What is an Enclosure URL Prefix?

If you use a 3rd party tracking service such as Chartable or Podtrac for additional analytics insights or a monetization options such as PodCorn, then each service will provide you with an Enclosure URL to be added as a 'pre-fix', which means before the media file URL in your RSS Feed. You may also see this noted as a 'pre-pend URL.'

The good news is Simplecast makes it very easy to add the enclosure URL Prefixes for 3rd party tracking services and you can even combine them if you want to use multiple services.

Enclosure URL Prefix Examples:
Chartable: https://chtbl.com/track/xxxxxx/
Podtrac: https://dts.podtrac.com/
PodCorn: https://pdcn.co/e/

This article will show you:

  1. How to add Enclosure URLs to your Simplecast RSS Feed
  2. How to add and combine multiple Enclosure URL Prefixes
  3. How to test and confirm that the Enclosure URL Prefix was added correctly.

1. How to add Enclosure URLs to your Simplecast RSS Feed

  1. Click on 'Show Distribution' in the drop-down menu in the top-left corner of your dashboard.
  2. Scroll down and click the arrow to expand the 'Advanced Settings' section.
  3. Locate the 'ENCLOSURE URL' field and enter the URL Prefix provided to you by Chartable, Podtrac, or PodCorn, etc.
  4. Click 'Save' in the top-right corner when finished.

2. How to add and combine multiple Enclosure URL Prefixes

  1. Click on 'Show Distribution' in the drop-down menu in the top-left corner of your dashboard.
  2. Scroll down and click the arrow to expand the 'Advanced Settings' section.
  3. Enter the 1st URL Prefix the 'ENCLOSURE URL' field and include https:// and be sure to leave the trailing backslash at the end (/)
  4. Enter any additional URL Prefixes without the https:// in the 'ENCLOSURE URL' field directly after the first URL backslash (/). Leave the backslash (/) at the end of the last URL Prefix entered.
  5. Click 'Save' in the top-right corner when finished.

Note: For Chartable examples, replace the 'xxxxxx' with your own tracking code.

Example 1: Chartable + Podtrac: 
https://chtbl.com/track/xxxxxx/dts.podtrac.com/

Example 2: Chartable + PodCorn:
https://chtbl.com/track/xxxxxx/pdcn.co/e/

Example 3: Podtrac + PodCorn:
https://dts.podtrac.com/pdcn.co/e/

Example 4: Chartable + Podtrac + PodCorn: 
https://chtbl.com/track/xxxxxx/dts.podtrac.com/pdcn.co/e/

3. How To Test the Enclosure URL Prefix:

⚠️ If Enclosure URLs are not added correctly, episode audio may not play.
  1. Click on 'Episodes' in the top navigation menu
  2. Click on any published episode card
  3. In the sharing section, 'click to copy the MP3 download link'
  4. Paste the mp3 URL (cmd/ctrl + v) in the web browser address bar
  5. Hit Enter/Return
  6. ✅ If an audio player appears, then Enclosure URL is configured correctly.
  7. ❌ If the audio player does not appear, the Enclosure URL needs to be fixed.

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