You’re working hard, creating awesome podcasts that your followers love. You enjoy what you do, but sometimes it’s frustrating when you don’t seem to have as many listeners as you’d like. And if a listener likes you, you’re never quite sure they’ll come back. It’s tough to keep your fans updated on your latest episodes. Enter the RSS feed to solve this problem.
Why Do You Need a Podcast RSS Feed?
It’s important for your listeners to keep up to date on all your new podcasts. Your fans don’t want to miss anything. The die-hard ones will religiously check your channel to make sure they haven’t missed an episode, but many simply won’t take the time. People are busy and have so much online content to consume that it doesn’t take much for favorite podcasts to disappear from their minds.
When your fans subscribe to your podcast RSS feed, however, they’ll see updates in real time in their summary display. They’ll visit their feed, see what’s new, click on your updated episode, and get down to business listening to what you have to say.
It’s your job as a content producer who wants followers to make yourself easy to find. In fact, you should make that task as easy as possible, or you’ll risk seeing your numbers dwindle. Create an RSS feed for your podcast so your listeners can easily subscribe.
You Need a Podcast-Only Feed
If you already have an RSS feed for your website, that’s great. But it isn’t going to do the job when it comes to your podcasts. Your site-wide RSS feed may only be picking up your blog posts and not your podcasts.
How to Create a Podcast RSS Feed
If you know how to code, you can create an RSS feed by using XML to declare the channel, title of your feed, links to your channel, and more. You then will need to add a new item each time you create a new episode so that your episode will show up in your readers’ feeds.
Or you could use a feed builder and host your podcast on RSS.com to create your podcast RSS feed. The steps are simple, and you don’t have to know how to code. RSS.com creates a simple hosting interface for you to upload your episodes. Once that’s done, any podcast you upload will automatically be updated in your listener’s feeds so long as they subscribe to your RSS feed in Apple iTunes, Google Play, etc. This is a great solution for content producers who don’t have the time to learn the tricky technical aspects of RSS feeds.
Once you’re set up with RSS.com, you can happily step away from the technical hangups of creating RSS feeds for your podcasts and get back to producing your awesome content.