How long does it take for a directory to approve a podcast submission?
Each directory is completely different and works on its own timeline. Some, like Spotify, approved podcasts fairly quickly within just a couple of days. Others, like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, can take up to 2 weeks to review and approved a new show. So you can expect the majority of directories to approve your podcast within 2 weeks of submitting.
Do I have to submit my feed every time I publish a new episode?
No! Once your podcast is approved through Apple, Spotify, or any other major directory, you won't need to submit any new episodes. Going forward all new episodes published in your Buzzsprout account will automatically be added to your listings.
Keep in mind, while it is automatic it is not immediate. Each directory updates their feed at different times throughout the day. So it may take 24 hours to see a new episode across all platforms.
How often do my listings update?
As mentioned above, each directory is completely different and works on its own timeline. That applies to how often they refresh their listings throughout the day. Some update with new episodes every couple of hours (Spotify) and some can take a full 24 hours before your new episode shows in your listing (Apple Podcast).
One thing to keep in mind is that, while your listings may take some hours to show new episodes, your subscribers won't have to wait as long. Podcast apps don't use the Apple Podcasts listing to populate podcasts for their subscribers, instead the subscriber is connected directly to your RSS feed. This means that the app just needs to refresh to see the new episode. So your subscribers should see the new episode within an hour or two!
Where do I make changes for my listings?
All the information that populates in your podcast listings is pulled from your Buzzsprout account. So any changes you want on your listing should be made in your Buzzsprout account. Most of the info you will want to change will be located either on your Podcast Settings page or in your episode's details.
How do I link my listings in my Buzzsprout account?
Most of the time, as soon as you are approved on a new listing we will automatically update your directories page to show that you are listed. In some cases, we don't see the listing right away, so we give you the opportunity to add the listing yourself.
When you are approved by a directory they will (most likely) email you directly to let you know. In that email, they will include your public listing URL. Once you get that URL then log into Buzzsprout and go to the Directories page. Then click into the directory and scroll down, you will see a field to add your listing URL manually. Paste the URL into your account there and then you will see that reflected on your Directories page and on your public page!
My podcast was rejected by a directory, what can I do?
Email us in support! We can review your rejection message and podcast to try to locate the issue on our end. If we cannot find the problem, then we will give you a contact for the directory directly.
Why is my podcast not in the search results?
When you are listed in a directory you may not see your podcast when searching for it right away. Don't worry! It can take a couple of days after you are listed, for your podcast to show in the search results of that directory. If it doesn't show up after a week, shoot our support team an email.
Why am I not showing in all the podcasting apps?
Most of the major podcast apps pull their information from Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. So if you get listed on Apple or Google you can expect to show in your apps as well. But don't expect it to happen right away! It usually takes a week or so, for them to find your podcast and add it to their search.
Why did my Spotify listing disappear?
Spotify has a tendency to accept podcasts very quickly and then upon second review notice missing information and deactivate the listing. Don't worry! Usually, fixing this is easy, by making a simple change on your Podcast Settings page.
We typically see that podcasters who run into this are missing an Artist, Description, Artwork, or Website Address. All you have to do is add in the missing info on your Podcast Settings page and save it. Then Spotify will update your listing within a couple of hours!
Do I need an Apple ID and iTunes account to submit a podcast?
Yes. Podcasting with Apple is free but you do have to have an Apple ID and you need to have billing information within your Apple account. You will also want to make sure your Apple ID is enabled so you don't run into any issues logging into Podcast Connect. If you do run into any issues, check out this help article all about how to fix that and access your account with Apple!
How do I get on Apple Podcast's New & Noteworthy section?
There isn’t a submission process for the New & Noteworthy section of Apple Podcasts, but there are some things you can do on your end to give yourself the best chance of landing on that page! This video will give you some great tips: How To Get Your Podcast into the New and Noteworthy
How do I change my RSS feed in Apple Podcasts without losing subscribers?
Podcasts Connect has a step-by-step guide for updating your RSS feed URL within Apple. If you run into any questions during this process email us and we will help!
If you have any other questions related to your listings let us know and we can help!