Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, now that you have finally finished working on your podcast and you have even uploaded your first episode to a podcast hosting site, it is time for you to begin distributing your podcast on different podcasting platforms.
So, how can you publish your podcast on Apple Podcasts?
In order to publish your podcast on Apple Podcasts, which is considered to be the number one podcasting platform at the moment, then your podcast should have an RSS feed, which you can get from your podcast’s hosting site. Your podcast must also have a covert art that is 1600 x 1600 pixels.
Yesterday, we talked about the second most popular podcasting platform, Spotify. Today, we are going to talk about the number one most popular podcasting platform, Apple Podcasts, and how you can publish your podcast on it. So if you are looking for a step by step guide, then continue reading this post.
How to publish a podcast on Apple Podcasts?
From the outside looking in, the basic requirements for submitting a podcast to Apple Podcasts might seem simpler than that of Spotify.
However, what I have mentioned in the intro of this blog post does not even begin to scratch the surface of what you have to do if you want to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts manually. I am saying manually because some hosting sites offer to do all of that work for you like the Anchor app.
But I prefer doing things the more complicated way ( it is not that complicated) because Anchor is very easy to use, yet some cons are associated with it.
Why is Anchor not the best host for your podcast?
People like having free things; however, one must educate themselves about the real price of free services. Often, when you are not exchanging your money for a specific product or a service, then you are actually the product or service that is the company is going to make money off.
I know how that might sound a bit weird, but let me remind of a prevalent phenomenon that every single facebook user has noticed. During the past couple of years, the number of advertisements that are displayed on your facebook page has increased.
Not only have they become excessive, but they have also become scaringly tailored to our interests. Do you know why that has been happening?
At first, when this social media platform has first launched, it had almost no advertisement displayed on its homepage. It was a free and addictive social media platform that attracted a lot of users; thus, Facebook was able to collect and save a lot of information about its users.
Then, they used that information to charge other businesses money to create tailored advertisements to Facebook users.
Because this social media platform was available for free, a lot of people used it, and Facebook collected a lot of information about us and sold it to other businesses. This makes us, Facebook users, the product.
Now, if facebook were a social media that required users to pay a membership to use the platform, no advertisements would pop up. This means that Facebook is not going to sell tailored ads to other businesses. Because, in this case, you are paying for a service.
I do like the Anchor App and honestly believe that it is an excellent podcasting platform for those who are just starting and trying to learn about the wondrous world of podcasts.
However, since it is a free service, like YouTube, know that you are not going to own your work just like how YouTubers do not own their videos. That does not mean that your work is not copyrighted or that you won’t be able to make any money off of it.
However, it means that the platform, whether it is Anchor or YouTube, has the ability to restrict and delete your content if they want to.
Have you noticed how YouTube has been extensive lately with their copy strikes, censorships, and even deleting videos and channels altogether? Now, I do not think that the Anchor is going to do that, but the probability of that happening still exists because you are not paying for the service.
When you do not pay for something, then know that the company is going to be making a lot of money off of you.
In a nutshell, if you want to test the waters of podcasting, then use the Anchor App because it makes all of the technical things super easy. You can get your podcast on Apple Podcasts with one click, something that most of other hosting sites does not offer.
However, once you want to start doing this seriously and professionally, then I highly recommend that you move your podcast to a hosting site that charges you for their services.
Okay, so which podcast hosting sites should you use?
Fortunately, I will be doing a blog post soon about the different podcast hosting sites that you can use so stay tuned for that.
Until that post is published though, you can do your research on four of my favorite podcast hosting platforms, which are:
- Libsyn: For this hosting site, prices range between five and seventy-five dollars ( 5- 75 dollars) per month.
- PodBean: For this hosting site, the prices are ( minus the free one) nine dollars (9 dollars) per month, twenty-nine dollars (21 dollars) per month, and ninety-nine dollars (99 dollars) per month.
