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How to Submit a Podcast to TuneIn and Get Listed on Alexa

👋🏾 Hey everyone! Ashley here with RSS podcasting. Today I’m sharing how to get listed on Alexa and Amazon devices by submitting your podcast to TuneIn.

Ya know, one of the greatest things about podcasting is there are so many places you can promote your show for free. By adding your show to podcast directories like TuneIn it instantly becomes available to millions of new listeners.

Here’s how to do it. First, head over to TuneIn and sign up for an account. Once logged in, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and under the subheading “Communities” click “Podcasters.”

From there, click “Publish Podcast” Next, you’ll fill out the form with your podcast details. Then, accept the terms and conditions, and click the “SEND EMAIL” button.

At this point you should receive a notification that says “Thanks for contacting TuneIn!” If you’re approved you’ll receive an email from TuneIn about your show’s submission which can take as little as a few days or up to two weeks. We received our notice of approval approximately three days after submitting our request. It said our show would be live within 24 hours, and sure enough, it was!

Now when someone opens the TuneIn app on Alexa, they should be able to find “The RSS Podcasting Tutorials Show” on their favorite Amazon device. We tested it out, and found our podcast when we said, “Alexa, find RSS Podcasting Tutorials Show on TuneIn.” While it was a very specific inquiry, we must admit it was pretty cool seeing our show come up on our screen when we said the request into our FireStick!

If you follow these steps, hopefully your show will be accepted too. Thanks for tuning in!

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Why Your Podcast Needs a Website 💻

In this video, we’re addressing one of the most common questions we’re asked, which is whether or not you need a website for your podcast. The truth is you do need one, and there are 6 reasons why.

#️⃣ 1. The first reason is that having a website gives you a place to archive old episodes. Some podcast directories limit how many episodes listeners can access, but if you have a website you can share links to all of your past shows if you choose to.

#️⃣ 2. Reason number two is that you can repurpose your episodes into other forms of content more easily. This is a great way to utilize the power of SEO to grow your audience, your fanbase, and your business.

#️⃣ 3. Having a website also gives you a place to engage more with your audience. Listeners can comment on how you did, what they think of your material, and even give you episode ideas.

#️⃣ 4. The fourth reason your podcast needs a website is that it makes it easier for people to find your show. Needing to download an app to listen to your episodes could be off putting, but if you have a link to your show right on your website, it’s easier for them to keep up with the latest news and releases.

#️⃣ 5. Having a website gives you a place to gather contact information and share show notes and resources to better serve your listeners. Let’s say you’re talking about an eBook or a course in your latest episode. Your website is the perfect place to direct your listeners to so they don’t have to try and remember the information related to that resource.

#️⃣ 6. The sixth and final reason you need a website is that it gives you a place to promote products and services for sale. Whether they are your offerings or someone else’s, having a website allows your listeners to take advantage of special deals and offers you may have available. This is a wonderful way to better monetize your audience, and increase your revenue.

I hope this quick video has inspired you to create a website for your podcast if you don’t have one already. That’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in! 👋🏾

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Should I Have a Website for My Podcast?

How to Create an RSS Feed for a Podcast: https://rss.com/blog/how-to-create-an-rss-feed-for-a-podcast/

How to Start a Podcast in 2021: A Step-By-Step Guide

Start your show for free today: https://rss.com/auth/sign-up/

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The Best Podcast Hosting Platform in 2021

What is the best podcast hosting platform in 2021? To answer this question, we need to look at the history of podcast hosting…

Back in 2006 we built Podcast Generator, an open-source podcast publishing solution. In late 2000s, the development of Podcast Generator as a free software received a strong support from the community, including letters of interest from organizations all around the world.

In the past 14 years, Podcast Generator was downloaded over one million times, translated into 50 different languages, cited in several books and articles and it powered tens of thousands of shows, including some among the first educational podcasts in Europe and in the US.

Podcast Generator Support Letters
14 years in the podcasting industry: in late 2000s, educational institutions and organizations from all around the world wrote support letters to endorse the development of Podcast Generator.

