There are a number of great reasons why you may want to create an Additional RSS feed for your podcast.
For example, perhaps you'd like to make new episodes available on various listening apps (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.) on different days. Or, maybe you'd like to release exclusive bonus content for a specific group of super-fans. You may even want to publish both explicit and clean versions of your episodes.
Whatever your reason, anyone with an Essential or higher subscription plan can now set up a second feed for their show very easily with just a few simple clicks!
Creating Your Second RSS Feed
Begin by clicking on the GEAR ICON in the dropdown menu in the upper lefthand corner of your Simplecast dashboard.
Next, select DISTRIBUTION from the lefthand side menu.
In the center of the page, you'll see the URL for your Main RSS Feed. Click on the ADD NEW FEED button beneath that section.
On the page that opens, you'll need to name your new RSS feed, so that it's easily distinguishable from your main feed. You'll also get to choose whether or not you'd like to CLONE your main RSS feed.
📌 OPTION 1: If you intend to use the second RSS feed exclusively for bonus content, or episodes that do not exist in your main feed, leave the CLONE FEED switch disabled, and click the SAVE button.
📌 OPTION 2: If, on the other hand, you intend to use the second feed to distribute the same content, but to a different audience (ex: to begin publishing episodes earlier to one particular app than to others), then enable the CLONE FEED switch, and select MAIN FEED from the dropdown menu that appears. Click SAVE to finish.
Your new RSS feed URL will now appear on your DISTRIBUTION page, beneath your main feed. However, it's still not quite ready to use.
By default, as a safety measure, your new feed will be turned off. To enable it, you'll want to first click the ADVANCED SETTINGS link beneath it.
From here, you can make any necessary adjustments for this particular feed (ex: mark it as explicit, disable automatic episode numbers in Apple Podcasts, add an analytics prefix, etc.), and select the new status for your RSS feed (Public, Unlisted, or Off).
📌 Each of the status types includes a description to help you determine which is the best fit for your use case.
Once you select the new feed status, click SAVE in the upper righthand corner, and your new RSS feed will be ready to use!
Publishing to Your Second RSS Feed
Now that your new RSS feed is ready to use, you can begin publishing new episodes to it. If, for example, you want to publish a new episode, bonus episode, etc. exclusively to the new feed, you can follow the normal Schedule/Publish workflow, but only for the new feed. This will leave the episode out of your main RSS feed entirely.
Alternatively, if you'd like episodes to publish to your second RSS feed a few days earlier than your main feed, you can follow the normal Schedule/Publish workflow, and set different dates/times for the two feeds.
Deleting Your Second RSS Feed
If you'd like to delete your second RSS feed for any reason, you can do so with ease, and without affecting your main feed in any way at all.
From the DISTRIBUTION section of your Simplecast dashboard, simply click the ADVANCED SETTINGS link beneath your Second RSS Feed URL. Then, click the DELETE button in the bottom righthand corner of that section.
A confirmation request will pop up on your screen. If you're sure you want to delete your second RSS feed, click the DELETE button once again.
📌 Your second RSS feed will be permanently removed. However, if you decide you'd like to create a new second RSS feed, you'll be able to do easily by repeating the steps above!
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