Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, acronyms could be scary, so I understand why people want to if their podcast needs an RSS feed. It sounds a bit intimidating, but could it be essential for your podcast?
So, does a podcast need an RSS Feed? Yes, a podcast needs an RSS feed. An RSS feed is a document that carries all of the important information of your show that gets hosted so anyone can access it. Without it, people won’t be able to find your podcast unless they specifically seek out your site, Soundcloud, or YouTube.
But what exactly is an RSS feed, why does a podcast need it, and how can you get one for your podcast? Make sure you continue reading this blog post to learn more about RSS feeds!
Does a podcast need an RSS Feed?
Every podcast needs an RSS feed, but before we discuss why that is true, let us explain what the RSS acronym stands for.
So, what does an RSS acronym stand for? RSS is an acronym where the R stands for Really, the first S stands for Simple, and the second S stands for Syndication. So RSS = Really Simple Syndication.
But what does that actually mean? You can consider it as a different, more accessible, more efficient way of subscribing to a podcast or a blog than email.
Now that we know what that RSS acronym represents, let us talk about what an RSS feed is.
So, what is an RSS feed? An RSS feed is a document that carries all of the important information of your podcast show or blog. By using a host, people will be able to easily access your podcast thanks to the RSS feed being added.
RSS feeds are read by an RSS reader that collects all of the blogs, news sources, and basically anything you want from different platforms in one place. Which is a more efficient way for us to have everything we want to check out in one place.
The use of RSS readers have been declining because of social media; however, they are still be used because they save people a lot of time.
Opening social media just to check one specific thing could quickly turn into wasting an hour or more just scrolling through the feed and getting distracted by a lot of videos and other people’s photos and status. So, RSS readers are still beneficial.
(PS: I just had a realization, but I couldn’t find an article that states that so this might not be true. However, from what I have been reading about RSS feeds and RSS readers, I have concluded that podcasting platforms are basically a specific type of RSS Readers!
I am not sure if that is correct, but this the conclusion that I have just came up with, and it honestly sounds legit. If you are tech-savvy, can please email me at email@example.com confirm or deny this.)
Why does a podcast need an RSS Feed?
Although the use of RSS Readers is declining, which is something that was extremely popular about eight years ago, your podcast won’t stand a chance getting streamed and download by a lot of people without an RSS feed.
Just because the use of RSS Readers is declining, it doesn’t mean that its counterpart (RS S feeds) is dead as well. Why?
Well, without an RSS feed, people won’t be able to find your podcast unless they specifically seek out your site to listen to it, or if they subscribe via your website to getting an email notification every time you upload a new episode. However, that is efficient. Why? Let me give you a simple example.
Let us say you have a twitter account and you have the notifications on for the App, which means whenever someone tweets you something, reply to your tweet, like or retweet one of your tweets or even sends you a DM ( direct message), you get a notification from Twitter.
When you get this notification and click on it, you will be directly taken to the twitter app. Not only that, but you will also be taken to your inside the app notifications, or you will be redirected to the tweet or direct message (DM) right away.
If you didn’t have your app notification on, but you allow twitter to email you regarding any notifications you receive on Twitter, then you will get an email notification.
Not everyone allows the email app to send them notifications, while others won’t bother opening the twitter app just because the got an email notification from twitter because they are trying to manage their time correctly and avoid getting distracted.
This means that people will have open the email, click on the message, then go to twitter to see that notification. That is such a waste of time, in my opinion.
To keep it short, an RSS reader and RSS fed are like the middle man that takes away all of the middlemen.
So what does all of that have to do with podcasts? Well, the same thing applies. Imagine that the only people who get to listen to your podcast are those who have discovered your site and actually subscribed to your podcast’s mailing list.
That is just bad marketing, in my opinion. Platform diversification plays a huge role when it comes to introducing your podcast to a newer audience.
So, by using an RSS feed and a podcasting host, you will be able to have your podcast on all of ( or the majority of) podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
This is going to hugely impact the chances of your blog getting discovered because first of all, they will directly be notified from the podcasting app they have on their phone if they are subscribed to you.
Second of all, when people are searching for a podcast or a podcast episode about a particular topic, then you are more likely to show up on a podcasting app rather than your site reaching the top of search results.
Third of all, thanks to all of the work that Google Podcast has been doing, podcasts that are on Google can now appear on the first page of Google’s search results.
And the best part is that people can now listen to the podcast that is at the top of the first page of Google’s search results right away from Google’s search engine.
Google podcasts is currently elevating the SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) for podcasts, which gives you more room to grow and get discovered more easily. To get your podcast to appear in Google’s search results podcast slide, you have to submit an RSS feed.
Do you now see how important that is? Now, let us talk about how you can get your podcast’s RSS feed URL from Anchor.
How to get an RSS Feed for your podcast using Anchor?
I have already explained how you can use the Anchor App to record, edit, and publish your podcast. If you missed it, then make sure you check out my Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone blog post because I take you through the process of signing up step by step.
The Anchor application is a free podcasting platform that does all of the work for you.
They can even submit your RSS feed to all of the major podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts and Google podcasts themselves. They ask you if you want them to do that for you when you’re about to publish your first podcast episode. Here is a picture of how that looks like.
If you want a post on how you can do that yourself, then let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is RSS stand for?
RSS is an acronym where the R stands for Really, the first S stands for Simple, and the second S stands for Syndication. So RSS = Really Simple Syndication.
What is an RSS Feed?
It is basically a file format that is used by programs to pass information about what type of content you’re creating, and so much more. Thanks to RSS Feeds, distributing your podcast on multiple platforms is possible!
Do I have to write my podcast’s RSS Feed myself?
You can, but this could be a bit complicated. If you barely have any knowledge about how to do something so technical, then don’t worry. Podcast hosting platforms often create one for you, like Anchor for example.
Can my podcast appear in Google’s search results?
Yes, because google podcasts is finally making audio content a first-class citizen, so podcasts are finally beginning to appear in Google’s search results. People can currently search for and listen to podcasts on Google’s search engine!
That’s it for today’s post. You should now understand why an RSS Feed is crucial for your podcast, what it is, and how you can get one for your podcast. If you have more questions regarding RSS Feeds and Podcasts, then feel free to email me at email@example.com.
- How do RSS Feeds work?
- RSS made easy
- RSS Feeds Explained Simply
- What is a Podcast RSS Feed?
- What Is A Podcast RSS Feed?
- How to Create an RSS Feed for a Podcast
- Simplecast: Tutorial + Walkthrough
Till next time,