Podcasting is an effective way to share your message with the world, and Apple's iTunes is one of the biggest platforms you can use to reach an audience. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to submit your podcast's RSS feed to iTunes:
Step 1: Create Your Podcast's RSS Feed
Most podcast hosting platforms automatically generate an RSS feed for your podcast when you create an account and upload your first episode. Make sure your podcast RSS feed adheres to Apple's podcast specifications. If you're not sure how to create an RSS feed, check out our guide on how to create an RSS feed for a podcast.
Step 2: Copy Your RSS Feed URL
Navigate to your podcast host dashboard and locate your RSS feed URL. It should look something like http://www.yourwebsite.com/feed/podcast. Once you have found your feed URL, copy it.
Step 3: Check Your RSS Feed
Before submitting your feed to iTunes, ensure it's correctly formatted and doesn't contain any errors. Use a service like Cast Feed Validator to check your feed for any issues.
Step 4: Open iTunes Connect
Navigate to iTunes Connect at Podcasts Connect, Apple's podcast management area. You'll need an Apple ID to log in. If you don't have one, you'll need to create one first.
Step 5: Submit Your RSS Feed
Click on the '+' button to submit a new podcast feed. Paste your RSS feed URL into the text box that appears. Click 'Validate'. If everything is in order, a 'Preview' button will appear.
Review your podcast's details, including the name, description, and artwork. If everything is correct, hit 'Submit'.
Step 6: Wait for Approval
Apple manually reviews all podcast submissions, so approval may take between a few days to a couple of weeks. You'll receive an email once your podcast has been approved.
Remember that getting your podcast listed in iTunes is just the first step. The next and most important step is creating great content that attracts and retains listeners. For tips on growing your audience, check out our guide on how to grow your podcast audience. For tips on monetizing your podcast, you can read our guide on strategies to monetize your podcast.
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Article written by Dylan Moore
Dylan, originaly from Turkey, discovered his passion for programming and podcasting online. Him and his team later founded PodApp, a user-friendly platform designed to make podcasting accessible to everyone. Read more