Learn exactly how to submit your podcast to iTunes and Stitcher Radio with this easy to follow tutorial. Follow these simple steps to get thousands of listeners from the biggest podcasting directories on the internet.
Hi, and welcome to Start A Podcast Fast, the series where I help you get your podcast started really quickly. I’m Ryan McLane from podcastfast.com and in this lesson you’re going to learn how to submit your podcast to iTunes and Stitcher Radio which are the #1 and #2 places where people listen to podcast.
The great news is you only need to do this step once because once you have done it your podcast episodes will automatically update every time you release a new one. In order to submit your podcast to iTunes and Stitcher Radio you need first your RSS feed URL. There are two ways to get this. First you can use the SoundCloud RSS feed which I don’t recommend because it doesn’t give you full control. However if you don’t have your own website and you only have a SoundCloud account then this is what you’re going to have to use. The second method that I recommend is using your own website with the Blubrry PowerPress Plugin.
First I’m going to show you how to find your SoundCloud RSS feed for submitting to iTunes. Go to soundcloud.com and log into your account. When you’ve logged in up the top right you’ll see this little cog which looks like a settings bar, click on it and then find the Settings tab which is located just about the logout tab. Inside the Settings tab you’ll see your RSS Feed. You need to be a SoundCloud podcasting beta user to have a RSS feed so if you’re not a beta user you’ll need to become one. So here’s our RSS feed here and we can simply copy that to use in our submissions to iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
At this point I’m going to show you how to use your own website and find the RSS feed Before you do this you do need to set up the blubrry PowerPress Plugin and I have created a lesson to show you exactly how to set that up correctly so check out that lesson and follow those steps if you haven’t done that already. To get the podcast RSS feed for your website go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin and log into your back end area which will then bring you to this dashboard. We then want to go down to the PowerPress Options and we want to click on Settings and we want to make sure that we are on advanced mode. If you are on this default mode you want to click switch to advanced mode to ensure that you’re in the advanced mode and then you want to go to this feeds tab here and it will show you this special podcast on the feed and the feed is there and you can basically copy the link address and that will copy that feed for submissions into iTunes.
I’m now going to show you how to submit your podcast to iTunes which is by far the #1 way people listen to podcast episodes. The first thing you need to do is open iTunes and go to the iTunes Store. When you’re in the iTunes Store you need to navigate to the podcast section. To do that you can click on these three dots up here which means more and you’ll find the podcast section. When you’re in the podcast section on the right hand side there are some different links there and you can see a link here: submit a podcast. So let’s go ahead and click submit a podcast. That will bring us to this page and we need to submit our podcast feed URL. Now remember if you’re using SoundCloud the RSS feed is in that settings bar here and so you can copy that RSS feed and use that. If you’re using your own website then it’s located in the PowerPress settings under the feeds tab and we want this link here. I am therefore going to go ahead and put that in and we then click Continue. You then need to sign in using your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID you can go ahead and create one (it is free) and then click Continue. iTunes will then give you a review of your podcast. All of this information is the information that we entered when we learned how to set up the Blubrry PowerPress Plugin correctly. If this is incorrect then you need to go back into your website back into the iTunes here and you need to edit it there. You can’t actually edit it in iTunes. If everything there is fine you can go ahead and submit that podcast. It will then take about 24 to 48 hours for your podcast to be manually approved in iTunes.
I do recommend having at least three podcast episodes done before you submit it to iTunes because it increases your chances of getting into new and noteworthy.
Once you have been approved then you need to go back into PowerPress into the Settings tab and up into iTunes and we need to get out iTunes subscription URL. In order to find that we need to go back into iTunes and we need to find our podcast. For me I’m going to search for an existing podcast which I have which is the On Property Podcast and we can see the podcast here. We then open up our podcast and on our title we simply right-click on our title and we click Copy link. We then go back into WordPress and that link that we copied is our iTunes URL subscription and so we would paste it in there and then just hit save.
If you want to learn some other tips on how you can rank higher in iTunes and get more downloads then I have a free course on that which you can check out at www.podcastfast.com/rank.
I’m going to now show you how to submit your podcast in Stitcher Radio. Stitcher is probably the #2 way that people listen to podcast episodes, they are on Android device which iTunes isn’t in and they’re getting into cars as well. To submit our show to Stitcher we need to scroll down to the very bottom and we need to find the partner section. We then need to click this partners sign up tab and you can then go ahead and fill in your information and sign up. Once you’ve signed up you can then log in to the partners portal section by scrolling down to the bottom and clicking on this Partner Portal button. Once you’re logged in you then need to click on the add shows tab in the top; you then enter your show name; you then enter your RSS feed URL which is the same one that you submitted to iTunes; you choose your category; choose your subcategory. For the current number of listeners this doesn’t really matter, mines are brand new so I’m just going to do 0 to 100. You can put in your Twitter handle here; you can put in your Facebook page if you want and you can also put in some keywords. I have entered some keywords there. You then agree to the terms and conditions and click Continue. Again it will take some time for them to manually review your podcast and accept it but you should get accepted.
That is how you submit your podcast to iTunes and Stitcher Radio. The other directories that you might want to submit your podcast to – well, is really only one and that’s SoundCloud and that’s another reason why I recommend that you actually use SoundCloud for podcasting rather than another media host like Libsyn or something like that. If we look at Ask Pat Podcast we can see that he has almost 400,000 people following just on SoundCloud so SoundCloud is a big platform for people podcasting so I do suggest that you get your podcast in SoundCloud by using them as your media host.
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Thank you guys so much for following me in this series Start A Podcast Fast. I hope that this has helped you get your podcast off the ground and get it started and I wish you all the best in your podcasting journey.
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