Podcasting How To

Submit Your Podcast To Podcast Directories

submit your podcast to podcasting directories

There are many podcast directories where people can listen, subscribe and interact with podcasts.  We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular podcast directories and instructions on how to submit your podcast to them.  Click on each header to view your specific submission instructions.

Update August 4th, 2020: With Podbean’s newest update to our interface, Podbean now allows you to submit your podcast to various directories. Navigate to Dashboard -> Distribution -> Podcast Apps to submit you podcast to various directories. If a directory is not in our Podcast Apps dashboard, please email support@podbean.com.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts and iTunes

How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn

How To Submit Your Podcast To iMDB

How To Submit Your Podcast To PlayerFM

How To Submit Your Podcast To Apple Podcasts or iTunes

1. Publish at least one episode with an iTunes supported file format.  You may check how to publish a podcast here and which file formats are supported in iTunes here.

2. Set your Podcast title, description , category and logo in your Podbean account “Settings” page.  Pay close attention to the title, description and author fields. The iTunes Store uses these fields for search.  Your Podbean channel logo will be used in iTunes as your podcast cover art. The logo image must meet the iTunes specifications: cover art must be in the JPEG or PNG file format with appropriate file extensions (.jpg, .png), and in the RGB color space with a minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels, 72 dpi. Read more about specifications for podcasts on iTunes.

3. Get your podcast RSS feed by going to Settings->Feed in your Podbean dashboard. At the right hand side, you will see “Your RSS feed” (http://yourname.podbean.com/feed/). This is the information you need for iTunes and Apple Podcasts.

  1. Log in using your Apple ID and password.  If you don’t have an Apple ID, you will have to make one before proceeding.  Per Apple: Verify that your Apple ID is fully activated by adding a valid payment method and agreeing to the Apple Media Service Terms and Conditions.
  2. If you haven’t submitted a podcast to Apple previously, press the “Add Show” button. If you have, click the plus sign to the right of the “Podcasts” header and select New Show.
  3. Select “Add Show with an RSS Feed”.
  4. Type in your RSS feed from Podbean exactly as it’s written on Podbean. You can find your podcast’s RSS feed in your Podbean dashboard by navigating to Settings – Feed and copying the RSS feed on the right side of the screen.
  5. Under RSS Feed access, click “make my feed publicly available”.
  6. Use the User Access option to control who can view this show in your Apple Podcasts Connect account. People with Admin, Finance, or Legal roles in this account can access any of its shows, and they cannot be removed.
  7. Click the Add Button.
  8. Review your show details on the Show Information page to ensure everything looks correct.
  9. Provide contact information for the show, so that Apple can reach out to you in the event that there is an issue.
  10. On the left hand column, choose Availability and Rights.
    1. Under Availability, you can select what countries and regions you’d like your podcast to appear in.
    2. Under Content Rights, confirm that your show has rights to any third-party content it may contain. As stated on screen, Shows that contain third-party content must have all the necessary rights to that content or be otherwise permitted to use it under the laws of each country or region in which they’re available.
    3. Under Show Release, you can select whether your show will be released as soon as it’s published or you can select a date and time for it to release on Apple Podcasts.
  11. When you’re done, Click Save.
  12. Click submit for review.
  13.  Your podcast has now been submitted to Apple Podcasts. Your podcast should be searchable in Apple Podcasts once your submission is complete. However, we always recommend 24-48 hours for your podcast to be indexed in any third party directory. 

Your RSS feed will be validated before it’s sent to Apple. If there’s an issue, a warning message will appear and must be resolved before you can submit the show.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Spotify 

1.  Log into your Podbean account and go to the ‘Settings’->’Social Share’ page. Then click the ‘Connect to Spotify’ button. This feature is available for all unlimited and above accounts.

Podbean Social Share Menu - Connect to Spotify

2. You should agree to Spotify terms and conditions before submission. Please select a primary country for your podcast (this is used by Spotify’s system; it should be the main country/where most of your listeners are located). 

Podbean Spotify Agree to Terms and conditions.

Once you agree to Spotify terms and conditions, your podcast gets submitted to Spotify’s system. When your podcast is up on Spotify, we will send you an email with the Spotify URL for your podcast.

