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Whether you are setting up a new show or in the middle of rebranding, the metadata found in your RSS feed is what iTunes and other podcast directories will pull from – making it one of the most important places to visit when making changes to your show. To get started, click the button on the main menu in your Libsyn Dashboard.
The destinations page will give you a listing of all destinations assigned to you, along with options to gather quick links, pull an embed code, add a new destination, edit a destination, or delete an unwanted destination.
We will first address the button. This button deletes the destination entirely. Once deleted, prior settings cannot be recovered (though the destination defaults can be regenerated). This is true for any destination on your show.
Click on the button for the Podcast RSS Feed.
Also along the top is the destination name. You can change the name of your destination, but isn’t necessary. This is never shown to listeners, it only affects the Libsyn Dashboard. We recommend leaving it as is.
Next up are required features. These options for the RSS feed are required options for iTunes, and most other podcast directories as well.
The feed extension is the last piece of the feed URL. This can be customized as you see fit, however, in almost all cases it is left by default to avoid possible conflicts with other URLs generated for your show.
The iTunes Podcast store is broken up by topic category. Listeners can filter podcast shows based on the topic they are interested in.
You can select multiple categories, hence, we provide you with three category selections. iTunes will always default to the top most (first listed) category. Other podcast directories may not utilize the same list of categories as iTunes does, so populating all three category options might be useful if the first chosen isn’t available – but doing so is certainly not required.
By default, the same summary/description you enter under Settings –> Show Settings will be used here as well. However, you can choose to use an iTunes specific summary which will be pulled only by iTunes (other directories would then use the description from your Show Settings).
This is essentially your elevator pitch that will give potential subscribers an idea of what to expect for your show. Keep it short and on point.
This information is used by iTunes themselves if they find the need to contact you. They also use this information to determine who is authorized to request changes when contacted.
This information is publicly available in your RSS feed, so make sure that while the information is valid, it’s not an address you would rather be private.
While subtitle is an available field as per iTunes specification the subtitle is more relevant on a per episode basis than a per channel (show wide) basis. This field tends to get ignored more often than not.
This field should include your name, the name of the company producing the podcast, or other appropriate name of the author of the show.
The author tag is searchable in iTunes. If details are not germane to your show or exceedingly spam-like, then iTunes will pull your show from the store.
If this field is left empty, iTunes will display ‘unknown’ instead. This field is also often referred to as the ‘provider’ or the ‘artist’.
iTunes Show Type
The show type can be set here, or under Settings –> Show Settings. Your show is either episodic, or serial.
Episodes are released chronologically and the order the listener listens in doesn’t matter. The majority of shows currently are episodic.
Episodes are released in a specific order, and should be listened to in that order. This generally would apply to episodes that follow a story line such as an audio book.
Language is defaulted to ‘en’ for English. However, if your show is based out of a different country or have an audience based in a different language, update this field to the two letter code for that language.
iTunes requires your show be labeled as clean or explicit. If the feed is left as not set, the show will be marked as clean in the store. Ensure that if you have any explicit content in your show, you mark your feed as explicit.
iTunes will pull incorrectly labeled shows from their store.
iTunes dropped support for keywords in the spring of 2013. We have maintained the field for legacy purposes, it will be removed from our system in the future so this field is not necessary.
Save your RSS feed settings by hitting the button.
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