The first step in submitting your show to any directory, including iTunes, is to validate your feed. Your feed is similar to a webpage, organized code that programs such as iTunes or Google Reader uses to make the RSS feed into something usable and you need to be sure that code is correct.
You can get your feed URL by logging into your Libsyn Dashboard and go to Destinations –> View Feed.
If you need help configuring your feed, click here.
Once you have your feed URL, go to Feed Validator and enter your feed URL –
Hitting the validate button will show you if you have any errors. Usually, the ‘Recommendations’ listed can be ignored, but if you have any questions contact email@example.com and they can help ensure your feed is fully valid.
Now that your feed is valid, it needs to be tested in iTunes. This is done by opening the iTunes application (this will work on a Mac or a PC) and click on File –> Subscribe to Podcast then enter your feed URL and hit OK. iTunes should subscribe to the feed and start downloading episodes automatically.
Your feed is valid, it has at least one (we recommend three) episode posted, and your test in iTunes is working. Great! Now its time to submit to the iTunes store.
iTunes is currently changing the process for handling submissions and working with shows in the store. Please visit the following blog post for updates, this tutorial will be updated with the new process once iTunes verifies they are fully launched with the new system.
Note: It may take iTunes up to a week or more to approve or deny your show. Acceptance and how long it takes to be accepted is entirely up to iTunes. Once approved, it can take another week or so for your show to be fully indexed for search in the store.
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