For all the passionate Podcasters who want their words of wisdom to reach the audience and have the ambition to become the next Joe Rogan, learning how to upload podcast to Spotify is necessary to take a step forward towards their goals. Now some might be thinking, Spotify is a music platform, so what does it have to do with the podcasts?
Actually, by definition, our beloved platform Spotify isn’t a music website but an audio streaming platform, which means you can share podcasts on it. Also, according to an estimate, out of 406 million listeners of Spotify, approximately 20% listen to podcasts almost daily.
So, if you upload your podcasts on this platform, your chances of getting discovered are high and bright. To help you reach your goals, we’ve filled today’s post with all the information regarding Spotify podcasts.
We’ll discuss the Spotify podcast requirements, how to submit a podcast and how you can use hosting companies to share your podcasts, so hop on and keep reading.
Spotify Podcast Requirements
Like most podcast directories, Spotify has a set of requirements that you must fulfill in order to submit your content on the platform. They are not that hard to follow, and if you really put your mind to them, you can pass them easily. The Spotify podcast requirements are mentioned as follows:
- Your audio content (podcast) should be in the SO/IEC 11172-3 MPEG-1 Part 3 or MP3 Format. (Now, although Spotify allows the bit rate from ’96kbps and Higher,’ you must ensure that it’s more than ‘256kbps for Better’ audio quality.)
- There must be cover art on your audio file for visual identity. (Make sure that your covers are attractive and relevant)
- Keep the titles of all your podcast episodes to less than 20 characters so they don’t truncate and look weird.
- Ensure that your Spotify account’s RSS feed has a proper description, title, and a cover art. (Keep all these three elements relevant to the type of content you create)
- Encode all the special characters in your podcast’s title to HTML tags for them to get recognized.
- You can only upload audio files lesser than 200Mb.
Go through your account and content, and if you think it passes these criteria, you should quickly move on to the next heading of this article.
How to Submit Podcast to Spotify?
Spotify is a giant among the audio streaming platforms, and we understand if submitting your podcast on this platform sounds daunting, but we assure you that it’s not. It only takes a couple of steps, and once you’re done with them, you’ll be able to share your content with the world.
Here’s how this process goes.
1. Create a Spotify Account
Obviously, you can’t upload your podcast on Spotify without an account, can you? That’s why you need to start with creating an account.
Step 1: First, go to Spotify for Podcasters (you can search for it on Google) and click on “Log In.”
Step 2: On the login page, you can either log in to your account if you have one or click on the “Signup for Spotify” button at the end.
Step 3: After that, you’ll be required to give some personal information like email address, name, gender, date of birth, etc., and once you fill them, a verification email will be sent to Your mail.
Step 4: Click on the “Verification Link” given in the email to finish the Sign-up process.
2. Agree to the terms and agreements
You’ll be redirected to your dashboard once you complete the signup procedure, but before that, a pop-up box will appear where you need to accept the terms and agreements. After checking the box, click on the “I Accept” button to proceed.
3. Add Your Podcast
Now it’s time to upload your podcast to the platform. Click on the “Get Started” button, and you’ll be asked to give the RSS feed link of your podcast. Copy the link from your podcast’s hosting service and paste it into the box. If the link is valid and the platform recognizes the podcast, you will be able to see all its info on the right-hand side block.
4. Verify Your Podcast
Now, you’ll be required to verify that you own the podcast whose link you posted. For verification, Spotify will send an 8-digit code to your email address. Click on the “Send Code” button to receive the code. Once you click the button, a box will appear where you’ll have to put the code.
Go to your email and copy the code from there and paste it into the verification box. If the code is correct, you’ll get a message under the box you’re verified! Let’s continue. When you see this message, click the green “Next” button.
5. Fill Up Your Podcast Details
After the verification process, you’ll be required to fill up the podcast details.
You’ll have to:
Step 1: Select the “Country” where the podcast was made
Step 2: The Primary Language used in it
Step 3: Your hosting provider
Step 4: The Primary Category of your podcast
After selecting the above things, you’ll see the following fields:
Additional Category: Here, you can add another genre that can define your content. (You can add two additional categories)
Sub Categories: Add the three subcategories of your additional category
After filling in this information, click on the green “Next” button.
