Acast makes it easy to connect your podcast with Patreon, allowing you to publish episodes directly to your Patreon tiers.
Once you have created or imported a show on Acast, you can then connect your Patreon account. Simply go to Account > Integrations, and then enable the Patreon toggle.
If you came here directly from Patreon, this is likely already done for you.
Then turn on the integration at the show level. Click back over to “Shows” and click on the show you created. Click the “Integrations” tab. Enable the switch for Patreon.
Once completed, the slider should have a yellow check. You’ll see there is an option to Include membership link in show notes. This feature automatically adds your Patreon Subscribe URL (with customizable text) into your podcast episode and show notes. This is a great way automatically to remind listeners to become supporters!
Once you’ve connected your account to Patreon, you will be able to assign new and existing episodes to Patreon tiers.
Keep in mind that your Acast episodes won't automatically publish as posts on your Patreon page. They will appear for your Patreons as usual though in their apps where they are subscribed. If you want your episode to also be visible in the Patreon feed with your posts, you will have to create a post manually.
NOTE: If you leave an episode without a tier, then it's a public episode. Having some public episodes is a great way to give interested followers a taste of your work, as well as a clear way to encourage them to become patrons of your exclusive episodes.
Adding a tier to a new episode
Simply go to your show and hit the New Episode button on the top right. You’ll be prompted to add all the usual details for a podcast episode, like the title, description, and of course the audio file also. You can save it as a draft or publish it right away, and you can also schedule it for release later. In that form you will also be able to choose which Patreon Tier(s) your episode will be on.
You can also assign episodes to a Tier in bulk.
In the episode list you can select which episodes you would like to assign to the tier, and then choose the Access Tier dropdown menu on the right.
Remember, if you want a specific tier to have access to an episode, you must expressly add that tier. So, for example, if you want Silver tier members and Gold tier members to have access, you must assign BOTH Silver tier and Gold tier to that episode.
Now you will see a notification about an important final step: you need to enable Acast in your Patreon RSS Settings to deliver your feed to patrons.
This will ensure that:
Your existing members will have uninterrupted access to your episodes,
New members get easy access to your show on their app of choice
On the Patreon creator Page Settings, scroll to the bottom and make sure that "Enable Acast RSS audio feed" is checked. And then scroll all the way to the top and click "Save Changes".
That's all set! If you have completed these steps, then you can go ahead and dismiss the notification on your Acast page.