Podcast Generator is still available today as a self-hosted solution. However, in the past years, the popularity and affordability of cloud storage and computation led to a commoditization of traditional hosting services and gave rise to a broad range of cloud-based solutions (also known as software as a service, or SaaS). These solutions are often cheaper than traditional services and they can save a significant amount of time to the end users since they do not require efforts for maintenance and upgrades, which are automatically performed by the provider.

The cloud led to a commoditization of traditional hosting services and gave rise to a broad range of novel SaaS solutions.

A clear example of this cloud transformation is RSS.com. RSS.com is a world-class podcast publishing platform that was created with a clear goal in mind: remove all the technical aspects of podcast hosting and RSS feed generation to leverage the power of the cloud and allow users to focus on what really matters: creating great content for their audience.

RSS.com is the natural evolution of Podcast Generator. It stems from over a decade of learnings and user research. For this reason, RSS.com is our favorite cloud platform to host a podcast in 2021.

RSS.com, our favorite podcast hosting platform in 2021.

RSS.com allows anyone to create their podcast show and upload their first episode for free. The service includes unlimited audio storage, real-time analytics, a free podcasting website, episode scheduling, social media integration, monetization via advertisements, and much more.

The pricing is among the lowest in the market ($99 for an annual plan, all features included), with educational plans starting at $4.99 per month and significant discounts for non-profit organizations and charities.

But most importantly, RSS.com is the best podcast hosting platform because customers love it:

World-class Net Promoter Score (NPS): word cloud showing the most recurring terms in a customer satisfaction survey on RSS.com with over 1,200 responses.

Don’t just take our word for it, try RSS.com yourself. Your exclusive podcast RSS feed and first episode are 100% free. Kick the tires, upload your cover art, share your show on social networks, join podcast directories, and more without paying a dime.

We’ve been in the podcasting industry for the past 14 years. RSS.com is our favorite platform to host a podcast in 2021.

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How to Get Your Podcast on iTunes

Hey everyone! Ashley here with RSS.com podcasting. Today I’m sharing how to get your podcast on iTunes, which has long been considered the best place to have your show listed. While other directories like Google Podcasts and Spotify are favored by many hosts, iTunes still reigns supreme.

So here’s how to get your show on the platform. First head to podcastsconnect.apple.com. You’ll need to create an Apple ID if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, login to get started.

Once you’ve logged in, the first screen you should see is an RSS Feed submission form. Fill in your feed’s url, and then click validate.

After it’s been validated, the details of your show should populate on the page, and if there are no issues, the status will say “Prepared for submission.” Now, click the submit button to have your show sent to Apple for review.

Once you click submit, it may take a few moments, but you should receive a pop up that says “podcast successfully submitted for review.” The notice also indicates that Apple will email you once the review process is complete.

Click Ok on the pop up and you’ll be taken to your podcast’s iTunes page where you should see a status that says “submitted for review.”

If everything is in order, you’ll receive an email from Apple that indicates your show has been approved for iTunes. If not, it should explain why it was rejected with instructions for fixing the issues for resubmission.

The approval email will contain a link to your show on the iTunes store and information on when it will be live and visible using search. And that’s all there is to it. Now you can update your website with your iTunes link and tell the world your show is officially on the platform. Thanks for tuning in.

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Help Your Podcast Grow with Stats

Today I’m sharing a very exciting announcement. In September RSS.com Podcasting started beta testing our brand-new analytics dashboard.

We’re always adding new features to user hosting accounts, and one of the features that has been requested is analytics. You asked! We delivered! 

If you log into your hosting account, you’ll see there is a new analytics tab next to the my podcast tab. Click that and you can see your current numbers.

At the top of the page you’ll see your subscriber and download numbers.

Scroll down a little on the page and you can view your top five episodes based on the number of downloads.

Scroll down a little further and you can view the most popular time that your audience is downloading your episodes by time and day of the week.

Our current analytics dashboard is still in beta, but we’re working on some more exciting features for our podcast hosting customers. Soon we’ll have geolocation of your subscribers so you can tell what part of the world is listening to you the most, and we’re working on adding a feature that lets you know what type of device was used to download your episodes. 

We know that this kind of information is important to understanding and segmenting your audience. The more information you can gather, the better. This helps you with sponsorships and opportunities to monetize your show.

