In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through the process of setting your podcast up with Libsyn to host your audio. When you are starting a podcast one of the first things you need to do is set up a host for your audio. The host will provide you with the RSS Feed that you will send out to iTunes, Google Play, and other locations to distribute your show.
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In this tutorial, we will be using Libsyn to host our audio. Libsyn is what I use to host all of my shows and they are extremely reliable. One thing that you need to remember is that you want your feed to come from your host and not your website. There are many reasons for this but the most important one is reliability. If your show gets large enough there would be a possibility of your website crashing and not being available due to traffic and you could lose listeners. Nobody wants that 🙂
Step 1: Go to Libsyn.com and set up your account (Just know ahead of time that you will need to pay a small monthly fee to your audio host)
Once you are at the Libsyn home page click the green Sign Up button in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
Next, you will be prompted to fill out the registration form and select your hosting plan. (I recommend at least the Libsyn Classic 250). Not only will you have plenty of room to upload a show weekly BUT you will also receive stats in your Libsyn dashboard that will help you gauge how your show is performing.
Step 2: Now that you have signed up and have a hosting plan set up you can now begin creating your show and uploading episodes. (Remember, it is always a good idea when launching a podcast to start with at least 3-5 episodes on the feed before sending it to iTunes).
You will see a tab at the top of the page that says create new show. Click this tab and begin the process of registering a new show. (Depending on the plan that you choose you may already have done this step when signing up.
When creating your show remember when it asks for the Show Slug this will be the name of your podcast.
After you have completed signing up for a plan, and setting up your show you will be presented with what is called your Dashboard. Before you even begin uploading your episodes you will need to setup your show settings. In order to do this click on the destinations tab at the top of the screen.
Once under the destinations tab you will see a few options. Go to the Libsyn Classic Feed and click Edit.
Now that you are on the Libsyn Classic Feed edit section you will need to fill everything out here. This is important because if something is not correct here the feed will not work properly when sending it over to iTunes and other destinations. Make sure you fill out all of the segments in this section such as Recommended Additional Information, iTunes Store Basics, and Contact Information.
—-> A side note to remember is under the advanced options at the bottom of the page you will see a few different options. Under Episode/Post Limit you can change that to zero to show all of your episodes and not just the first 50, 100, etc.
After you have filled everything out here click the green save button at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: Now go to the settings —> Show Settings tab and do the same thing.
Under Show Settings, you will be inserting your show description, title, artwork, and much more. Make sure everything is filled out properly here as well. All of this will just make sure that your RSS feed will be valid and you won’t run into any issues when submitting your feed to the directories.
Now, go to FeedValidator and copy and paste your Libsyn Classic feed into the search bar and click validate.
Your classic feed will look something like this —> http://YOURSHOWNAME.libsyn.com/rss
If your feed is good you will see a CONGRATULATIONS notice come up stating that your RSS feed is valid.
You are now ready to submit your show to the directories!
I also want to mention that there are other things that you need to do in order for your show to play on your website and other small details BUT I will cover that in another tutorial. For now, you are set up to begin uploading your audio to Libsyn and distribute the feed to the directories.