Click the permalink to view the video tutorial.
For a quick tutorial on how to publish an episode, click here. This tutorial will cover some of the additional features offered to episode generation that will give your episode more metadata and customizations. To get started, log into your Libsyn Dashboard and go to Content –> Add New Episode.
The first thing you will be asked for is to upload your media file.
A window will appear which will allow you to pick where to upload your file from. We will upload from our hard drive for the purposes of this tutorial.
Browse your computer for your media file and select it for upload.
Your file will upload, showing you the upload progress as it goes.
Once the file is uploaded, it can be removed, additional files uploaded, or this file replaced.
With the file uploaded, you can start entering your episode details such as your Title and Description.
The episode title will display as the title in iTunes for that episode, as well as for other podcast directories. It will also appear as the blog post title for your Libsyn blog page, as well as for WordPress or Blogger (if you are using WordPress or Blogger OnPublish). This is a required field.
The subtitle will appear as a ‘description’ for the episode in the iTunes store (and other podcast directories). This is not a required field. If this is not filled out, our system will automatically enter a truncated portion of your episode description for you.
The episode description will appear as the blog post in your Libsyn blog page as well as WordPress or Blogger (if you are using WordPress or Blogger OnPublish). It will also appear as the full or long description for the episode in your RSS feed. Anytime the subtitle is not used by a certain podcast directory OR if you choose not to enter a subtitle, the first portion of your description will be truncated and used as the subtitle. The description is a great opportunity to use many of your keywords for your episode or show to help increase your search ranking inside iTunes and other directories, as well as with search engines at large so take this opportunity to add show notes for your episode, add your episode transcript, or other types of content that will be beneficial to your listener as well as utilize words that really point to what you are discussing.
The episode thumbnail gets used primarily in two places, the Libsyn blog page and the Libsyn media player. Usually, this image is specific to the episode, similar to your album artwork. We offer some helpful tips on all the different images used for your show, but the most important thing to take away is this thumbnail is not your album artwork. Your album artwork comes from your ID3 tag. However, iTunes search, as well as some podcatchers will pull the episode thumbnail from the RSS feed, and this is that image.
The above helpful tips for imagery explains this in detail, as well as the iTunes requirements for the episode thumbnail.
To upload your thumbnail image, click on Upload New then hit the browse button to locate your media file on your computer.
Category & Tags
Categories are used only in the Libsyn blog page. You can create or select a category for this episode or post to reside in, so when someone views your Libsyn blog page they can easily pick from the category they are interested in. This field does not affect any other destination (including the Premium Podcast page for producers utilizing Premium). Tags, or keywords, was a field that iTunes specifications allowed for – allowing a producer to specify up to 12 single word keywords for episodes and for the show at large. These keywords were used by iTunes and other podcast directories to aid in search ranking. However, this field has since been depreciated in the iTunes specification, meaning it is no longer supported. Going forward, we recommend using your title, subtitle, and description to your advantage – but this field is still available to producers for legacy purposes.
A permalink is a URL to a blog post that is suppose to never change – it is a permanent link. Generally, your permalink will point to your Libsyn blog post. However, if you are not using our blog page, you may wish to change your permalink to point elsewhere so you have a few options:
- The Shows Blog Page (Libsyn blog page)
- The episode media file
- A Custom URL – if you are using an outside blogging platform, you can generate your blog post and get your permalink, then enter your permalink here.
If you are using the Libsyn blog page, you can enable or disable comments for this specific episode by checking or unchecking this checkbox.
The iTunes rating is as important at the episode level as it is at your feed level. You can set an episode level clean or explicit rating which becomes important for if a parent has a parental rating set in their local iTunes install – if you set a specific episode to explicit, the other episodes will still be available but the explicit episode will be unavailable to the child.
Customizing Episode Availability
In the next section, you can select which (if not all) destinations you want your episode released to. Remember, destinations is simply where your episode gets distributed to, such as your RSS feed (for iTunes or other podcast directories), your Libsyn blog page, your media player, or even social media destinations you have configured on your account. You can also schedule your episodes to release or expire at specific times so you can control when your audience has access to the episode.
Schedule Episode Release or Expiration
You can schedule the release or expiration of your episode by clicking on Basic Release/Expiration.
Selecting Your Release Destinations
You can set which destinations your episode releases to. You can also set different destinations to release at different times. You may, for example, want your episode to become available to your feed subscribers a day before it appears in Facebook. That all gets customized under the Advanced tab.
NOTE: Do not switch between the basic and advanced tabs once you start entering your settings, the settings won’t save when flipping back and forth.
With all of your settings set, you can now publish your episode by hitting the button. Once you hit the Publish button, if your episode has not been set with a custom release/expiration date, the episode will release immediately.
You can also generate some of your settings and save your episode as a draft and come back later to make changes until you are ready to publish. Just hit the button.
Have questions? Contact our friendly support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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