The world of podcasting grows in popularity every day, and we’re constantly keeping our ear to the ground to learn what podcasters like you need to make your show as successful as possible. Don’t have an account yet? Get one today! Head over to RSS.com and sign up for your own podcast hosting account.

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Make Money Podcasting with Podcorn

Are you ready to make money podcasting? In this video, we show you how to find sponsorships for your show using Podcorn. 🎧

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Podcorn is a marketplace for podcast sponsorships, and RSS.com Podcasting has partnered with them to help you monetize your show.

Here’s how you can add Podcorn to your RSS.com podcast hosting account:

1. Log into your RSS account, go to your podcast dashboard, and click “Add-Ons.”

2. Once at the Add-Ons Page, click “Activate” under “Monetize your show.”

3. At this point, a pop-up should come onto the screen. Click the green button to enable tracking so sponsors can determine your show’s reach.

4. Another pop-up should come on the screen letting you know that tracking is enabled. Now, click “Sign up and find sponsors.”

5. At this point you’ll be directed to Podcorn’s website to create an account with them. Enter your podcast name and your email address, and choose a password. Then, click “Sign Me Up” to begin their onboarding process.

6. In the first step of onboarding, you’ll enter your first and last name, and click “next step.”

7. Next, you’ll tell Podcorn about your show. Upload a profile picture, share your RSS feed, select the category that best represents your podcast, and the country you’re based in.

8. Then, share how often you release new episodes, and click “next step.”

9. Now it’s time to verify your RSS feed. Podcorn will send an email to your inbox. Click the link they send you, and you’ll receive a podcast verified notification.

10. From the podcast verified page, click the “Go to Dashboard” button to complete your onboarding.

11. The last step is to click the button that says, “complete onboarding.” Now you can start browsing sponsors and sending proposals to them. Click “Sponsorships” at the top of the Podcorn website to view opportunities to monetize your show.

If you find one you are interested in, click “view details” to learn more. And, if you want to apply to work with one of them, simply click “Send Proposal”

Before you know it, you’ll be creating ads, and making money on your podcast. today I wanna share how you can make money podcasting with Podcorn. 💰

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How to Use Temi to Transcribe Your Podcast

Today we’re sharing how to transcribe your podcast with Temi. Temi is an automated transcription service that you load your podcast audio files to, and get a written transcript back. Transcribing your podcast gives your listeners another way to engage with your content. Here’s how to use Temi in three easy steps:

1. First head to temi.com and click select audio/video file. When you first select your audio file, the screen will say uploading. Once it’s uploaded it starts processing. Before the file can finish processing, Temi will ask you about the audio quality. Answer the questions in the pop-up box and then click “Proceed.”

2. Next you’ll add the email address you want Temi to send the transcript to. Then click, “Send.” If you’re a new user, you’ll receive a notice to check your welcome email and that your transcript will be ready soon. If you already have an account, you’ll be prompted to login. When your transcript is ready Temi will send you an email with the final cost and a link to your document. Your first transcript, up to 45 minutes, is free.

3. Now, click “View Transcript” to see the results. As you’re viewing your transcript, you can click the audio player to see if the words that were automatically generated match up with what you said. You can also edit the transcript directly on the site to clean up any errors that you find. While Temi is not 100% accurate, it does a pretty good job for the cost compared with hiring a copywriter to transcribe your audio. I’ll leave some links in the description box for additional transcription options you can try if Temi doesn’t work for you. Thanks for tuning in!

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How to Upload a Podcast to Spotify

Hey everyone! This is Ashley with RSS podcasting, and today I’m going over how to upload your podcast to Spotify.

There are over 250 million people across more than 75 countries worldwide listening to Spotify. These numbers are only continuing to grow, so, if you’re not on it, you should be! Here’s how. Head over to podcasters.Spotify.com.

Go ahead and create an account if you don’t already have one. As with many podcast directories, you’ll want to make sure that the email address you sign up with is the same one you used for your podcast host. Otherwise, you could get an error when you’re trying to submit your podcast.

Once you’ve logged in simply click get started.

Then, you’ll add your podcast’s RSS feed, and click next. Check out the link in this episode’s description box to learn how to create your podcast RSS feed if you don’t already have one.

Your next step is to verify you own the podcast that you’re submitting. You’ll receive a verification code to the email address that’s associated with your RSS feed.

