Articles: Submitting Your Podcast to iTunes
Over the past several weeks, we’ve learned how to make a podcast in GarageBand. Now it is time to share your podcast with the world. If you haven’t yet exported your podcast from GarageBand, which we covered in last week’s screencast, do so now. You must export it to one of these formats: M4A or MP3 for audio (what we made); MOV, MP4, or M4V for video podcasts; and PDF or EPUB for text documents. The last two are for show notes, which you can add when you get more adept at podcasting.
In order to broadcast your voice to the world, you must have these three things:
Server space to host the podcast
An RSS feed
An Apple ID & iTunes
Server Space to Host the Podcast
“Server Space!” you say. “I have to pay for server space?”
Don’t panic. You don’t have to pay for server space. You can use your iCloud Drive, Google Drive, or Dropbox, as a few examples. You can even use a free Wordpress or Blogger blog. It only needs a public URL to connect to the RSS feed, which you’ll be setting up momentarily.
Upload your podcast files to a specific folder on your server, either one of the ones listed above or your personal web space, and make note of the URL. In one of the online drives listed above, Google how to share the folder with the public to get that URL if you don’t know how to do so.
Copy the public URL onto your clipboard.
Getting an RSS Feed
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. This is how people can subscribe to blog feeds and podcasts, as well as other internet content. There are several ways you can create an RSS feed with multiple applications that assist you in doing so; however, I’m going to show you the simplest. This is what I’ve used for my podcasts through the years, and if you already have a Google or Gmail account, it will be even easier.
Go to http://feedburner.google.com and log in to Google. (If you don’t have a Google account, create one, as they have so many great apps and resources like Gmail and Google Drive in addition to Feedburner.)
Paste your copied URL into the field beneath “Burn a feed right this instant.”
Tick the “I am a podcaster!” box, then click NEXT.
If you’re using a blog, make sure to put all your podcasts in a “Podcast” category. Then you can link just to that category for the feed. Even if there is text around the audio content, Feedburner will find the audio and push it to iTunes.
Click “NEXT” after you verify the address, then copy the Feed Address. You will need this for iTunes.
Feedburner has analytics built right in, so you can see how many subscribe to your podcast!
Or, go for something even simpler and use your WordPress blog for the RSS feed. Next week, I’ll be covering Promoting Your Podcast. The number one way to promote your podcast is through blogging and social networking, so you will liberate two birds with one key!
Read this article for more information on using your blog to generate an RSS feed for your podcast.
Submitting to iTunes
Test your feed using a service like Cast Feed Validator.
Open iTunes, then go to File > Subscribe to Podcast
Paste your copied Feed Address and click OK
Voila! It’s that easy!
Remember, once you upload your podcast to iTunes, you won’t be able to make any changes.
If you’d like to create a podcast cover image, which I highly recommend, people will see a nice graphic in the iTunes Store and on their device. Just make sure it’s a JPG or PNG file in the RGB format (always RGB for web. CYMK is for print). The size should be a minimum of 1400 x 1400 pixels, but the maximum size should not exceed 3000 x 3000 pixels.
There are over 1 billion podcast subscriptions. It’s time you were one of them. Be heard.
Christine is a Technical Support Specialist and Content Writer for PowerMax. Follow her articles as she takes you “Behind the Sasquatch: A Look Inside PowerMax,” an inside look at the day-to-day operations from the perspective of a Woman in Tech. She’ll also post great Tech Tips, helping you get the most of your Mac apps as well as write about some common technical issues and how to fix them. Finally, Christine will periodically post some Tutorials that teach readers how to do things like make podcasts and iPhone apps. Find what you’re looking for in the categories on the right.
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