How to forward your Anchor podcast feed - 301 Redirect
301 redirect from Anchor
After importing your Anchor RSS feed into Transistor, you’ll then need to redirect your old Anchor feed so that it points to your new Transistor feed.
Important: If you haven't imported your show yet, you should follow our Import Guide first.
Export your analytics
It’s a good idea to export your analytics from Anchor at this point. Analytics do not transfer between hosts so it’s good to take a copy now for your own records.
How to redirect your feed from Anchor to Transistor?
Anchor has their own guide on how to redirect your feed here: https://help.anchor.fm/hc/en-us/articles/360045927851-Switching-away-from-Anchor-with-a-301-redirect
Here are the steps:
Copy your new Transistor feed from the Overview tab of your Transistor podcast
Log into your Anchor account on the web
In Anchor, click Settings in the top right corner
Click on Update Settings
Scroll to the Leaving Anchor section
Find the Redirect your podcast section
Paste your new Transistor RSS feed into the Redirect URL field
Click Redirect, and confirm you'd like to redirect your podcast
Important: Anchor advises it may take a week for this to fully take effect.
What if I no longer have an Anchor account?
If you no longer have an account with Anchor you can still contact their support directly and ask for them to enable a 301 redirect for you.
Anchor Support Email: email@example.com
You can use the following email template:
“I have moved my podcast to Transistor.fm. Please redirect my podcast called (insert podcast name) using (insert old Anchor rss feed) to my new host Transistor (insert new Transistor RSS feed). Please let me know once the redirect is active.”
Anchor Support Details
Anchor.fm Support email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchor.fm Contact page: https://help.anchor.fm/hc/en-us/articles/360062303971-Contact-Us-
Anchor.fm Support docs: https://help.anchor.fm/hc/en-us
Anchor.fm Redirect article: https://help.anchor.fm/hc/en-us/articles/360045927851-Switching-away-from-Anchor-with-a-301-redirect
What does a 301 redirect do?
A 301 redirect for your podcast RSS feed is very useful when you move to a new podcast host. It ensures that any subscriber or podcast platform still using your Anchor feed won’t be faced with a broken link. Enabling a redirect means that your existing subscribers will stay subscribed and podcast directories can continue to pick up your new episodes.
A redirect is like leaving a forwarding address. It lets anyone using your old feed know where you have moved to.
How long does a 301 redirect last?
Most podcast platforms provide a permanent redirect for free, even after you have closed your account with them.
How long does it take to enable a 301 redirect?
Anchor advises it may take a week for the redirect to fully take effect. Podcast directories will then be able to pick up your new episodes from Transistor the next time they check your feed. That’s usually within 24 hours of your redirect being active.
How to test if a 301 redirect is working?
If you visit your Anchor feed link in a browser, it should automatically redirect to your Transistor RSS feed.
What happens if I don’t forward my old feed from Anchor?
If you choose not to redirect your podcast, you may need to complete a few extra steps.
Without a redirect existing subscribers won’t know where you have moved to. They will need to manually re-subscribe to your new Transistor podcast feed. So be prepared to share your new feed out manually to regain your subscribers back.
Without a redirect podcast directories like Apple and Spotify will still be using your old Anchor feed. To fix that without a redirect you’ll need to manually go to those platforms and update the feed they are using for your podcast.
Here’s how update your RSS feed on Spotify:
Here’s how to update your RSS feed on Apple Podcasts:
Updated on: 21/11/2022