6. Review and Submit Your Podcast
The last step is called review and submit, where you’ll be shown all the information you filled in. If it looks good, you can simply click on the “Submit” button to send your podcast for review. Normally podcasts go live on the platform within a couple of hours, but sometimes it might even take up to 5 days.
Also, Spotify will not send you a mail or give you a notification when your podcast goes live, so keep an eye on your dashboard to see if your content has appeared.
How to Get Your Podcast Via Hosting Companies?
If you just read the above heading and found it a hassle, then here’s good news for you. Now you can share your podcast on Spotify directly through your hosting platform. It saves you from all the trouble and allows you to run your podcast operation from a single place.
That’s why we’re going to explain how you can share your podcast through your hosting platform. We’ve given a step-by-step process for all the possible hosting platforms out there on the web. Pick the one you’re using, and just follow the steps.
Step 1: Login to your Castos account and Click on Your “Username.” From the dropdown, select the “Integrations” option.
Step 2: From the platforms, select “Spotify.”
Step 3: You’ll be redirected to the next page where you just have to click “Submit to Spotify,” and Castos will automatically share your podcast to the Spotify account in which you’re currently logged in. (You might be asked to log in on Spotify to share the podcast)
Step 1: Login to your Libsyn account. Go to the dashboard, select the “Destinations Tab” and from the options, click on the “Add New” option.
Step 2: You’ll see a lot of platforms on this screen. Navigate to Spotify and click on the ‘Edit’ button next to it.
Step 3: A form will appear where you’ll be asked to give a Category that defines your content.
Step 4: After that, you’ll be asked to give the title, summary, and author name for your podcast.
Step 5: In the next step, select the “Primary Language” used in the podcast and define if it contains any kind of explicit content like strong language, etc., or not.
Step 6: Add your “Email and Name.”
Step 7: After that, agree with the terms and conditions, and click on the ‘Save’ button to submit the podcast.
Step 1: “Log In” to your Blubrry account, and before submitting your podcast to Spotify, check if you meet their requirement for doing this action or not.
Step 2: If you meet the requirements, enter the RSS feed and then Select the “Country” where the podcast was created.
Step 3: After that, Select the “Category” of Your Podcastand agree to the Terms and conditions.
Step 4: In the end, add your name and click on the “Submit” button.
4. Buzz Sprout
Step 1: “Sign In” to your Buzz sprout account and from listings, click on “iTunes and Directories.”
Step 2: Now, click on “Submit” your podcast to Spotify and add your podcast’s title, your RSS feed, and your hosting account’s email.
Step 3: Verify that your content doesn’t contain any copyrighted or explicit material, and then click on the “Submit” button to finish the process
Being a podcaster is all about sharing thoughts with your audience, and it sure feels bad when you fail to reach your listeners where they are. That’s why we hope that you start uploading your podcasts on Spotify to build a stronger audience and become the next Joe Rogan.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Spotify Podcast Free?
Listening and Uploading podcasts are free on Spotify. To become a professional podcaster on the platform, you should consider becoming a premium member.
2. Is Spotify Better than Pandora and Apple Podcasts?
Since Spotify has more regular listeners than Pandora, Apple, and Google podcasts, it can be said that it’s better than the rest of the platforms.
3. How to Monetize Podcasts on Spotify?
You can create paid membership tiers, collaborate with brands and share ads, sell premium episodes, etc., to make money through your podcasts on Spotify.
4. Why isn’t My Podcast Showing up on Spotify?
Your podcast might be under review. It can take from a couple of hours to 5 days for Spotify to review your submitted podcast. It is also possible that your podcast might have been rejected for violating any policies.
5. Why am I Getting Ads on Spotify Premium Podcast?
Ads during a podcast are controlled by the author, so it doesn’t have anything to do with the Spotify premium account.
6. How Long Does it Take to Upload a Podcast to Spotify?
If your podcast meets all the platform’s requirements, it only will only take about 10 to 20 minutes to upload it on Spotify.