To test and verify your RSS feed is functioning properly and does not include any non-ASCII characters, you can easily run your new Simplecast RSS Feed URL through a number of feed validators.
How to Validate Your RSS Feed
First, copy your full RSS FEED URL from the Distribution Settings in the dropdown menu on the top left corner of your Simplecast account.
Validating RSS Feed on Apple Podcasts
If you plan on publishing your show to Apple Podcasts, Apple provides a RSS verification process to the steps of adding a new show. You can see more in their help center under Validate a Podcast.
For non-Apple solutions, you can find an open source feed validator online at
Note about Podbase: it is common that this validator flags podcast artwork indicating the file size is larger than recommended. For a healthy RSS feed, we recommend keeping the artwork file size (for both show and episodic) under 512 KB.
If you need help downsizing your podcast artwork consider using this free service TinyPNG/TinyJPG.
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