How to Upload Your Podcast to iTunes 2019 | Podcasting to iTunes (Apple)

How to Upload Your Podcast to iTunes 2019 | Podcasting to iTunes (Apple)

Hey, podcast people. Thanks for stopping by the Pod Sound School. I’m Studio Steve, and today, I’m going to
talk to you about what you’ll need to know to upload your podcast to iTunes. You know, I like that idea, yeah? You know, I’ve never realized before that
you were so versatile. First, here’s six things to have in order
before submitting your podcast. One: locate that RSS feed. What’s an RSS feed? It’s a web link that your web host provides
to share with platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, etc. These podcast directories, they don’t physically
hold your files. You need to have another website holding,
or hosting, your podcast episodes. Podcasts are configured like blog pages. Every time you make a new post, it becomes
a new episode on your RSS feed. So the description and the title you include
on those posts, those will be what shows up on iTunes and other directories. Depending on what web host you’re using to
upload your MP3 files on, finding your RSS feed will differ. Some hosts make it very easy, and on others,
it can be tricky. All you have to do is search for, “How to
find my RSS link,” on SoundCloud, or Squarespace, Libsyn, or Wix, whatever host you’re using. Once you find it, copy and paste that, and
put it into a document or email yourself, so you always know where it is. You’ll need this later, for Stitcher and Spotify
as well. Two: domain consideration. You want to check the iTunes Apple podcast
directory, and make sure the title of your show isn’t already taken. Also, now is a very important time to consider
having your own domain name for your show, if you don’t already. Having a custom domain name, while it can
cost a little money, has numerous benefits for your podcast that will outweigh the costs. Also, iTunes favors shows with their own domain
name, and you are much more likely to be approved with your own website than if you are hosting
with SoundCloud, for example. Three: cover art. You’re going to need some cover art in square
format for iTunes. The dimensions need to be at least 1400×1400
pixels, but ideally 3000×3000 pixels, in RGB color format, at 72 dpi. It’s important to put some love into your
cover art. Not only is this the first impression people
will have of your podcast, and has shown to make a tremendous difference in podcast popularity,
but this is also one of the considerations Apple takes into account before approving
your show. Four: audio quality. Although high-quality audio isn’t an absolute
requirement, it can be a big deal breaker for getting approved. A real person actually reviews your show at
Apple, and if it hurts their ears, they are likely to decline your show. Some common audio problems that you might
want to check for are buzzing or humming, inconsistent vocal and mix levels, noise,
interruptions, distortion, or the volume being too loud, volume being too low, or fluctuating. And of course, if you need help improving
your audio, make sure it gets approved, and also to set your show apart, come check out
our first season here. It’s packed with helpful short videos. Five: intro or header. This is very important. You want to catch people’s attention right
from the start. Experiment with variations of short, 15 to
20 second music clips and vocal intros that invite the listeners in and introduce your
show nicely. This alone might be the biggest signifier
to Apple that you are a serious show worthy of approval. And Six: show and episode descriptions. Take the time to come up with a catchy description
for your show, and also for each of your episodes. This will go a long way in helping the search-ability
for your podcast and ensuring you get approved. Okay. Now you’ve made sure that your show is quality
and it meets Apple’s guidelines. It’s time to submit it for approval. To do this, simply launch a web browser and
search for, “iTunes connect podcast.” Here, you will be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account and signed
in, you will see a plus sign, which indicates add. Clicking on this plus sign will bring you
to the RSS feed input field. Copy and paste your RSS link that you set
aside here and click validate. In a short moment, you’ll see a preview of
your show, and your artwork, and the episodes if you’ve posted any, and if iTunes doesn’t
see any issues, you’ll see a green light, and the submit button will be ready to click. Click submit, and you’ll receive an email
saying that they received your request. Now we just wait. Your show can be approved in a matter of hours
or all the way up to three weeks. Following these guidelines and taking the
time to do a quality check before submitting will most definitely speed up the approval
process. And there you have it. Good luck, podskis, and if you have any questions,
leave them in the comments below. Also, if you found this video helpful, click
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and tricks. We also have a handy podcast jumpstart freebie. You can find that download link in the description
below as well, or you could visit our website, Happy casting.

7 thoughts on “How to Upload Your Podcast to iTunes 2019 | Podcasting to iTunes (Apple)

  1. Does iTunes approve everyone who submits a podcast??? Nope. There are many reasons you might get declined.

  2. I highly recommend that you look for your show name in Podchaser,, and even Google as searching Apple may not surface the name.

  3. Studio Steve!!! you look so natural with the camera. It's not like your practice all morning for this. LOL We are both getting over our fears. Ours podskis need us.

  4. I've followed the instructions here. Hours ago after I uploaded several podcast episodes at once after hitting the submit button and hours later it's still showing the buffering circle. Is that normal? Keep in mind I uploaded a bunch of them at once. Please help.

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