Great! You've created your podcast and you are ready to roll!
Before you start searching the various podcast players for your show, you're going to want to make sure you get your show submitted for distribution (there's a difference, and I explain it here). BUT before you submit your podcast, look through this list and make sure you check all of the boxes:
- My show has cover art (JPG or PNG between 1400 x 1400 and 3000 x 3000 pixels)
- I have published at least a trailer or teaser, if not a full episode (note: this must be published, not saved as a draft or scheduled for publication)
- My show and my episode(s) have a description/summary
- I know my RSS feed (if not, here's a quick tutorial on where to find it)
While many players out there will scrape Apple's repository and pull your podcast into their library as well, there is a certain glory to knowing that your show is everywhere that it can possibly be right now.
Not to worry, though. We're not going to send you out to go searching for those submit buttons everywhere. Here's a short list of some places to which you can manually submit your RSS feed.
Apple Podcasts - You bet I'm going to go with the big kahuna first. Since other players scrape Apple, and Apple takes up to 10 days at times to approve your podcast, let's make this your first stop and submit your show here. (If you are on Acast Create, please submit your podcast to Apple under "Distribution")
Spotify - Submission to Spotify is quite simple. Just create an account here and submit your RSS feed. (If you're an Acast Open Influencer or Ace user, toggle this switch on under "Integrations". If you're on Acast Create, you'll set this up under "Distribution".)
Amazon - We've made distribution with Amazon quite simple! If you're on a paid plan within the Acast Open platform, you'll simply want to go to your Integrations tab and turn on the Amazon integration. For our Create users, you'll see this option in your Show > Settings > Distribution (just click submit). Amazon's average turnaround time on approval is still unknown at this time.
Stitcher - Sign up for a Stitcher account here and get your feed submitted today.
Google Play - (note: Google Play and Google Podcasts are completely different) You can submit your podcast to Google Play here.
Google Podcasts - Google Podcasts has been known to index directly from Apple... but the great news is you can submit directly through Google Podcasts Manager here, so don't wait!
TuneIn - They've got a little form for you to fill out, but it shouldn't take long before your show is available in their library as well.
CastBox - These folks have a beautiful step-by-step laid out on how to get your show submitted (or claimed).
iHeartRadio - Has a form that needs to be filled out to have your show added.
Deezer - Is a simple click away before your show lands in their library.
Of course, this list isn't inclusive! New podcast players pop up weekly, but this is an excellent place to start.