πŸ“Œ Important Notes:

  • If you are not sure how or when to set a 301 Redirect, please reach out to the Simplecast support team first so you do not run the risk of losing your podcast subscribers.
  • Do not set a 301 Redirect until the import process and setup is complete and you are ready to start publishing new episodes on Simplecast to all of the podcast directories.
  • Analytics Tip:
    Megaphone analytics cannot be migrated or imported to your Simplecast dashboard, so you may want to export analytics and data reports for your records before moving the show to Simplecast.

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In this article:

  1. What are the steps to move a show from Megaphone to Simplecast?
  2. What is a 301 Redirect?
  3. How to Set a 301 Redirect on Megaphone
  4. How to Test if the 301 Redirect is working
  5. How To Update the Podcast Directories & Apps after the 301 Redirect

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1. Steps to Move a Show from Megaphone to Simplecast

  1. Import show to Simplecast using your Megaphone RSS Feed
  2. Confirm all episodes and show information imported to Simplecast.
  3. Request a 301 Redirect from Megaphone after you have completed the import process and are ready to stop publishing new episodes on Megaphone and start publishing from Simplecast.
  4. Manually update any podcast directories not serving your Simplecast RSS Feed (the following may require updating: Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeart Radio)

2. What is a 301 redirect for a podcast?

The 301 redirect is like a change of address for your podcast RSS Feed URL and is necessary to keep your current subscribers when moving your show to Simplecast. Once you set a 301 Redirect, any requests from subscribers, devices, directories, and apps looking for your old RSS Feed URL will be forwarded to your new Simplecast RSS Feed URL.

The 301 Redirect will not forward any new episodes published to your old RSS Feed after importing your show to Simplecast. However, you can add the 'missing' episodes manually to your Simplecast dashboard and adjust the publishing date to match the original if needed.

3. How to Set a 301 Redirect on Megaphone?

πŸ“ŒNote: Megaphone support may require a 48-hour notice to set 301 Redirect.

4. How to Test if the 301 Redirect is working?

  • The 301 Redirect will start working as soon as it has been set.
  • You can test to see if it is working by entering your Megaphone RSS Feed URL in a web browser address bar and click Enter/Return.
  • If the URL in the address bar changes to your Simplecast RSS Feed URL, then the 301 Redirect is working!

5. How To Update the Podcast Directories & Apps

  • First, confirm the 301 Redirect is set and working.
  • The 301 Redirect should update Apple Podcasts and many other podcast directories automatically, but it is recommended you do sign into Apple Podcasts Connect and confirm you are seeing the Simplecast RSS Feed URL.
  • There are a few directories that you may need to update manually with your Simplecast RSS Feed such as Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeart Radio
  • Once you confirm the 301 Redirect is working and the podcast directories are updated with your Simplecast RSS feed URL, the moving process is complete!
  • You will publish new episodes and manage your show from your Simplecast dashboard and the directories will update automatically update the next time they check your Simplecast RSS Feed.

πŸ“Œ Here is a complete list of links and instructions for how to update a show's feed URL in the podcast directories here.

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