How to Submit Your Podcast to Big Podcast PlayersSubmitting your podcast onto the big podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.
You have picked your podcast host, uploaded your first audio file and you have your RSS feed. Now what? How do you submit your podcast to big podcast players such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc?
In my last post, I outlined how to choose your host so that you could generate your RSS feed. Now that you have your feed, you can submit this to all of the podcast players out there. That way, potential listeners can find and subscribe to your podcast. Yay!
What is a Podcast Player?
A “podcast player” (also known as a “podcatcher”) is an app or site where you can subscribe and listen to podcasts. Examples include (but are not limited to):
How do I submit my podcast to big podcast players?
Now this all depends on which company you use for hosting. As I mentioned in my last post which was about choosing the right podcast host, some hosting sites will allow you to distribute your podcast to many of the big podcast players right from your dashboard. Since I use Podbean for my hosting, I want to show you what Podbean offers in terms of distribution.
Above is a screen shot of my Podbean dashboard. As you can see, I can directly submit to Apple Podcasts (formally iTunes), Google Podcasts, Podbean App (many podcast hosts have their own podcast listening app), Spotify, Amazon Music/Audible, Pandora and TuneIn + Alexa.
Some of these options will just take one click and voila, your podcast will appear on the player. However, with others, Apple Podcasts for example, there are further steps that you need to take.
Distributing Your Podcast to Apple Podcasts
At the time of writing this blog post, Apple Podcasts is one of two of the largest podcast players. So you want to make sure that your podcast is listed on there. To do this, you’ll need to have an Apple ID. You can use the Apple ID that you use for your Apple Music and the App store. If you are not a Mac user, then you’ll have to set one up.
To submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, you have to visit their iTunes Connect platform. Even if you click the “Apple Podcast” link from your host’s distribution options, you will be taken to iTunes Connect where you will have to enter your Apple ID.
From your iTunes Connect Account, click on the “Podcast Connect” icon. You will then be asked to submit your RSS feed. Apple will pull all of your metadata from your Podcast Host (podcast title, description, episode title, artwork, etc.), so make sure that it is all accurate before submitting to Apple. It can take about 3-5 working days for Apple to approve and publish your podcast.
Submitting Your Podcast to Spotify
Spotify has recently become a massive player in the podcast world. It is giving Apple Podcasts a run for its money. This is another player that you want to make sure you podcast is listed on.
From my Podbean dashboard, I can distribute to Spotify with just one click. You can also distribute to Spotify with just one click from Spreaker, Buzzsprout and Anchor (note that Spotify owns Anchor).
If your podcast host doesn’t give you the option of distributing to Spotify right from their platform, then you can just click here and submit your podcast using your RSS feed.
What Other Podcast Players Should I Submit to?
I would recommend submitting to as many podcast players as you possibly can. Start with the players that you can distribute to straight from your hosting platform. Some of these will distribute in just one click, and others will take a bit more time to set up as you might need to create an account and plug in your podcast details.
Here is a list of some of the other podcast players out there. I’ve also included the link outlining how to distribute to that player.
- Google Podcasts
- iHeart Radio
- Amazon Music
- Radio Public
Once you are listed in Apple Podcasts, your podcast will automatically be added to:
It might take a while to submit to all of the podcast players but this is a one time thing. You don’t have to do this with every episode. Once you have submitted your first piece of audio (teaser or your first episode), each new episode that you publish will be added to each podcast player automatically. That’s the beauty of the RSS feed!
There are many other podcast players out there that you might want to add your podcast to and new ones are popping up all of the time so make sure to keep an eye out as you’ll want to get your podcast onto as many players as you possibly can.
Now that your podcast is out there in the world and available on all of the big podcast platforms, find out more about how you can reach your ideal listener.
If the process of finding a good podcast hosting site and launching your podcast seems too overwhelming for you then click here to sign up for a free 30-minute consultation to find out how I can help you launch your podcast!