Blog from August - 2023

  • How to Submit a Show on Apple Podcasts Using SGrecast

    Posted on Aug 29, 2023

    Submitting your podcast to Apple Podcasts (iTunes) is a crucial step in reaching a global audience. Below, we'll guide you through the process of submitting your show to Apple Podcasts using SGrecast, StreamGuys' recast software.

    Accessing the Feed Link on SGrecast

    Find the "Syndication Links" section associated with your podcast. In this section, look for a link specifically labeled for Apple Podcasts. It's important to note that you should use the syndicated RSS links to submit to specific platforms. Simply copy the feed URL provided for Apple Podcasts. This is the link you will need to submit to Apple Podcasts.

    (Note: Syndicated RSS links often append the srcid= parameter for tracking purposes.)

    Submitting Your Podcast to Apple Podcasts

    Now that you have obtained your Apple Podcasts feed URL, follow these steps to submit your show to Apple Podcasts:

    Publish at Least One Episode: Ensure you have published at least one episode in a format supported by Apple Podcasts. You can check the supported file formats on the Apple Podcasts website. Make sure your podcast logo meets Apple's specifications, including the correct format, size, and color space.

    Go to Podcasts Connect: Visit Podcasts Connect and log in using your Apple ID. If you don't have one, create an Apple ID.

    Submit Your Podcast Feed: Click on the "+" button and then “New Show”.

    Select “Add a show with an RSS feed”, provide the RSS link, and click “add”. Review your Show Information and then click “Save”.

    Wait for Approval: You can track the status of your show approval by Apple under the “Show Information” page. Please note, it can take up to 5 days.

    Confirmation: Once your podcast status is "Published" on iTunes, you can update your podcast information, and you will also find your Apple Podcasts URL.

    That's it! Your podcast is now submitted to Apple Podcasts, allowing you to reach a broader audience. Be aware that Apple's approval process can take some time, but once approved, your podcast will be accessible to a global audience.

  • Implementing itunes:type, itunes:season, and itunes:episode Tags for Apple Podcasts

    Posted on Aug 29, 2023

    As a podcast creator, your ultimate goal is to enhance your podcast's discoverability across various platforms. Apple Podcasts, a prominent platform for podcast enthusiasts, has specific requirements to help you organize and present your content effectively. Among these prerequisites are the itunes:type, itunes:season, and itunes:episode tags.

    This article is designed to clarify the significance of these tags and provide guidance on how to incorporate them into your podcast's RSS feed. Understanding and correctly applying these tags not only boosts your podcast's discoverability but also enriches the listening experience for your audience on Apple Podcasts.

    Understanding itunes:type, itunes:season, and itunes:episode Tags

    In the realm of podcasting, metadata plays a pivotal role in guiding listeners to content that aligns with their interests. Let's delve into the specifics of these essential tags:

    itunes:type: This tag defines the type or format of your podcast show as a whole. It allows you to categorize your entire podcast into different content types, such as serial or episodic. By utilizing this tag, you assist potential listeners in understanding the overall nature of your podcast before they decide to tune in.

    itunes:season: This tag enables you to structure your podcast into seasons, which is particularly valuable for episodic content. Organizing your podcast in this manner makes it more accessible and navigable for your audience.

    itunes:episode: This tag empowers you to assign a unique number to each individual episode within a season. This numbering system ensures that your episodes are presented to listeners in the correct sequential order, enhancing their listening experience.

    Why Are These Tags Important?

    Enhanced Discoverability: Apple Podcasts relies on these tags to categorize and arrange podcasts within its platform. When you correctly implement these tags, your podcast becomes more discoverable to potential listeners searching for specific content.

    Improved User Experience: These tags serve as signposts for your audience, guiding them through your podcast's content. When listeners can easily discern the type of episode, its season, and its place within that season, they're more likely to engage with and enjoy your content.

    How to Set itunes:type in SGrecast

    To configure your new show in SGrecast, follow these simple steps:

    1. Click on "Add Podcast" ".
    2. Fill your podcast information.
    3. Locate the "itunes:type" tag field.
    4. Specify the appropriate show type (e.g., "serial" or "episodic").
    5. Click "save" to apply your changes.

    How to Set itunes:season, and itunes:episode Tags in SGrecast

    Once you've identified the episode you wish to modify, click on the "Edit" option associated with that episode. Scroll down to locate the section labeled "iTunes Tags." This is where you can input the relevant metadata tailored for Apple Podcasts.

    1. Fill in the Season Tag: Input the appropriate season number for this episode. This number helps categorize your podcast into distinct seasons.
    2. Fill in the iTunes Episode Tag: Specify the unique episode number for this episode within its designated season.
    3. Fill the rest of the podcast details and click save.

    Mastering these metadata tags empowers you to optimize your podcast's presence on Apple Podcasts, allowing you to reach a broader and more engaged audience.

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