This article is going to show you how to submit your show to Apple Podcasts Connect and get listed in the Apple Podcasts Directory and share your podcast with the world. 

Apple Podcasts Connect:
https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/

The Checklist (Details Below):

  1. Fill out SHOW SETTINGS completely in your Simplecast dashboard

  2. Publish at least one podcast episode (required)

  3. Enter your billing information to access and copy your RSS Feed URL

  4. Sign in to Apple Podcasts Connect with existing Apple ID/Password or create a new one for your podcast (recommended)

  5. Add Show using Simplecast RSS Feed

  6. Review 'Show Information'

  7. Enter Contact Information (name, email, phone)

  8. Select AVAILABILITY from the lefthand side menu, and update feed availability

  9. Select 'Publish' or schedule 'Release Date' of show

  10. Click 'Submit for Review'

  11. Congratulations. You are a podcaster!

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How To Submit Your Podcast to Apple Podcasts

Step 1: Tasks to Complete Before You Submit Your Show

  1. Show Settings: Fill in all of the fields as best you can (Title, Description, Show Artwork, Format, Publishing Time Zone, Language, Categories, Author Information Email, etc). This is the main digital metadata about your show and is in the top section of your RSS Feed. This information is what is displayed when people view your show in podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts.

  2. Publish One Episode: You must publish at least one episode before you can submit your RSS Feed to Apple Podcasts or any other directory. One good strategy is to publish a Trailer or 'About This Podcast' episode to get started and get people excited about your show. 

  3. RSS Feed: Your RSS Feed URL is located in 'Podcast Distribution Settings' and is activated after you publish at least one episode and there is a credit card on file.

Show Settings Helpful Tips:
1. Title: Enter show name only. Avoid descriptions, tag-lines.
2. Artwork: Keep artwork under 500kb, 3000 x 3000 px, jpeg
3. Author Tag: Enter name of host/co-host only. No descriptions.
4. Tags: Use relevant keywords and use a moderate amount.
5. Email: Enter email address so listeners can contact you.

Apple Podcast Best Practices:
https://help.apple.com/itc/podcasts_connect/#/itc2b3780e76


Step 2:  Sign in to Apple Podcasts Connect or Create Apple ID

It is recommended you create a new Apple ID for your podcasts instead of using your personal Apple ID that you use for apps, music, games, etc.

  1. Copy your RSS Feed URL to your clipboard (cmd/ctrl + c)

  2. In a web browser, go to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com

  3. Sign in with an existing Apple ID & Password used to manage your shows or click on 'Create yours now' to create a new Apple ID.

  4. When first signing in to Apple Podcasts Connect, you will need to 'Set Up Account'

    1. Enter 'Account Name' (The display name for your account in Apple Podcasts Connect. This does not need to match your legal entity name.)

    2. Select the radio button for either 'Individual' or 'Company'

    3. Read the Terms of Service and check the box at the bottom

    4. Click 'Save' to continue

    5. Sign in using Apple ID/Password

Step 3: Add New Show in Apple Podcasts Connect

  1. After you log in, click the "+" next to 'Podcasts' in the top left corner or click button in the center of the page and select NEW SHOW

  2. Check the radio button next to Add a show with an RSS Feed

  3. Click NEXT

  4. Paste your Simplecast RSS Feed URL (cmd/ctrl + v) into the URL field.

  5. Click ADD

  6. Review Show Information

  7. Enter Contact Information (Name, Email, Phone)

  8. Select AVAILABILITY from the lefthand side menu

  9. Check the appropriate boxes for COUNTRIES OR REGIONS and DISTRIBUTION

  10. Choose Release Date Preference

    1. 'Release the show as soon as it's published' will make your show available in the Apple Podcasts directory immediately

    2. 'Release the Show' will allow you to select the date and time when you want your show to go live in the Apple Podcasts directory

  11. Congrats! You have a podcast on Apple Podcasts.

  12. If you have any questions about your podcast on Apple Podcasts, you can email Apple Support at podcastsupport@apple.com

Apple Podcasts Links & Resources:

Apple Podcasts/iTunes Connect Podcast Portal

Apple Podcasts Connect Help & Resources

If you have any questions about your podcast on Apple Podcasts, please contact apple here.

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