*Currently, Spotify does not support video or mixed media podcast feed. Your podcast is eligible for automatic submission via Podbean if you have an unlimited or above hosting account, once you have at least five episodes published.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Play

Google is beginning to transition Google Play Music podcasts to Google Podcasts. Please see our “How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts” header.

From Google: “We know many listeners have spent a lot of time creating their perfect music and podcast libraries in Google Play Music, so we’ve made it simple to move both to their new homes. All Google Play Music users will soon receive an email with detailed instructions on how to begin transferring your full Google Play Music history and content, as well as podcasts, to their new homes.” See link for more info.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Google Podcasts

If you have a podcast and website (which you automatically do if you’re hosted with Podbean!), you can likely already be found there. If you’ve never submitted your Podbean site to Google search indexing before, you can submit it here

Once Google has added your site into the search index,  you can visit here to generate a direct link to your podcast in the Google app or preview how your podcast will look in Google search results.

Here’s more information on Google’s requirements, plus tools and information on how you can make sure your feed is indexed or register it, if it is not showing up currently.

Fortunately, we’ve made things easy by taking care of the requirements for you if you host with Podbean! We’ve made updates to all Podbean sites so they meet the requirements. If you host with Podbean and use the Podbean podcast site, your podcast will meet all the necessary requirements.

If you run your own web site, please follow Google’s instructions (read more in the link above) to add a “link” tag to your site’s home page. And, go to “Settngs”→”Feed/iTunes”->”Advanced Feed Settings” in your Podbean account to set your site url into the “Link URL in RSS2” field.

 If your podcast is still not viewable in Google Podcasts, Google Podcasts Manager makes it easy for you to verify ownership of your podcast and have your podcast indexed by Google.

Here’s how to use Google Podcasts Manager to index your podcast.

  1. Go to podcastsmanager.google.com.
  2. Enter your podcast’s RSS feed, then click Next Step.
    If you’re hosted with Podbean, you can find your RSS feed by logging into your account and navigating to Settings – Feed. Also note that your podcast must have at least one published episode in order to proceed.
  3. Google will show you a preview of your RSS feed.
  4. In order to verify your ownership, a verification code will be sent to the email address that’s associated with your podcast. You should receive an email with a verification code. Type in this code in Google Podcasts Manager to proceed.
    If you logged in using the email address that’s already associated with your podcast, Google will not need to send a validation code. 
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Your ownership of your podcast has now been verified. You should also see a message from Google stating “We’ve submitted your show to Google’s Podcast Index”. This is how to submit your podcast to Google Podcasts. 
    Please note that Google states that the indexing process should take up to five days or longer.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Podbean App

Podbean users with Podbean paid plans are automatically in the directory after 24 hours. For Podbean free accounts, you must verify your account first to be included in the directory. The verification steps will appear in your Podbean account’s dashboard 15 days after your account is created. Your podcast will appear in the Podbean Directory within 24 to 48 hours. Here are the detailed instructions to submit your podcast manually:

1. Go to http://www.podbean.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Submit your podcast”.

2. You’ll be directed to the login page. Log into or sign up for a Podbean account (no cost for a free account).

3. Fill in your podcast feed and click on “Submit”. Follow the steps as instructed.

If you are already in the Podbean directory but have not yet claimed your listing, simply go to the listing page and click “claim listing” on the left. This will ensure you are notified of comments and other opportunities.

How To Submit Your Podcast To iHeartRadio

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to iHeartRadio.
  4. Go to https://www.iheart.com/content/submit-your-podcast/ in your browser. 
  5. Fill in all of the required information here, then press submit.  
  6. Your podcast has now been submitted to iHeartRadio.  You should recieve an e mail when your podcast is available on iHeartRadio or with any further feedback.  

How To Upload Your Podcast To YouTube

1. Go to “Social Share” in your Podbean dashboard and connect to YouTube. A pop up window will ask you to log in to your account and give permission to YouTube; click “allow”.

Allow Social Share to Youtube

2. When you publish a podcast episode, you will now have YouTube included in the “share” section. Your episode will be shared to the networks you have connected, including YouTube. You can click any of these to turn them off if you do not wish that episode to be shared to a particular social network. Episodes will typically take about 10 minutes to display on YouTube.

Social Share in Episode Editor

The YouTube video title will be your Podbean episode title. Your show logo will be the static image for audio files. You can see all your videos, including any shared podcast episodes, under “My Channel” in YouTube.

