How to Submit Your Podcast To Soundcloud – An Illustrated Guide


Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, you must have read hundreds of times that you should add your podcast to as many directories as possible. Soundcloud is a platform that is often brought up, and there is not a lot of information out there on how someone could submit their podcast to Soundcloud.

So, how to submit your podcast to Soundcloud?

  • Step one: Go to Soundcloud.com
  • Step two: Create a new Soundcloud account
  • Step three: Optimize your profile page
  • Step four: Click on the Upload button that is on the website’s toolbar
  • Step five: Drag and drop your podcast audio file
  • Step six: Optimize your episode to improve searchability and discoverability chances

For a step by step guide to submitting your podcast to SoundCloud and learning about the pros and cons of having your podcast on Soundcloud, continue reading this blog post.

By the way, this is an illustrated guide to submitting your podcast to Soundcloud in this post. This means that you will find answers to all of your questions regarding this topic here!

How to submit your podcast to Soundcloud?

Let us begin by addressing the elephant in the room. No, you can not just submit your podcast’s RSS Feed Url to Soundclound and have every episode of your show automatically added to Souncloud’s directory.

The first time you upload one of your episodes to SoundCloud, you will have to follow all of the steps that we are going to discuss in a minute. After your first episode is up, you will only have to follow steps four through seven to get your podcast episodes individually available on SoundCloud.

Step number one: Go to Soundcloud.com

  • First things first, open your browser.
  • Type in SoundCloud.com
  • Open SoundCloud.com
How to Submit Your Podcast To Soundcloud - An Illustrated Guide

Step number two: Create a new Soundcloud account

  • Click on Create a new account
  • Sign up with google or be typing your email

Step number three: Optimize your profile page

Now that you have created your new SoundCloud account, it is time for you to optimize your profile page. You can do this by branding your profile page to your podcast.

  • Click on your name, which is next to the word Upload that is the website’s toolbar.
  • Click on Profile that is in the drop-down menu.
  • Start by uploading a header image that represents your podcast’s brand.
How to Submit Your Podcast To Soundcloud - An Illustrated Guide
  • Upload a Profile image of your podcast’s logo. It should be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels.
  • Next, click on Edit.
How to Submit Your Podcast To Soundcloud - An Illustrated Guide
  • Change the Display name to your podcast’s name.
  • Change your First name to your podcast’s name.
  • Type in the City and Country if you want. It is not required.
  • Insert the description of your podcast in the Bio section.
  • Then, add your social media links as well as your website’s link.
  • Finally, click on the Save Changes button.

Step number four: Click on the Upload button that is on the website’s toolbar

Now that your SoundCloud profile for your podcast is ready, it is time for you to upload your first podcast episode. To do that, click on the Upload button that is on the website’s toolbar.

Step number five: Drag and drop your podcast audio file

Now, all that it is left for you to do is to drag your audio file or just click on the or choose files to upload button.

Step number six: Optimize your episode to improve searchability and discoverability chances

After your audio file is uploaded, it is time for you to do some optimization to enhance your episode’s searchability and to increase your chances of getting your episode discovered.

  • First, let us start with your episode’s title, which is the most important part to optimize. Make it catchy and use relative keywords.
  • Next, we have the URL, which is almost as important and your episode’s title. Use relative keywords, keep it short yet descriptive.
  • Then, pick one Genre that matches your podcast’s niche. Do the same thing with sub-genres.
  • After that, add some tags that describe what your podcast episode is about.
  • Then, type in the description of what this podcast episode is about.
  • After that, add your podcast’s logo as the image of the podcast episode. It should be 800 x 800 pixels.
  • Make sure that your episode is set to be public if you have a free account.
  • If you have a Pro Unlimited account, then schedule your episode to go live whenever you think the episode is going to perform best.
  • Finally, click on the Save button.
How to Submit Your Podcast To Soundcloud - An Illustrated Guide

Now that you are aware of how you can submit your podcast episodes manually to SoundCloud, let us mention a few pros and cons that are related to having your podcast on SoundCloud.

The Pros and Cons of having your podcast on SoundCloud

Like with everything, having your podcast on Soundcloud has its pros and cons.

