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8/8 How To Submit Your Podcast To iTunes and Stitcher Radio | Start A Podcast Fast

8/8 How To Submit Your Podcast To iTunes and Stitcher Radio | Start A Podcast Fast


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. If you want more details on how to rank higher
in on iTunes and get more downloads go to www.podcastfast.com/rank to get that free
tutorial. 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. If you love this series then you are going
to love our advanced tutorials where you can learn advanced techniques for improving your
podcast. We also have a list of tools and resources that will help you in your podcasting
journey. Head over to www.podcastfast.com now to check those out. So until next time, remember don’t just podcast,
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40 comments on “8/8 How To Submit Your Podcast To iTunes and Stitcher Radio | Start A Podcast Fast

  1. How you doing Ryan…
    I followed a couple of your tutorials in the run up to launching my own podcast recently and just wanted to say thanks. I acknowledged you and Pat Flynn in the Podcast and also included a link back to you from the blog post. If you you want to check it out here's the link; http://larrygmaguire.com/an-introduction-to-the-content-marketing-podcast/
    Feedback welcome!
    All the best, and thanks again.
    -Larry

  2. Thank you very much for taking time to reply, your videos were very well created and they helped me tremendously. My podcast is up and running. Now to find out how to make money off this thing!

  3. HI! I am using Blubrry to upload my sound file. My special podcast feed url is the same as last time and I can't see a way of loading the new sound file to Itunes. Confused? Yes I am! Help!

  4. Hey! Huge thanks for making these videos! At first, I was overwhelmed by all the information on the internet, but then I found your video series. I like how you gave a step-by-step structure on how to go through the process. Now that I've set everything up, I'm excited to start podcasting! 🙂

  5. Great tutorial (#8). Thanks. Do you have a video which explains how to run analytics on my podcasts (how many downloads/listeners, from where, where can I see how many subscribers I have on iTunes/Stitcher etc.

  6. do you have to have a audio already loaded on to your site in order to do this? I am trying to get it set up prior to loading audio, but that doesn't seem to be possible.

  7. HI Ryan, followed all your video and was able to set up my first episode on iTunes and stitcher. I have a question, how does it automatically update? I already posted my second episode on soundcloud and figured I would have to add a new post on wordpress but when I go to the RSS feed in settings on soundcloud I can't find my second episode to put in the wordpress media URL. Am I missing something or was there a different way I was supposed to going about posting my second episode? Other then that you videos really did help me get started and I thank you for that!

  8. I have tried using it through my wordpress (free) account and I don't think I am able to get plugins for it under the free version. SOundclound also only allows 180 minutes on the free version as well. Is there a way possible I can upload my podcast to iTunes for free?

  9. Seriously, Ryan. I've watched nearly every one of your videos and they completely saved my sanity. Thank you so much!

  10. I have tried several times to get my podcast on Stitcher and it will not allow me to log into the Partners Portal with my information. I have contacted the company twice via email and no response, any suggestions? Thanks,

  11. Any chance you could do a tutorial on how to view statistics from your wordpress site? (Like downloads and such) thanks 🙂

  12. Hi, do you have different podcasts series under the same account that's separated by playlists? If so, how would you go about it? Thanks!

  13. After uploading your first podcast do the others you upload automatically get synced onto iTunes & Sticher Radio, or do you have to upload them manually?

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