How to Distribute Your Show Onto the Major Podcast Directories & Apps
Getting your podcast into the popular podcast directories and apps is easy and free! Here are the required steps:
Set up your podcast on Simplecast.
Publish at least one episode.
Submit your show's RSS feed URL to the podcast directories (a one-time process, most people start by submitting their show feed to Apple Podcasts through Apple's Podcasts Connect website).
Get approved and listed in each directory, and people all around the world will be able to find and listen to your show!
Add Listen & Subscribe Badges on your Simplecast Website and web embed players.
How It Works
The podcast directories and apps will monitor the RSS feed that Simplecast provides and updates for your show after you submit your show's RSS feed URL to those directories.
Whenever you publish a new episode in your Simplecast account, the directory or app will see that a new episode, display it and notify anyone who has subscribed to your show that a new episode is available for download or streaming.
Before you submit your show's feed URL for review and approval, make sure to:
Fill out all the information about your podcast inside the Show Settings page of your Simplecast dashboard, which you can access by clicking on the Gear Icon in the upper lefthand corner dropdown menu
Have at least one published episode for your show
Most Popular Podcast Directories to Submit Your Show:
The following is a growing list of the most popular podcast directories/apps to submit your Simplecast RSS Feed to maximize the reach of your audience.
💡 We've also included instructions about how to change which RSS feed URL the podcast directories are checking (when you move your show from another host over to Simplecast, for example).
Spotify - To submit your show to Spotify, log into their Spotify for Podcasters website. We recommend creating a new Spotify account for your podcast versus linking it to a personal account. If you need to update which RSS feed URL Spotify is checking for your show, you'll be able to change that in the Spotify for Podcasters site.
To Submit a New Show: Use this form to submit your show(s) to iHeart Radio.
To update: If your show is not updating on iHeart Radio, please email email@example.com and tell them to update your RSS Feed and provide them with your Show Title, iHeart Radio Show URL, and your Simplecast RSS Feed.
Overcast - Overcast can find your RSS feed automatically as long as it's in Apple Podcasts (there are a few other podcast apps that use Apple's podcast directory as well).
Breaker: To add your Podcast, download the app (on iOS, soon Android) and submit your podcast into their search by “Adding it by the URL”. This can be your Apple Podcast link or RSS feed. By adding it to Breaker directly, it ensures your podcast is available in their listening app right away. Download Breaker on iOS.
TuneIn - To add a brand new show, click here. To update an existing RSS feed, fill out their Submit Your Podcast form, enter your program ID in the "Comment" field, and the TuneIn support team will update it accordingly. Click here for instructions on how to find your program ID.
Podcast Submission FAQ
Q: How do I find my Simplecast RSS Feed URL?
A: You can find your show's RSS feed URL in the DISTRIBUTION section of your Simplecast dashboard.
Click on the GEAR ICON in the upper lefthand corner dropdown menu
Select DISTRIBUTION from the lefthand side menu
Q: Can I submit my show's RSS feed to SoundCloud?
A: SoundCloud is a hosting platform that does not pull information about episodes from an RSS feed the same way that the other podcast directories do. If you find value in publishing on SoundCloud, you'll need to manage a hosting account with them and upload new episodes on their platform manually.
Q: Can I submit my podcast feed to my own website (WordPress, Squarespace, or a different CMS/platform)?
A: Websites do not operate like podcast directories, and most will not list your episodes and episodes notes as blog posts using an RSS feed. However, our embeddable audio players make it easy to share your episodes on your own website.
Q: How long will it take to get my podcast to be approved and listed in Apple Podcasts and other podcast directories/apps?
A: Approval times vary for every directory. Please review their documentation or contact the podcast directory's support team for more information on approval time-frames. We would love to help speed up the process but we do not have that access. It's completely in the control of the directories.
Q: Will I have to re-submit my podcast feed every time I publish a new episode?
A: No, you won't ever need to re-submit your feed. Once your show's feed is approved by the podcast directories, they'll automatically get any updates or new episodes that you publish in your Simplecast dashboard. That includes any edits/updates you make to the show or episode details (audio files too).
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