- SimpleCast: For this hosting site, the prices are fifteen dollars ( 15 dollars) per month, thirty-five ( 35 dollars) per month, and eighty-five dollars ( 85 dollars) per month.
- buzzsprout: For this hosting site, the prices are ( minus the free option) twelve dollars ( 12 dollars) per month, eighteen dollars ( 18 dollars) per month, and twenty-four dollars ( 24 dollars) per month.
If you need help with choosing the perfect podcast hosting site for you, then feel free to check out my recommendations for the best podcast hosting sites.
A step by step guide to submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts.
Unfortunately, you can not just upload your podcast to Apple Podcasts because they do not host your podcast. They are not a podcast distribution platform.
The necessary steps to submitting your podcast to the biggest and most popular podcasting platform are the following ( assuming that you already have a live episode on a podcast hosting site):
- Make sure that your podcast’s description and information details are complete.
- Grab your podcast’s RSS Feed from your hosting site.
- Get iTunes and create an account on it.
- Test your podcast’s RSS Feed.
- Validate and Submit your podcast.
- Be patient while your podcast is getting approved.
A Step by Step Guide to submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts
Now that you know the necessary steps to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, let us dive in a bit deeper and see how exactly we can do that.
Step 1: Make sure that your podcast’s description and information details are complete
Before you begin submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you must ensure that your podcast’s information has all of the requirements that Apple Podcasts requires. If your podcast does not meet all of the requirements, then you risk your podcast being invalidated by Apple Podcasts. Here are the conditions that your podcast should meet.
- The cover art or thumbnail of your podcast should have a minimum resolution of one thousand and four hundred X one thousand and four hundred ( 1400×1400). The maximum resolution allowed is three thousand x three thousand ( 3000×3000). The format could be JPG or PNG.
- Your podcast should have at least one live episode.
- You should fill all of the required information like the title of the podcast and the episodes, the summary, the contact information, the categories, and the description.
Step 2: Grab your podcast’s RSS Feed from your hosting site
You can get your podcast’s RSS feed from the hosting platform that is hosting your podcast. Without the URL of your podcast, you won’t be able to efficiently distribute your podcast on different podcasting platforms like Apple podcasts and Spotify.
This what you are going to submit so you can get your podcast available on Apple Podcasts.
If you are unable to find your podcast’s RSS feed URL on your podcast’s hosting site, then check the frequently asked questions ( FAQ) page on your hosting site and you will be able to find out how you can retrieve your podcast’s RSS feed. If you are still unable to find it, then email me at podcastingdiaries.com, and I will help you retrieve it.
Step 3: Get iTunes and create an account on it
This step is straightforward. To able to submit your podcast to Apple podcasts, you must have an Apple ID. No, you do not have to own an Apple product to be able to do that. In order to create an Apple ID account, you must download iTunes.
If you already have an ID, consider creating a new one that is only for your podcast so you could make your ID name and your podcast’s name one and the same.
Step 4: Test your podcast’s RSS Feed
It is best if you first test your podcast’s RSS feed before you attempt to submit it using Podcasts Connect.
To test your podcast’s RSS feed URL, open iTunes, and log in using your Apple ID account.
- Click on “File”, then click on “Subscribe to Podcast”.
- Paste your podcast’s RSS feed Url inside the provided text box and click “Okay”.
- If you are able to download and play an episode successfully, then your podcast is ready to be submitted to Apple Podcasts.
- In case an error occurs, Apple recommends you use this third-party feed validation service to help you figure out what the problem is.
Step 5: Validate and Submit your podcast
Now that you have tested your podcast, you can validate and submit it to Apple Podcasts. However, you won’t be doing that through iTunes. Instead, you will search for iTunes Podcasts Connect, which is Apple’s current podcast portal.
When the iTunes Podcasts Connect page loads, just follow these steps:
- First things first, you will have to log in using your Apple ID.
- Next, click on the plus sign (+) that is on the left side of your dashboard so you can add a new podcast/ show to your directory
- Then, enter your podcast’s RSS Feed URL on the next page and click on the “Validate button”.
