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Spotify is arguably the biggest app for podcasts on the market these days. I’ve been a Spotify Premium member for years now and I absolutely love it!
Spotify has some of the best podcasts on the market and is even doing deals with particular podcast networks to publish only to Spotify.
Basically, if you want people to hear your new podcast, you’ve got to be on Spotify. In this article, we’ll look at how to upload podcasts to Spotify.
How To Upload Your Podcast To Spotify
Uploading a podcast to Spotify is simple. Here are the steps you’ll need to take.
Note: Some podcast hosts will add your show to Spotify for you. So if that’s the case, just follow the prompts. Or, follow these steps to sign up for yourself and get all the extra Spotify analytics. These steps are only for people who need to add the show themselves.
Step One – Create a Spotify Account.
Obviously, you’ll need to make an account. So, head across to podcasters.spotify.com and create an account. You can use your Facebook credentials if that’s easier
Step Two – Get Your RSS Feed
Second, you must find your Podcast RSS Feed. An RSS feed is basically just a text file that gets updated. It’s used for blogs, news sites, and in this case, Podcasts. The feed is inserted into a ‘feed reader’ which converts the RSS text file into a content stream.
Every podcast host should give you access to your feed somewhere in your account pages. When you find it, your RSS feed will look like a webpage URL, and will probably have the text “/feed” or “/podcast” somewhere towards the end.
If you can’t find your feed URL, search for “RSS feed” in your host’s help section.
Once you’ve found the feed. Make sure you pres ctrl+c and copy it.
Step Three – “Add or Claim Podcast”
When you’re in your Spotify Partner homepage, click the menu and find the option that says “add or claim your podcast”.
Click the option, and you’ll get taken to the next stage.
Step Four – Paste Your RSS Feed
Once you click through to claim your podcast, you’ll be taken to the main page where you add your podcast to Spotify. Click the button and you’ll be taken to the main page.
After you’ve clicked the ‘get started’ button, you must paste your RSS feed. That is the link we copied in lesson two.
Once you copy the feed across, Spotify checks the links for you to make sure everything works. This is super handy because it won’t work if you accidentally miss a character in your link when you copy it across.
Once Spotify gives you the okay, click the big green ‘next button’.
Step Five – Add Your Podcast Info
Once your RSS feed is accepted, you have to enter some more information about your podcast.
Spotify takes all the info of your podcast from your feed. So you won’t have to add a title or description – all is transferred from your RSS feed (pretty cool, hey).
However, you will need to enter some other important information:
- What country you’re making your podcast in
- What language your podcast is in
- Enter your hosting provider
- Add categories
It’s important to give some thought to your categories. Many podcast listeners browse categories when looking for a new podcast – so make sure you choose the right ones.
Step Six – Verify
After you’ve added your podcast, Spotify will send you a code via email to verify you own the podcast.
Enter that code and you’re all done!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is it free to upload a podcast to Spotify?
Yep. If you want to add your podcast to Spotify, it’s completely free.
Do you get paid for podcasts on Spotify?
No, Spotify and Apple don’t pay podcast hosts to publish on their platform. Instead, hosts look to generate revenue through sponsors, affiliate marketing, and memberships. However, all revenue is separate from Spotify.
Why can’t I find my podcast on Spotify?
It may take a few days or even a week (or more) for Spotify to properly upload your feed and have your podcast up to date. Don’t worry though, if you’ve added your podcast the right way, it’ll show up. Once your podcast is up, the latest episodes will automatically be added.
How long does it take Spotify to approve a podcast?
It takes Spotify 2-5 days to check out your podcast and give it the seal of approval. It’s important to make sure your podcast looks great and has all the right information.
Adding your podcasts to Spotify is easy to do. If you know where your RSS feed and everything is, the entire process should only take ten to fifteen minutes. However, spending ten minutes adding your podcast can lead to thousands of listeners and getting your content on the best and most popular podcast platform.