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Tutorials on podcasting: learn how downloads are counted, how to record a remote guest, etc.
What constitutes a podcast download, stream, listen?
Generally, the podcasting industry uses the "download" to measure how many people are listening to a given show. Podcast download charts Every time someone plays, streams, or downloads the MP3 from the Transistor server, that counts as a download. Does "play" or "stream" get counted when someone hits the play button, or do they need to listen to the whole episode? Different podcast players count this d
How to distribute your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts
Note: You only need to submit to Apple Podcasts and Spotify once. After that those platforms will automatically pick up every new episode you publish. Once you've set up your podcast on Transistor, we recommend that you submit to these public directories: Apple Podcasts (iTunes) – nearly every podcast directory (Podchaser, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Breaker, Castro, Listen Notes ) uses Apple’s directory as their “master copy.” If your show
How large can podcast audio files be?
Getting a message your audio file won't upload due to file size? We typically don't recommend files any larger than 200MB. "Downloading large files takes up more bandwidth and can cause data transfer limits to be hit quickly. You don’t want to be a hog and take up all the space on the listeners devices, or cause them to wait several hours while your episode finishes downloading." – Derrick at Signal Leaf We've also seen podcast subscribers who will unsubscribe for a show if the files are to
How do I add my podcast to categories on Spotify?
I asked our contact at Spotify about this, and she wrote back saying: The genre hubs you see on Spotify are not curated by our programming team, but instead populated algorithmically. As the show grows, the more likely it will be to appear in those categories.
How do I get paid to podcast?
Read our guide on podcast monetization here.
How do I validate a podcast RSS feed?
You can't use a regular RSS feed validator to check a podcast feed for errors. Sites like "W3C Feed Validation Service" and "feedvalidator.org" were designed to validate RSS feed for blogs, not podcasts. Instead, you should Podbase It will give you a report that looks like this:
What is bot traffic? How does it affect podcasts?
Bot traffic is any non-human traffic to a website. These are automated software programs that visit websites, download audio files, etc... Some of them are good (for example, assistants like Siri and Alexa need bots for their queries) and some of them are bad (spambots from Russia or China). In either case, podcast hosting platforms (like Transistor, Libsyn, etc...) are continually trying to identify and remove bot traffic. At Transistor, we're continuously re-analyzing analytics to remove
How do I record a remote podcast guest?
Recording audio is separate from what Transistor provides (hosting and analytics). For recording remote guests, we recommend these apps: Skype has a built-in call recording feature You can also record Zoom calls There are also some great web-based recording tools that automatically records both sides of the conversation: Alitu [SquadCast](h
Why do I need Transistor? Can't I just record my audio and upload it to Apple Podcasts?
You might think that Apple will host your podcast for you. But that's a common misconception! Every podcast needs to purchase their own hosting for their MP3 files, to generate a valid RSS feed, and show notes. iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and Stitcher are podcast players that also feature a podcast directory. But they're not hosting platforms. When you click "download" or "subscribe" in these apps, the request gets sent to whichever host your favorite podcast is using (like
How do I make a podcast with my iPad?
Your iPad comes with audio recording and editing software called GarageBand. Once you've recorded and edited your show, you can export your audio file and upload it directly to Transistor: Steps for making a podcast on your iPad: Download GarageBand on your iPad. Record your audio in Garageband, and edit it. Click the folder icon (upper-left) Press on your completed project until the "Share" option pops up. Choos
How do I add MP3 chapters to my podcast episode?
You can use a 3rd party tool to add chapters to your MP3 before you upload. Forecast (Mac) Chapters App (Mac) Podreel (PC) AAC Audiobook Creator (PC)
Is there a sitemap for my podcast website?
Yes! Transistor does this out-of-the-box for the podcast websites we host. It looks like this: yoursite.transistor.fm/sitemap.xml Or, if you are using a custom domain with us, it will look like this: yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml Here is a live example: https://saas.transistor.fm/sitemap.xml And here is an example from a site with a custom domain: https://www.productpeople.tv/sitemap.xml You can submit this sitemap to Google Search Console What is a sitemap for? A site
How do I get more listeners?
View our guide on growing your podcast audience.
Where do I find intro music for my podcast?
View free podcast music here.
How loud should my podcast audio be?
There are differing standards for loudness and spoken-word audio: EU: -16 LUFS Spotify/Alexa: -14 LUFS Audio Engineering Society: -18 LUFS Radio: -24 LUFS Public Radio: -18 LUFS At Transistor, we recommend -16 LUFS.
Can I see how many people pressed the play button?
Podcasting is built on top of an open platform (RSS), so there's no way to see how many people pressed play. The only exception is when the podcast players themselves track those stats. For example, you can see how many people started listening (and stopped) inside of Apple Podcasts: https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/analytics/shows [Read more about podcast stats here](https://tr
How can I add the Podcorn prefix to my podcast?
Podcorn is a third-party analytics platform. Transistor allows you to easily add the Podcorn prefix to your RSS feed. Just head to your Show Settings, and scroll down to “Advanced Settings:"
How to add transcripts to your podcast episodes
You can now add a transcript to your podcast episodes. Here's how it works: First, create an episode in Transistor. You'll need to save the episode (either as a draft, or published) before you add a transcript. You can either paste in your transcript, or upload a .txt, .srt, or .vtt file Here's how it looks: How to add a text transcript to my podcast? Sample podcast transcript website: [https://
How do I add time stamps to my podcast episodes?
There are two approaches for this: Create audio chapters in your MP3 Add timestamps as text in your show notes. Some podcast players will convert these to anchor links in the app. For example, these show notes here: ![Timestamps in podcast show notes](https://storage.cr
Should I mark my episode as explicit?
Podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts don't have a clear cut definition of what is considered explicit. However if your podcast episode contains any words, topics or references to any content that may be considered age sensitive subjects, then we usually recommend you mark your episode as explicit. It doesn't impact your podcast at all, it just gives it a parental advisory label. It is much better to mark an episode as explicit even for just one or two words rather than have the episode flag