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How to forward your Firstory podcast feed - 301 Redirect

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After importing your Firstory RSS feed into Transistor, you’ll then need to redirect your old Firstory 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 Firstory 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 Firstory to Transistor?

In your Transistor account, go to the Overview tab and copy your new RSS feed. You'll need this as part of the redirect process.

Each podcast host has their own instructions on redirecting a feed. Firstory have their own guide here:

Firstory recommends that you follow these steps to redirect your feed to Transistor:

Login to Firstory Studio
Go to My Podcasts and click on the three dots menu ... for the show you wish to redirect.
Select Delete
Select the Do a 301 Redirect option
Paste in your new Transistor RSS feed
Firstory may ask for the reason for transfer
Click Submit to save the changes

What if I no longer have my account?

If you no longer have an account with Firstory you can still contact their support directly and ask for them to enable a 301 redirect for you.

Firstory Support Email:

You can use the following email template and add in your own podcast feed details:

I have moved my podcast to Please redirect my podcast called (insert podcast name) using (insert old Firstory RSS feed) to my new host Transistor (insert new Transistor RSS feed). Please let me know once the redirect is active.

Firstory Support Details

Firstory Support email:
Firstory Support docs:
Firstory Redirect article:

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 Firstory 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. However you may want to check this directly with Firstory.

How long does it take to enable a 301 redirect?

Firstory advises that it may take up to an hour for the 301 redirect to be completed. 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 Firstory 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 Firstory?

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 Firstory 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: 24/11/2022

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