- When your podcast’s RSS feed becomes validates, go through your podcast’s details one last time to double-check all of that information then click on the “Submit” button.
Step 6: Be patient while your podcast is getting approved
After you submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you might have to wait between one day and fourteen days. During that time, you will receive an email from Apple confirming that you have submitted your podcast and that it is under review.
Once your podcast gets reviewed and approved, you will receive another email that includes a link to your podcast on Apple Podcasts.
How to Publish A Podcast on Spotify?
To submit your podcast to Spotify, you will have to visit the Spotify for Podcasters site and create a Spotify account or log in. Then, you click on the “Get Started” button that is on the “Add your podcast” page, read all of the terms and contains, and write your legal name. Next, you are going to paste your podcast’s RSS feed and click “Next”.
If you want to learn about this in more details, then make sure you read my How to Publish A Podcast on Spotify blog post for an easy step by step guide that you can follow and implement.
Where to Legally Get Music for Your Podcast
There are many different sites that you could use to download music for your podcast legally. Some of these music files will be under the creative commons license, where attributing the artist in your podcast might be required ( like The Free Music Archive).
Other sites will give you the license to use their music in exchange for a one-time fee ( Audio Jungle).
If you want to learn about music sites for podcasts; as well as, what is copyrights, then make sure you check out my Where to Legally Get Music for Your Podcast blog post. I will explain precisely how you can use music in your podcasts without getting copyrighted.
What does RSS stand for?
RSS term is an acronym that means Really Simple Syndication. The R stands for “Really”, the S stands for “Simple”, and the second S stands for “Syndication”.
What is an RSS Feed?
This is a file format that embodies all of the information regarding what your podcast is about. This file can be read by different programs to deliver the required information. Without an RSS Feed, distributing your podcast on different podcasting platforms would have been very difficult.
Does A Podcast Need An RSS Feed?
Yes, RSS Feeds are very important because they carry all of the vital information about your show. An RSS feed is often provided to you by your podcast’s hosting site. Thanks to that RSS feed, you can distribute your podcast on many different podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.
If you want to learn more about RSS Feeds, then make sure you read my Does A Podcast Need An RSS Feed blog post.
What are the downsides of using the Anchor App?
When you do not pay for something, then know that the company is going to be making a lot of money off of you. Also, you do not own your work. Your content could get restricted and deleted. The Anchor App is a great podcasting platform for those who want to test the waters of podcasting, but beware the hefty price tag of free services.
Can my podcast appear in Google’s search results?
Your eyes aren’t playing a trick on you because you can indeed have your podcast’s episodes appear on the first page of Google’s search results. Why? Because Google is making audio content a first-class citizen on Google’s search results page. Now, people can search for and listen to your podcast on Google’s search engine.
To learn more about how and why your podcast can now appear on Google’s search results, then make sure you read my Can My Podcast Appear in Google’s Search Results blog post.
Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone
Making a podcast using nothing except for your iPhone is absolutely doable. It is really possible for you to record, edit, and upload your podcast and use nothing except for your iPhone. There is not just one way to do so, but the easiest way to do it is by using the Anchor application. By the way, this application is available for both iOS and Android.
To learn more about how you can create a podcast using nothing except for your iPhone, click here.
That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how you can submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts. Now that I have covered how you submit your Apple Podcasts to iTunes and Spotify, which podcasting platforms should I talk about next?
If you have any suggestions or if you have questions related to how to publish a podcast on Apple Podcasts, then feel free to email me at email@example.com.
In case you end up using this guide to submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts or if you have just launched your new podcast, then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I could check it out and give you a shout out in one of my upcoming blog posts.
- How to Get Your Podcast on iTunes
- Submitting My Podcast to iTunes
- Podcasts Connect Help
- Apple Podcasts (iTunes and Apple Podcasts App)
- How to Submit and Publish Your Podcast to iTunes
Till next time,