Here is our step-by-step guide with tips on how to submit a podcast to iHeartRadio. 👣
First we will cover how to submit it if you are a member of Ausha (spoiler alert: it is super, super easy). Then we will guide you on how to submit podcasts manually to iHeartRadio, just in case you are not an Ausha member yet.
To wrap up, we will explain what kind of awesome success you can expect from your podcast being on iHeartRadio. 🥳
This is a super quick read, so buckle up and let’s start this thing! 🧑🚀
Add Your Podcast to iHeartRadio with Ausha
As a hosting platform, Ausha distributes podcasts to all the major listening platforms around the world automatically once you set up your account. This includes iHeartRadio. 🥰
We do this because it is one of the best ways for your future listeners to easily find your show.
The wider your distribution to listening platforms (also called podcast directories), the more your audience will grow. 💪
Remember: You can use Ausha for absolutely free for two weeks! So even if you are not a paying member yet, you can still follow these steps. ⬇️
How to automatically put your podcast on iHeartRadio 💜
- Log in to your Ausha account
- Click on “Settings”
- Click on “Distribution”
- Find the “Share My Podcast on iHeartRadio” box in the list
- Make sure the little check box is ticked on
Boom. Done. Super easy, right? 🎆
Give the internet robots an hour or two and your podcast will be visible on iHeartRadio!
Putting Your Podcast on iHeartRadio Manually
Not an Ausha member yet? That makes us sad, BUT we are still here to help you learn how to distribute your podcast on iHeartRadio. 🤝
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Make sure your podcast meets iHeartRadio’s requirements
This step is pretty easy because iHeartRadio only has very basic requirements.
Submit Podcast to iHeartRadio Requirement 1: Unique Title 🧑🎤
First, your podcast has to have a unique title. It cannot be the same as any other podcast out there. So do not call your show “The Best Soccer Podcast in the World” because it is already taken. Plus, you can be more creative than that!
Submit Podcast to iHeartRadio Requirement 2: Cover Art 🧑🎨
Your podcast cover art must be at least 1400 pixels by 1400 pixels. It needs to be a square. The file format has to be PNG or JPG.
Submit Podcast to iHeartRadio Requirement 3: One Episode Min. ☝️
You must have at least one episode created uploaded on your RSS feed (we will get into what a RSS feed is in a second).
2. Create an iHeartRadio account 🧑💻
Have all the requirements covered? Great. The next step is to sign up for an iHeart Account.
Go to the iHeartRadio’s podcasters page. Scroll towards the bottom and you will find a box that says “Get Started” and a button that reads “Login/Sign Up.” Click that button, put in your email and a password… you know the drill. Be sure to check your inbox for a confirmation email.
3. Input your Podcast RSS feed 🤖
Once you have created a login, look for the “Add Your Podcast” button on your account page. Click it. A “Submit Your Pocast” page will open with a “Verify your RSS” section on it. In that section there is a text box where you should type or paste your RSS feed. Then click “Verify Podcast RSS.”
After you click that button, you will be taken to a page where you will see the details of your podcast as well as a column with the Terms and Conditions. We will get to those in Step 4 and Step 5.
What is an RSS Feed 🔗
Let’s take a second here and address what an RSS feed is.
An RSS feed is a URL. That URL acts as a bridge between podcast host platforms and podcast listening platforms. In other words, it is a bridge from were you upload your podcast episodes to where people can listen to them.
When you upload a new podcast episode, or when you make any changes to your podcast, those updates will be reflected in the podcast listening platforms automatically.
Your hosting platform makes your show’s RSS feed. That is the fundamental service that hosting platforms provide. You should be able to very easily to find your RSS feed link in your hosting platform interface. Then you can copy and paste it as needed.
4. Check the details of your podcast 🕵️
Ok, now that you have entered your RSS feed, iHeartRadio has pulled in its metadata, cover art, content… all the details that get transmitted in a RSS feed.
Be sure to check these details, including if categories listed are accurate, the “explicit” status is correct, the language is right, etc.
Sometimes show descriptions get cut short because the listening platform has a maximum length that is shorter than the hosting platform. If that is the case, be sure to edit the show description in the listening platform so it makes sense.
5. Accept the Content License Agreement and Content Policy ✍️
To the side of the podcast details, there is a column labelled ‘Terms and Conditions.’ You have to click that you agree with iHeart’s terms and conditions. The terms and conditions are not listed on this page. You have to click for more details if you want to read them.
Basically, there are two main documents when it comes to iHeart’s terms and conditions. Below are informal highlights. We are not lawyers, so be sure to read the full content of the documents for yourself. 🥸
Content License Agreement
You are giving iHeartRadio a royalty-free license to use your content (audio and/or video recording) on their platform, including allowing them to add pre-roll, post-roll, and display advertisement to it. You do not receive any of the advertisement revenue or any other kind of compensation from iHeart.
iHeartRadio podcast content policy is a list of things your content (audio and/or video recording) cannot include: Use of iHeart copyrighted terms; misleading content; hate content; Nazi propaganda; inflammatory, indecent, or violent materials; spam; anything that does not comply with the law.
Once you have ticked the boxes on the “Submit Your Podcast Page” you can click the big red button that says 🚨 “Submit Podcast.” 🚨
Voila, you have submitted your podcast! You should see a message that indicates your podcast submission has been successful. 💃
6. Check if iHeart has accepted your podcast 🙏
Just because you have submitted your podcast to iHeartRadio does not mean that the process is over. Next, it has to be approved by iHeart. There is nothing you need to do but sit and wait. 💆
You can check to see if your podcast has been approved on your iHeartRadio dashboard. The status will read “processing” until iHeart has made its decision. Once the decision has been made, the status will change to “live” (yay!) or “rejected” (not yay). The vast majority of podcasts get approved very, very quickly so do not worry about this step. 😅
In all likelihood, your podcast will be up and going within twenty-four hours of your submission. And the whole world will be able to access it! 🥰
What You Can Expect from iHeartRadio
Now that you have crossed “submit podcast to iHeartRadio” off your to-do list, here is what you can expect from all your hard work (… or just one click using Ausha– do not worry we will not tell anybody how easy it was). 👷
A Super Wide Reach
You know how listening to the regular radio is free? So is listening to iHeartRadio! The iHeartRadio app is free and available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play (for Androids). 📱
Not only is the app free, but it is available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices: smartphones, virtual assistants, wearables, smart speakers, tablets, digital auto dashes, and gaming consoles. ⌚
Not only does the iHeartRadio app give your podcast a TON of exposure to potential new listeners, but it also helps you retain quality listeners. Listeners can customize the settings on the app so that they never miss an episode, but at the same time they are not flooded with alerts and old episodes. 🙅♀️
For example, listeners can toggle notifications on or off. They can choose to automatically download episodes as you release them. Also they can decide if they want the app to delete downloaded episodes that they have already listened to.
These features go a long way in keep your listeners happy and engaged in your show! 👍
We hope this step-by-step guide has been super helpful for you. Be sure to follow us on the socials for more helpful tips and tricks. 🧑🏫
Remember, the more listening platforms you submit your show to, the better. With Ausha, you can submit to twenty-two listening platforms with a simple click. So what are you waiting for? Climb aboard! 🚀Independentsprofessionals
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