*Please note, for content over 15 minutes in length, YouTube requires verification. You will see a note in your Podbean account; simply click the link and follow YouTube’s steps. If you have previously published the file to YouTube, they will block it from being published again (and you will get an email to this effect).

How To Submit Your Podcast To Pandora

Last updated : August 16, 2019

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Pandora.
  4. In your browser, go to https://www.ampplaybook.com/podcasts/ and click “Get Started”.
  5. Log in with your Pandora account.  If you don’t have one yet, click Register For Free” to make one.  
  6. Type your RSS Feed link, then click next. You should receive a mini preview of your podcast’s RSS feed.  Fill out the required information, then click Next.  
  7. Note that Pandora asks for many extra bits of information, such as social media links, amounts of episodes, and various information about your podcasts file type, so it will be helpful to have this information handy before submitting.  
  8. Your podcast has now been submitted to Pandora.  Independent podcast submissions are reviewed and approved individually.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for Pandora to review your podcast.

How To Submit Your Podcast To Stitcher

Stitcher is an on-demand Internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts.   In this video, we’ll go over how to submit your podcast to Stitcher.  

Log into your Podbean account.

1. On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 

2. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to Stitcher.

3. Go to https://www.stitcher.com/content-providers.  You’ll need to create an account with Stitcher as a Content Provider, so fill out the provider name, e mail, and password fields here.  Then click continue.  

4. Type in your information here, agree to Stitcher’s Terms and conditions, then click agree.  

5. Fill in the fields required fields here.  Type in your RSS feed URL from Podbean in the RSS Feed URL text box.  Stitcher asks for information such as your Twitter handle, Facebook, average listener count, and keywords that will help Stitcher listeners find your podcast, so it’ll be important to have this information ready.  

6. Click the checkbox, then press Continue.  If everything looks correct, click Submit Podcast.  Your Podcast has now been submitted to Stitcher. You should receive an e mail shortly that your podcast has been received for review.  Please note that Stitcher states that it can take up to five days to approve or decline your podcast. You should receive a second e mail once your podcast has been approved.  

How To Submit Your Podcast To TuneIn

  1. Log into your Podbean account.
  2.  On the left hand column, go to Settings: Feed – iTunes. 
  3. Take down your RSS Feed.  You’ll need this to submit to TuneIn.
  4. Go to https://help.tunein.com/contact/add-podcast-S19TR3Sdf
  5. Fill out the required information in this submission form.  Type in your RSS feed from Podbean in the XML/RSS Feed URL text box. 
  6. Once you’ve filled in all of the fields, click the Agree to Terms and Conditions checkbox, then click Send e mail.  TuneIn moderates each podcast submission, which can take one to ten days to approve or decline. You should receive an e mail from TuneIn when your podcast has been approved. 

Submitting My Podcast To iMDB

IMDb is an accessible online database of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew, and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan, and critical reviews. You can now submit your podcast to be part of IMDB’s listing.

 Here’s how to submit your podcast to IMDB’s database.

  1. Click this link here to review IMDb’s requirements and to submit your podcast. 
  2. Review the requirements to submit your podcast on the screen here. When you’re ready, click the New Title Form button.
  3. From IMDb.com:
    1. The name formatting of a podcast remains the same as a normal title i.e. The Joe Rogan Experience
    2. If episodic please submit as type Made for TV with the sub-type TV-Series
    3. If stand-alone please submit as type Made for Video
    4. For all, please add the keywords: category-podcast 
    5. If audio only then please also add the keyword “audio-only”
    6. A link to somewhere the podcast can be watched or listened to should be submitted in the Miscellaneous Link section, with the description WebsiteName – Full audio, or WebsiteName – Full video, as appropriate.
  4. Once you’ve completed your submission form, you will receive an email receipt for this submission and will be able to track your submission here.
  5. Please use the following formats to list commercials, music videos and podcasts.

Submitting My Podcast To PlayerFM

PlayerFM is a top independent podcast player and podcast library, empowering listeners around the world to search, discover, save and listen to more than 20+ million free podcasts. 

 Here’s how to submit your podcast to PlayerFM.

  1. Create a PlayerFM account or log into your existing account.
  2. Go to https://player.fm/importer/feed.
  3. Enter your podcast RSS feed.
  4. Click ‘Import feed’.

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