Google Play Music accepts podcast submissions similar to iTunes and other podcast directories. To submit your show to Google Play Music, follow the steps below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Google Play Music is currently accepting submissions, but the directory is not yet available for browsing in Google Play Music. This tutorial will be updated once the directory has been made available to listeners in Google Play Music.
Preparing Your RSS Feed
Libsyn has generated a new destination specifically for Google Play Music. This RSS feed has Google specific RSS tags, and by having it as a separate destination from your primary RSS feed, you will be able to use our advanced scheduling solutions to determine when a post goes to Google or when a post goes to iTunes.
Log into your Libsyn show and click on Destinations –> Add New.
You will see Google Play Music as an option to add from the destinations list. Click Add.
A destination will be created you can edit.
Feed Extension: This should be ignored and left as is.
Author: This is the author of your show. It can be the name of your company, it can be your name, it’s whoever is creating the podcast.
Owner Email: This e-mail address is populated in the RSS feed and is used by Google (regardless of what Google account you submit under) to contact you regarding your show.
Language Code: This will default to ‘en’, but if your show is using a different language, you can enter the two letter language abbreviation here.
Category: This is the category your show will appear in via the Google Play store.
Contains Explicit Language: If your show contains explicit language, this should be set as yes. If not, leave it at no.
Artwork: Like iTunes, Google Play Music has artwork requirements as well. Images should be 600x600px minimum to 7000x7000px maximum. Google Play Music will not feature a show unless the artwork is at minimum 1200x1200px. Images must be square, and must be a jpg or a png file.
Once you have entered all the settings, hit save.
Submitting to Google Play
With your feed configured, it’s now time to submit to the Google Play Music Podcast Directory.
Go to https://g.co/podcastportal to get started.
If you aren’t already logged into Google, you may be asked to do so. Once logged in, click the Get Started button.
Click on Add A Podcast.
You will need to enter your RSS feed URL into the above screen. Don’t remember what your feed URL for Google Play is? Log into your Libsyn dashboard and click on Destinations. The Google Play Music feed URL will be listed at the top.
Hit Submit RSS Feed.
Hit Confirm E-Mail. At this point, Google will send an e-mail to the Owner E-Mail you provided when you generated the RSS feed. You cannot proceed until you confirm that e-mail. The e-mail will look something like this:
You can either click the Verify Ownership button, or, if that doesn’t work copy the code they provide. Go back to the Google Play Music Podcast Portal and place the code in the text box they provide.
Hit Verify Ownership.
The next page gives you a chance to review what they have pulled from your RSS feed. It will display your show artwork, title, description, even the episodes they see in the RSS feed. Look over your details carefully. While updates can be made, it can take up to 5 days for changes to appear in Google Play Music so it is important to make sure your submission details are correct.
Once you have verified that everything is in fact correct, click on Publish Podcast.
At this point, your status will change to Under Review. The team at Google Play Music Podcasts will review the show and either approve or reject the show. They will e-mail the address listed in your feed under Owner E-Mail with your approval or rejection notice.
You are now submitted to the Google Play Music Podcasts Directory. Have questions? Contact our friendly support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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