Then, whenever you submit a new episode, your feed will be immediately updated, and iTunes will update your show listing to reflect the addition of the new episode appropriately.
Upload Your Podcast Episode
You will use a file extension known as.mp3 when uploading podcast episodes to your podcast host’s website.
If you want to make things as easy as possible, we strongly suggest that you choose Buzzsprout as your podcast host. If you sign up for Buzzsprout, you’ll also get a $20 Amazon gift card. You will be provided with podcast statistics, an intuitive dashboard, and an integrated website.
Publish Show Notes (Optional)
It is suggested that show notes with links to resources cited in the episode, a synopsis of what was covered, and/or a transcript of the program be published (you can get your show professionally transcribed with Rev).
If you are going to use Buzzsprout, the place in which you should write your show notes is going to be the Episode Description.
I propose setting up your own WordPress site (BlueHost is an excellent WordPress server to get started with – get 63 percent off and a free domain name here) and embedding an episode player on your episode’s show notes (which are essentially blog posts):
If you wish to speed up the process, you may want to investigate using a third-party podcast player such as the Fusebox Player (which was originally known as the Smart Podcast Player). When paid yearly, the cost is $8 per month.
Submit Your RSS Feed To Apple Podcasts
It is important to remember that once you have uploaded your first episode, you will only need to do this step once.
In order for Apple Podcasts to recognize that you have a podcast once you have submitted your podcast RSS feed, you will first need to have at least one episode published.
Additional criteria to submit include the following:
- Apple ID (it’s free, create one here if you don’t have one)
- Artwork (minimum 1400 x 1400 pixels, maximum 3000 x 3000 pixels)
- Category (I recommend choosing 3)
- Explicit or Not Explicit
In the event that you have any difficulties, Apple provides more information on the criteria for podcast feeds; nevertheless, the majority of podcast providers will ensure that all of this information is filled.
Following are the procedures that need to be taken in order to submit your RSS feed to Apple Podcasts:
- Make a copy of your RSS feed from the host of your podcast. If you are making use of Buzzsprout, go to the option labeled iTunes & Directories.
- Click the Validate button once you have pasted your RSS feed into the new feed area of Podcasts Connect (which was originally known as iTunes Connect).
- If everything was configured well, you should notice a green light and the message “Prepared for Submission” under the title for the Status. Your feed will also feature the cover image for your podcast, as well as its title, description, episodes, and any other relevant information.
- Click Submit
Apple’s approval of your podcast may take a few weeks, but I’ve seen it happen in as little as a few days or as little as a few hours on occasion. Just be patient.
Submit Your RSS Feed To Other Directories
To begin, you need to be aware that the majority of podcast listening applications, as well as many directories, get their podcast information from Apple Podcasts (iTunes).
This implies that after you have uploaded your podcast to iTunes, it will immediately become accessible in other applications such as Overcast, Castbox, and Pocket Casts.
You will still need to manually submit your RSS feed to other podcast directories, and the submission procedure for these directories is often quite similar to the one used by iTunes.
For some, all you’ll need is the URL of your RSS feed, while others may ask you to create an account first.
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