The pros of having your podcast on SoundCloud

  1. The SoundCloud platform allows users to discover and access podcasting content easily.
  2. SoundCloud is created to allow audiences to interacts.

Pro reason number one: The SoundCloud platform allows users to discover and access podcasting content easily.

People usually listen to podcasts on streaming applications like Spotify or podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts. Since Soundcloud has recently started to cater to podcast creators, it is now considered to be both. However, it mostly remains to a streaming site and application.

Because it has an app, it makes it easy for people who use SoundCloud to discover and listen to podcasts on it.

Pro reason number two: SoundCloud is created to allow audiences to interacts.

SoundCloud is not just a streaming platform; it is also a social platform where people can add each other and leave comments on specific places on the audio that they are listening to that any person can read.

It also allows listeners to create their own playlists, favorite the track they enjoy, and even repost these tracks on their homepages.

All of these things make SoundCloud stand out because it allows audiences to interact with the content that they are listing to. It also allows them to communicate with each other.

The cons of having your podcast on SoundCloud

Soundcloud won’t automatically import your existing podcast episodes

There is one major con when it comes to having your podcast on SoundCloud, and it is the fact you can not automatically have your podcast up on SoundCloud by submitting your podcast’s RSS feed URL. You have to every single one of your episodes manually to SoundCloud.

What other directories should I submit my podcast to?

  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Pandora

How to Submit your podcast to Spotify?

Do you want to have your podcast on the biggest podcasting platform? Yes, Spotify has overgrown Apple Podcasts and became the number one podcasting platform because the majority of podcast listeners prefer to listen to their podcasts on Spotify.

This was a long time coming since the Spotify app is available for both Android and iOS, while the Apple Podcasts app is only available for iOS.

So if you want to have your podcast on the biggest podcasting platform, then read and follow my How to Publish A Podcast on Spotify blog post.

How to Publish A Podcast on Spotify?

How to Submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts?

Although Apple Podcasts is no longer the number one podcasting platform, it is still the second biggest podcasting platform. Every podcast creator should have their podcasts on it.

So if you want to have your podcast on the second biggest podcasting platform, then make sure that you read and follow my How to Publish A Podcast on Apple Podcasts blog post.

How to Publish A Podcast on Apple Podcasts?

How to submit your podcast to Pandora?

Pandora is yet another music streaming service that has introduced podcasts to its platform almost a year ago.

Pandora is now a big player in the podcasting world, so make sure to follow my illustrated guide on how to have your podcast on it by reading my How to Submit Your Podcast to Pandora: A Step-by-Step Guide blog post.

How to Submit Your Podcast to Pandora: A Step-by-Step Guide

Other questions related to how to submit your podcast to SoundCloud

Can I use Soundcloud to host my podcast?

Technically speaking, yes. You can use SoundCloud to host your podcast; however, SoundCloud is not mainly a podcast hosting site. Podcast hosting sites like Podbean, Buzzspeout, and Libsyn are much better options to use.

For a few podcasts hosting sites option, read my How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site blog post.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how to submit your podcast Soundcloud. To sum it up, you have to follow these steps to correctly add your podcast episodes to SoundCloud since that can’t be done manually:

  • Step one: Go to Soundcloud.com
  • Step two: Create a new Soundcloud account
  • Step three: Optimize your profile page
  • Step four: Click on the Upload button that is on the website’s toolbar
  • Step five: Drag and drop your podcast audio file
  • Step six: Optimize your episode to improve searchability and discoverability chances

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Till next time,

Ayah

Ayah Assem

I am a creator and a consumer of many forms of artistic content. With podcasting leaving its mark and declaring its significance in the current content world, I have decided to learn everything related to how to create a podcast. Who knows, maybe in the near future I will start uploading and sharing my creative work in the audio format. Join me on my journey of understanding the podcasting world, as I will be sharing with you all of the information that I am going to learn. Feel free to share with me your podcasting journey at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com and keep an eye on all of the music, books, podcasts, movies, tv shows, and YouTube channels that I always reference.

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