How to create a podcast RSS feed and submit to PocketCasts

How to create a podcast RSS feed and submit to PocketCasts


Hey everyone, welcome to Podcasting in Technical
Communication. Today I will clarify what podcasts are, how
they work and the process for creating an online presence for your podcast that can
be shared across any device. To begin, podcasts are not radio. They are pre-recorded audio made available
through digital download. With this podcasts are available on any device
through a range of apps and services. Typically, they are used to share recorded
interviews, narrative content, and even company communications. For example, the gym I worked for in Arizona
created a public podcast to interview a “Member of the Month,” then shared that with members
across our 14 locations. This exemplifies the value of podcasting within
the field of Technical Communication and business. Most importantly, podcasts are sent to an
RSS feed that listeners can subscribe to. In the past, I’ve attempted to start podcasting
with friends, but we never continued past the initial recording because we did not understand
how to set up this RSS feed. For this screencast, I’ll show you how to
create an RSS feed, upload a podcast to the feed, and submit that feed to a podcast database. You’ll need a Soundcloud account, your podcast
audio file and a 1400x1400px Logo for your podcast. Make sure you have the files saved on your
computer where you can find them easily. So, let’s get started. Here we are inside Soundcloud. To begin, you need to set up your RSS feed. So, come over to this menu, then drop down
to settings. Now, click on “Content” to bring up your RSS
information. You’ll need this RSS URL throughout the rest
of this process, so copy and paste it into a document. I’ve already done this to help speed up the
video, but as you can see I also have other necessary information, such as this “Custom
Feed Title,” which I’ll paste into this box. This will be your podcast title, so use any
title you’d like here. Then, I’ll quickly punch in my name here,
this is totally optional. Next, drop down the page to “Upload Defaults.” Check both boxes so as you upload your podcasts,
new episodes are automatically placed in your RSS feed. Click “Save Changes” then navigate to your
name here, at the top of the page, and click “Profile.” Here you’ll edit your profile information
that will appear in the podcast feed. Click on “Edit” then “Update Image” select
the 1400x1400px image you chose earlier. This will be your podcast logo, seen across
every device. I’ve created this image here, then I’ll copy
and paste some information into these fields. You can enter whatever you’d like here, just
know that it may appear on your podcast feed. Lastly add a link to your RSS feed here. This way, if someone pulls up your Soundcloud
profile, they can quickly subscribe to the RSS feed. I’ll type in: Technology Assignment Podcast. Then click “Save Changes”. Now that your basic information is complete,
click on “Upload” at the top of your page to upload your first episode’s audio. Choose a file to upload and find your audio
file on your PC. The audio I’m using is a sample audio I found
online. So, I need to give it a specific title with
artist credit. For the genre, I’ll pick learning, then paste
this description with my necessary fair-use information in it to this field. Once you’ve filled out your desired information,
click “Save.” That’s all we need to do in SoundCloud. Our last step is submission. You can submit your RSS feed to iTunes and
other internet radio companies, but many, such as iTunes, require a sort-of “application”
and “acceptance” process before your podcast is available publicly. Luckily, the podcast app, PocketCasts, that
I already use regularly on my phone, doesn’t require this type of application process. So, open a new tab, and navigate to pocketcasts.com/submit. Once that loads, Copy+Paste your RSS feed
into the submission field. Then, click “Submit.” It may take a few minutes for this to complete,
but when you’re done a screen like this will appear. I’ve done this earlier while testing this
process, so the site tells me my feed has already been submitted. That’s just fine. Either way, PocketCasts will give you this
sharable link to post online or open in a separate device. When I open the link on my phone, I’m taken
to this site, showing my podcast and information. Now, I can open this in my PocketCasts app
and see my podcast feed, here in the app. From this page, I can subscribe to the feed,
and it appears up here in my PocketCasts homepage along with my other podcast subscriptions. By clicking on my podcast, I am shown a list
of the podcast episodes available to download and listen to. And there you have it, a simple process to
create and share your podcast with friends, family, employees and co-workers.

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