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What is an RSS Feed Podcast

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It’s a strange kind of alchemy. You can record your voice and send it out to the internet. Then, it transforms into a podcast anyone can download and listen to.

How is this possible?

Many podcasters start with the vague notion that they will upload their audio files to Apple Podcasts or any other podcast app. The truth is that it’s a lot more complicated than that. It all boils down to, and RSS feed.

This post will explain an RSS feed and how it can help you get an audience for your podcast. Next, we will show you how to create (or find) an RSS feed.

What is a Podcast RSS Feed, and How Does It Work?

Nearly all websites offer at least one RSS feed. These feeds are often used to subscribe to news sites, email lists, and blogs.

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary” occasionally. Since 1999, the RSS feed was introduced by Netscape as an easy way to keep up-to-date on your favorite websites.

An RSS feed is often referred to as:

  • RSS stream
  • RSS channel
  • Newsfeed
  • Web feed

Subscribe to RSS feeds by linking to a feed reader or aggregator. After adding an RSS feed to your feed reader, it will check for new updates at regular intervals. The source site’s latest content will be displayed on the news feed for the user’s convenience.

What does an RSS feed look like for podcasts?

The RSS feed will update whenever a podcaster uploads new episodes to their host site. Feed aggregators, in this case, podcast directories such as Apple Podcasts or Spotify, will update in real-time to show each subscriber the latest episode in their podcast news feed. Subscribers can listen to the podcast episode whenever they like.

What is the difference between a podcast and an RSS?

Podcasts are audio and sometimes video shows that are published online and distributed via RSS feed to subscribers. RSS feeds are the link between podcast audio/video files and the audience. It allows subscribers to stay informed about new episodes.

A podcast is more than an RSS feed. However, it would only be possible for a podcast to have an audience with one.

What RSS Feeds Do I Need for Podcasts?

Absolutely, unequivocally, YES!

We have abundantly clarified that your podcast will only get listeners if you have an RSS feed. This is how podcast listener apps such as Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Podcasts, and Spotify access your episodes.

You will need an RSS feed to submit your podcast to podcast directories. An RSS feed is essential for podcast listeners to find, download and hear your podcast content.

How to create an RSS feed for a podcast

There are several ways to obtain an RSS feed for your podcast. It is easiest to select a podcast hosting platform.

You would choose Squarespace or WordPress to host your blog. This platform will generate an RSS feed URL which you can share with your followers. Your subscribers will be notified every time you post a blog post.

Podcast hosting platforms work similarly, except that podcast media files are stored on their platform. A podcast host will keep your media files and distribute them. Some of the best podcast hosting platforms, like Buzzsprout and Captivate, offer additional features, including:

  • An RSS feed
  • Data Analytics
  • Integration with your website
  • Premium subscription for podcast monetization
  • Services for podcast transcription

Where can I find my RSS feed for my podcast’s podcast?

You can find your podcast’s RSS feed on your dashboard if you use a podcast platform (which we highly recommend). Your podcast’s RSS feed location might vary depending on your chosen hosting platform.

You can create an RSS feed without a hosting platform.

You will need a plugin to create a podcast-only RSS feed if you use a self-hosted site to host your podcast. Although your website already has an RSS feed, it will include other content, such as blog articles.

A podcast-only RSS feed is required if you wish to submit your podcast’s RSS feeds to podcast directories.

PowerPress and Seriously Simple podcasting are the two most popular plugins for creating an RSS feed for WordPress.

Podcast RSS Feed Requirements

You must ensure that your RSS feed meets the Apple Podcasts RSS feed requirements if you are creating one. These technical requirements are:

  • Feed URLs should conform to RSS 2.0 specifications. They must not be password protected. You should also include the following XML declaration.
  • Your artwork should be displayed.
  • You should enable HTTP HEAD requests on your host server and byte-range queries.
  • Each episode should be a unique Tag; its URL, length, and type are all included.
  • Each episode should have a unique, permanent identifier (GUID).
  • Only use ASCII filenames or URLs that contain a-z, A–Z, or 0-9
  • All XML tags should respect case sensitivity.

It may sound gibberish, but it is best to use a podcast platform to handle all the coding. Apple Podcasts can notify you if any portion of your RSS feed is incorrect once you submit it.

Other directories should also accept your RSS feed if you are accepted into Apple Podcasts.

What Does a Podcast RSS Feed Price?

You don’t have to pay anything if you want to set up an RSS feed for your podcast.

Your hosting company is the best place to obtain an RSS feed. An RSS feed will only cost you your hosting fee. You can also use a WordPress plugin for your RSS feed to create it.

Where can I distribute my podcast?

After you have created or found your RSS link, please submit it to directories. Submitting your RSS feed to as many podcast directories as possible is the best way to get your show noticed.

We recommend starting at Apple Podcasts, as it is the most comprehensive directory anywhere. Many smaller directories also pull content from Apple Podcasts.

Follow these steps to upload your podcast on Apple Podcasts

  1. Create an Apple ID if you don’t already have one and authenticate it in the iTunes app
  2. Follow the prompts to create an account on Apple Podcasts Connect.

3. After creating your account, click the “+” icon at the top left of the screen to add your podcast’s RSS feed.

That’s it! If your RSS link has been approved, your show will be available on the Apple Podcasts app within 24-48 hours.

You can also distribute your podcast to these other great places:

  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • Stitcher
  • TuneIn
  • Amazon Music and Audible
  • iHeartRadio
  • Podchaser
  • Blubrry
  • Castbox
  • Podbean
  • Podcast Addict

See our Ultimate Podcast Directories Guide for step-by-step instructions for submitting your RSS feeds to all major podcast listening apps.

Podcast RSS Feeds: An “Really Simple” Method to Distribute Your Content

An RSS (Really Simple Synchronization) is a link that points to a stream or content. An RSS feed allows subscribers to access new content at any time, regardless of whether it’s a blog or a website.

RSS feeds are added to an RSS feed reader, aggregator, or another device. After the RSS link is added, the feed reader or aggregator (in our case, the podcast listening app) will regularly check for new updates. The subscriber can access the latest content via its news feed.

Podcasters are likely to use podcasting platforms for storing media content.

You will need to locate the RSS feed for your show from your hosting platform dashboard. This link will be used to submit your show in all major directories. Once your show has been submitted, you can start building your audience and getting listeners.

Sheryl J. Raper

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