After you’ve verified ownership, fill in the details of your podcast. This information is used to tell people who stumble upon your show what your podcast is about.

The final step before you submit your podcast is to double-check your details. If everything is accurate, click submit.

If there were no errors in submitting your show, you should see a success screen. It can take as many as a few hours to as long as a few days for your podcast to show up. Unfortunately, right now Spotify doesn’t send you an email to let you know if they’ve actually loaded your show to their platform. In the meantime, you can click track podcast to see the status.

Until the show is live, your dashboard will continue to say processing next to your submission date. Keep checking back to see if your show appears in the directory.

Once it’s done processing, you’ll see your show is live in the catalog section of your dashboard. And that’s all there is to it. Thanks for tuning in!

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How to Schedule a Podcast Episode

👋 Hey everyone, Ashley here with RSS.com Podcasting and today I’m going to show you how easy it is to schedule your podcast episode in our platform.

It’s always a good idea to schedule your episodes so that you are consistently publishing new content for your audience. When you have new episodes ready, it’s just a matter of loading them to your hosting account and choosing the date and time you want them to go live.

👉 Here’s how you do it:

1. Log into your account, go to your podcast dashboard, and click “New Episode.”

2. Enter your title, a description about the episode, and your season and episode number.

3. Scroll down on the page, to the publish options, where it says now or schedule, and click the schedule button. This will open a pop up that lets you pick the date and time you want your new episode to go live. Do that, then click “Confirm.”

4. Next, add some keywords if you want, then upload your podcast audio file. The final step is to click the multicolored “Schedule” button at the bottom of the page. And just like that, you have an episode ready to go! To add more content to your podcast hosting account, simply rinse and repeat. 💦

Before you know it you’ll have several episodes ready for your listeners. And that’s all there is to it! Thanks for watching! ✌️

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How to Create Podcast Artwork in Canva

In this video, we’re sharing how to create artwork for your podcast in Canva. This will be the graphic that represents your podcast on directories like iTunes, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

The nice thing about Canva is that you can use most of its features for free. While you may want to consider hiring a graphics designer at some point in the future for things like artwork, logos, websites, etcetera, it’s a great tool for a beginning podcaster.

Before you begin designing your artwork, you need to look for inspiration. You may already have an idea of what you want it to look like, but if you don’t, we recommend looking at other podcasts in your niche. Head to your favorite search engine and type in your niche and the word podcast. Then click images in the search options and you’ll likely see several examples to help inspire you with the creation of your own design.

Another option to find inspiration for your artwork is to look at the top shows in your niche on iTunes. Like you did with your favorite search engine, you’ll just type your niche and podcast to reveal the images of the most popular shows. While we would never suggest copying someone else’s artwork, there’s no harm in using elements from other designs to influence your own.

Once you’ve decided on a general look you’re going for, head over to Canva, and create an account. After that, click the button that says “Create a Design.” You’ll want to add custom dimensions to ensure your art is big enough. Podcast artwork should be at least 1400 by 1400 pixels and a maximum of 3000 by 3000 pixels. After you’ve entered the dimensions, click “Create New Design.”

Now, you can start adding elements like colors, fonts, and shapes. You may also decide you want to add a background image. For that, you can either use a photo you’ve taken or use a stock photo from a royalty-free site like Pexels or Unsplash.

For our example, we’re creating podcast art for the fictitious show Couch Potato Fitness. With just a few clicks, we can upload our image, add text, and manipulate colors and fonts until we’re happy with the design.

Perhaps you’d prefer your podcast art to look more like a cartoon. For that, you can use Canva’s free clip art to create your design. We used clip art of a couch and a potato to create the second cartoon style option of our graphic.

Keep playing around with the design until you’re happy with the final product. While creating it, remember to make sure that your title is legible, and that the graphic represents what your show is about.

After you’ve settled on your work of art, download it to your computer. Then, head over to your podcast host and load it to your profile. When you share your RSS feed to podcast directories, your design will be pulled and shared automatically.

Though choosing artwork can be a little intimidating, remember that if you ever decide to change it, you can always upload a new image to your podcast host. It doesn’t have to be perfect, so don’t stress too much about how it looks when you’re just starting out. As you grow and learn, you can keep improving all aspects of your show.